I have always been interested in what creates a change in the way we perceive and interpret the world around us. What is it that causes us to adopt a new perspective or to see the world in a different light?
Impactful life experiences certainly do that, but I want more opportunity to do so.
Am I just supposed to wait around and hope for life to teach me the things I need to know so that I can have the most appropriate and experienced point of view of my life and those around me?
I certainly hope not, because I’m really impatient!
The stories of your colleagues, peers, friends and family can have the same effect so I did a quick lap around the web for the best motivational or inspirational quotes to live by. The result, as anticipated was pretty disappointing.
Live. Laugh Love.
Live for the nights you’ll never remember with the friends you’ll never forget
Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery and today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.
Oh man. That is painful!
Inspirational quotes only go as far as the stories they come from, and well, the majority of the quotes I have come across online, feel like they’re coming from aisle 6 at a Walmart.
To be impactful, I need to know where they came from. What prompted them. I have found this to be particularly true in building PRSUIT’s Instagram account. The quotes that resonate and get people thinking are those that are based on the actual experiences of those who are speaking them.
For that reason, I wanted to put together a list of short quotes and stories from individuals who have given them meaning. Their experiences give them merit and are an indication for us to listen up! I want stories that inspire me to not be average, to keep going when I feel like giving up, or to improve my confidence– not because they sound inspirational but because they are from men and women who lived them and found them to be true.
Let’s go. Here are my favorites from around the web, my own experience and those of my friends, colleagues and peers.
May they encourage you to change the way you think…
On what do to with your life.
When I was 38 I contemplated beginning a two year Associates Degree in Radiography. I was talking to a friend and had almost talked myself out of doing it. I said “I’m too old to start that. I’ll be 40 when I get my degree.” My friend said “If you don’t do it, you’ll still be 40, but without the degree.” I’m nearly 60 now, and that degree has been the difference between making a decent living, and struggling to get by. (reddit)
What to do when you’re afraid.
I was really putting the pressure on, trying to get my sister to try to dive into a pool, and my sister was shouting, “but I’m afraid!! I’m so afraid!!” The old woman looked at my sister, raised her fist defiantly in the air and said, “So be afraid! And then do it anyway!” (reddit)
“If you’re scared of doing it because you’re afraid that people will judge you, trust me they won’t even remember it after a year.” (reddit)
On what to do when you feel embarrassed.
“It’s only embarrassing if you’re embarrassed.” Changed my life forever. (reddit)
“Think of a time you were embarrassed, easy right? Now think of a time someone else was embarrassed. It’s a lot harder to do isn’t it?” I don’t really worry about being embarrassed anymore if no one but I will remember it! (reddit)
On always learning.
“Everyone you meet knows something you don’t.” My grandfather told me this, and it’s been a good reminder that I am surrounded by teachers. (reddit)
Not sure who said this to me, but I heard this in my late teens and it completely changed the way I think forever:
“If you think you know something, find someone who disagrees and listen to them.”
It has taken years for that to fully sink in, but it’s a never-ending process. (reddit)
On growing through experiences.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
I’d rather live a life of “oh well” than “what if”
On your professional life.
Business is very personal.
Bring your whole self to work! You’d be surprised at how many people appreciate real, meaningful connections at work. You don’t need to be a corporate robot. (quora)
My valuable lesson is really for a young, highly motivated person just entering the workforce. You should try to join a small, fast growing company. Opportunities for real responsibility, learning and career growth are most likely to open up in these types of organizations.
Don’t worry about your initial role, title or salary. Just get your foot in the door. Be the one to step up when something needs doing and you will quickly grow in this organization. (quora)
On how to treat others.
People don’t remember what you say, but rather how what you say makes them feel.
On how to respect yourself.
“You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm”.
Really hit home for me, since I grew up trying to mediate my parents’ issues and had multiple friends in and out of the ER for mental health crises during my teen years, among other things. As someone who spent the majority of her life feeling like she had to take care of others at all costs, it was kinda a shock to the system to hear that I was allowed to have my limits even with people who truly needed help. (reddit)
On getting started.
Being bad at something is the first step to being sorta good at something. (reddit)
Next year, you’ll wish you had started today.
“If it takes less than five minutes, just do it now.”
On how to find passion in your work.
You’ve got to find what you love. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. (Steve Jobs)
On not blaming anyone but yourself.
“There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction” (J.K. Rowling)
It’s never as bad as it seems, and its never as good as it seems.
When I was young and having what I thought was a serious relationship talk with my first real SO, I told her that I just wanted to find the right person.
Without missing a beat she said, “Everybody is looking for the right person, and nobody is trying to be the right person.” (reddit)
On escaping life.
Instead of wondering where your next vacation is, maybe you ought ot set up a life you don’t need to escape from (Seth Godin)
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