Everyone needs a little motivation, especially for new beginnings. Whether you decide to print and tape these to your wall or have them as your desktop wallpaper, these powerful words are bound to shed a little more light and purpose on the things you do each day. (You might even want to bookmark this article for the times you’re feeling a little low or burned out.)
- For the distracted dreamer
“It does not do good to dwell on dreams and forget how to live” – J.K. Rowling
2. When dealing with failure in any aspect
“Success is the ability to go from on failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill
Did you know?: Sir Churchill was known to have performed very poorly at school, and barely made it into military training due to his low marks. He was particular skilled, however, about studying foreign languages and enjoyed history subjects as well as writing English compositions. He later on won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for many of his unpublished works.
3. For the times when you’re feeling drained
“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Did you know?: Eleonor Roosevelt’s father suffered from acute alcoholism and narcotic addiction, and had later on been admitted into an asylum in France. Within a span of only two years (for different reasons), Eleanor had lost her father, mother, and four-year-old brother. She had difficulty learning basic reading skills, but later on proved to be excellent at writing in French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
4. On taking risks and trying new things
“God placed the best things in life on the other side of maximum terror” – Will Smith
Did you know?: Will Smith had first achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name Fresh Prince. His parents had separated when he was only 13, and divorced in the year 2000. At one point in 1990, he’d almost turned bankrupt with a $2.8 billion tax debt, until the NBC TV network had offered him a contract for his first sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
5. For the days when big projects seem overwhelming to begin with
“Fortunate are those who take the first steps” – Paulo Coelho
Did you know?: Because of his constant rebellion as a teenager, Paulo Coelho’s parents had him admitted to an asylum three times. He had drifted along numerous professions until the age of 36, which is the time when he wrote his first book, “The Pilgrimage”.
6. When you aren’t sure how you’ll survive another year of schooling
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then doing what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi
7. On constantly improving oneself
“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” – Bryan Stevenson
8. On choosing your new squad wisely
“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” – Jalal ad-Din Rumi
9. For when you get into the tricky balancing act of acads vs. lakads (or joining new orgs)
“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” – John Maxwell
10. On dealing with bullies
“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. When they go low, we go high.” – Michelle Obama