One of the hardest things to do in life is to maintain a positive attitude about yourself and to feel confident in your abilities especially when things are difficult or stressful. As a high school student myself, I witness this happening almost every single day. With midterms and university applications coming up, so many students doubt themselves (including me!) and worry about getting accepted into their dream university or getting the necessary marks required to go there. Even adults don’t believe in themselves and sell themselves short, for example thinking they’re not good enough for that big promotion at work or worrying they will fail miserably if they start a business. You are so quick to jump to the negatives and focus on why you are destined for failure that sometimes you don’t even give yourself a chance for success. If you, reading this, are one of those individuals with negative thoughts, I have a question for you…

I just finished reading this great classical book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry called “The Little Prince” and in it I was reminded of a timeless lesson about dreaming big that I had to write about. In the book there is this really interesting character who is a child who dreams big and has great ideas but the grownups discourage him (much like how it often is in real life) and even go so far as labelling him as being “unrealistic” and “foolish”. This made me think – why is dreaming and going against the grain of society considered foolish? When isn’t it the “dreamers” that we ironically all look up to?

In dark times of distress or worry, I always search for inspiration in people that went against the grain and against all odds succeeded. I search for inspiration in people that went out on a limb and were not afraid of what other people thought of them or whether they would fail. I search for inspiration in those epic people who put their lives in danger to change the world and I also search for inspiration in very mundane scenarios such as that one girl in class that is confident and is not afraid to look foolish by asking too many questions…

Dr. Seuss was a literary genius. His intelligence, wit, and talent for translating complex concepts into simple cartoons are what helped him sell over 600 million copies of children books. Growing up as a child who read a lot of books, Dr. Seuss was always a staple in my collection. Books such as the “The Cat in the Hat”, “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” and “Green Eggs and Ham” even today bring back those warm fuzzy feelings I got when I read them as a child.

Imagine living in a world where you are surrounded by thousands of people, but still feel completely alone. You can do anything you want and fulfill all of your dreams but no one around you cares. You meet hundreds of people every day but never feel a connection with any of them. Sounds pretty scary, doesn’t it? Without love, there is no life but we tend to take “LOVE” for granted.

Change is a part of life. From crawling to walking to running, you go through so much change in your life that if look back to where you were even 1 year ago it’s amazing to see how much of a different person you are. On a daily basis you grow and learn so much that while these changes seem insignificant initially, overtime they end up changing the entire foundation to who you are. But generally this microscopic change isn’t the change that people refer to when the say “my life has changed”. They are usually referring to those large chunks of transformation you only go through a few times in your life and it is these large changes that people hesitate with and are afraid of.

You will only go as far as your mind takes you. I strongly believe that your thoughts and your outlook towards life are the two driving forces in everything you do. You could be as intellectually gifted as Einstein or have the physical gifts of Michael Jordan. But unless you have the drive and passion to go along with your talents; you will never be successful. These motivational quotes you are about to read are from people who have all gone through what you are going through now. People who have faced challenges and failure but have still come out victorious. They are words of true wisdom and I hope you will make full use of them and implement them in your life.

Everybody needs somebody or something to lift their spirits. For me this something has always been quotes. Encouraging quotes from people who have gone through what you are going through now can be very powerful in helping you stay strong and hopeful when the going gets tough. I strongly believe that a quote is a window into another person life and by taking the time to really understand the quote; you can learn from the person’s lifetime worth of experiences (both good and bad) and use them to positively affect your life.

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