Quotes and Inspiration

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chapter 1: Dare to Set the Target High

 

Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people.

- Nido Qubein

 

What you have outside you counts less than what you have inside you.  
- B.C. Forbes

 

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. 
- Stephen R. Covey

 

Create your future from your future, not from your past.

- Wener Erhard

 

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal and not in reaching it.

- Mohandas Gandhi

 

Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first
- Robert J. McKain



How we think shows through in how we act.  Attitudes are mirrors of the mind.  They reflect thinking.
- David Joseph Schwartz



The one thing over which you have absolute control is your own thoughts.  It is this that puts you in a position to control your own destiny.
- Paul G. Thomas

 

The most important thing about goals is having one.
- Geoffrey F. Abert

 

Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.
- Napoleon Hill

 

Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.
- Samuel Smiles



The first and best victory is to conquer self.
- Plato

 

People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.
- Earl Nightingale

 

Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.   
- Viktor E. Frankl



Happiness is not a string of miscellaneous adventures or experiences but an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
- Francesca Reigler

 

The discipline of writing something down is the first step in making it happen.

 

Many a false step is made standing still.

- Pattie Labelle



The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.
- Arthur Calwell



I don’t think of myself as a poor, deprived ghetto girl who made good.  I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.
- Oprah Winfrey



Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.
- William Shakespeare



All of the significant battles are waged within the self.
- Sheldon Kopp



If you want to accomplish the goals of your life you have to begin with the spirit.
- Oprah Winfrey



I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington



One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.
- Lucille Ball



Only you can hold yourself back, only you can stand in your own way. Only you can help yourself.
- Mikhail Strabo

 

Time can’t be managed.  What can be managed are our activities and how we “spend time”.  And all the experts agree: managing our activities begins with planning.  So by knowing what’s important for us – planning our lives and working our plan – we become wise managers. 
- Unknown 

 

Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.

- Jim Rohn

 

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

- Napoleon Hill

 

The discipline of writing something down is the first step in making it happen.

- Unknown

 

If everything is important -- nothing is important.

- Patrick M. Lencioni

 

You must have long-range goals to keep you from becoming frustrated by short-range failures.

- Charles C. Noble

 

Belief always precedes action.

- James Allen



Chapter 2: Dare to Know Yourself

 

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. 
- Michael Korda

 

What you believe yourself to be, you are.
- Paulo Coelho



Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt



Put your future in good hands – your own.
- Unknown

 

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.

- Gail Sheehy

 

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.

- Robert Louis Stevenson

 

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
- African Proverb



All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.  
- Walt Disney

 

Divide weakness by delegating them to someone else.

- Oprah Winfrey

 

The only person you can change is yourself.

- Unknown



You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.

- Martin Luther

 

 

Chapter 3: Dare to Stand Out



Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
- Ann Landers

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
- President John F. Kennedy

The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.
- Oscar Wilde

Luck can often mean simply taking advantage of a situation at the right moment. It is possible to make your luck by being always prepared.
- Michael Korda

Only real friends tell you when your face is dirty.
- Sicilian proverb

Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition.  Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
-Mark Twain

 

One smile has the power to calm fear, insecurity, hurt and anxiety. It has the power to save the world because it is contagious.

- Unknown

No matter what the level your ability, you have more potential than you can develop in a lifetime.
- James T McCay

There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.
- Orison Swett Marden

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
- Thomas A. Edison

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

You can plant a dream.
- Anne Campbell

Accept your faults - all humans have them, but work to improve them, adjust to them and work around them. 
- Dr. Augustus A. White

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
- Og Mandino

 

You don’t luck into integrity. You work at it. 
- Betty White

The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.
- Thales

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.   
- Aristotle

 

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.
- Oprah Winfrey

 

Chapter 4: Dare to Project a Confident Image

 

Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you.  
- Tom Hopkins

The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life discerns his object and toward that object habitually directs his powers.
- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Confidence come not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.

- Peter T. Mcintyre

 

Attitude, not Aptitude, determines Altitude.

- Zig Ziglar

 

Don't wait. The time will never be right.

- Napoleon Hill

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. 
- Will Rogers

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.
- Janis Joplin

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it.  If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.
- Warren Buffet

If you rest you rust.
- Helen Hayes

 

My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything – even if you have no clue what you’re doing.
- Jessica Alba

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. 
- Lily Tomlin

If you have something to say and say nothing, you are really telling a lie.
- Ashleigh Brilliant

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.
- Mother Teresa

I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it. 
- Margaret Thatcher

 

Work is not the place to flaunt your physical assests. 

