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20 Inspirational Quotes of All Time that Can Change Your Life

20 Inspirational Quotes of All Time that Can Change Your Life

Like many other people, I love motivational and inspirational quotes. They remind me of the important attitudes to develop and maintain for day to day life.

Many famous people throughout history like past presidents like Abraham Lincoln, champion athletes like Michael Jordan, business leaders like Steve Jobs, scientists like Albert Einstein, world leaders like Winston Churchill, entertainers like Will Smith and development experts like Steven Covey have given us countless motivational quotes.

However, I have also come across equally inspiring and logical wisdom from people who were not as famous. Here are twenty such inspirational quotes that can change your life immediately if you adopt them for what they suggest.

“A soul without a high aim is like a ship without a rudder.” – Eileen Caddy

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    “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” ~ David Brinkley

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      “Age is no guarantee of maturity.” – Lawana Blackwell

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        “Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.” ~ Anonymous

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          “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

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            “Don’t count every hour in the day. Make every hour in the day count!” ~ Mark Amend

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              “Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” ~ Don Wilder

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                “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. It is delay, not defeat. “It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street”. ~ Denis Waitley

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                  “Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.”  – Horace Mann

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                    “I learned that good judgment comes from experience and that experience grows out of mistakes.” – Omar Bradley

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                      “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” ~ Alan K. Simpson

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                        “It’s not your circumstances that shape you, it’s how you react to your circumstances.” ~ Anne Ortlund

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                          “No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.” – George Jean Nathan

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                            “Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.” – William Safire

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                              “Someday is not a day of the week.” ~ Denise Brennan-Nelson

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                                “There are no short cuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

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                                  “Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” ~ Arthur Christopher Benson

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                                    “We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

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                                      “You can’t expect people to look eye to eye with you if you are looking down on them.” – Anonymous

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                                        And here is a final contribution from yours truly inspired from my own 20 years of martial arts competition career.

                                        “Our biggest competition is never the others. Instead, it is always ourselves. It doesn’t matter if we end up with first or last place. If we do our best to do better than before, then we’ve won.” ~ Clint Cora

                                        I hope you enjoy these inspirational quotes and feel free to comment on any of them below.

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                                        The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                        The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                        No!

                                        It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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                                        But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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                                        What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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                                        But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

                                        1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
                                        2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
                                        3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
                                        4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
                                        5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
                                        6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
                                        7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
                                        8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
                                        9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
                                        10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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