5 short inspirational quotes that’ll really make you think

Short-Inspirational-QuotesToday I offer you 5 short inspirational quotes which I’m confident will get you thinking about your life and what you want out of it.

Short inspirational quotes:

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

On days when I don’t work, I am working on maintaining my image, just like an athlete. ~Linda Evangelista

I would perceive three years at university as a waste of time. I would have made £200,000 by then. ~Lord Sugar

You have to rule the money. Don’t let the money rule you. ~Fil Adams-Mercer

Marriage is an investment that pays dividends if you pay interest. ~Bob Monkhouse

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99 Short proverbs about life (you’ll just love No 54)

Short-proverbs-about-lifeTravel around the world and you’ll hear so many insightful, short proverbs about life and how best to deal with it.

Now I believe that the best education you can have is at the University of Life.

In my time at the University of Life, I’ve travelled to over 70 countries and I now have several journals of proverbs from around the world that I’ve collected along the way.

So, today I’ve put together another batch of those short proverbs about life that really appeal to me.

And in the era of COVID, in particular, No 54 definitely resonated with me.

So take a few minutes to reflect on them all and then see how many of these little bite-sized pieces of wisdom you can work into your day.

Short proverbs about life (1-20):

  1. Even silence speaks. ~Hausa Proverb
  2. A stumble is not a fall. ~Haitian Proverb
  3. As you teach you learn. ~Jewish Proverb
  4. Need is a bad negotiator. ~Icelandic Proverb
  5. Blame is a lazy man’s wages. ~Danish Proverb
  6. The bitter heart eats its owner. ~Bantu Proverb
  7. Mewing cats catch no mice. ~Georgian Proverb
  8. Nothing is easy to the unwilling. ~Gaelic Proverb
  9. All married women or not wives. ~Japanese Proverb
  10. A big chair does not make a king. ~Sudanese Proverb
  11. No road is long with good company. ~Turkish Proverb
  12. Prepare your proof before you argue. ~Jewish Proverb
  13. When deeds speak words are nothing. ~African Proverb
  14. Ask for advice then use your head. ~Norwegian Proverb
  15. Evil thoughts often come from idleness. ~Gaelic Proverb
  16. Fear an ignorant man more than a lion. ~Kurdish Proverb
  17. It’s easier to give orders than to work. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  18. A bad workman always blames his tools. ~Traditional Proverb
  19. Always tell the truth in the form of a joke. ~Armenian Proverb
  20. The noisiest drum has nothing but air inside. ~Filipino Proverb

Short proverbs about life (21-40):

  1. A disease known is half cured. ~Irish Proverb
  2. A contented man is always rich. ~Latin Proverb
  3. Locks keep out only the honest. ~Jewish Proverb
  4. Useful trees are cut down first. ~ Korean Proverb
  5. Gold glitters even in the mud. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  6. A dog with a bone knows no friend. ~Dutch Proverb
  7. As he thinks in his heart, so he is. ~Jewish Proverb
  8. A man dies when he stops working. ~Hebrew Proverb
  9. Promised berries will not fill the basket. ~Latvian Proverb
  10. He who puts up with insult invites injury. ~Jewish Proverb
  11. The wise man will be cheated only once. ~Finnish Proverb
  12. Examine what’s said not who is speaking. ~African Proverb
  13. A man is known by the company he keeps. ~Gaelic Proverb
  14. Put off for one day and ten days will pass. ~Korean Proverb
  15. For every wise man there’s one still wiser. ~Kurdish Proverb
  16. Bad is called good when worse happens. ~Norwegian Proverb
  17. If you can’t use your eyes, follow your nose. ~Latvian Proverb
  18. People show their character by what they laugh at. ~German Proverb
  19. Don’t insult the alligator until you’ve crossed the river. ~Haitian Proverb
  20. Calm water does not mean there are no crocodiles. ~Indonesian Proverb

Short proverbs about life (41-60):

