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6 Quotes To Challenge You & Help You Gain Control Over Your Life

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Life is beautiful and offers us many valuable lessons along the way.

As much as we have come to believe that it is unpredictable and that our destiny is set in stone, we have the power within us to control and change most of what happens in our lives and it’s quality by the choices we make, the actions we take and the way we react to circumstances and various situations.

The following quotes reinforce this:

 

Quote #1:

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

We cannot change the past, neither can we predict the future but we can use our past experiences, challenges and the valuable lessons we garner from them to create and shape our future. Life and time have a way of making us wiser, better equipped and changing our perspective as far as many things are concerned.

Often times though, we are so hung up on the past and spend too much time re-visiting it that we fail to realize the opportunities that abound before us. The best things are never behind us but ahead of us and can only be experienced if and when we allow ourselves to embrace new possibilities and opportunities and become proactive in creating the lives we desire for ourselves.

 

Quote #2:

“Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.” – Gail Devers

Nothing ventured, nothing gained! To accomplish anything; you have to dare to dream, be willing to take risks and put yourself out there. Nothing worth having in life comes easily or will be handed to you without any effort or due diligence on your part.

The World’s greatest inventions and innovations were birthed from an idea and the idea turned into manifestation by the person who dared to try by taking a leap of faith and making the decision to put the idea into work.

 

Quote #3:

“That some achieve great success is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” – Abraham Lincoln

Roger Bannister was able to accomplish a feat experts had said for many years the human body wasn’t capable of; he broke the four minute mile barrier and inspired others to follow suit shortly thereafter. As they say, the rest is history, what was once considered impossible is a norm today.

If someone else is succeeding at something you are failing in, you need to re-examine your actions and figure out what you are doing wrong or aren’t doing and determine if their actions, habits and mannerisms are duplicable and if emulated would aid you in achieving similar if not greater success.

 

Quote #4:

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You really are the Author and Creator of your life and can be, do and have anything you put your mind to. Whatever you tell yourself is possible for you will be possible for you. The person YOU determine to be is the person you will become based on your mindset, the actions you perform and the choices you make.

The only person that stands in the way of you becoming the person you want to be is yourself. People can try to prevent you from becoming the person you would like to become or even influence you into becoming that very person but all the hard work lies in you determining the possibility of this happening.

 

Quote #5:

“Be miserable or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s your choice.” – Wayne Dyer

When it comes to dealing with challenging situations or obstacles in life, you can either take the stance of being the problem or the solution; whichever option you choose greatly determines the outcome and your happiness.

Complaining about circumstances that you can easily change is pointless and will lead you nowhere. Either make the choice to do whatever it takes to change your situation and proactively pursue the solution or choose to not do anything about it and stay miserable. The choice is really up to you. For things to change, you have to be willing to make the change or stop complaining about it if you aren’t willing to.

 

Quote #6:

“Only those who risk going far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S. Eliot

Although we are unlimited beings, we rarely tap into most of our potential because we sometimes aren’t willing to take the risks or make the sacrifices or commitments doing so would require of us. You will never know what you are capable of or where your strength lies until you are willing to push yourself further than you’ve ever gone or get out of your comfort zone without the possibility of a safety net.

The difference between being extra-ordinary and ordinary is determined by one’s will to go the extra mile and do what others aren’t willing to do.

Yvonne Kariba loves helping people believe in the possibility of their dreams and inspiring & motivating others to become better versions of themselves. She is the author of Make Things Happen!!!; Traits & Habits Successful People Use To Attain Their Goals & Dreams That You Can Put Into Use In Your Own Life To Do The Same and an aspiring Life Coach. Yvonne contributes to the Huffington Post blog, Addicted2Success, Thought Catalog and other prolific blogs. Connect with her on Twitter @ykariba

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11 Comments

  1. Anurag bhatt

    Jul 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Thank u mam…..thanks for your wonderful words…..love it

  2. Magda

    Jun 12, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    A very educative article Yvonne. We owe it to ourselves to bud out the best of ourselves. As you say, we should be ready to learn from others, life is full of lessons, we are all students of life. Thanks for sharing.

    • Yvonne Kariba

      Jun 18, 2015 at 1:25 am

      You are most welcome, Magda. I am glad you found this article enlightening and share my philosophy on life, we truly are life’s students and have a lot to learn from each other.

  3. Tejaswi Khanna

    Jun 10, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Woke up to this article.and it’s marvelous. I loved the how projected these quotations into seeing the best in ourselves and create a better tomorrow. Thanks.

    • Yvonne Kariba

      Jun 10, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      You are most welcome, Tejaswi. We definitely have within us the power to create a better tomorrow for ourselves as well as others.

