Connect with us

Inspiration

9 SIMPLE WAYS ANYONE CAN BE A BETTER SERVANT LEADER

Published

on

Servant Leadership

After a long week at work and a late night serving curry and clearing tables at a BBQ we had hosted for our students, it was 9:30am on a Saturday morning.  I was at the airport collecting some colleagues (that I’d never met before) who had flown into town from another campus for an event that they needed a lift to, 214 km away, off-road.

Your taxi is here!” I happily chirped as I loaded their suitcases into the back of the car.   They thanked me graciously and we talked for the next 3+ hours as we bumped and jiggled along one of the most beautiful typically-deep-red Australian outback tracks to a remote Aboriginal community.  

As we rocked up to their destination, one asked “so what did you do to deserve having to be the driver for trip like this? What’s your role?”.  

“Oh I didn’t have to” I answered; “I’m the Head”.

After overcoming the initial mortification at having not recognised me in my casual ‘Saturday rig’, my guests became incredulous.  “But you’re the most senior role here; why didn’t you send a driver?

Well because I can drive, and it’s an honour to be able to serve you”.  

Great leadership is about service.

Now of course, you don’t have to give your colleagues a 428km round offroad trip to be a great servant leader, nor does giving somebody a lift constitute as great leadership service.  There are many ways to serve others as a leader, and that paradoxically elevate us further as a leader in doing it.

In this article I will share with you some ideas of what servant leadership is, some servant leadership theory and servant leadership examples.

Traditionally, the stereotypical concept of a leader has been of an authoritarian figure.  One who stands ‘up front’ and ‘on top’ (autocratic leadership), calling the shots, giving the orders and telling people where to go, what to do and how to do it.  

In this traditional leadership style, ‘The Boss’ is someone who gives the whole team one thing in common – being that somebody that they can all hate.  

The autocratic method of leadership ensures that leaders get hated for the decisions they make, the tasks they delegate and hated just simply because they are the boss.

But it doesn’t have to be like this.  

It is actually very hard to hate a person.  It is their behaviour, how they make us feel or what they represent that we actually hate.

But as a leader, that puts us in a constantly conflicting position – because we have to provide direction, we have to assure organisational outcomes, monitor performance, keep accountability and deliver information that people may not want to hear – all of which involve the potential pitfall of making people feel like they are being told what to do, managed, controlled and monitored.  Not exactly the ingredients for getting onto people’s Christmas card lists.

As a result, many leaders find themselves facing a crisis, in a position of either doing our job (and making our people hate us) OR, keeping everyone happy and failing our organisation by avoiding being seen as ‘bossy’.  It this what leadership comes down to?!

No.

There is another way.

A way that allows us to actualise the mission of our organisations, to meet and even exceed our objectives.  A way that allows us to do this in a way that empowers our people AND that engenders the greatest level of mutual understanding and collegiality between us and our team.

It’s called ‘Servant Leadership’.

“servant leaders have a particular view of themselves as stewards who are entrusted to develop and empower followers to reach their fullest potential” (Sendjaya)

What is Servant Leadership?

Servant leadership, coined by Robert Greenleaf in the 1970’s, is a philosophy that centralises the staff and community that the organisation serves as the leader’s primary priority. It’s about enhancing the intrinsic motivation of our people, leading ethically, with wider social responsibility in mind.  It is a people-centred, moralistic, equitable form of leadership.

It is all about sharing the ‘power’ that your role has within the organisation and focuses on the leader’s role as being one to serve the people, instead of the people’s role to serve the leader.


“It is the leader’s role to serve the people, instead of the people’s role to serve the leader”

But before Greenleaf’s writing on the topic, concepts of servant leadership have come up throughout history, especially in religious texts.  In the Bible, Jesus Christ himself washed the feet of his disciples (his ‘followers’) to show them that he considered himself as equal to those that he led, that he cared for them and put their needs before his own.

1. Giving is Receiving

Giving has always been a guiding principle for me and was one of the keys to my rapid business success prior to taking on an Executive role at a university.  

I taught business owners that in order to lead in their industries, it was critical that they generously gave away their best-kept secrets without measure – that the more they gave freely, the more they would get back.  

The more they served their industry and their market, the more business they would get.  

The more they gave people something to thank them for, the more successful they would become.  

I encouraged aspiring professional speakers to speak for free if they wanted to get paid for it one day, and to keep doing it for free even when they were getting paid for it.  

I encouraged educators to provide free workshops and give away free mini-courses.  

I encouraged authors to write for free and give away their books – as all encapsulated a service to their industry and its people, rather than a marketer who wanted to take from it.

It works.

Just like a bank account – the more you deposit, the more you accumulate. People who could never afford you will get to experience you for themselves, they will recommend you and save up for your next offering because the first taste was so good.

Many found this a hard concept to grasp. They would ask me things like ‘but Sarah, if I give all of my information, knowledge, IP and secrets away, surely I’ll lose my business?’.  

I would reply ‘But if they don’t know that you have it then you won’t get their business anyway.  If people get to see for themselves that you acquire the information, skills and knowledge that they need, then they won’t need you to convince them to trust that you have it – there the battle is over’.

For me, I could (and still do) always see two types of people when it comes to service and leadership:

1.       I will serve the people when I am their leader (I serve because I lead)

2.       I will become a true leader as a result of my service to my field (I lead because I serve)

The first type of person is considered as having a goal-oriented motivator of service – there is a motivation behind their wanting to serve.

