29 Quotes To Summarize What You’ve Learned In 2016

29 Quotes To Summarize What You’ve Learned In 2016

Whenever a year is about to end and a new year is about to begin, we get the chance to start over again. We get to reflect on what we did wrong, what worked and what did not work from the past year–and correct them. True, most people make lists for their New Year’s resolutions, but ironically, most of them never follow through their lists.

Instead of making a list of resolutions that are hard to stick with for a whole year, another good way to initiate change in your life is to reflect on powerful motivational quotes that are based on other people’s experiences because experience is the best teacher. The motivational quotes below are our recommended quotes for reflection about things that we have learned in 2016.

1. You can never be happy if you’re always afraid to let go of what’s comfortable, familiar. Sometimes, those are the things that hurt us.

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    2. To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.

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      3. Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now.

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        4. It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

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          5. The traveler sees what he wants to see. The tourist sees what he has come to see.

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            6. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

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              7. Close some doors. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they no longer lead somewhere.

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                8. How beautiful it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged.

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                  9. Some people aren’t really all that they “post” to be.

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                    10. What you allow is what will continue.

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                      11. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

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                        12. Be selective in your battles, for sometimes peace is better than being right.

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                          13. Sometimes you don’t get closure, you just move on.

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                            14. If you saw the size of the blessing coming, you would understand the magnitude of the battle you are fighting.

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                              15. Forget it enough to get over it, remember it enough so it doesn’t happen again.

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                                16. Never judge someone by the opinion of others.

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                                  17. Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place.

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                                    18. New beginnings are always disguised as painful endings.

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                                      19. If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.

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                                        20. Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth even if they don’t.

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                                          21. Trust the timing of your life.

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                                            22. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

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                                              23. There are 6,775,235,842 people in the world. Why are you letting one of them ruin your life?

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                                                24. 9 times out of 10 when people treat you like crap, they feel like crap. Don’t take on their internal struggle. Send them off with peace.

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                                                  25. If you find yourself constantly trying to prove your worth to someone, you have already forgotten your value.

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                                                    26. Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.

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                                                      27. Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.

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                                                        28. Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.

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                                                          29. Behind you, all your memories. Before you, all your dreams. Around you, all who love you. Within you, all you need.

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                                                            10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

                                                            10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

                                                            Failure occurs everyday, in school, jobs, housework, and within families. It is unavoidable, irritating and causes pessimism.

                                                            While the thought of flinging your hands in the air and walking away is all too appealing, take a second to connect with the people who have been there and survived.

                                                            Here are 10 famous failures to success stories around the world that will inspire you to keep going and achieve greatness:

                                                            1. J.K. Rowling


                                                              During a Harvard commencement speech, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling outlined the importance and value of failure.[1]

                                                              Why? Simply because she was once a failure too.

                                                              A few short years after her graduation from college, her worst nightmares were realized. In her words,

                                                              “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”

                                                              Coming out of this failure stronger and more determined was the key to her success.

                                                              2. Steve Jobs


                                                                The now revolutionary Apple started off with two men in a garage. Years later we all know it as a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees.

                                                                Yet, almost unbelievably, Steve Jobs was fired from the very company he began.

                                                                The dismissal made him realize that his passion for his work exceeded the disappointment of failure. Further ventures such as NeXT and Pixar eventually led Jobs back to the CEO position at AppleJobs said in 2005:

                                                                “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.”

                                                                Lost your job today? Keep kicking and you could be just like this guy!

                                                                3. Bill Gates

                                                                  Bill Gates was a Harvard dropout. He co-owned a business called Traf-O-Data, which was a true failure.[2]

                                                                  However, skill and a passion for computer programming turned this failure into the pioneer of famous software company Microsoft, and the then 31-year-old into the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

                                                                  In his own words:

                                                                  “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

                                                                  This isn’t to say that dropping out of Harvard will make you into a billionaire, but maybe that shiny degree isn’t worth as much as the drive and passion to succeed.

                                                                  4. Albert Einstein

                                                                    The word ‘Einstein’ is associated with intelligence and synonymous with genius. Yet it is a famous fact that the pioneer of the theory of general relativity, Albert Einstein himself, could not speak fluently until the age of nine. His rebellious nature led to expulsion from school, and he was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.

