Posts tagged ‘quotes’

Want to be more disciplined?

I love this quote from the founder of Dropbox, Drew Houston:

The hardest-working people don’t work hard because they’re disciplined. They work hard because working on an exciting problem is fun.

Want to be more disciplined? How about finding something you truly care about instead?


What are you doing with your talent and energy?

Bill Gates to members of the Harvard community:

I hope you will reflect on what you’ve done with your talent and energy. I hope you will judge yourselves not on your professional accomplishments alone, but also on how well you work to address the world’s deepest inequities, on how well you treat people a world away who have nothing in common with you but their humanity.


Brick walls

This is one of my favorite quotes of all time:

Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people.

– Randy Pausch

This quote is a good reminder for me today and everyday. It’s my encouragement when things are hard. Instead of getting frustrated, I try to use my stubbornness to my advantage. From rock climbing I’ve learned that I can get up just about anything if I stick with it long enough.

Randy Pausch was a Carnegie Mellon professor who passed away in 2008. Before he left us, Randy gave one last inspiring lecture on Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. It’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it already.


One of my favorite quotes

Thanks Theodore Roosevelt. This inspires me every time I read it:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

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