They come from what I would call a ‘leadership ambition’ standpoint – that they desire to lead and service is a by-product of leading or a means to get there.  And therefore the only reason they serve is to gain the result of leadership.

These people often too believe that they will only have anything of real value to give ‘if’ they become the official ‘leader’.  As long as they do go on to serve, this is not an inherently ‘wrong’ mindset, but it will be harder and slower to get there and they will run out of motivation to continue serving once they get ‘there’.  

It also misses the point entirely that you don’t have to be a leader to serve others; AND that serving others is in fact what makes you into a leader – and keeps you as one.

The second type mentioned above is the person who I always see succeed – what I would call ‘the leader by nature’.  They are not driven to serve by a desire to lead, but instead, naturally, are followed by others due to the service they provide so selflessly.

Inside the workplace, the same concepts apply – leaders are afraid that sharing with their team powerful information like budgets, income, annual objectives, implementation plans, strategic plans, staffing models, operational plans etc – that they will have no power, control or authority left.

But the absolute opposite happens.

The more that people feel like they know ‘what’s going on’ and that you care, the more they feel part of the organisation and therefore affiliated to the mission you are serving.

Share your power, knowledge and information as much as possible – not for the purposes of showing people how clever you are, or how much power you have – but instead to genuinely empower them with it.

Sometimes the true leaders in an organisation – that is the one who the majority trust unquestionably, feel like they have their back, listen to, seek advice from, consider to be the influencer and admire; are not always the ones with a formal leadership job title.  They are the ones who intentionally, or naturally, serve others most.

2. Raise Better People

But servant leadership goes deeper than that.  

It’s not just about serving our people so that they can better serve our customers.  

It’s about serving them so that they can become better people – and better servants in the world itself.

Our role as a servant leader is to serve a future of opportunity to our staff – not just within the organisation but for their lives.  

Do we provide them with opportunities to do their life’s best work?  

Do we give them opportunities to grow as people, to learn and develop?  

The freedom to make mistakes without fear but with enthusiasm and support?  

Do they flourish in our workplace in that as the time they serve passes, they become more skilled, wiser, autonomous and better servers themselves?

Joe Iarocci, author of ‘Servant Leadership in the Workplace’ suggests that servant leaders have 3 key priorities, where people development comes first:

  1. The personal and professional development of your people
  2. The development of a workplace culture of trust
  3. An organisation that measures and achieves its results

Here are 7 other examples of servant leadership in action:

3. Commit to Good Stewardship

Good stewardship in its simplest definition, is taking care of, or looking after something.  However it also has a more theological definition that denotes that we are responsible for the world and must take care of it for our future survival.

Being a good steward means ensuring the future vitality and wellbeing of our people, our organisation, our wider community and the planet.  

It also means strategising the assurance of the sustainability and operations of our organisation, financially and in regards to all of our other resources.  

Our leadership roles are only temporary, but we must see our service as part of a life-long legacy.

We live in an ever-changing world and it is our duty as servant leaders to be good stewards by constantly adapting and changing for the good of the future vitality of the organisation we work for and the community in which it operates.

4. Our Success is Others’

Servant leaders measure their success not by their own achievements and accomplishments, but instead by those they are serving.  

In the education sector, this is an easy concept to understand as the translation is fairly literal – if our students are passing their exams, we are doing a great job.  

However, this can be harder to conceptualise in other industry workplaces.

Use your organisation’s’ overarching strategic plan to create a detailed implementation plan that guides your team towards clear, specific and easily achievable tasks that they can move towards weekly – giving them frequent opportunity for a sense of accomplishment.

Find ways to show them how achieving these micro wins is leading them to achieving results that goes far beyond the duties on their job description – that they fulfil a much bigger mission, and have positive impacts far beyond the goals of the organisation.

Scour the internet for awards that you can nominate your team for – and give yourself a goal to recognise all of your top achievers with some kind of internal award or external award nomination.

I also encourage my staff to anonymously send me feedback (via an online form) to praise their colleagues, so that I can celebrate them on behalf of the organisation.  

As servant leaders, there is no success that isn’t that of our teams.  

5. Awareness and Foresight

It is critical as a servant leader that we have strong self-awareness to ensure that we recognise how our own behaviours, words and ‘energy’ affect those around us, and the humility to correct ourselves as we go along.

Servant leadership demands that we have the emotional intelligence to notice how our people are really feeling behind both good and bad physical behaviours, so that we can help them.

We must show awareness and remain attuned to the subtle underlying cultural heartbeat, sensing people’s feelings, moods, body language and verbal language used, to pick up on emerging trends and adjust the course as necessary to keep everything and everyone on track.  

We can often critique the ‘jungle drums’ in an organisation (you know, that invisible vine of gossip that spreads ‘Chinese whispers’ through every department and that you are constantly trying to correct?!)  

But it can also be a fantastic source of information – not literally (as the facts are usually wrong), but what people are whispering about can give us insightful clues to ways in which we can help and serve our people and the organisation.

It is also critical that we use all of this information as well as anecdotal, intuitive and measurable from our locality, our industry and the wider global trends, to have the foresight to serve further – to ensure that we can take action for the sustainability of the organisation, to ensure the continued growth and skills acquisition of our workforce to maintaining currency and demand in their roles and to know where and how we could be serving further for the good of all for the future.

6. Be Relatable and Show Empathy

Greenleaf believes that one of the first steps to becoming a servant leader requires us to be somebody that our staff can relate to.  

However this is challenging when or if our staff see us as above them, more powerful than them or simply unapproachable.

Having empathy means understanding and sharing the feelings of another.

