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20 Quotes To Live Your Life By

1. “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe—the mind can achieve.”—Napoleon Hill

Whatever is imagined in the mind is possible. The only thing holding back your big ideas is your belief in them.

“Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.”―David J. Schwartz

2. “How can you achieve your 10 year plan in the next 6 months?”—Peter Thiel

With 10x thinking, you can’t deploy conventional wisdom. You are forced to reframe the rules and assumptions of the game and come up with radical and innovative approaches.

Some people can achieve in moments what most of us take our entire leaves to achieve. Most people’s pursuits in life are things they could conceivably achieve through conventional means.

Their pursuits don’t require miracles and luck to achieve. So, they don’t recognize the brilliant opportunities all around them.

3. “The faster you move, the slower time goes, the longer you live.”—Peter Diamandis

No two people experience time or see the world the same way. As Stephen Covey put it in Habits of Highly Effective People — “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are.”

Some people experience time quickly while others experience it more slowly. If someone can get in one day where it takes me 5 years to get, their time moves 1,825 times slower than mine.

Put another way, they have that much more time to live. That is of course, if we had the same goal.

4. “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”—Lou Holtz

Bad things happen to everyone. But what happens to us is far less important than how we respond. Actually, the very challenges we face in our lives are the things that make us.

As Ryan Holiday has said, “The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.”

5. “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”—Thomas Monson

Let me guess, you’re busy. Too busy to stop on the side of the road and help the person having car trouble. That may be justifiable.

But are you also too busy to even help the most important people in your life? When was the last time you really reached out? Were you happy doing it, or resentful?

Further Reading: 25 Inspirational Quotes About Love And Relationships

6. “100 percent of the time is easier than 98 percent of the time.” Clayton M. Christensen

“Many of us have convinced ourselves that we are able to break our own personal rules ‘just this once.’ In our minds, we can justify these small choices. None of those things, when they first happen, feels like a life-changing decision. The marginal costs are almost always low. But each of those decisions can roll up into a much bigger picture, turning you into the kind of person you never wanted to be.”—Clayton M. Christensen

When you justify breaking commitments you’ve made to yourself, you enter a slippery slope. If you allow yourself to do it once, you will almost always do it several times.

But very few people can actually keep commitments they’ve made to themselves. We go against our conscious all the time. But if we decide to go 100%, all of our future decisions are made. We no longer need to expend our willpower, or justify our bad behavior.

7. “A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”—Unbroken

The difference between insanely successful people and everyone else is that they’re willing to endure a few seconds of pain and discomfort every single day.

That’s one of the key differences. Are you willing to experience 20 seconds of misery or awkwardness in order to get brilliant results?

8. “He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.”—Benjamin Franklin

Most people falsely perceive security to be in external things like a job, friends, money, or possession. This is erroneous and leads people to become dependent, and even slaves to these things.

Freedom—the only true form of security, can only be experienced internally. Your internal world is what guides your external one.

9. “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”—Buddha

You are only as good as the people who have taught you. When you’re ready to learn: mentors, teachers, and angels will provide you the lessons you need to learn.

You will know you’re rapidly progressing when you have multiple teachers entering your life.

10. “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”—Meredith Willson

Life is meant to be lived today. If you wait for tomorrow, you’ll die an unlived life. Tomorrow is never.

11. “What other people think of you is none of your business.”—Amy Hatvany

As long as you’re concerned about the opinions of others, you’ll never fully express your authentic and pure self.

12. “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”—Frank Outlaw

What you think, you become. Simple as that. And there’s no way around it.

You must learn to master the garden of your mind. If you don’t, it will be run over and filled with corrosive weeds. Cultivate the garden of your mind and watch the beautiful fruits it will bear.

13. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”—Leonardo da Vinci

The happiest people in the world leap the simplest lives. Success is not in doing a million things. It’s in doing a few things extremely well—better than anyone else.

Happiness is just as much in knowing what not to do as it is in knowing what to do.

14. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”—Abraham Lincoln

Success is the biggest catalyst for failure. When you succeed, you’ll often forget the very principles that got you there.

Far too many people become obsessed with their perception of success. They end up giving up everything important to them in order to get it. In the end, they are left with very little.

15. “The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.”—J.M. Barrie

Humility is painful. Are you willing to go there? If not, you’re living a delusional life. With humility comes honestly. With honestly comes real growth, even if not seen by everyone else.

16. “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is literally nothing a human being can’t accomplish. We were born to achieve greatness.

We are spiritual beings having a physical experience. We can draw on the powers of heaven whenever we sincerely seek their aid.

17. “Your future is as bright as your faith.”—Thomas Monson

Your future is currently being created in your head. Is it beautiful?

How beautiful?

There are no limits to your future—only in your faith. The more powerful your belief, the more real it will become.

18. “The only way to predict the future is the create it.”—Abhraham Lincoln

True freedom is claiming the life you want to live; in purposefully deciding to stop the madness of living other people’s agendas.

The madness has got to stop already.

We’ve been trained to let life happen to us. We’ve been trained and taught to be submissive. Until you’re frustrated beyond belief about this, you’ll continue to let it happen.

Once you quit the madness and step away for an extended period of time to discover yourself, you’ll be liberated to create whatever life you want.

19. “Success is not pursued, it is attracted by the person you become.”—Jim Rohn

Your current circumstances are a reflection of you. Until you accept that, you’ll always be a victim to your circumstances. And thus, powerless over them.

When you change internally—as a person—everything around you will change. You have complete power over your destiny.

20. “The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep Pin Itlooking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”—Steve Jobs

In his book, “Blink,” Malcom Gladwell explains that snap decisions are often more accurate than well thought-out ones.

With every big decision I’ve made in my life, I didn’t need to really think too much about it. I just knew.

The more we can live our lives with alignment to our true selves, the more we can live, rather than planning on living. We can move beyond paralysis by analysis. We can move forward into our future with confidence.

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Katherine Hurst
By Benjamin Hardy
Benjamin Hardy is the foster parent of three wonderful children. He’s pursuing his PhD in organizational psychology at Clemson University. Benjamin's research focuses on how people build up the courage to become entrepreneurs. He is the author of 2 books, with another hoping to be published in the next year. More than anything, Ben wants to accomplish his mission in life and to help others do the same.

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