“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It’s something that has been etched in our soul from childhood. But words themselves have no power except that which we give them.
There is no denying that words can be used to attack, like loaded weapons, or to inspire, like poetry.
Having spent the last 13 years reading, listening and watching every personal development, marketing and time management program I could get my hands on, I have heard a lot of powerful quotes. Powerful is probably too soft a word, mind blowing may be more appropriate.
I have a list of over 1000 quotes, but who has time for, or would want to read all that in one sitting. Good quotes are like a glass of fine wine. You don’t gulp it down. You savor each mouthful.
As such, here are a handful of quotes to think about. To get the most out of each one, write each one out on a piece of paper and then explain to yourself what it means to you.
- “Set a goal to become a millionaire for what it will make of you to become one.” — Jim Rohn
- “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” — Tony Robbins
- “People overestimate what they can do in a year, but underestimate what they can do in ten.” — Bill Gates
- “There is a one thing that 99 percent of “failures” and “successful” folks have in common — they all hate doing the same things. The difference is successful people do them anyway.” — Darren Hardy
- “Invest three percent of your income in yourself (self-development) in order to guarantee your future.” — Brian Tracy
- “Productivity is the deliberate, strategic investment of your time, talent, intelligence, energy, resources, and opportunities in a manner calculated to move you measurably closer to meaningful goals.” — Dan Kennedy
- “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” — Harry Truman
- “There will be obstacles.There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.” — Michael Phelps
- “You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” — Babe Ruth
- “Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.” — Anonymous
- “If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents–start charging for it.” —Kim Garst
- Thinking is the hardest work there is, that is why so few engage in it. Henry Ford
- “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.” — Earl Nightingale
- “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” — Wayne Gretzky
- “The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.” — Napoleon Hill
- “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” — Jim Ryun
- I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan
- “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” — Woody Allen
- “It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you use that makes a difference.” — Zig Ziglar
- “Don’t wish is were easier, wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn
- “A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.” — Chinese Proverb
- “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” — Coco Chanel
- “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” — Tim Ferriss
- “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” — Peter Drucker
- “Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell.” — Seth Godin
- “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
- “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.” — Benjamin Franklin
- “If you can’t explain it to a 6-year old, you don’t know it yourself.” — Albert Einstein
- “The best revenge is massive success.” — Frank Sinatra
- “At the end of our lives we all ask, ‘Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?’” — Brendon Burchard
- “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” — George Washington.
- “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand
- “The successful warrior is the average man, with laserlike focus.” — Bruce Lee
- “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” — John Maxwell
- “Don’t tell people how to do things; tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” — George S. Patton Jr.
- “I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” — Herbert Bayard Swope