We should not condemn people in pain, anger, frustration or who act hastily or make mistakes.  Instead, it is our role to understand the humanness of these responses, help our staff to overcome them, provide and implement the solutions to stop it from happening again and then provide them opportunity to heal.

It is also our duty as leaders to foster relatability through empathy.  This is, to help them understand that not only do they have feelings, emotional reactions and humanness that must be acknowledged, respected and cared for, but so do we too.  

It is incredibly easy for our staff to see us as some kind of inanimate machine that operates solely on coffee-fuel and policies.  

We are all  human beings who need love, compassion and understanding.

7. Don’t Be a Martyr

Many leaders sacrifice their own wants and needs for the good of others daily – those who have children are also a classic example.  

Leaders often do it behind the scenes, taking the bullet from their own senior management on behalf of their team, or taking the bullets from their team on behalf of their senior management; working many unpaid hours attending events, pulling overtime and working through lunch breaks to ensure wages get paid and contracts get awarded to keep staff employed.  A little self-sacrifice is required to get anything in life – it’s all part of the balance and is part of being a servant leader.

However, there is a big difference between self sacrifice and martyrdom.  Serve because you enjoy it, because it’s your calling and because it is the right thing to do.  Don’t serve out of the neediness for attention and sympathetic acknowledgements of ‘how hard you work’ – that’s not servant leadership, it’s being a martyr.    

8. Inspiration, Spiritual and Transformational Beings

Being a servant leader is easier for those who can relate to spiritual and creative conceptualisation.  

It requires a futuristic, optimistic, inspirational outlook that believes in the good of the giving of service and gets joy purely from that alone – but also believes that it ultimately leads to transformational outcomes – for the future of those that they serve and the ripple effect of ‘service that will come from those people later on too.  

Servant leaders are innately philanthropic, have a ‘global’ cognitive processing system (that is, they see the much bigger picture) and do not require the acquisition of immediate results in order to ‘know’ that what they are doing is of value.

Servant leadership is about seeing what doesn’t yet exist and contributing all that we have, are and can do in order to support it’s actualisation.  It’s about conceptualising a greater future, translating it into practice and inspiring and persuading others to join us in the service of that mission.

9. Build a Community

The servant leader believes in the greatness of each individual as much as the greater power and impact of their collective greatness – and that means building communities.

As Maslow tells us, a sense of ‘belonging’ is a critical component of our basic human needs.  Therefore, as a servant leader creating a sense of community, regular ‘communion’, coming together, collegial trust, familiarity and communal safety, is another major responsibility of ours.

People can attain a sense of community by first being given the opportunity to build rapport and know each other outside of their immediate duty-related requirements – such as staff get togethers and activities.  

But this sense of community, belonging and grows when there is a shared meaning, purpose or mission behind getting together.  It can be a s small as raising money for a charity they all agree with supporting, to contributing social change in your community or the goals that your organisation is working towards at a mission level.  

Find ways that you can help your team come together to be a part of something bigger than themselves, to find the commonalities between their most seemingly opposite colleagues and to find shared passions and values that they each stand for.  

The power of one is multiplied when there is togetherness – as a servant leadership, we are the thread to bring and hold them together.  

Never stop serving, and you’ll never stop leading.

Till next time,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed this article about servant leadership, then you may enjoy these leadership insights from Tom Brady.

Sarah is an education expert, trainer, speaker, and author. To learn more about her you can visit her website.

Inspiration

10 ABUNDANCE AFFIRMATIONS THAT ACTUALLY WORK

Published

on

abundance affirmations

Have you ever felt like there is just something missing in your life? Or like you just don’t have enough of the money, the time, or the joy that you truly desire for your life? If you’ve ever felt this way, and now you’re feeling like, “Yes, I’m ready. I’m ready for more, for riches, for true abundance.” then this abundance affirmations page is for you.

Those feelings of lack that you’ve experienced in the past can be conquered with effective abundance affirmations. As such, the purpose of this page is to give you some of the most powerful tools for creating the abundance you’re ready to start seeing in your life.

“Only By Thinking Prosperity And Abundance Can You Realize The Abundant, Prosperous Life.”

– o.s. Marden –

Now, if you’re not sure about affirmations, just know this, daily affirmations are to the mind what working out is to the body. In fact, the word affirmation comes from the Latin word affirmare, which translates into, “to make steady, strengthen, or to make firm.” So, when you use an affirmation (repeating a phrase to yourself repeatedly), you are essentially fortifying and strengthening the types of thoughts you want your mind to have.

Why is this important? Well, have you ever read the book, ‘Think and Grow Rich‘ by Napoleon Hill? If not, and you’re truly seeking more abundance in your life, we can’t recommend this book highly enough. That said, one of main lessons of the whole book is about how your mind is the one thing you have control over, and how the thoughts you choose to have, can determine how successful, rich, or abundant your life becomes.

In short, our thoughts are powerful, and they can be used as an instrument for creating the abundance or lack we experience in our life. Our thoughts become things.

Having said that, if you’re not quite sure about affirmations yet, consider reading these two resources below before you get started with our collection of affirmations.

Now, there are countless sites out there with long lists of affirmations for you to use for the purpose of creating abundance, but, they don’t all work. Or better said, they don’t all work well. So, we’ve decided to round up the abundance affirmations that actually work, and work best.

