10 powerful quotes to inspire the greatness in you


It’s sad that people will often avoid doing something they’d really like to do simply for fear of what they believe other people may think? People will actually allow the limitations of other peoples’ perception stop them having a go at something.

Why? The reason for this is usually because they fear embarrassment if they have a go and fail in some way.

Well, let me tell you, if being a little embarrassed is the worst thing that ever happens to you dear reader then you’ll be very lucky indeed.

What other people think is simply what they think. Who cares? It doesn’t matter.

It certainly doesn’t mean they’re right. It probably just means they’re a little narrow-minded or they can’t quite appreciate how good you’ll feel when you succeed. Then again, perhaps they just don’t want you succeeding at something they would be unwilling to try.

Well, life’s too short to worry about what others think. Let them think whatever they like. As long as you feel it’s worth trying then ignore the doubters. Give them something to gossip about.

If you fancy having a go at something then just have a go. It’s your life and you’ll only live it once. Therefore make the most of it.

If you have a go, either you’ll succeed or you won’t.

If you succeed you’ll prove the doubters wrong. If you’re unsuccessful then at least you won’t spend your life wondering what might have been.

And why feel embarrassed anyway? At least you had the guts to have a go.

So go on, have a go but not before you’ve read these ten powerful quotes to inspire the greatness in you.

Powerful quotes to inspire greatness:

  1. Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day and you are a success. ~William J.H. Boetcker
  2. The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. ~Ferdinand Foch
  3. Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  4. Don’t be afraid of failure. If something doesn’t work, use what you’ve learned to try and try again. ~Sir James Dyson
  5. Life is like a grindstone: Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you’re made of. ~Author Unknown
  6. Man ought to know that in the theatre of human life, it is only for God and the angels to be spectators. ~Francis Bacon
  7. The single most powerful thing I can be is to be myself. ~Dwayne Johnson
  8. The dreams and passions stored within hearts are powerful keys which can unlock a wealth of potential. ~John C. Maxwell
  9. Make treating yourself a priority and always remember your life is happening now. Don’t put off all your dreams and pleasures to another day. In any balanced personal definition of success there has to be a powerful element of living life in the present. ~Mireille Guiliano
  10. I believe that visualization is one of the most powerful means of achieving personal goals. ~Harvey Mackay

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10 powerful quotes that will really make you think

I’m a huge fan of powerful quotes. I love quotes that really make me think. And I love using powerful quotes to get a message across when I’m giving presentations. So here are 10 powerful quotes which made me think. How many of them can you use today? Perhaps not all of them but some will be useful to you I’m sure.

Powerful Quotes:

  1. The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling. ~Lucretius
  2. Anybody who thinks money will make you happy hasn’t got money. ~David Geffen
  3. Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. ~Dr Norman Vincent Peale
  4. The price of greatness is responsibility. ~Winston Churchill
  5. To lead people, walk beside them. ~Lao Tsu
  6. Rich people have small TVs and big libraries and poor people have small libraries and big TVs. ~Zig Ziglar
  7. I think that much of the advice given to young men about saving money is wrong. I never saved a cent until I was forty years old. I invested in myself – in study, in mastering my tools, in preparation. Many a man who is putting a few dollars a week into the bank would do much better to put it into himself. ~Henry Ford
  8. If you’re given a choice between money and sex appeal, take the money. As you get older, the money will become your sex appeal. ~Katherine Hepburn
  9. I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful. ~Warren Buffet
  10. Don’t gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver or gold. ~Bob Marley

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21 thought-provoking quotes about motivation

If you’re having problems getting motivated then here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about motivation that will help you.

Motivation is the enthusiasm you have for what you’re doing or what you’d really like to be doing. It’s a burning desire to pursue your dream. It’s the irrepressibility and steely self-belief you possess. Furthermore it’s the certainty that you know what you want and it’s also the determination you have to get it.

Motivation is the magic ingredient that will translate effort into success. You will not succeed unless you’re genuinely enthusiastic about whatever it is you’re doing. You will succeed if you love what you’re doing and it matters to you.

Your desire must be so great that no one can stop you going where you’ve decided to go. If someone closes the door on you, you will climb through the window. If they build a wall to stop you, you’ll climb over it, no matter how high they build it.

If you can’t find a way, you’ll make a way. That’s motivation. Never accept an answer unless it’s the one you want. With motivation you’ll succeed. Without it you cannot succeed.

That’s one opinion of course but here are the 21 thought-provoking quotes about motivation and they reflect the opinions of some of the greatest thinkers.

