21 thought-provoking quotes about motivation

Quotes about motivationIf 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.

And it’s the certainty that you know what you want and 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. Success is unlikely to happen by accident.

However you’ll succeed if you love what you’re doing and it really 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’ll climb through the window. If they build a wall to stop you, you’ll get over it no matter what, even if you have to build stairs to help you.

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

Quotes about motivationQuotes about motivation:

  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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5 inspirational quotes on things that really matter

Inspirational QuotesIf a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well. ~Martin Luther King

The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is neither likely to make money nor find much fun in life. ~Charles M. Schwab

Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. ~Norman MacEwan

If life be short, then moderate your worldly cares and projects. Do not cumber yourselves with too much provision for a short voyage. ~Author Unknown

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. ~Pearl S. Buck

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33 very clever one liners guaranteed to make you smile

Clever one linersI’m always impressed with clever one liners. I can’t resist those short, sharp witty remarks that always make me smile. So naturally I collect them, noting them down in my journal every day.

Today I thought I share some of the best clever one liners I’ve heard recently. They’re all quite brilliant in my opinion.

So take a couple of minutes to enjoy them all.

Clever one liners:

  1. How does NASA organise a party? They planet.
  2. I used to be addicted to soap but I’m clean now.
  3. I went on a once in a lifetime holiday. Never again.
  4. Just received a card full of rice. It’s from Uncle Ben.
  5. Exaggerations went up by one million percent last year.
  6. What kind of exercise do lazy people do? Diddly-squats.
  7. I’ve decided to sell my Hoover. It was just collecting dust.
  8. I’m friends with 25 letters of the alphabet. I don’t know why.
  9. I told my friend 10 jokes to get him to laugh. No pun in 10 did.
  10. Why did the chicken go to the séance? To get to the other side.
  11. What sits at the bottom of the sea and twitches? A nervous wreck.
  12. My friend asked me to help him round up his 37 sheep. I said “40”.
  13. Why do we tell actors to ‘break a leg?’ Because every play has a cast.
  14. My friend says to me: “What rhymes with orange?” I said: “No it doesn’t!”
  15. I told my girlfriend she drew her eyebrows too high. She seemed surprised.
  16. Did you hear about the claustrophobic astronaut? He needed a little space.
  17. I’ve found a job helping a one armed typist do capital letters. It’s shift work.
  18. Have you heard about those new corduroy pillows? They’re making headlines.
  19. As a scarecrow, people say I’m outstanding in my field. But hay, it’s in my jeans.
  20. What do you call a parade of rabbits hopping backwards? A receding hare-line.
  21. What’s the best thing about Switzerland? I don’t know, but the flag is a big plus.
  22. Sometimes I tuck my knees into my chest and lean forward. That’s just how I roll.
  23. What did the left eye say to the right eye? Between you and me, something smells.
  24. My wife told me I had to stop acting like a flamingo. So I had to put my foot down.
  25. I told my doctor that I broke my arm in two places. He told me to stop going there.
  26. I stayed up all night and tried to figure out where the sun was. Then it dawned on me.
  27. I bought my friend an elephant for his room. He said “Thanks!” I said “Don’t mention it.”
  28. I bought some shoes from a drug dealer. I don’t know what he laced them with but I’ve been tripping all day.
  29. Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floorboards? He was just going through a stage.
  30. Hear about the new restaurant called ‘Karma’? There’s no menu, you only get what you deserve.
  31. I saw a guy spill all his Scrabble letters on the road. So I asked him, “What’s the word on the street?”
  32. A man tells his doctor, “Help me. I’m addicted to Twitter!” To which the doctor replied, “Sorry, I’m not following you.”
  33. What did the bald man exclaim when he received a comb for a present? “Thanks! I’ll never part with it!”

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35 short but brilliant one liner quotes you’ll love

Brilliant One Liner QuotesI love brilliant one liner quotes. In fact whenever I come across some good ones I always make a note of them in my journal. Naturally I review what I’ve collected occasionally and I thought today I’d share my most recent collection with you dear reader.

So here are some short but brilliant one liner quotes which I’m confident you’ll love.

Enjoy them all.