  4. Yvonne Kariba

    Jun 9, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for reading my article and sharing your insight, Christian. I truly believe that we should always follow our gut as far as pursuing our dreams and passion are concerned. Fear robs us of too much, a life of regret is a painful existence and a reminder of what could have been had we dared to dream and taken the risks.

  5. Lawrence Berry

    Jun 9, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    This is great! I really like quote #1 and quote #4. Abraham Lincoln was absolutely correct in that the best way to predict the future is to create it. Like you said in the article, we cannot change the past, but we can make a future that we envision for ourselves and our families. We have the capability to be who we want and do what we want, we have to just be willing to focus on it and work hard to achieve it. This was great thanks for sharing!

    • Yvonne Kariba

      Jun 9, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks, Lawrence, I am glad you understand the responsibility we have in creating the life we desire, sometimes people struggle embracing this fact.

  6. Laurie Stone

    Jun 9, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    These are all lovely and inspirational. I guess it all boils down to believing in yourself, trying, making mistakes, and then keep going till you get where you want to go. Still, its always wonderful to hear great words from great people. Thank you.

    • Yvonne Kariba

      Jun 9, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Laurie. I am glad this article resonates with you.

  7. Christian LS

    Jun 9, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Yvonne,

    Thanks for sharing.

    It is often times people forget the history and what people have done, what they’ve accomplished.
    And it is true that some people will as well get in your way for having the guts to pursue your dreams.

    Some are just to afraid to take risk, and some might not be in the positions to be.

    Whatever it is, follow your gut, and however it turns out, have no shame and learn from it.

    Christian LS
    NitroSalesTeam

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5 Viktor Frankl Quotes to Reshape Your Perspective Today

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Highly regarded as one of Viktor Frankl’s greatest works, “A Man’s Search For Meaning” highlights Dr. Frankl’s perseverance and survival through the Auschwitz concentration camp. His insights, both harrowing and enchanting, can be readily applied as a sort of spiritual compass for the modern-day man or woman.

With more distracting information than ever available today, most people quietly yearn for wisdom. Rather than fabricate a guidance system that may but probably won’t be applicable to your unique situation, I’ve leveraged one of the finest minds in recent historical memory to forge a more universal guidance system.

Here are 5 of my favorite and most applicable excerpts from one of Dr. Frankl’s most classic writings:

1. “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.”

This is where emotional agility resides. Always, even if only for a split-second, we’re given a choice in our response after an event unfolds. Things become increasingly complicated when we either forget we have a choice or don’t believe we have one (even though, in essence, you’re choosing not to believe it).

Taking five full seconds to process events prior to responding — especially the ones we’re taken aback by — shifts the balance of power back in our favor. This space between is our mental fortress — the command center for life-altering actions to be triggered. Make sure you treat it as such.

2. “The more one forgets himself — by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love — the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself.”

Some of the hardest, yet most freeing advice I’ve ever received is the statement “It’s not about you.” There are moments in life when we “do the right thing” and fill with spiritual joy. We don’t think about who may have been watching, if we’ll get credit, or how it may come back around. We just do it.

Those moments  when we get outside of ourselves and stand for a greater purpose  deliver the onset of lasting fulfillment. The times where you light up not because of the recognition you’ve received, but because you committed an act of true nobility are the one’s when you leave your mark on the world in a positive manner. The more you look to be a moon instead of the sun, the happier you will be along the way.

3. “In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning.”

You’ve heard it before: “Life has no meaning except for the meaning we give it.” While this understanding does give off a grim outlook, it’s actually quite the contrary. This grants us the freedom to assign whatever we see fit. When we realized a meaning isn’t necessarily fixed, we can sift through our options until we land on what’s most empowering.

In the book, Frankl recounts a story of a boy dying an early death. He shares how the boy once saw a situation unfold where he revered a terminally ill person’s courage and dignity in handling ultimate demise. Instead of cursing the heavens upon his own diagnosis, the boy stated fate was granting him a similar opportunity.

Luckily for most of us, our everyday experiences aren’t life or death. This is the case, however, until it’s not. The fragility and beauty of life are collapsed. It’s essential we maximize our time and minimize our suffering to make the most of it. Don’t cling to the first thing that shows up when a tough situation presents itself. Scan your optional meanings and make a wise, empowering decision.

4. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

The majority of suffering occurs today when the blueprint of someone’s life doesn’t match reality. This gap between expectation and actuality is where pain resides. We can usually do a few things to shift the occurrence of reality, but much of it is outside our locus of control. To continue closing the gap, we must change the hard expectations we have for our lives.

