7 inspirational quotes about marriage


Marriage can be a thorny subject for some and the source of great pleasure for others. If a successful marriage is your aim then you will need to master the art of compromise, as well as choosing a life partner for whom you have the greatest respect.

Friendship is at the heart of any successful marriage and friendship is a relationship of equals. That means the power dynamic in your relationship must be balanced. Both parties must feel that their needs are being met. You’re a team and as with all teams, each of you has a role to play. One person cannot be expected to bear the burden of doing everything whilst the other person does nothing. That’s not fair, nor is it sustainable.

A successful marriage can be your greatest investment. Choose your partner wisely and a successful relationship can be yours; fail to choose carefully and it could prove to be painful for all concerned. Here are seven inspirational quotes about marriage to help you reflect on what is one of life’s greatest institutions.

Remember this; choose well and nurture your relationship and it can last a lifetime. Find the right partner and you’ll appreciate their presence in your life with each passing year.

Today’s quotes:

  1. By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. ~Socrates
  2. Happy is the man who finds a true friend and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife. ~Franz Schubert
  3. It is not a lack of love but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  4. My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. ~Winston Churchill
  5. Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without. ~James Dobson
  6. The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time. ~Julia Child
  7. Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect. If it’s not based on respect, nothing that appears to be good will last very long. ~Amy Grant

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7 inspirational quotes about love

We need love and we feel love. As human beings, we are emotional and social creatures and we need other people. We need a sense that we matter to other people. And of course, other people matter to us too. We feel love for those who matter to us and our greatest love is for that person who matters most. Our greatest love is felt for that person in whose company we always feel a sense of contentment. If you’ve found that special person then get down on your knees and thank God for the privilege because you are lucky indeed. Not everyone is quite so lucky. Here are 7 inspirational quotes about love to help you reflect on this complex emotion.

However remember this; love alone won’t sustain a relationship. That requires hard work and a lot of compromise. Nevertheless without love, a relationship has no chance at all. If you truly love someone, you’ll want what’s best for them and you’ll be prepared to set aside your own needs occasionally to ensure that their needs are being satisfied. In a successful relationship all parties must feel their needs are respected and being met, at least most of the time. Love means you can’t have your own way all of the time.

Today’s quotes:

  1. Where there is love there is life. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  2. There’s only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. ~George Sand
  3. A flower cannot blossom without sunshine and man cannot live without love. ~Max Muller
  4. Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. ~H Jackson Brown, Jr
  5. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. ~Oscar Wilde
  6. The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. ~Audrey Hepburn
  7. Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. ~Ann Landers

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7 inspirational quotes about life

Whether we like or not, life happens to us all. However we shouldn’t just let it happen. Ideally we should be in control. We only get one life, so we should make it the life we want. I firmly believe that life is what you make it. There will be times when we cannot be in control, for whatever reason, but being in control should be our aim always. Being in control and doing the things at which we excel and that we enjoy. Do the things you’re good at and you’ll have a real chance of success, particularly if you’re determined and you work hard. However you have to live your own life. Only you can know what is truly right for you. Here are 7 inspirational quotes about life to get you thinking.

And always remember this; your life now is not a dress rehearsal. It’s the only life you’re going to experience. So make sure you enjoy the experience. Yes there’ll be tough times but make sure there are good times too. You won’t live forever, so make sure you live now.

  1. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. ~Omar Khayyam
  2. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. ~Lao Tzu
  3. Open your eyes and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? ~Bob Marley
  4. The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride and nothing is guaranteed. ~Eminem
  5. If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. ~Bill Clinton
  6. The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. ~Joseph Campbell
  7. The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy. ~Helen Hayes

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21 thought-provoking quotes about overthinking

Few things can be more debilitating than the power of our own thoughts. In fact life’s hardest battle is often with the thoughts going on in our own heads. We overthink, we worry and we talk ourselves into believing that somehow we’re not as good as everyone else. We think everyone else is sailing through life without a care in the world, whilst we see our lives as less than satisfactory. We talk ourselves out of trying things because we worry about what others will think. And we allow our ambitions to be constrained by the limits other people perceive in us. Our lives would be a lot better if we did more doing and less thinking and pursued our dreams regardless of what others might think. Here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about overthinking to underline today’s message.

