21 thought-provoking quotes about strength

Life can be overwhelming sometimes. We all experience pressures and problems. If that is you then you’re not alone.

In times of trial it’s easy to feel you’re not strong enough to cope. However it is through life’s challenges that character is formed.

If you can keep going through your most difficult times then you will become stronger as a result.

Remember this; you’re stronger than you think.

You have enormous strength within you, so dig deep. Keep going and never let anything beat you. You’re as good as anyone. If other can, then you can too.

And to help you keep it all in perspective here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about strength.

Today’s Quotes:

  1. Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it. ~Joel Osteen
  2. Tough times never last but tough people do. ~Robert H. Schuller
  3. There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher. ~Usain Bolt
  4. Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. ~Napoleon Hill
  5. Be very strong and be very methodical in your life if you want to be a champion. ~Alberto Juantorena
  6. A single arrow is easily broken; a bundle of ten is not. ~Japanese Proverb
  7. Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. ~Arnold Schwarzenegger
  8. All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. ~Walt Disney
  9. There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up. ~Booker T. Washington
  10. A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep. ~Vernon Howard
  11. Little strokes fell great oaks. ~Ben Franklin
  12. Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. ~Hermann Hesse
  13. We gain strength and courage and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face. We must do that which we think we cannot. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
  14. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  15. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  16. You have power over your mind; not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength. ~Marcus Aurelius
  17. Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness. ~Susan Gale
  18. Anyone can give up it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength. ~Author Unknown
  19. Fall down seven times, get up eight. ~Japanese Proverb
  20. The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  21. Strong people don’t put people down. They lift them up! ~Author Unknown

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15 Quotes by Muhammad Ali

Many people imagine they’re famous but few experience genuine fame and the universal recognition that it brings with it.

One such person is the legendary, three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali.

Born Cassius Clay he rose above his humble beginnings to become one of the most recognisable and respected faces on the planet. He was also an inspiration to us all.

As well as being a respected sportsman he was also a respected thinker. Consequently the many memorable and thought-provoking quotes he left us continue to offer an insight into the personal philosophy that drove Muhammad Ali to become such a great champion.

I believe the 15 quotes by Muhammad Ali included here today prove my point.

Muhammad Ali was driven to become a champion and if his philosophy worked for him, then it can work for you too.

So here are 15 of the very best quotes by Muhammad Ali:-

  1. I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was. ~Muhammad Ali
  2. A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. ~Muhammad Ali
  3. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~Muhammad Ali
  4. Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. ~Muhammad Ali
  5. Hating people because of their colour is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which colour does the hating. It’s just plain wrong. ~Muhammad Ali
  6. Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even. ~Muhammad Ali
  7. It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. ~Muhammad Ali
  8. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. ~Muhammad Ali
  9. At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far. ~Muhammad Ali
  10. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~Muhammad Ali
  11. Don’t count the days; make the days count. ~Muhammad Ali
  12. It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am. ~Muhammad Ali
  13. If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize. ~Muhammad Ali
  14. Braggin’ is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say. ~Muhammad Ali
  15. It’s not bragging if you can back it up. ~Muhammad Ali

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7 inspirational quotes about religion

Faith can be a source of great comfort for people but it can also be a source of tension between people too. And yet look at the underlying principles of all the major world religions and it seems to me that essentially they are all the same.

Think about it. The major world religions provide people with a moral framework and a philosophy by which they can live decent and productive lives. In that sense I think religion is an essential part of civilization, surely? Without a moral framework to which people adhere, all there would be is barbarism.

However each religion underpins the culture of its adherents. By definition culture is simply the way things are done around here. That implies difference between groups of people and of course human beings often struggle to accept difference.

One of the most basic human needs is the need to feel secure. Unfortunately difference tends to makes people feel insecure, which creates a tension. Coupled with the emotional bond people feel towards their own religion this can create significant problems between groups of people, as we have seen all too often throughout the ages.

Yet we are all much more alike than we might imagine. If only we could focus more on those things we all have in common, perhaps the world would be a much better place. Well I think it would anyway.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about religion for you to consider today.

Today’s Quotes:

  1. I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit. ~Khalil Gibran
  2. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
  3. I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. ~Galileo Galilei
  4. It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui. ~Helen Keller
  5. Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. ~Soren Kierkegaard
  6. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. ~Dalai Lama
  7. Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. ~Buddha

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7 inspirational quotes about fame

Does the idea of being famous appeal to you dear reader? If it does then you’re not alone. However before you chase fame it would be worth reflecting on today’s inspirational quotes about fame.