  1. A fish gets bigger when it gets away. ~Japanese Proverb
  2. You cannot strike a face that is smiling. ~Korean Proverb
  3. The wise man will be cheated only once. ~Finnish Proverb
  4. He who knows nothing doubts nothing. ~Brazilian Proverb
  5. Five fingers are brothers, but not equals. ~Afghan Proverb
  6. Against stupidity, God himself is helpless. ~Jewish Proverb
  7. A kind word never broke anyone’s mouth. ~Irish Proverb
  8. Use your enemy’s hand to catch a snake. ~Persian Proverb
  9. Nothing is difficult if you’re used to it. ~Indonesian proverb
  10. Make a friend when you don’t need one. ~Jamaican Proverb
  11. Who finds a faithful friend finds a treasure. ~Jewish Proverb
  12. By getting angry, you show you’re wrong. ~Malagasy Proverb
  13. Eggs have no business dancing with stones. ~Haitian Proverb
  14. Do it today. Tomorrow it might be forbidden. ~Finnish Proverb
  15. A man grows most tired while standing still. ~Chinese Proverb
  16. Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands. ~Jewish Proverb
  17. Boil the water and the scum will rise to the top. ~Berber Proverb
  18. You can’t take the milk back from the coffee. ~Jamaican Proverb
  19. No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen. ~Jewish Proverb
  20. A mother understands what a child does not say. ~Jewish Proverb

Short proverbs about life (61-80):

  1. Don’t open a shop unless you know how to smile. ~Jewish Proverb
  2. If you’re not going to bite, don’t show your teeth. ~Ivorian Proverb
  3. Listen with one ear, be suspicious with the other. ~Laotian Proverb
  4. Bargain like a gypsy but pay like a gentleman. ~Hungarian Proverb
  5. A dog that barks all the time gets no attention. ~Argentine Proverb
  6. To a starving man, bread is sweeter than honey. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  7. Never beat a snake when you haven’t seen its head. ~Swazi Proverb
  8. The only truly dead are those who’ve been forgotten. ~Jewish Proverb
  9. Give a blind man eyes and he will ask for eyebrows. ~Georgian Proverb
  10. Don’t insult the alligator until you’ve crossed the river. ~Haitian Proverb
  11. Lower your voice and strengthen your argument. ~Lebanese Proverb
  12. Those who can’t dance say the music is no good. ~Jamaican Proverb
  13. A bad word whispered will echo one hundred miles. ~Chinese Proverb
  14. A fool and water will go the way they are directed. ~Ethiopian Proverb
  15. When a habit begins to cost money, it’s called a hobby. ~Jewish Proverb
  16. Only your friends will tell you when your face is dirty. ~Burmese Proverb
  17. He that is unkind to his own will not be kind to others. ~Galician Proverb
  18. A closed mouth and open eyes never did anyone harm. ~German Proverb
  19. The Sun does not forget a village just because it is small. ~African Proverb
  20. The good fellow to everyone is a good friend to know one. ~Jewish Proverb

Short proverbs about life (81-99):

  1. A good conversation is better than a good bed. ~Ethiopian proverb
  2. Romance without finance doesn’t stand a chance. African-American Proverb
  3. Be happy while you’re living for you’re a long time dead. ~Scottish Proverb
  4. A joke is often the hole through which the truth whistles. ~Japanese Proverb
  5. The coroner and the lawyer grow fat on the quarrels of fools. ~Gaelic Proverb
  6. Keep your eye on girls that don’t tell the mothers everything. ~Luxembourg Proverb.
  7. Never wrestle with a strong man, not bring a rich man to court. ~Latvian Proverb
  8. Don’t be so much in love that you can’t tell when it’s raining. ~Malagasy Proverb
  9. If there were no fools, how would we recognise the wise? ~Norwegian Proverb
  10. Offer the lazy man an egg and he’ll want you to peel it for him. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  11. A chameleon does not leave one tree until he’s sure of another. ~Arab Proverb
  12. What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your tongue. ~Jewish Proverb
  13. Even a fish wouldn’t get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut. ~Korean Proverb
  14. Consider the fact seven times before you suspect someone. ~Japanese Proverb
  15. Be sure that the candle is lit before you throw away the match. ~Creole Proverb
  16. Cold tea and cold rice are bearable, but cold looks and cold words are not. ~Japanese Proverb
  17. Offer the lazy man an egg and he will want you to peel it for him. ~Lithuanian Proverb
  18. If the rich could hire someone else to die, the poor would make a wonderful living. ~Jewish Proverb
  19. Better to have a thousand enemies outside the house than to have one single enemy inside it. ~Lebanese Proverb

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13 inspirational quotes about business

quotes-about-businessIf you want to get seriously rich then having your own business is probably the best way, if not the only way to do it.

