The excitement of dreams coming true is beyond the description of words.
— Lailah Gifty Akita
The excitement of dreams coming true is beyond the description of words.
The excitement of dreams coming true is beyond the description of words.
— Lailah Gifty Akita
The possibility of the dream gives strength.
— Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind
Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.
— Author-Poet Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry
I’ve always thought of acting as more of an exercise in empathy, which is not to be confused with sympathy. You’re trying to get inside a certain emotional reality or motivational reality and try to figure out what that’s about so you can represent it.
Operas elucidate, in a way sometimes absent in other theatrical productions, the very human fact that in every hero, there is a thread of duplicity. In every villain, there is another side to consider: We don’t have to like him or her, but we are compelled to think about motivation.
The motivation should come from regulatory enforcement, but enforcement is weak, and environmental litigation is near to impossible. So there’s an urgent need for extensive public participation to generate another kind of motivation.
Obstacles to job creation in America are a result of policy, not of motivation.
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
Music can be useful during training to help get you psyched, and I still listen to music on easy climbs or in the gym. But during cutting-edge solos or really hard climbs, I unplug. There shouldn’t be a need for extra motivation on big days, be it music or anything else. It should come from within.
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
Part of my motivation for writing mysteries for young people is that I loved mysteries when I was growing up, and now that I’m on the creative end of things, I’m discovering that they’re even more fun to write!
Wendelin Van Draanen
Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
I like to put on hardcore when I have to clean my apartment, which I hate to do, but it’s motivational. I like old heavy metal when I’m outside working on my car. Music has definite functions for me.
The motivation part is all essential in keeping my voice, but there are the human factors of discipline.
The biggest problem in rock journalism is that often the writer’s main motivation is to become friends with the band. They’re not really journalists; they’re people who want to be involved in rock and roll.
Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.
It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
I love to run. When the weather’s bad, I should get on the treadmill in the basement gym of my apartment building, but I lack the motivation.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
H. G. Wells
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.
Henry David Thoreau
The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.
I think sometimes I guess you see records, say you want to get there and use that as motivation. In a way, it’s kind of cool if there is a possibility to rewrite history and be up there with the greats of Olympic history.
One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.
I was always curious about motivation and intention, and really, that’s a lot of what acting is.
Either I will find a way, or I will make one.
I can’t conceive of cooking in a sunny place like Florida because my motivation comes from the changing seasons. That’s why I decided to live in New York.
An employee’s motivation is a direct result of the sum of interactions with his or her manager.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
Pope John XXIII
Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.
The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
I used to think that if someone gained their weight back, it was my fault, but all I can do is be God’s motivator and try to instill the motivation in others so they do it themselves.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
When you have good runners, you always run fast. That’s the motivation for me. But I have room to improve in my technique and in the start.
Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.
Real obsession needs an unconscious motivation behind it.
I don’t need any more motivation. I’m fighting Canelo Alvarez. If that can’t get me motivated, then I’m in the wrong sport.
The last two years we got beat in this round. They came out with the motivation to win.
In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
Vanity is great motivation, to be fair.
Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.
But I find with Francis Bacon, some of the things were in the place, and someone who was connected with these schools of thought, and someone who had a motivation that equals the scope of the comedy and the tragedy in the plays.
There’s a way to do it better – find it.
Thomas A. Edison
I don’t know if there are words to describe my motivation.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself.
The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.
I’d say the most memorable thing for me was my dedication and motivation in how I got so involved in boxing.
When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.’
One of the thrills of playing at the top tennis centres of the world is to see the Indian flag go up whenever I’m participating in these events. That’s enough motivation for any Indian who has the opportunity to perform at these tournaments.
The more we do, the more we can do.
The turning point was when I hit my 30th birthday. I thought, if really want to write, it’s time to start. I picked up the book How to Write a Novel in 90 Days. The author said to just write three pages a day, and I figured, I can do this. I never got past Page 3 of that book.
The motivation is important for me to act it, but I don’t necessarily want the audience to know my motivation.
Do whatever you do intensely.
Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Motivation, passion, and focus have to come from the top.
You can look for external sources of motivation and that can catalyze a change, but it won’t sustain one. It has to be from an internal desire.
I know Elon, we’re very like minded in many ways. We’re not conceptual twins. One thing I want us to do is go to Mars, but for me it’s one thing. He’s singularly focused on that. I think motivation wise, for me I don’t find that Plan B idea motivating. I don’t want a plan B for Earth, I want Plan B to make sure Plan A works.
My principal motivation is supporting my family, which is not a bad reason for getting up in the morning. That’s always been my motivation – to take care of the people who rely on me.
You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
We had an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth and I think if that’s not enough motivation I don’t think you should be playing this game.
