It can be hard to keep up your own pace when you work in a creative field.
A drought of motivation can feel like the end of the world, so it’s important to keep inspiration on hand.
I keep a folder of quotes on my phone at all times to remind me to maintain my hustle no matter what.
These pearls of wisdom have saved me on many a lackluster day, and today I’m sharing them with you.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”
“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.”
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”
– Roald Dahl, “My Uncle Oswald”
“We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.”
-Herb Kelleher, Co-founder of Southwest Airlines
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
– Maya Angelou
“Sometimes, you’ve got to work a little, so you can ball a lot.”
“Go to your desire and don’t hang around here.”
-Jack Kerouac, “Big Sur”
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined!”
“Now tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
“Some people want it to happen, some people wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
“To be contented—that’s for the cows.”
“The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of, ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”
“Make it work.”
“Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.”
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The next best thing is the wrong thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
“Live every week like it’s Shark Week.”
– Tracy Jordan
“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.”
“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
“Don’t think about your errors or failures; otherwise, you’ll never do a thing.”
“Life is short. Don’t be lazy.”
“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old. They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
– Gabriel García Márquez
“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
“Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us.”
“F*ck you. Pay me.”
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