A single inspirational quote can resonate to the very core and inspire changes which last a lifetime.
Through struggle, perseverance, and self-reflection, some people have shared deep wisdom and mottos to live by that anyone can learn from.
Life can be confusing and many people feel like theirs lacks direction or focus. In these moments, it helps to read a few words by those who have found their calling and lived life to the full.
Read on to discover some of the best life quotes out there.
10 Mottos to Live By
Words are powerful and it’s often taken for granted how powerful the words of one’s own thoughts can be too.
A mindset that is strengthened by wisdom, positivity, and inspiration will always be prepared to persevere through any challenge. Ridding the mind of negative thoughts and replacing them with betters ones is the first step to making real change.
1. “Nothing in this world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.” – Theodore Roosevelt
There is not a single person in the world who made something of themselves without a struggle. Even the Buddha, who was born into royalty, had to leave his palace and suffer amongst the poor, and alone before he found enlightenment.
We rarely need motivation when we’re in a good mood. And Teddy Roosevelt’s words are important because they speak to those having a terrible day.
It lets them know that their struggle, their frustration, is a sign that they are doing something worthwhile.
2. “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.” – George Carlin
It’s impossible to truly know what will happen in a day until it’s already over.
Anything could happen, good or bad, and those who let the bad moments affect them make their day worse.
So what if that guy didn’t indicate when changing lanes, or that dog owner didn’t pick up after their dog? Being angry about it won’t make the day better but letting it go definitely will.
3. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Many people pour a lot of time, money, and energy into trying to improve themselves. Often, it can feel like they make no progress at all leading some to give up.
When starting something new or pursuing a dream, the worst thing anyone can do is give up. Because then it is guaranteed that it will be all for nothing.
The best thing is to keep trying or practicing continually, no matter what.
Every day may seem like minuscule baby steps. But after a year and longer, those steps will add up to great achievements.
4. “Do more for the world than it does for you.” – Henry Ford
Hard as it is to believe, when cars were first invented, people thought they were dangerous contraptions set to explode. It took many years of car enthusiasts and engineering competitions for the general public to begin to accept them.
It is never a good idea to do something and expect a reward or recognition in return. Learning to value oneself and take pride in one’s work is a crucial and important step in anyone’s life.
To do this, it is essential to do great work for the sake of doing great work only. This method has pushed many to achieve great things despite the criticism and hatred they faced at the time.
5. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Suzy Kassem
It is incredibly hard for people to continue to believe in themselves when all they seem to do is fail.
If they begin to doubt their potential for success and hesitate in the future, then they will begin holding themselves back. The more someone begins to think they can’t do something, the more likely it is to come true.
It is repeated by successful people all over the world and throughout history. If you fail, try and try again.
Through this, many have found their dreams coming true in completely unexpected ways.
6. “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” – Oprah Winfrey
Nobody said you can immediately live out your dreams and love what you do. Even those who had a clear idea of what they wanted took years (sometimes even decades) before it happened.
For example, if a young person wanted to be a life coach, they can’t just get a qualification and expect people will pay money for their advice. They need to live life first, have a job, relationships, etc. before they can tell others how to live theirs.
So instead of getting to do what they want, they will have to do jobs they don’t like, and experience heartache, and struggle. But in doing so they will become a stronger and more empathetic life coach in the future.
What’s important is to learn from every experience, good and bad, and take those lessons forward with you.
7. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn
Motivation is a fickle and fleeting emotion. People can feel suddenly inspired at 3 AM, or a feel a drive to do something more meaningful while at their office desk.
But when they finally get some free time to do something about it, they don’t. Instead, they may watch TV or sit slouched in a chair scrolling endlessly on their phone.
Anyone who waits until “the right moment” comes along will find themselves rarely achieving anything.
The real driver to success is having the discipline to work hard and put in the effort even if there’s no feeling of motivation.
8. “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain
There is a finite amount of time in the day and finite amount of thoughts and information a mind can deal with at once.
If someone dwells on worries and concerns, then they are simply wasting their time and mental energy. This same person may even say that their concerns are legitimate and could definitely happen.
What they fail to realize is that they could just as easily think of positive outcomes that are equally likely to happen.
The best use of time, of course, would be to not think about any outcomes and simply work hard to ensure the best one possible.
9. “Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” – Mary Retton
Think about someone who complains about everything versus someone who talks about ideas they’ve had or dreams of theirs.
Who would be the best to spend time with?
This applies to all aspects of life from family and friends to work and networking. People want to surround themselves with other positive people because they can help each other out.
It doesn’t mean they’re positive all the time, but they know they have a network to rely on if they ever feel down.
Being such a person creates multiple opportunities and always means there will be someone willing to help.
10. “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” – Walt Disney
Consider love songs. The idea of meeting someone, falling in love, and being with them forever (or breaking up) is sung about over and over again.
But people still listen to new songs about the same stories because the individual artist has added their own unique twist to it. A different sound, a new perspective, or a surprising insight. Even if the topic is the same, the most successful come from those who do something different.
It’s so common to say everyone is unique it’s easy to forget how powerful that statement really is. No one in the history of mankind has ever lived the same life as someone else.
In short, everyone has something new they can bring to the world, they just need to accept themselves.
Whether starting a project, stuck on a problem, or scared to do something new, hopefully, these quotes have struck a chord.
Having mottos to live by is a great way to continue to improve and inspire oneself every day. Check out other motivational posts on this site and start making dreams a reality.