The personality problem is so tough when you’re not able to pay people. It’s bad enough when you can pay people, but, when you have people working for free, often their motivation is diminished considerably.
You want an audience. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be a writer. The biggest motivation to write is the knowledge that someone will read it.
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.
Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.
Hopefully my books are improving. One of the ways I find motivation to improve is looking at someone who is already at a high level and continues to get better with each book. That’s really what you want to emulate.
Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.
Alfred A. Montapert
The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.
I believe that if your primary motivation in life is to be moral, you don’t become an artist.
At the beginning of my career, my desire to understand was associated with a profound desire to act, with the wish to influence opinion and policy; but, over the years, this motivation has come to be of secondary importance, far behind my desire to understand.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
My motivation is my desire to help people. If people want to have children and cannot in the normal way, and I can do something about it, then I will do so.
Myths are stories that express meaning, morality or motivation. Whether they are true or not is irrelevant.
Talent is crucial. It needs to be driven by motivation, but blind ambition isn’t the key.
I thank those people that thought I had lost the agility to play shortstop, because they gave me more motivation.
The more things you do, the more you can do.
Personally, I’ve never really wanted to be a rock star. That wasn’t my motivation in life. It kind of happened.
We expert teachers know that motivation and emotional impact are what matter.
For me, motivation is easy. I enjoy what I’m doing, and I’m lucky to play tennis. I enjoy the suffering. It’s something quite natural for me to go on the court and suffer, and to go in the gym and to suffer, and to know the only way to get better is to work out – that’s what I like.
Hitch your wagon to a star.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I know not age, nor weariness nor defeat.
I have been compared to Mao since we were both junior skaters. We’ve felt the rivalry since then, so we wanted to avoid each other. However, she has been my motivation.
Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.
Carl von Clausewitz
The hardships that I encountered in the past will help me succeed in the future.
I want to be motivational and inspirational for everybody: my big aim is more women on bicycles.
Psychology doesn’t like to talk about evil. It likes to talk about bad childhoods. But I very much believe that some people are evil and motivation is not necessary for evil.
You have to make it happen.
I do have motivation. A lot of motivation.
Action, reaction, motivation, emotion, all have to come from the characters. Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other.
One may miss the mark by aiming too high as too low.
My motivation was an idea of being able to improve the conditions of life, to try to find a remedy to many of the problems facing the world. That’s what led me into economics. I saw it as a way of helping people.
As a younger actor, my motivation may have been ‘Do you want that job or don’t you?’ Now it’s ‘Do you want to look like crap on film?’
You never know what motivates you.
I don’t think there’s any real motivation for somebody to be a truck driver. Mine was simple; dad was a truck driver, I wanted to own one.
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
These were the moments when I was disappointed and frustrated, when I got so low because it seemed all my hard work had been wasted. But the moments passed, and the motivation to go back to rehab was there again.
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
I do think you need to understand a character’s motivation and perspective.
J. K. Simmons
Deserve your dream.
Only the educated are free.
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.
It’s a big deal to reveal your friend’s deepest truth, your friend’s deepest secret. And for all of us, when we do these big things, there’s a complexity of motivation that comes behind that decision.
Gene Luen Yang
Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.
I had never even thought I’d be an actress – I was supposed to be a lawyer. But the motivation is the same: when you act, you defend a role; you have to be convincing. It’s the same career.
With good coaching, proper motivation and the right club structure with organic growth, you can achieve an awful lot in football.
As long as I’m not selling out the people that ride or die with me, I’m glad I’m not an MC. I’m a motivational speaker. I’m not that rapper dude.
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
My motivation at the moment is around knowing how it feels to turn a business around, and I can’t wait to have that feeling again.
I always had a lot of fun in America, with much more freedom than if I had tried to cook in France. I wouldn’t have the same motivation or inspiration, and I wouldn’t have cooked for the same kind of people in France, so it wouldn’t have given me this edge I had in America.
Winning is motivation.
Don’t think, just do.
Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.
March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.
Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.
Gordon B. Hinckley
From my tribe I take nothing, I am the maker of my own fortune.
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Never complain and never explain.
You create your opportunities by asking for them.
Either you run the day or the day runs you.
I’m a transactional lawyer, which involves a lot of negotiation. If nothing else, that’s given me a good eye for human motivation and frequent case studies in peculiar psychological quirks. I think that’s served me fairly well as a writer.
Paul S. Kemp
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
If you must have motivation, think of your paycheck on Friday.
Fortunately during my career I have won more or less everything, so I need to enjoy it to have the right motivation.
I tried to instill a different motivation, to give them the security and the conviction that they were doing something good, something necessary, something useful – if you want to use a grandiose expression, that they were doing something for peace.
