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75 Empowering Sara Blakely Quotes

Sara Blakely is the founder of ‘Spanx’, an attire company located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sara Blakely was placed in the top 100 of the most influential people in the world in ‘Times Magazine’. In 2014 she was ranked 93 as most powerful women in the world by Forbes.

75 Inspirational & Motivational Sara Blakely Quotes:

1. “I’ve always leaned toward a feminine, funky style, even in business settings. I used to paint my nails blue in 1993, before it was mainstream.” – Sara Blakely

2. “My first account was Neiman Marcus. I cold-called them just like I had cold-called businesses when I was selling fax machines for seven years.” – Sara Blakely

3. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know.” – Sara Blakely

4. “When something I can’t control happens, I ask myself : where is the hidden gift, where is the positive in this?” – Sara Blakely

5. “Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.” – Sara Blakely

6. “You’ve got to visualize where you’re headed and be very clear about it. Take a Polaroid picture of where you’re going to be in a few years.” – Sara Blakely

7. “When I was a child, my father used to encourage my brother and me to fail. At the dinner table, instead of asking about the best part of our day, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn’t have something to tell him, he would be disappointed. When we shared whatever failure we’d endured, he’d high-five us and say, ‘Way to go!’ The gift my father gave us by doing this was redefining what failure truly meant.” – Sara Blakely

8. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely

9. “Instead of failure being the outcome, failure became not trying. And it forced me at a young age to want to push myself so much further out of my comfort zone.” – Sara Blakely

10. “Every time I went on stage I was so terrified I almost threw up.” – Sara Blakely

11. “We don’t have the luxury of time. We spend more because of how we live, but it’s important to be with our family and friends.” – Sara Blakely

12. “My revenue was $4 million my first year in business, off of one $20 item.” – Sara Blakely

13. “I’d never worked in fashion or retail. I just needed an undergarment that didn’t exist.” – Sara Blakely

14. “I think failure is nothing more than life’s way of nudging you that you are off course.” – Sara Blakely

15. “Failure is not the outcome – failure is not trying. Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Sara Blakely

16. “My advice for an entrepreneur just starting out is to differentiate yourself. Why are you different? What’s important about you? Why does the customer need you?” – Sara Blakely

17. “Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ is my go-to song to pump myself up if I’m having a tough time or if I get really nervous right before a speech.” – Sara Blakely

18. “I shopped for body shapers for the first time in my life and I was horrified. They were thick – it was like wearing workout clothes and they all had a leg band on one side that showed through the pants.” – Sara Blakely

19. “I think very early on in life we all learn what we’re good at and what we’re not good at, and we stay where it’s safe.” – Sara Blakely

20th Sara Blakely Quote – Don’t let what you don’t know scare you, because it can become your greatest asset. And if you do things without knowing how they have always been done, you’re guaranteed to do them differently.” – Sara Blakely

21. “Failures are life’s way of nudging you and letting you know you are off course. Trying new things and not being afraid to fail along the way are more important than what you learn in school.” – Sara Blakely

22. “I made a conscious decision not to tell anyone in my life. Now I tell people – don’t tell anyone your idea until you have invested enough of yourself in it that you are not going to turn back. When a person has an idea at that conception moment it is the most vulnerable – one negative comment could knock you off course.” – Sara Blakely

23. “You’ve got to embrace what you don’t know.” – Sara Blakely

24. “I always joke and say I want to invent a comfortable stiletto and then retire.” – Sara Blakely

25. “Failure is not attached to outcome, but in not trying. This way, it is about answering to yourself.” – Sara Blakely

26. “I think failure is nothing more than life’s way of nudging you that you are off course. My attitude to failure is not attached to outcome, but in not trying. It is liberating. Most people attach failure to something not working out or how people perceive you. This way, it is about answering to yourself.” – Sara Blakely

27. “When I’m bored or tired of being blonde, I’ll throw on a wig. It’s a lot less of a permanent way to change your look, and I have about 10 – all different colors, shapes, bobs, long hair, short, feathered.” – Sara Blakely

28. “I aim to be pretty – I gave up dressing to be sexy in the eighties.” – Sara Blakely

29. “Everything in our society is so purposeful.” – Sara Blakely

30. “Failure to me became not trying versus not succeeding.” – Sara Blakely

31. “My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn’t have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Sara Blakely