To overcome those negative thoughts you need a mantra and here is a great one you should repeat to yourself frequently. Repeat after me, “I’m as good as anyone and better than most.” Repeat this message to yourself daily, in fact several times a day.

And remember this; no one’s life is perfect. Everyone has problems, even wealthy people. No one sails through life without a few challenges on a regular basis.

So focus on what matters to you most and enjoy life as best you can. As they say in Northern England, “You’re a long time dead.” So stop thinking and start doing.

Today’s quotes:

  1. What we think, we become. ~Buddha
  2. Stop thinking and end your problems. ~Lao Tzu
  3. Overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness. ~Author Unknown
  4. Too much thinking leads to paralysis by analysis. ~Robert Herjavec
  5. Don’t overthink yourself out of something good. ~Akosua Dardaine Edwards
  6. Overthinking is the art of creating problems that weren’t even there. ~Author Unknown
  7. There is nothing in this world that can trouble you as much as your own thoughts. ~Author Unknown
  8. The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits. ~Bruce Lee
  9. I once tried thinking for an entire day but I found it less valuable than one moment of study. ~Xun Zi
  10. The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. ~Eckhart Tolle
  11. Thinking is what a great many people think they are doing when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~William James
  12. Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things. ~Ray Bradbury
  13. Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it. ~Niels Bohr
  14. It’s crazy how you can get yourself in a mess sometimes and not even be able to think about it with any sense and yet not be able to think about anything else. ~Stanley Kubrick
  15. I began to realize that thinking itself is nothing but the process of asking and answering questions. ~Tony Robbins
  16. If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don’t do it, and it won’t happen. ~Desiderius Erasmus
  17. You know, it is a little known fact that thinking is entirely overrated. The world would be a much better place if we all did a lot less of it. ~Laurie Viera Rigler
  18. Stop overthinking. You can’t control everything, so just let it be. ~Author Unknown
  19. Don’t overthink things. Sometimes you can convince your head not to listen to your heart. Those are the decisions you regret for the rest of your life. ~Leah Braemel
  20. Be where you are, stop overthinking and focus on what you are doing. ~Roy T. Bennett
  21. The more you overthink the less you will understand. ~ Habeeb Akande

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Visibility: Does it really matter?

Does visibility really matter?

Well that depends on how you think about it. If you’re happy to plod along and just accept whatever life decides you should have then it probably doesn’t matter much at all. However if success is your aim or if you want to enjoy more of what life can offer then visibility is essential.

How can you be a solution to my problem if I don’t know you exist? How can I possibly know what you have to offer unless I have some visibility of you in action? How can you establish a reputation if you hide your light under a bushel? If I don’t know you exist, you don’t exist.

If you really want to succeed in life then you have to be seen and you must make an impression on people. That’s important, like it or not. People need a reason to remember you.

Ideally you want them to like and respect you. Even if people just love to hate you then that is better than them being totally indifferent to you. At least you will be known. You have to be visible. As the saying goes, ability without visibility is a liability.

The product ‘You’ will only sell if people are aware that it exists. So self-promotion and personal public relations initiatives play an important role in building your reputation and creating demand for what you have to offer. Humility is all very well but diffidence is at best unwise. You will never get anywhere unless you have visibility with people that matter.

Think about the most successful people; people such as Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Donald Trump, Richard Branson, Elvis Presley and John Lennon. Sadly the latter two are no longer with us. Nevertheless the examples are valid. They all make or made an impression on you. You may not like them but you cannot or could not ignore them. They all have or had that special quality known as presence.

So make sure you get yourself noticed. Stand out in the crowd and give people a reason to remember you.

And remember this old Arab Proverb; “Be memorable, Be known”.

