Today, as promised, I wanted to share with you my TOP-10 motivational quotes which have helped me to fight negative or sabotaging thoughts. These thoughts can be dangerous because they might stop you from moving in a new and unknown direction. If you have read my previous posts, you will know by now that I’ve even printed out some of these phrases and made them visible, so I don’t forget that I CAN change my life personally and financially!
Without further ado, please find below these inspiring quotes, along with the person who shared them with the world:
- “Hard work is so often the answer. The question is so often irrelevant”, by Ross Edgley. In case you don’t know him, Ross Edgley was the first person to swim all the way around Great Britain. He has written a book about this journey, called The Art of Resilience. I highly recommend it! You can find this book in my library.
- “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”, by Arthur Ashe. This iconic American tennis player, was the first black winner of a major men’s singles championship. He was also the first black player selected to the US Davis Cup team. Arthur Ashe contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during a heart bypass surgery in 1983. He announced his illness in 1992 and began working to educate others about HIV. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death from AIDS related pneumonia at the age of 49.
- “Done is better than perfect” and “We all live some form of Option B”, by Sheryl Sandberg. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Facebook, but it wasn’t an easy journey for her. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl was sure that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience: It is a muscle that everyone can build. She wrote some time after this life-changing event, a book called Option B. I personally recommend this very inspiring book, as none of us can escape sadness, loss or life’s disappointments, the best choice is to find our Option B in life.
- “If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires”, by Malcom Gladwell. He is an English born Canadian journalist, author and speaker. He is the author of 5 memorable books, some of them, like Blink or Outliers are often quoted among the best non fiction books available.
- “Your weaknesses will never develop, while your strengths will develop infinitely”, by Donald O. Clifton. He spent over 40 years studying the strengths of great leaders. He became the “father” of the worldwide strengths movement: Humans enjoy substantial success when they know, develop and use their strengths in work and life. Nowadays, Clifton’s book Strengths from Gallup can help an individual to understand better who they are and what makes them unique. I highly recommend his book. It has helped me a lot to understand my strengths, and more importantly, how to use them both professionally and personally.
- “To others, being wrong is a source of shame. To me, recognizing my mistakes is a source of pride. There is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes”, by George Soros. Soros is a Hungarian-born, American businessman and philanthropist. However, I found this quote in the book The Emotionally Intelligent Investor, written by Ravee Metha. So it’s fair that I also mention him in Soro’s quote. While Metha’s book may be set for the world of trading and stocks, the ideas within can be applied much more broadly. In fact, this is an in-depth study about the way we make decisions and a guide to how we can make better ones. Metha argues that the best decisions will be different for every person. He also shows that best decisions come by applying the human characteristics of introspection, emotion and intuition; in other words, how self-awareness, intuition and empathy drive performance.
- “Your enemy is yourself. Unawareness of your own unawareness is the source of all failures”, by Fernando Trias de Bes. He is an Spanish entrepreneur that cofounded the marketing consulting firm Salvetti & Llombart. He is also the author of several books on marketing, innovation and economics, and he is an Associate Professor at ESADE Business School. His book “The Little Black Book of Entrepreneurship” is a very helpful guide to assessing one’s personal entrepreneurial aptitude, written for anyone seriously considering starting a business of any kind.
- “If you do not find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die”, by Warren Buffett. You surely know about him, but just in case, I’ll write a few lines about this finance guru: Warren Buffett is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He was born in Nebraska in 1930. He is currently the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, and he is considered one of the most successful investors in the world with a net worth over $116 billions as of May 2022. On a side note, Buffett first took control of Berkshire Hathaway, a small textile company, in 1965. A share changed hands for $18 at the time. Forty-eight letters to shareholders later, the same share traded for $134,060, compounding investor capital at just under 21% per year, a multiplier of 7,448 times.
- “An important distinction is that rich people buy luxuries last, while the poor and middle class tend to buy luxuries first”, by Robert Kiyosaki. It has been more than 20 years since Robert Kiyosaki’s book Rich Dad Poor Dad made waves as the Personal Finance unwritten or discussed topic. After all this time, I believe that the messages of his book, are even more meaningful, relevant and important today than they were 25 years ago.
- “It matters less how much more you make than what you do with what you already have”, by Thomas J. Stanley. I’ve already mentioned this exceptional writer in one of my previous posts. But this sentence is the essence of Passive Income. How can you find ways to make your savings grow? The answer to this question will bring you success in finding your own passive income.
You might be thinking that this post is a bit more complex than just my TOP-10 quotations, and I fully agree! I’ve personally read all these books a few times, and I really think that is key to understanding yourself very well, including your strengths, motivations and weaknesses before making a big change in your professional life. You will see that the extraordinary people that shared this wisdom with the world, have completely different backgrounds, nationalities or professional careers. However, all of them have some characteristics in common: they all have succeed in their lives, despite facing terrible challenges. All of them give us brilliant knowledge on how we can succeed in anything we want to do, just from different angles or perspectives.
You might think that trying to generate some passive income is not a big challenge. However, in my experience, this journey has been a big change in my life. So you better get ready for it!
My recommendation for you, dear reader, is to invest a good amount of time in order to understand yourself better. For example, why don’t you keep a diary with all your motivations, strengths and weaknesses during this process?
I believe it’s key to have the right mentality before starting this journey, and this has been my intention during these first 6 posts: to give you some ideas and tools to challenge yourself, and hopefully, you will be able to create a strong “Iron Man & Woman” mentality that will help you to accomplish your goals on this journey.
In my next post, I will do a wrap-up article to ensure you have all the take-aways from all of my posts so far in this category. Later, we will move on to the next chapter, and we’ll start discovering different options of how to start generating passive income. As always, thanks for reading!