20 Motivational Quotes That Don’t Suck

Life can be tough and very frustrating, so we all need some motivation to help us make it through the day. Here are some quotes that are really worth taking note of, and which can help you get more done every day.

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Let’s be honest…the motivational business is sometimes full of a lot of hot air. We hear the same old speakers recycling the same old clichés over and over again. Many of these phrases have lost the impact they may have had once had through endless repetition. And sometimes, the advice is decidedly questionable:

But the pen is still mightier than the sword, and many of even the oldest and most familiar quotes still resonate as powerfully today as they ever did. Here are 20 that I think have stood the test of time, and are still as relevant today as they ever were:

#1. It is never too late to be what you might have been. (George Eliot)

Ray Kroc didn’t open his first McDonalds restaurant until he was well into his fifties. Colonel Sanders was 65 when he launched the KFC chain. Today, improved health, fitness and universal access to technology make it possible for anyone to start achieving their goals – regardless of age. Go for it!

#2. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. (Alan Kay)

There has never been a better time to be an inventor! Now anyone can create an app that could go on to become a major success. Living in the 21st century opens up fantastic opportunities to change the world we live in – even if it is in just a small way.

#3. People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel. (Maya Angelou)

The world is changing, and changing fast. But one thing that doesn’t change is the need to connect with people. Apple products succeed not just because of what they do, but also because of how they make people feel. Make people feel good and anything is possible.

4. I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. (Michael Jordan)

Most of the world’s big success stories rubbed shoulders with failure on the way up. Virgin, Apple, Amazon and many more of today’s biggest corporations have lists of failed ventures that are as long – if not longer – than their list of successes. But they will be remembered for what they achieved, not for the projects that got shelved.

5. The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. (Chinese Proverb)

We all have mountains to tackle, and they can seem daunting. But if you just dig in and get started, you will be amazed at how much progress you can make if you persist.

6. The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. (Winston Churchill)

Life is never easy, and no-one can expect an easy ride to the top. But there are always opportunities if you have the vision to see them.

7. The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs . . . one step at a time.

(Joe Girard)

Joe Girard is said to be the most successful salesman of all time, and his career in the car lots of America is an extraordinary one. But he succeeded by delivering outstanding service to one customer at a time.

8. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. (John Lennon)

Planning ahead is important, for sure. But don’t lose sight of the life you are living today. Enjoy every day, every hour, every moment – whilst thinking how to make the future ones better.

9. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. (Stephen Covey)

We can all be forgiven for blaming back luck and circumstances for things that go wrong in our lives. Sometimes bad things happen. But we can decide how to deal with those circumstances, and how to build a better life for the future.

10. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. (Bill Cosby)

Sometimes, we all struggle to move forward in life. But to try and fail is always better than to not try at all.

11. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. (Steve Jobs)

Steve Jobs could be an infuriating person who drove employees, business partners and colleagues to distraction. But no-one ever doubted his passion for what he was trying to achieve. He really loved what he did, and as a result he created some of the best products the world had ever seen.

12. What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

We live in a world of promises, empty words and meaningless statements. People may not believe what you say, but they cannot doubt what you do.

13. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. (Babe Ruth)

Setbacks are a part of life, and we need to be able to deal with them. Instead of feeling low when you get a disappointment, just see it as a stepping stone towards your next success.

14. Don't wait...the time will never be just right. (Napolean Hill)

The key to success lies in getting started. If you wait for exactly the right moment to start your next project, it may never happen. Start acting today and see what you can achieve.

15. A year from now, you may wish you had started today. (Karen Lamb)

The years roll by faster than any of us would like. While getting older may not be any fun, it means that whatever project you start today will be a year old before you know it. So what can you achieve in the next 365 days? Start now and find out…

16. There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. (Roger Staubach)

Today’s world is competitive; there is no doubt about that. But most people are still looking for the path to easy street. If you are prepared to go the extra mile, you will definitely be on a road less traveled.

17. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. (Teddy Roosevelt)

‘If only I had more money…more time…more contacts.’ There are always reasons to make excuses for getting started. But those who get results are those who don’t let such restrictions get in the way. Google was founded with computers stolen from the loading dock at Stanford University. Virgin started by running tiny mail-order ads in music magazines. Just take what you have and do something…

18. What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. (Tim Ferriss)

The road to success can be rocky, and sometimes we need to make some tough decisions. But if you do what needs to be done, rather than what you feel comfortable doing, you are likely to get the results you want.

19. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try. (Yoda)

Gurus don’t come any cooler than Yoda.

The great guy hits it right on the nail here. Like Nike says…just do it.

20. Don't wish it were easier. Wish you were better. (Jim Rohn)

Get Motivated, Get Things Done

You can’t always change the world to suit you, but you can change yourself to suit the world you find yourself in. Find ways to be a better version of you, and you will be well on your way to success.

Rob Palmer

Rob Palmer is a blogger and online marketer who helps people escape the rat race, pursue their passion and find financial, location and personal freedom. If you, too, want to take control of your life, click here to launch your own online business today.