A lot of people crave fame and many strive constantly to be famous, giving little thought to the price they will pay should they achieve any significant degree of fame.

Real fame implies universal recognition; being recognised wherever you go, anywhere in the world. Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Nelson Mandela were all examples of people who were truly famous and would be recognised anywhere.

To people with no experience of real fame, it might seem like a nice idea to think that wherever you go everyone will know you. However the novelty will wear off soon enough, once you realise the impact it has on your privacy and your ability to go about your daily life in ways that others take for granted.

Allow me to offer an example. A few years ago I had the privilege of having Jimmy Page sit opposite me in a crowded London coffee shop. He was minding his own business trying to do the things we all do; relax with his beverage of choice and so on. However being in the presence of a Rock music legend and icon is not something that was going to happen to me every day, so I couldn’t resist the temptation to invade his privacy with a few inane questions.

To his credit, his response was good-natured and very polite. However it must have been irritating for him nevertheless. Privately he was probably thinking, “Oh please, give me a break! I’m off duty and I just came in here for a quiet cup of coffee like everyone else.” For him, and many like him, that’s the price he continues to pay for his fame.

So if you’re chasing fame be prepared for the personal cost that will inevitably come with it. Fame might lead to riches for you but never forget that chains of gold are still chains.

You can do whatever you want but there is always a price to be paid.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about fame to reinforce today’s underlying message.

Today’s Quotes:

  1. I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous, ‘try being rich first’. See if that doesn’t cover most of it. There’s not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. But when you become famous, you end up with a 24-hour job. ~Bill Murray
  2. The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You’re in a conversation and everybody’s agreeing with what you’re saying – even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don’t want to hear. ~Al Pacino
  3. The strangest part about being famous is you don’t get to give first impressions anymore. Everyone already has an impression of you before you meet them. ~Kristen Stewart
  4. A celebrity is a person who works hard all of their life to become well known, and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized. ~Fred Allen
  5. We all want to be famous people and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  6. Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate. ~Emily Dickinson
  7. I like to hide behind the characters I play. Despite the public perception, I am a very private person who has a hard time with the fame thing. ~Angelina Jolie

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7 inspirational quotes about parenting

Can there be any activity in life more important than parenting? Yet it is often undervalued in the modern age, or so it seems. Children are the future, so surely they should be our priority?

It seems to me that far too many people regard parenting almost as an inconvenience, to be fitted in around careers, lifestyle and a burning desire for personal fulfilment.

It is increasingly common now to see very young children accompanying adults on crowded commuter trains far too early in the morning, as parents rush to deposit them at a nursery or with a child-minder before the working day begins.

These little people will be the next generation. They are the people who will carry the baton forward to build a better tomorrow. So how they’re brought up really does matter in my opinion, particularly in those all-important pre-school years, which are critical to their development.

Is it really such a good idea to leave them with someone who couldn’t possibly have their best interests at heart in the way that parents should? You can decide for yourself dear reader but I must say I doubt it.

It is my opinion that children, once we have them, should be our priority. Their best interests should always take precedence over everything else, surely? Easier said than done I know and inevitably there has to be some balance and compromise.

However there is no more important job than being a parent and there is no greater satisfaction than seeing that little bundle of joy turn into a decent, civilised and well-adjusted adult.

I have had many fine experiences in my life but being a parent has been the best of them all. It hasn’t been easy of course and certainly I’ve made mistakes along the way. However the rewards have been well worth any sacrifices. And let us not forget, our children are the real legacy we give to the world.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about parenting to help you reflect on its importance.

Today’s Quotes:

  1. When you hold your baby in your arms the first time and you think of all the things you can say and do to influence him, it’s a tremendous responsibility. What you do with him can influence not only him but everyone he meets and not for a day or a month or a year but for time and eternity. ~Rose Kennedy
  2. To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favour of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior himself. ~James E. Faust
  3. Every word, facial expression, gesture, or action on the part of a parent gives the child some message about self-worth. It is sad that so many parents don’t realize what messages they are sending. ~Virginia Satir
  4. There are times as a parent when you realize that your job is not to be the parent you always imagined you’d be, the parent you always wished you had. Your job is to be the parent your child needs, given the particulars of his or her own life and nature. ~Ayelet Waldman
  5. At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. ~Jane D. Hull
  6. Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~Robert Fulghum
  7. It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~Frederick Douglass

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21 thought-provoking quotes about money

Money can’t buy you love but it can make your life a little easier. It’s not everything of course but it’s up there with oxygen in terms of basic human needs. Money is important simply because life today would be impossible without it. There are few, if any, places on this planet where you could exist in any meaningful way without at least some money. Speaking personally, I wouldn’t want to try.

