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I’m going to write a book, continue acting, continue motivational speaking and just share with people who I am and what I’ve learned in my second chance of life and pass it on to people in their first chance of life.
J. R. Martinez
You know looking back on it now I used the fight and after the fight as motivation, to make sure I was going to be the best middleweight in the world for a long time.
I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something Greater than You, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.
When people feel they’re getting to speak into what’s being preached, there is high built-in motivation to participate.
There is no motivation higher than being a good writer.
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
George S. Patton
I’ll be honest with you: before I heard Nicki rapping, I probably wouldn’t have thought to rap myself. Just to see a female doing it and being in there with the guys, it was motivation.
Exercise plays a huge role in keeping me sane, and that’s my primary motivation to ‘find time.’
Well, I actually grew up in the sixties. I feel very lucky, actually, that that was my slice of time that I was dealt. Let’s remember that the real motivation in the sixties, and even in the fifties, was the Cold War.
Your heaviest artillery will be your will to live. Keep that big gun going.
My motivation wasn’t really to get a $95 million contract, you know?
I try to give both my heroes and villains an emotional dimensionality which provides the motivation for their actions.
Typically, if you reward something, you get more of it. You punish something, you get less of it. And our businesses have been built for the last 150 years very much on that kind of motivational scheme.
Daniel H. Pink
Mostly we’re motivated to control ourselves in public. Mostly. At home the motivation is much less clear. At home there’s a bit of a lab for bad behavior. You can test things out without terrible consequences. Or maybe the consequences are there, but they are deferred, buried, much harder to detect.
People always accuse me of being motivational in a way, like it was a bad thing, but that’s just how I was raised. My mom raised me in a positive environment, with lots of love in my heart, and that reflects in my music.
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.
If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.
We need to accept that the commandments of God aren’t just a long list of good ideas. They aren’t ‘life hacks’ from an Internet blog or motivational quotes from a Pinterest board.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Thatcher was the motivation for my entire political career. I hated everything she stood for.
My main motivation for staying in the spotlight at all is, I don’t want to just be known for being involved in ‘Playboy,’ or having been Hugh Hefner’s girlfriend – I hate that. I like to show I can do other things and take on other challenges. That’s my main motivation.
When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
Being here allows me to make the case that not all aging, narcissistic movie actors whose children could be mistaken for their grandchildren necessarily act with the same motivation.
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
But now I’m getting that spiritual motivation to visit Africa.
Don’t fight the problem, decide it.
George C. Marshall
I think change is possible, but only for individuals who were never truly gay in the first place and who have a strong personal motivation to recover their heterosexuality.
Marilyn vos Savant
What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.
I want to build a legacy at the WWE, but I definitely want to continue to grow the Bella Empire. I want it to go beyond the ring. I would love to be a motivational speaker.
If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.
Robert H. Schuller
Know or listen to those who know.
To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.
You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.
John W. Gardner
I started doing motivational tours. I’ve seen all kinds of people, from the CEOs to the lowest executive, opening up to their fears. We don’t introspect as much as we should.
By establishing a social policy that keeps physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia illegal but recognizes exceptions, we would adopt the correct moral view: the onus of proving that everything had been tried and that the motivation and rationale were convincing would rest on those who wanted to end a life.
Meetings should be like salt – a spice sprinkled carefully to enhance a dish, not poured recklessly over every forkful. Too much salt destroys a dish. Too many meetings destroy morale and motivation.
Who seeks shall find.
Oh, I would love to be a motivational speaker. I have pulled myself out of a million potholes, and I can see the potholes ahead of me. That doesn’t mean that I could always do that so perfectly for my own life. I totally fall in potholes.
We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.
Orison Swett Marden
The great fights with your strongest rivals are always the biggest motivation. When you win easily it’s not the same taste.
In motivating people, you’ve got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example – and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.
Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
To be a good loser is to learn how to win.
If you’ve got a talent, protect it.
They can conquer who believe they can.
The thing that motivates me is a very common form of motivation. And that is, with other folks counting on me, it’s so easy to be motivated.
There’s always motivation coming into Majors. If you can’t get up and get excited to win one of these, then you probably shouldn’t be playing golf.
I would say that one of the really special gifts about playing an athlete is that it’s the best motivation you’ll ever have to get in top shape and stay in top shape because you know that you’re going to be expected to deliver.
Google is about information and computers and making things really fast. Facebook is about the sharing and connections. These missions give these companies direction and motivation.
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
I just can’t get excited about money as a motivation in a film. It leaves me cold.
Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.
Never give in and never give up.
Hubert H. Humphrey
If there was one word on a motivation or world view, that one word would be ‘liberty.’ That’s what inspires me and motivates me more than anything – just the concept of freedom, liberty, what it means.
Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale
You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.
I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.
If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.