Immediately after, feelings of resignation may show up, like we’re compromising what we deserve. However, the lasting change can be found in our values and what we place at highest importance. For example, many people want things like love and passion in their lives, but only if it’s packaged a certain way. Perhaps other desire success, but it must be distinct type of success. Reevaluating what we want the most versus what we want right now can be a prudent “saving grace” for making the most out of difficult situations.

5. “For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best.”

As Don Miguel Ruiz asserts in “The Four Agreements,” always doing your best is critical to life working for you. Who gets the pick of the litter in terms of fame and fortune is damn-near a crapshoot, but there will be far less spoils for any of us to garner unless each of us does our best. This is where a certain degree of faith is required to continue making sacrifices for the sake of your contribution to the world, even if no one is watching.

The silver lining for those of us reading this article that we get to choose. Engaging in activities we legitimately enjoy puts us in a better state, which increases the likelihood we will be kind and supportive of others as we come in contact with them.

Life is hard enough for each individual. When left to our own devices, our minds often wander into darkness – sometimes unlikely to return. It is with this in mind, we do our best. We continue getting up, helping others, and doing as much of what we love as time permits. We may not shake the world this way, but we can certainly move it.

Which one of Viktor Frankl’s quotes is your favorite and why? Let us know in the comments below!

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23 Anthony Bourdain Quotes To Inspire You To Greatness

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Anthony Bourdain was a legend. From his extensive knowledge & experience to the culinary world, to the adventures he brought us on the show Parts Unknown where the shared the stage with everyone from villages in Cambodia to former president Barack Obama. However Bourdain continued to drop knowledge bombs through his entire career that resonate with us today.

Here are 23 of Anthony Bourdain’s best quotes:

1. “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.” – Anthony Bourdain

2. “To be treated well in places where you don’t expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you had thought previously you had very, very little in common with, can’t be a bad thing.” – Anthony Bourdain

3.  “I’m not afraid to look like an idiot.” – Anthony Bourdain

4. “I always entertain the notion that I’m wrong, or that I’ll have to revise my opinion. Most of the time that feels good; sometimes it hurts and is really embarrassing.” – Anthony Bourdain

5. “Your body is not a temple: It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” – Anthony Bourdain

8. Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetring in the unknown.” – Anthony Bourdain

Which Anthony Bourdain quote resonates with you the most? Comment below!

 

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23 Inspirational Michael B. Jordan Quotes

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Michael B. Jordan is quickly becoming an all-star actor. After appearing in major motion pictures such as Creed and most recently as the villain Killmonger in the blockbuster Black Panther. Hailing from Newark New Jersey, he grew up in one of the roughest places in the U.S. However, he overcame struggles, worked hard, and found success through being obsessed with his passion: acting. 

Here are some of Michael B. Jordans best & most powerful quotes:

1. “I’ve never been the guy to hype myself up. It’s just not my thing.” – Michael B. Jordan

2. “I think everyone starts in the mailroom at some point! It’s a rite of passage. Your boss has to throw something at you and order you around for at least two years.” – Michael B. Jordan

3. “So you tell yourself to just do the work and disconnect, because you have no control over the outcome.” – Michael B. Jordan

4. “Sometimes you’re overthinking, you convince yourself to get out of it and you’re like, ‘ah I shoulda did that!’ You can’t live life with regrets. Sometimes you just gotta indulge. But in the same breath, you gotta have restraint and self-control too.” – Michael B. Jordan

5. “Be collaborative. I’ve had some of my best experiences with directors who were able to sit down and have a conversation and ask me what I thought.” – Michael B. Jordan

6. “I want people to leave the theatre and think, ‘How can I be a better person?’ That’s the only way things are going to improve.” – Michael B. Jordan

7. “I think it’s just easier for people to put you in a box or a lane because you look similar. I think that’s unfair for anybody in any situation.” – Michael B. Jordan

8. “Taking a break, taking a moment, is super important.” – Michael B. Jordan

9. “You can only fool reality until the truth comes knocking on your door.” – Michael B. Jordan

10. “As human beings, why does it take somebody to feel like they’re close to us for us to see their humanity? Why can’t we see the humanity in people that are distant from us?” – Michael B. Jordan

11. “Sometimes family doesn’t always consist of your relatives or by blood. Sometimes your best friends can feel more like family than your cousins. I think everybody kind of has that same feeling. When you go through an accident together, when you go through a traumatic event, sometimes that brings you closer together.” – Michael B. Jordan

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12. “I think everybody wants to be their own person and be an individual.” – Michael B. Jordan

13. “Sometimes you gotta go with your first instinct. You gotta go with your gut. That’s kind of how I live my life you gotta go with your gut.” – Michael B. Jordan

