1) If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.
—Bishop T.D. Jakes
2) Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
— Steve Jobs
3) I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.
— Georgia O’Keefe
4) If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.
— Nora Roberts
5) A year from now you may wish you had started today.
6) How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
— Anne Frank
7) 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 the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Mark Twain
8) You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
— C.S. Lewis
9) Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
— Joseph Campbell
10) When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
— Helen Keller
11) Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
12) There are those who work all day. Those who dream all day. And those who spend an hour dreaming before setting to work to fulfill those dreams. Go into the third category because there’s virtually no competition.
— Steven J. Ross
13) The Man Who Has Confidence In Himself Gains The Confidence Of Others.
— Hasidic Proverb
14) The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
— Amelia Earhart
15) Follow your own passion—not your parents’, not your teachers’—yours.
16) All progress takes place outside of your comfort zone.
— Michael Bobak
17) The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Vincent Van Gogh, Michael Jordan, Thomas Edison, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg, Dr. Seuss, Oprah, Steve Jobs, Elvis Presley, Mark Cuban, and just about every other successful person.
What do all these people have in common?
Failure. Rejections. People doubting them.
But they also had & have perseverance & belief in their vision.
It’s more than a mindset.
It’s a pull.
Life pulls people toward their destiny but few people listen to life.
“Be in the world but not of the world.”
The world tells you to settle.
Life, the infinite, gives you signs of what you should do—your passions, hobbies, interests, etc.
But the world tells you you can’t do that as a career.
They tell you you’ll fail.
And you will. At first.
But in time you will succeed.
“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”
• J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter book was rejected 12 times before it was accepted.
• Dr. Suess’s first book was rejected 28 times before it was accepted.
• Stephen King’s first book, Carrie, was rejected by 30 publishers before it was accepted.
• Oprah was told she wasn’t fit to be on television.
• Steve Jobs was fired from the company that HE CREATED!
• Thomas Edison talks about failing over 10,000 times.
• Walt Disney experienced bankruptcy and a mental breakdown
• Vincent Van Gogh only sold ONE painting during his lifetime…He made over 900 paintings.
They never gave up because their purpose was never about “money.”
They “failed” over, and over, and over again, and again, and again.
Or maybe they just found a lot of ways that didn’t work.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward.”
Thomas A. Edison
The world laughed at them. And they will laugh at you if you try to attempt anything great, anything outside the “norm.”
Laugh with them. It is funny. And it will be even more funny when you make it, because it’s not about the critics and it’s not even about you. Your life’s work has a deeper purpose. It is life living through you.
It is Love.
As you begin to follow your life’s purpose, and it is hard in the beginning when you are experiencing failures, but the pull toward your purpose will grow within you. Your vision will be tested but your belief in it will grow as you persevere through the difficult times.
“Gold is tested by fire, and human character is tested in the furnace of humiliation.”
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
Don’t fear failure. Fear never trying.
More inspiring quotes to help you persevere through failure:
“The phoenix must burn to emerge.”
“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. It is good to have a failure while you’re young because it teaches you so much. For one thing it makes you aware that such a thing can happen to anybody, and once you’ve lived through the worst, you’re never quite as vulnerable afterward.”
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”
“Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”
“Failure is success if we learn from it.”
“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.”
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Robert F. Kennedy
“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.”
“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
“It is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.”