Failure is Not an Option

“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful.” – Charles Barkley

I like this quote by Charles Barkley because, like many others say, it is important to get out of our comfort zones and strive to be unique and great. If one is afraid to fail, they do not deserve to claim the successes of those who go all out for their dreams. Charles is considered one of the greatest players to ever play basketball. He did not get there by being afraid to fail. When looking at almost anyone who has had a great impact on this world, they never once stopped their work because of the fear they were going to fail. They went for it.

Limits are Irrelevant

“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream the further you get.” – Michael Phelps

I love this quote by Michael Phelps because he is telling us that we should never put limits on ourselves. There is greatness in everyone, but it is up to us to recognize it and put in the hard work necessary to achieve whatever it is we want to achieve. Coming from one of the greatest athletes to ever live, it is important we take note of his mindset and work ethic. He never once put a limit on himself, and today he is considered the greatest olympian to ever live.

Outwork Your Competition

“There may be people who have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

I have always enjoyed this quote by Derek Jeter because is perfectly illustrates how those thinking they have “no shot” should go about their work. It is true that there are many people out in the world with more natural ability than you; however, one can always beat them out for a job or spot on a team if they dedicate themself to the work. Natural ability decides where people start, but it will never decide where they end up. We are always in control of that.

Give It Your All

“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath

This quote by Joe Namath illustrates to us how we should go about our business on a daily basis. Whatever one chooses to do in life, they should attack in head on. This is why it is important to constantly be doing things that you are passionate about. If the passion is not there, why do it? Without this passion and effort, life can seem very unfulfilling. It is not fair to you to not go “all in” with something. The people who seem to find the most success and happiness are often those excited to work on whatever it is they have chosen.

Lead Like a Lion

“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion” – Alexander the Great

In this quote said by Alexander the Great, it states perfectly what I believe leadership is all about. Having a great leader will always strengthen the entire group. Whether it is a sports team or business, that specific group relies on their leader to be fearless and take on any challenges. Another reason why I like this quote so much is that it shows how important a leader can be. If there was an army of sheep, but only one lion leading them, realistically one should not be too afraid of that army. But if there was an army of lions led by a sheep, the numbers say that is an army one should be more afraid of; however, because of the strength in leadership, the army of sheep led by a one single lion is the more feared army. If those sheep take the mindset of that lion, they will be hard to beat.

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

I enjoy this quote because it emphasizes that we should all get out of our comfort zones from time to time. I can admit that I personally have not done something everyday that “scares me,” but I think that it is important to push ones limits regularly in order to grow. Many people are afraid of failure, so they hesitate to get out of their comfort zone in order to protect themself. If that is how everyone lived, growth would be at a minimum, and innovation would suffer.

Never Waste Time on Anger

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I recently saw this quote, said by Ralph Waldo emerson, and thought it was so simple yet brilliant. I think it is important for people to not get too hung up in situations that get them angry. Living angry is a bad way to live, so it is important for one to realize that they need to surround themselves with good people who will help them grow and be happy. Every moment one is angry is a moment wasted. Time is the most precious commodity is life, it is important not to waste it.

Advice From Dr. Seuss

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” – Dr. Seuss

This quote stated by Dr. Seuss illustrates to us that dreaming big and having creativity in our lives is an important ingredient for happiness. If one just does the same thing everyday and does not have a mind for him/herself, they will find no true happiness. Creativity and imagination are key, because they allow one to think freely and try to make change to their life and lives around them. As Dr. Seuss says, what one might see as nonsense later “wakes up” the brain in the process. To me that doesn’t sound so bad.

The Greats’ Always Fail

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

This quote stated by Thomas Edison teaches an important lesson. For those trying to accomplish their goals, or for those trying to build something through their creativity, this quote does a great job of teaching us that failure is not something we should consider as a bad thing. Everyone who has created something in life has failed countless times before they have ever succeeded. This mindset can work for people in any profession. It takes a lot of work to become “successful” in anything, and there will be many times one fails before they succeed.

Life Goes On

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost

I am very fond of this quote, said by Robert Frost, because it can potentially help someone get through a difficult time in their life. Everyone has been through hardships in their life in one way or another, and sometimes it feels like what one is going through is simply too hard to overcome, but when analyzing this quote, it is easy to see that no matter what one is going through, they will get through it. Life always goes on. It is important for one to be there for their friends and family so the hard times do not seem so bad, but nevertheless problems will always find a way to work themselves out, no matter how bad it may seem. It is always important for one to know this because life can be very challenging at times.