Ways These Simple Profound Quotes Can Improve Your Life

“Unthinkable respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” — Albert Einstein.

Bassey Elimian
Jan 11 · 6 min read
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Focus on your talent and ability.

7. “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” — Albert Einstein

This is an example of comparing oranges and apples. For example, in the US, most high school students take the SAT. The SAT’s questions are selectively favored a particular race, income, parents’ education, gender, and social class, and society expects the same correct answers from all test takers.

However, colleges and universities unconsciously expect a high test score from all their applicants from different life experiences or backgrounds.

Many parents often expect the same A+ in Chemistry on a report card from their oldest and youngest children.

Focus on your talent and ability.

Celebrate and use your strengths to make things happen in your life. And most importantly, inspire and empower others to focus on their hidden strengths/skills for a successful life as they defined it.

Respect is what you do for yourself first, then others.

6. “I respect myself and insist on it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.” — Maya Angelou

Some people don’t respect themselves, and sometimes they’re disrespectful because of ignorance. Never miss an opportunity to teach people how to respect you and themselves.

It starts with me. I respect myself, and sometimes, I show people how to respect me, from my family members, clients to Jane, who wants to jump in my face to take a turn on a supermarket checkout line.

Be bold and brilliant with your communication skills. Be assertive and let people know what you want and how you want to be treated.

Question authority for your own good.

5. “Unthinkable respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” — Albert Einstein

It tags worshiping authority figures.

Unthinkable respect for authority is a culture that can ruin lives and creativity — question authority for your own good.

I’m a Nigerian. My observation shows in some parts of Nigeria; many people worship authority figures such as parents and pastors. Some parents can tell their adult children to kill people, and they will do it without asking WHY?

And many pastors in Nigeria can do as they please with their followers without the fear of the rule of law. Many pastors’ words replace the Bible, scientists, and well-researched studies or history.

Be an independent thinker. If things are not right, ask relevant and stupid questions.

As a human being, work on your insecurity and take your power back.

4. “Too much respect for people who are not respectful to you is a sure sign of insecurity.” — Alice Walker.

Society and family create a hierarchy that operates on “know your place.” The current day brainwashing and mind-controlling is a divide and rule system that created the oppressor and the victim mindset rule.

The mentality is that certain groups of people deserve too much respect and others deserve none. Some people unconsciously remove themselves from certain careers, positions, thoughts, power, and most importantly, deprive themselves of self-respect and self-determination. Are you happy with your victim mindset?

It goes like this, “my boss said that”, “my mother said it”, “in my culture, we don’t do that”, “my church forbids that”, or “I shouldn’t think big or move or laugh.” I think the victim syndrome drives many people crazy and perpetuates the community ‘cage.’

As human beings, we all have insecurity in some areas of our life. Work on your insecurity and be the person you want to be.

Take pride in what you do and have.

3. “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” — Clint Eastwood

You can write down the adjectives you prefer to use to describe yourself and others. Choose your words carefully and pay attention to how your actions send a signal to the universe.

As a reminder, capital letters after our name or our job position rarely give us respect, but often how we treat ourselves and our environment.

Are you proud of yourself, your family, your community, and your job?

I learned a lot from Mary. She owns a cleaning business and cleans our office building. She dresses neatly with her top-notched makeup. She loves herself — she does her job with a smile and pride. Mary asks questions about colleges for her children and seeks investment information. She treats herself with respect. She is a powerful woman in our office building.

Be conscious and choose not to undermine your confidence in any way or with anyone. Take pride in what you do and have. Study someone you admire or study a well-written book with practical examples.

Form a habit of respecting everyone with boldness and joyfulness.

2. “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the university’s president.” — Albert Einstein.

This quote is a challenging one for some of us. Can we really “speak to everyone in the same way”?

As humans beings, we prefer shining objects, and we tend to respect fancy things or positions than real people.

Check your ego when dealing with people who can’t help you or reciprocate your favor in any way. For example, people without power, money, a million followers, or first-class cliques.

We can form a habit of respecting everyone with boldness and joyfulness.

In my church small group: Joy, a middle-aged woman who wears a work uniform, arrived on time, but all seats were taken. She stood beside a middle-aged man as she listened to the group’s discussion. Kate, a young attorney, walked in, and the same middle-aged man, stood up and invited her to sit down. Kate looked at Joy and said, “you were here before me.” Joy responded, “Yes,” She sat down and thanked Kate.

Our character always speaks louder when we are in a group with people who look or sound like us or have what we have.

Do something when you see something — make the world a better place. Speak up for yourself and people with less influence.

Do what works for you and what makes you sleep well at night.

1. “We have a world full of women who are unable to exhale fully because they have for so long been conditioned to fold themselves into shapes to make themselves likable.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

As a woman, this is my favorite quote.

As women, self-respect can cost us many things, but respect for ourselves always intact. Sheryl Sandberg explains how women suffer a “likeability penalty.” What is your experience?

Rarely would you be likable or a darling of the crowd and be respected. We cannot have both. Either being respected with your voice, or you choose likability with others’ voices directing your life.

You have a choice of self-respect or being liked. It’s not one- size- fit-all because some of us have more privilege than others.

Do what works for you and what makes you sleep well at night.

Remember:

These take away from the quotes can help you improve your life. Life is good; live well.

  • Focus on your talent and ability.
  • Do what works for you and what makes you sleep well at night.
  • Form a habit of respecting everyone with boldness and joyfulness.
  • Take pride in what you do and have.
  • As a human being, work on your insecurity and take your power back.
  • Question authority for your own good.
  • Respect is what you do for yourself first, then others.

You always have a choice to open your eyes or shut them if you are not a blind person.

Help yourself grow.

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Bassey Elimian

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LMSW🧠Social Worker* Lifestyle Consultant* Health/Recovery Coach* I enjoy putting things together• I write stories that help you grow @bybassey. Kulifestyle.com

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LMSW🧠Social Worker* Lifestyle Consultant* Health/Recovery Coach* I enjoy putting things together• I write stories that help you grow @bybassey. Kulifestyle.com

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We write practical lifestyle stories to help you grow. Live, learn, grow, and share. We share our point of view to inspire, motivate, encourage, and empower you to take action.

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