Quote Dictionary

#12 Don’t Miss It

‘Opportunity is missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.’

Thomas Edison

 

I saw this quote the other day when I was reading a certain book and I agreed so much with it that I decided to share it here.

I have realized that in life, most opportunity that you’ll meet will not come in what I can call “a finished form” but there will be some work, effort or something that you’ll have to do to get something of value out of it. Is it a job opportunity? You’ll have to go through the necessary procedures to get it and even afterwards you’ll have responsibilities and duties to carry out. Is it a business opportunity? You’ll have to do market surveys, business plans and so many other plans in order to grasp that opportunity. Is it a school / scholarship opportunity? You’ll have to apply, do interviews, write essays and even when selected there starts the long journey of attending classes, presentations and exams.

Just think of any opportunity, there will always be work to be done, even when you meet a new person and there’s a friendship opportunity, there’ll be things to do so that the relationship grows into a friendship and maybe even more than that. Therefore, it is important that we realize that there so many opportunities around us and if we want to seize them, we must be willing to work for it.

The interesting thing is that: most people value more something for which they have worked  and tend to undervalue what is given to them freely.

I was reading a book the other by Rod Judkins titled: The Art Of Creative Thinking, and I found a story therein that can really help us understand how vital it is to seize every opportunity that comes our way. I quote:

“The Kellogg Company was transformed into a success by a counterintuitive decision by Will Keith Kellogg. In the late 1920s, Kellogg’s was one of the competitors in the packaged-cereal market. When the Depression struck, the other companies did the predictable thing: they reined in expenses and cut back on advertising. It was the accepted wisdom. In hard times, most firms invest less in research and development. They try to preserve what they have. That was rational. It made sense. Kellogg made an irrational decision: he doubled his advertising budget instead. The Great Depression was just getting started, but he reasoned that people still needed to eat, and the breakfast of choice for most Americans was “flakes and milk.” Kellogg’s accountants and financial advisers were pressuring him to make cuts, but Kellogg saw that he would never have such a huge competitive advantage again—and he was proven right, emerging as the market leader by the end of the Depression. Today, statistics show that companies that continue spending on advertising during recessions do significantly better than those that make big cuts. Despite the evidence, many firms continue to follow their emotions and cut advertising in hard times.”

When Kellogg saw an opportunity despite the fact that it was during a period of depression, he went for it. He wasn’t afraid of the hard work it would take, the risks that were present and against all odds he preserved and in the end it paid off.

Let’s ask ourselves these questions: How many opportunities have we missed because we thought the environment was not favorable? Or because there was just too much risk involved?  Because we were waiting for a more convenient time or it just didn’t feel like that was it?

Almost no opportunity will  come knocking on your door like pizza delivery, waiting for you to just dig in; and even in that instance, you have to use your own effort to eat the pizza. Meaning the pizza was delivered but it won’t eat itself or magically enter into your body without work being done in the form of using forks and plates to eat, chew and swallow. Don’t forget also that by eating it, you’re giving work to your body to digest it and extract what it needs to keep functioning. That’s a food opportunity that you seized in the form of a pizza.

Even the most normal and routine things in our everyday life require work. So don’t be lazy but get up and work. Work for the future you desire. In my experience, I have found that the most valuable things in life are found in rather uncomfortable places: gold, diamonds and precious stones are found underground, to get petrol, there has to be digging deep into the earth, sometimes even under oceans and so many other examples out there.

Your success depends on your own hard work, so let’s get up, get out and start working. I know it’s not going to easy and it will most likely be a bumpy ride but just believe in yourself, step out, open your eyes and decide to seize every opportunity that presents itself to you. If you’re wondering how to identify it; remember : It’s dressed in overalls and looks like work. Now that you know how to spot it, Don’t miss even a single one.