32. “Don’t let what you don’t know scare you, because it can become your greatest asset.” – Sara Blakely

33. “I think my story says that, when women are given the chance and the opportunity, that we can achieve a lot. We deliver.” – Sara Blakely

34. “Perseverance is the key to starting a successful business.” – Sara Blakely

35. “I’d get kicked out of buildings all day long, people would rip up my business card in my face. It’s a humbling business to be in. But I knew I could sell and I knew I wanted to sell something I had created. I cut the feet out of those pantyhose and I knew I was on to something. This was it.” – Sara Blakely

36. “Money is fun to make, fun to spend and fun to give away.” – Sara Blakely

37. “Having a mental snapshot of where you are, where you are going, and what you are moving toward is incredibly powerful.” – Sara Blakely

 

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38. “It’s really a full-time job to manage our lives.” – Sara Blakely

39. “The thought of my mortality – I think about it a lot. I find it motivating. It can be any time that your number’s up.” – Sara Blakely

40th Sara Blakely Quote – Ideas, even million-dollar ones, are most vulnerable in their infancy; don’t share them with too many people. However, don’t hide your plan from people who can help you move it forward.” – Sara Blakely

41. “Ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely

42. “I got a call from the Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah had chosen Spanx as one of her favorite products in 2000. I had boxes of product in my apartment and I had two weeks notice that she was going to say she loved it on TV and I had no shipping department.” – Sara Blakely

43. “Most of the reason we don’t do things is because we’re afraid to fail. I just made a decision one day that I was not not going to do things in my life because of fear.” – Sara Blakely

44. “The thing about fashion – it’s like ducks going quack, quack quack. It’s being dictated from above, and it just makes me want to rebel against it.” – Sara Blakely

45. “I started thinking about joy. Everything in our society is so purposeful. Let’s bring joy back to the experience.” – Sara Blakely

46. “I took a Fear of Flying class, and I always missed the class, because I was always flying.” – Sara Blakely

47. “Don’t solicit feedback on your product, idea or your business just for validation purposes. You want to tell the people who can help move your idea forward, but if you’re just looking to your friend, co-worker, husband or wife for validation, be careful. It can stop a lot of multimillion-dollar ideas in their tracks in the beginning.” – Sara Blakely

48. “What I most identify with is effortless fashion, looking as if someone’s not put a lot of effort into their look.” – Sara Blakely

49. “It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.” – Sara Blakely

50. “I grew up in a house where my father encouraged my brother and me to fail. I specifically remember coming home and saying, ‘Dad, Dad, I tried out for this or that and I was horrible,’ and he would high-five me and say, ‘Way to go.'” – Sara Blakely

51. “I have this system where if I buy three or four new things, I give away three or four things. Sometimes, it’s a very painful system, but shopping is even better when you know that someone else who needs it will be getting. Keep the clothing karma going, I say.” – Sara Blakely

52. “My saddlebags are why ‘Spanx’ exist! Now that I have a baby I also have a muffin top.” – Sara Blakely

53. “Embrace what you don`t know.” – Sara Blakely

54. “I feel like money makes you more of who you already are.” – Sara Blakely

55. “I didn’t like the way it looked in white trousers, and I couldn’t find anything to work underneath them.” – Sara Blakely

56. “I didn’t want women to walk out of the dressing rooms feeling depressed and wanting a cocktail.” – Sara Blakely

57. “If somebody can do something 80 percent as good as you think you would have done it yourself, then you’ve got to let it go.” – Sara Blakely

58. “There is a hidden blessing in the most traumatic things we go through in our lives. My brain always goes to, ‘Where is the hidden blessing? What is my gift?'” – Sara Blakely

59. “With every obstacle that has happened to me in my life, my brain immediately says, ‘Where is the hidden blessing?’ In starting a business and growing a business, every day is learning how to manage obstacles.” – Sara Blakely

60th Sara Blakely Quote – Everything about my journey to get Spanx off the ground entailed me having to be a salesperson – from going to the hosiery mills to get a prototype made to calling Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. I had to position myself to get five minutes in the door with buyers.” – Sara Blakely

61. “I’ll mix a lot of things. I’ll wear a Temperley dress with flip flops, or I might be in head-to-toe Gucci and have on a ring that I got from a gumball machine for 50 cents.” – Sara Blakely

