"A ship is always safe a shore but that is not what it's built for"
If we never take risks, if we never allow ourselves to step outside of the box because we are afraid of changes or failure, we would never know what we could have achieved if we simply believed in ourselves and just try. Sure, we can always stay in the same 'safe' place where we feel secure, where we do not face any competition or where we are not being challenged, however, just like ship that never leaves the shipyard, our present will also remain in the same place - world of wants and hopes.
"Risk is the probability of an irreversible negative outcome"
There will always be risk, and there will always be the time when we as human beings must make a decision - Do we accept the risk and the probability of failure or success, or do we do nothing and hope for things to change? I believe that all risk must be calculated and well thought through, especially when our actions may have an impact on other people.
" Not my circus. Not my monkeys"
Often, many of us tend to mind someone else's business and place ourselves into everything that is happening in the lives of others, when, in reality, it has nothing to do with us. We engage into conversations and situations when it is best to just stay away. And, as often happens, we sometimes get blamed when things don't go according to plan, when in our mind, all we were trying to do was to help and offer guidance. So, why not instead of minding someone else's business, we begin minding our own business, in our own life, allowing others to do as they see fit, based on how they see things in their own mind in any given situation. I think that such approach is fair and respectful of everyone involved. Don't you agree?
"We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives"
Life could have been very different if certain people were not in our lives. I know that I have been in many tough situations in my life over the years, however, certain individuals - my best friend and my wife were always there to help me to get through those rough patches in life, and help me find the solutions or answers that I was seeking. If it wasn't for these people being present in my life, things would have been much, much, harder. Therefore, I believe it is very important to recognize and say thank you to those people in our life who have made a difference, who were there when we need it the most. Thank you! You know who you are :)
"Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude"
Being grateful for everything good that comes our way sounds like a no brainer. However, surprisingly we often forget all the good things that we have in our life, and instead choose to focus on all the bad and negative. Then, we get surprised when we start seeing more negative in our own life every day. There will always be good and bad situations that we will encounter throughout our life, so what's important is not to dwell on all the challenges that we face and, instead, be grateful for all the good that is surrounding us, and do so on the daily basis.
"Humility is really important because it keeps you fresh and new"
Being humble can be a very difficult thing for some of us to accept and embrace, because, we want to be the center of attention and recognition among others - our friends, our peers, our colleagues. However, humility and the quality of being humble could be highly rewarding by many as a quality, because, instead of continuously pointing the spotlight onto ourselves, someone who is humble does not require the spotlight to show everyone what he or she is capable of. Humility is visible, recognized, and respected by those who take time to listen, observe, and learn actions and objectives set by everyone involved.
"Energy and persistence conquer all things"
I like how both energy and persistence were mentioned in this quote, because, you can't really achieve set goals and objectives with only one of the two. Persistence without energy is like a fast car without gas - looks great, has components needed to reach the finish line fast, but due to absence of fuel is unable to move. Same goes for energy and persistence, one needs to have both in order to reach the finish line. One may have strong persistence and ability to achieve great things, but without energy all it is going to be are just skills that are not being used to create progress, because, energy simply isn't there.
"If you built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them"
Many people create goals in their mind, sometimes even put them on paper. However, very few actually take action and work towards accomplishing those goals. It is easy to say something that sounds good and interesting, introducing new idea, new goal, process improvement, but it takes work, and often very hard work and patience, to reach objectives set, or to implement a new process into action. So, it is important to follow up with actionable steps and detailed plan of action when introducing an idea, setting a goal, etc., painting the path of how you will accomplish set goals and objectives.
"I know for sure that what we dwell on is what we become"
When we are optimistic and have positive outlook on everything that is happening in our life, then we attract more of the same and become someone who expects greatness regardless how challenging things may get. On the other hand, when we dwell on the negativity and listen to everyone's thoughts and opinions on how we should live our life instead of our own, then we attract more negativity and pessimism into our life, which only complicates things even more vs. helping us.
" Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere"
Logic is important, and being able to use logic to navigate our daily lives is also important. However, imagination is what allows us see things that go beyond logic and take us into the places that we've never been, or places that only exist in our own mind and dreams. Imagination is what allows us create things that wouldn't be possible if we purely focused on what is logical. Sometime we need to step outside of the area of logic and step into the world created by our imagination, our wants and desires, in order to create something great.