Here are a few quotes to help you on the way:

‘People become really remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves, they have the first secret of success’

Norman Vincent Peale

‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’

Wayne Gretzky

‘I am a great believer in luck and I find that the harder I work, the more luck I have’

Thomas Jefferson

‘You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction’

George Horace Lorimer

‘If you have goals and determination, you have nothing. If you have goals and you take actions, you will have anything you want’

Thomas J. Vilord

‘Successful people in this world are those who get up and look for circumstances they want. If you can’t find them, then make them. ‘

George Bernard Shaw

 

God’s Speed!!!

# 11 Lose The Chains

Workers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains’

Karl Marx

Unity. Something that seems to be very scarce in the world today. When you take time and observe the happenings around you today, you will notice that the teaching that is being emphasized is not unity but competition. Most especially in the business world, I know that because I did business management in university and the thing that come back more often in most modules that we studied is not unity but competition. We are made to believe that for a business to prosper, to keep growing, innovating and doing new things; competition is a must. In other word, without a competitive environment, it is difficult to be motivated and seek to improve.

I don’t want to argue with them on that, surely competition has done wonders for many businesses and such since as human beings, we are naturally competitive but I want to submit a better way that will work even better. And that is “Unity”. Ask yourself this question: what if instead of competing, we worked together? What if united, we strived to produce better quality products?  Think about it.

The way I see competition is like: I am seeking to do better than you so I can get one over you, so that my product is liked, bought better than yours, so that I achieve something that you haven’t achieved or so that I can do something better than you do. I mean isn’t that what competition is about? Trying to be the one on top!?

But what if the aim wasn’t to be on top but to do the best I possibly can just for the sake of those who will benefit from it, myself included? What if businesses and companies did their best just because their customers deserve the best and not to get one over the other competitors? We would now have unity of purpose, “ To be and to work to our very best abilities”; wouldn’t we achieve more like that?  Wouldn’t we make a better world like that?

Like the quote said, with unity we have nothing to lose but our chains. The very chains that are hindering us from achieving our full potential, the very chains that give birth to resorting to corruption and other such shortcuts in order to get to the top or get one over the competitor.

I believe that unity over competition is what we need. Forget about working extra hours and sacrificing a lot with the aim of doing something better than the competitor but do all that because you want the very best of your product out there, to exhaust your abilities and talents and produce something unique.  In this sense then, the competition is no longer against the outside world, any other business or person out there but against yourself. Keep challenging yourself, to do better, to come up with new ways to do things better, faster, easier because you want to produce the very possible best for your customer who deserve the best.

I can give you a good example of what I’m talking about: I haven’t been into writing for a long time now and I started this blog just a few months ago; I know that I have to improve my writing with regards to the structure, grammar, vocabulary and many other areas. But when I visit the blog of someone who has thousands of followers and who really writes well and they present their ideas well and the writing is awesome; I’m not going to start competing with that individual and learn to improve my writing just so I can get more followers than him/her. No!! I’ll improve my writing, study and sometimes spend sleepless nights for the sake of every person who’ll read it.

Nobody who reads what I wrote should go back confused and wondering exactly what it was all about, so I’ll seek improvement not to get more followers than that person but for the sake of the readers.

What the one with more followers and better writing has shown me is that: it is possible to attain a higher and better level of presenting your ideas, views to the readers and if he/she can do it then I also can; it is attainable and i have to believe that I have what it takes to also to get there, there’s potential in me.

The unity here then is not about who gets more followers than the other but presenting the best material to the readers no matter they’re only 10, each one of them deserve the best.

If all the companies of the world adopt the unity mindset (every business and person doing their best for the sake of serving the best) not the competition one, and get to a place where the reason behind our improvement and innovations as a business, people, country is not to get one over the other businesses but to do our very best and produce the possible best I am sure that we will change our businesses, communities, economies even countries for the better.

Do your best not because you seek to be better than others but because you seek to exhaust your abilities and talents, because there’s an unlimited power in you that is just waiting to be unleashed. And that cannot be achieved through competition but through Unity.

#10 Love Is The Greatest

Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

Mother Theresa

 

Personally i believe that love is the greatest virtue one can possess. Looking around the world today, everything that’s happening; I can’t help but wonder if everyone loved, what would happen!? There has been conferences, discussions, meetings all with the aim of uniting families, people, nations, settling conflicts but still it seems as though nothing is changing. We has hoped, we have talked but the one thing that is left to be applied is love.