62. “What you don’t know can be your greatest asset.” – Sara Blakely

63. “The word ‘Spanx’ was funny. It made people laugh. No one ever forgot it.” – Sara Blakely

64. “My husband is such a healthy eater. Except when it comes to sweets. He never consumes anything except fruit until noon. And then from noon on he might have some brown rice and some tofu, and then, come eight or nine at night, he orders three mud-pie double-chocolate pieces of cake and eats all three of them.” – Sara Blakely

65. “The smartest thing I ever did was to hire my weakness.” – Sara Blakely

66. “I pledge to invest in women because I believe it offers one of the greatest returns on investment. I am committed to the belief that we would all be in a much better place if half the human race (women) were empowered to prosper, invent, be educated, start their own businesses, run for office essentially be given the chance to soar.” – Sara Blakely

67. “Whatever you can think, you can create; just have a very clear vision… Once you have your snapshot, work on filling in the blanks to get to that place.” – Sara Blakely

68. “Courage is doing something despite the fear, and I’ve worked hard on being a courageous person.” – Sara Blakely

69. “Where I get my energy is: ‘How can I make it better?” – Sara Blakely

70. “I did not like the way I looked in a pair of white pants.” – Sara Blakely

71. “I couldn’t figure out what to wear under my clothes. The body shapers were too thick at the time.” – Sara Blakely

72. “Most of us want to tell our coworkers or friends, or husbands or wives, our ideas. For what reason? We want validation. But I feel ideas are most vulnerable in their infancy. Out of love and concern, friends and family give all the reasons or objections on why you shouldn’t do it. I didn’t want to risk that.” – Sara Blakely

73. “When I was growing up, my dad would encourage my brother and I to fail. We would be sitting at the dinner table and he would ask, ‘So what did you guys fail at this week?’ If we didn’t have something to contribute, he would be disappointed. When I did fail at something, he’d high-five me. What I didn’t realize at the time was that he was completely re-framing my definition of failure at a young age. To me, failure means not trying; failure isn’t the outcome. If I have to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘I didn’t try that because I was scared,’ that is failure.” – Sara Blakely

74. “When I was 7, I came up with the idea of ‘charm socks.’ My mom would take me to buy bags of plastic charms, we would sew them on frilly white socks, and I sold them at school.” – Sara Blakely

75. “If we can put a man on the moon, we can make pantyhose comfortable.” – Sara Blakely

What’s your favorite Sara Blakely Quote? Share your favorite quote in the comment section below

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  1. Charlene Rhinehart

    Jan 11, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Great post! I really liked quote #73! This is a complete shift in how our society views failure!

    73. “When I was growing up, my dad would encourage my brother and I to fail. We would be sitting at the dinner table and he would ask, ‘So what did you guys fail at this week?’ If we didn’t have something to contribute, he would be disappointed. When I did fail at something, he’d high-five me. What I didn’t realize at the time was that he was completely re-framing my definition of failure at a young age. To me, failure means not trying; failure isn’t the outcome. If I have to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘I didn’t try that because I was scared,’ that is failure.” – Sara Blakely

  2. Paul Damson Mwanelo

    Jan 10, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Sara Blakely deserve to be emulated in as far as fulfilling dreams is concerned! From the powerful inspiration above,I have learned,realise and concluded mathematically that #DREAMS vs #ACTIONS=#REALITY #{ DREAM ACCOMPLISHMENT}!

  3. stephen osoko

    Jan 8, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Great Post Jesse!
    “You’ve got to visualize where you’re headed and be very clear about it. Take a Polaroid picture of where you’re going to be in a few years.” – Sara Blakely
    That’s so true.
    The vision will become reality.

  4. bakiliressam

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Sara Blakely rose from door-to-door fax salesperson to one of today’s most successful entrepreneurs. Learn from her powerful words.

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32 Inspirational Mother Teresa Quotes

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Mother Teresa, known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, is one of the most recognized humanitarian figures in recent memory.  From an early age, Mother Teresa dedicated her life to charity and helping those in need all around the world.  Even though much of her drive comes from her loyalty to her faith, her story and wisdom continues to inspire millions to this day even after her death in 1997.