  1. The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential. These are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. ~Confucius
  2. Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honour your creator. Not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high but by doing what you can to make grace happen – yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. ~Bradley Whitford
  3. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. ~Norman Vincent Peale
  4. If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there. ~Roy T. Bennett
  5. Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis. ~Zig Ziglar
  6. The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. ~Jordan Belfort
  7. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney
  8. No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist. ~Anonymous
  9. You can do anything, but not everything. ~Anonymous
  10. The starting point of all achievement is desire. ~Napoleon Hill 
  11. Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. ~Pablo Picasso
  12. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily. ~Zig Ziglar
  13. We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret. ~Earl Nightingale
  14. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ~Les Brown
  15. The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. ~Colin R. Davis
  16. In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it. ~Jane Smiley
  17. You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. ~Michael Jordan
  18. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Rohn
  19. People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. ~Dale Carnegie
  20. Be miserable or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. ~Wayne Dyer
  21. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all. ~Dale Carnegie

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15 Quotes by Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is a spiritual leader committed to promoting values such as love, patience, humility, tolerance, compassion, contentment, forgiveness and self-discipline. His most important messages include the importance of happiness and world peace. Quotes by Dalai Lama have spread widely and he’s a respected thinker.

So if your aim is to live a positive and fulfilled life then you might just enjoy the 15 quotes by Dalai Lama in this post. 

Quotes by Dalai Lama:

  1. Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. ~Dalai Lama
  2. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality. ~Dalai Lama
  3. Instead of wondering WHY this is happening to you, consider why this is happening to YOU. ~Dalai Lama
  4. Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day. ~Dalai Lama
  5. Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day. ~Dalai Lama
  6. Judge your success by what you had to give up to get it. ~Dalai Lama
  7. A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering. ~Dalai Lama
  8. Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another. ~Dalai Lama
  9. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. ~Dalai Lama
  10. It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view. ~Dalai Lama
  11. The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness. ~Dalai Lama
  12. If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever. ~Dalai Lama
  13. The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts. ~Dalai Lama
  14. I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable to you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it. ~Dalai Lama
  15. Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or non-believing, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference. ~Dalai Lama

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10 hilarious jokes that will certainly make you laugh

Jokes are always popular with readers, so once again I’ve been searching the Internet for stuff to make you smile. Here are 10 hilarious jokes that really made me laugh and I hope they brighten your day too.

They are all classified as ‘Author Unknown’ as I’ve have been unable to confirm the identity of the original authors. However I’d be happy to add appropriate writing credits to each and every joke if anyone can advise me as to their origin.

  • A naked woman robbed a bank.
  • Nobody could remember her face.

 

  • Patient: Doctor I’m so nervous, this is my first operation.
  • Doctor: Oh don’t worry. It’s mine too.

 

  • Don’t be sad when a bird craps on your head.
  • Be happy that dogs can’t fly.

 

  • My girlfriend isn’t talking to me. She said I ruined her birthday.
  • I’m not sure how. I didn’t even know it was her birthday.

 

  • My girlfriend says I’m hopeless at fixing appliances.
  • Well she’s in for a shock.

 

  • What do you call a Mexican bodybuilder who’s run out of protein?
  • No whey Jose.

 

  • My girlfriend has her own taser.
  • She’s a real stunner.

 

  • I bought a dog off a blacksmith recently.
  • As soon as I got it home it made a bolt for the door.

 

  • What do you do with an epileptic lettuce?
  • You make a seizure salad.

 

  • A man walked into a zoo and the only animal they have was a dog
  • It was a Shih Tzu.

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Really funny commercials that will make you smile

How many commercials does the average person see in a year? Literally thousands, wouldn’t you agree?

And how many of those commercials will the average consumer remember as they consider making a purchasing decision? Not that many I think.

However if a commercial is to leave a powerful impression on consumers then it needs to be memorable. And how is it made memorable? Well there can be few better ways than the use of humour.

The best commercials are really funny with a link back to the product’s unique selling proposition.

Here is a video with a series of commercials for the culturally insensitively named chocolate bar Japp (a product made by the Mars company I believe) which tick all the boxes for me. 

These really funny commercials made me smile and I hope they will brighten your day too.

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7 inspirational quotes about life and success

If you want to be successful, observe successful people and do what they do. If it worked for them then it will probably work for you.

In life, if you’re determined and you’re prepared to work hard you can achieve almost anything. However success means different things to different people. What does it mean for you?

Perhaps you’d be happy with a steady job and a decent wage? Alternatively success to you might be becoming a Hollywood movie star? Doesn’t really matter. Just decide what it is you want and go for it.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about life and success to help you reflect on what it all means to you.

