20 Quotes That Put Hustle in Your Bustle and Drum in Your Hum

Whether it be love, business, personal/interpersonal, ever notice that some of the best advice (that puts a pep in our step) we get tend to come from people who don’t know us, or have nothing to gain or lose from us?


That’s kinda the “trick” in going to see a therapist or specialist. When we have nothing to lose or gain (and especially-feel shame about) by spilling our guts to people who we may never see again or their being a neutral, disinterested party; it’s something in and about that-that permits us to be the life of that two-person party.  We tend to be less reserved and apprehensive for fear of being judged (or wondering how far what we say will travel).

For those of us intent on getting up, getting out and getting something in life (no matter how modest or grand the way or ends to the means), often times our routine of things and the monotony of it doesn’t give us that time to sit back and recharge our ambition when really, it’s necessary.

It’s like that workout routine we do that gets so redundant that we eventually get unmotivated and think it best to stay home altogether. But did you know that when you do something to “shock your body,” your  body prepares itself for a kinda “fight or flight” response-it gets on that: “on your mark, get ready, get set” ……………………..but waits on your “go” (and it says: “Oh we’re gonna be on THIS now, huh?”).

Our minds bodies do what we tell it. The irony and oxymoron of that is: 

It we don’t tell it what to do, it will tell and show us what it wants to/was allow to/permitted to do–and that’s NEVER better than us being in control [of our mind and bodies). 

Once we take control of that, or even WHILE taking control, we can get a better grasp over our spirit, and everything else in and around us that we want for ourselves (and even the people we allow/have around us).

These 20 quotes are kinda like that stranger, that therapist, or that sudden, abrupt change in your workout all wrapped up in words to give your motivation and ambition that good, swift kick in the butt: reminding us of things we need to hear–self-talk that we rarely have (or hear)…

Here goes:


“You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.” — Stephen C. Hogan

“When I was young, I observed that nine out of 10 things I did were failures. So I did 10 times more work.” — George Bernard Shaw

“If you have an idea of what you want to do in your future, you must go at it with almost monastic obsession, be it music, the ballet or just a basic degree. You have to go at it single-mindedly and let nothing get in your way.” — Henry Rollins

“Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.” — William James

“Many people think they want things, but they don’t really have the strength, the discipline. They are weak. I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough.” — Sophia Loren

“Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” — Swami Sivananda

“If a man is called a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.” — Pope Paul VI

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” — Stephen King

“God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.” — J.G. Holland

“Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.” — Edward H. Harriman

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” — Marvin Phillips (or an unknown author)

“The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves.” — Garth Henrichs

“Those at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” — Marcus Washling

“If you feel you are down on your luck, check the level of your effort.” — Robert Brault

“You’re either changing your life or you’re not. No waiting for this or that or better weather or other hurdles. Hurdles are the change.” — Terri Guillemets

“Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.” — Chinese proverb

“He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” — Dutch proverb

“I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.” — Margaret Thatcher

“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” — George Bernard Shaw


Matt Mayberry


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