17 Motivational Quotes to Keep You Going

1) Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
—George Herbert

2) When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.
—Zig Ziglar

3) Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
—Ambrose Redmoon

4) Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. 
—C.S. Lewis

5) Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. 
—Og Mandino

6) Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
—Dale Carnegie

7) When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
— Elon Musk

8) The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. 

9) The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
—Rob Siltanen

10) Imagine your life is perfect in every respect; What would it look like?
—Brian Tracy

11) Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
—Steve Jobs

12) We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.
— Henry Link

13) Energy and persistence conquer all things.
—Benjamin Franklin

14) For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.
—Jack Canfield

15) Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.
—Bradley Whitford

16) Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
— Robert Louis Stevenson

17) A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.
—Nelson Mandela

It’s okay to not know

I was in my senior year of high school when I was asked for the millionth time by another “adult:” “What are you going to major in?”

I had no idea. Later that evening I was talking to my dad & I asked him what he thought I should major in. I’m sure he gave me some ideas but what I vividly remember from that conversation is him telling me that it’s also okay if I don’t know right now.

“It’s okay to not know.”

That answer seemed somewhat surprising after numerous teachers & “adults” spoke of how important it was to know what you were going to major in.

This advice gave me a huge sense of relief and I still use it today in a number of situations.

I went into college with no major, undeclared, for my first 2 years, then I actually had to decide.

I chose based off of what my interests were, not off of what would make me the most money, and I am happy with my choices. I have a degree in Sport Management, a minor in Business, and a Masters of Education degree.

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I wasn’t worried about the future when I entered college undeclared.

“Know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum.”
Mary Schmich

My focus was on the day at hand. My focus was to live life to the fullest while completing everything needed to graduate.

I knew that it was okay to not try to know exactly how my future would pan out, but to trust it would turn out well, and I took actions based on that faith, like this quote from Alan Watts:

 “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” 


But it can be easy to get caught up in worrying about the countless tasks you need to complete. I do that sometimes, but when I know I’m worrying I remind myself to focus on what I can do to return to peace of mind. 

Worry can be a motivator to get things done, but it can be a cage as well. Uncertainty lives with all of us, every single day. It’s always there, like gravity. How will you deal with it?

“The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty that you can comfortably live with.”
Tony Robbins

So it’s completely okay to not know.

“The only thing I know is that I know nothing.”

But what happens when you really want to know?

You want to know the answer.
You want to know what to do.
You want to know what will happen.

You want certainty in uncertain things and there are ways to create some certainty during uncertain times.


There are ways to create some certainty during uncertain times.

One way is to dwell in the idea that life is working out in everyone’s best interest, even during down times. And if you’re constantly hating your job then that could be life telling you to quit & find work that you enjoy.

—The second way is to focus on making progress.
If you really want to “grab life by the horns” and take control of your life, progress is key. You might feel stuck at a job you hate or lost in what you think you should do.


How can you make progress?


—Begin by asking yourself “what does my ideal life look like?”

Think about ideals in a variety of aspects in your life: Financial, relationships, career, hobbies, environment, etc.

This is the time to let go of any limiting beliefs you have and raise your standards. 

Even if you don’t believe you can have your ideal life just pretend for a moment and think about what it would look like.

—Know your “why.”

Why do you want your ideal life? Think about all your reasons. It could be for your happiness, to provide for your family, to start a charity, to buy a new car, etc.

—Take Action

Begin taking action toward your ideal life. Your reasons for making it happen will grow stronger from here.


Uncertainty surrounds us every day.

How will you make the most of it?