If we take as given that critical infrastructures are vulnerable to a cyber terrorist attack, then the question becomes whether there are actors with the capability and motivation to carry out such an operation.
When you fail you learn from the mistakes you made and it motivates you to work even harder.
There is always room at the top.
I’m not the type to pat myself on the back and all that, but somebody has to be lucky, right? When I got to Dallas, I was struggling – sleeping on the floor with six guys in a three-bedroom apartment. I used to drive around, look at the big houses, and imagine what it would be like to live there and use that as motivation.
God always strives together with those who strive.
A will finds a way.
Orison Swett Marden
If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
John D. Rockefeller
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Excellence endures and sustains. It goes beyond motivation into the realms of inspiration.
Motivation has always been a fascinating factor when considering a touring artist, especially when the years stack up. What keeps one out there year after year?
Anytime you see Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West. Anytime a young black person’s doing good, that’s motivation for everybody else. Anytime, anytime, it’s motivation. Use that fuel to push you forward. That’s what I did.
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William Butler Yeats
My first book was called, ‘Mountain, Get Out of My Way,’ where I did an autobiographical sketch, if you will, looking back at myself and looking back at things in my life, and juxtaposing them against things that are happening in other people’s lives and trying to be motivational.
Understanding motivation is one of the most important things we can do in our lives, because it has such a bearing on why we do the things we do and whether we enjoy them or not.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
I’m a person that’s grounded in faith and believe that my core values, motivation, inspiration, draw from a conception of the world in that way.
Knowing the opportunity to win a championship here in Chicago, right now, that’s the main motivation for me.
People make me key chains… someone attached a Dauntless symbol to a silver pen. That one is what I use to sign books. I use that a lot. I like to keep them around because they remind me that people are waiting for these books and that they really love them. It gives me motivation in those times when I’m not feeling very motivated.
Everybody kind of perceives me as being angry. It’s not anger, it’s motivation.
It was all about wanting to get revenge. Pathetic, really, but it still is the motivation.
I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.
Some of the martial arts films, the motivation is about martial arts. That’s where it’s coming from. It is a visual, commercial film, to showcase the next stunt, the biggest thing. And character development becomes a side thing.
I’d rather do a great play than a mediocre play in New York. As much as I’d like to be seen in New York, that’s not my driving motivation. My motivation is to play great roles, wherever they happen.
It’s tough when you’re No. 1. You don’t have any private life, you can’t even walk anywhere. I think that was one reason why I lost my motivation to play tennis.
I do have high standards. I look at everything I have done and think, ‘Why wasn’t that better?’ Part of my motivation is from crippling self-doubt – I have got to prove myself wrong.
Once something is a passion, the motivation is there.
It’s always too early to quit.
Norman Vincent Peale
When you’re CEO, you have to have two conditions: first, shareholders need to trust you and want you to head your company. The second is that you need to feel the motivation to do the job. So, as long as both are reunited, you continue to do the job.
You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
I’m 53, and it’s hard to get to the gym every day. If I know on Friday I’m going to be wrestling, then I don’t want to look bad, so it gives me motivation. Plus, once you’re in motion, it’s a lot easier to stay in motion.
You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine.
Leap, and the net will appear.
While I have always thought that the motivation for looking for E.T. was both self-evident and patently worthy, it’s possible that I’m a victim of my own job description. Others don’t inevitably agree. Some will opine that there are better ways to spend the money.
Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.
H. L. Hunt
Wherever you are – be all there.
In my industry, it’s important to have people I look to for different things: guidance, inspiration and motivation.
In the new economy, information, education, and motivation are everything.
William J. Clinton
Working with Timbaland, he gives me insight; he throws me different ways to approach the beat, and those extra tips go a long way. I know that he’s worked with some of the greats, so it’s just motivation. I feel inspired when we’re in the booth together.
I’m not a guy who needs to read motivation books.
Other people’s success spurs me on to do well and gives me motivation.
A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
While many hackers have the knowledge, skills, and tools to attack computer systems, they generally lack the motivation to cause violence or severe economic or social harm.
A single prop that does not look real to an audience can louse you up. The same is true of the smallest flaw in setting up the motivation in a story line.
Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.
I have worked enough and I am happy to be touring the country speaking about living with MS to give people inspiration and motivation to help themselves.
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
Charles R. Swindoll
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.
There’s always a lot of talk about motivation to race, but nobody really knows what I do or what I think apart from myself, so I don’t really care what people think.
After a storm comes a calm.
Y’know, the real reason why I was such a failure in the sense of being unable to make any sort of a living was because I was really not motivated. I had no motivation.
Climbing, as my grandmother said, it’s a pretty frivolous thing. She always wondered when I was going to get a real job. But climbing is a real job for me now, and I enjoy it. It’s a gift that I’m able to do it, share adventure and motivation with people.