- Myrna Pittman


Chapter 5: Dare to Learn at Every Age

 

One only gets to the top rung on the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly, all sorts of powers, all sorts of abilities which you thought never belonged to you suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, 'Well, I'll have a go, too.'
- Margaret Thatcher

There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.
- George Shinn

The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that progress is made one step at a time. A house is built one brick at a time. Football games are won a play at a time. A department store grows bigger one customer at a time. Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments. 
- David Joseph Schwartz

 

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
- Benjamin Disraeli

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.
- Epicurus

Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them but you know they’re there.
- Unknown

 

​An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest

- Benjamin Franklin

 

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
- Benjamin Disraeli

 

I not only use all the brain I have, but all I can borrow.

- Woodrow Wilson

Chapter 6: Dare to Fail

 

Dare to be great…   The entrepreneurial journey starts with jumping off a cliff and you assembling an airplane on the way down.

- Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn

 

You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
- Irish proverb

 

In the end, the only people who fail are those who do not try.
- David Viscott

 

To stumble you have to be moving forward.  

- Roberto Goizueta

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
- Oscar Wilde

 

Courage allows the successful woman to fail and learn powerful lessons from the failure so that in the end, she didn't fail at all.
- Maya Angelou

 

In order to win, sometimes you must lose.

- Erika Liodice

 

I have a personal motto that I live by, which is feel the fear and do it anyway. If you fail, you get up and you keep trying again.
- Tamara Mellon

There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake.
- Robert Fripp

Only those who do nothing at all make no mistakes.
- Anonymous

 

You just can't beat the person who never gives up.  

- Babe Ruth

 

You can't cross the sea by merely staring at the water.

- Rabindranath Tagore

A stumble may prevent a fall.
- Thomas Fuller

The best way to get the last word is to apologize.
- Joyce Meyer

 

You can't cross the sea by merely staring at the water.

- Rabindranath Tagore

 

If you learn from defeat, you haven't really lost.  Remember that failure is an event, not a person.  

- Zig Ziglar

 

Many a false step is made standing still. 

- Pattie Labelle

 

You just can't beat the person who never gives up. 

- Babe Ruth

 

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials  
- Chinese Proverb

 

It is much easier to be critical than to be coreect.

- Baenjamin Disraeli

 

In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.

- John Ruskin

 

 
Chapter 7: Dare to Reach Out

 

Ninety percent of the friction of daily life is caused by the wrong tone of voice.
- Amber Timms

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.
- C.W. Ceram

Less is more.
- Robert Browning

 

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
- Thomas Jefferson

Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.
- Chinese Proverb

People can’t care how much you know, until they now how much you care.
- John C. Maxwell

 

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you;

be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.

- W. Clement Stone

 

Chapter 8: Dare to Be More Than the Boss


You can win more friends with your ears than with your mouth.
- Dale Carnegie

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. 
- Maya Angelou

I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.
- Publilius Syrus

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, 'Make me feel important.' Never forget this message when working with people.
- Mary Kay Ash

Talk is cheap but you can’t buy it back.
- Nancy Lee Baxter

We should listen to what other people say before we answer them.  This may sound silly, but most people start to formulate their reply before the other person is finished.  This often results in missing the true point of what the other person has to say.
- Michael Field

Nothing stimulates growth so much as praise.  Whatever we praise, we increase.
- Unknown

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. 
- William James
 

Kind words do not cost much, yet they accomplish much.
- Blaise Pascal

Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone.
- Gertrude B. Stein

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
- Oprah

 

Chapter 9: Dare to Be There – For Others

 

Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.
- Lillian Dickson

The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people’s lives than you will from the times you outdid or defeated them. 
- Rabbi Harold Kushner

 

Friends are like walls, sometimes you lean on them and sometimes its just enough to know they’re there.
- Denise Clark

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.
- John C. Crosby

A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.
- Zig Ziglar

 

There is no award for doing it all on your own. Great things happen when we're in it together.

- Alli Polin

 

You don’t get to choose how you die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now. 
- Joan Baez

 

We can do nothing to change the past, but we have enormous power to shape the future.

- Edward Connif

 

If everyone lived like us we'd need four more planets.

- Sir Ken Robinson

 

​Live your life as though one day you’ll be investigated, because eventually you will be---by yourself.
Live your life so that when that time comes you’ll like what you see.
- Charles Grodin

Perhaps the very best question that you can memorize and repeat, over and over, is, “what is the most valuable use of my time right now?”
- Brian Tracy

Our lives are a mixture of different roles. Most of us are doing the best we can to find whatever the right balance is . . . For me, that balance is family, work, and service.
- Hillary Clinton

The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.
- German Proverb

 

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

- Frederick Keonig

 

Our most valuable possesions are those which can be shared, and when shared multiply. Our least valuable possesions are those which, when divided, are diminished. 

- Unknown

 

I dare you, whoever you are, to share with others the fruits of your daring. Catch a passion for helping others and a richer life will come back to you. 

- William H. Danforth

 

It's not what you gather - but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. 

- Unknown

 

You can't help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.

- H. Norman Schwarzkopf

© 2015 by Becky Blalock