When I think of Thích Nhất Hạnh, words like – stillness, love, compassion, peace and oneness, come to mind. And even though these are some really beautiful and powerful words, they somehow can’t really express the beautiful, pure and loving feelings that I get from reading Thích Nhất Hạnh’s books and watching his beautiful videos.
Thích Nhất Hạnh is someone who’s work I truly love and admire , and even though there are many beautiful lessons we can all learn from this wonderful and loving soul, today I will share 30 of these life changing lessons with you. Trusting that they will nurture your mind and soul and bring a lot of peace and happiness into your life.
Here are 30 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Thích Nhất Hạnh:
1. Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a touch, or a smile.
“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.”
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.
“I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.”
2. If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence.
“If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.”
“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”
3. Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos.
“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.”
4. To be beautiful means to be yourself.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
5. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
“When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”
“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”
“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”
“From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.”
“In modern society most of us don’t want to be in touch with ourselves; we want to be in touch with other things like religion, sports, politics, a book – we want to forget ourselves. Anytime we have leisure, we want to invite something else to enter us, opening ourselves to the television and telling the television to come and colonize us.”
“Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.”
“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
9. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.
“We often think of peace as the absence of war, that if powerful countries would reduce their weapon arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds- our own prejudices, fears and ignorance. Even if we transport all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the roots of bombs are still there, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we will make new bombs. To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves and from the hearts of men and women. To prepare for war, to give millions of men and women the opportunity to practice killing day and night in their hearts, is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed on for generations to come. ”
“Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.”
10. You are more than your sorrows.
“The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.”
“Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful…How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural–you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.”
11. When another person makes you suffer, it only is because he suffers deeply within himself.
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”
12. Blaming has no positive effect at all.
“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.”
13. Never lose hope.
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”
“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
“The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself.”
15. Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a touch, or a smile.
“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.”
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.
“I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.”
“If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.”
“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”
“In true love, you attain freedom.”
“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.”
“In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.”
“Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.”
18. Breathe yourself back to life.
“Breathing in, there is only the present moment. Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment.”
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
19. Free yourself of concepts and keeps your mind open to what is.
“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”
“Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path.”
“I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong. … Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?”
21. Welcome all of your feelings, no matter if they are negative or positive.
“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”
22. The present moment is all you ever have.
“To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment.”
“The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”
“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
“Life is available only in the present moment.”
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”
23. Love’s only interest is to love.
“Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.”
24. True happiness is based on peace.
“Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”
“It is my conviction that there is no way to peace – peace is the way.”
25. At the core level we are all ONE.
“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”
26. It may be that humankind has created God in the image of humankind.
“It is said that God has created man in his own image. But it may be that humankind has created God in the image of humankind.”
27. Enlightenment is always available to you.
“Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment.”
28. To have peace in the world we have to have to first peace between religions.
“Until there is peace between religions, there can be no peace in the world.”
29. If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors.
“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”
30. Life bursts with miracles.
“Around us, life bursts with miracles–a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
“The kingdom of God is available to you in the here and the now. But the question is whether you are available to the kingdom. Our practice is to make ourselves ready for the kingdom so that it can manifest in the here and the now. You don’t need to die in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. In fact, you have to be truly alive in order to do so.”
What is your favorite quote from Thích Nhất Hạnh? What is one lesson you have learned from Thích Nhất Hạnh that really impacted and changed your life? You can share your insights by joining the conversation in the comment section below.
Source: Purpose Fairy.
Some of the most powerful and life changing lessons I have learned so far came from this great man, Wayne Dyer and today I would like to share 15 of these lessons with you. The lessons are in no particular order as all of them are equally important to me
1. Cooperation is healthier than competition
Work on improving your own person and be so busy with doing so that you don’t have time to compare and compete with others. We are all in this together and this sense of separation will only weaken us all creating more pain and suffering.
If you’re always in a hurry, always trying to get ahead of the other guy, or someone else’s performance is what motivates you, then that person is in control of you. ~ Wayne Dyer
2. If you love people you don’t try to change them
When you love somebody you love them for what they are not for what you want them to be, without imposing your will and without constantly trying to change them.
