"No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth" - Pluto
I believe that it's important that we speak the truth. It is also important that we understand and accept the fact that many people do not like and are not ready to hear the truth Unfortunately, many of us prefer to live in a world where we are surrounded by lies, in a world of false reality which we create simply because it is much easier to live in such way. When we choose to avoid the truth to escape from conflict and escape from a reality, we create imaginary 'everything-is-good' world around us, even though somewhere deep inside we know that one day we would have to face the reality. And yet, we tend to hold on to false realities created by us in our own minds, just because we feel better that way, even if such feeling is temporary.
"You stop explaining yourself when you realize people only understand from their level of perception" - Jim Carrey
If you are someone who places a great deal of importance on what other people think of you and how they view you, then you should also remember that to most people their perception is the reality. Which means, when we take time to understand what perception we give out by asking questions and listening to feedback received, we can adjust and modify the perception we give out and, therefore, change how we are being perceived.
"No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying" - Tony Robbins
The way I see this is progress is still a progress regardless how slow that progress may be. Doing something that we feel passionate about, doing something that we enjoy every day is very important, even if we doing it part-time. What's important is not how fast, but getting started and following through on our goals and commitments. Who cares if we make mistakes, as long as we are learning and progressing forward. The only sure way not to make any mistakes is not to do anything and take no action. Remember, when we take no action, we see no results.
"Sometimes those who are heartless, once cared too much" - Al Pacino
This is to all people managers and leaders out there. Remember this quote when managing and leading your individual employees and teams. We must always be aware of what our employees are thinking and feeling about working for us and the business which we and they represent. We do not want to push employees to the point where they no longer care about the important work that they do every day. Therefore, it's imperative that we speak with our employees regularly and listen to their valuable feedback as well as wants and needs, and then do everything we can to address those needs
"What's the point of being in the game, if it's not to win?" - Andre Ferguson
It's like setting a new goal already knowing that we will not reach it. When we set out to do something important, such as setting a new goal that we really want to reach or new habit that we want to establish, we must be ready to do what it takes for as long as it takes until that goal has been reached. Yes, it will be difficult, yes, our determination will be challenged, however, when we commit to a goal, we should not stop until we get there despite all the challenges along the way.
"A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because, her trust is not on the branch but on it's wings" - Denzel Washington
So often we place our trust on external factors, hoping that when we need help and support it will be there no matter what. However, to our big disappointment that help and support is often not there when we need it. Therefore, I believe that we must always rely on our own strengths, resources, and abilities, have trust in ourselves despite how difficult or challenging things may get. When we rely on ourselves, we know that the only person who can and will find a solution to whichever problem we may be facing is us.
"When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps" - John Lennon
We define our own happiness and, therefore, shouldn't need or require anyone else's validation of that what makes us happy. When we do something good and expect to be recognized for it, could that be considered happiness, or is it merely a source of energy for our own ego? True happiness shouldn't need external recognition, only our own.
"Surround yourself with dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you even when you don't see it in yourself" - Edmund Lee
If we surround ourselves with procrastinators, we would eventually become procrastinator. If we surround ourselves with success-driven, success-hungry, action-oriented individuals, we would eventually display similar qualities as those with whom we interact and imitate. When individuals whom we respect and care about see us for who we really are and are able to help us uncover the greatness and strength within us, we become someone whom we always meant to be, with unstoppable determination and confidence in our own success
"Find your one thing and do that one thing better than anyone else" - Jason Goldberg
It's easier said than done. Sometimes we may spend our entire life searching for that one thing and never find it. However, other time we may find our one thing early in life and become the best we can be in doing that one thing, because, we love what we do and are ready to give our passion every bit of energy we can to get better in what we love to do every day. Regardless however long it takes us to find our one thing we should never stop searching for it.
"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything" - Mark Twain
By telling the truth and by being honest with ourselves and others we avoid cluttering our mind with useless information and lies that we must remember because we are afraid that sooner or later everything that we were dishonest about will be revealed. Therefore, we constantly prepare for that moment and thinking of ways to convince others that we were telling the truth. However, it's so much easier to be truthful at all times without any fear or clutter taking up space in our already busy mind. It's much easier to simply tell the truth than living in a life filled with lies.