5 Quotes That Just Might Change Your Life

Call me shallow, but I love me a good quote.

A powerful quote, when taken to heart, shapes life. The trouble is we scurry toward oblivion without reflection.

Laughing horse.

The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty - a fad.

#1. Innovation:

“The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty — a fad.” (Unnamed banker talking with an attorney for Henry Ford)

Application:

  1. The status quo runs contrary to innovation but eventually innovation wins or organizations die.
  2. Innovation often requires letting go of the present.
  3. Invest in future-facing endeavors. The above attorney invested $5,000 and later sold it for $12,500,000. (The Truth about Henry Ford)

#2. Anxiety:

“And what does your anxiety do? It does not empty tomorrow, brother, of its sorrows; but, ah! it empties today of its strength.” Alexander McLaren

Application:

  1. Monitor your energy. Do things that give you energy.
  2. You never do your best when you’re distracted.

#3. Luck:

“I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.” Coleman Cox

Application:

  1. Good fortune is something that happens while you’re doing stuff.
  2. Never wait for your ‘big break’.

#4. Goals:

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Ursula K. Le Guin

Application:

  1. Goals set direction and give meaning to today’s actions. Life without goals is aimless and unfulfilling.
  2. Focus on this play, not the next play.
  3. Glance at the scoreboard but don’t let it dominate your thinking.

#5. Enjoyment:

“Eat dessert first because life is uncertain.” Arthur Murray

Application:

  1. Get up and do the good that’s in your heart right now.
  2. We usually regret the things we don’t do more than the things we do.
  3. Look for the enjoyable aspect of everything you do.

What’s your favorite quote in the above list? Why?

What life-changing quote would you add to the above list?