Motivational Quotes 101 – 150

101. ‘Don’t wish away the week to get to the weekend, you end up wishing away your entire life that way. If you dislike your job so much that you do wish away they week then you need to find something else to do. This is not a call to go in on Monday and scream “I quit” but instead start working on a plan to make a change even if it takes months or years. You will eventually get to where you want to be and even just the process of getting there can relieve whatever negative feelings you take from the job you are trying to change.’ (extracted from a blog)

102. ‘People are more likely to take up an exercise routine if they set a cue, like running right after getting home from work; at a specific time of the day etc and rewarding themselves like watching a TV show, surfing the net, eating comfort food etc.’ Charles Duhigg (The Power of Habit)

103. ‘Attempts to give up snacking will often fail unless there’s a new routine to satisfy old cues and reward urges. A smoker usually can’t quit unless he finds some activity to replace cigarettes when his nicotine craving is triggered.’ Charles Duhigg (The Power of Habit)

104. ‘It wasn’t God that mattered. It was belief itself that made a difference. Once people learned how to believe in something, that skill started spilling to other parts of their lives, until they started believing they could change.’ Charles Duhigg, on how to overcome stressful events and bad habits

105. ‘If you want to do something that requires willpower – like going for a run after work – you have to conserve your willpower muscle during the day. If you use up too much of it at work, all the strength will be gone by the time you get home.’ Mark Muraven

106. ‘I’ve been really lucky, and I really, genuinely believe that if you tell people that they have what it takes to succeed, they’ll prove you right.’ Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks

107. ‘The motto I have always lived by in life is to be passionate in whatever you do – don’t do things half-heartedly. Passion will be the fuel to carry you through and help you overcome most of the challenges you will face in life’s journey, be it in work, family or other areas. Learn to enjoy and smell the roses along life’s journey.’ Audit Partner

108. ‘If you are seeking a partner, never go out in the company of your supermodel friends. People will find you less attractive than you really are. Go alone or, better yet, take two ugly friends.’ Rolf Dobelli

109. ‘That’s why signing kids up for piano lessons or sports are so important. It has nothing to do with creating a good musician or a 5 year old soccer star. When you learn to force yourself to practice for an hour or run fifteen laps, you start building self-regulatory strength (self discipline).’ Todd Heatherton

110. ‘But every bad habit, no matter its complexity, is malleable. The most addicted alcoholics can become sober. The most dysfunctional companies can transform themselves. A high school dropout can become a successful manager.’ Charles Duhigg

111. ‘1) Avoid negative things that you cannot grow accustomed to, such as commuting, noise, stress etc 2) Material items only provide short-term happiness 3) Aim for as much free time and autonomy as possible, since long-lasting positive effects generally come from what you actively do. Follow your passions even if you must forfeit a portion of your income for them. Invest in friendships.’ Rolf Dobelli, on improving happiness (The Art of Thinking Clearly)

112. ‘So, find out where your circle of competence is. Get a clear grasp of it. Hint: it’s smaller than you think. If you face a consequential decision outside that circle, apply the hard, slow, rational thinking. For everything else, give your intuition free rein.’ Rolf Dobelli

113. ‘Kick the habit of reading news – completely. Instead, read long background articles and books. Yes, nothing beats books for understanding the world.’ Rolf Dobelli

114. ‘Nobody loves you more than you can love yourself. Because only you know yourself best.’ George Panait (Esplanade Director)

115. ‘Deal with expectations more cautiously. Raise expectations for yourself and for the people you love. This increases motivation. At the same time, lower expectations for things you cannot control – for example, the stock market.’ Rolf Dobelli

116. ‘My message to students is that if you want to become an entrepreneur and save the world, definitely don’t skip college. But go to a school that you can afford. You’ll be freed from the chains of debt and succeed on your own ambition and merit.’ Vivek Wadhwa

117. “There are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely – or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose!”  Oscar Wilde

118. ‘You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.’ Timothy Ferriss

119. ‘If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying…most people lose the ability to see silver linings even though they are always there above us.’ Matthew Quick

120. ‘Locate your shortcomings and find suitable knowledge and methodologies to balance them. It takes about a year to internalize the most important ideas of a new field, and it’s worth it: your pocketknife will be bigger and more versatile, and your thoughts sharper.’ Rolf Dobelli

121. ‘In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.’ Coco Chanel

122. ‘Your preparation for the real world is not in the answers you’ve learned, but in the questions you’ve learned how to ask yourself.’ Bill Watterson

123. ‘We all have different desires and needs, but if we don’t discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for, we will live passively and unfulfilled. Sooner or later, we are all asked to compromise ourselves and the things we care about.’ Bill Watterson

124. ‘Drawing comic strips for five years without pay drove home the point that the fun of cartooning wasn’t in the money; it was in the work. This turned out to be an important realization when my break finally came.’ Bill Watterson

125. ‘It was a rude shock to see just how empty and robotic life can be when you don’t care about what you’re doing, and the only reason you’re there is to pay the bills.’ Bill Watterson