Recommended Reading

If you’re wise you will take the subject of personal PR very seriously. And if you do you might just be looking for a book on the subject. Well one I can recommend is:-

PERSONAL PR: Public Relations and Marketing Tips That Work to Your Advantage by author Bruce H. Joffe

This book has lots of simple suggestions and anecdotes which offer a guide as to how-to-do-it, as well as tactics and strategies you can use to succeed in your business and professional life

If you’d just like to check it out or if you’re keen to buy it then CLICK HERE

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15 Quotes by Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. In fact, she was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. With the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller broke through the isolation imposed on her by a near complete lack of language, allowing her to blossom as she learned to communicate. Keller proved to the world that deaf people could learn to communicate and that they could survive in the hearing world. She also taught that deaf people are capable of doing things that hearing people can do.

Helen Keller is a prime example of someone who despite considerable disadvantages was able to realise her full potential, through determination, hard work and a refusal to be defined by her disadvantages. She is a role model not only for deaf people but for every one who struggles to deal with the disadvantages life has bestowed upon them. Here are 15 excellent quotes by Helen Keller to inspire you.

Whenever you feel that life is being unfair to you I recommend that you think of Helen Keller and people like her and remember anything is possible if you just keep focused on your objectives.

  1. What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me. ~Helen Keller
  2. We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough. ~Helen Keller
  3. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller
  4. The highest result of education is tolerance. ~Helen Keller
  5. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller
  6. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~Helen Keller
  7. What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. ~Helen Keller
  8. Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. ~Helen Keller
  9. Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained. ~Helen Keller
  10. Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others. ~Helen Keller
  11. Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. ~Helen Keller
  12. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved. ~Helen Keller
  13. Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. ~Helen Keller
  14. We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. ~Helen Keller
  15. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. ~Helen Keller

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15 Funny Quotes on Friendship

If you’re lucky enough to have one good friend then you are richer than you imagine and if you have two then you’re truly blessed. Friendship is a relationship of equals. Real friends are people with whom you have a lot in common, especially when it comes to things that make you laugh and those times when you enjoy getting silly. True friends are people who know all your faults but accept you as you are anyway. Not everyone with whom you have a friendly relationship is a true friend. Some people are just very good acquaintances. A real friend is someone you could phone at 3am, when you’re in trouble and know they’d be out to help you in a heartbeat. Such people are worth their weight in gold and you should never take them for granted. They are special and you should appreciate then being in your life because not everyone is quite so lucky. Here are 15 funny quotes on friendship that for me touch on the very essence of what it all means.

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  1. Friends are the chocolate chips in the cookie of life!
  2. Friends buy you food. Best friends eat your food.
  3. Friends come and go, but enemies remain and build up.
  4. When our phones fall, we panic. When our friends fall, we laugh.
  5. If you have crazy friends you have everything you’ll ever need.
  6. Never let your best friends get lonely. Keep disturbing them.
  7. You have a problem when your imaginary friend thinks he has a problem.
  8. There’s nothing better than a good friend, except for a good friend with chocolate.
  9. Friends come and go, like waves on the ocean, but the true friends stay like an octopus on your face.
  10. A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find, but you’re lucky if you have one.
  11. Laughing is one of the best exercises. It’s like running inside your mind. You can do it almost anywhere and it’s even better with a friend.
  12. I’d walk through fire for my best friend. Well, not fire because that’s dangerous, but a super humid room. Well not too humid, because you know, my hair.
  13. I love making friends. I usually prefer to make them out of plaster and give them funny looking hats.
  14. Dear Diamond, we all know who is really a girl’s best friend. Sincerely yours, Chocolate Cake.
  15. I hope we’re good friends until we die, then I hope we can stay ghost friends, walk through walls and scare people.

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Another 10 hilarious jokes sure to make you laugh

If you’re in need of a good laugh and let’s face it, we all need a good laugh, then once again and I’ve been collecting jokes just for you dear reader. I’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. I’m confident that you will find today’s joke collection very funny. So here is another batch of hilarious jokes sure to make you laugh.

And remember; if they have you fall over laughing your socks off then please, please share them with your friends on social media because when we share, everyone wins. You get laughs and you get to play the hero or heroine. People will appreciate you making them aware of jokes because they need a laugh too. Laughter is after all the best medicine.

So once again, here are 10 hilarious jokes sure to make you laugh.

1. One man and his talking dog

Jim walks into a New York bar with his dog Fido.