“The root of suffering is resisting the certainty that no matter what the circumstances, uncertainty is all we truly have.”
 Pema Chödrön

“We absolutely must leave room for doubt or there is no progress and there is no learning. There is no learning without having to pose a question. And a question requires doubt. People search for certainty. But there is no certainty. People are terrified — how can you live and not know? It is not odd at all. You only think you know, as a matter of fact. And most of your actions are based on incomplete knowledge and you really don’t know what it is all about, or what the purpose of the world is, or know a great deal of other things. It is possible to live and not know.”
Richard Feynman

“There are many things of which we are completely unaware—in fact, there are things of which we are so unaware, we don’t even know we are unaware of them.”
Donald Rumsfeld

“Suspecting and knowing are not the same.”
Rick Riordan

“People don’t know that they don’t know. Remember that before you hold it against them.”
Akiroq Brost

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.”
Gilda Radner

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
William Shakespeare

“Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.”
Richard Buckminster Fuller

“Beyond all sciences, philosophies, theologies, and histories, a child’s relentless inquiry is truly all it takes to remind us that we don’t know as much as we think we know.”
Criss Jami

The Collapse & Renewal of “The System”

Can you feel it?

The tensions rising along with the sea levels.

Awareness rising in the corruption that has contaminated the entire world from micro to macro levels and everything in between.

I know you can feel it. I can too.

We’re coming to a tipping point in the Systems we’ve built throughout the previous centuries.

These Systems can’t last if we want to last as a human race.

The game of Power, Corruption, and Deception are fading, making way for an up to date and well founded System.

Is it difficult to believe that it’s possible to have Systems built on Trust, Cooperation, Shared Success, and Forgiveness that disciplines with love and does not punish mindlessly?

When a baby is learning to walk and they fall, do you punish them?

Do you tell them “You’re no good. You’re never going to be able to walk. Don’t even try it. Go to your crib.”

Or do you lift them up and encourage them, knowing that they will walk one day.

In life, when we humans are learning to “human,” and we make a mistake we are usually punished for it.

There’s no love in punishment so there’s no real growth. I understand if you believe there is love in punishment because that is what recent generations have been raised to believe. But many many studies show how punishment is not working!

Here is an article from Psychology Today discussing the many ways punishment impacts your child, including how punishment does not teach your child accountability. Also 10 ways to guide children without punishment is included in this article.

Here is a Pinterest page sharing many articles on how to love your kids and others unconditionally as well as how to deal with aggressive or inappropriate behavior in others.

I don’t know the full solution but I do know that discipline with love would help.

Is that hard to do? Absolutely.

And it’s easy to punish.

We all know that beautiful things take time to flourish, such as a flower. It needs cared for and nurtured to grow. If we punish the flower by cutting part of it off it will never be able to blossom into the flower it is meant to become.

Of course there will be resistance and some discomfort against the new System, as there is with all fights for justice, but in the end “the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice,” as MLK Jr. once said.

They say if it’s not broken don’t fix it…But we’ve got ourselves a broken System.

I do love my country but don’t you also want a better life for future generations of all backgrounds?

Education. Politics. Athletics. Business. Hollywood. And just about all current Systems have some corruption within them.

You can’t blame them though. That’s just how it’s been. 

But it’s a new day. It’s a new era.

The shame blame game will hopefully come to an end and love with discipline can take its place.

No one is perfect, and until we can fully realize that and change how we deal with all our imperfections and how we treat each other, we just won’t last.

Who am I to write this? Just a flawed fellow human on this journey of life, trying to figure it out.

But we adapt. That’s what we do as humans. Look at history.

Shall we adapt once more?

If you believe in a new System you might also like this relative & unique rap song I recorded in the studio called “Cloud 9”

What methods do you believe would contribute to a more stable and just System?

Inspired Minds


Top 5 Inspired Mind Articles

1) 5 Life-Changing takeaways from the Book, “Way Of The Peaceful Warrior”
2) Interview with Netflix Star from Last Chance U, Ronald Ollie
3) Exclusive Justin Allen Interview
4) 45 Mind Opening & Inspiring Joe Rogan Quotes
5) Insightful & Life-Changing Ideas from Marcus Aurelius’s Book Meditations


August 1          Alan Watts Best 69 Quotes
February 21    30 Essential Messages from Emerson’s “Self-Reliance”
January 15      Exclusive Justin Allen Interview


