People around the world have been known to put words together in such a way that have inspired thousands. They have picked us up when we were down and pushed us forward as we strive to change the world.
And, on the topic of change, let's start with one who through peace was able to achieve greatness:
People often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning.
Sometimes it's just a change in what you believe that can change the world. Yet in our desire to change the world we often find ourselves faced with failure. A great author reminds us what it means to live:
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 fail by default.
~J. K. Rowling
And while we are on the topic of failures:
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Don't be afraid of failure, embrace it. The worst mistake we can make is not learning from our mistakes. We cannot let our failures hold us down, it is imperative that we come alive and do what we love:
Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that, because what the world needs is people that have come alive.
When it comes to making life the best one we can live:
You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.
But if you want something to try to remind you about your place in the world:
The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
Keeping with the theme, it's time to live with passion, come alive and dedicate yourself to something you love. They say that when you love your job you don't work a day in your life, well this famous innovator says something similar:
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
Wherever you are in life and love, be sure you're enjoying who you are and where you are at:
Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.
Stop trying to impress others and start trying to impress yourself. If you're stuck for inspiration I hope this little post helped you find something to be inspired by.