Jim walks right up to the bar, turns to face the seated customers and says, “This is my dog Fido and believe it or not, he’s a talking dog. If I can demonstrate to you that Fido can answer any of my questions who will buy me a drink?

Listen buddy, if you can demonstrate that Fido can talk, you can have a drink on the house,” says the bartender.

So Jim turns to Fido and asks, “What goes on the top of a house?

Roof!” Fido responds.

What does tree bark feel like?” asks Jim.

Rough!” says Fido.

Who was the greatest baseball player ever?” asks Jim.

Ruth!” says Fido.

The bartender is really unimpressed with what he’s hearing and he snaps at Jim. “You’re a phoney buddy. We’re not fooled by any of that. You and your dog can get out of here right now. Go on, on your way!

As Jim and his dog are thrown out on to the street, Fido looks sadly at Jim and says. “What did I do wrong? Should I have said Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mantle?

2. The thief and the Parrot

A thief breaks into a house when he thinks no one will be at home.

He’s creeping carefully through the property and as he steps into the lounge he’s stopped dead in his tracks when he suddenly hears someone say very clearly, “Jesus is watching you!

He stands very still for a moment until everything in the house falls silent again. At this point he moves forward very slowly.

Once again he hears that voice, “Jesus is watching you!

The thief is now frightened out of his wits and he stops once again to focus on locating the voice.

He’s looking around peering into the darkness when he spots a birdcage and in the birdcage is a parrot.

The thief looks the parrot in the eyes and asks, “Was that you who said, ‘Jesus is watching me’?

Yes”, said the parrot.

The thief relaxes and breathes a sigh of relief. “Thank goodness for that”, he says to the parrot. “What’s your name?

The family here call me Ronald”, said the parrot.

Ronald? You cannot be serious!” laughs the thief. “What sort of family calls their pet parrot Ronald?

The sort of family who call their ferocious, Rottweiler guard dog Jesus” the parrot responds.

3. Hospital banter

Five surgeons are taking their lunch break and enjoying a little banter to relax. The conversation moves on quickly to the people they regard as the best patients.

The first surgeon says, “For me, it’s got to be accountants. They are the best people to operate on because when you open them up, everything on the inside is numbered.

The second surgeon responds, “No, I don’t agree. Librarians have to be the best people on which to operate because everything inside them is in alphabetical order.

The third surgeon thinks for a minute, smiles and then he says, “Sounds like you’ve never operated on an electrician. When you open them up you’ll find everything inside them is color coded!

The fourth surgeon laughs and says,” Well personally I prefer lawyers. They’re heartless, spineless, gut-less and their heads and butts are interchangeable.

The fifth surgeon has been quietly listening to the conversation so far when he’s asked by the others what he thinks.

Well I like to operate on engineers because they’re always very understanding if I find myself with a few parts left over when the job’s done” he says.

4. Talking dog for sale

A couple are out for a walk when they notice a large sign outside a house which reads, “Talking Dog for Sale.

They are both intrigued by the idea of a talking dog, so they knock on the door and ask if they can take a look at this dog

Sure!” says the owner, “Come on in.

The owner escorts them into the lounge where the dog is lying on the sofa watching television.

Hello,” they say to the dog.

Hello,” the dog responds.

What have you done with your life so far then?” the couple ask the dog.

Well actually I’ve led a very full life,” says the dog.

Really?” says the couple.

Yes really,” says the dog. “I’ve lived in the Alps rescuing avalanche victims. Then I served my country in Iraq. And now I work part-time reading to the residents in a retirement home.

The couple are amazed by this. They can’t believe any dog could have done quite so much.

One of them then asks the dog’s owner, “Why on earth would you want to get rid of this amazing dog?

“Oh, we’re getting rid of him because he’s a liar. He’s not done any of those things” says the owner.

5. Miscommunication

Jed goes into a public restroom and he’s barely sat down in the cubicle when he hears a voice say, “Hi, how are you?

Feeling a little embarrassed Jed says politely, “Well I guess I’m doing fine thank you!

The voice then responds, “So what are you up to?

Jed is even more embarrassed but once again he responds politely, “Well just like you, I’m sitting here trying to get a load off my mind.

