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6 Quotes to Inspire Success in Your Life and Business

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We often spend our time of reflection searching for a deeper meaning to life, hoping that through meticulous thought we can eventually figure out this massive puzzle of life and feel fulfilled. But what if the answer has been lying right in front of us the entire time? No, I’m not going to recommend any self-help books, or even deduce that life has one answer that can be actionable for all. Rather, check out the following quotations for a dose of simple inspiration – there’s bound to be at least one that turns the light bulb on and gets you moving in a positive direction.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”– Albert Einstein

Einstein was more than a genius in theoretical physics, he happened to have some pretty keen insights on life as a whole. This quotation, while certainly referenced a healthy amount, is enough to motivate anyone to pursue their passions and be the best version of themselves without worrying about having to live up to anyone else’s summation. Einstein illustrates how important it is – for teachers, role models, counselors, bosses – basically anyone in a mentorship or guidance role, to focus peoples’ positive attributes and skillset.

“He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.” – Michel De Montaigne

We’re human and we obviously fear things, but we often expend a lot of energy fearing things we don’t need to. This quotation more than anything should give us a fearless vest to try something we haven’t, whether it’s something we’ve been wanting to or for spontaneity’s sake.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”Dr. Suess

There have been many, many quotations stemming from Dr. Suess books and also the mysterious, peculiar man himself over the years. This quotation, from Oh My! The Places You’ll Go comes off as light-hearted and silly like many Dr. Suess lines, but is also unequivocally true. We’re incredibly lucky as humans to have the ability to think for ourselves and take action based on what we want in this life. Don’t ever feel stuck, because an alternative likely exists.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” – Bill Keane

Look, I’m a sucker for nostalgia just as much as the next person, but constantly living our lives looking backward – or forward – means we’re not present.And there’s nothing like the present. If we’re not present, how are we putting our best effort forward to create a memorable past and future brimming with potential?

“If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying?If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?”- Shantideva 

This is perhaps my favorite quotation on this list, because it’s something so elementary in logic yet so sophisticated to follow through on. Have a friend or family member in your life that’s constantly on edge, consumed by the thoughts of what if? We all do. It’s not all bad news, though. According to 2014 research conducted at Tillburg University, verbal intelligence was found to “be a positive predictor of worry and rumination.” So smart people worry more. That’s certainly a nice consolation prize to underlying stress and needless anxiety, but how about using intelligence to realize that some things are solvable, others are not. Solve the things that are solvable, and do not fret about the things you cannot.

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen Covey

 Ever had someone ask you a question and it immediately feels like their interest has waned? Either they stay the course, half-listening (sometimes not so covertly) or their eyes overreact to what you’re saying, almost like a response or story is forming in their head and they can’t wait to tell you. Many people do this when having a conversation. Want to have a fulfilling interaction with another human? Listen to what they’re actually saying. If you’re truly listening, then you’ll have something to ask or say when they’re done talking, and if you don’t, that’s okay, too. When interactions are treated more as two-way streets, you’ll feel more fulfilled and clear on your conversations.

Now that you’ve read these nuggets of wisdom, take action. Simply reading and forgetting leaves you where you were before stumbling here: inundated with the mundane and unimportant, feeling restless and desperate for answers. My friends, the answers to your bewilderment sit above. See if you can implement at least one of them in your daily mindset and watch your fulfillment for the moment grow

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