Here are some of her most inspirational quotes:

1. “Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa

2. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

3. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

4. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa

5. “There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.” – Mother Teresa

6. “We fear the future because we are wasting the today” – Mother Teresa

7. “I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.” – Mother Teresa

8. “Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.” – Mother Teresa

9. “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa

10. “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

11. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa

12. “When you don’t have anything, then you have everything” – Mother Teresa

13. “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”

14. “Live simply so others may simply live.” – Mother Teresa

15. “I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?” – Mother Teresa

16. “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” – Mother Teresa

17. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Teresa

18. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa

19. “Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. ” – Mother Teresa

20. “True love is a giving, and giving until it hurts” – Mother Teresa

21. “One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.” – Mother Teresa

22. “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.” – Mother Teresa

23. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

24. “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for a smile is the beginning of love” – Mother Teresa

25. “Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.” – Mother Teresa

26. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

27. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person” – Mother Teresa

28. “Intense love does not measure, it just gives.” – Mother Teresa

29. “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” – Mother Teresa

30. “God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.” – Mother Teresa

31. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

32. “Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.” – Mother Teresa

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35 Motivational Nick Vujicic Quotes

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Born with a rare disorder that left him without arms and legs; Nick Vujicic overcome adversity to become one of the most respected motivational speakers in the world.  From being bullied as a child & confronting his physcial & mental barriers; Nick has grown up to inspire the world and help millions realize that these barriers we encounter exist only in our minds.  Nicks words & actions demonstrate the power of the phrase “where there’s a will, there’s a way”.

Here are 35 of his most powerful quotes:

1. “No matter who you are, no matter what you’re going through, God knows it. He is with you. He is going to pull you through.” – Nick Vujicic

2. “Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude.” – Nick Vujicic

3. “… God gave you just one mouth but He gave you two ears, so you should listen twice as much as you speak” – Nick Vujicic

4. “I don’t want to be someone’s reason to hate their life. I want to be someone’s reason to seek something more in their life.” – Nick Vujicic

5. “We may have absolutely no control over what happens to us, but we can control how we respond. If we choose the right attitude, we can rise above whatever challenges we face.” – Nick Vujicic

6. “If a man without arms and legs is dreaming big why can’t we, why can’t we all?” – Nick Vujicic

7. “Often times we feel like either we can’t make a world of difference, or we feel that it’s not going to change anything anyway. The truth is you can change someone’s day,you can change someone’s life, but you have to show up and do what you got to do to actually see any fruit coming from it.” – Nick Vujicic

8. “This life is full of great experiences if we only give it a shot” – Nick Vujicic

9. “Take small steps in the right direction. No matter how small your steps, keep moving forward towards your goal.” – Nick Vujicic

10. “It’s a lie to think you’re not good enough. It’s a lie to think you’re not worth anything.” – Nick Vujicic

11. “Don’t give up. And know that there is always someone out there who believes in you and who loves you just the way that you are.” – Nick Vujicic

12. “Money can’t heal your heart. Money can’t give you purpose. I don’t want arms and legs, I want purpose. I don’t want arms and legs, I want peace. And I don’t want arms and legs, I want to be a miracle for someone else.” – Nick Vujicic

13. “In life, if you don’t know the truth, then you can’t be free, because then you’ll believe that the lies are the truth. But once we realize that when we read the Word of God, and you know the truth of who you are, then I’m not a man without arms and legs. I am a child of God.” – Nick Vujicic

14. “I encourage you to accept that you may not be able to see a path right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there.” – Nick Vujicic

15. “The biggest temptation I believe is to feel comfortable, to feel like you’ve worked through all of that here on earth, and are satisfied with this life” – Nick Vujicic

16. “There are no short and easy paths to a long and lasting happiness.” – Nick Vujicic

17. “Pain is pain. Broken is broken. Fear is the biggest disability of all. And will paralyze you more than you being in a wheelchair.” – Nick Vujicic

18. “Just because I don’t understand god’s plans does not mean that he is not with me.” – Nick Vujicic

19. “To wish for change will change nothing. To make the decision to take action right now will change everything!” – Nick Vujicic

20. “It’s a lie to not think you’re good enough. It’s a lie to not think you’re worth anything.” – Nick Vujicic

21. “Focus on your dream and do everything in your power! You have the power to change your life circumstances.” – Nick Vujicic

22. “Keep moving ahead because action creates momentum, which in turn creates unanticipated opportunities.” – Nick Vujicic