                                                                    His earlier setbacks did not stop him from winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. After all, he believed that:

                                                                    “Success is failure in progress.”

                                                                    To this day, his research has influenced various aspects of life including culture, religion, art, and even late night TV.

                                                                    Just because you haven’t achieved anything great yet, doesn’t mean you can’t be an Einstein yourself.

                                                                    5. Abraham Lincoln



                                                                      Failing in business in 1831, suffering a nervous breakdown in 1836, defeated in his run for president in 1856, Abraham Lincoln was no stranger to rejection and failure. Rather than taking these signs as a motivation for surrender, he refused to stop trying his best.

                                                                      In this great man’s words:

                                                                      “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”

                                                                      Lincoln was elected in 1861 as the 16th President of the United States of America.

                                                                      The amount of rejection you receive is not a defining factor. Success is still within your reach.

                                                                      6. Michael Jordan


                                                                        “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.”

                                                                        This quote by retired basketball legend Michael Jordan in a Nike advertisement speaks for itself.

                                                                        It would be an easy misconception that Jordan’s basketball skills revolve around natural talent. In fact, in his earlier years,  basketball coaches had trouble looking past the fact that Jordan didn’t reach the minimum height. It was years of effort, practice, and failure that made the star we know today.

                                                                        7. Steven Spielberg


                                                                          Regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, Steven Spielberg is a familiar household name. It is surprising to realize therefore that the genius behind Jaws and E.T. had poor grades in high school, getting him rejected from the University of Southern California three times.

                                                                          While he was in college, he caught the eye of executives at Universal, who signed him as a television director in 1969. This meant that he would not finish his college degree for another 33 years.


                                                                          Perseverance and acceptance of failure is the key to success, after all.

                                                                          “Even though I get older, what I do never gets old, and that’s what I think keeps me hungry.”

                                                                          Bad grades in high school aside, there is no questioning the genius involved.

                                                                          To date, Spielberg has directed 51 films and has been awarded three Oscars.

                                                                          8. Walt Disney


                                                                            Mickey Mouse creator Walt Disney dropped out of school at a young age in a failed attempt at joining the army.[3] One of his earlier ventures, Laugh-o-Gram Studios, went bankrupt due to his lack of ability to run a successful business. He was once fired from a Missouri newspaper for “not being creative enough.”

                                                                            Yet today, The genius behind Disney studios is responsible for generations of childhood memories and dreams. From Snow White to Frozen, Disney will continue to entertain the world for generations to come.

                                                                            The logic behind this is simple:

                                                                            “We don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

                                                                            9. Vincent Van Gogh

                                                                              During his lifetime, Vincent Van Gogh suffered mental illness, failed relationships, and committed suicide at the age of 37.

                                                                              He only ever sold one painting in his life, pinning him a failure as an artist. However that did not put a damper on his enthusiasm and passion for art.

                                                                              He would never know that years and years after his death he would become known as a key figure in the world of post-impressionism, and ultimately, one of the greatest artist that ever lived.


                                                                              He would never know that he became a hot topic in art classes and his image was going to be used in TV, books and other forms of popular culture.

                                                                              In the words of this great, but tragic man:

                                                                              “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

                                                                              10. Stephen King


                                                                                As a paranoid, troubled child, tormented by nightmares and raised in poverty, it is no surprise that Stephen King grew up to the title: “Master of Horror”.[4]

                                                                                An addiction to drugs and alcohol were his mechanisms to cope with the unhappiness he felt with his life. The frustration he felt towards multiple rejections by publishers in combination with illicit substances caused him to mentally contemplate violence towards his own children.

                                                                                These intense emotions were those that he focused onto his writing. And that’s why he said:

                                                                                “We make up horros to help us cope with the real ones.”

                                                                                Writing became his new coping mechanism, and this is how the master author we know today grew to success.

                                                                                Fail more often in order to succeed

                                                                                Like Albert Einstein said, failure really is just success in progress. If you’d rather not to fail, you will probably never succeed.

                                                                                Success comes from moments of frustrations when you’ll be most uncomfortable with. But after you’ve gone through all those bitter times, you’ll become stronger and you’ll get closer to success.

                                                                                Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, start failing, and start failing often; that’s how you will succeed.


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