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Uncommon Quotes That Can Change Your Life

Uncommon Quotes That Can Change Your Life

Quotes are tiny stories. A story told in a few words that shout to our soul. Quotes are not meant to be read like an article or a book. Quotes can change your life only when you choose to be deliberate when you read them. Deliberately think about each group of quotes listed under the following photographs.

Consider these little-known quotes. Write them down in your personal journals. Ponder them one by one. Contemplate each word and let the message you see develop over time. Take one quote and with patience and expectation discover what these words mean to you.

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    The SEAL Code

    Here is an excerpt from the credo of the Navy SEALs: “I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.”

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      “The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ~Anne Frank

      “We meet no ordinary people in our lives.” ~C.S. Lewis

      “The last of human freedoms—the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.” ~Viktor E. Frankl

      “The soul is stronger than its surroundings.” ~William James

      “Know yourself.” ~Greek Proverb

      “I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.” ~Neil Armstrong

      “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle

      “Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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        “To be awake is to be alive.” ~Henry David Thoreau

        “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” ~Plutarch

        It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” ~John Wooden

        “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” ~Winston Churchill

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        “There is nothing brilliant nor outstanding in my record, except perhaps this one thing: I do the things that I believe ought to be done… And when I wake up my mind to do a thing, I act.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

        “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~Thomas A. Edison

        “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” ~Neil Armstrong

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          “If you want to be happy, be.” ~Leo Tolstoy

          “If we all did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” ~Thomas Edison

          “Optimism is true moral courage.” ~Ernest Shackleton

          “Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.” ~Pythagoras

          “The soul is stronger than its surroundings.” ~William James

          “So much of our time is spent in preparation, so much in routine and so much in retrospect, that the amount of each person’s genius is confined to a very few hours.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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            “The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.” ~W. Somerset Maugham

            “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~Viktor E. Frankl

            “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” ~Isaac Newton

            “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” ~John Wooden

            “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~Thomas A. Edison

            “If we all did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” ~Thomas Edison

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            “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~T. S. Eliot

            “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

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              “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” ~Helen Keller

              “My thoughts disentangle themselves as they pass through my lips and fingertips.” ~Dawson Trotman

              “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

              “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” ~Alexander Graham Bell

              “What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.” ~Arnold Palmer

              “I was raised to face any challenge.”  ~Louis Zamperini

              “Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.” ~Billy Graham

              “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.” ~Thomas J. Watson

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                “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” ~Amelia Earhart

                “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

                “The last of human freedoms—the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.” ~Viktor E. Frankl

                “When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” ~George Washington Carver

                “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” ~Aristotle

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                “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” ~Aristotle

                “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” ~Winston Churchill

                “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” ~Neil Armstrong

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                  “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

                  “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

                  “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” ~William James

                  “God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.” ~C.S. Lewis

                  “Peace begins with a smile.” ~Mother Teresa

                  “From caring comes courage.” ~Lao Tzu

                  Michael Oher: “I’ve never had one before.”

                  Leigh Anne Tuohy: “What? A room to yourself?”

                  Michael Oher: “A bed.”

                  ~Blindside

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                    “I am still learning.” ~Michelangelo

                    “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~Albert Einstein

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                    “Learning never exhausts the mind.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

                    “Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.” ~Billy Graham

                    “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” ~Albert Einstein

                    “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.” ~John Wayne

                    “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” ~Pablo Picasso

                    “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.” ~Will Rogers

                    “I really like reading books.” ~Dale Carnegie

                    “Think, think, think.”  ~A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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                      “Change happens in an instant. It happens the moment you DECIDE to change.” ~ Allyson Lewis

                      I wrote this sentence in 2006. It has been read by tens of thousands of people and shared over and over through social media. Why did I choose my own quote to conclude this article? Because this quote is a tiny story of my life.

                      This is my story shared through words that shout to my soul.

