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Quotes By Highly Successful People that Will Motivate and Inspire you

Quotes By Highly Successful People that Will Motivate and Inspire you

It has been said, if it has been said well, why say it again.  That is what I love about quotes. Quotes are the cream at the top of glass.

The below list are quotes by highly successful people. By reading the list, I hope they will motivate and inspire you to be great today. I think we can all agree that the folks below had success and contributed to the world in some way that has had a lasting impact for society today.

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Don’t be afraid to change so you can have success. 

  • “Change before you have to” — Jack Welch
  • “Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.” — Thomas Edison
  • “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein
  • “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” — Winston Churchill
  • “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” — Charles Darwin

Education and Personal Development will lead to success. 

  • “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin
  • “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” — Dr. Seuss
  • “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” — Benjamin Franklin 
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

Winning is a must for success. 

  • “Failure is just the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” — Henry Ford
  • “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” — Vince Lombardi
  • “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” — Babe Ruth
  • “The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” — Lily Tomlin

Thinking big and about your future.

  • “Live like no else today, so you can live like no else tomorrow.” — Dave Ramsey
  • “I just want to put a ding in the universe” — Steve Jobs
  • “Where you start is not as important as where you finish” — Zig Ziglar
  • “Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds” — Napoleon Hill

Former presidents words of wisdom. 

  • “We cant help everyone, but everyone can help someone” — Ronald Reagan
  • “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” — John F Kennedy
  • “The best thing about the future is that it comes ones day at a time.” — Abraham Lincoln
  • “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” — Harry S Truman
  • “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one” — George Washington

 Work hard. Discipline always leads to success. 

  • “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” — John Maxwell
  • “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”— Andrew Carnegie
  • “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” — Jim Rohn
  • “There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.” — Seth Godin
  • “I’ve only had two rules: Do all you can and do it the best you can. It’s the only way you ever get that feeling of accomplishing something.” — Colonel Harland Sanders
  • “If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.” — Ray Kroc

Faith, attitude, and living a life of success. 

  • “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” — Jesus
  • “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” — Richard Branson
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” — Dale Carnegie

Let these powerful people and their powerful words inspire you today to go out and do something bigger than you were planning on doing.  If you were planning on doing something big, just do it even bigger.

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Last Updated on April 19, 2021

The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

Think of yourself as a cup. Each day, you wake up full. But as you go about your day—getting tasks done and interacting with people—the amount in your cup gradually gets lower. And as such, you get less and less effective at whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing. You’re running out of steam.

The solution is obvious: if you don’t have anything left to pour out, then you need to find a way to fill yourself up again. In work terms, that means you should take a break—an essential form of revitalizing your motivation and focus.

Taking a break may get a bad rap in hustle culture, but it’s an essential, science-based way to ensure you have the capacity to live your life the way you want to live it.

In the 1980s, when scientists began researching burnout, they described this inner capacity as “resources.” We all need to replenish our resources to cope with stress, work effectively, and avoid burnout.[1]

When the goal is to get things done, it may sound counterproductive to stop what you’re doing. But if you embrace the art of taking a break, you can be more efficient and effective at work.

Here are five ways on how you can take a break and boost your productivity.

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1. Break for the Right Amount of Time, at the Right Time

When I started my first job out of college, I was bent on pleasing my boss as most entry-level employees do. So, every day, I punched in at 9 AM on the dot, took a 60-minute lunch break at noon, and left no earlier than 5 PM.

As I’ve logged more hours in my career, I’ve realized the average, eight-hour workday with an hour lunch break simply isn’t realistic—especially if your goal is to put your best foot forward at work.

That’s why popular productivity techniques like the Pomodoro advocate for the “sprint” principle. Basically, you work for a short burst, then stop for a short, five-minute break. While the Pomodoro technique is a step forward, more recent research shows a shorter burst of working followed by a longer pause from work might actually be a more effective way to get the most out of stepping away from your desk.