“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.” ~ Wayne Dyer
3. Ignorance is not bliss
Allow yourself to expand your mind a little more day by day, give up labels and you will be happier. If you constantly say NO to “strange” ideas, things, events, people, how can you expect to progress through life? Try new things, if it makes your life better stick to it and if it doesn’t let it go, It’s that simple.
“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” ~ Wayne Dyer
4. You are not a victim of the world
When you affirm thing like, You make me mad, this situation is upsetting me, I can’t believe you are treating me this way, etc., you start playing the victim game. Take responsibility for your own thoughts, your own feelings and actions and by doing so you will no longer give your power away to forces outside yourself. When something negative will come your way, you will pause and instead of reacting you will RESPOND, to everything and everyone. You will no longer be a victim but rather a person who is aware of his/her inner strength and power.
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” ~ Wayne Dyer
If you are comfortable in your own skin and if you really love your own person, you will not be afraid to spend some time alone. You will enjoy the time you spend alone as much as you do when you are surrounded by the people you love dearly.
“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.” ~ Wayne Dyer
6. Rejection makes you stronger
If you trust and listen to your own heart and intuition, you will always know where to go and what to do with your life. No matter how many doors will close on your face, you will not give up and you will allow rejection to make you stronger and better but not bitter.
“Be grateful to all those people who told you no. It’s because of them that you managed to do it all yourself.” ~Wayne Dyer
7. Self worth cannot be verified by others
If you constantly seek outside yourself for approval and validation, you will never be happy. We are all different and we all perceive things in different ways but your reputation is not something you can really control. Your reputation is not really in your hands, so stop trying to please everyone around you and start pleasing your own SELF. You are the person who matters the most and if you yourself are not happy with who you are, chances are that others will be happy with YOU either!
“Self-worth cannot be verified by others. You are worthy because you say it is so. If you depend on others for your value it is other-worth.” ~ Wayne Dyer
8. You don’t attract what you want in your life, you attract what you are
People often think if they focus long enough on something they want, with the Law of Attraction and everything they will get whatever they want in life, but that’s not how things work. If you purify your mind and your hearth, you will attract many beautiful things in your life, and abundance will not be something you will have to chase because it will chase you. On the other hand, if your mind and heart is full of negativity, negativity in all forms will show up in your life.
”If you’re obsessed with defeating the other guy and winning at all costs, then you’re guaranteed to attract the vibrational equivalent of this thinking into your life- even if you do yoga and stand on your head chanting mantras everyday.” ~ Wayne Dyer
There are no limits to what you can achieve, only those you choose to impose on yourself.
“When you argue for your limitations, all you get are your limitations.” ~ Wayne Dyer
10. Heaven on earth’ is a choice you must make, not a place you must find
Focus on the BAD and that’s all you will see and attract into your life; focus on the GOOD and that’s all you will see and attract into your life.
“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”~ Wayne Dyer
Believe it or not, there is an invisible force who created the whole world, the whole Universe and this force becomes available to us the moment we stop trying to do it all by ourselves, the moment we decide to allow events to take their natural course and just go with the FLOW.
“Good morning, this is God. I will be handling all of your problems today. I will not need your help. So have a miraculous day.” ~ Wayne Dyer
12. All that you need is already within you
In this moment you have it all, right NOW and right here, there is nothing lacking. Take time to be quiet at least 5 minutes per day and in time you will discover that you do have access to HAPPINESS, PEACE, ABUNDANCE and all that is good at all times.
“You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.” ~ Wayne Dyer
13. There is no end to personal growth
Personal growth doesn’t end when you finish school. The moment you’ve stopped growing you can say that you’ve stopped living.
Individuals who use self-labels are stating, “I’m a finished product in this area, and I’m never going to be any different.” If you’re a finished product all tied up and put away, you’ve stopped growing. ~ Wayne Dyer
14. Be realistic, expect miracles
There is a great power in the Universe, the Source of it all, and this power makes itself available to you the moment you align with who you really are deep down inside, creating miracles for you and those you love.
“Once you believe in yourself and see your soul as divine and precious, you’ll automatically be converted to a being who can create miracles.” ~ Wayne Dyer
15. Follow your heart and you will be successful
This is such a powerful truth that only a few of us get to live and discover. When you get your life on purpose, when you focus on giving the best of you to the world, abundance will flow freely into your life and you will discover happiness you never thought could be yours.