However it’s important to keep it all in perspective too. Achieving financial freedom depends on you taking good care of your money but it should not be at the expense of the people who should matter most to you, your loved ones. As with everything in life there must be a balance.

Money is important but people are more important. Our loved ones will be there when we’re infirm or incapacitated. Yes you can buy a dog but you can’t buy the wag of its tail, as they say. So never chase money at the expense of your loved ones. If you do, you’ll regret it I’m sure.

To help you keep it all in perspective here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about money:-

Today’s Quotes:

  1. Money often costs too much. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. I’ll tell you the secret to getting rich. Be greedy when others are fearful. And be fearful when others are greedy. ~Warren Buffett
  3. What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us. ~Julia Cameron
  4. Financial peace isn’t the acquisition of stuff. It’s learning to live on less than you make, so you can give money back and have money to invest. You can’t win until you do this. ~Dave Ramsey
  5. It’s not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It’s the customer who pays the wages. ~Henry Ford
  6. Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. ~Norman Vincent Peale
  7. It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy. ~George Lorimer
  8. You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you. ~Maya Angelou
  9. Buy when everyone else is selling and hold until everyone else is buying. That’s not just a catchy slogan. It’s the very essence of successful investing. ~J. Paul Getty
  10. If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. ~Henry Ford
  11. How many millionaires do you know who have become wealthy by investing in savings accounts? I rest my case. ~Robert G. Allen
  12. The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money. ~Author Unknown
  13. The individual investor should act consistently as an investor and not as a speculator. ~Benjamin Graham
  14. Every time you borrow money, you’re robbing your future self. ~Nathan W. Morris
  15. Never spend your money before you have it. ~Thomas Jefferson
  16. It’s not how much money you make, but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you, and how many generations you keep it for. ~Robert Kiyosaki
  17. Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted. ~Albert Einstein
  18. A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them. ~Henry Kravis
  19. Don’t take no for an answer. If you’re happy to sit at your desk and not take any risk, you’ll be sitting at your desk for the next 20 years. ~David Rubenstein
  20. If you took our top fifteen decisions out, we’d have a pretty average record. It wasn’t hyperactivity, but a hell of a lot of patience. You stuck to your principles and when opportunities came along, you pounced on them with vigour. ~Charlie Munger
  21. When buying shares, ask yourself, would you buy the whole company? ~Rene Rivkin

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15 Quotes by Marilyn Monroe

Much has been said and written about Marilyn Monroe. Some of it was true but a lot of it was simply myth of course. In her time she was a big star and the legend of Marilyn Monroe lives on to this day. She died tragically young and in circumstances that were rather sad. However she was smarter than she appeared to be and many of her observations are sharp and funny. The 15 quotes by Marilyn Monroe included here should hopefully prove the point.

The quotes attributed to Marilyn Monroe illustrate her grasp of what it was to be a woman in what was then very much a man’s world. In many ways for women the experience has changed very little, so her observations should serve as a source of inspiration for women everywhere.

So ladies, here are the 15 quotes by Marilyn Monroe just for you:-

  1. A smile is the best makeup a girl can wear. ~Marilyn Monroe
  2. A girl doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her. ~Marilyn Monroe
  3. Always, always, always believe in yourself. Because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? ~Marilyn Monroe
  4. I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it. ~Marilyn Monroe
  5. Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. ~Marilyn Monroe
  6. I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times tough to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. ~Marilyn Monroe
  7. I am good but not an angel. I do sin but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world, trying to find someone to love. ~Marilyn Monroe
  8. Sometimes you just have to throw on a crown and remind them who they’re dealing with. ~Marilyn Monroe
  9. Naturally, there are times when every woman likes to be flattered, to feel she is the most important thing in someone’s world. Only a man can paint this picture. ~Marilyn Monroe
  10. No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t. ~Marilyn Monroe
  11. When it comes down to it, let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them anyway. ~Marilyn Monroe
  12. You better believe when the conversation is getting shorter with you, it’s getting longer with someone else. ~Marilyn Monroe
  13. A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left. ~Marilyn Monroe
  14. Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don’t have that? ~Marilyn Monroe
  15. Sometimes I’ve been to a party where no one spoke to me for a whole evening. The men, frightened by their wives or sweeties, would give me a wide berth. And the ladies would gang up in a corner to discuss my dangerous character. ~Marilyn Monroe

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7 inspirational quotes about music

Like every art form, music plays upon the emotions. One moment you can feel down and yet the sound of a favourite song can cheer you up immediately. One minute you’re sad and the next your feet are tapping and you’re singing along.

