Humans, are by design a pessimist creature who have learned to weigh-in all the costs and consequences before they take any action. Though this approach is largely beneficial and saves us from common pitfalls, it also at the same time holds us back from achieving glowing success. It is in those times we feel held back or hopeless that we crave some words of wisdom to help guide us through. Since it is impossible to filter and rank millions of quotes from thousands of great people who steered the course of history, we present you a modest list of 7 that you must follow to get your daily dose of inspiration:
1. To Succeed in life, you need two things- Ignorance and Confidence- Mark Twain
While confidence is obvious, it may seem bizarre at first to see ignorance as an ingredient to success, but if you think deeper, it all starts to make sense. Many of us never achieve success primarily because we value the opinions of others too much and hence do no achieve our true potential. Twain beautifully suggests to stay ignorant to such opinions and stay confident in our belief.
2. You attitude, not your aptitude, will determine you altitude- Zig Ziglar
Playing beautifully with words, Ziglar here puts forward a very inspiring and true fact of our society- the most successful people we see are not the smartest people around. So, being smart will definitely won’t hurt but keeping a positive attitude is much more important to achieve success in life.
3. It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.- Mark Twain
Also sometimes attributed to Lincoln, this quote with a hint of sarcasm is one of the finest to show the power of effective communication and even the art of listening. Often in hurry to make an impression people start speaking without checking their facts first, which beside putting them in bad light, also tampers their reputation for future.
4. If you are going through hell, keep going- Winston Churchill
This simple yet powerful quote from former British prime minister talks about perseverance. People in turbulent times often get hopeless and immediately start to look out for short-cuts, which invites further troubles. Churchill here suggests us to accept the bad times as it is and muster all our patience and persistence to suffer through it.
5. I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work- Thomas Edison
When asked about his successive failures at forming the filament for light bulb, the Edison simply replied- ‘I know 1000 ways how not to make a light bulb’. This is an attitude we need to follow while embracing our failures and ensuring we get something out of them as well.
6. Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative- Oscar Wilde
Consistency is generally considered a fine quality that reflects a persons’ competence and command over their field. But consistency on other hand also signals an absence of innovation. Unlike those who are incapable of new thoughts and hence settle for mediocre consistency, you should always strive to be original and shoot for perfection.
7. Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face- Mike Tyson
Coming from one of the greatest boxers of all time, this quote is more of a reflection of experience than sheer abstract thought. It simply tells you that planning can only take you so far, in the end, it is the improvisation and the leaps of faith that you take will guarantee your victory.