14. “Equality means having the same rights and liberties and opportunities regardless of our differences.” – Michael B. Jordan

15. “Do as much homework as you can. Learn everybody’s job and don’t just settle.” – Michael B. Jordan

16. “That’s one of the fun parts of becoming an actor: you can become whoever you want to be.” – Michael B. Jordan

17. “I’m not good at everything, I just do my best at everything.” – Michael B. Jordan

18. “Certain things I can’t even explain. There’s a thing about being lucky and…I feel like certain things are just, like, in your cards. I’m just walking the path that’s already set.” – Michael B. Jordan

19. “I’ve been living with that all my life. My name is Michael Jordan, so I’m always being compared to a person of greatness.” – Michael B. Jordan

20. “I think redemption is just about righting a wrong, and in that pursuit it’s about trying. You can stumble, you can make mistakes, but it’s about trying to do the right thing.” – Michael B. Jordan

21. “Just as people, we’re different around different people and in different environments.” – Michael B. Jordan

22. “Don’t pretend to know everything. I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of veteran actors, and I soak up lessons from them like a sponge.” – Michael B. Jordan

23. “Sometimes you’ve gotta hide the medicine in the food. You can’t slap somebody in the face with facts all the time. It’s too harsh.” – Michael B. Jordan

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43 Lori Greiner Quotes on Succeeding in Life & Business

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Lori Greiner is one of the original sharks on the hit show Shark Tank. She is known as the ‘Queen of QVC’ and has over 120 patents in her name. As a prolific entrepreneur, inventor, and author; Lori has taken small amounts of money and turned it into wealth through good ideas and hard work. She brings years of wisdom and insight to any business she becomes a part of.

Here are some of her best quotes:

1. “As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough.” – Lori Greiner

2. “I learned that nobody’s better than you to get your business off the ground. The experience you get is priceless.” – Lori Greiner

3. “There are always things that are needed. There are always ways to do things better. It’s all about offering solutions.” – Lori Greiner

4. “I prefer to like the people I invest in, but it’s not an absolute necessity, as long as they have a good mind and I know they’ll do whatever it takes to be successful.” – Lori Greiner

5. “For an entrepreneur, sometimes the smallest step in the right direction, ends up being the best step of your life. Stick in your little to first if you must, but take the step.” – Lori Greiner

6. “If your home environment is good and peaceful and easy, your life is better and easier.” – Lori Greiner

7. “Sometimes people don’t get anywhere because they sit on something, so afraid to reveal it. And yet, in the reverse, sometimes if you expose something too widely, you can risk losing it.” – Lori Greiner

8. “It’s a fine line, but if you don’t jump out to do something you’ll never get there.” – Lori Greiner

9. “I love the freedom of being an entrepreneur that I do what I want to do when I want to do it.” – Lori Greiner

10. “As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough.” – Lori Greiner

11. “A brilliant idea doesn’t guarantee a successful invention. Real magic comes from a brilliant idea combined with willpower, tenacity, and a willingness to make mistakes.” – Lori Greiner

12. “The big thing for me is, I never think about myself as a female in business. I’m a person in business.” – Lori Greiner

13. “People trust I know what I’m doing. I have lots of credibility. I’ve had years of learning. I know and understand my business.” – Lori Greiner

14. “You can make anything happen if you put your mind to it.” – Lori Greiner

15. “Things go wrong all the time when you’re running your own business, but it’s how you perceive it and deal with it that matters.” – Lori Greiner

16. “I had an idea, I was passionate about it and I had to work hard to turn that into a big success and more products.” – Lori Greiner

17. “I think people don’t like it when you’re not confident about what you’re pitching, and they don’t want to invest in you or get behind you.” – Lori Greiner

18. “I’ve always believed you hire character and train skill.” – Lori Greiner

19. “When it’s yours, you don’t mind doing whatever ti takes. As it keeps growing and growing, it’s a lot more work, but you also become better at everything.” – Lori Greiner

20. “The smaller the market, the harder it is to sell.” – Lori Greiner

21. “Reach for the stars; you might just catch one.” – Lori Greiner

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22. “Don’t live your fears, life your dreams.” – Lori Greiner

23. “Great ideas don’t sell themselves.” – Lori Greiner

24. “Entrepreneurs tend to be very driven, risk takers, confident, and tenacious. They don’t give up and will find another way to keep driving ahead.” – Lori Greiner

25. “Knowledge is power, especially when starting your own company. Educate yourself in what you’ll need to know.” – Lori Greiner

26. “The biggest accomplishment in life isn’t what you’re paid, it’s who you become.” – Lori Greiner

27. “I’ve achieved a certain amount of success, and now I’m thinking about the good things I can do.” – Lori Greiner