Certainly, that would be true for most people.

Unless you’re a Hollywood A-lister, an investment banker on Wall Street or a top player in the NFL, the English Premier League or the Indian Premier League.

Otherwise, very few jobs would provide you with the means for getting seriously rich beyond your dreams.

However business is not for the faint-hearted, that’s important to recognize.

You’ll need to think big and you must be prepared to take calculated risks. You must also be prepared to work very hard if you’re to succeed in business.

There is no such thing as easy money. Your business must add value to peoples’ lives.

Adding value means offering customers products that provide them with real solutions to their problems.

You must offer good customer service too.

Great products and exceptional customer service will certainly attract customers but the other key ingredient for business success is to manage money carefully, particularly when it comes to costs.

Money will flow into your business and money will flow out too. The trick is to make sure that MONEY IN always exceeds MONEY OUT. And that’s easier said than done.

Get it the other way round for too long and your business will go bust.

Business success can be yours but you have to be serious about it and you have to be very professional too.

That said, it can be done and people do. And if other people can do it, so can you.

Here are 13 inspirational quotes about business to help you think about it.

Quotes About Business:

  1. A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all. ~Michael LeBoeuf
  2. If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business. ~BC Forbes
  3. It’s not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts. ~Will Rogers
  4. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art. ~Andy Warhol
  5. The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows. ~Aristotle Onassis
  6. An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it. ~Dee Hock
  7. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. ~Colin Powell
  8. A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn a reputation by trying to do hard things well. ~Jeff Bezos
  9. If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem. ~J. Paul Getty
  10. If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion. ~Elon Musk
  11. In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. ~Harold Geneen
  12. Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them. ~W Edwards Deming
  13. There is only one boss; the customer. And he [or she] can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his [or her] money somewhere else. ~Sam Walton

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13 inspirational quotes about health and why it matters

quotes-about-healthWe can all be a little too neglectful of our health sometimes and yet it’s so important.

Think about that next time you’re giving priority to a stressful situation at work.

You only ever have one you and once damaged it’s difficult, if not impossible, to repair.

If your aim is to enjoy your life and be happy then it all starts with good health. So you have to take good care of yourself.

No amount of money will compensate for being in a poor state of health.

So eat a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly and get a good night’s sleep.

Obviously, you can’t wrap yourself in cotton wool and there’s always a balance to be struck. But you get the gist, I’m sure.

Challenge yourself occasionally and make sure you have some fun along the way.

Bad food and your drink of choice can be enjoyed occasionally and burning the candle at both ends won’t do too much harm as long as you don’t make a habit of it.

Life would be very dull without the odd guilty pleasure but never lose sight of the need to maintain good health.

Here are 13 inspirational quotes about health to help you reflect on this all too important subject.

Quotes About Health:

  1. The first wealth is health. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. Health is not valued till sickness comes. ~Thomas Fuller
  3. It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  4. Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. ~Thomas Dekker
  5. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. ~Benjamin Franklin
  6. It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. ~Jiddu Krishnamurti
  7. I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. ~Joyce Meyer
  8. There’s nothing more important than our good health. That’s our principal capital asset. ~Arlen Specter
  9. A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health. ~Dalai Lama
  10. When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. ~Billy Graham
  11. Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account. ~Anne Wilson Schaef
  12. I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself. ~Johnny Carson
  13. You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae. ~Paul Walker

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10 inspirational quotes about moving on

Quotes-About-Moving-OnToday let’s explore some quotes about moving on.

How often do we form an emotional attachment to the bad things that happen to us when what we should be doing is drawing a line under them and moving on?

Bad things happen to us all and of course, they can be a bitter pill to swallow.

However, you can’t change what’s happened; only how you choose to look at what’s happened.

You can allow these things to define you; to constrain you, and to prevent you from enjoying the happiness you deserve.

Alternatively, you can say, “Pity me not. Stuff may happen but I’m a tough nut to crack. I will not let anything prevent me from enjoying my life as best I can. I value my self-esteem and my personal happiness more than I will allow unfortunate circumstances to throw me off course.”

The past serves only for the lessons it teaches us; it has no other bearing on the future. However bad the past may have been, that doesn’t mean the future can’t be better. You can’t change the past but you can shape the future.

