Proud dad this week. My son heads off to Cambridge University on Friday. He’s 18 and so has always absolutely hated the motivational quotes I love and have tried to push on him over the years.
So, what have I done?
Made him his very own book, with 50 of them in there.
He will possibly burn it. I hope he doesn’t.
I wish I had been given this at 18.
So much wisdom and shortcutting of experience.
They are listed below – I hope you can pick one that means something to you … 🦉
- Good intentions never work, you need good mechanisms to make anything happen
- Be great in small ways and then look back in a year.
- Building good habits now helps you to do more of what you want in the future.
- It’s easier to stay in shape than get in shape. Maintain your progress.
- Optimise for your interests not your happiness. Happiness is momentary. Interest has more meaning.
- Have a dream. Make a plan.
- Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
- If you refuse to quit you cannot fail.
- Many problems are minor when you solve them immediately. They grow when you let them linger. Fix it now!
- The time to worry is three months before a flight. Decide if the goal is worth the risk. If it is, stop worrying. Worrying is another hazard. – Amelia Earhart
- The prepared person is positioned to benefit from unexpected opportunities.
- Often what stands between you and what you really want is a better set of questions.
- Do what you say you’re going to do and exceed expectations. That alone will set you ahead of the crowd.
- Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life!
- The view changes once you start walking. You don’t need all the answers now. New paths get revealed if you have the courage to get started.
- Many rewards will elude you if you’re not willing to get a little uncomfortable first.
- Success changes, depending on where it gets measured. You’re not failing, you’re in the middle of succeeding.
- If you resist the reality of slow progress, five years from now, you’ll be five years older and still looking for a shortcut.
- Always do something a little different. There’s then a great potential for reward.
- People forget numbers and charts, but everyone remembers a great story.
- You can’t remove struggle from your life, but you can improve your ability to handle change.
- Those who believe they can do it and those who don’t, are both right.
- What am I continuing to do out of habit, which is no longer serving me?
- The dog that chases two rabbits goes hungry.
- Think about what you want today and you’ll ‘spend’ your time. Think about what you want in 5 years and you’ll ‘invest’ your time.
- Too much challenge makes life hard. But so does too little.
- On things you don’t enjoy. Rephrase it. You don’t ‘have to’ … you ‘get to’
- Not enough time, resources or connections? OR not enough courage? Is that the real bottleneck?
- A ship is safe in harbour. That’s not what ships are built for.
- The quality of your relationships will determine the quality of your life.
- You can’t control the traffic, the weather or your boss. You therefore must learn to control YOU
- Your response to failure determines your capacity for success.
- We exist temporarily through what we take. We live forever on what we give.
- Be first. Say hello first …. Smile first.
- Working on a problem reduces the fear of it. It’s hard to fear something even if progress is slow or imperfect.
- If it’s not a ‘hell yeah!’ it’s a ‘hard no’.
- Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. The world needs more people who have come alive!
- Don’t take it personally when someone lets you down.
- If you don’t like it, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
- Always give value, before you ask for value.
- Your current habits are perfectly designed to deliver your current results.
- Just beyond yourself is where you need to be.
- Life is too short not to be pursuing the best opportunity you know of.
- It’s easier to hold your principles 100% of the time, than 98% of the time.
- One day you’ll look back and realise that you worried too much about things which don’t matter.
- Real wealth is not about money, it’s about freedom.
- The hardest part about solving a problem is actively defining it.