Thus, if you’re ready for a complete list of the most effective affirmations for creating abundance, then let’s get started:

ABUDANCE AFFIRMATIONS THAT WORK

best affirmations for abundance

Affirmation 1: I Have The Ability to Achieve All That I Desire

This is a powerful foundational affirmation for abundance because it draws on the fact that we can’t get something for nothing. So, it’s highly pragmatic, but it will help you establish faith in your ability to do all the things that the abundance you dreams requires.

Affirmation 2: I Give Thanks That I am Rich, Well, and Happy

Sometimes the best way to draw the abundance we desire nearer to us, is to see our lives already filled with the abundance we seek, and to give thanks for it.

The more you give thanks for that which you want, as if you already had it, the quicker your desires will be fulfilled.

abundance affirmation

Affirmation 3: My Life Is Overflowing With Joy, Love, and Abundance

Many abundance and prosperity thought leaders state that the secret to manifesting what we want is through first feeling. In other words, feeling is the secret.

And there’s not many affirmations that will make you feel as abundant as this one. So, use this abundance affirmation as often as you can, and enjoy the feelings of abundance that will naturally wash over you.

Affirmation 4: Every Day In Every Way I am Growing Richer and Richer

This affirmation is effective because it will help you rewire how you see the activities you’re partaking in to attract abundance into your life. At first, your subconscious mind might battle you on this saying, attempting to prove you wrong, or look for proof to invalidate you.

But, the more you repeat it, and search for the truth of the statement within your own life, the more effective it will be in helping you create the riches and abundance for seek in your life.

Affirmation 5: Large Sums of Money Come To Me Quickly and Easily

Out of all of the abundance affirmations mentioned and listed, this one is by far our favorite. In fact, we like this one so much, we’ve also included it in our affirmations wallpaper collection.

That said, this is one of those affirmations that we think you’ll enjoy as much as we do.

best affirmation for abundance

Affirmation 6: Everything I Want Is On It’s Way To Me Now

Napoleon Hill once stated that “Faith is the head chemist of the mind.” He also stated that “Faith is the starting point of all accumulation of riches!” And there’s very few affirmations that help strengthen faith in the abundance you’re bound to receive than this affirmation.

So, use this affirmation to build your faith in the abundance that will soon flow to you.

Affirmation 7: I Expect Lavish Abundance Every Day In Every Way

If lavish abundance is what you desire, then there’s no better affirmation to help visualize that potential reality than this one.

So, if you’re seeking a life of not just plenty, but of luxury and elaborate abundance, then this affirmation is for you.

Affirmation 8: I Attract Abundance and Prosperity With Ease

As you strive to attract a more abundant life, there will be times when you feel like you’ve hit a wall, or like things are not changing fast enough. Well, this abundance affirmation won’t bend reality for you, or anything like that, but it can significantly help you remove the mental or spiritual blocks that can sometimes delay the abundance we’re all seeking.

attract abundance affirmation

Affirmation 9: I am Becoming Financially Free, With The Help of God

Many people associate abundance with no longer having any financial worries. So, aiming for the target of financial freedom is a powerful way to eventually reach an abundant life.

That said, this affirmation is effective, because it partners your efforts with the source of everything, and well, as the saying goes, “With God, all things are possible.” So, embrace this abundance affirmation and stay the course, and the day when you no longer have any money worries will surely come.

Affirmation 10: I am Worthy of An Abundant Life

Many people unnecessarily experience a life that is filled with lack and is less than ideal for far too long. And the biggest culprit that leads to such a life experience comes down to what we believe we deserve.

If you believe yourself unworthy to receive a gift, attention, credit, you name it, you’ll turn it away. And when you turn things away, they’ll eventually turn away from you. So, start claiming your worthiness to receive all that you want, and before long, you’ll begin enjoying the fruits that such an attitude attracts.

Bonus Affirmation: What I Want Wants Me

Similar to the previous abundance affirmation, this affirmation solidifies in your mind that you not only deserve what you want, but that it eagerly wants to be manifested by you.

So, use this powerful affirmation to remove all doubt about your worthiness to receive the rich and prosperous life that you deserve. Because when you truly believe it, so to will the universe, which will then conspire to help you achieve all that you want. Just ask Paulo Coelho.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, some of the most powerful abundance affirmations out there. We believe these affirmations will 100% help you shift your mindset from that of lack, to one that is overflowing with thoughts and feelings of abundance.

Now that you have the tools, the rest is up to you. So, be disciplined and intentional in their daily use, and have faith that they’ll work for you, and eventually they will.

Till you reach your aims,

STRIVE

Continue Reading

Inspiration

TOP 7 BENEFITS OF A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

Published

on

Benefits of a Positive Attitude

It is way too easy to fall into the trap of having a negative attitude these days. The news, social media, and what we typically entertain ourselves with on the television don’t make staying positive easy. This is particularly true when challenges come our way. But, if you can stay positive, despite the onslaught of negativity that bombards most people, you can benefit yourself and the quality of your life in numerous ways.

Having a positive attitude has many benefits, one of which is it helps reduce stress and betters our health.[1] It fosters a mind that is active and receptive, and we become more productive. We can tackle challenges more easily. Our relationships benefit, and we tend to be happier. 

A positive attitude stems from positive thinking, and this is when you allow yourself to envision and expect things to go well rather than obsess about what could go wrong. It does not mean you deny difficulties and challenges, but instead offers a better lens through which to view things. That said, we aim to discuss the seven benefits that come with a positive attitude below.

BENEFITS OF A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

benefits of positive attitude

1.   A Positive Attitude Betters Our Health

When you have a positive attitude towards things, even something as taxing as stress becomes manageable, things will come your way in life, and you will have to deal with them.

