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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 July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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