He then hears the voice say, “Hey, can I come over?

Jed is now extremely embarrassed and starting to get slightly irritated too, so he snaps back, “Look, surely you understand I’m a bit busy right now!

At this point he hears the voice say, “Jane listen, I’ll have to call you back. There’s an idiot in the next cubicle who keeps responding to all my questions!

6. Two hunters

Two hunters are out in the woods hunting bears when one of them suddenly collapses.

The other guy checks him over and realises that he’s not breathing and his eyes are a bit glazed. So he grabs his cell phone and immediately calls 911.

I think my friend’s dead!” he yells down the phone with panic in his voice. “What should I do?

Sir, if you can just calm down I’ll help you” says the operator calmly. “Let’s just make sure he’s dead first.

There’s then a moment of silence, followed by what is clearly a gunshot.

Back on the phone, the guy then says to the operator, “Right, now what?

7. Cosmetic surgery

Jill, a middle-aged woman, is having surgery in hospital following a severe heart attack when she has a vision of God by her bedside.

Will I die God?” she asks.

To which God responds, “No my dear, you still have 30 more years to live yet.

Well if she’s got 30 more years to look forward to and since she’s in hospital anyway, Jill decides she might as well make the most of her operation.

So she gets breast implants, liposuction, a tummy tuck, a hair transplant, and collagen injections in her lips. When it’s all finished and the bruises have healed she looks absolutely stunning and 10 years younger.

The day she’s discharged from the hospital, she leaves the hospital with a real spring in her step. Feeling very good about her makeover, Jill steps into the street and is immediately knocked down by an ambulance and killed.

As she steps through the Pearly Gates, Jill sees God and decides to complain. “You said I had 30 more years to live,” she says to God.

Well that’s true,” says God.

So what happened?” Jill asks.

To which God shrugs and says, “I’m sorry but I didn’t recognize you.

8. Kids are smarter than you think

A young boy walks into a barber’s shop and the barber whispers to the customer to whom he’s currently attending, “This kid has got to be the dumbest kid in the world. Watch and I’ll prove it to you.

The barber then puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then he says to the boy, ‘Hey kid, which do you want the dollar bill or the quarters?’

The boy decides to take the quarters and then he leaves the shop.

What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That dumb kid never learns!

Later, when the customer is leaving the barber’s shop he sees the same kid coming out of the ice cream store.

“Hey, kid! May I ask you a question?” asks the customer. “Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?

The boy licks his ice cream for a moment before saying, “Because the day I take the dollar bill the game is over!

9. Classmates

While waiting for her first appointment with her new dentist, Jane notices his degree certificate on the wall, which includes his full name.

Suddenly, Jane remembers a tall, handsome boy from her High School class some 45 years ago who had exactly the same name. Naturally she wonders whether this can be the same guy.

However upon seeing him, she quickly dismisses any such thought. Surely this ageing, balding, grey-haired old man with a deeply lined face could not possibly be one of her old High School classmates?

After he had finished examining her teeth, Jane decides to ask him whether they he attended the local high school.

Yes,” he replied.

That’s amazing. What year did you graduate then?” Jane asks.

In 1973” he responds.

Amazing, you were in my class!” Jane exclaims.

He looks at her closely and then asks, “What subject did you teach?

10. The Monastery

Every ten years in the Monastery, the monks were allowed to break their vow of silence to speak just two words.

With ten years gone by, Brother Michael gets his first chance to speak.

He thinks for a second and then says, “Food bad.

Another ten years go by and again Brother Michael has an opportunity to speak briefly and on this occasion he says, “Bed hard.

A further decade later, it’s the big day once more. However this time Brother Michael gives the head monk a long stare before saying, “I quit.

To which the head monk responds, “I’m not surprised. You’ve been complaining ever since you got here.

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7 inspirational quotes about success

If you’re looking for inspirational quotes about success then first think about what success really means to you. For your definition of success will not necessarily be the same as someone else’s. Success to you might be nothing more than being happy and content. That’s admirable and there’s nothing wrong with that as a goal. However someone else might be looking for more. For them success might be an Olympic gold medal or winning the Super Bowl. Before you pursue success you would do well to reflect on what it means to you and why you want it. Knowing your why is half the battle when it comes to achieving success.