The team at DeskTime analyzed more than 5 million records of how workers used their computers on the job. They found that the most productive people worked an average of 52 minutes, then took a 17-minute break afterward.[2]

What’s so special about those numbers? Leave it to neuroscience. According to researchers, the human brain naturally works in spurts of activity that last an hour. Then, it toggles to “low-activity mode.”[3]

Even so, keep in mind that whatever motivates you is the most effective method. It’s more about the premise—when you know you have a “finish line” approaching, you can stay focused on the task or project at hand.

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There are many applications and tools that can help you block distracting websites and apps (such as social media) for specific periods of the day. Similarly, you can also use some mailing apps like Mailbrew to receive all the social media content or newsletters you don’t want to miss in your inbox at a time you decide.

So, no matter how long you work, take a break when you sense you’re losing steam or getting bored with the task. Generally, a 10-15 minute break should reinvigorate you for whatever’s coming next.

2. Get a Change of Scenery—Ideally, Outdoors

When it comes to increasing a person’s overall mental health, there’s no better balm than nature. Research has found that simply being outside can restore a person’s mind from mental fatigue related to work or studying, ultimately contributing to improved work performance (and even improved work satisfaction).[4]

No lush forest around? Urban nature can be just as effective to get the most out of your break-taking. Scientists Stephen R. Kellert and Edward O. Wilson, in their book The Biophilia Hypothesis, claimed that even parks, outdoor paths, and building designs that embrace “urban nature” can lend a sense of calm and inspiration, encouraging learning and alertness for workers.

3. Move Your Body

A change of scenery can do wonders for your attention span and ability to focus, but it’s even more beneficial if you pair it with physical movement to pump up that adrenaline of yours. Simply put, your body wasn’t designed to be seated the entire day. In fact, scientists now believe that extended periods of sitting are just as dangerous to health as smoking.[5]

It’s not always feasible to enjoy the benefits of a 30-minute brisk walk during your workday, especially since you’ll most likely have less energy during workdays. But the good news is, for productivity purposes, you don’t have to. Researchers found that just 10 minutes of exercise can boost your memory and attention span throughout the entire day.[6]

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So, instead of using your break to sit and read the news or scroll your social media account, get out of your chair and move your body. Take a quick walk around the block. Do some jumping jacks in your home office. Whatever you choose, you’ll likely find yourself with a sharper focus—and more drive to get things done.

4. Connect With Another Person

Social connection is one of the most important factors for resilience. When we’re in a relationship with other people, it’s easier to cope with stress—and in my experience, getting social can also help to improve focus after a work break.

One of my favorite ways to break after a 30-or-so minute sprint is to hang out with my family. And once a week, I carve out time to Skype my relatives back in Turkey. It’s amazing how a bit of levity and emotional connection can rev me up for the next work sprint.

Now that most of us are working from home, getting some face-to-face time with a loved one isn’t as hard as it once was. So, take the time to chat with your partner. Take your kids outside to run around the backyard. If you live alone, call a friend or relative. Either way, coming up for air to chat with someone who knows and cares about you will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired.

5. Use Your Imagination

When you’re working with your head down, your brain has an ongoing agenda: get things done, and do it well. That can be an effective method for productivity, but it only lasts so long—especially because checking things off your to-do list isn’t the only ingredient to success at work. You also need innovation.

That’s why I prioritize a “brain break” every day. When I feel my “cup” getting empty, I usually choose another creative activity to exercise my brain, like a Crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or an unrelated, creative project in my house.

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And when I’m really struggling to focus, I don’t do anything at all. Instead, I let my brain roam free for a bit, following my thoughts down whatever trail they lead me. As it turns out, there’s a scientific benefit to daydreaming. It reinforces creativity and helps you feel more engaged with the world, which will only benefit you in your work.[7]

Whether you help your kids with their distance learning homework, read an inspiring book, or just sit quietly to enjoy some fresh air, your brain will benefit from an opportunity to think and feel without an agenda. And, if you’re anything like me, you might just come up with your next great idea when you aren’t even trying.

Final Thoughts

Most of us have to work hard for our families and ourselves. And the current world we live in demands the highest level of productivity that we can offer. However, we also have to take a break once in a while. We are humans, after all.

Learning the art of properly taking a break will not only give you the rest you need but also increase your productivity in the long run.

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