28. “There is nobody who will drive your business life you.” – Lori Greiner

29. “When I had challenges, it taught me to be more on top of it for the future.” – Lori Greiner

30. “Don’t sweat the small stuff (and it’s all small stuff). Always know in the hard times that you have the power to make things work out.” – Lori Greiner

31. “I’m very much a believer that there are no ’no’s.’ Just ‘how can I?’s.” – Lori Greiner

32. “You need to pave your own way in the world.” – Lori Greiner

33. “I was fearless, I knew I would make it work, and that’s the difference between successful entrepreneurs and people that don’t get somewhere – it’s that tenacity and drive.” – Lori Greiner

34. “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” – Lori Greiner

35. “There’s something the same about success and defeat. Both should make you want to work harder.” – Lori Greiner

36. “I think if you just look around and think about what in your life you would like to be better, you can come up with an idea.” – Lori Greiner

37. “Your success will have everything to do with how you perceive yourself, because how you perceive yourself is how others will perceive you too.” – Lori Greiner

38. “Hire prudently, go slow and don’t go overboard.” – Lori Greiner

39. “In business, it is most often all about getting your foot in the door, and once you do, everything opens up and things start to naturally progress into bigger and more opportunities.” – Lori Greiner

40. “As many times as somebody may hit big paydirt, somebody may also fall in the mud. There’s never a guarantee.” – Lori Greiner

41. “Entrepreneurship is the way we take control of our lives in a tough economy.” – Lori Greiner

42. “You are wise when you listen, especially to people with experience.” – Lori Greiner

43. “I have the attitude that anything is doable, that I can make anything happen.” – Lori Greiner

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5 Viktor Frankl Quotes to Reshape Your Perspective Today

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Highly regarded as one of Viktor Frankl’s greatest works, “A Man’s Search For Meaning” highlights Dr. Frankl’s perseverance and survival through the Auschwitz concentration camp. His insights, both harrowing and enchanting, can be readily applied as a sort of spiritual compass for the modern-day man or woman. (more…)

Dan Whalen is a franchise operator with College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving, personal development writer, and NLP master practitioner. He has a background in business management and team leadership spanning nearly a decade, and has a deeply-rooted passion for helping people experience fulfilling lives. You can find him on Twitter at @DanielJWhalen.

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  1. Anurag bhatt

    Jul 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Thank u mam…..thanks for your wonderful words…..love it

  2. Magda

    Jun 12, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    A very educative article Yvonne. We owe it to ourselves to bud out the best of ourselves. As you say, we should be ready to learn from others, life is full of lessons, we are all students of life. Thanks for sharing.

    • Yvonne Kariba

      Jun 18, 2015 at 1:25 am

      You are most welcome, Magda. I am glad you found this article enlightening and share my philosophy on life, we truly are life’s students and have a lot to learn from each other.

  3. Tejaswi Khanna

    Jun 10, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Woke up to this article.and it’s marvelous. I loved the how projected these quotations into seeing the best in ourselves and create a better tomorrow. Thanks.

    • Yvonne Kariba

      Jun 10, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      You are most welcome, Tejaswi. We definitely have within us the power to create a better tomorrow for ourselves as well as others.

  4. Yvonne Kariba

    Jun 9, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for reading my article and sharing your insight, Christian. I truly believe that we should always follow our gut as far as pursuing our dreams and passion are concerned. Fear robs us of too much, a life of regret is a painful existence and a reminder of what could have been had we dared to dream and taken the risks.

  5. Lawrence Berry

    Jun 9, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    This is great! I really like quote #1 and quote #4. Abraham Lincoln was absolutely correct in that the best way to predict the future is to create it. Like you said in the article, we cannot change the past, but we can make a future that we envision for ourselves and our families. We have the capability to be who we want and do what we want, we have to just be willing to focus on it and work hard to achieve it. This was great thanks for sharing!

    • Yvonne Kariba

      Jun 9, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks, Lawrence, I am glad you understand the responsibility we have in creating the life we desire, sometimes people struggle embracing this fact.

  6. Laurie Stone

    Jun 9, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    These are all lovely and inspirational. I guess it all boils down to believing in yourself, trying, making mistakes, and then keep going till you get where you want to go. Still, its always wonderful to hear great words from great people. Thank you.

    • Yvonne Kariba

      Jun 9, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Laurie. I am glad this article resonates with you.

  7. Christian LS

    Jun 9, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Yvonne,

    Thanks for sharing.

    It is often times people forget the history and what people have done, what they’ve accomplished.
    And it is true that some people will as well get in your way for having the guts to pursue your dreams.

    Some are just to afraid to take risk, and some might not be in the positions to be.