Bills, job security, relationship difficulties are things everyone faces at some point, but if you have a negative attitude, the stress compounds and overwhelms you.

With a positive attitude, you can instead rectify the situation rather than agonize over the matter. The link between stress and our health has been researched, particularly the effects on the heart, and it has been discovered that people with positive attitudes have improved heart health.

So when obstacles and stress come your way, consider your health and instead take a deep breath, analyze the situation and seek out how best to solve it, rather than allow negativity to overcome you.

2.   A Positive Attitude Creates A More Active Mind

When you have a positive outlook on things, you want to learn more, experience more, and live more. You are more receptive to new ideas, and you are more likely to be willing to experience and try new things without worrying about failure. You want to engage with more and are curious about possibilities.

One benefit of having a good attitude is creativity

Your thinking also becomes more creative and constructive. Instead of merely seeing problems, you see challenges that push you to come up with solutions. And you will not be afraid to try and test new concepts.

This ultimately leads to innovation, and that is something the successful people of the world share. And it does not matter if your first idea fails, it will be a lesson, and you’ll be ready to get right back to it.

3.   A Positive Attitude Breeds Productivity

When you have a negative attitude and outlook, you tend to do the bare minimum and only be concerned with getting by. However, a positive-minded person will want to push themselves to do and achieve more in life. This usually begins with the setting and achieving of goals, first small, and then they begin to grow.

When you train your mind to focus on the positives, you also begin to reap results, and your faith in your abilities grows, thus propelling you forward. This applies not only in your work life, but in your personal life too. You will find that you achieve more in a day, and your drive to better yourself each day will increase.

4.   A Positive Attitude Helps You Tackle Challenges

Life is full of ups and downs, and how we address the difficult times can make all the difference. If you are stuck in the rut of a negative attitude, the challenges often seem that much worse, and they may become overwhelming.

It is better to realize instead that everything passes in time and all we can do is persevere.

Likewise, when you are pursuing dreams and aspirations, you are going to come across stumbling blocks. However, the people who manage to succeed are those who manage to stay positive and push forward regardless of how dire things may seem. Keep your chin up,  remain focused, and your break will come.

5.   A Positive Attitude Equals Better Relationships

For most of us, we want to have positive and healthy relationships, whether with friends, work colleagues, or romantic interests. When we have a positive attitude, it helps us to navigate these waters better. We grow and nurture our relationships instead of letting them stagnate or wilt. 

When we have a positive attitude, our emotions tend to follow suit. Thus when we have disagreements or issues in the relationships, we are more inclined to offer positive reactions and seek to fix things rather than react negatively and to the detriment of others and ourselves.

6.   With A Positive Attitude You Will Be Happier

People who think positively and react to things in a positive way rather than negatively tend to be happier. This is quite logical as your whole outlook on life is different, regardless of your current circumstances. These people exude optimism regarding their lives and yet are also resilient against setbacks.

happiness is a benefit of having a positive attitude

They are also more likely to accept when things don’t go their way and can see this as a lesson learned rather than being sour. They are also mindful of the things that truly matter and have a focus and drive that offers them a sense of purpose in life; a reason to push on.

7.   A Positive Attitude Leads To A More Fulfilling Life

When you have a positive attitude life is just easier. Not just easier, but more fulfilling. The storms and tragedies of life still happen to positive minded folks; however, when they do happen, they are mentally equipped to move passed their issues.

On the other hand, when you allow your negativity to get the best of you, it clouds your days and your experiences. Instead of seeing opportunities in challenges, or how good can come from the bad, all you’ll see is challenges, strife, and tragedy.

So, if leading a fulfilling life is important to you, consider adopting a positive attitude pronto.

Bonus Benefit: 

Here’s one last benefit of having a positive attitude, and it is by far our favorite. Now, keep this in mind as you read this benefit, as it nay or may not mean that you will have tremendous financial success in life, but there seems to be a positive correlation.

That said, here it is: People who have a positive attitude often do well in the workplace and stand out and elevate themselves above the crowd in business, sports, you name it. In short, a positive attitude leads to more success.

Here’s why. With a positive attitude, you are more driven and are more likely to persevere even after setbacks, whereas someone with a negative attitude would give up after the first few attempts. Additionally, positive people are more content with themselves and their lives and are continually making strides to better themselves and those around them. And that positivity is contagious.

That positivity makes people want to be around you, work with you, etc. It attracts friends, colleagues, partnerships, and opportunities. So, if you want to find more success in your life, having a positive attitude is one of the surest ways to do it.

“A Great Attitude Is Not The Result Of Success; Success Is The Result Of A Great Attitude.”

earl nightingale

Conclusion

Having a positive attitude goes deeper than merely being a generally happy and content person who enjoys life. It is the foundation which you build your life and the lens that you see the world through.

If you embrace a positive mindset, it is easier to surmount your challenges and persevere.[2] As such, you will be far more likely to succeed than someone who maintains a negative attitude and harbors thoughts of giving up. Here’s a final recap to help you keep these handful of benefits top of mind. A positive attitude will help you…

  • Improve Your Health
  • Increase Creativity & Innovation
  • Improve Your Productivity
  • Help You Find Solutions
  • Improve Your Relationships
  • Increase Your Happiness
  • Help You Create a Fulfilled Life
  • Bonus – Will Help You Find More Success

With a positive attitude you are likely to be a more personable individual, and people will be drawn to you. Your drive and determination will rub off and inspire others, and you will build happier and more wholesome relationships.