There seems to be a general misconception that love is something that’s reserved for certain people or occasions but that’s not true at all. Everyone qualifies to be loved, to be cared for, to be respected, to be heard. Love does not discriminate. Love does not get tired of  loving. Love is manifested in the small things; to love someone you don’t need to shower them with gifts and money or lots of material possessions, sometimes all that’s needed is a smile, a hug, a shoulder to cry on, lending a listen ear, a helping hand, an advice, helping an elderly person cross the road, tying the shoes of a child, calling someone just to say hello and ask how they’re doing, trying to understanding what the other person is feeling or going through and not immediately judge them and so many other ways to show love. They’re many people who can do the big things but very few will do the small things.

You don’t have to love the whole word, start by showing love your neighbor; that person standing next to you irrespective of their color, position, opinion, vices; just choose to show someone love today just because they’re a human being just like you.

I believe that what the world needs is not more weapons, conferences, discussions, inventions, cars or houses but for every person to be their neighbor’s keeper. To show love and acceptance.

Imagine how great our countries, nations, families, schools, communities would be if everyone loved each other and sought not only their own benefit but also the benefit of their neighbor. Love is the Highway to ‘ A Higher Life’

# Today, Put Your Love Glasses On#

 

#9 Second Most Important Day Of Life

‘ The two most important days of your life are: 

The day you are born and The day you find out why.’

 

_Mark Twain

 

It goes without saying that one of most celebrated days of a person all over the world is their birthdays. This is a day when every person who can afford it, buys cake, candles, drinks, calls friends and families and celebrates with them.

But this quote is telling us that we ought no to be hung up only on our birthdays but also as you celebrate it, also take time to think about why. For what reason were you born? What is your destiny? The day you will be able to answer such personal and deep questions, your life will start making sense.

I personally believe that every one of the 11 billion( if my math is correct) on earth has a particular and special place that only they can fill. Nobody is born just to go with the flow and repeat what others have already done. Each one of us has something no matter how little to give to the betterment of the world. It is our duty to take time and find out our proper place and position in the society.

Today, i’m encouraging you to look deeper into yourself, discover the treasure, the gem that only you have and use it to make a difference in the world. It might take some time, effort and numerous trial and error but when you find it; your life will never be the same again. It may be singing, dancing, writting, acting, car racing, motivational speaking, teaching, whatever it may be, go for it.

The good news is that you already possess it, you already have what you need to make a difference in your generation. Believe in yourself and Refuse to die with your light unseen and un-shone because it is simply too beautiful to be hidden.

Dig deep and Find it!!!

#8 Dare To Be Yourself

 

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

 

Mother Theresa


 I don’t know what narrative to put on this one but I.Love.It!!

Mother Theresa has just become one of my most favourite role model!! If she were alive, I’d literally send her baskets of flowers!!😅😅

 I really hope this quote blessed and inspired you to be your best self as much as it did for me!!

Until Next Time!!✋

#7 Problem Solving: Einstein Formula

” We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

_Albert Einstein


Reading this, I’m thinking: no wonder the guy was a genius! I mean if we all thought like this when faced with a problem, I’m sure a lot would be different. But its unfortunate that it’s not always like that; a person would lie and get in trouble instead of coming clean and tell the truth, they’d still add more lies and thus getting into more trouble than before. I think the reason i suck at math is because I have failed to do just that, change my thinking with every problem encountered. And this applies everywhere not just in maths.

We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome, its just not possible. So whenever you encounter a difficult situation, take a step back to see how and why it came about because only that will help you to make the right decision. 

Check out this one too also from Albert Einstein: ” It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” I’d say that happened to him because he always searched for new ways, change his thinking and such, as he tried that, he’d have a eureka moment, discoveries, that’s why we’re still talking about him even today.

So, Let’s change our thinking, discover new better  ways to handle daily issues and who know maybe it is that that will taken one at the center of the world. 

If we translate it in today’s language, I  believe it would be:” Think outside the box.”

