Quotes from Great Minds to Inspire You

We're sharing quotes from some of history's greatest minds to help inspire to lead you and mentor you through the tough times.

Whether you are a CEO or the lowest guy on the corporate ladder, you have emotions. Sometimes they get the best of you. Even if you love your job and can’t fathom doing anything else, there are still days when you don’t want to go to work. The most successful and powerful people still hit ruts.

People have developed numerous ways to stay motivated from reading affirmations to fad diets and exercise. Sometimes our methods of staying motivated in the face of adversity are as simple as hanging up a poster of a dog chasing a ball with the words “Go get it!” scribbled across the bottom.

Personally, the best way I’ve been able to stay motivated is by looking at people who are succeeding in the space I’m working and listening to what they have to say. I’ve also gotten invaluable advice from the great minds of the past on how to handle situations. Why go rack my brains problem solving when I can get the blueprint from someone else who already worked out the solution? In the internet age, we have more access than ever to knowledge, information and mentors. You might not be able to sit down and have a cup of coffee with Benjamin Franklin but his words and opinions have become eternally accessible through Google.

So, here are some quotes from some of history's greatest minds to help inspire to lead you, and mentor you, through the tough times:

“The mind is not a vessel that needs filing, but wood that needs igniting.” - Mestrius Plutarchus

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.” - Benjamin Franklin

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus." - Alexander Graham Bell

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” - Jim Rohn

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” - Thomas Jefferson

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." - Paulo Coelho

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” - Thomas Edison

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” - Robert Louis Stevenson

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” - Dalai Lama

“One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren't enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.” - Viggo Mortensen

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.” - Benjamin Disraeli

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” - Napoleon Bonaparte

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” - Rosalynn Carter

“The best teachers are those who tell you where to look - but don’t tell you want to see.” - Alexandra K. Trenfor

“A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained.” - Shawn Hitchcock

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon and the deeper it sinks into the mind.” - Samuel Taylor

“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” - J Loren Norris

“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you seen in yourself and helps bring it out of you.” - Bob Proctor


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