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30 Best Quotes to Inspire You To Never Stop Learning

30 Best Quotes to Inspire You To Never Stop Learning

Life often shifts between feeling like you have it all figured out and like you know nothing at all. There are always challenges, whether it’s with building a strong career, a happy home, or a better you. Fortunately, every experience (whether good or bad) ends up teaching you something. The beauty of life are the opportunities around the corner to pick you up exactly when needed.

If you never stop learning, you will remember that the journey is a series of new starts that make you wiser and stronger each time. Let these inspiring quotes from great achievers show you the value of continuing to learn throughout your life.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

“We learn from failure, not from success!” – Bram Stoker

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Helen Keller

“Vision without execution is just hallucination.” – Henry Ford

“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” – Tom Bodett

“Let everything you do be done as if it makes a difference.” – William James

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.” – Michel Legrand

“When the student is ready, the master appears.” – Buddhist Proverb

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.” – Bob Marley

“The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” – B. B. King

“You learn something every day if you pay attention.” – Ray LeBlond

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates

“People learn something every day, and a lot of times it’s that what they learned the day before was wrong.” – Bill Vaughan

“He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” – Confucius

“I never learned from a man who agreed with me.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates

“The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Wisdom…. comes not from age, but from education and learning.” – Anton Chekhov

“I maintained my edge by always being a student; you will always have something new to learn.” – Jackie Joyner Kersee

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” – Ronald E. Osborn

“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Walt Disney

“There are no regrets in life, just lessons.” – Jennifer Aniston

“The education of a man is never completed until he dies.” – Robert E. Lee

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

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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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