23. “I was never crippled until I lost hope.” – Nick Vujicic

24. “I will try one hundred times to get up, and if I fail one hundred times, If I fail and I give up will I ever get up? No! If I fail I’ll try again and again. But I want to tell you, it’s not the end.” – Nick Vujicic

25. “When you can’t get a miracle, you can still be a miracle for someone else” – Nick Vujicic

26. “In life you have a choice: bitter or better? Choose better, forget bitter.” – Nick Vujicic

27. “If you’re looking for happiness in things, you’ll never find it.” – Nick Vujicic

28. “The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.” – Nick Vujicic

29. “Don’t put your life on hold so you can dwell on the unfairness of past hurts” – Nick Vujicic

30. “You can either be angry for what you don’t have or thankful for what you do have. Do your best and God will do the rest.” – Nick Vujicic

31. “The greatest rewards come when you give of yourself. It’s about bettering the lives of others, being part of something bigger than yourself, and making a positive difference.” – Nick Vujicic

32. “I believe if God doesn’t give you a miracle, you are a miracle of God for somebody else’s salvation.” – Nick Vujicic

33. “Dream big, my friend, and never give up. We all make mistakes, but none of us are mistakes. Take one day at a time. Embrace the positive attitudes, perspectives, principles and truths I share, and you, too, will overcome.” – Nick Vujicic

34. “The challenges in our lives are there to strengthen our convictions. They are not there to run us over.” – Nick Vujicic

35. “Focus on your dream and do everything in your power you have the power to change your life circumstances.” – Nick Vujicic

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33 Enlightening Bob Marley Quotes

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Bob Marley is an internationally respected musician, activist, and philanthropist.  Hailing from Jamaica, his music has influenced both minds and revolutions around the world.  Much of his wisdom can be found in the lyrics of his songs.  Timeless, these words will resonate within young people for generations to come.

Here are some of Bob Marley’s most powerful words of wisdom

1. “I don’t believe in death, neither in flesh nor in spirit.” – Bob Marley

2. “When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.” – Bob Marley

3. “Love the life you live. live the life you love.” – Bob Marley

4. “Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts.” – Bob Marley

5. “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

6. “Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living.” – Bob Marley

7. “Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality.” – Bob Marley

8. “Don’t complicate your mind.” – Bob Marley

9. “The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

10. “Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.” – Bob Marley

 

11. “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold…” – Bob Marley
12. “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley
13. “It’s your own conscience that is gonna remind you; that it’s your heart and nobody else’s that is gonna judge.” – Bob Marley
14. “Judge not, before you judge yourself. Judge not, if you’re not ready for judgment.” – Bob Marley
15. “Man is a universe within himself.” – Bob Marley

16. “Your life is worth much more than gold.” – Bob Marley

17. “Judge not, before you judge yourself.” – Bob Marley

18. “Don’t trust people whose feelings change with time. Trust people whose feelings remain the same, even when the time” – Bob Marley

19. “You just can’t live in that negative way….. make way for the positive day.” – Bob Marley

20. “I no have education. I have inspiration. If I was educated I would be a damn fool.” – Bob Marley

21. “Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.” – Bob Marley

22. “Road of life is rocky and you may stumble too, so while you talk about me, someone else is judging you.” – Bob Marley

23. “Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” – Bob Marley

24. “Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be all right.” – Bob Marley

25. “In this bright future you can’t forget your past.” – Bob Marley

26. “In the abundance of water a fool is thirsty.” – Bob Marley

27. “One love, one heart . . . Let’s get together and feel all right” – Bob Marley

28. “As a man sow, shall he reap. and I know that talk is cheap. But the heat of the battle is as sweet as the victory.” – Bob Marley

29. “True friends are like stars; you can only recognize them when it’s dark around you.” – Bob Marley

30. “Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” – Bob Marley

31. “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley

32. “Love, friendship, laughter… Some of the best things in life really are free.” – Bob Marley

33. “The most beautiful things are not perfect, they are special” – Bob Marley

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28 Inspirational Nelson Mandela Quotes

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Nelson Mandela is the former president of South Africa, as well as a well known and respected humanitarian, activist, philanthropist, politician, and revolutionary.  Millions look towards Mandelas actions as they fight for their own human rights across the world.  It is hard to argue against the idea that he was one of the most influential leaders in recent memory.