Success is something that is desired by many people but which only the few truly achieve. To be successful, you have to want it so bad that it hurts. That’s why it’s important to know your why. If you know your ‘why?’ you will be able to bear any ‘how’.

You must be focused on your goals; you must be disciplined; you must be determined; you must be prepared to make sacrifices; you must be prepared to work very, very hard; and you must possess self-belief too. Nothing worth having ever came easy.

If you want success then you must be prepared to pay the price in blood, sweat and tears. And the price must be paid first. You’ll get nothing before you’ve paid the price. You’ll find that even ‘overnight successes’ have spent years honing their skills before favourable circumstances provided them with an opportunity to shine like a star.

Nothing happens overnight you’ve got to work at and keep working at it. And remember this; you will experience failure from time to time and you will question whether you’re good enough over and over again. The temptation to quit will be overwhelming at times; you’ll be constantly tempted to settle for an easier life. Don’t! Success can be achieved if you stick at it and just keep going. Focus on the prize.

In the words of the late, great Muhammad Ali, I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’

Success can be yours if you work hard and hang on in there until you achieve what it is that you want to achieve. So go for it, but not before you’ve read these seven inspirational quotes about success.

And remember this too; it’s better to try and fail than never having tried at all. At least you’ll know whether it was meant to be.

Inspirational quotes about success:-

  1. 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
  2. Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning? How committed are you to being a good friend? To being trustworthy? To being successful? How committed are you to being a good father, a good teammate, a good role model? There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not? ~LeBron James
  3. Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfilment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. ~Jack Canfield
  4. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. ~Vince Lombardi
  5. 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
  6. Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together. ~Paul Ryan
  7. Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. ~Thomas J. Watson

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7 inspirational quotes about change

Before I offer you some inspirational quotes about change, let’s consider why it really matters.

One of the most fundamental human needs is the need for certainty. We need certainty because we need to feel secure. As a species, human beings are programmed to ensure we survive. If we don’t feel secure then we are constantly on our guard, which drains our energy. That’s why change can be an uncomfortable experience because it makes us feel insecure and feeling insecure means we can’t relax. Most of us can feel uncomfortable with change, at least to some degree, and that’s perfectly natural when you think about it.

However change is important. Through change comes opportunity and if we can embrace change then opportunity can be ours for the taking. Most people tend to be slow in their response to change because it’s such an uncomfortable experience. However if we respond quickly we can grasp those opportunities just waiting for the fleet footed.

Think about this; everything we take for granted today once didn’t exist. An example of this would be computers. Today most households have several of them in the form of Desktops, Laptops and Tablets, as well as Smartphones. Certainly that is the case within the household in which I live and I’m sure that would be true for you home too dear reader.

However as recently as 1943 Thomas Watson, then Chairman of IBM said, “I think there’s a world market for maybe five computers.” Between me and my family, we have more than five now in our home alone.

As recently as 1977 Ken Olson then President, Chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), the leading supplier of mini-computers at the time, said, “There’s no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.

We’re lucky that neither Bill Gates nor Steve Jobs listened to those gentlemen. However in business terms these examples are even more significant. Failure to recognize the changing nature of the computer market almost had catastrophic consequences for IBM.

They did manage to adapt eventually but not before their business went through a major wobble and at one point looked like it might fold completely.

And where is DEC now? It’s nothing more than a footnote in the history of digital technology.

So the message today is this; you ignore change at your peril. It’s better to embrace it, however uncomfortable it may feel, and be ready to grab those opportunities as they come along.

The most successful people in business are adept at exploiting opportunities brought about by change. Change is synonymous with opportunity. It is that simple.

Here are 7 inspirational quotes about change to help you reflect on what it means and why it’s important. 

Quotes about change:

  1. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. ~Stephen Hawking
  2. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ~John F. Kennedy
  3. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ~Winston Churchill
  4. The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. ~Alan Watts
  5. The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. ~Nathaniel Branden
  6. If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. ~Lao Tzu
  7. It is change, continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account, not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. ~Isaac Asimov

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