Always desire to learn something useful.
Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Don Miguel Ruiz
I don’t ever want to be like a peasant. I want to always be all right. But motivation is fans – not your kids, your mum, none of that. All of that matters, but number one is your fans.
I’m not saying I like to be kicked, but it’s good for me to feel I am in the game. Definitely. A motivation.
As far as I can tell, most actors’ main motivation is self-doubt and neuroses.
If people are really excited about their music, and that’s their primary motivation, then that comes through in demo tapes. That’s the most important ingredient.
If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down.
I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.
Robert H. Schuller
I was always curious about motivation and intention, and really, that’s a lot of what acting is. I was a little bit different.
It didn’t matter how good I was. It was always, ‘You’re a girl. You can’t play with the guys.’ It’s always been motivation for me.
I have enough motivation just not looking like an idiot on national television. The fear of disappointing people is certainly higher.
I think that most of the people running companies today are motivated and pay is a small portion of the motivation.
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.
The motivation for making movies is that people actually see them.
I don’t care about motivation. I care about credibility.
Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can’t be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.
What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire – the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery.
Never, never, never give up.
We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
My hope is that each of the villains I write will have his or her own motivation that readers can understand, whether they agree or disagree.
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t sell out.
If you make it a game, gamers will play it no matter what your motivation is in making it.
Give Obama a script he has made his own, and he is the motivational speaker to end all speakers. Tony Robbins cloned with Honest Abe.
Every time somebody calls me out or tries to start something, it’s motivation.
The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I definitely wanted to earn my freedom. But the primary motivation wasn’t making money, but making an impact.
I grew up in South Africa, but like many people at that time, I couldn’t bear living in the country. The main motivation for moving to Britain was to get away.
I’ve heard people on panels say, ‘You must have a Web site. You need to tweet. Repeat the title of your book constantly,’ and I just want to say, ‘Shut up. Everything you’re saying is wrong.’ People will know instantly if your only motivation for tweeting is to sell books.
I’ve a great family, two children to take care of. Then, of course, I do commentary for TV. I do speak about various women’s issues around the world – like LGBT, motivational speeches. I have a lot on my plate right now. But eventually, yes, I would like to pass on the knowledge and something that I would like to do.
NASA’s been one of the most successful public investments in motivating students to do well and achieve all they can achieve, and it’s sad that we are turning the program in a direction where it will reduce the amount of motivation it provides to young people.
Set yourself earnestly to see what you are made to do, and then set yourself earnestly to do it.
Nations don’t have friends; they have interests. The best motivation for a state to act if it is remote from an epidemic is if its own security is at risk.
When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation.
I like motivational books, because I like the go-getting American spirit – your destiny is in your own hands, life is what you make it, don’t accept your limitations, jump before you’re pushed, leap before you look.
I am not afraid… I was born to do this.
Joan of Arc
I was motivated to be different in part because I was different.
Step by step and the thing is done.
If someone has failed, that is not a deficiency for me. I think that he has more motivation. I’ve seen many examples where someone was successful first and failed later and failed first and then succeeded. If they failed in an honest way, I don’t see it as a deficiency.
Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.
Norman Ralph Augustine
All directors are storytellers, so the motivation was to tell the story I wanted to tell. That’s what I love.
People need motivation to do anything. I don’t think human beings learn anything without desperation.
Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
Saint Teresa of Avila
Our subliminal mental processes operate outside awareness because they arise in these portions of our mind that are inaccessible to our conscious self; their inaccessibility is due to the architecture of the brain rather than because they have been subject to Freudian motivational forces like repression.
I can, therefore I am.
If you think black people have a motivation problem, open up a Wal-Mart and advertise a thousand jobs. Watch 5,000 people show up.
I do paint, and I wanted to actually be a painter. Sometimes I’ll whip out paints. It’s tough to find the motivation, but it’s also a solitary, lonely occupation. What I like about acting is that it is such a collaborative thing.
I went to a motivational training course once, a course of self-discovery, and I found out after a week that my fear – it was not a fear of not being accepted – was a very violent fear of failure.
If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.
Let’s practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
I don’t feel that this concept of disruptive technology is the solution for everybody. But I think it’s very important for innovators to understand what we’ve learned about established companies’ motivation to target obvious profitable markets – and about their inability to find emerging ones. The evidence is just overwhelming.
I realized I love motivating and I love empowering and I love inspiring people. I did that as an athlete for 18 years, and I am able to do that as a motivational speaker now as well as doing work on television.
My progress on the piano and my motivation to practice increased dramatically when I caught a vision of my potential.
Sheri L. Dew
Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.