    Whatever it is, follow your gut, and however it turns out, have no shame and learn from it.

    Christian LS
    NitroSalesTeam

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5 Viktor Frankl Quotes to Reshape Your Perspective Today

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Highly regarded as one of Viktor Frankl’s greatest works, “A Man’s Search For Meaning” highlights Dr. Frankl’s perseverance and survival through the Auschwitz concentration camp. His insights, both harrowing and enchanting, can be readily applied as a sort of spiritual compass for the modern-day man or woman.

With more distracting information than ever available today, most people quietly yearn for wisdom. Rather than fabricate a guidance system that may but probably won’t be applicable to your unique situation, I’ve leveraged one of the finest minds in recent historical memory to forge a more universal guidance system.

Here are 5 of my favorite and most applicable excerpts from one of Dr. Frankl’s most classic writings:

1. “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.”

This is where emotional agility resides. Always, even if only for a split-second, we’re given a choice in our response after an event unfolds. Things become increasingly complicated when we either forget we have a choice or don’t believe we have one (even though, in essence, you’re choosing not to believe it).

Taking five full seconds to process events prior to responding — especially the ones we’re taken aback by — shifts the balance of power back in our favor. This space between is our mental fortress — the command center for life-altering actions to be triggered. Make sure you treat it as such.

2. “The more one forgets himself — by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love — the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself.”

Some of the hardest, yet most freeing advice I’ve ever received is the statement “It’s not about you.” There are moments in life when we “do the right thing” and fill with spiritual joy. We don’t think about who may have been watching, if we’ll get credit, or how it may come back around. We just do it.

Those moments  when we get outside of ourselves and stand for a greater purpose  deliver the onset of lasting fulfillment. The times where you light up not because of the recognition you’ve received, but because you committed an act of true nobility are the one’s when you leave your mark on the world in a positive manner. The more you look to be a moon instead of the sun, the happier you will be along the way.

3. “In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning.”

You’ve heard it before: “Life has no meaning except for the meaning we give it.” While this understanding does give off a grim outlook, it’s actually quite the contrary. This grants us the freedom to assign whatever we see fit. When we realized a meaning isn’t necessarily fixed, we can sift through our options until we land on what’s most empowering.

In the book, Frankl recounts a story of a boy dying an early death. He shares how the boy once saw a situation unfold where he revered a terminally ill person’s courage and dignity in handling ultimate demise. Instead of cursing the heavens upon his own diagnosis, the boy stated fate was granting him a similar opportunity.

Luckily for most of us, our everyday experiences aren’t life or death. This is the case, however, until it’s not. The fragility and beauty of life are collapsed. It’s essential we maximize our time and minimize our suffering to make the most of it. Don’t cling to the first thing that shows up when a tough situation presents itself. Scan your optional meanings and make a wise, empowering decision.

4. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

The majority of suffering occurs today when the blueprint of someone’s life doesn’t match reality. This gap between expectation and actuality is where pain resides. We can usually do a few things to shift the occurrence of reality, but much of it is outside our locus of control. To continue closing the gap, we must change the hard expectations we have for our lives.

Immediately after, feelings of resignation may show up, like we’re compromising what we deserve. However, the lasting change can be found in our values and what we place at highest importance. For example, many people want things like love and passion in their lives, but only if it’s packaged a certain way. Perhaps other desire success, but it must be distinct type of success. Reevaluating what we want the most versus what we want right now can be a prudent “saving grace” for making the most out of difficult situations.

5. “For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best.”

As Don Miguel Ruiz asserts in “The Four Agreements,” always doing your best is critical to life working for you. Who gets the pick of the litter in terms of fame and fortune is damn-near a crapshoot, but there will be far less spoils for any of us to garner unless each of us does our best. This is where a certain degree of faith is required to continue making sacrifices for the sake of your contribution to the world, even if no one is watching.

The silver lining for those of us reading this article that we get to choose. Engaging in activities we legitimately enjoy puts us in a better state, which increases the likelihood we will be kind and supportive of others as we come in contact with them.

Life is hard enough for each individual. When left to our own devices, our minds often wander into darkness – sometimes unlikely to return. It is with this in mind, we do our best. We continue getting up, helping others, and doing as much of what we love as time permits. We may not shake the world this way, but we can certainly move it.

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23 Anthony Bourdain Quotes To Inspire You To Greatness

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Anthony Bourdain was a legend. From his extensive knowledge & experience to the culinary world, to the adventures he brought us on the show Parts Unknown where the shared the stage with everyone from villages in Cambodia to former president Barack Obama. However Bourdain continued to drop knowledge bombs through his entire career that resonate with us today.