Marvin’s Motivational Moments actually started as something that was actually therapeutic for me. I would sit up late at night after my wife passed trying to adjust to being alone.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
I sat down with my trainers to check my past seasons and to see what could be done to keep me motivated and in good shape. I had to find a new motivation, a new momentum.
Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.
I’m actually not a particularly negative person, but I feel like most things are better when they’re not actualized. The motivation that comes from wanting something is so much more driving of people than actually getting it.
I could live a normal life. My motivation is only to take on new challenges.
The reach of Coke and McDonald’s is undeniable, and I’m thrilled these iconic brands are joining forces to inspire local communities through messages of peace and motivation in unique ways. It’s an added bonus that they are using the lyrics to ‘Rise Up’ as a part of those messages.
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.
Just looking when I was little at pictures of cars and houses that I wanted – it gives you a certain motivation, it gives you a goal.
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
Motivation is just this potion to create stuff, a compulsion to express the truth of my own experiences in this life.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
For so long I wanted to win the gold medal. Then I won. I had to figure out what was the new motivation to take myself to that place again.
I’ll always use the negativity as more motivation to work even harder and become even stronger.
In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.
I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
I come to win.
When people ask me what my motivation is, I have a simple answer: money.
I believe that any type of education can be great, but an education about ourselves can create something wonderful. I am a comedian, but people have called me a motivational speaker. I don’t really consider myself that at all.
In my last scene in ‘Breaking Dawn,’ Bella has just died and I run outside and crumple to the ground and just lose it. I’m bawling. That was my last scene of ‘Twilight’ ever and I definitely had some extra motivation.
I got fitter when I did ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.’ I wore a loincloth – that’s a lot of motivation!
Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.
When I hear Obama speak he just seems really sincere and he just seems like somebody who actually has his heart and his motivation in the right place. Forget about color or race or gender or whatever, he’s got his heart in the right place.
We talk on principal, but act on motivation.
Walter Savage Landor
Ladies are honest. They’re my motivation. They know what’s funny, and the dudes just follow.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say there were days when I went back and said, ‘I wish I’d done this. I should have done that. I handled this the wrong way.’ But it’s always in the motivation of getting better. I’ve never once looked in the mirror and said, ‘Oh boy, can’t do this one.’
Jeffrey R. Immelt
I’m thrilled to continue my partnership with U by Kotex for Generation Know while helping to empower girls. I’ve always been a motivational resource for my younger sisters and hope I can positively impact and inspire other young girls too.
Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.
Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
John F. Kennedy
I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt, not admiration.
Orson Scott Card
It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.
While we somehow understand revenge on an intuitive level between individuals, I do suspect that companies, assuming that people are rational, completely miss and underestimate the motivation people have for revenge.
My motivation is to get a deeper understanding and exploration of something that I want to know about the human condition. So, that’s what I look for in the material I read: if it’s asking a genuine question about a concept of the world that interests me. And also, it helps if it’s a context that I find interesting.
Giving back, doing motivational speeches and stuff like that, that’s always made me feel good. If you repeatedly go out there, and you are the change that you want to see, then that’s what you are.
I love my stories being multi-layered, and coming at it from different angles, so that you don’t understand the film’s true emotional motivation until the very end.
M. Night Shyamalan
The weeds keep multiplying in our garden, which is our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out and call them by name.
If you think you can do it, you can.
It’s easy to motivate a client when they are sitting on a bench right in front of you, but the real challenge for a trainer is to have that motivation exist even when you are not around.
Either move or be moved.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
The dog that trots about finds a bone.
Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
It doesn’t matter who is playing or how old they are. I just worry about what I can control. It doesn’t give me more or less motivation.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
I’m a motivational speaker.
The least amount of info actors get, the better. Actors are always like, ‘What is my motivation for this?’ You didn’t write it. Just say the lines.
I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything… at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.
Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.
One of the things I have tried to do with this book and with all of them really is avoid that simple, easy, reductionist view of motivation and to show we do things for a complex net of reasons, a real braid of reasons.
If you are full of motivation as a player, if you are full of concentration, I am open arms.
I mean if politics was my main motivation I would be doing politics. But I’m a filmmaker.
Religious speech is extreme, emotional, and motivational. It is anti-literal, relying on metaphor, allusion, and other rhetorical devices, and it assumes knowledge within a community of believers.
I don’t think it’s a Western thing to really talk about intrinsic motivation and the drive for autonomy, mastery and purpose. You have to not be struggling for survival. For people who don’t know where their next meal is coming, notions of finding inner motivation are comical.
Daniel H. Pink
My main motivation is not to get bored. I’m just hoping I get a vaguely maverick reputation.
I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.
One motivation for the ‘Soul Train’ awards was the grumbling that all of us in the industry have heard about the way black music tends to be viewed as a secondary phenomenon by the other awards shows.