“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” ~ Wayne Dyer
Who are the people that inspire you the most and what are some of the lessons you have learned from them? I really want to know what are your thoughts on this. You can share your insights by joining the conversation in the comment section below
“The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
I used to dream of a better future for myself and my family. I’d imagine what it would be like to live a life that seemed so far out of the bounds of my reality.
I wondered what it would be like to be able to quit my dead end job that made me feel trapped in a life that kept me poor, unhappy, unfulfilled, and become financially free doing the things I loved. I’d be able to take care of my family and give them the things I never had growing up in poverty.
Then something happened.
I broke. I wanted to give up. I was so filled up with contempt for the life I was leading and lost all control. I fell into a very dark place and stopped caring about everything. I needed to find a way to let go of the restrictions that kept me nailed to a life that I no longer could stand.
Something had to change or I wasn’t sure I could go on. The only thing stopping me from completely going under was my daughter. Seeing the smile on her face and the way she looked at me, gave me the warmth and strength to carry on.
She was the light that pushed me forward and helped me wake up.
One day I decided I had had enough. I had to change my life. I had to stop dreaming and start doing. I had to step up to the plate and be the change I used to dream about. I couldn’t stand the thought of my little girl growing up and looking at life with the negative perception I had always known.
That’s when I vowed to do everything in my power to reach for my dreams and keep reaching for as long as it took.
That was about 4 years ago now. Since then, I’ve attained a bachelors degree in business, started three blogs, found my purpose, discovered courage within I never knew I had, and discovered my passion for wanting to make a difference in the world and in the lives of others.
My life perspective has completely changed. I now look at the world and see unlimited possibilities for the future. Whenever I imagine something for my future, I see it as achievable goal, and I make a plan to go after it.
I wake up each morning with a sense of joy because I know that today is wonderful and the actions I take will bring me one small step closer to the future I desire. I know that by following my dreams, I’m setting my little girl up to follow hers and believe in the unlimited possibilities that await her.
I am still far from living the life that I envision for my family, but it creeps closer every day.
The changes I have made in my life have helped me to become a better person for my family and those around me. I’ve been doing my best to be a positive inspiration in the world and because of it, I’m happier, healthier, and loving every minute of it.
I’ve made many changes in the past four years and continue to make more every day. I know that growth is a process that is leading me towards my goals and I see it everywhere.
It was never easy and I fell back to my old routines time and time again, but I made a commitment to myself to continue to move forward no matter what, and that has made all the difference.
I know you must be wondering what changes I made that led me to where I am today. Hopefully you can use these to better your own chances at moving forward on your own journey towards the future you desire.
I made a conscious choice to stop making excuses for how hard it would be to reach for something that seemed so far away. I made it a point to change my mindset and become more positive. I did this by searching out various inspirational blogs and books and completely immersed myself in the positivity and encouragement they brought. Whenever the negative feelings of depression, fear, or laziness came to the surface of my thoughts, I was able to use the inspiration as a tool to move past those feelings and continue on.
I needed a plan otherwise I would just end up running around in circles in my mind and more than likely give up before I got anywhere. I took the advice of a friend to write about what I wanted my life to be like in three years. That included me reaching my goals and achieving my dreams, whether it would happen or not.
I also started writing down daily task lists every single day for what I wanted to accomplish and checked off the ones I was able to complete.
I began paying more attention to my overall well being because I knew that my chances of success were greater if my body, mind, and spirit were more aligned. I started a workout routine, making better nutritional choices, and meditating more and more until it became a daily habit.
As a result, my health and wellness improved, which led to increased focus, clarity, and positive outlook. That all led to increased motivation and momentum to keep moving forward.
Another HUGE factor that contributed to my success was the support I received along the way. It is almost impossible to go it alone. I reached out to those inspirational blog owners and started developing relationships with them.
Some of them are now my friends. I found groups on Facebook of people who were on a similar journey for change and we helped each other with accountability, support, and motivated each other to keep the pace. Having others that support you and you them are essential to keep the negativity of the naysayers from bringing you down.
