All year long whenever I need some quick inspiration, I just look at the top of my daily to-do agenda where I keep a list of motivational quotes I've gathered. Whenever I find a new one, I add it to the list. I post them front and center to inspire me as I work on The Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking.
When the fight seems impossible, I read what Einstein said. Or Edison. Or Zappos.com.
Today I start a brand-new list, so enjoy these now. I hope they motivate you as much as they do me.
Most of these come from my fellow Twitterati, so I've included their Twitter names after each quote in case you want to follow them.
Got a fav quote of your own? Leave it as a comment. (I've already begun my 2011 list and could use a few good ones to start the year right.)
"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music."—Angela Monet (via @zappos and @yuho123)
"In every generation it has, without exception, been those who dared to live with an irrepressible dream who changed history."—P Greig (via @JeremyAffeldt)
"Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first."—Frederick B. Wilcox (via @BriarcliffManor)
"Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, 'But we knew nothing about this,' does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each person according to what he has done?"—Proverbs 24:11-12
"All of us want to preach like Martin Luther King. We don't want to die like he did. The two can't be separated. They are the same sermon." (via @MikeGlenn)
“A minister cannot preach the glories of heaven while ignoring social conditions in his own community that cause [people] an earthly hell.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.
“This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists. The saving of our world from pending doom will come not from the actions of a conforming majority but from the creative maladjustment of a transformed minority."—Martin Luther King, Jr.
"All mankind is divided into 3 classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move."—Benjamin Franklin
"211ºF is hot water. 212ºF moves a train. Keep the fire burning. Don't lose a degree. There's power in your passion." (via @theRAMP)
"If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it."—Albert Einstein
"The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities."—Vic Braden
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”—Neale Donald Walsch
"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."—Frank A. Clark (via @CoryBooker)
"Everything you believe to be impossible is."—Seth Godin (via @Sarah_Stuart)
“All you need to know is that it’s possible. Somewhere in the world, someone is doing something that you decided couldn't be done.”—Seth Godin
"If you don't like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less." (via @Just_Shane)
"How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."—Trina Paulus
"Things fall apart so that other things can fall together." (via @OhMyDelisa)
"Is anyone laughing at your goals? If not, think bigger." (via @caroljsroth)
"Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations."—Ralph Charell (via @gailtiv)
"We may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all: the apathy of human beings."—Helen Keller
"You've got to win in your mind before you win in your life."—John Addison (via @gailtiv)
“Human traffickers have just little bit more info than victims.”—Ambassador Luis CdeBaca
"It's not too late, just later than it was."—Seth Godin