Here are a few of his most powerful quotes:

1. “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” – Nelson Mandela

2. “Forget the past” – Nelson Mandela

3. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

4. “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” – Nelson Mandela

5. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination” – Nelson Mandela

6. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

7. “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.” – Nelson Mandela

8. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

9. “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same” – Nelson Mandela

10. “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” – Nelson Mandela

11. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy.  Then he becomes your partner” – Nelson Mandela

12. “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.” – Nelson Mandela

13. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” – Nelson Mandela

14. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

15. “Let each know that for each the body, the mind, and the soul have been freed to fullfill themselves” – Nelson Mandela

16. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela

17. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

18. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb” – Nelson Mandela

19. “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

20. “When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat” – Nelson Mandela

21. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” – Nelson Mandela

22. “Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace” – Nelson Mandela

23. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela

24. “Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished” – Nelson Mandela

25. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” – Nelson Mandela

26. “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela

27. “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.” – Nelson Mandela

28. “When people are determined they can overcome anything.” – Nelson Mandela

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Maybe you’re spending sleepless nights tossing and turning in bed, or perhaps you’re sleeping in until noon. Maybe all you hear are the sad songs, and all you think of are the terrible things that are happening. (more…)

Edwin S. Soriano, Executive Life Coach, Trainer, Author of "You Can Be Happy Again" book. Over the past ten years, I've helped thousands of people create positive change,  permanent transformations in their life. We do this through life coaching, training, books and online content. I help CEOs, Entrepreneurs and business leaders develop their people as a key strategy for growing their business. Learn more at www.edwinsoriano.com and www.winningcoaching.net .

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  1. Charlene Rhinehart

    Jan 11, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Great post! I really liked quote #73! This is a complete shift in how our society views failure!

    73. “When I was growing up, my dad would encourage my brother and I to fail. We would be sitting at the dinner table and he would ask, ‘So what did you guys fail at this week?’ If we didn’t have something to contribute, he would be disappointed. When I did fail at something, he’d high-five me. What I didn’t realize at the time was that he was completely re-framing my definition of failure at a young age. To me, failure means not trying; failure isn’t the outcome. If I have to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘I didn’t try that because I was scared,’ that is failure.” – Sara Blakely

  2. Paul Damson Mwanelo

    Jan 10, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Sara Blakely deserve to be emulated in as far as fulfilling dreams is concerned! From the powerful inspiration above,I have learned,realise and concluded mathematically that #DREAMS vs #ACTIONS=#REALITY #{ DREAM ACCOMPLISHMENT}!

  3. stephen osoko

    Jan 8, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Great Post Jesse!
    “You’ve got to visualize where you’re headed and be very clear about it. Take a Polaroid picture of where you’re going to be in a few years.” – Sara Blakely
    That’s so true.
    The vision will become reality.

  4. bakiliressam

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Sara Blakely rose from door-to-door fax salesperson to one of today’s most successful entrepreneurs. Learn from her powerful words.

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32 Inspirational Mother Teresa Quotes

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Mother Teresa, known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, is one of the most recognized humanitarian figures in recent memory.  From an early age, Mother Teresa dedicated her life to charity and helping those in need all around the world.  Even though much of her drive comes from her loyalty to her faith, her story and wisdom continues to inspire millions to this day even after her death in 1997.

Here are some of her most inspirational quotes:

1. “Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa

2. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

3. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

4. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa

5. “There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.” – Mother Teresa

6. “We fear the future because we are wasting the today” – Mother Teresa

7. “I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.” – Mother Teresa

8. “Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.” – Mother Teresa

9. “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa

10. “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

11. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa

12. “When you don’t have anything, then you have everything” – Mother Teresa

13. “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”

14. “Live simply so others may simply live.” – Mother Teresa

15. “I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?” – Mother Teresa

16. “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” – Mother Teresa

17. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Teresa

18. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa

19. “Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. ” – Mother Teresa

20. “True love is a giving, and giving until it hurts” – Mother Teresa

21. “One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.” – Mother Teresa

22. “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.” – Mother Teresa

23. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

24. “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for a smile is the beginning of love” – Mother Teresa

25. “Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.” – Mother Teresa

26. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

27. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person” – Mother Teresa

28. “Intense love does not measure, it just gives.” – Mother Teresa

29. “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” – Mother Teresa

30. “God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.” – Mother Teresa

31. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

32. “Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.” – Mother Teresa

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35 Motivational Nick Vujicic Quotes

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Born with a rare disorder that left him without arms and legs; Nick Vujicic overcome adversity to become one of the most respected motivational speakers in the world.  From being bullied as a child & confronting his physcial & mental barriers; Nick has grown up to inspire the world and help millions realize that these barriers we encounter exist only in our minds.  Nicks words & actions demonstrate the power of the phrase “where there’s a will, there’s a way”.

Here are 35 of his most powerful quotes:

1. “No matter who you are, no matter what you’re going through, God knows it. He is with you. He is going to pull you through.” – Nick Vujicic

2. “Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude.” – Nick Vujicic

3. “… God gave you just one mouth but He gave you two ears, so you should listen twice as much as you speak” – Nick Vujicic

4. “I don’t want to be someone’s reason to hate their life. I want to be someone’s reason to seek something more in their life.” – Nick Vujicic

5. “We may have absolutely no control over what happens to us, but we can control how we respond. If we choose the right attitude, we can rise above whatever challenges we face.” – Nick Vujicic

6. “If a man without arms and legs is dreaming big why can’t we, why can’t we all?” – Nick Vujicic

7. “Often times we feel like either we can’t make a world of difference, or we feel that it’s not going to change anything anyway. The truth is you can change someone’s day,you can change someone’s life, but you have to show up and do what you got to do to actually see any fruit coming from it.” – Nick Vujicic

8. “This life is full of great experiences if we only give it a shot” – Nick Vujicic

9. “Take small steps in the right direction. No matter how small your steps, keep moving forward towards your goal.” – Nick Vujicic

10. “It’s a lie to think you’re not good enough. It’s a lie to think you’re not worth anything.” – Nick Vujicic

11. “Don’t give up. And know that there is always someone out there who believes in you and who loves you just the way that you are.” – Nick Vujicic

12. “Money can’t heal your heart. Money can’t give you purpose. I don’t want arms and legs, I want purpose. I don’t want arms and legs, I want peace. And I don’t want arms and legs, I want to be a miracle for someone else.” – Nick Vujicic

13. “In life, if you don’t know the truth, then you can’t be free, because then you’ll believe that the lies are the truth. But once we realize that when we read the Word of God, and you know the truth of who you are, then I’m not a man without arms and legs. I am a child of God.” – Nick Vujicic

14. “I encourage you to accept that you may not be able to see a path right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there.” – Nick Vujicic

15. “The biggest temptation I believe is to feel comfortable, to feel like you’ve worked through all of that here on earth, and are satisfied with this life” – Nick Vujicic

16. “There are no short and easy paths to a long and lasting happiness.” – Nick Vujicic

17. “Pain is pain. Broken is broken. Fear is the biggest disability of all. And will paralyze you more than you being in a wheelchair.” – Nick Vujicic

18. “Just because I don’t understand god’s plans does not mean that he is not with me.” – Nick Vujicic

19. “To wish for change will change nothing. To make the decision to take action right now will change everything!” – Nick Vujicic

20. “It’s a lie to not think you’re good enough. It’s a lie to not think you’re worth anything.” – Nick Vujicic

21. “Focus on your dream and do everything in your power! You have the power to change your life circumstances.” – Nick Vujicic

22. “Keep moving ahead because action creates momentum, which in turn creates unanticipated opportunities.” – Nick Vujicic

23. “I was never crippled until I lost hope.” – Nick Vujicic

24. “I will try one hundred times to get up, and if I fail one hundred times, If I fail and I give up will I ever get up? No! If I fail I’ll try again and again. But I want to tell you, it’s not the end.” – Nick Vujicic

25. “When you can’t get a miracle, you can still be a miracle for someone else” – Nick Vujicic

26. “In life you have a choice: bitter or better? Choose better, forget bitter.” – Nick Vujicic

27. “If you’re looking for happiness in things, you’ll never find it.” – Nick Vujicic

28. “The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.” – Nick Vujicic

29. “Don’t put your life on hold so you can dwell on the unfairness of past hurts” – Nick Vujicic

30. “You can either be angry for what you don’t have or thankful for what you do have. Do your best and God will do the rest.” – Nick Vujicic

31. “The greatest rewards come when you give of yourself. It’s about bettering the lives of others, being part of something bigger than yourself, and making a positive difference.” – Nick Vujicic

