6 Motivational Quotes From 6 Persistent People

We all need motivation in our lives. Whether it means simply getting out of bed in the morning, running the last mile of a marathon, or finishing that home project that you have been putting off for a month. Motivation and determination are what drive us to take risks and push us to achieve our goals.

If you’re in need of help getting motivated, here are some helpful tips from some relentless individuals you may have heard of.

You miss 100% of the shots you DON’T take. –Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky is no stranger to personal achievement or international fame. Throughout the course of his 20-year career, Gretzky achieved 60 National Hockey League records, 6 All-Star records, and has become known as the ‘The Great One’ amongst sportswriters, fans, and coaches around the world. But like most success stories, Gretzky came from a humble upbringing in Brantford, Ontario, where, encouraged and supported by his family and coaches, he eventually joined the World Hockey Association in 1978. The rest, as they say, is history.

Gretzky had a natural talent and an inborn comfort that he found on the ice, but it still takes a great deal of hard work, dedication, and determination to become an internationally renowned athlete. This kind of work and dedication is exactly why Gretzky stands as a modern day role model and an inspiration to all those who have the will to chase their dreams, but he will be the first to tell you: if you don’t take risks, you will never accomplish anything. When you fail, you learn, but if you never try in the first place, you rob yourself of the opportunity to grow, so don’t fear failure, embrace it.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is one of the great models of modern American entrepreneurship. Along with Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, Jobs served as a leading pioneer of modern computer technology and was an unrelenting businessman until the time of his death in 2011, developing the Macintosh computer in 1984, being forced out of Apple Inc. and founding NeXT (which was famously bought out by Apple in 1997), and revolutionizing animated film during his time at Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures.

Despite his enormous success during the course of his life, Jobs was no stranger to failure. His power struggle with Steve Wozniak and subsequent outing from Apple, the company that he, himself, had helped create and acquire mass success, could very easily have killed is spirit and left us wondering what could have been. But Jobs was a resilient individual, as his quote above clearly shows. He never stopped living his dream, even if it meant he was unemployed and between a rock and a hard place. Your life is precious and unique, and there is no time to try and live someone else’s.

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude. –Zig Ziglar

A lot of people of this generation may not know who Zig Ziglar is, but that doesn’t mean that his words hold any less value or truth to our modern society. Ziglar was born in Alabama in 1926 and served in the Second World War before going on to become a salesman, author, and motivational speaker. He is the author of more than twenty books dealing with everything from his roots in Christianity, positive child rearing, successful sales techniques, and overall success in life.

Ziglar died in Texas in 2012, but his life and motivational tours continued to draw crowds and influence thousands of people for the rest of his life. And though he left us with many famous quotes, this one rings very true when it comes to achieving our goals and reaching our dreams. How far will you go in reaching your dreams? With the right attitude, the sky is truly the limit.

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle

We have learned much from the writings of Ancient Greek philosophers, perhaps most famously from the words of those like Plato and Aristotle. As a student of the former and later the teacher for Alexander the Great, Aristotle became heavily enraptured in the idea that a man’s knowledge is based entirely on his perception: where he comes from, what he has seen and experienced, and what drives him to make the choices he makes.

Like many of us in today’s world, Aristotle was no stranger to failure and criticism, but unlike many people of his generation, and even of our modern one, Aristotle knew that without failure, success could not be achieved. There will always be someone who will criticize you and put you down for attempting to follow your dreams, and if you allow such people to hinder your confidence and personal ambitions, then that is exactly what will happen. But if you are unafraid of being judged and criticized for pursuing your dreams, the possibilities that lie before you will become infinite.

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George W. Addair

George Addair spent his life looking to help others reach the full potential of the human experience by examining your life and experiences in order to acquire Self-Knowledge. He founded The Omega Vector in 1978, a program that relies heavily on philosophical approaches to examining one’s life and draws extensively from the philosophy of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, which stressed that struggle and failure offers the individual the chance to learn (self-discovery) and also to succeed. Addair passed away in 2012, but his program has helped more than 65,000 participants find enlightenment in their own lives and apply newfound skills to both their personal and professional lives.

Our own fears hinder us more often than we would like to admit, but if Martin Luther King Jr. had decided to run away from the position of representing a nationwide cause for equality or Steve Jobs gave up after being kicked out of his own company, imagine what the world would have been deprived of. Don’t let fear hinder you from achieving your dreams; instead take fear as a sign that you are on the right path and that you should continue because you are taking a risk, and life is ultimately about taking risks.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that was opened for us. –Helen Keller

Before she was even two years old, Helen Keller was no stranger to struggle or hardship. Born in Alabama in 1880, Keller became severely ill, the result of which left her permanently deaf and blind. Her acquisition of language has been famously documented in the play and film, The Miracle Worker, which told of Anne Sullivan’s efforts to teach Keller speech and language. Since then Keller went on to become a writer and political activist, campaigning for such things as women’s rights and labor reform and joining the Socialist Party of America.

There is much we can learn from the lives of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. While Keller had to overcome her own physiological barriers in order to simply communicate, Sullivan had to break through Keller’s psychological barriers in order to open her mind to the world and what her life can be like. Their stories of personal struggle speak volumes to the perseverance of the human spirit and the possibilities that lie therein. So the next time you feel frustration and anger holding you back from achieving your goals, remember Helen Keller, who conquered the darkness and persevered against all odds and lived her life to the fullest.