What’s ur take on this?

Much Blessings!!



#6 Something We Can All Learn From

” Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.”

_Groucho Marx


Well, there you have it. Ever since I was young, I have heard times and times again that experience is the best teacher but it just never convinced me. I believe that Experience is a teacher alright just not the best.

Looking at quote, I fell like shouting:” YESS” but I’m refraining myself!!😁 nevertheless, Groucho Marx hit the bull’s eye; we can’t go through life expecting to learn from our own experiences only. We gotta also read, listen to other people’s stories, watch and observe and learn from all that. Learning is a continuous process and it’s not done only through books but also from our entourage. I myself I am an observer, many a times I’ve been accused of staring too much or being shy whereas really all I’m doing is observing people, listening, paying attention to every detail, it’s just like a puzzle to me. But maybe that’s just my weirdness!!😅😅

I don’t know about you but for myself, i have avoided some very serious troubles by learning from others therefore I’m encouraging you to try this new way of learning, you won’t regret it. Also gotta keep in mind that no man’s an island.

If you’re faced with a problem, remember you’re not the first one to face it so before making a decision try to see and research how those that faced it overcame it or if they failed, why and how they failed.

What do you think about that quote? Agree or disagree? Feel free to comment your thoughts.


Much blessings!!

Next on Quote Dictionary: ” Problem Solving: Einsten’s Formula”


#5 Don’t Focus Only On Your Rearview Mirror

Never be a prisoner of your past, it was just a lesson not a life sentence.”

_Unknown


I don’t know who wrote this one but when I saw it, it spoke to me. It’s true that one’s past has a huge influence on the present and one may say that it shapes the person you later become; but let it not be a prison. Let us not hold on to the past hurts and tragedies. It’s true it was painful, dark and traumatising but we gotta look beyond that, see it as a life lesson and move forward to the future we desire not the one we fear.

Whatever’s happened to you, don’t let it hold you down, use it as a catapult to move forward. Don’t sit in the driving seat of your life and drive looking in the rearview mirror. I have had many times in my life when I thought that it was the end, that nothing good was ever going to happen; sometimes we find ourselves in that place between a rock and a hard place and you begin to think: “this is it, this is the end” isn’t it? Here’s the good news:
“No matter the length of the night, the morning will come and the sun will rise again.”

Looking at the past as a lesson not a life sentence is how you turn your scars into stars.



Thank you!! 

How does that quote strike you!? Please do share your opinion by commenting.

Much Blessings!!

Next on Quote Dictionary: “Something We Can All Learn From”

#4 Express yourself: You Are Unique

To the heart in you, don’t be afraid to feel

To the sun in you, don’t be afraid to shine
To the ocean in you, don’t be afraid to rage

To the silence in you, don’t be afraid to break.



Najwa Zebian


This speaks volume!! I can’t even begin to wrap my head around it.

What I see is: every person on earth is unique and particular. There are no photocopies, every person is original in his/her own way. No matter your position  and circumstances in life, you still have something to give. There’s someone out there who is in need of what you have, what you know, what you can do. 

So don’t be afraid to express yourself, let your heart feel, let your sun shine, let your ocean rage, break the silence!! Why?
Because there is no one and there’ll never anyone quite like you.


Feel free to express yourself by dropping one or two comments!! 

#3 Words Vs Actions

Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”


James Baldwin


This right there, talks of real education. Being part of big family i have come to realise that my siblings aren’t really good at listening at all. For instance, I could tell my brother a thousand time to eat and he wouldn’t listen but when he sees me eating, he’d be like: ” hey make me something too”. But just not to blow my own trumpet even if it’s mine and i ought to be the one to blow it , I also behaved the same when I was his age.😅😅

This goes to show that when it comes to education, it is important to lead by example. Even research shows people remember most what they see than what they hear.

It’s actually true, there’s a another quote that says: “Action speak louder than voice.”  

 So, you got siblings, children, students, cousins, nieces, nephews, talk with your voice and your actions!!

What’re your thoughts on this?  

You’ll find me in the comment section!!