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50 Wise Quotes To Motivate Everyone

50 Wise Quotes To Motivate Everyone

Quotes can be filled with knowledge and wisdom. They can inspire passion and motivation in almost anyone. Here are 50 of the most inspirational and motivational quotes about life, work, friendship, and love — check them out.

  1. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” — Florence Nightingale
  2. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky
  3. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan
  4. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” — Mark Twain
  5. “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” — Charles Swindoll
  6. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” — Alice Walker
  7. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” — Vincent van Gogh

  8. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” — Dr. Seuss
  9. “The more you talk about negative things in your life, the more you call them in. Speak victory not defeat.” — Joel Osteen
  10. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” — Albert Einstein
  11. “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” — Buddha
  12. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” — Woody Allen

  13. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” — Steve Jobs
  14. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand
  15. “Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” — Kevin Kruse
  16. “We become what we think about.” — Earl Nightingale
  17. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” — Les Brown
  18. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” — Booker T. Washington
  19. “Limitations live only in our minds. But, if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” — Jamie Paolinetti
  20. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” — George Addair
  21. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe

  22. “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” — Japanese Proverb
  23. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller
  24. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
  25. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” — Lao Tzu
  26. “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” — Sheryl Sandberg
  27. “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” — Benjamin Franklin
  28.  “Vision without execution is just hallucination.” — Henry Ford

  29. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  30. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” — Bruce Lee
  31. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” — Michael Jordan
  32. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” — Henry Ford
  33. “Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.” —Brian Tracy
  34. “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali
  35. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey
  36. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou
  37. “Dream big and dare to fail.” — Norman Vaughan

  38. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” — Tony Robbins
  39. “It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” — Mae Jemison
  40. “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.” — Erma Bombeck
  41. “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” —Abraham Lincoln

  42. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” — Stephen Covey
  43. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” — Jim Rohn
  44. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford
  45. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” — Mark Twain
  46. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” — Aristotle
  47. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  48. “Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” — Gloria Steinem

  49. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” — Beverly Sills
  50. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” — Benjamin Franklin

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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