When we go to school, they don’t teach us how to make the most out of our time on this planet. Sometimes, in order to lead successful, meaningful lives, we often need to follow in the footsteps of successful people. We’ve gathered the best eight pieces of advice this generation needs, as told by some of the most influential people of all time.
1- "Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down."— Oprah Winfrey
This makes you wonder who your real friends are. People will gladly be around when life is glooming, but when it gets rough, only the good ones will stay. So be wary of your choices, because you’ll want to have a friend or two around to help you through the bad times. Make sure that you’re surrounded by a good bunch of people to take the bus with you.
2- “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”― Theodore Roosevelt
You’ll never be with the person you love unless both of you exert enough effort to make your relationship work. You’ll never get that dream job unless you study hard in university and prove your commitment to your career. Nothing worth having comes easy, so be ready to do the unexpected if you want remarkable things for yourself. Your dreams exist in reality; you just need to work a little bit harder to see that for yourself.
3- “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma -which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” —Steve Jobs
Time is a very important asset that we lack appreciation for. We often spend so much time following other people’s dreams that we forget to follow ours. Stop wasting time trying to fit in. We try so hard to meet expectations that we forget about our own dreams and aspirations. But when do we get to follow our passion? When can we begin pursuing what we actually love and want? Be courageous enough to say no to the norm and to everyone standing in your way. Be courageous enough and follow your heart, because you have so little time on your watch. Remember, you only get to live once.
4- “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” –George Addair
Fear is what stands between us and our aspirations. However, we shouldn’t be afraid of fear; on the contrary, we should be trying to get over it. If achieving great things was an easy thing to do, then why isn’t everyone on the other side of the wall? You need to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself more, because when you do, you’ll be one step closer to your dreams.
5- “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
It is said that feelings are the strongest amongst words and actions. How you make people feel stays with them forever. Try to bring joy to those around you rather than bringing them pain. One nice act can make a heart glow and one indelicate action can break one’s heart. Your way around people is capable of making change. So be the change you’d like to see in people.
6- There are people who have money and people who are rich.” —Coco Chanel
We have to know that there is a huge difference between having money and being rich. You can be the richest person alive with just a little amount of money. You can be rich in knowledge, friends, family, love, happiness and so much more. But you can have the largest sums of money and have none of these. Money can’t make you rich. Appreciate all the things around you and know their worth. Intangible things are more valuable than the monetary tangible items. Set your priorities and know what is more worthy and never take your fortune for granted.
7- “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.” —J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
A natural part of life is having to face many obstacles and misfortunate events. You have no control over their occurrence; however, you have full control over how you react to them. You could choose to give in and be depressed or you could try to be as positive as you can and find the spark that keeps you going. You could turn every negative situation into a positive lesson and you could find at least one positive thing in every situation. So remember to always turn the light, because life is too short.
8- “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” —Beverly Sills
We all have our own set of goals, and accordingly we put a certain plan to reach our ultimate goal. We should know that in order to go places and reach what we aspire to become, we need to follow our plan to the end. We can’t take any shortcuts, because if we do, then we will miss being part of the whole experience. The whole experience is what gets us ‘There.’ We need to pass through every single obstacle and overcome it to be where we want to be. Without all of the suffering and the time spent along the way, we wouldn’t appreciate the end result as much. So just enjoy every bit of it.