Brilliant one liner quotes:

  1. When in doubt, mumble.
  2. Only dead fish go with the flow.
  3. No one’s listening until you fart.
  4. Is it bad luck to be superstitious?
  5. I want to live forever. So far, so good.
  6. Constipated people don’t give a crap.
  7. I’m in shape. Round is a shape isn’t it?
  8. Why is a bra singular and panties plural?
  9. There are no real winners in life, only survivors.
  10. Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your kids.
  11. Efficiency is a highly developed form of laziness.
  12. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
  13. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving’s not for you!
  14. If a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is it homeless or naked?
  15. For every action, there’s a corresponding over-reaction.
  16. You should laugh at your problems, everyone else does.
  17. Research confirms 4 out of 3 people struggle with math.
  18. I don’t have a solution, but I can offer a critical comment.
  19. Living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.
  20. Life is like a bird. It’s pretty cute until it craps on your head.
  21. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.
  22. It’s not the fall that kills you; it’s the sudden stop at the end.
  23. People make rules for others and exceptions for themselves.
  24. The best way to lie is to tell a carefully edited version of truth.
  25. I know God’s watching me, so the least I can be is entertaining.
  26. People who smile in a crisis have found someone else to blame.
  27. God must really love stupid people. He’s made so many of them.
  28. Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore and you sleep alone.
  29. We’re all part of the ultimate statistic – 10 out of 10 people will die.
  30. We live in a society where pizza gets to our house before the police.
  31. Progress is made by lazy people looking for easier ways to do things.
  32. The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
  33. The hardest thing about success is finding someone who’s pleased for you
  34. The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
  35. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

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What is life’s most precious resource?

To realize the value of one year: Ask a student who has failed a final exam. To realize the value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the value of one minute: Ask a person who has missed a train, a bus or a plane. To realize the value of one millisecond: Ask the person who has won a silver medal at the Olympics. Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have. You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special. ~Author Unknown

What is life’s most precious resource?

Now many readers might say money, possibly.

However think about it for a second. Certainly money is a precious resource. That’s true but you can always get more money of course. You can earn a bigger salary; you could win the lottery; you could sell some of your possessions if necessary. So in that sense money is not a limited resource.

How about time?

Now time is a limited resource. We’re all limited to 168 hours per week, whether we like it or not. None of us can get more time than that each week however wealthy we may be. We cannot buy more time.

So time’s a very precious commodity. In fact it’s our most precious commodity. It’s the only commodity we cannot get more of, so it must be more precious than anything else.

Therefore if time is so precious we must use it wisely. We must guard it carefully. And we must not allow others to waste our time.

If anyone wants a piece of your time then they must have a very good reason if you’re to agree to their request. If it’s not a good reason, never be afraid to say NO.

Someone asking for a piece of your time is not a obligation on you, it’s simply a request. You decide whether you’ll grant that request.

And it’s perfectly reasonable to say NO, if that’s the most appropriate response from your standpoint.

Always be polite of course but guard your time very carefully. Always remember, it’s your time and you decide how it’s used.

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Does being a success really matter?

Do your work with your whole heart and you will succeed; there’s so little competition. ~Elbert Hubbard

So many people are just trying to get through life with as little effort as possible.

Now that’s fair enough, if that’s what you want. Then again, do nothing and you’ll get nothing and you’ll be nothing.

Again, maybe you don’t care. Maybe a stress-free life is much more important to you than being driven to achieve. And that’s a reasonable choice to make.

However we all have enormous potential. We can all make our mark and make a real contribution to life and the people who matter most to us.

If you want more out of life, then success really is there for the taking.

Yes, it requires a lot of hard work and you will need to hone your skills until you are one of the best at what you do. However others do it, so why not you?

Why shouldn’t you make a real difference?

If you can continually focus on your desired outcome then you can and will succeed.

Go the extra mile and you’ll reach a place worthy of the effort you’ve expended. And remember, there’s very little traffic on the extra mile.

There really is far less competition than you think. For most people the required effort is just far too much.

So go on, go for it. You’re as good as anyone and better than most. Believe you can and you will.

Being a success does matter because you have enormous potential and the world needs all the potential it can get. The world needs people just like you to make a difference.

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Success and why you should never quit

It’s always too early to quit. ~Norman Vincent Peale

Today I want you to consider success and why you should never quit dear reader.

Achieving any form of success requires determination and a lot of hard work. Anything you want can be yours, if you want it badly enough, but nothing’s for free.

The price you’ll pay is in blood, sweat and tears.

The road to success will also inevitably involve occasional setbacks. That’s the nature of the game we call success. And it is a game where the best players become the winners.

So you’ll need to be single-minded and you’ll need to push yourself very hard. It’s not easy and nor is it meant to be.

