"Only a genius can do things his own way.
You? You're no genius."
It's okay to reinvent the wheel, but only after you know how the current wheel
works. Never assume you know better when you don't really know anything.
"If you want to know how much you'll be missed
when you are gone, put your finger in a bucket of
water and then remove it. The hole that's left will be
how much you are missed."
No one is irreplaceable. You may not leave a hole, but you can leave a mark on a person
that lives on after you're gone. You may not be missed but you can be remembered.
"We all have limits. Almost no one reaches
theirs. You definitely haven't."
What we think we can do is always--always--less than what we can do if we really, really try. We
always have a little more in us. Find your true limits and you may find that success is limitless.
"Unless you're the lead dog in the sled,
the view never changes."
Following the crowd means living the same life as the crowd. You don't want that.
"There are two types of pain you will go through in life:
the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Discipline
weighs ounces while regret weighs tons."
The worst words you can say are, "I just wish I had..." Push yourself to do what you
hope to do... so you will never have to regret not having tried.
"The coward dies a thousand deaths,
the brave but one."
It's even worse to turn away from what scares you because when you do, deep inside,
a little piece of you withers and dies. Dive in. It's never as cold, or as bad, as you think.
"Today's pain is tomorrow's power. The more you
suffer today, the stronger you are tomorrow."
Tomorrow's success is based on today's discomfort. Plus willpower is like a muscle: the more you
exercise it, the stronger your will gets. Dedication and persistence can make all the difference.
“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort,
but you can’t have both.” – Brene Brown
Acknowledging your fear allows you to move past it. Fear is a sign you’re trusting your
"Bravery means finding something more
important than fear."
Brave people aren't fearless; they've found something that matters more to them than the fear
they're facing. When you find a greater meaning you find the courage to overcome your fear.
"Do it or not. There is no try."
Once we say, "I will," our perspective changes. What previously seemed insurmountable is
no longer a matter of luck or chance but of time and effort and persistence.
"Stop waiting for the 'right time.' Success is a numbers
game: the number of times you take a shot."
That time is now. Take enough shots and over time you'll grow more skilled, more experienced,
and more connected. Put the power of numbers on your side. Take as many shots as you can.
"Resentment is like drinking poison and
expecting the other guy to die."
The same holds for bitterness. And jealousy. And
dislike. Let it go. If you don't, the only loser is you.
"The extra mile is a vast,
Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do--especially if other people
aren't doing that one thing. Sure, it's hard. But that's what will make you different--and over
time will make you incredibly successful.
“You can’t change the past. You can only change the
present which programs the future. That’s where your
power is.” – Tara Brach
Mindfulness is the act of paying complete attention in the present moment and, frankly, I can’t
articulate the benefit any better than this.
“Peace. It doesn’t mean to be in a place where there
is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be
amid those things and still be calm in your heart.”
Thank You Very Much
This is the quote I use to center myself when life becomes stressful or hectic. It’s a great
perspective-shifter for those moments where everything seems to be falling apart.