                      Anne Frank’s quote shown inside the beautiful image of ice and light states, “Think of all the beauty still left around you and BE HAPPY.”

                      Obstacles and difficult circumstances regularly slam unexpectedly into our lives. Staring into hardship and chaos, I was faced with a decision. I could choose hardship or in an instant I could decide to change. Many of the quotes above have provided people with continual growth and inspiration.

                      Life changes when you decide to change.

                      I choose to BE HAPPY!

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                      Allyson Lewis

                      Allyson is a nationally acclaimed author, motivator, speaker, time management, productivity strategist, and executive coach.

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                      Last Updated on April 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                      How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                      Possessing strong communication skills will help you in every phase of your life. This is especially true in the workplace.

                      I have personally worked with several leaders who were masters of communication. A few were wonderful speakers who could tell a great story and get everyone in the room engaged. Those of us in attendance would walk away feeling inspired and eager to help with what came next. Others were very skilled at sharing a clear direction and job expectations.

                      I knew exactly what was expected of me and how to achieve my goals. This was the foundation of an energized and vibrant role I was in. What I have found is strong communication skills are incredibly helpful and sometimes critical in how well we perform at work.

                      Here we will take a look at how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                      How Communication Skills Help Your Success

                      Strong communication skills pave the way for success in many ways. Let’s look at a few of the big ones.

                      Create a Positive Experience

                      Here are two examples of how well developed communication skills helps create a positive experience:

                      When I first moved to the city I now live in, I began a job search. Prior to my first live interview, I was told an address to go to. Upon arriving at the address provided, I drove around and around attempting to find the location. After 15 minutes of circling and looking for the address, I finally grabbed a parking spot and set out on foot.

                      What I discovered was the address was actually down an alley and only had the number over the door. No sign for the actual company. The person that gave me those very unclear directions provided a bad experience for me.

                      Had they communicated the directions to get there in a clear manner, my experience would have been much better. Instead the entire experience started off poorly and colored the entire meeting.

                      As a recruiter, I frequently provide potential candidates with information about a job I’m speaking to them about. In order to do this, I also provide a picture of the overall company, the group they might be joining, and how their role fits in and impacts the entire company.

                      Time and time again I have been told by candidates that I have provided the clearest picture of a company and role they have ever heard. They have a positive experience when I clearly communicate to them. Even when the position does not work out for them, often times they will want to stay in touch with me due to the open communication and beneficial experience they had during the interviewing process.

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                      Strong communication skills will provide a positive experience in virtually any interaction you have with someone.

                      Help Leadership Skills

                      It’s certainly a skill all its own to be able to lead others.

                      Being a mentor and guiding others towards success is a major hallmark of great leaders. Another characteristic of effective leaders is the ability to communicate clearly.

                      As I referenced above, having a leader who can plainly articulate the company’s mission and direction goes a really long way towards being the Captain of the boat that others want to follow. It’s like saying “here’s our destination and this is how we are going to get there” in a way that everyone can get on board with.

                      Another critical component of everyone helping to sail the boat in the right direction is knowing what your portion is all about. How are you helping the boat move towards its destination in the manner than is consistent with the leaders’ vision?

                      If you have a boss or a manager that can show you what it takes for not only you to be successful, but also how your performance helps the company’s success then you’ve got a winner. A boss with superior communication skills.

                      Build Better Teams

                      Most of us work in teams of some sort or another. During the course of my career, I have led teams up to 80 and also been an individual contributor.

                      In my individual contributor roles, I have been part of a larger team. Even if you are in business for yourself, you have to interact with others in one manner or another.

                      If you have strong communication skills, it helps to build better teams. This is true whether you are in an IT department with 100 other fellow programmers or if you own your own business and have customers or vendors you communicate with.

                      When you showcase your robust ability to communicate well with others while interacting with them, you are building a better team.

                      Now let’s jump in to how to improve communication skills to help you pave the way for your workplace success.

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                      How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                      There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to improve communication skills. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so let’s focus on the things that will provide the biggest return on your time investment.

                      Most of these tips will be fairly easy to become aware of but will take time and effort to implement. So let’s go!

                      1. Listen

                      Ever heard the saying you have two ears and one mouth for a reason? If you haven’t, then here’s the reason:

                      Being a good listener is half the equation to being a good communicator.

                      People who have the ability to really listen to someone can then actually answer questions in a meaningful way. If you don’t make the effort to actively listen, then you are really doing yourself and the other person a disservice in the communication department.

                      Know that person who is chomping at the bit to open his or her mouth the second you stop talking? Don’t be that person. They haven’t listened to at least 1/2 of what you’ve said. Therefore the words that spill out of their mouth are going to be about 1/2 relevant to what you just said.

                      Listen to someone completely and be comfortable with short periods of silence. Work on your listening skills first and foremost.

                      2. Know Your Audience

                      Knowing your audience is another critical component to having strong communication skills. The way you interact with your manager should be different than how you interact with your kids. This isn’t to say you need to be a different person with everyone you interact with. Far from it.

                      Here is a good way to think about it:

                      Imagine using your the same choice of words and body language you use with your spouse while interacting with your boss. That puts things in a graphic light!

                      You want to ensure you are using the type of communication most relevant to your audience.

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                      3. Minimize

                      I have lunch with a business associate about 3 times a year. We’ve been talking for several years now about putting a business deal together.

                      He is one of those people that simply overwhelms others with a lot of words. Sometimes when I ask him a question, I get buried beneath such an avalanche of words that I’m more confused than when I asked the question. Needless to say this is most likely a large portion of why we never put the deal together.

                      Don’t be like my lunch business associate. The goal of talking to or communicating with someone is to share actual information. The goal is not to confuse someone, it’s to provide clarity in many cases.

                      State what needs to be stated as succinctly as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some pleasant conversation about the weather too.

                      The point is to not create such an onslaught of words and information that the other person walks away more confused than when they started.

                      4. Over Communicate

                      So this probably sounds completely counter intuitive to what I just wrote about minimizing your communication. It seems like it might be but it’s not.

                      What I mean by over communicating is ensuring that the other person understands the important parts of what you are sharing with them. This can be done simply yet effectively. Here’s a good example:

                      Most companies have open enrollment for benefits for the employees in the fall. The company I work for has open enrollment from November 1 to 15. The benefits department will send out a communication to all employees around October 1st, letting them know open enrollment is right around the corner and any major changes that year. There’s also a phone number and email for people to contact them with any questions.

                      Two weeks later, we all get a follow up email with basically the same information. We get a 3rd communication the week before open enrollment and another one 1 day before it starts.

                      Finally we get 2 emails during enrollment reminding us when open enrollment ends.

                      There’s minimal information, it’s more of a reminder. This is effective over communication.

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                      5. Body Language

                      The final critical component to how to improve communication skills for workplace success is body language. This is something most of us have heard about before but, a reminder is probably a good idea.

                      When I am in a meeting with someone I am comfortable with, I tend to kind of slouch down in my chair and cross my arms. When I catch myself doing this, I sit up straight and uncross my arms. I remember that crossing arms can many times be interpreted as a sign of disagreement or conflict.

                      In general, the best rule of thumb is to work towards having open body language whenever possible at work. This means relaxing your posture, not crossing your arms, and looking people in the eye when speaking with them.

                      When you are speaking in front of others, stand up straight and speak in a clear voice. This will convey confidence in your words.

                      Conclusion

                      Possessing strong communication skills will help you in many facets of your life and most certainly in the workplace.

                      Good communication helps create better teams, positive experiences with those we interact with, and are critical for leadership.

                      There are numerous tactics and techniques to be used to improve communication skills. Here we’ve reviewed how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                      Now go communicate your way to success.

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