So never be constrained by anything that has happened to you. Just take it on the chin and move on.

Learn the lessons of course, as they will make you wiser and stronger. Otherwise, focus on the future, don’t worry and above all be happy.

Nothing matters much and few things really matter at all.

Here are 10 inspirational quotes about moving on to reinforce today’s underlying message.

quotes-about-moving-on-2Quotes about moving on (1-5):

  1. Moving on is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard. ~Dave Mustaine
  2. Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life. ~Anne Roiphe
  3. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down. ~Mary Pickford
  4. It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure. ~Ernie Harwell
  5. Every day is a new day and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on. ~Carrie Underwood

Quotes about moving on (6-10):

  1. As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison. ~Nelson Mandela
  2. To help yourself, you must be yourself. Be the best that you can be. When you make a mistake, learn from it, pick yourself up and move on. ~Dave Pelzer
  3. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. ~Walter Anderson
  4. You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on them. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. ~Johnny Cash
  5. Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. ~Lewis B Smedes

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11 inspirational quotes about dreams and why they matter

quotes-about-dreams-1Today I have some inspirational quotes about dreams for you, dear reader.

Dreams are so important, wouldn’t you agree?

Those dreams we have, particularly when we’re young, about what we could be as individuals and what our lives could be too.

Dreams are undervalued:

How many young people are discouraged from pursuing their dreams?

Maybe you’ve had this experience. You go to your careers officer in High School and you explain that your ambition is to be an actor, a football player, a photographer or whatever. They listen politely and then they tell you to be ‘more realistic’.

The received wisdom is always along the lines of “Oh, football is a tough profession; you might not make it. Have you thought about becoming an electrician?

For football you can substitute music, acting, theatre, writing or any number of jobs people dream about building their lives around.

In short, youthful dreams are undervalued and they’re often crushed before they can even see the light of day. How sad is that?

It’s true, you might not make it, of course, but it’s better to try and fail than to spend the rest of your life wondering what might have been.

Dreams matter:

The beauty of being young is that for most people, you have plenty of time to try things, make a few mistakes and learn from your experiences until eventually, you find that thing that works for you and where you can really make a difference.

We only get one life, so we have to live it on our own terms.

We need a vision of what our own lives could be and then we have to live life with passion and enthusiasm in pursuit of our dreams, making the most of every minute.

Quotes-About-Dreams-2Life is short:

Life is short, so we cannot afford to live our lives based on someone else’s idea of what will work for us.

We must identify what it is we want in life and then we have to go out there and get it if we can. And we have to keep on trying and refining our approach as we go.

Never let other people discourage you. And never accept an answer unless it’s the one you want.

Remember this; always trust your own instincts.

If you feel you can do it then have a go. It doesn’t matter whether other people think you can do it, as long as you believe you can do it.

Of course, the converse applies as well. If it feels wrong to you then that’s probably true too.

So, here are 11 inspirational quotes about dreams to help you think about today’s underlying message.

Quotes about dreams:

  1. Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. ~James Dean
  2. You have to dream before your dreams can come true. ~APJ Abdul Kalam
  3. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney
  4. Dream and give yourself permission to envision a ‘you’ that you choose to be. ~Joy Page
  5. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
  6. A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. ~Colin Powell
  7. To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream; not only plan but also believe. ~Anatole France
  8. We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort. ~Jesse Owens
  9. Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe. ~Gail Devers
  10. Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
  11. All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. ~T.E. Lawrence

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Success Secrets: How your life can be better than it is now

Success-SecretsHow is life for you? Perhaps you’re lucky and you have a great job, a nice house, a fancy car, a loving family and a lifestyle which is the envy of your neighbours? If that’s you then well done but there’s nothing for you here. If you’ve achieved all that then you don’t need any success secrets from me.

If it is you then I must tell you, you’re in a minority. However, I’m guessing you’re not part of that minority? Am I right? Statistically, you’re much more likely to be a member of life’s majority. Those people with a desire for their lives to be better but who for whatever reason cannot translate that desire into something that’s better.

Statistically, you’re more likely to be part of that group of people constantly on the lookout for success secrets. People searching for the ‘secret sauce‘ if you like. You’re not alone of course but I hope this post will help you.

Why is it that some people are successful and others are not?

What secrets do the successful know that the unsuccessful do not know?