You can start using these methods to help you move towards a better future for yourself and your family as well.
I want you to look at life like I now do. I want you to see the possibilities that await you if you just learn to grasp them.
Change comes in different forms for everyone and it’s up to you to take the actions to grow through them and use them to better your life and your future.
I want to hear what changes you’ve made or are going to make so you can reach for the future and live for today. Please share your thoughts and we can learn, change, and grow with each other.
What are the differences between happy people and unhappy people? Of course, it should be very obvious: happy people are happy while unhappy people are unhappy, right? Well, that is correct. But, we want to know what happy people do differently, so I have put together a list of things that happy people do differently than unhappy people.
1. Love vs. Fear
Well, I can tell you for sure that those people who are really happy, fear less and love a lot more. They see each moment, each challenge, each person as an opportunity to discover more about themselves and the world around them.
2. Acceptance vs. Resistance
Happy people understand that you can’t really change a situation by resisting it, but you can definitely change it by accepting that it is there and by understanding that there might be a reason for its existence.
When something unpleasant happens to them, they don’t try to fight it (they know that this will make the situation even worse), but they ask themselves questions like: What can I learn from this? How can I make this better? And then they focus on the positive, rather than on the negative. They always seem to see the glass half full, no matter what happens to them.
3. Forgiveness vs. Unforgiveness
Really happy people know that it’s not healthy to hold on to anger. They choose to forgive and forget, understanding that forgiveness is a gift they give to themselves first and foremost.
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” ~ Buddha
4. Trust vs. Doubt
They trust themselves and they trust the people around them. Whether they are talking to the cleaning lady or the C.E.O. of a billion-dollar company, somehow they always seem make the person they are interacting with feel that there is something unique and special about them. They understand that beliefs are self-fulfilling prophecies.
Because of that, they make sure to treat everyone with love, dignity and respect, and make no distinction between age, sex, social status, color, religion or race. These are the great men that Mark Twain was talking about: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
5. Meaning vs. Ambition
They do the things they do because of the meaning it brings into their lives and because it gives their lives a sense of purpose. They understand that “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life” as Wayne Dyer says.
And they care more about living a life full of meaning than what, in our modern society we would call, living a successful life. The irony here is that most of the time they get both success and meaning because they choose to focus on doing the things they love the most and they always pursue their heart‘s desires. They are not motivated by money; they want to make a difference in the lives of those around them and in the world.
“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
6. Praising vs. Criticizing
Happy people would probably agree with Carl’s Jung theory on resistance: “What you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.” They don’t criticize the absence of the behavior they want to reinforce, rather, they know by praising the person and the behavior they wish to reinforce (even if it’s not often), they will actually encourage the positive behavior.
When a parent wants to make sure their 7 year old boy will learn to always put the toys back in the box after he’s done playing with them, they make sure not to focus on the many times the child didn’t do it, criticizing him and his behavior, but every time the little boy does put the toys back, the parent praises him and his behavior and that is exactly how they reinforce the positive behavior, and in the end get the wanted results.
7. Challenges vs. Problems
Happy people will see problems as challenges, as opportunities to explore new ways of doing things, expressing their gratitude for them, understanding that underneath them all lay many opportunities that will allow them to expand and to grow.
8. Selflessness vs. Selfishness
They do what they do not for themselves, but for the good of others, making sure that they bring meaning, empowerment and happiness to the lives of many. They look for ways to give and to share the best of themselves with the world and to make other people happy.
“Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.” ~ Buddha
9. Abundance vs. Lack/ Poverty
They have an abundant mindset, living a balanced life, achieving abundance in all areas of life.
These people don’t really care about being realistic. They love and dare to dream big, they always listen to their heart and intuition and the greatness of their accomplishments scares many of us.
“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” ~ Goethe
11. Kindness vs. Cruelty
They are kind to themselves and others and they understand the power of self-love, self-forgiveness and self-acceptance.
12. Gratitude vs. Ingratitude
No matter where they look, no matter where they are or who they are with, they have the capacity to see beauty where most of us would only see ugliness, opportunities where most of us would only see struggles, abundance where most of us would only see lack and they express their gratitude for all of it.
13. Presence/ Engagement vs. Disengagement
They know how to live in the present moment, appreciating what they have and where they are, while still dreaming big dreams about the future.
