Wednesday, November 15, 2017

96. Motivational Quotes - Series 4

1. Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you.
                                                                                              -  Bethany Hamilton

2 .People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves. - Paulo Coelho

3. I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.
                                                                                           - Augusten Burroughs

4. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects. - Albert Einstein

5. It is not what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it. - Dale Carnegie.

6. With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? - Oscar Wilde.

7. Many people lose the small joys in the hope for big happiness. - Pearl S.Buck

8. Invert, always invert: Turn a situation or problem upside down. Look at it backward. What happens if all our plans go wrong? Where don't we want to go, and how do you get there? Instead of looking for success, make a list of how to fail instead - through sloth, envy, resentment, self-pity, entitlement, all the mental habits of self-defeat. Avoid these qualities and you will succeed. Tell me where I'm going to die, that is, so I don't go there. - Charles Munger

9. If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be
pushed. The vision pulls you. - Steve Jobs

10. There is always more goodness in the world than there appears to be, because goodness is of its very nature modest and retiring. -Evelyn Beatrice Hall

11. The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there. -  Vince Lombardi

12. Truth is not only violated by falsehood: it may be equally outraged by silence .
                                                                                       - Henri Frederic Amiel

13. "Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.                                                                                                               - Warren Buffet

14. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."                                                                                                        - Abraham Lincoln

15. Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. - Lin Yutang

16. The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. - Plutarch

17. You might be poor, your shoes might be broken but your mind is a palace. - Frank McCourt

18. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. - Michael Jordan

19. I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.                                                                                                                                               - Oscar Wilde

20. Use the talents you possess. The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best.   - Henry van Dyke

21. The day before something is a breakthrough, it is a crazy idea. -  Peter Diamandis

22. The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.   - Alvin Toffler

23. The most important thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity.  - Amelia Earhart

24. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. - Stephen Covey

25. If we till we are ready, we will be waiting for the rest of our lives. - Lemony Snicket

26. Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.  - Nido Qubein

27. Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. -  Chuck Close

28. What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. the only thing of consequence is what we do. - John Ruskin

29. Forgiving you is my gift to you. Moving on is my gift to myself. - Unknown

30. One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. - Rita May Brown



Saturday, September 2, 2017

95. Motivational Quotes - Series 3

1. May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. - Nelson Mandela

2. I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. - Walt Whitman

3. No one is perfect... that's why pencils have erasers. - Wolfgang Riebe

4. It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. - Warren Buffett

5. If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough - Albert Einstein

6. Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. - Mortimer J.Adler

7. When you take control of your attitude, you take control of your life. - Roy T.Bennett

8. Life is your dictionary. - Ralph Waildo Emerson

9. Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you must do.
                                                                                      - H. Jackson Brown

10. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. - John Wooden

11. Many people will walk in and out of your life but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.  - Eleanor Roosevelt

12. When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. - Willie Nelson

13. Sometimes you have to experience the lows because it helps give you a new perspective on life and sometimes the right perspective makes all the difference. - Wong Fu.

14. Good writing excites me and makes life worth living. - Harold Pinter

15. Take your time but don't waste your time. - Philip Wang

16. Getting lost is just another way of saying going exploring. - Justina Chen

17. If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don't be afraid to speak up. - Fred Korematsu

18. Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale. - Hans Christian Andersen

19. In three words, I see sum up everything I have learned about life. - Robert Frost

20. Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible. - Albert Einstein

21. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. - Robert Collier

22. I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
                                                                                                        - Thomas Alwa Edison.

23. Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.
                                                                                                          - Orhan Pamuk

24. The world is more malleable than you think and it is waiting for you to hammer it into shape .                                                                                                                                        - Bono

25. Love is what we were born with,.Fear is what we learned here. - Marianne Williamson

26. You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. - John C.Maxwell

27. If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. - Roald Dahl

28. Count your age by friends, not by years. Count your life by smiles, not tears . - John Lennon

29. Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
                                                                                                                                   - Aristotle

30. Always find opportunities to make someone smile, and to offer random acts of kindness in everyday life.   - Roy T. Bennett


Sunday, July 16, 2017

94. Motivational Quotes - Series 2

1. You are stronger than you believe. Don't let your fear own you. Own yourself. - Michelle Hodkin

2. If I set for myself a task, be it so trifling, I shall see it through. How else shall I have confidence in myself to do important things? - George Clason, author of "The Richest Man in Babylon"

3. By seeking and blundering we learn. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

4. Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn't have to become perfect because I've learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.
                                                                                                                     -  Janelle Monae

5. Your best teacher is your last mistake. - Unknown

6. The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going. - Emerson

7.  Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
                                                                                                       - Napoleon Hill

8. He who has a WHY to live can bear almost any HOW. - Nietzsche

9. Nothing will stop you from being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.
                                                                                                                       - John Cleese
10. No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down time. All you got is life time. Go.  - Henry Rollins

11. The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death.    -  Osho

12. a mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.
                                                                                                                 - O.W.Holmes

13. It is not the future that you are afraid of. It is repeating the past that makes you fearful.
                                                                                                                   - Unknown.

14. Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
                                                                                                                               - Abraham Lincoln

15. Unless you can watch your stock holding decline by 50% without becoming panic-stricken, you should not be in the stock market. - Warren Buffett  

16. waste your money and you are only out of money but waste your time and  you have lost a part of your life. -  Michael LeBoeuf

17. Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. - Jalaluddin Rumi.

18. None of us can change our yesterdays, but all of us can change our tomorrows.
                                                                                                             - Colin Powell

19. Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. - William Jennings Bryan

20. Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable and remove yourself from the unacceptable,
                                                                                                              - Denis Waitley.

21.You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.- Warren Buffett

22. For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive,
but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. - Arnold Schwarzneggar.

23. It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

24. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. - J.K. Rowling

25. You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to 
you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. -Brian Tracy

26. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you have to keep moving. - Albert Einstein.

27. Sometimes the questions are completed and the answers are simple.  - Dr.Seuss

28. The trouble with life is not that there is no answer, it is that there are so many answers - Ruth Benedict

29. Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. - Mark Twain

30. Never separate the life you live from the words you speak. - Paul Wellstone

Thursday, July 6, 2017

93. Motivational Quotes - Series 1

1. If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you. -  Fred Divito

2. There are seven days in the week and SOMEDAY is not one of them - Shaquille O'Neil

3. Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind - F.Scott Fitzgerald

4. What one does is what counts, not what one had the intention of doing - Picasso

5. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of 
knowledge, but rather a lack of will. -  Vince Lombardi 

6. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm - Winston Churchill

7. Do a little more each day than you think you can - Lowell Thomas

8. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you will never get it done. make at least one definite move daily towards your goal. - Bruce Lee

9. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. - Aesop

10. Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. - Blaise Pascal.

11. Anything worth doing is worth doing now - Ralph Stayer

12. Either you run the day, or the day runs you . - Jim Rohn

13. Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can't begin to explore your possibilities. 
                                                                                                                                 - Tim Fargo
14. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.  -  Roy T.Bennett

15. It is not how far you fall, but how much you bounce that counts. - Zig Ziglar

16. Well done is better than Well said. - Benjamin Franklin

17. So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. - Caterina Fake.

18. If you want to make peace with your enemy, then you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. - Nelson Mandela.

19. The bad news is time flies, the good news is you are the pilot - Michael Altschuler

20. An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied . 
                                                                                                          - Arnold Glasgow

21. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.  - Albert Einstein

22. There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction  - John F.Kennedy

23. There is no man living who is not capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.

24. Wealth flows from Energy and Ideas - William Feather

25. If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves
                                                                                                                 - Thomas Edison

26. Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the
world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not
a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.  - Muhammad Ali.

27. Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer
fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy - Dale Carnegie

28. Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habits. - Charles J.Givens

29. Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. - Napoleon hill

30. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Are you living a simple life?


Many people pride themselves that they lead a simple life. But are they really?

What about you? Do you consider yourself living a simple life? If you are, then you should be finding things easy and simple. You will not have much to complain about? Does your simple life conform to this criterion? If it does, then you are doing well. If it doesn’t, then you need to work on making your life really simple.

When used with lifestyle, the word ‘simple’ is used in the sense ‘unostentatious.’ But the word ‘simple’ has got other shades of meaning like ‘not complicated,’ ’easy to deal with’ etc.  You can make your life simple by doing several small things
  • Not getting upset over small things
  • Tolerating the mistakes and imperfections of people close to you
  • Not cursing yourself for your mistakes and shortcomings
  • Believing that things are really simple

The last mentioned line of thinking will make you feel calm and poised when you face problems. Calmness and poise will come from a feeling of confidence and faith – confidence in your ability to overcome the problem and faith in positive outcomes.

People who achieve a lot in life adopt this simple lifestyle. All it needs is to develop a mindset that you will consider things to be simple and that things will turn out to be simple.

The legendary Sherlock Holmes while solving a crime often says, ‘Elementary, Watson!’ Because he considers the process of detection to be simple, he is able to solve  mysteries considered complex by other people.

You can begin to make your life simple beginning from today. Believe everything is simple. Learn to take things easy. Cultivate the habit to be calm and confident. Be gentle and tolerant towards others especially towards people close to you and people whom you are dealing with.

Very simple thing to do! Isn’t it so?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Don't allow a break to break your habit


You have planned to do some activity on a regular basis. You begin with a lot of enthusiasm. You keep going for a while. You are happy and proud that you have been able to make this activity a habit. What more, you have been getting results. And then, there is a break, for some reason. If it is a short break, perhaps, you will be able to resume your activity.

But, what if it is a long break? The break could have become longer either because you have not resumed after a short break or because you have been unable to perform this activity due to some other factor.

Should you still resume this?

The activity can be relating to your personal development like doing exercises, attending a class or practicing some skill. Or, the activity can be related to your profession Or, it can be writing a diary or a blog post!

Whatever is the nature of the activity, a break shouldn't be allowed to become a termination. You can resume the activity any time and you should. You have nothing to lose except your guilty feelings and your perception that the activity can't be resumed after a long break.

If the activity had a positive objective, it is worth resuming. As I write this, I remember that we find it very easy even compelling to resume activities that won't be beneficial to us! Create a compelling feeling to resume your activities with a positive objective, irrespective of the length of the break.

Well, I have resumed writing this blog after a long break. I am not going to apologize for the break.  because I don't know whether I will have to do this again in future. Instead, I rekindle my enthusiasm and resume this activity.

You can break a break any time. A long break is more difficult to break but it can be broken all the same!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Five Things You Can Learn From A Pencil


  1. The pencil writes a lot including interesting stories, inspiring messages, enjoyable narrations etc. But it is not acting on its own. It is guided by a hand. In the same way, remember that all your actions are guided by God and we function as per His directions.
  2. Now and then the pencil has to stop writing. Its lead gets shorter and sometimes broken. It has to use a sharpener to resume its writing. So, it is ok if our progress is halted by some impediments or tragedies. You can emerge stronger from them by honing your skills and strategies.
  3. The pencil allows some of its work removed by the eraser. This is only to correct mistakes or rewrite something for making it better. Allowing our mistakes to be corrected by someone is not a bad thing. It helps us to improve our output.
  4. It is not the wooden exterior of the pencil that is important. It is the graphite inside which creates the pencil’s output. What is happening inside you is not important. And don’t judge anyone by their external appearances but by their values.
  5. Whenever the pencil is in action, it leaves a mark. All your actions leave  a Mark about you that can be seen by others. What more, these marks may remain for a much longer period than your existence in this world.


                                                          -    Adapted from Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Flowing River.’
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