With positivity as your bedrock, you are sure to grow from strength to strength and never be someone who stagnates. 

Till next time,

STRIVE

PS – We hope you enjoyed this article on the benefits of positive attitude. That said, we understand that finding the motivation to stay positive is a real challenge, especially since their are so few external resources we can rely on to help us stay positive. So, we’ve created these handful of supporting resources to help encourage you and your pursuit of positive thinking:

Continue Reading

Inspiration

100+ INSPIRING QUOTES ABOUT FOLLOWING YOUR DREAMS

Published

on

follow your dreams quotes

Imagine a world, where people weren’t afraid to go for their dreams.  A world where people didn’t feel stuck, hopeless, or forced into a life they know in their bones they shouldn’t be living.

Imagine if more people actually believed in their dreams.  Moreover, had the chutzpah to go for them.

How many more life changing and society improving ideas and innovations would there be?

How much happier and fulfilled would the general population become?

What kind of overall positive impact would this have on the state of our society?

I believe if more people followed their dreams the benefits would be dramatic and positive.  People’s lives, society, heck even the world, would improve all together.

To help encourage and inspire such potential outcomes, we’ve curated this list of some pretty powerful quotes to nudge you to follow your heart.  After all, the upside seems worth it.

May these follow your dreams quotes, inspire you to go for yours!

QUOTES TO INSPIRE YOU TO GO FOR YOUR DREAMS

Best Follow Your Dreams Quotes

1. “Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it.” –  Steven Conrad

2. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

3. “20 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

4. “When you have a dream that you can’t let go of, trust your instincts and pursue it. But remember: Real dreams take work, They take patience, and sometimes they require you to dig down very deep. Be sure you’re willing to do that.” –  Harvey Mackay

5. “Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” – John Updike

6. “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw

7. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

8. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean

9. “If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?” – Jim Carrey

10. “Follow your dreams, they know the way.” – Kobe Yamada

Follow Your Dreams Quote

11. “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes

12. “You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

13. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell

14. “If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

15. “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” – John Barrymore

16. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah

17. “Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” – Marsha Norman

18. “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” – Goethe

19. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing … is not starting something.” – Seth Godin

20. “Everything you can imagine is real.” –  Pablo Picasso

Quotes About Following Your Dreams

21. “When you stop having dreams and ideals — well, you might as well stop altogether.” –  Marian Anderson

22. “Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” – Edgar Cayce

23. “Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” – Goethe

24. “Without dreams, there can be no courage. And without courage, there can be no action.” – Wim Wender

25. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” –  C.S. Lewis

The Power of These Follow Your Dreams Quotes

Quotes, like books, lets us know that we are not alone.  And that if one person can do something, so can another.  Considering this fact, we hope these follow your dreams quotes are getting you fired up to believe in your dreams.    Strike that, we don’t want them to just get you fire up to believe, we want them to get you fired up to chase them as well.

With that being said, you are half way there, so don’t stop now!  The more you read, the more you’ll want to go for your dreams!

Related: Live YOUR Life Quotes

26. “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” –  Christopher Reeve

27. “Nothing happens unless first we dream.” – Carl Sandburg

28. “If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.” – Les Brown

29. “It may be that those who do most, dream most.” – Stephen Butler Leacock

30. “Sometimes, a winner is a dreamer who just won’t quit.” – Rudy

31. “Stay focused, go after your dreams, and keep moving towards your goals.” – LL Cool J

32. “Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” – Roy T. Bennett

33. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

34. “Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.” – John Wooden

35. “You will never find time for anything. You must make it.” – Charles Buxton. M

36. “To be a human being is to be in a state of tension between your appetites and your dreams, and the social realities around you and your obligations to your fellow man.” –  John Updike

37. “I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.” – Walter Cronkite

38. “Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.” – Ray Bradbury

39. “It is better to risk starving to death than surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?'” – Jim Carrey

40. “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” – Lupita Nyong’o

your dreams are valid quotes

41. “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivananda

42. “I don’t dream at night, I dream all day; I dream for a living.” – Steven Spielberg

43. “The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.” – William Faulkner

44. “When you stop chasing your dreams, your dreams start chasing you.” – Dez Del Rio

45. “As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.” – Barbara Sher

46. “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” – Paul Brandt

47. “Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.” – Napoleon Hill

48. “Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind.” – Mick Jagger

49. “Your better future is a dream for yourself and for your family.” – Jim Rohn

50. “In this world you only get what you grab for.” – Giovani Boccaccio

Go For Your Dreams

51. “Only do what your heart tells you.” – Princess Diana

52. “You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.” – George Michael

53. “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” – Lao Tzu

54. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” – Seth Godin

55. “If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.”  – Tony Gaskins

Related: 10 Reasons to Follow Your Dreams

56. “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” – Wayne Dyer

57. “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” – W. Clement Stone

58. “I learned that dreams can be challenging, and,…. are always worth the success they can bring.” – Darren Hardy

59. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

60. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” –  Earl Nightingale

earl nightingale quote about following your dream

61. “Dreams are not what you see in your sleep, they are the things that don’t let you sleep”  –  Cristiano Ronaldo

62. “I told the same $25 a night jokes over and over until they paid me $250, then $25,000, $75,000, $125,000, $500,000… $58,000 with the Kings of Comedy in one night! Repetition is how I became successful. I told those same jokes until I built an empire and a lifestyle beyond my wildest dreams! Never give up!” – Steve Harvey

63. “Take big, audacious action in the direction of your dreams and do not let the fact that you’re wetting your pants stop you.” – Jen Sincero