“When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. The mind in itself is a wonderful tool. Dysfunction sets in when you seek yourself in it and mistake it for who you are.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
14. Positivity vs. Negativity
No matter what happens to them, they always keep a positive perspective on everything and by doing so, they tend irritate a lot of negative and “realistic” people.
15. Taking Responsibility vs. Blaming
They take full ownership over their lives and they rarely use excuses. Happy people understand that the moment you choose to blame some outside force for whatever is happening to you, you are in fact giving all your power away. They choose to keep their power and take responsibility for everything that happens to them.
Why do you think happiness is so hard for us to achieve? Why do you think it’s easier for people to say “yes” to unhappiness but not to “happiness”? I would love to know what are your thoughts on this by joining the conversation below.
Source: Purpose Fairy
People of every faith could stand to learn a thing or two from Buddha. Buddha has inspired generations of people with his ancient, intelligent sayings. They stand true to this day. Here are some of my favorites.
1. We much change the way we think in order to make things better.
“All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?”
2. We are what we think we are.
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything.”
3. It’s harder to figure yourself out than to figure other people out.
“To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.”
4. Dream big and big things will happen.
“What we think, we become.”
5. If your work doesn’t move your spirit, it’s time to find different work.
“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”
6. Don’t let your fears get in the way of your dreams.
“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.”
7. You won’t get further in life without giving it your all.
“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”
8. Those who don’t fear themselves don’t fear anything else.
“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”
9. If your heart is full of hate, you’ll be consumed by hate.
“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
10. Live each day to the fullest and you won’t be afraid of death.
“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”
1. You only lose what you cling to.
2. You cannot lose what is not yours.
3. You have everything you need to be happy.
5. If you carry the bricks of your past with you, you will build the same house.
6. The things that are in your life you have created and attracted. To change your life, choose to change.
You do not have forever to be who you are right now.
8. Not getting what you want is sometimes the best thing that could happen.
9. There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
10. Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.
11. It is always darkest before the dawn.
12. When things least seem like they’re going to change, that’s usually when they do.
13. You are as free as you decide to be.
14. The only important things in life are the little things– enjoy them the most.
15. You never arrive at happiness, you just learn to live it.
16. Take caution when you open your heart to people, everyone deserves your love and respect, but not everyone deserves a place inside you.
The only way to find peace is to create it within yourself, regardless of the chaos around you.
18. Change is the only constant in life, might as well get used to it now.
19. We build our own cages.
20. To love yourself means to treat yourself and think of yourself as the love of your life would.
21. Chase drinks and dreams, not people.
22. It’s usually not a matter of understanding the heart, but in toning down the mind.
23. Learn to use the heart and mind in tandem, but always in that order.
24. You can’t keep doing the same things and expect your life to change.
25. The only thing you have to do to erase the darkness is turn on a light.
26. The real way you teach people is by helping them to discover on their own.
27. Great things are usually preceded by chaos.
28. People are looking to love exactly the person you are. Don’t compromise yourself.
29. “Okay” is where we all end up eventually.
30. Feed yourself in every way the human body is supposed to be nourished.
31. There’s nothing wrong with indulging yourself.
32. You deserve wonderful things.
33. The person you are meant to be with will always find their way back to you. Always.
34. Find cause for celebration each day and you’ll never live a boring life.
35. It is absolutely true that people will forget what you said and what you did but will never forget how you made them feel.
36. No life is less valuable or beautiful than any other– not even yours.
37. Perfect is not the enemy of good.
38. If you’re reading this on a computer, on the internet, you have more than most of the world does. And yet, despite this, you find reasons to complain (we all do). The lesson? The more you have does not translate to the happier you are.
39. A simple life is the happiest life.
40. People will come and go as they are scheduled to. Let them. Holding on does not affect them, only you.
41. Nobody will give you permission to start living life.
42. Signs and messages are everywhere if only we start paying attention and stop being skeptical.
43. Hope is never lost, it is just ignored.
44. Do everything with a slow pace and a lot of love.
45. Let yourself be yourself.
46. Negative feelings aren’t inherently bad, we just assign a negative connotation to them.
47. Life itself was meant to be survived. If in the process, we find time to live, we can consider ourselves victorious.
48. Just because you feel something, even if someone else doesn’t does not mean it is illegitimate.
49. Just because someone is unkind to you that does not mean you have to be unkind to them. Their wrongdoings are their issues to deal with. Don’t let them become yours.
