My 76 Favourite Motivational Quotes

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

~ Thomas Edison

Do you love reading quotes? So do I! Here are my favourite motivational and inspirational quotes of all time:

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“Life’s problems wouldn’t be called “hurdles” if there wasn’t a way to get over them.” ~ Author Unknown

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” ~ Author Unknown

“God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them.” ~ Author Unknown

“Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.” ~ Woody Allen

“The best helping hand that you will ever receive is the one at the end of your own arm.” ~ Fred Dehner

“You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.” ~ Steven D. Woodhull

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ~ Les Brown

” Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~ Henry Ford

“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” ~ Arnold H. Glasow

“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.” ~ Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Huxley

” If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.” ~ J.M. Power

“Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.” ~ C.D. Jackson

“Put your future in good hands – your own.” ~ Author Unknown

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” ~ Edmund Hillary

“Often, what seems an impossible climb is just a staircase without the steps drawn in.” ~ Robert Brault

“The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle.” ~ Author Unknown

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, 1996

“When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

“You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.” ~ Charles C. Noble

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

“Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.” ~ Wendy Wasserstein

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” ~ Art Linkletter

“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.”‘ ~ Ralph Marston

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” ~ e.e. cummings, 1955

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” ~ Judy Garland

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.” ~ David Brinkley

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” ~ Author Unknown

“Success comes in cans, not cant’s.” ~ Author Unknown

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~ Albert Einstein

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.” ~ Michelangelo

“The man who has done his best has done everything.” ~ Charles M. Schwab

“There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.” ~ Charles D. Gill

“What a fool, quoth he, am I, thus to lie in a stinking dungeon, when I may as well walk at liberty! I have a key in my bosom, called Promise, that will, I am persuaded, open any lock in Doubting Castle.” ~ John Bunyan

“In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality.” ~ Kristian Kan, Rich By 25

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“Nature decrees that we do not exceed the speed of light. All other impossibilities are optional.” ~ Robert Brault

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Dreams are free, so free your dreams.” ~ Astrid Alauda

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.” ~ Eleanor Powell

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” ~ Nelson Henderson

“The shell must break before the bird can fly.” ~ Alfred Tennyson

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.” ~ Henry Ford

“I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down.” ~ Allen H. Neuharth

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” ~ Michael Jordan

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” ~ Thomas Alva Edison

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” ~ Buddhist Saying

“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” ~ Charles F. Kettering

“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” ~ Author Unknown

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” ~ Larry Bird

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” ~ Author Unknown

“Life is not about discovering our talents; it is about pushing our talents to the limit and discovering our genius.” ~ Robert Brault

“Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.” ~ Max L. Forman

“Don’t let anyone steal your dream. It’s your dream, not theirs.” ~ Dan Zadra

“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” ~ Veronica A. Shoffstall, “After a While,” 1971

“The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.” ~ Author Unknown

“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” ~ Author Unknown

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~ Thomas Edison

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” ~ Attributed to both Vidal Sassoon and Donald Kendall

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.” ~ Ann Landers

“When the world says, “Give up, “Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”” ~ Author Unknown

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” ~ Flavia Weedn, Flavia and the Dream Maker, ©

“There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.” ~ Author Unknown

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.” ~ Henry Ford

“To the question of your life you are the answer, and to the problems of your life you are the solution.” ~ Joe Cordare

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” ~ Buddha

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” ~George Smith Patton

“Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.” ~ Author Unknown

“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.” ~ Author Unknown

“The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.” ~ Author Unknown

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” ~ Japanese Proverb

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Motivational Video – Achieve Your Dream

What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.

~ Eleanor Powell

Everyone has dreams but not every has the courage to pursue their dreams. Life is sometimes challenging and you need the motivation to get through all the obstacles that are blocking your road to success.

I hope this video will inspire you as much as it does to me.

Here are some questions that can help you to achieve your dream:

– What do you really want?
– Why do you really want it?
– What are you willing to do to achieve it?

Answer these questions and they will help bring you more clarity and power.

Success Quotes – Top Famous Inspirational Success Quotes

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.

~ Elisabeth Kbler-Ross

Here is the list of success quotes I have collected that can change your life:

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” -Bill Cosby

“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” -Mark Twain

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” -David Brinkley

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” ~Albert Einstein

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” -Napoleon Hill

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” ~Swami Vivekananda

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” -Bill Cosby

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” -Abraham Lincoln

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” -Henry Ford

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” -Vince Lombardi

“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” -David Frost

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” -Booker T. Washington

“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” -George S. Patton

“Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.” -J. Paul Getty

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” -Jim Rohn

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” -W. C. Fields

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” -Vince Lombardi

“All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.” -Mark Twain

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” –Bill Gates

“Failure is success if we learn from it.” -Malcolm Forbes

I Need To Change My Life

Dreams are free, so free your dreams.

~ Astrid Alauda

I Need To Change My LifeHave you ever said to yourself “I need to change my life”?

Every one of us always wants to change some area in our life whether it is about turning around your body, improving your financial situation, shifting your relationship or simply just to be happier and more fulfilled at a different level but most of us find ourselves stuck in the belief of what we are not supposed to do or how we’re supposed to be or what people and the society think of us. Sometimes we are stuck in the habits of doing certain things in certain way. Sometimes we get stuck in the emotional pattern such as being sad, depressed, overwhelmed or getting pissed off.

The change always comes from some breakthrough moments. Those moments can come from some movies that touch your heart or deepest place of your soul, the lyric of the song, meeting somebody accidentally and they say something to you that wakes you up or maybe something inside yourself snaps you and that makes you say to yourself “NO MORE, I’m gonna change this!” and you start to take back the control of your life and you begin to make the shift for a new better quality outcome in your life. Everybody who has changed their life almost always experiences these moments.

“There are two important moments in your life: The moment you were born and the moment you ask yourself why you were born.”

No matter who we are, all of us experience extreme stress at some point in our life, something happens outside of our control and it knocks us down on our knees. It could be a health stress, a serious disease, a family problem, divorce, the loss of a loved one, the loss of career or whatever it is and it has little or nothing you can do about. However, the good news is that stress doesn’t come from the facts; stress comes from the meaning that you give to the facts, the thing that you choose to focus on.

So it all comes down to the question: “What is the only power that controls the quality of our life, regardless to what happens to us?” The answer is the power of choice. That’s the only thing that we human beings are gifted. We cannot control the event but we can choose what to focus on, what we are going to do and what the event means to us. These choices and decisions really control the outcome of our life and our destiny, not the events.

Look back in your life right now and try to think about the decisions you have made and if you had made different decisions, you would have had a totally different life.  How is your life better today because of making those decisions? Maybe you decide to go back to college or university because you want to help your family, maybe you decide to be a fitness trainer because you used to be fat and now you want to help other fat people to get fit and have a good health. You can see that, decision equals destiny, not the conditions. Sometimes just a little decision can change your whole life! What you decide to eat and drink in the diner every night eventually determines your physical body and your health, we all know that.

Whatever you focus on, you will feel. If you focus on people who don’t like you, you look for the evidences why people don’t like, you will find it everywhere. If you focus on people who are really good and beautiful inside, you look for the evidences and you’ll find it eventually. Seek and you shall find it. The secret here is, “Have you become more conscious about the decisions you are making?”

New life comes from new choices and you have to make conscious choices. When you make unconscious choices about what to do and what to focus on, you will usually end up with terrible results.  So if you want to change your result you have to become more conscious about your decision making.

One of the major changes in my life is when I attended the Unleash The Power Within event by Tony Robbins. I learnt so much in those days and I could never forget it.

Here’s a video about his event on Fox News:

Tony Robbins UPW London event was life changing! 

I learnt the three steps that you need to master when you face a challenge:

  1. Decide the things you need to focus on. Remember what you focus on, you will feel, whether it’s true or not.
  2. Decide what these things mean. Is this the end or the beginning? Be smart about the meaning you label on these things. For instance, you have some financial setback or you lost your job, you might say “it’s all over, I lost everything”; or you might say “it’s time for me to find a better job, and I need to work harder and become more creative” Meaning is what shapes our life. Most of the cases, setback helps you to make new better and smarter choices to obtain a better result. Think about the arrow, the arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life drags you back with difficulties, it might be going to launch you into something magnificent!
  3. Decide what you are going to do? Quit, give up or turn it around and keep going?

In life, we all have the ability to choose what to focus on, to commit to get the result, to put all the intention and focus on something. We all have the ability to do the right things. If you do the right things over and over again, you will end up with good fortune or something you might call luck, and you tend to be lucky when you totally focus on the right things you work hard on.

Why do some people make bold decision and some people just stand around there and tend to accept whatever life gives to them? At some level we have some certain beliefs and values. But there are two forces that determine the decisions you make:

  1. The state of mind and emotion that you are in that moment. Have you ever got angry at someone that has nothing to do with them but just the state you are in, whether you are upset, being pissed off or overwhelmed and in that state of mind, whatever they say to you, you make up a meaning that that person is interrupting you or irritating you and then you feel bad afterward. When we get in the wrong state, we make the wrong decisions, when we get into a good state, such as happy, determined or calm, we make good decisions. Therefore it’s important to get into a good state to make good decisions so you won’t regret afterward.
  2. Your blueprint- The story or belief you have about yourself and your life on how it’s supposed to be. If you believe you are a serious person, you will never act crazy or cracking stupid jokes unless you are drunk and you will say it’s not you and the alcohol is your excuse. Your blueprint is the long term force that determines the choices you make in your life.

Understanding the forces that determine the choice you make, now you can learn how to break through from crisis. The most significant thing you must learn to break through from crisis or any problem you have in your life is understanding that you are responsible for making the change. If you are in problems and someone says “It’s not your fault, they treat you unfair or it’s because of this or that…” you would have no power to solve the problem. As long as you have a belief that you are not responsible for anything, you won’t be able to change it because you have no power.

It might be weird to say, but many of us are addicted to our problems. We like to talk or complaint about our problems but we don’t tend to seriously spend time and energy on finding the solution for our problems. The reason maybe we need the attention and the sympathy from other people. Sometimes when you succeed in something and you tell people around you, some people will congratulate you but others might say “Well, Easy for you!” and they try to undervalue your success. But when you have problem, others might say “Hey, I understand…” and they try to connect with you.  So if you want to make some change in your life, you have to give up your story that it’s not your fault and give up the attention, the love, the connection that makes you addicted to your problem.

Tony Robbins London seminar was super transformational! Here are 5 steps to change your life, by Tony Robbins:

  1. Whatever happens to you, you have to deal with it. See it as it is, but not worse than it is. You must see what the problem is but don’t make it so horrific that you just give up. Don’t make it outside of your control so you can’t change it. If you are overweight, you have to see yourself overweight and start to make some changes, do more exercise, get on diet or do whatever it takes to lose those extra weights but don’t say to yourself “Well, I’m big bone!”
  2. Get to the real truth and deal with it. Be true to yourself because the truth will set you free to make the better choices. Deal with your reality right now, the longer you wait, the longer the crisis will be.
  3. Get a vision and get strong. When you are in crisis, develop a vision, a compelling future so that you have something to move forward. Without vision, people perish. We can deal with any problem today as long as we have something to look for in the future that we can strike for. Something that gives you the emotional, psychological juice to fuel up you to move forward.
  4. Get a role model and learn their strategies. Whatever crisis you are in, whether it’s relationship, financial, health, etc… there’s always someone out there who has been in the same problem as you and they overcome it, so learn from them. To cover the gap from where you are to where you want to be, it’s better to learn from the experiences of other people who have been in the same situation as you. The point is this, if somebody has something you want, they are not lucky, they did something! If you model it, you take similar steps you will eventually get similar result.
  5. Give much more than you expect to receive, whether it’s in business or relationship. The law of the universe always works. The more you give, the more you will receive. Giving is the beginning of receiving.

“If you can dream it, you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you just help enough people to get what they want.”    -Zig Ziglar

So what are the crises that you are having right now and how will your life be better in the future because you have gone through these crises?