Here are 23 of Anthony Bourdain’s best quotes:

1. “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.” – Anthony Bourdain

2. “To be treated well in places where you don’t expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you had thought previously you had very, very little in common with, can’t be a bad thing.” – Anthony Bourdain

3.  “I’m not afraid to look like an idiot.” – Anthony Bourdain

4. “I always entertain the notion that I’m wrong, or that I’ll have to revise my opinion. Most of the time that feels good; sometimes it hurts and is really embarrassing.” – Anthony Bourdain

5. “Your body is not a temple: It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” – Anthony Bourdain

8. Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetring in the unknown.” – Anthony Bourdain

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23 Inspirational Michael B. Jordan Quotes

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Michael B. Jordan is quickly becoming an all-star actor. After appearing in major motion pictures such as Creed and most recently as the villain Killmonger in the blockbuster Black Panther. Hailing from Newark New Jersey, he grew up in one of the roughest places in the U.S. However, he overcame struggles, worked hard, and found success through being obsessed with his passion: acting. 

Here are some of Michael B. Jordans best & most powerful quotes:

1. “I’ve never been the guy to hype myself up. It’s just not my thing.” – Michael B. Jordan

2. “I think everyone starts in the mailroom at some point! It’s a rite of passage. Your boss has to throw something at you and order you around for at least two years.” – Michael B. Jordan

3. “So you tell yourself to just do the work and disconnect, because you have no control over the outcome.” – Michael B. Jordan

4. “Sometimes you’re overthinking, you convince yourself to get out of it and you’re like, ‘ah I shoulda did that!’ You can’t live life with regrets. Sometimes you just gotta indulge. But in the same breath, you gotta have restraint and self-control too.” – Michael B. Jordan

5. “Be collaborative. I’ve had some of my best experiences with directors who were able to sit down and have a conversation and ask me what I thought.” – Michael B. Jordan

6. “I want people to leave the theatre and think, ‘How can I be a better person?’ That’s the only way things are going to improve.” – Michael B. Jordan

7. “I think it’s just easier for people to put you in a box or a lane because you look similar. I think that’s unfair for anybody in any situation.” – Michael B. Jordan

8. “Taking a break, taking a moment, is super important.” – Michael B. Jordan

9. “You can only fool reality until the truth comes knocking on your door.” – Michael B. Jordan

10. “As human beings, why does it take somebody to feel like they’re close to us for us to see their humanity? Why can’t we see the humanity in people that are distant from us?” – Michael B. Jordan

11. “Sometimes family doesn’t always consist of your relatives or by blood. Sometimes your best friends can feel more like family than your cousins. I think everybody kind of has that same feeling. When you go through an accident together, when you go through a traumatic event, sometimes that brings you closer together.” – Michael B. Jordan

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12. “I think everybody wants to be their own person and be an individual.” – Michael B. Jordan

13. “Sometimes you gotta go with your first instinct. You gotta go with your gut. That’s kind of how I live my life you gotta go with your gut.” – Michael B. Jordan

14. “Equality means having the same rights and liberties and opportunities regardless of our differences.” – Michael B. Jordan

15. “Do as much homework as you can. Learn everybody’s job and don’t just settle.” – Michael B. Jordan

16. “That’s one of the fun parts of becoming an actor: you can become whoever you want to be.” – Michael B. Jordan

17. “I’m not good at everything, I just do my best at everything.” – Michael B. Jordan

18. “Certain things I can’t even explain. There’s a thing about being lucky and…I feel like certain things are just, like, in your cards. I’m just walking the path that’s already set.” – Michael B. Jordan

19. “I’ve been living with that all my life. My name is Michael Jordan, so I’m always being compared to a person of greatness.” – Michael B. Jordan

20. “I think redemption is just about righting a wrong, and in that pursuit it’s about trying. You can stumble, you can make mistakes, but it’s about trying to do the right thing.” – Michael B. Jordan

21. “Just as people, we’re different around different people and in different environments.” – Michael B. Jordan

22. “Don’t pretend to know everything. I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of veteran actors, and I soak up lessons from them like a sponge.” – Michael B. Jordan

23. “Sometimes you’ve gotta hide the medicine in the food. You can’t slap somebody in the face with facts all the time. It’s too harsh.” – Michael B. Jordan

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43 Lori Greiner Quotes on Succeeding in Life & Business

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Lori Greiner is one of the original sharks on the hit show Shark Tank. She is known as the ‘Queen of QVC’ and has over 120 patents in her name. As a prolific entrepreneur, inventor, and author; Lori has taken small amounts of money and turned it into wealth through good ideas and hard work. She brings years of wisdom and insight to any business she becomes a part of.