Music brings joy to our lives. Whatever our taste in music, whatever musical era we consider to be our own, when we hear those songs they transport us back to a time and a place. Suddenly we are filled with fond memories of happy times with family and friends.

So, let’s hear it for music and let us get down on our knees and thank God for musicians and songwriters. For the rest of us their dedication to their craft is the gift that keeps on giving; pleasure beyond measure.

I love music and I say thank you to musicians and songwriters everywhere. Here are seven inspirational quotes about music to reinforce today’s message.

Today’s Quotes:

  1. Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favourite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn’t know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about. ~Gerard Way
  2. I think it’s so cool that you can pick up the guitar and create something that didn’t exist 5 minutes ago. You can write something that no one’s ever heard before. You have music at your fingertips. ~Michelle Branch
  3. I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music. ~Billy Joel
  4. Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us. ~Martin Luther
  5. Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. ~Victor Hugo
  6. One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ~Bob Marley
  7. Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. ~Plato

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7 inspirational quotes about people

Today I offer you some quotes about people.

Love them or hate them we can’t live without them, can we? That’s because as human beings we’re social animals. We’re not solitary animals like cats. We live in communities and we need other people in our lives because we depend on each other.

So value the people in your life. Don’t neglect them; make time for them. Life is short and if you ever get really sick or infirm you will need them. Your career is all very well but it won’t take care of you in difficult times, your friends and family will.

Work is important of course but people are more important. So get the balance right because life goes by all too quickly and if people think you have no interest in them, one day you will find that they no longer have any interest in you.

Value your family and friends and make time to enjoy their company. If you have good family and friends you are wealthy indeed. Life is very special when you have other people. If you don’t believe me try loneliness. You’ll soon realise how much you enjoy the company of other people, regardless of how much they might drive you nuts on occasions.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about people to reinforce my point.

Today’s Quotes:

  1. Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. ~Dennis Prager
  2. 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
  3. Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust
  4. People may hear your words but they feel your attitude. ~John C. Maxwell
  5. The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. ~Epictetus
  6. I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone. ~Robin Williams
  7. Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people. ~Tena Desae

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21 thought-provoking quotes about opportunity

Perceived failure in the past can leave us feeling that we’ve blown our chances. That somehow we’re destined for nothing more than a series of unexceptional and relatively low paid jobs. For instance, this feeling would be typical of someone leaving the education system having little or nothing to show for their years in the classroom in terms of certificates and diplomas.

However always remember this; your future is not defined by your past. Mistakes made can be rectified. A perceived failure is not the end of the world it’s just an outcome you didn’t want. You can have as many chances to try again as you’re prepared to take.

Never forget, the future is an endless stream of opportunities. You can choose to take them, or not, and you can make your life whatever you want it to be. Focus on what you want and with determination and hard work it really can be yours.

So here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about opportunity to get you thinking dear reader.

Today’s Quotes:

  1. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~Milton Berle
  2. Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. ~Winston Churchill
  3. You create your opportunities by asking for them. ~Shakti Gawain
  4. To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities. ~Bruce Lee
  5. Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. ~Bobby Unser
  6. A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. ~Francis Bacon
  7. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~Winston S. Churchill
  8. Most people miss opportunity because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas A. Edison
  9. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. ~Henry Ford
  10. Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. ~William Arthur Ward
  11. To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions. ~Benjamin Franklin
  12. Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’ ~Brian Tracy
  13. Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them. ~Orison Swett Marden
  14. Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. ~Richard Branson
  15. Many people may say that luck is important, but I think you create your own luck by working hard to ensure you don’t miss opportunities. ~Ivan Glasenberg
  16. Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known. ~Ronald Reagan
  17. My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities. ~Mario Testino
  18. People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. They outperform those with a fixed mindset, even when they have a lower IQ, because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new. ~Travis Bradberry
  19. As an entrepreneur, you tend to see the opportunities where others see none. ~Naveen Jain
  20. Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them. ~Jim Carrey
  21. Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it. ~Julie Andrews

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