32. “I believe if God doesn’t give you a miracle, you are a miracle of God for somebody else’s salvation.” – Nick Vujicic

33. “Dream big, my friend, and never give up. We all make mistakes, but none of us are mistakes. Take one day at a time. Embrace the positive attitudes, perspectives, principles and truths I share, and you, too, will overcome.” – Nick Vujicic

34. “The challenges in our lives are there to strengthen our convictions. They are not there to run us over.” – Nick Vujicic

35. “Focus on your dream and do everything in your power you have the power to change your life circumstances.” – Nick Vujicic

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33 Enlightening Bob Marley Quotes

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Bob Marley is an internationally respected musician, activist, and philanthropist.  Hailing from Jamaica, his music has influenced both minds and revolutions around the world.  Much of his wisdom can be found in the lyrics of his songs.  Timeless, these words will resonate within young people for generations to come.

Here are some of Bob Marley’s most powerful words of wisdom

1. “I don’t believe in death, neither in flesh nor in spirit.” – Bob Marley

2. “When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.” – Bob Marley

3. “Love the life you live. live the life you love.” – Bob Marley

4. “Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts.” – Bob Marley

5. “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

6. “Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living.” – Bob Marley

7. “Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality.” – Bob Marley

8. “Don’t complicate your mind.” – Bob Marley

9. “The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

10. “Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.” – Bob Marley

 

11. “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold…” – Bob Marley
12. “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley
13. “It’s your own conscience that is gonna remind you; that it’s your heart and nobody else’s that is gonna judge.” – Bob Marley
14. “Judge not, before you judge yourself. Judge not, if you’re not ready for judgment.” – Bob Marley
15. “Man is a universe within himself.” – Bob Marley

16. “Your life is worth much more than gold.” – Bob Marley

17. “Judge not, before you judge yourself.” – Bob Marley

18. “Don’t trust people whose feelings change with time. Trust people whose feelings remain the same, even when the time” – Bob Marley

19. “You just can’t live in that negative way….. make way for the positive day.” – Bob Marley

20. “I no have education. I have inspiration. If I was educated I would be a damn fool.” – Bob Marley

21. “Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.” – Bob Marley

22. “Road of life is rocky and you may stumble too, so while you talk about me, someone else is judging you.” – Bob Marley

23. “Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” – Bob Marley

24. “Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be all right.” – Bob Marley

25. “In this bright future you can’t forget your past.” – Bob Marley

26. “In the abundance of water a fool is thirsty.” – Bob Marley

27. “One love, one heart . . . Let’s get together and feel all right” – Bob Marley

28. “As a man sow, shall he reap. and I know that talk is cheap. But the heat of the battle is as sweet as the victory.” – Bob Marley

29. “True friends are like stars; you can only recognize them when it’s dark around you.” – Bob Marley

30. “Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” – Bob Marley

31. “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley

32. “Love, friendship, laughter… Some of the best things in life really are free.” – Bob Marley

33. “The most beautiful things are not perfect, they are special” – Bob Marley

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28 Inspirational Nelson Mandela Quotes

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Nelson Mandela is the former president of South Africa, as well as a well known and respected humanitarian, activist, philanthropist, politician, and revolutionary.  Millions look towards Mandelas actions as they fight for their own human rights across the world.  It is hard to argue against the idea that he was one of the most influential leaders in recent memory.

Here are a few of his most powerful quotes:

1. “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” – Nelson Mandela

2. “Forget the past” – Nelson Mandela

3. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

4. “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” – Nelson Mandela

5. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination” – Nelson Mandela

6. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

7. “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.” – Nelson Mandela

8. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

9. “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same” – Nelson Mandela

10. “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” – Nelson Mandela

11. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy.  Then he becomes your partner” – Nelson Mandela

12. “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.” – Nelson Mandela

13. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” – Nelson Mandela

14. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

15. “Let each know that for each the body, the mind, and the soul have been freed to fullfill themselves” – Nelson Mandela

16. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela

17. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

18. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb” – Nelson Mandela

19. “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

20. “When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat” – Nelson Mandela

21. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” – Nelson Mandela

22. “Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace” – Nelson Mandela

23. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela

24. “Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished” – Nelson Mandela

25. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” – Nelson Mandela

26. “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela

27. “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.” – Nelson Mandela

28. “When people are determined they can overcome anything.” – Nelson Mandela

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