Here are some of her best quotes:

1. “As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough.” – Lori Greiner

2. “I learned that nobody’s better than you to get your business off the ground. The experience you get is priceless.” – Lori Greiner

3. “There are always things that are needed. There are always ways to do things better. It’s all about offering solutions.” – Lori Greiner

4. “I prefer to like the people I invest in, but it’s not an absolute necessity, as long as they have a good mind and I know they’ll do whatever it takes to be successful.” – Lori Greiner

5. “For an entrepreneur, sometimes the smallest step in the right direction, ends up being the best step of your life. Stick in your little to first if you must, but take the step.” – Lori Greiner

6. “If your home environment is good and peaceful and easy, your life is better and easier.” – Lori Greiner

7. “Sometimes people don’t get anywhere because they sit on something, so afraid to reveal it. And yet, in the reverse, sometimes if you expose something too widely, you can risk losing it.” – Lori Greiner

8. “It’s a fine line, but if you don’t jump out to do something you’ll never get there.” – Lori Greiner

9. “I love the freedom of being an entrepreneur that I do what I want to do when I want to do it.” – Lori Greiner

10. “As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough.” – Lori Greiner

11. “A brilliant idea doesn’t guarantee a successful invention. Real magic comes from a brilliant idea combined with willpower, tenacity, and a willingness to make mistakes.” – Lori Greiner

12. “The big thing for me is, I never think about myself as a female in business. I’m a person in business.” – Lori Greiner

13. “People trust I know what I’m doing. I have lots of credibility. I’ve had years of learning. I know and understand my business.” – Lori Greiner

14. “You can make anything happen if you put your mind to it.” – Lori Greiner

15. “Things go wrong all the time when you’re running your own business, but it’s how you perceive it and deal with it that matters.” – Lori Greiner

16. “I had an idea, I was passionate about it and I had to work hard to turn that into a big success and more products.” – Lori Greiner

17. “I think people don’t like it when you’re not confident about what you’re pitching, and they don’t want to invest in you or get behind you.” – Lori Greiner

18. “I’ve always believed you hire character and train skill.” – Lori Greiner

19. “When it’s yours, you don’t mind doing whatever ti takes. As it keeps growing and growing, it’s a lot more work, but you also become better at everything.” – Lori Greiner

20. “The smaller the market, the harder it is to sell.” – Lori Greiner

21. “Reach for the stars; you might just catch one.” – Lori Greiner

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22. “Don’t live your fears, life your dreams.” – Lori Greiner

23. “Great ideas don’t sell themselves.” – Lori Greiner

24. “Entrepreneurs tend to be very driven, risk takers, confident, and tenacious. They don’t give up and will find another way to keep driving ahead.” – Lori Greiner

25. “Knowledge is power, especially when starting your own company. Educate yourself in what you’ll need to know.” – Lori Greiner

26. “The biggest accomplishment in life isn’t what you’re paid, it’s who you become.” – Lori Greiner

27. “I’ve achieved a certain amount of success, and now I’m thinking about the good things I can do.” – Lori Greiner

28. “There is nobody who will drive your business life you.” – Lori Greiner

29. “When I had challenges, it taught me to be more on top of it for the future.” – Lori Greiner

30. “Don’t sweat the small stuff (and it’s all small stuff). Always know in the hard times that you have the power to make things work out.” – Lori Greiner

31. “I’m very much a believer that there are no ’no’s.’ Just ‘how can I?’s.” – Lori Greiner

32. “You need to pave your own way in the world.” – Lori Greiner

33. “I was fearless, I knew I would make it work, and that’s the difference between successful entrepreneurs and people that don’t get somewhere – it’s that tenacity and drive.” – Lori Greiner

34. “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” – Lori Greiner

35. “There’s something the same about success and defeat. Both should make you want to work harder.” – Lori Greiner

36. “I think if you just look around and think about what in your life you would like to be better, you can come up with an idea.” – Lori Greiner

37. “Your success will have everything to do with how you perceive yourself, because how you perceive yourself is how others will perceive you too.” – Lori Greiner

38. “Hire prudently, go slow and don’t go overboard.” – Lori Greiner

39. “In business, it is most often all about getting your foot in the door, and once you do, everything opens up and things start to naturally progress into bigger and more opportunities.” – Lori Greiner

40. “As many times as somebody may hit big paydirt, somebody may also fall in the mud. There’s never a guarantee.” – Lori Greiner

41. “Entrepreneurship is the way we take control of our lives in a tough economy.” – Lori Greiner

42. “You are wise when you listen, especially to people with experience.” – Lori Greiner

43. “I have the attitude that anything is doable, that I can make anything happen.” – Lori Greiner

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