December 9    The Heartfelt Speech Awakening People to Live a Life True to Themselves!
September 19      The Most Insightful & Life-Changing Ideas from Marcus Aurelius’s Book, “Meditations”
September 16      45 Mind Opening & Inspiring Joe Rogan Quotes
September 10     2 Ideas & 15+ Techniques to Help you Achieve a Clear Quiet Mind
May 31          6 Insights from a Retired Life Coach
May 18         Thoreau Pondering Quotes
April 23        5 Life-Changing takeaways from the Book, “Way Of The Peaceful Warrior”
April 19          4 Philosophy ideas that can bring you temporary peace


July 19             Interview with Youtuber Denise Vlogs
May 18             45 Life Lessons from a 90 year old
March 24        3 Takeaways from Mark Cuban’s Book, How to Win at the Sport of Business


December 10      10 Best Tips from Tim Ferriss
September 5     Interview with Netflix Star from Last Chance U, Ronald Ollie
April 22        Someone you should know: Derek Sivers


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Top 5 Lifestyle Articles

1) It’s okay to feel bad
2) Tricks to Motivate Yourself
3) 3 Transformative Messages from Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth”
4) Get more free time by using Parkinson’s Law!
5) Dream Big. How I got Involved with Acting



July 25      So Why Pandas?
July 25      Finding Your Writing Voice (Published on Lighthouse Writers)
July 18      How I Interned with the best selling author Ryan Holiday
July 11      Space Pioneers
April 25    Replace your FOMO with JOMO
March 26   Letter from a dying 27 year old
March 8   The Ultimate Parable on How to Escape the 9-5 and Do What You Love


October 19    3 Ways To Live a Life You Won’t Regret in 30 Years
April 4           Dream Big. How I got Involved with Acting
March 19       It’s okay to feel bad


April 28           Get more free time by using Parkinson’s Law!
April 21           My 3rd, 4th and 5th Weeks in Denver
March 28        My Second Week in Denver
March 21         My First Week in Denver


May 2                 Think Big and You’ll Live Big
April 21              Action Cures Fear
April 19             Tricks to Motivate Yourself




Top 5 Personal Development Articles

1) Explaining Precisely What Jim Carrey is trying to tell us. Plus Jim’s Illuminating Quotes
2) The Myth of Perfection
3) Two Monks: A Short Story On Living In The Moment
4) Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?
5) Question your Assumptions


August 15  Stop Waiting. Start Doing.
August 8   Define Success For Yourself and 49 Quotes
July 4         Finding Joy Now
June 27     Achieve Goals with Focus
June 20     How Laughing Can Improve Your Life
June 13     How to Succeed Through Failure
June 6       How Doubt Breeds REAL Confidence
May 30     It’s okay to not know
May 23    The Question IS The Answer
May 20    Why The Key To Being Successful Is Ignoring 99% Of What You Hear
May 16     In All Things, Use what Works for You
May 9       Stop Looking Back & Live Life like you’re Driving
May 2       Let Memento Mori Inspire You
April 18      How to Stop Comparing Yourself & Seize the Day
April 13     How to construct beneficial meaning from ALL life experiences
March 14     3 Transformative Messages from Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth”
February 14   The Collapse & Renewal of “The System”
January 23     Space is NOT the Final Frontier


December 15    Awaken the Ego
November 17    Explaining Precisely What Jim Carrey is trying to tell us. Plus Jim’s Illuminating Quotes.
October 3        The Basis for Global Equality & The One Thing That Will Truly Transform The World
July 9            The Myth of Perfection
June 28        Two Monks: A Short Story On Living In The Moment
May 3           Think Less to Live More
April 19          4 Philosophy ideas that can bring you temporary peace
April 11          Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?


October 5       3 Reasons to Create a World Anthem and a New American National Anthem
July 20            Question your Assumptions
July 18             Life is NOT about making Money
June 21            6 Human Needs; Why all people do what they do

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Here we are.  Join me on this journey of living life to the fullest.  My name is Ken Thompson and I will be posting a wide range of content: Motivation, tips and tricks of the most successful, book reviews, traveling stories, and much more.

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