Thursday, 28 January 2016

25 Inspiring Quotes to Keep You Moving Toward Your Dream.


Starting a new business is tough. According to the Small Business Administration, about 65 percent of all businesses fail within 10 years
after they are launched. There are the challenges of time, leadership, and having enough financial resources to survive long enough to make a profit.

When times get tough, take heart in the fact that you are at least giving your dream a try. The best part is you are working, and hopefully
making money, for yourself, not someone else. Here are 25 quotes from a handful of inspiring and thought-provoking people that just may help you get over your new-business blues and onto the important stuff, realizing your dream.

1. "Get mocked at for as much as you can, fail as much as you can, but don't quit. Let every mockery, every failure, be a source of inspiration for you to reach for greatness, and
that greatness will silence your critics." Ajaero Tony Martins

2. "Never be ashamed! There's some who will hold it against you, but they are not worth bothering with." --J.K. Rowling

3. "Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you are generally better off sticking with
what you know. And the third is that
sometimes, your best investments are the ones you don't make." --Donald Trump

4. "Like success, failure is many things to many people. With positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, and a plateau at which to get your
thoughts in order to prepare to try again." --W. Clement Stone

5. "Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." --Ray Kroc

6. "When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to
travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure." --Mary Kay Ash

7. "Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for
that." --Anthony Volodkin

8. "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." --Helen Keller

9. "Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you." --Tony Hsieh

10. "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and 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." --Steve Jobs

11. "Embrace what you don't know, especially in the beginning, because what you don't know can become your greatest asset. It ensures
that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else." --Sara Blakely

12. "Don't try to be original, just try to be good." --Paul Rand

13. "The only thing worse than starting something and failing ... is not starting something." --Seth Godin

14. "When I'm old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say, 'Wow, that was an adventure,' not, 'Wow, I sure felt safe.'" --Tom
Preston-Werner

15. "What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: Know your product better
than anyone. Know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed." --Dave Thomas

16. "Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears
run me." --Arianna Huffington

17. "Small business isn't for the faint of heart. It's for the brave, the patient, and the persistent. It's for the overcomer." --Unknown

18. "I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got." --Walter Cronkite

19. "Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining
customer represents a huge opportunity for more business." --Zig Ziglar

20. "I don't focus on what I'm up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest."
--Venus Williams

21. "The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them
now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer." --Nolan Bushnell

22. "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." --Maya Angelou

23. "I knew that if I failed I wouldn't regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying." --Jeff Bezos

24. "Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead." --Nelson Mandela

25. "To achieve success is simple, just obey the rules of success."
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How to Discover Your Life Purpose.

 How do you discover your real purpose in life? I’m not talking about your job, your daily responsibilities, or even your long-term goals. I mean the real reason why you exist.

Perhaps you’re a rather nihilistic person who doesn’t believe you have a purpose and that life has no meaning. Doesn’t matter. Not
believing that you have a purpose won’t prevent you from discovering it, just as a lack of belief in gravity won’t prevent you from tripping. All that a lack of belief will do is make it take longer. Most likely though if you don’t believe you have a purpose, then you probably won’t believe what I’m saying anyway.

Here’s a story about Bruce Lee which sets the stage for this little exercise. A master martial artist asked Bruce to teach him everything Bruce knew about martial arts.
Bruce held up two cups, both filled with water. “The first cup,” said Bruce, “represents all of your knowledge about martial arts. The
second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts. If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty
your cup of your knowledge.”

If you want to discover your true purpose in life, you must first empty your mind of all the false purposes you’ve been taught (including
the idea that you may have no purpose at all).

So how do you discover your purpose in life? While there are many ways to do this, some of them fairly involved, here is one of the simplest that anyone can do. The more open
you are to this process, and the more you expect it to work, the faster it will work for you. But not being open to it or having doubts about it or thinking it’s an entirely
idiotic and meaningless waste of time won’t prevent it from working as long as you stick with it again, it will just take longer to converge.

Here’s what to do:

1) Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it’s faster).

2) Write at the top, “What is my true
purpose in life?”

3) Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head.

It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
Repeat step 3 until you write the
answer that makes you cry or with deep feeling. This is your purpose.

That’s it. It doesn’t matter if you’re a
counselor or an engineer or a bodybuilder. To some people this exercise will make perfect sense. To others it will seem utterly stupid.

Usually it takes 15-20 minutes to clear your head of all the clutter and the social conditioning about what you think your purpose in life is. The false answers will come from your mind and your memories.

But the truth of the matter is when the true answer finally arrives, it will feel like it’s coming to you from a
different source entirely. For those who are very entrenched in low-
awareness living, it will take a lot longer to get all the false answers out, possibly more than an a day.

But if you persist, after 100 or
200 or maybe even 500 answers, you’ll be struck by the answer that causes you to surge with emotion, the answer that breaks you. If you’ve never done this, it may very well sound silly to you. So let it seem silly, and do it anyway.

As you go through this process, some of your answers will be very similar. You may even re-list previous answers. Then you might
head off on a new tangent and generate 10-20 more answers along some other theme. And that’s fine. You can list whatever answer pops into your head as long as you
just keep writing. At some point during the process (typically
after about 50-100 answers), you may want to quit and just can’t see it converging. You may feel the urge to get up and make an excuse to do something else. That’s normal.

Push past this resistance, and just keep writing. The feeling of resistance will eventually pass.
You may also discover a few answers that seem to give you a mini-surge of emotion, but they don’t quite make you cry — they’re
just a bit off. Highlight those answers as you go along, so you can come back to them to generate new permutations. Each reflects a piece of your purpose, but individually they
aren’t complete. When you start getting these kinds of answers, it just means you’re getting warm. Keep going. It’s important to do this alone and with no interruptions.

If you’re a nihilist, then feel free
to start with the answer, “I don’t have a purpose,” or “Life is meaningless,” and take it from there. If you keep at it, you’ll still eventually converge. When I did this exercise, it took me three days, and I reached my final answer at step 106.

I felt the feeling of resistance (wanting to get up and do something else, expecting the process to fail, feeling very impatient and even irritated) around steps 45-50. At step 80 I took a 20- minute break to close my eyes, relax, clear my mind, and to focus on the intention for
the answer to come to me — this was helpful as the answers I received after this break
began to have greater clarity.

Here was my final answer: to live consciously and courageously, to resonate with love and
compassion, to awaken the great spirits within others, and to leave this world in peace.
When you find your own unique answer to the question of why you’re here, you will feel it resonate with you deeply. The words will
seem to have a special energy to you, and you will feel that energy whenever you read them.

Discovering your purpose is the easy part. The hard part is keeping it with you on a daily basis and working on yourself to the point where you become that purpose.

Hope Uchemadu, is a passionate motivational speaker,leadership,live and business coach, hire him to give an inspiring live changing presentation/talk  to your audience,club or religiuos groups. Call him now on 08031541827 or email him at info@hopeuchemadu.com  , follow him on twitter@HopeUchemadu
 
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