From time to time self-doubt will creep into your mind. You’ll start to imagine that maybe you’re not quite good enough. Siren voices in your head will start telling you that it’s all too difficult and that maybe it’s time to quit.

You may even start asking yourself, “Why am I putting myself through all the hard work when I could just spend my life cruising along and having fun?”

The problem is, no pain, no gain. And if you quit, you’ll spend your life wondering what might have been.

So just keep your eye on the prize. Nothing worth having was ever easy to achieve. However it can be done and people do.

You can do it too. All you need is a little self-belief and a genuine desire to make your mark on life.

Just ignore any setbacks; ignore any siren voices in your head; and refuse to give up until you get to where you want to be.

Remember this; quitters never win and winners never quit. Greatness lies within you. So go on, be a winner.

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Why should I be positive?

People with positive attitudes make better employees, better friends and better mates.~Michael Josephson

Attitude is a subject I return to frequently. And I do that because from experience I know it matters.

You may think having an attitude is a good thing. Perhaps it is if you want to make it as a rock star. However in just about every other situation in life it won’t work for you.

No employer will be impressed by someone with a negative attitude. No employer will be keen to hire someone with a negative attitude.

Most hiring managers have enough problems to deal with each day without adding to them by hiring someone with a chippy attitude.

And if you’re seeking to make new friends or form a relationship then again you’re unlikely to impress anyone if you have a negative attitude.

Why would anyone want to have their life burdened by a friend or a partner with an attitude problem?

Life is hard enough for most people without them having to put up with someone who is high maintenance because of their attitude.

I can tell you this; your life will be much, much better if you start developing a positive attitude.

Fail to do that and your life is unlikely to be very enjoyable at all. The choice is yours.

Your life will be what you choose to make it.

It’s true, it won’t be perfect. It’s true, you’ll have bad times, as well as good. Everyone does. However if you’re positive, it’ll be easier on your nerves, at least.

Look for the positive in every situation. There’s always something positive there, however small.

So go out, be positive and it will take you further than you might imagine I promise you.

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21 thought-provoking one-liners you’ll love

Thought-Provoking One-LinersI love a good one-line quote.

They can be powerful and they can be useful when you need to reinforce a point whilst making a presentation or when you’re trying to make your case in a debate or argument.

Here are 21 great, thought-provoking one-liners all of which certainly made me think.

Thought-provoking one-liners:

  1. People may hear your words but they feel your attitude. ~John C. Maxwell
  2. The only source of knowledge is experience. ~Albert Einstein
  3. There is no substitute for hard work. ~Thomas A. Edison
  4. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. ~Aldous Huxley
  5. To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved. ~George MacDonald
  6. Thinking will not overcome fear but action will. ~W. Clement Stone
  7. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~Thomas A. Edison
  8. The most violent element in society is ignorance. ~Emma Goldman
  9. Lost time is never found again. ~Benjamin Franklin
  10. The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows. ~Aristotle Onassis
  11. Thought-Provoking One-LinersYou have to dream before your dreams can come true. ~APJ Abdul Kalam
  12. Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. ~Jim Rohn
  13. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. ~Joseph Addison
  14. Health is not valued till sickness comes. ~Thomas Fuller
  15. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
  16. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. ~Dalai Lama
  17. Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate. ~Emily Dickinson
  18. One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ~Bob Marley
  19. Anybody who thinks money will make you happy hasn’t got money. ~David Geffen
  20. Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway. ~John Wayne
  21. Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. ~Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

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How to make an impression : Job Interview Tips

As the old saying goes, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

These days hiring managers are spoilt for choice when interviewing for any job regarded as a decent opportunity. In fact unless the job is a real stinker, they’ll usually get hundreds of applicants.

True they won’t interview them all but they’ll interview enough for it to be important for you to make a memorable impression on them, if you’re to have any chance at all.

Good candidates will know this and make sure they’ve researched job interview tips beforehand.

So dear reader, if you’ve found this page via a search engine, are you looking for some job interview tips?

If you’ve got a job interview anytime soon then naturally you’ll want a few pointers in how to perform to the best of your ability. You’ll not only want to showcase your skills but also leave an impression on the interviewer that lasts long after you’ve left the interview room.

Don’t forget though, the impression you leave can be a good one but it can also be a bad one. And leaving a bad one is the last thing you want to do, assuming you really want the job.

The embedded video offers some useful job interview tips, making its points with irony. The video made me smile and I hope it brightens your day too.

How to make an impression:

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