Heroes are heroes because they achieve what used to be perceived as impossible. In general, legends are those that defy impossibility. We admire them because they show that they are an uncommon breed. To get inspired, it is appropriate to look forward to them, most especially in the moments we are down in our life. Their quotes are a wonderful inspiration.
If you are in business, Bill Gates has the perfect inspirational quote for you: “Your most unhappy customers are the greatest source of learning.” It is through their input that you would improve on service delivery and make more money and attract more customers.
The outstanding Steve Jobs well says mistakes are part of life. He emphasises: “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them and get on with improving your other innovations.”
Close your eyes and listen to Thomas Edison speaking to you. He will not have more words than just to say: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always try just one more time.” What a perfect song from a man who failed 9,999 times to come up with a bulb only to succeed at the 10,000th time.
Renowned business and leadership guru Napoleon Hill has a short sentence for you and me: “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Have you given your dreams time frame? We fail because we have open-ended, timeless dreams. We procrastinate; therefore, there is no yardstick for measuring progress.
We all have ever missed wonderful opportunities in life. We have to worry not. There are times we will miss some opportunities in life. The successful business tycoon Richard Branson says: “Business opportunities are like buses. There is always another one coming.” Never give up, never despair. The world has more opportunities that you may comprehend. Most opportunities slip through our fingers as we do not recognise them.
A basketball legend tells us never to be afraid. We fear failure most such that we fail because of the fear. Kobe Bryant well articulates: “If you are afraid to fail, then you are probably going to fail.” We have failed many times in life because we feared that we could fail. The moment you embark on any journey with a failure mentality, the more you fail. There is no drive or motivation in you to succeed. Christopher Reeve adds: “Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t sell out.” Mika Ditka explains: “You are never a loser until you quit trying.”
Zig Ziggler gives us words of wisdom on fear. Ziggler says: “F-E-A-R has two meanings: Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.” Legends choose facing daunting tasks and rise from their ashes. The legend in you asks you to face the impossible and conquer it. After all nothing is impossible as said by Muhammad Ali the boxer. Tommy Lasorda adds weight to the thinking as he says: “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” Comedian Bill Cosby teaches: “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
Wayne Dyer adds: “Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.” Never wait for tomorrow, today is the time. What is the dream that you have in mind? Visualise it becoming true and go for it. The fact of life is that we become losers only when we quit trying. William Arthur Ward adds: “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”
The legendary in you calls for doing the impossible, to risk more. It is people that give out more that gain more. Jim Rohn has the right word for us all: “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
All legends have one thing in common; they look forward. Speaking at the annual gathering of accountants, business tycoon and philanthropist Napoleon Dzombe said: “Your eyes are in front so that you concentrate on where you are going than where you are coming from. Victory is in going forward.”
Learn from the legends and unleash the legendary factor in you. You are the one; there is no other legend but you. Now is the time the legend in you proves his or her worth. You are the next legend people have to quote and write books and produce documentaries about. Never underestimate yourself. Challenge your thinking. You are more than what you think you are.
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