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30 Of The Most Inspirational Quotes Of All Time

30 Of The Most Inspirational Quotes Of All Time

On Pinterest, Tumblr, or other similar sites, we tend to see a lot of quotes designed to motivate or inspire us. Words can be found for a range of emotions, personal traits, and life events, but some quotes are just universal nuggets of wisdom. You know the ones – those quotes that give you “Aha!” moments of inspiration or meaningful insights into your personal and professional lives.

They are the words you want to print out and tape up on your wall so you’ll see them every day. More importantly, they’re not always about business and the hustle, as they can simply be about compassion, friendship, or happiness. There is no singular or “right” kind of inspiration or motivation. Whatever you need in the moment, that is the “right” kind for you.

This collection of inspirational quotes features some of the all-time classics you may know, as well as some lesser-known ones you’ll love too. There are a ton of great quotes out there that could have easily been in this list – it would take forever to get every single potentially inspirational quote on one page – however. If you have any quotes you would have added, feel free to share in the comments section!

1. “Anyone who has ever made anything of importance was disciplined.”  Andrew Hendrixson

    2. “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”  Coco Chanel

      3. “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”  Albert Einstein

        4. “Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.”  Brian Tracy

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          5. “Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.”  Grace Coddington

            6. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”  Henry David Thoreau

              7. “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.”  Author Unknown

                8. “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”  Abraham Lincoln

                  9. “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.”  Robin Sharma

                    10. “You cannot save people, you can just love them.”  Anaïs Nin

                      11. “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”  Howard Ruff

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                        12. “Take your dreams seriously.”  Author Unknown

                          13. “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

                            14. “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”  (actually, not a Buddha quote)

                              15. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.”  Billie Jean King

                                16. “You will succeed because most people are lazy.” — Shahir Zag

                                  17. “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.”  Thomas Edison

                                    18. “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” — Author Unknown

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                                      19. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Mahatma Gandhi

                                        20. “Numbing the pain for a while will only make it worse when you finally feel it.”  Albus Dumbledore

                                          21. “Do it with passion, or not at all.” — Rosa Nouchette Carey

                                            22. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.” — Albert Einstein (again!)

                                              23. “The grass is greener where you water it.” — Neil Barringham

                                                24. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nightingale

                                                  25. “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin

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                                                    26. “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” — Seth Godin (again!)

                                                      27. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” — John Maxwell

                                                        28. “Never apologize for having high standards. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them.” — Ziad K. Abdelnour

                                                          29. “I never dream of success. I worked for it.” — Estee Lauder

                                                            30. “Avoiding failure is to avoid progress.” — Author Unknown

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                                                              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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