These Quotes Will Inspire You To Do Great Things

If you read through this list of 65 quotes from leaders and thinkers, a pattern emerges; to grow and to experience life is to take risk. This is true for entrepreneurs, business owners, students, everyone who want to live life to its fullest.

Take risk, leap, run, just let go of your own expectations and truly discover what life has in store for you. If you do the same thing every day, live the same way, you will always get the same thing; you cannot hope to become better or experience anything spectacular. As Deepak Chopra said “The Universe has no restrictions. It has no understanding of restrictions. It is us who place restrictions on the universe with our own expectations.”

So here’s a challenge for all of us today; write down all the things that we think we’ll never do; rock-climbing, public speaking, write a book, learn a new language, quit that stagnant job, whatever your mind tells your heart that are undoable. List them and that would be your resolution for the new year.

If there is one thing that I have learnt over the years, it is that there is truly unlimited possibilities in life. Possibilities come with new connections and those connections come from you moving out from your comfort zone and trying new things. Becoming comfortable in wherever you are now is the sign of atrophy. Your body and mind deteriorate and before you know it, there will be a dearth of excitement and creativity in your life and then come the downward spiral into mediocrity and “safe” actions. You will be cruising into oblivion.

Determine to do some new things each month and a big project each year and see how you could experience all the riches that life offers. And as Steve Jobs said “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Allow these amazing quotes to dare you:

  1. “Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” —Mark Twain
  2. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” —Lao Tzu
  3. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” —T. S. Eliot
  4. “Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.” —Unknown
  5. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I … I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” —Robert Frost
  6. “Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.” —Oprah Winfrey
  7. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” —Tony Robbins
  8. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” —Jim Rohn
  9. “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” —Sheryl Sandberg
  10. “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” —Peter F. Drucker
  11. “Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” —e. e. cummings
  12. “If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” —Donald Trump
  13. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” —Andre Gide
  14. “The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” —Chuck Palahniuk
  15. “You can’t outwit fate by trying to stand on the sidelines and place little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything to play the game, or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play, you can’t win.” —Judith McNaught
  16. “If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough.” —Mario Andretti
  17. “Everyone has a ‘risk muscle.’ You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don’t, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day.” —Roger von Oech
  18. “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” —Oprah Winfrey
  19. “The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” —Leo F. Buscaglia
  20. “Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” —Denis Waitley
  21. “You can measure opportunity with the same yardstick that measures the risk involved. They go together.” —Earl Nightingale
  22. “The universe has no restrictions. You place restrictions on the universe with your expectations.” —Deepak Chopra
  23. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” —Mary Schmich
  24. “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” —Pablo Picasso
  25. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” —Steve Jobs
  26. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” —Jim Rohn
  27. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” —Aristotle
  28. “There’s something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk.” —Drew Barrymore
  29. “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” —Dhirubhai Ambani
  30. “You don’t concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.” —Chuck Yeager
  31. ”The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. “ —Mark Caine
  32. “Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.” —Deepak Chopra
  33. “Creative people who can’t help but explore other mental territories are at greater risk, just as someone who climbs a mountain is more at risk than someone who just walks along a village lane.” —R. D. Laing
  34. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” —Steve Jobs
  35. “The most important thing to remember is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” —W. E. B. Du Bois
  36. “Leap and the net will appear.” —Zen saying
  37. “Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act.” —Maxwell Maltz
  38. “I don’t think you’re human if you don’t get nervous.” —Sidney Crosby
  39. “There can be no vulnerability without risk. There can be no community without vulnerability. There can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.” —M. Scott Peck
  40. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” —John A. Shedd
  41. “Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” —Walter Anderson
  42. “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” —Tim Ferriss
  43. “You’ve got to keep fighting; you’ve got to risk your life every six months to stay alive.” —Elia Kazan
  44. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan
  45. “Because if you’re prepared and you know what it takes, it’s not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there.” —Mark Cuban
  46. “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” —Ellen DeGeneres
  47. “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” —Soren Kierkegaard
  48. “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  49. “The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!” —Gen. George S. Patton
  50. “Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself.” —J. B. Priestley
  51. “Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk—and to act.” —Andre Malraux
  52. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. “ —J.K. Rowling
  53. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” —Chinese Proverb
  54. “Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” —Katherine Mansfield
  55. “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” —Jack Canfield
  56. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.” —H. Jackson Brown
  57. “When you play it too safe, you’re taking the biggest risk of your life. Time is the only wealth we’re given.” —Barbara Sher
  58. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” —George Addair
  59. “Screw it, Let’s do it!” —Richard Branson
  60. “You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.” —Marissa Mayer
  61. “Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” —Billy Wilder
  62. “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” —Albert Einstein
  63. “Only those who play win. Only those who risk win. History favors risk-takers. Forgets the timid. Everything else is commentary.” —Iveta Cherneva
  64. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” —Ayn Rand
  65. “Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” —Cadet maxim
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