Can anyone be successful? The simple answer is yes.

However unsuccessful people tend to think it’s not possible, so they don’t try. They just accept what they’re given as if that’s all they can expect from life. It’s almost as if they say to themselves, this is all life has for me. It’s like they believe that there are no success secrets.

Well, I must tell you now, if it’s not obvious to you, life can be better. Life is what you make it. Within reason, you can be whatever you want to be. You can have more. Other people do, so why not you?

Right now, where you are is where you are. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you don’t have to remain where you are. You’re not a tree, you can move. You can change. You can decide that your life will be different. And you can work towards something that’s better.

Your life really can be better than it is and you can be better than you are. However for it to be better you have to believe it can be better and you have to believe that you can turn it around. In fact, you have to believe in success secrets.

One thing all successful people have in common is a belief that something different can happen and they can make it happen. They don’t allow anyone to tell them it can’t be done. They know what they want and they’re determined to get it.

Some might consider them delusional but successful people see it as self-belief. They won’t accept that they cannot do something because intuitively they know, if they try hard enough, then anything is possible. If they decide what they want and strive for what they want, they just know that somehow they can get it. The price is determination and hard work but they’re willing to pay that price.

Successful people know that when faced with an elephant you cannot swallow it whole. However, it can be eaten one bite at a time.

If you’re building a wall then you don’t start with the entire wall. You start with a single brick and you get that right. Then once that’s securely in place you move on to the next brick and then the next and the next and so on. Pretty soon if you stick at it long enough you’ll have the whole wall.

Successful people know that they can’t get to where they want to go in one single leap. They know you get there gradually, one step at a time. And if you want to be successful, it starts with taking the first step.

Readers familiar with Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) will know that if you want to be successful you look for successful people, identify what they do and then copy that model. The idea is that if it worked for them then there’s a good chance it will work for you too. Most successful people will have had role models they’ve copied at various times.

So if you want to be successful look around for successful people and listen to what they have to say. Most people would accept that Will Smith is successful. In the video included here, he shares his thoughts on the secrets of success.

His observations are interesting and well worth a few minutes of your time. I can recommend them to you.

Further Reading:

An article of this type can only ever be a taster on the subject but there are plenty of good books which will enlighten you further on the subject of success secrets. For instance, one I suggest you explore is:-

The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires: How to Achieve Financial Independence Faster and Easier Than You Ever Thought Possible (The Laws of Success Series) by Brian Tracy

It all depends on how you define ‘success’ of course. However if for you success is all about achieving financial independence as fast and easy as possible then this book could be for you.

Remember it’s never easy. It requires hard work and determination. However whilst it’s not easy, it can be easier and this book will tell you how. You can explore it by clicking on the link.

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Change habits and you can change your life

Change HabitsYour life not quite going in the direction you’d like it to go?

Somehow you can’t quite achieve the results you’d like to achieve?

In the video included here, Bob Proctor explains that the reason you’re stuck and can’t get the results you want is likely to be because of a paradigm.

And what’s a paradigm?

Well, Bob goes on to explain what paradigms are and how are they formed.

He also explains how change can be achieved.

If change is something you’d like to achieve then this is a really interesting presentation; it is fairly short but definitely worth watching.

I recommend it to you, so take a few minutes and check it out now.

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7 inspirational quotes about experience

Education is a fine thing but absolutely nothing beats experience.

There is nothing anyone can tell you that will be more valuable to you than doing it for yourself, getting your fingers burned and learning from the experience.

You’ll forget many things you were taught in a classroom but you won’t forget your mistakes, mishaps and the experience you got from them.

So don’t worry about making mistakes for mistakes can be pure gold, providing you don’t repeat them too often.

From mistakes, you’ll get experience and experience is a valuable and much sought after commodity.

As a hiring manager, I value people with experience. The more experience you have the less likely you are to make mistakes whilst you’re on my payroll. So it’s good business to hire for experience I think.

However let me add, I’m not dismissing the value of education. I can tell you now that education is important too dear reader.

Learning is an investment in you and it can pay great dividends.

The higher your level of education, the more you can earn potentially. Learning is a lifelong process, so don’t forget you must always keep your knowledge current.

And if you have both experience and knowledge then you can go as far as your ambition and determination will take you.