64. “You’ve got to follow that dream, wherever that dream may lead.” – Elvis Presley

65. “Be the brave soul who decided to go for it all.” – Atlas Rowe

66. “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” Henry Ford

67. “Stop looking for permission to pursue your dreams! They are your dreams and you don’t need a co-signer to chase them.” – Eric Thomas

68. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

69. “May you follow your dreams and always believe in yourself. Keep your eyes on the stars and hope in your heart.” – Anonymous

70. “I stayed true to my dreams, and eventually they came true.” – Kevin Hart

stay true to your dreams quotes

71. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

72. “Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you.” – Anonymous

73. “Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind.” – Mick Jagger

74. “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

75. “No matter the size or scope of your setbacks and they are sure to be many and varied, the only way to achieve your dreams is to move past the snags that trip you up. Greatness only moves in one direction: forward.” – Darrin Wiggins

76. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” – Muhammad Ali

77. “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs

78. “Don’t dream your life, but live your dream.” – Mark Twain

79. “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” – Albert Einstein

80. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Suzy Kassem

don't let your doubts kill your dreams

81. “Let your dreams become your reality, set your goals, take action, and live your dream.” – Catherine Pulsifer

82. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” – Vincent Van Gogh

83. “One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping-stone to something better.” – Colonel Sanders

84. “Every human heart cries and yearns for the same thing: a chance to fulfill his or her own dreams and desires. Even the poorest man has a dream.” – Myles Munroe

85.  “Only you know what’s inside of you. Only you know what you can accomplish… What you’re capable of, your dreams, your desires, your wants and your ability, you only know. Nobody else knows. Whatever you feel in your heart and in your gut, you should follow that.” – Jennifer Lopez

86. “If you follow your dreams and spend your life doing what brings you joy, you are more likely to find success.” – Richard Branson

87. “If you follow your dreams, it means you follow your heart and if you follow your heart I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Celine Dion

88. “This world wasn’t built by people with small vision and minor thoughts. It was built by the misfits, eccentrics and oddballs who had the courage to passionately follow the voice of their dreams.”

89. “I knew that if I failed, I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” – Jeff Bezos

90. “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho

quote about following your dream

91. “Don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart no matter what.” – Jack Canfield

92. “Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

93. “The measure of a great life is whether it matches your dream.” – Marie Forleo

94. “You can’t make a footprint that lasts if you’re always walking on tiptoe.” – Marion Blakey

95. “Always trust your gut.” – Robert Herjavec

96. “One may walk over the highest mountain, one step at a time.” – John Wanamaker

97. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” –  T.S. Eliot

98. “When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” – Carol Burnett

99. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

100. “What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” – Goethe

chase your dreams quotes

101. “Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.” – Cicero

102. “When you have passion and commitment, you don’t need a complex plan. Your plan is your life is your dream.” – Rudy Ruettiger

103. “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” – John C. Maxwell

104. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

105. “The single most important part of your life is your dream.” – Steve Harvey

106. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs

Bonus Follow Your Dream Quote

Bonus: Alright, we’ve got one last quote for you… consider it the grand finale of our follow your dreams quotes! It’s key, because it touches on the one thing that keeps most people back from taking action on their dreams….commitment. Here it is:

“Dreams without goals remain dreams.” – Denzel Washington

GO FOR YOUR DREAMS

Alright friends, there you have it…. the best 100+ follow your dreams quotes we could find to help you kick-start your dream chasing!

Every dream deserves at least a shot.  Even if you think it’s crazy, or that nobody would support your dream, you should still pursuit it

Why?  Because life it too short and too precious to spend it living someone else’s dream.

We hope after reading these quotes about following your dreams you’ll consider sharing that awesome dream that stirs you, with the world, by going for it.

Seriously, what do you have to lose?  Go for it, go for your dreams today!

STRIVE

PS – The #1 regret people mention while lying on their deathbeds is, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” So, follow your dreams, and that won’t be you.

Continue Reading

Inspiration

50+ REMARKABLE QUOTES ON EXCELLENCE

Published

on

Excellence Quotes

Excellence is the quality of being outstanding or extremely good. It is also about aiming for that which is the highest and best. In short, excellence is about striving for greatness, it’s about chasing potential.

With that said, we’ve rounded up some of very best quotes on excellence. Our hope is that these quotes will inspire you turn your back on mediocrity, and pursue the highest and best in everything you do, not just for yourself, but for your community and for the world.

Best Excellence Quotes to Inspire The Best In You

Best Excellence Quotes

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

2. “I’m in the pursuit of awesomeness, excellence is the bare minimum.” – Kanye West

3. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

4. “Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.” – John W. Gardner

5. “Consistency is what transforms average into excellence.” – Anonymous

6. “Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.” – Maya Angelou

7. “Excellence is not being the best; it is doing your best.” – Excellence Quote

8. “Aspire greatly; anything less than a commitment to excellence becomes an acceptance of mediocrity.” – Brian Tracy

9. “Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” – Ralph Marston

10. “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley

excellence quote - pat riley

11. “Excellence isn’t a one-week or one-year ideal. It’s a constant.” – Michael Jordan

12. “It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it.” – John Wooden

13. “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.” – Booker T. Washington

14. “Once you have experienced excellence you will never again be content with mediocrity.” – Thomas S. Monson

15. “Excellence is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.” – Anonymous

16. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

17. “Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – Colin Powell

18. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less than excellent work.” – Thomas J. Watson

19. “Whatever is is that you do, you are making a stand, either for excellence or for mediocrity.” – Brandon Webb

20. “Excellence is not an accomplishment. It is a spirit, a never-ending process.” – Lawrence M. Miller

21. “The extent of your impact on the world depends on the size of your devotion to excellence.” – Robin Sharma

22. “Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details in everything you do and excellence will come.” – Perry Sexton

23. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential, these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius

24. “The only way to get out of mediocrity is to keep shooting for excellence.” – Eric Thomas

25. Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

Halfway There, Keep Striving For Excellence

Perfection may not obtainable, but in today’s hyper-competitive world, striving to give your work, art, and business everything you’ve got is the best way to ensure your eventual success. With that said, we hope you’re enjoying our collection of quotes about excellence.