126. ‘A playful mind is inquisitive, and learning is fun. If you indulge your natural curiosity and retain a sense of fun in new experience, I think you’ll find it functions as a sort of shock absorber for the bumpy road ahead.’ Bill Watterson

127. ‘Our idea of relaxing is all too often to plop down in front of the television set and let its pandering idiocy liquefy our brains. Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery-it recharges by running.’ Bill Watterson

128. ‘My fondest memories of college are times like these, where things were done out of some inexplicable inner imperative, rather than because the work was demanded. It’s surprising how hard we’ll work when the work is done just for ourselves.’ Bill Watterson

129. ‘Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success.’ Bill Watterson

130. ‘Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential – As if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.’ Bill Watterson

131. ‘You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them. To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.’ Bill Watterson

132. ‘Many of you will be going on to law school, business school, medical school, or other graduate work, and you can expect the kind of starting salary that, with luck, will allow you to pay off your own tuition debts within your own lifetime…But having an enviable career is one thing, and being a happy person is another.’ Bill Watterson

133. ‘We define ourselves by our actions. With each decision, we tell ourselves and the world who we are. Think about what you want out of this life, and recognize that there are many kinds of success.’ Bill Watterson

134. ‘I realise now I don’t need to be like anyone else. The truth to my value is not determined on how I look, how smart I am, or how many friends I have, I need to be the best me that I can be.’ Nick Vujicic

135. ‘It’s worth recognizing that there is no such thing as an overnight success. You will do well to cultivate the resources in yourself that bring you happiness outside of success or failure. The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive.’ Bill Watterson

136. ‘You may be surprised to find how quickly daily routine and the demands of “just getting by:” absorb your waking hours. You may be surprised matters of habit rather than thought and inquiry. You may be surprised to find how quickly you start to see your life in terms of other people’s expectations rather than issues…’ Bill Watterson

137. ‘Whether it’s working for a promotion, studying to further your education, training for a marathon, or anything else that requires actual commitment, it’s sexy. Maybe it indicates responsibility. Maybe it makes you seem like you have higher standards…’ Jessica Dopkiss

138. ‘Ignore everyone else. Other people’s grass seeming greener is no new concept, but in today’s image crafting world, other people’s grass looks like a glorious meadow. The truth is that everyone else is just as indecisive, self-doubting, and frustrated as you are, and if you just do your thing, you’ll never have any reason to envy others.’

139. ‘Stop thinking that you’re special. The fact is, right now, you’re not special. You’re another completely inexperienced young person who doesn’t have all that much to offer yet. You can become special by working really hard for a long time.’

140. ‘Stay wildly ambitious. The current world is bubbling with opportunity for an ambitious person to find flowery, fulfilling success. The specific direction may be unclear, but it’ll work itself out—just dive in somewhere.’

141. ‘I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story. Thank you and good luck!’ Jeff Bezos, during a speech to graduating students

142. ‘It’s the only way I know in football: work hard, believe in what you are doing, believe in each other, be critical inside to try and resolve things inside our group, stick together and try and get a result.’ Jose Mourinho

143. ‘Find your niche, find what you are good at, and focus on that. And be a good person along the way – if you try to take shortcuts it will just come back and haunt you.’ Thomas Flohr (founder of VistaJet)

144. ‘Stop looking at social media websites, and instead work out what contribution you can make to the world, and go and do it.’ Thomas Flohr (Founder of VistaJet)

145. “‘How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make? Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions? Will you follow dogma, or will you be original? Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure? Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions? Will you bluff it out when you’re wrong, or will you apologize? Will you guard your heart against rejection, or will you act when you fall in love? Will you play it safe, or will you be a little bit swashbuckling? When it’s tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless? Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder? Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?’ Jeff Bezos

146. ‘Many of you will soon enter the outside world and be somewhat taken aback. It will be far less efficient, far less fair, far less productive, and far more political than what you may have imagined it to be. There will be pessimism and cynicism everywhere. It is easy to succumb to this, to become cynical or negative yourself. If you do, you with the potential that you have, it would be a loss for yourself and for humanity.’ Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy

147. ‘Smile with your mouth, your eyes, your ears, your face, your body at every living thing you see. Be a source of energy and optimism. Surround yourself with people that make you better. Realize or even rationalize that the grass is truly greener on your side of the fence. Just the belief that it is becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.’ Salman Khan

148. ‘Make people feel that you care about them. And here’s, a well, a little secret, the best way to do this is to actually care about them. Make people feel that you are listening to them. Another little secret, the best way to do this is to actually listen.’ Salman Khan

149. ‘When you feel stressed, look up at the night sky and ponder the distance to the next star and the age of the universe. Think of all the other stressed sentient creatures from other star systems and galaxies looking out in the vastness of space in wonder and awe and take comfort in your shared experience.’ Salman Khan

150. ‘Remember that real success is maximizing your internally derived happiness. It will not come from external status or money or praise. It will come from a feeling of contribution. A feeling that you are using your gifts in the best way possible.’ Salman Khan




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