50. If you let other people’s negative opinions take weight within you, you’ll burn yourself alive, even though you didn’t start the fire.
We are all builders. We are all innovators. I refuse to think otherwise. When we grow up, we are taught that innovation is something special. To be an entrepreneur, you somehow have to be different. Being an entrepreneur and an innovator, they say, requires a particular approach, personality, training–the list goes on.
I think this is wrong. It is my sincere belief that we are all entrepreneurs. Even those who work for large organizations can spur true change: They are intrapreneurs. All it takes is passion, curiosity, and strong desire to make even a small impact on the world. No person is the same. No approach is the same. No view of the world is exactly the same. We need to trust our own personal lens of the world. And no matter what others think, pursue our dreams. That is what brings change and transformation. It is my hope that these 33 quotes will inspire your inner entrepreneur and intrapreneur:
- “Throughout history, people with new ideas–who think differently and try to change things–have always been called troublemakers.”–Richelle Mead
- “There are no old roads to new directions.”–The Boston Consulting Group
- “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”–Andre Gide
- “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”–Alan Kay
- “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it.”–A. Einstein
- “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”–A. Clarke
- “Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”–Howard Aiken
- “Never innovate to compete; innovate to change the rules of the game.”–David O. Adeife
- “Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”–Voltaire
- “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”–Peter F. Drucker
- “Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.”–Robin S. Sharma
- “Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.”–Roger Von Oech
- “Steve Jobs gave a small private presentation about the iTunes Music Store to some independent record label people. My favorite line of the day was when people kept raising their hand saying, “Does it do [x]?” and “Do you plan to add [y]?” Finally, Jobs said, “Wait wait–put your hands down. Listen: I know you have a thousand ideas for all the cool features iTunes could have. So do we. But we don’t want a thousand features. That would be ugly. Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It’s about saying no to all but the most crucial features.”–Derek Sivers
- “It isn’t all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.”–Gene Roddenberry
- “Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept. Who enjoys appearing inept?”–Frank Herbert
- “Innovation is an evolutionary process, so it’s not necessary to be radical all the time.”–Marc Jacobs
- “In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.”–Eric Hoffer
- “Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation.”–Edward Abbey
- “Keep in mind that imagination is at the heart of all innovation. Crush or constrain it and the fun will vanish.”–Albert-Lszl Barabsi
- “I like to think of innovation as upgrading your current self. This upgrade helps you to more effectively deal with changes happening around you and to be able to think in a more complex manner than before.”–Daniel Willey
- “The willingness to be a champion for stupid ideas is the key to greater creativity, innovation, fulfillment, inspiration, motivation, and success.”–Richie Norton
- “Entrepreneurship is when an individual retrieves a red hot idea from the creativity furnace without the constraint of the heat of lean resources, and with each persistent blow of the innovation hammer shapes the still malleable idea against the anvil of passion, vision, insight, strategy, and principles to forge a fitting vessel of a creative concern.”–Amah Lambert
- “Innovative solutions to new challenges seldom come from familiar places.”–Gyan Nagpal
- “Anyone who says failure is not an option has also ruled out innovation.”–Seth Godin
- “To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.”–Henry Ford
- “Following the rules of your industry will only get you so far.”–Max McKeown
- “The best way to get a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”–Linus Pauling
- “The innovator’s motto is this: I succeed or I learn but I never fail.”–Paul Sloane
- “There’s a huge misconception that innovation is mostly about inventing or coming up with cool new things. More often than not, innovation is about figuring out what people really need or want but can’t have or afford.”–Ziad K. Abdelnour
- “Implementing best practice is copying yesterday; innovation is inventing tomorrow.”–Paul Sloane
- “Failure isn’t something to be embarrassed about; it’s just proof that you’re pushing your limits, trying new things, daring to innovate.”–Gavin Newsom
- “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”–Bren Brown
- “Healthy curiosity is a great key in innovation.”–Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha