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55 Inspiring Quotes from U.S. Presidents That Will Change Your Life

55 Inspiring Quotes from U.S. Presidents That Will Change Your Life

A leader is someone who inspires others, who leads by example and motivates people to be better and move forward no matter how hard the challenges might be.  No matter if they’re leading a country, a business, a household or a team. These are some inspiring quotes from U.S. presidents which will motivate the leader within yourself.

“Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who make excuses.” ― George Washington (1732–1799)

“The harder the conflict, thegreater the triumph.” ― George Washington

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.” ― Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

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    “On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ― Thomas Jefferson

    “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” ― James Madison (1751–1836)

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      “If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” ― James Madison

      “A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue” ― James Monroe (1758–1831)

      “Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” ― John Quincy Adams (1767–1848)

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      “Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.” ― John Quincy Adams

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        “One man with courage makes a majority.” ― Andrew Jackson (1767–1845)

        “It’s easier to do a job right, than to explain why you didn’t.” ― Martin Van Buren (1782–1862)

        “There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power.” ― William Henry Harrison (1773–1841)

        “It is not strange… to mistake change for progress” ― Millard Fillmore (1800–1874)

        “You don’t know what you can miss before you try.” ― Franklin Pierce (1804–1869)

        “I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards” ― Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

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          – “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” ― Abraham Lincoln

          “”Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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          “Whatever you are, be a good one.” ― Abraham Lincoln

          “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ― Abraham Lincoln

          “There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are. They have the gift of kindness or courage or loyalty or integrity. It really matters very little whether they are behind the weel of a truck or running a business or bringing up a family. They teach the truth by living it.” ― James Garfield (1831–1881)

          “If wrinkles must be written on our brow, let them not be written on our heart. The spirit should never grow old.”  ― James Garfield 

          “Great lives never go out; they go on.” ― Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901)

          “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ― Theodore Roosevelt  (1858–1919)

          “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

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            “Be patient and calm; no one can catch a fish with anger.” ― Herbert Hoover  (1874–1964)

            “Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.” ― Herbert Hoover

            “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt, (1882–1945)

            “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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            “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight- it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

            “Never question another man’s motive. His wisdom, yes, but not his motives.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

            “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” ― Harry S. Truman (1884–1972)

            “Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890–1969)

            “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.” ― John F. Kennedy (1917–1963)

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              “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” ― John F. Kennedy

              “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” ― John F. Kennedy

              “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” ― John F. Kennedy

              “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” ― John F. Kennedy

              “We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” ― Jimmy Carter (born 1924)

              “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.” ― Ronald Reagan  (1911–2004)

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              “I have opinions of my own – strong opinions – but I don’t always agree with them.” ― George H.W. Bush (born 1924)

              “A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens – citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization.” ― George H.W. Bush

              “We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.” ― Bill Clinton  (born 1946)

              “When our memories outweigh our dreams, it is then that we become old.” ― Bill Clinton

              “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” George W. Bush  (born 1946)

              “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress” ― Barack Obama  (born 1961)

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                “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama

                “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” ― Barack Obama

                “Yes We Can!” ― Barack Obama

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                7 Techniques to Stay Focused and Avoid Distractions

                7 Techniques to Stay Focused and Avoid Distractions

                The world has become a very distracting place, you don’t need me to tell you that. Where once we could walk out of our house or office and disappear into our own world with our own thoughts, we are now connected 24 hours a day to a network that’s sole purpose is to make us available to anyone and everyone at any time they choose to disturb us.

                Of course, it is very easy to sit here and say all you have to do is turn off your electronic devices and just allow yourself several hours of quiet solitude; but the reality is far harder than that. There is an expectation that we are available for anyone whenever they want us.

                However, if you do want to elevate yourself and perform at your best every day, to produce work of a higher quality than anyone expects and to regain control over what you do and when you will need to regain some control over your time, so you can focus on producing work that matters to you…

                The good news: You do not have to become a recluse. All you need are a few simple strategies that will allow you enough flexibility in your day to stay focused to do the work that matters and still allow you to deal with other people’s crises and dramas.

                Here are 7 ways you can stay focused and be less distracted.

                1. Find out When You Are at Your Most Focused

                According to research, brilliantly documented by Daniel Pink in his latest book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, our brains have a limited capacity to stay focused each day.[1]

                From the moment we wake up to the time we turn in for the day, we are using up our brain’s limited energy resources and, depending on the time of day, we will be moving between strong concentration and low concentration.

                This means that for most people, their optimum time for sustained concentration and focus will be soon after they wake up. For others, it could be later in the evening—a kind of second wind—but that is rare.

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                Once you understand this, you can take time to learn when you are at your best and to protect that time on your calendar as much as possible. If you can, block it off and use that time for the work you need to do that requires the most concentration each day.

                2. Get Comfortable Using ‘Do Not Disturb’ Mode

                We have the ability to switch our electronic devices to do not disturb mode. Where all notifications are off and your phone or computer will not alert you to a new email or message.

                Now after testing this function for a number of years, I can happily report that it does work.

                When I sat down to write this article, I put all my electronic devices to do not disturb, closed down my email and began writing. I am safe in the knowledge that until this article is written, and I turn do not disturb off, there will be no interruptions or distractions.