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

Quotes about experience:

  1. The only source of knowledge is experience. ~Albert Einstein
  2. Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. ~Oscar Wilde
  3. Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. ~Paulo Coelho
  4. People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. Experience is the teacher of all things. ~Julius Caesar
  6. If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience. ~Mao Zedong
  7. 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

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Why you should teach your children that failure doesn’t matter

Why you should teach your children that failure doesn't matter1. What is success?

We all want our children to reach their full potential, don’t we?

We want our children to lead lives in which they’re happy and fulfilled, I’m sure you’ll agree dear reader.

My definition of success is, ‘continually doing the best I can to exploit my full potential whilst making sure that I enjoy each and every day as it comes along‘.

I don’t want to live forever but I do want to live right now.

There are many things I want. Firstly, I want to enjoy the work I do. I want to be stretched, growing in character and strength all the time. And even as an increasingly mature adult, I remain keen to learn something new every day. If I keep learning, I won’t become old before my time.

My philosophy about life and success I gained from my parents and it’s something I try to pass on to the next generation.

Essentially my philosophy is that it’s better to try and fail than it is to spend the rest of my life wondering what might have been.

If I have a go, either I’ll succeed or I’ll learn a valuable lesson. And if it proves to be a lesson then it will be one I won’t forget. In other words, I can’t lose.

2. There’s no such thing as a failure:

There are two things you should always remember about what we refer to as failure:-

  1. There’s no such thing as failure. Just outcomes you didn’t want and opportunities to learn and try again.
  2. Failure is an outcome; it’s never a person. A person cannot be a failure, ever!

Unfortunately, we often label people as failures, and that label’s burden can become something difficult to bear and even harder to shake off. Parents and teachers can often be guilty of this, however unintentionally.

Teach children that it’s much more important to try and they should never, ever worry about failure.

If children can appreciate that failure is just an outcome other than what they wanted, they’ll be better placed to learn the lessons and do better next time.

And those lessons learned will be more valuable to children than anything an adult can tell them.

If you tell me the stove is hot I may not remember. If I burn my hand on a hot stove, I’ll only do it once and I’ll never forget. That’s a valuable commodity known as experience.

If we keep trying we’ll learn and if we keep learning eventually we can all be successful.

3. Teach your children well:

The best way to teach children about success is to teach them that failure is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s an essential ingredient for achieving success.

Teach children never to fear failure. As long as they learn the lessons then failure doesn’t matter at all.

So teach your children to have a go and to make sure they enjoy the experience along the way too.

Let them know that either they’ll succeed or they’ll learn a lesson. Either way, they’ll gain and of course, they’ll grow in character as well.

And remember also; we can only truly appreciate success if we’ve experienced a few failures along the road. And to fail occasionally helps to keep us humble too and that’s no bad thing, is it?

4. Force for good

If you think about it, failure is in fact a force for good.

Failure is simply a natural part of life and learning. No one starts out as a master of their craft. Every successful person started out as a complete beginner.

Everyone fails occasionally and at any given time we’re more likely to fail than we are to succeed.

Learning from failure makes us wiser of course and it makes us tougher too. It builds character.

Failure is never desirable as such but it’s very useful. It’s also inevitable, at least sometimes.

The only way to avoid failure is to avoid risks and challenges and then you cannot learn and you cannot grow as a person. If you never try anything you can never be anything. And what would be the point of that?

Failure5. Secret to success

The secret to success is to use all your unsuccessful experiences as stepping stones to achieving your aims.

Failure is never final and we should not allow an unsuccessful experience to discourage us or cause us to give up. All too often people give up just as they’re on the verge of success.

REMEMBER: Failure is not, nor will it ever be, a person.

Next time your child gets an outcome he or she didn’t want, reassure him or her that though it might be disappointing, it’s not a problem and nor should they think otherwise.

Always reassure them that a failure is simply an opportunity to learn a lesson and try again. However make sure they recognize the lesson to be learned.

Anyone experiencing failure should simply reflect on their actions and the outcome to discover the underlying lesson within.

Then we simply use the knowledge gained to guide future efforts.

Perseverance and persistence will get us there in the end.

Teach your children well but never, ever allow them to believe they’re in any way a failure. Just encourage them to use the experience of undesirable outcomes to be a bit smarter next time.

Do that and you’ll prepare them well for their life ahead.

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