Inspirational Quotes and Articles that shape my life

Angry Decisions

When we become upset, reason is suppressed, and anger rushes in. To make decisions while infuriated is as unwise and foolish as it is for a captain to put out to sea in a raging storm. Only injury and wreckage result from wrathful moments. -ElRay L. Christiansen

Are you a Genius?

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them. -Albert Einstein

Change is Hard

Change is hard. Self-improvement is hard. Scrounging up the guts to go for what you want is hard, and so is the work to make it happen. When things are hard, it’s always easier to decide to tackle them tomorrow. The problem is that tomorrow never comes. Saying you’ll do it tomorrow is just an […]

Committed Decisions

If I’d merely decided that I’d like to make a difference in the world or I’d like to create a better life for myself, than I’d simply been stating a preference. That’s like saying I’m interested in making more money as long as I don’t have to do anything. That’s not power. That’s a weak […]


Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others…By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves. For many years […]

Dance in the Rain

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain. -Vivian Greena

Declutter your Life

Look at each item in your house / office and ask yourself these questions, Have I used it in the past year? Does this help me accomplish my work or bring joy to my life? If the answer is NO, get rid of it. If you are still reluctant to to get rid of something, […]

Developing Mental Strength

You have to fight when you already feel defeated You have to delay gratification You have to make mistakes, look like an idiot, and try again—without even flinching You have to keep your emotions in check You have to make the calls you’re afraid to make You have to trust your gut You have to […]

Don’t be Trapped by Pride

Our ability to be straightforward suffers when we are afraid. This is true not only in business but in our schools and within our families. When we are afraid, openness and transparency decrease exponentially. We hide the truth, or fake our emotions. We strive to give a false impression to cover up the truth—about how […]

Don’t put it off

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today ― Benjamin Franklin


Even the roughest of stones can be made smooth with consistent and constant effort. -Jeff Hovik

Greatness of Character

By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character -Grenville Kleiser


Happiness is a choice you make when you allow faith through the entry gate and fear through the exit gate -Dr Roopleen


“If you are going through hell, keep going” -Winston Churchill

I do not think much of a man

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday -Abraham Lincoln

Incompetent People

Dunning-Kruger Effect Incompetent people tend to: Overestimate their own skill levels Fail to recognize the genuine skill and expertise of other people Fail to recognize their own mistakes and lack of skill Recognize and acknowledge their lack of skill only after being exposed to training for that skill Dunning has pointed out that the very […]

Increase Productivity

It takes you 15 consecutive minutes of focus before you can fully engage in a task. Once you do, you fall into a euphoric state of increased productivity called flow. Research shows that people in a flow state are five times more productive than they otherwise would be. When you click out of your work because […]

Joy in the Journey

Sometimes in life we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey…Doesn’t it seem foolish to spoil sweet and joyful experiences because we are constantly anticipating the moment when they will end? President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Not the Answer

I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer. ― Jim Carrey

Permit Promote

What you Permit, You Promote -unknown

Power of Words

Words can create or destroy. They can hurt, or they can heal. They can cut people down, or they can plant seeds of hope and love. -R. Val Johnson

Productivity Study

Research that attempts to quantify the relationship between hours worked and productivity found that employee output falls sharply after a 50-hour work-week, and falls off a cliff after 55 hours—so much so that someone who puts in 70 hours produces nothing more with those extra 15 hours, according to a study published in 2014 by […]


Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

Question Your Assumptions

During World War 2 many Allied bombing planes weren’t returning from missions. The Army Air Corps noticed that after a mission, bullet holes were not distributed uniformly across the aircraft.The Army wanted to know how much more armor to put on the parts of the plane that were taking the most bullets.

Regrets and Resolutions

A nurse who cares for the terminally ill says that she has often asked a simple question of her patients as they prepared to depart this life. “Do you have any regrets?” she would ask …of those who knew they were dying may be somewhat surprising. They wished they had let themselves be happier. So […]

Squander Health

We squander health in search of wealth. We scheme and toil and save, then squander wealth in search of health and all we gets a grave. We live and boast of what we own, We die and only get a stone -Unknown


“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.” -Robert H. Schuller

Successful vs Unsuccessful People


Talent vs Time

“Sell your Talent, not your Time… When you get paid for time, you set up a dynamic in which your client or boss has an incentive to monitor you all the time. But when you get paid for results, the dynamic changes to: come back when you have something to show me” –Bruce Kasanoff

The Past

The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead; we remember that faith is […]

The power of NO

The more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. Saying no is indeed a major challenge for many people. “No” is a powerful word that you should not be afraid to wield. When it’s time to say no, avoid phrases such as “I don’t […]

True Leaders

True Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders. To successfully create more leaders, you must have an open mind, a small ego, a humble heart, and confidence that more talent is right around the corner. A simple question you ask yourself is, “Am I developing my people to be able to take my job, […]

Unrealistic Expectations

“People who unrealistically expect things to proceed according to plans are relatively ineffective, constantly worried, and utterly unhappy” -Srini Saripalli

We are all visitors to this time, this place…

“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.” – Australian Aboriginal Proverb

We are Responsible for our Choices

“William Shakespeare’s play The Life of King Henry V includes a nighttime scene in the camp of English soldiers at Agincourt just before their battle with the French army. In the dim light and partially disguised, King Henry wanders unrecognized among his soldiers. He talks with them, trying to gauge the morale of his badly outnumbered troops, […]

What You Value Most

Spend deliberate, intentional time thinking about what you value most, what’s truly important to you. It’s an incredibly hard thing to do, to face your own truth, figure out what things you like, recognize things you don’t like, risk discovering unexpected things about yourself. But, that’s what it is to learn to live with, and […]

Work For More Than Money

Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night -Marian Wright Edleman (author)

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