                Of course, it is not really about whether do not disturb works or not, it is whether you are willing to turn it on or not.

                Most people believe they have to be constantly available for their boss or customers. This is not true at all. What has happened is because of your always available status, you have conditioned these people to turn to you first whenever they have a problem.

                You are not actually helping them at all. You are preventing them from having to think for themselves and develop the skill of problem-solving. By not being so readily available, you help them a lot more.

                What it comes down to is your boss and customers are going to be far more positive with you, if you deliver your work to the highest quality and on time than you being available 24/7. Trust me on that. I also tested that one.

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                3. Schedule Focus Time Every Day

                This technique is a lot easier than you may think.

                First, you figure out when you are least likely to be disturbed. For me, that is between 6 and 9 am. for a lot of my clients, they find the first 90 minutes in the morning at their workplace is when they are not likely to be disturbed. This is important because you want to be building consistency.

                Most people start their day by checking their email and other messages. While they are doing that, they are not going to be bothering you. Now there is no rule about when you should be checking your email. The chances are email is not going to be where you want to spend your most focused time, so you can decide to check your email at say 10:30 am.

                Dedicate 30 minutes from 10:30 am to 11:00 am for email processing and use the first 90 minutes of your day for doing your most important work. You will surprise yourself by how much work you get done in that ninety minutes.

                4. Plan Your Day the Night Before

                One of the inevitabilities of life is there is always a plan for the day. The choice is whether the plan you have is a plan of your own making or not. If you don’t have a plan, then the day will take control of you. Other people’s priorities, urgencies and dramas will fill your day. As the late Jim Rohn said:

                “Either you run the day or the day runs you.”

                If you take control and make it a habit to plan out what you want to accomplish the next day before you go to bed, you will find yourself staying more focused on your work and be less likely disturbed.

                Now when I say plan your day the night before, I do not mean you need to spend an hour or so planning and mapping out every minute of the day. Planning your day should only take you around 10 to 15 minutes and you only need to decide what 10 things you want to complete — 2 “must do” objective tasks and 8 “would like to do” tasks. What I call the 2+8 Prioritisation Technique:

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                Do not be tempted to go beyond 10 tasks for the day. When you do that, you do not have enough flexibility in your day to handle crises and other unknown issues that will pop up throughout the day.

                When you do not build in flexibility, you will soon stop planning your day. Only plan tasks that will have the biggest positive impact on your work and projects.

                5. Learn to Say “No”

                I am sure you’ve been told this before. We are wired to please and this results in us wanting to say yes to every opportunity that comes our way. The problem is we cannot do everything and every time you say “yes” to one opportunity, you are saying “no” to another opportunity. You cannot be in two places at the same time.

                Jay Shetty shared an inspiring video on JOMO “Joy Of Missing Out”. Here’s the video:

                Rather than allowing ourselves to be succumbed by FOMO (the Fear Of Missing Out), we should replace that ‘fear’ with the “joy” of missing out. Because of our need to please, we say yes to things we really don’t want to do; yet when we do that, we miss out on doing things that bring us joy—creating something special, spending time educating ourselves and just having some quiet alone time with ourselves.

                Learn to say “no” every time you get a notification to your phone. Ignore it. Learn to say “no” to your colleagues when they want to gossip. Learn to say “no” to volunteering when the thing you are being asked to volunteer for does not excite you. Just learn to say “no”.

                By saying “no” to opportunities, distractions and interruptions, you are saying yes to better and more meaningful things. Things you do want to focus your attention on.

                6. Create a Distraction-Free Environment for Your Focused Time

                This has been possibly the most powerful tip I learned when it comes to focusing on what is important. Have a place where you do only focused, high-concentration work.

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                Now this place needs to be clean and only have the tools you need to do your work. If it is writing a report or preparing a presentation, then it needs a table and a computer, nothing more. Files, paper and other detritus that accumulates on and around people’s desks need to go. A clean, cool and well-lit environment is going to do a lot more for your focus and concentration than anything else.

                The dining table in our home is where I go for undisturbed, focussed work. I take my laptop or iPad, and only have my writing app open. Everything is closed down and the computer is in “do not disturb” mode. There is nothing else on the dining table just my computer and my water tumbler.

                Because that is my designated focus area, I only go there to work when I have something that needs total focus and concentration. I am there right now!

                7. Be Intentional

                The reality is, if you absolutely need to get something done then you need to be intentional. You have to have the intention of sitting down, focusing and doing the work.

                There’s no magic tricks or apps that will miraculously do all your work for you. You need to intentionally set aside time for undisturbed focus work and do it. Without that intention, you can read as many of these articles as you like and you still will not get the work done.

                It is only when you intentionally set yourself up to do the work, turn off all notifications and do whatever it takes to avoid distractions will the work get done.

                The Bottom Line

                The strategies and tips I shared in this post will go a long way to helping you become better at focusing on the important things in your life. No matter what they are, you are in control of your time and what you do with it and where you spend it, never give that control away to anyone else.

                Protect it and it will be your servant. Give that control away and it will become your master and that is not a good place to be.

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