When I was in college, I had post-it notes all over my wall. Each note contained a quote that I had heard and thought powerful. Every time I would take my pen to the paper, I felt that I was engraving the wisdom into me. I realize how powerful it is to model, especially by remembering the great words that were once captured in the past. One day I had began to compile these notes into a document, though I never finished. Part of that document is what I present to you below. This stuff is powerful. Don’t just breeze through these quotes, you’ll be wasting your time. Read them slowly, pause, absorb, and embrace; then move to the next.

“When you find a fear, that fear will either create you or destroy you.” – Greg Plitt

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

“The thing you typically want to do the least is the thing you actually need to do the most.” – Unknown

“You are always going to face forces that can bring you to your knees.” – Gabrielle Hamilton

“Where there is a will, there is a way.” – Les Brown

“I’ll pass on the good in order to get to the great.” – Jaret Grossman

“Be positive no matter what.” – Les Brown

“This is not a job. This is a joy.” – Ralph Lauren

“I was born to speak. I got in trouble as a kid for talking. I already knew it was a strength.” – Eric Thomas

“We walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7

“Don’t say, ‘I’m having a bad day’. Say, ‘I’m having a character-building day.’” – Les Brown

“A masterpiece starts with a single stroke.” – We Came as Romans

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

“How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?” – Harry S. Truman

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.” – Vernon Law

“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.” – Ronald Reagan

“…at any moment, to be able to sacrifice what you are, for who you will become.” – Eric Thomas

“They’ll spot you from far when you’re a stand-out” – Joe Budden

“They don’t understand the process I went through and how much I had to believe in myself…” – 50 Cent

“Establish a network of people in your life that you can count on.” – Les Brown

“Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.” James Freeman Clark

“Sunshine is only special when you’ve seen the rain and the clouds for so long.” – Jaret Grossman

“When life knocks you down try to land on your back because if you can look up, you can get up.” – Les Brown

“The mind has to be empty to see clearly.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“There are 86,400 seconds in a day. Those seconds are critical.” – Eric Thomas

“You have to want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe!” – Eric Thomas

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” – René Descartes

“The brave man is he who overcomes not only his enemies but his pleasures.” – Democritus

“Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but of how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.” – Immanuel Kant

“Even while they teach, men learn.” – Seneca the Younger

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” ― J.K. Rowling

“If you want to be thoroughly confident in it, you must become obsessed with it.” – CT Fletcher

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

““Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill

“They will tell you that you ‘can’t’ because they have no idea what is in your heart and what you are capable of.” – Layne Norton

“They can crack jokes. They can sit back and analyze and criticize and make all the fun they want. But I’m living my life, I’m doing it. What are you doing?” – Kai Greene

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