Recently I was given amazing advice from someone I respect and trust that was succinct, honest, informed and personal. Sage advice is a priceless gift that just keeps on giving. Getting some words at the right time can aid in powering through a rough patch and can even sub-consciously linger; ready and able to re-emerge when triggered by doubt, despair or detractors. The good news, advice is free… the bad news, my Dad used to say, the only advice you pay for is the advice you don’t take.
That said, I’ve found it’s important to be discerning in who I trust and who I get (and give, for that matter) advice from, and every now and then I need some inspiration but am not in close proximity to my network. In those moments, I keep these inspirational quotes handy, offering sound guidance that’s also when quick uplift is necessary. Like them? I often Instagram stuff like this, so come check me out there too…
“Feelings aren’t facts”
“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you will see the world.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”
“The easiest way to be creative: try something different even if you know it won’t work.”
“Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” – Malachy McCourt
“Maybe all one can hope for is to end up with the right regrets.” -Arthur Miller
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar
“Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor.” – Stephen Sondheim
“Be not the slave of your own past.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In the end it will all turn out ok. If its not ok, it’s not yet the end.”
“Love is that condition on which another person’s happiness is essential to your own.” – Unknown
“Tolerance isn’t a virtue, it’s a responsibility.” (I actually said this in a twitter post, although I’m sure I’m not the first).
“If you’re not failing, you’re not trying.” – My former boss
“Nice is different than… good.” -Stephen Sondheim
“When the pain of where you are exceeds the fear of where you’re going…you’ll move.” – Dot T.
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