49 motivational quotes to kick yourself in the ass

Freelancers get caught in ruts. We slow down after a while. We start to stray from the main goals in our freelance careers. This post is (hopefully) going to give all of us the kick in the ass that I think we sometimes need in order to get back on track, get motivated and take over the world! Motivation to move forward is something I am sure all of us could use more of and that is why I put together this list. This article will give all of us daily motivation with 49 of the best motivational quotes (in my opinion obviously). Feel free to link people to this post with your friends or readers of your websites. I hope 2009 is a successful year for every one of my old (and new) readers.

Day 1

We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations – Stephen Covey

Day 2

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. – Helen Keller

Day 3

If you want to be creative in your company, your career, your life, all it takes is one easy step…the extra one. When you encounter a familiar plan, you just ask one question: “What ELSE could we do? – Dale Dauten

Day 4

When you arrive at your future, will you blame your past? – Robert Half

Day 5

It is the very essence of good leadership to give away all credit for positive achievement, to identify only team goals and always to refer to them as such. – Joe Klock

Day 6

The unfortunate need people who will be kind to them; the prosperous need people to be kind to. Aristotle

Day 7

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Day 8

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. – Socrates

Day 9

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high. – Henry David Thoreau

Day 10

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. – Lou Holtz

Day 11

It takes as much stress to be a success as it does to be a failure. – Emilio James Trujillo

Day 12

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Day 13

Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will. – Nelson Mandela

Day 14

If a man would move the world, he must first move himself. – Socrates

Day 15

Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite. – Robert Half

Day 16

He who begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin – Horace

Day 17

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller

Day 18

It takes less time to do a thing right than it does to explain why you did it wrong. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Day 19

The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. – Marcus Aurelius

Day 20

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. – Winston Churchill

Day 21

There is nothing of which we are apt to be so lavish as of time, and about which we ought to be more solicitous; since without it we can do nothing in this world. – William Penn

Day 22

even without success, creative persons find joy in a job well done. Learning for its own sake is rewarding – Mihlay Csikszentmihalyi

Day 23

The yes-but person always manages to find a negative that outweighs any positives. Or dreams out improbable rationalizations to excuse an obvious negative. Yes-but people get in their own–and others’–way. – Dr. Arthur Freeman

Day 24

When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it. – Sigmund Freud

Day 25

Success is an act of exploration. That means the first thing you have to find is the unknown. Learning is searching; anything else is just waiting. – Dale Dauten

Day 26

Life is a series of problems. Do we want to moan about them or solve them? – M. Scott Peck

Day 27

The nearer the dawn the darker the night. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Day 28

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown. – William Penn

Day 29

Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. -Marcus Aurelius

Day 30

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future. – Albert Einstein

Day 31

I am not sure I should have dared to start; but I am sure that I should not have dared to stop. -Winston Churchill

Day 32

Better to do a little well, then a great deal badly. – Socrates

Day 33

When you merely assume, you take the chance your assumptions are wrong. – Dr. Arthur Freeman

Day 34

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind. – Leonardo da Vinci

Day 35

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein

Day 36

Our lives improve only when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves. – Walter Anderson

Day 37

Many of us grow up thinking of mistakes as bad, viewing errors as evidence of fundamental incapacity. This negative thinking pattern can create a self-fulfilling prophecy, which undermines the learning process. To maximize our learning it is essential to ask: “How can we get the most from every mistake we make?” – Tony Buzan

Day 38

Research shows that you begin learning in the womb and go right on learning until the moment you pass on. Your brain has a capacity for learning that is virtually limitless, which makes every human a potential genius. – Michael Gelb

Day 39

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit. – Aristotle

Day 40

I am complete but not finished. – Greg Anderson

Day 41

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Day 42

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. – Albert Einstein

Day 43

Believe in something big. Your life is worth a noble motive – Walter Anderson

Day 44

…focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. – Greg Anderson

Day 45

All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it. – Samuel Butler

Day 46

It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

Day 47

…by stretching yourself beyond your perceived level of confidence you accelerate your development of competence. – Tony Buzan

Day 48

The Law of Win/Win says, “Let’s not do it your way or my way; let’s do it the best way.” – Greg Anderson

Day 49

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. – Albert Einstein

What happened to number 50?

That’s where you come in – I want you to leave a comment with your favorite motivational quote as your own personal number 50. This way, the more comments we have, the more motivational quotes we have. Lets help each other make 2009 great – leave your comments below.

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Author: Mike Smith

Mike Smith is a WordPress designer & developer at GUERRILLA and the owner and main blogger here on Guerrilla Freelancing.

Comments

  1. Patrick says:

    “If your going through hell keep going.” – Winston Churchill

  2. “Nothing can defeat you, if you make up your mind to fight and nothing can save you, if you have accepted defeat.”
    – Apoorve Dubey

    “The enormity of your problems is nothing compared with your ability to solve them. By overestimating the problem you underestimate yourself.”
    – Apoorve Dubey

    “The price tag you put on yourself decides your worth. Underestimating yourself will cost you dearly.”
    – Apoorve Dubey

    “It is the road you take that decides your destiny and not your destiny that decides the road you take.”
    – Apoorve Dubey

    “If you don’t have the courage to walk alone others will not have the courage to walk with you.”
    – Apoorve Dubey

  3. Great quotes! I actually compiled a list of 45 Motivational Perspectives and Quotes from some of my top contacts on LinkedIn.

    45 Tips To Help Stay Motivated:

    http://www.coachwithjeremy.com/blog/motivation/tips-to-help-stay-motivated

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  4. Coach Vickie says:

    Happiness is when you think, say and do are all in harmony — Gandhi

  5. JF Garsula says:

    It is not what happens to you that counts, it is what you make of what happens.

  6. Hanad Alihanaf says:

    I say:

    “You are the line separating your dreams and reality. So, what do you do of it?”

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