Quotes about life and success:

  1. I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. ~John D. Rockefeller
  2. Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine. ~Chris Hadfield
  3. Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again. ~W. Clement Stone
  4. We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect. ~Michelle Obama
  5. Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality. ~Travis Bradberry
  6. At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure. ~Erin Cummings
  7. Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do. ~Napoleon Hill

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7 inspirational quotes about friends and why they matter

Why do friends matter? They matter because people are social animals and we need other people. A fundamental human need is the need to feel secure. So having other people in our lives gives us a greater sense of security. It means we feel slightly less vulnerable.

Another fundamental need is the need for certainty. So having the same people in our lives on a regular basis provides us with a greater sense of certainty. Friends, as well as family, fulfil this role.

And then there’s sharing our lives with people whose company we enjoy. People who see the world the way we do. People who enjoy the things we enjoy. Those people who appreciate our company, despite our many faults and idiosyncrasies.

We don’t always value our friends as we should but having a few really good friends makes life very special.

If you’re lucky enough to have at least one good friend then make sure you let them know how much they mean to you.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about friends to reinforce why I believe they matter.

Inspirational quotes about friends:

  1. One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  2. I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it friends make life a lot more fun. ~Charles R. Swindoll
  3. Friendship is not something you learn in school but if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. ~Muhammad Ali
  4. Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick-up the pieces when it’s all over. ~Octavia Butler
  5. When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. ~Henri Nouwen
  6. Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend. ~Bill Watterson
  7. A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. ~Elbert Hubbard

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7 quotes about technology and why we must control it

Technology is a wonderful thing, wouldn’t you agree? It can make our lives easier in so many ways.

I love gadgets and I’m a big fan of technology generally. However if we’re not careful, technology intended to make our lives more efficient can have the opposite effect.

How often do we think, “Oh, before I do that I’ll just check Facebook?” Then half an hour goes by and we’ve forgotten what we were about to do in the first place.

Harness technology by all means and use all the benefits it offers. However we shouldn’t let it control our lives. We shouldn’t allow it to be a substitute for real life either.

And of course the use of technology can never replace intelligent thought.

Remember technology is a tool not a crutch. We must remain in control at all times and we must never allow technology to blur the focus we have on our aims.

Technology can help us achieve our aims but it can also prevent us from achieving our aims too, if we’re not careful. So my underlying message today is, enjoy technology but stay in control.

Here are seven quotes about technology and why we must control it.

Quotes about technology:

  1. The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before and so in a sense, it is all about potential. ~Steve Ballmer
  2. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently but too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls, digital cameras with hundreds of mysterious features and book-length manuals, and cars with dashboard systems worthy of the space shuttle. ~James Surowiecki
  3. Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. ~Bill Gates
  4. The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. ~Bill Gates
  5. The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men [and women] do. ~BF Skinner
  6. Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone. ~Steven Spielberg
  7. Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge. ~Daniel J Boorstin

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21 thought-provoking quotes about friendship

Friendship is a relationship of equals. Friends are people with whom we have things in common. They are people whose company we enjoy. They are people, if they called us in trouble at 3am, we’d go out of our way top to help. They are people who really matter to us.

If you have one true friend, a real pal, then you are lucky indeed. If you have two, then you have all you need.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming you have lots of friends. You may be on good terms with lots of people. However how many would be shoulder-to-shoulder with you if you were in serious trouble? It’s those people who are your real friends.

Friendship is a truly precious gift. So appreciate your real friends and let them know how much they mean to you.

Here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about friendship, to make you think and to remind you that having friends is really what makes life bearable.

We are social animals and we need other people. And the best people are the people we call friends. They are the ones with whom we choose to spend our time.

Quotes about friendship:

  1. You cannot buy with gold the old associations. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. Wishing to be friends is quick work but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. ~Aristotle
  3. Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. ~Woodrow Wilson
  4. If you wanna find out who’s a true friend, screw up or go through a challenging time then see who sticks around. ~Karen Salmonsohn
  5. Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. ~Muhammad Ali
  6. True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. ~David Tyson Gentry
  7. Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. ~Khalil Gibran
  8. It’s the friends you can call up at 4.00 am that matter. ~Marlene Dietrich
  9. Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives. ~Alexander Dumas
  10. Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. ~Oprah Winfrey
  11. The language of friendship is not words but meanings. ~Henry David Thoreau
  12. I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. ~Robert Brault
  13. Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. ~Samuel Butler
  14. A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. ~Elbert Hubbard
  15. Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust
  16. Friends are the family you choose. ~Jess C. Scott
  17. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. ~Albert Camus
  18. Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. ~Socrates
  19. A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable than a lot of friends who only know your smile. ~Author Unknown
  20. Friendship is delicate as a glass, once broken it can be fixed but there will always be cracks. ~ WaqarWaqar Ahmed
  21. We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over. ~Ray Bradbury

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