Histories are to educate so that we understand better for ourselves and for motivation.
Gael Garcia Bernal
Clearly, unless the Lord chooses to explain Himself to us, which often He does not, His motivation and purposes are beyond the reach of mortal man. What this means in practical terms is that many of our questions – especially those that begin with the word ‘why’ – will have to remain unanswered for the time being.
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.
When suffering from TBI and PTSD, it’s difficult to find the motivation to seek help. I want society not to forget those that served this country.
My motivation for running for Senate was not for the stature of being a senator, but because I wanted to make a difference on issues I feel passionate about.
Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
Simone de Beauvoir
There is nothing deep down inside us except what we have put there ourselves.
I think it all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it.
I think what I try to do with all the naysayers, negative comments, or even people that think you can’t do it, I’m trying very hard to use it as motivation and to add to that chip on my shoulder.
There is progress whether ye are going forward or backward! The thing is to move!
Emotions serve characters’ purposes. That is their motivation.
That’s the motivation of an artist – to seek attention of some kind.
Obviously, when you’re up against somebody you don’t like there’s extra motivation, but I don’t think any person going for an Olympic gold is going to put friendship first.
Chekhov understood that people are mysterious and can’t be reduced to what we nowadays call ‘motivation.’
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.
When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game.
You will never win if you never begin.
If faith is your motivation, share that.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
I could have gone to a bigger school. I use it as motivation going to a school that loved me. I wanted to put them on the map and show everyone that you don’t need to go to a top school to make it in the NBA.
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
I don’t know what it’s like to have a typical father figure. He’s not the dad who’s going to take me to the beach and go swimming, but he’s such a motivational person.
I’ve always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up.
Well done is better than well said.
Money was never the motivation. It never should be in sports.
If the motivation is gone, then I am finished.
He conquers who endures.
Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
My dad is too cute. Every morning, he sends me one motivational quote. I have a folder full of all his quotes.
Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.
Go big or go home. Because it’s true. What do you have to lose?
One of the things that I did before I ran for president is I was a professional speaker. Not a motivational speaker – an inspirational speaker. Motivation comes from within. You have to be inspired. That’s what I do. I inspire people, I inspire the public, I inspire my staff. I inspired the organizations I took over to want to succeed.
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
I’m a very motivated person. I don’t need extra motivation.
When one must, one can.
Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
For me, it’s just acting. It’s pretending. The best actors are children, and children don’t do research. You never see a child going, ‘I’m wondering about my motivation here. How can I do this toy? How can I do this train? I don’t feel train.’
My motivation is tomorrow, just one day at a time, right?
You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
Earl Nightingale has inspired more people toward success and fortune than any other motivational speaker on the planet.
I am not a has-been. I am a will be.
Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.
I’m just trying to pass Tim Duncan in championships if I can one day. That’s my motivation; that’s what I strive for. Tim is one of the greatest players who has ever played, so if I could get close or reach that plateau and have my name on that list.
Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.
I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Yes, my life is a life of combat; I can say that this has never stopped for a single instant. It is a combat that started for me at the age of 16. I’m 90 years old now, and my motivation hasn’t changed; it’s the same fervour that drives me.
Ahmed Ben Bella
Deficiency motivation doesn’t work. It will lead to a life-long pursuit of try to fix me. Learn to appreciate what you have and where and who you are.
How do you know you’re going to do something, untill you do it?
J. D. Salinger
For me, motivation is a person who has the capability to recruit the resources he needs to achieve a goal.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Iraq did not spontaneously opt for disarmament. They did it as part of a ceasefire, so they were forced to do it, otherwise the war might have gone on. So the motivation has been very different.
The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.
The Cinquecento was an engine of motivation at Fiat. It refurbished the image of the entire company. It’s a symbol for the company, but it’s more than that. It’s a global Italian symbol, as Mini is a global British symbol and the Beetle is a global German symbol.
I used to think that losing made you more hungry and determined but after my success at the Olympics and the U.S. Open I realise that winning is the biggest motivation.
That’s everyone’s motivation: to get to the playoffs and win the World Series.
You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.
George S. Patton
But what was my motivation was music, and the fact that I love to move around. I’m always moving around.
I have always let my motivation guide me, and that has served me well. Climbing has taught me how to thrive and created a life that I feel incredibly lucky to have.
In all the time that people have known me, has anyone ever heard me talk about the importance of rushing records or finishing with the most touchdowns? So if that’s never been important to me, then why would that be a motivation to keep playing?
Many are called but few get up.
Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life.
To begin, begin.
One finds limits by pushing them.
Success is the only motivational factor that a boy with character needs.
Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.
W. Clement Stone
When we started work on the iPhone, the motivation there was we all pretty much couldn’t stand our phones, and we wanted a better phone.
If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
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