Fun Fact: Did you know Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of ‘David’ took 4 years to complete? Michelangelo’s commitment to excellence is why to this day, many if not most art enthusiasts believe there is no other artwork equal to its excellence of artistry.

With that said, you’re more than halfway through these excellence quotes. So, keep reading and get even more inspired to strive for excellence and keep reaching to achieve the impossible.

Related: Discipline Quotes

26. “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” – Anonymous

27. “Striving for excellence is a positive quality. Striving for perfection is self-defeating.” – Melody Beattie

28. “The pursuit of excellence is less profitable than the pursuit of bigness, but it can be more satisfying.” – David Ogilvy

29. “Success is about having. Excellence is about being.” – Mike Ditka

30. “The noblest search is the search for excellence.” – Excellence Quote

search for excellence quote

31. “The difference between mediocrity and excellence is often a matter of effort.” – Diana Waring

32. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

33. “Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.” – William Blake

34. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential? These are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Eddie Robinson

35. “Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.” – Ronnie Oldham

36. “We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.” – Arianna Huffington

37. “If you want better for yourself, for your life, for your business, for others, you must be committed to excellence.” – Atlas Rowe

38. “Excellences is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer.” – Rick Pitino

39. “The thing that keeps a business ahead of the competition is excellence in execution.” – Tom Peters

40. “There are no shortcuts to excellence.” – The STRIVE

41. “Mediocrity always attacks excellence.” – Michael Beckwith

42. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs

43. “Personal development is a lifelong commitment to excellence.” – Isaac Mashman

44. “The price of excellence is discipline.  The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.” – William Arthur Ward

45. “If you strive for excellence, success will follow.’ – Shreya Ghoshai

46. “Excellence is not a destination but a determination.” – Debasish Mridha

47. “You make your own luck.  You make it in training.” – Simon Biles

48. “I do the very best I know-how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” – Abraham Lincoln

49. “I often say ‘pursue excellence, ignore success.’ Success is a by-product of excellence.” – Deepak Chopra

50. “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

quotes on excellence - john wooden

51. “Mastery is not a function of genius or talent, it is a function of time and intense focus applied to a particular field of knowledge.” – Robert Greene

52. “You can only become great at that thing you’re willing to sacrifice for.” – Maya Angelou

53. “Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing and wherever we are going, we owe it to ourselves, to our art, to the world to do it well. That’s our primary duty. And our obligation.” – Ryan Holiday

54. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire

55. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

Bonus Excellence Quote

Bonus: Alright, here’s one last quote on excellence. Let it inspire you, advise you, and compel you to embrace excellence in all you do once and for all. Enjoy.

“Strive For Perfection In Everything. Take The Best That Exists And Make It Better. If It Doesn’t Exist, Create It. Accept Nothing Nearly Right Or Good Enough.”

– henry royce –

Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed this collection of excellence quotes. If any of them inspired you or moved you in any way, please share them with a friend or loved one who may enjoy a few excellent words.

Till excellence is achieved,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed this remarkable collection of excellence quotes, then you’ll likely also enjoy these inspiring quotes on progress and growth.

Continue Reading

Inspiration

25+ INSPIRATIONAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. QUOTES

Published

on

martin luther king jr. quotes

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hardly needs an introduction considering how big of an impact he made in the world. As one of the most prominent champions and leaders of the civil rights movement in the mid 1900’s, he galvanized his contemporaries, inspired and uplifted a generation, and eventually won the Nobel Peace Prize. King lived an extraordinary life, and as a result, he’s become a household name.

That said, we hope to capture the spirit of courage, inspiration, and leadership of what this great man stood for with this small but powerful collection of Martin Luther King Jr. quotes. May they inspire you to lead your life from the front, like the great Dr. King Jr.

INSPIRATIONAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. QUOTES

MLK Jr. Quotes

1. “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

2. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

3. “Hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

4. “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

5. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

6. “That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

7. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

8. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged y the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

9. “No lie can live forever.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

10. “If I cannot do great things, I can do great small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

11. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

12. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

13. “Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

14. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

15. “Everybody can be great.. because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace.. a soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

16. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

17. “That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

18. “For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

19. “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

20. “The time is always right to do right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

21. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Martin Luther King Jr.

22. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

23. “A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

24. “Nothing worthwhile is gained without sacrifice.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

25. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Bonus Martin Luther King Jr. Quote

Bonus: Alright, here’s our final MLK Jr. quote, and it’s one of our favorites. Let it give you hope to keep dreaming and striving for the bigger, better, and brighter future of your dreams.

“You Can Kill The Dreamer, But You Can’t Kill The Dream.”

– MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. –

Final Thoughts

There you have it, some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most inspiring quotes. We hope they move and inspire you to leave your own legacy of positive change.

Till you reach your aims,

STRIVE

Continue Reading

SPONSORED

Trending