1. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”-Steve Jobs
This quote by the founder of Apple is true in more ways than one. Doing what I love (writing and posting in this blog) is a large part of what gets me through the day. Coming home and expressing myself through words and art (sketching and painting) makes me feel lighthearted and happy. This is why I work so hard to post the very best, most relatable articles. I don’t half ass my work. I feel most proud when I finish a piece and I get feedback on it. My Dad always said if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life and while I love my actual job I love being able to do what I do off the clock too and hope one day to have a large platform to reach the masses of all walks of life.
2. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”-Vince Lombardi
Vince Lombardi was a brilliant man, it’s no wonder the coveted Super Bowl trophy is named after him. While nobody is actually perfect, perfectionist tendencies tend to lead to success. I’ve always prided myself on being the best I could be, better then the best. I can honestly say I earned everything I worked for and my life is successful because of this.
3. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”- Rumi
Oh man, in the age of technology this is so true. I remember growing up trying to seek that perfect man, the perfect love, which I found in my husband. I learned though that loving yourself and breaking down those walls you’ve built against others, being open and honest helps you to love people even more and truly be able to receive that love in return.
4.”Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”- Rumi
Often times, especially throughout my writing experience, I’ve seen blogs around me really take off. I often wrote these authors to learn their secrets, how did they do it? This Rumi quote resonated with me because their stories aren’t mine. My goal is to create my own successes and pave my own way. This quote helped me to be myself on my blog to write about things I was worried about how people reading would react. I worried about how to capture and keep people’s interest so much that I wasn’t letting myself shine through. Now, I’m honestly not worried cause I know I’ll reach the right people and get there in my own time.
5. “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”-Rumi
I’m a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, godmother and friend. I am both a sports fanatic and total nerd. I am neither a conscious sinner or a saint. I am both loyal, compassionate, honest and funny as well as cunning, ambitious, controlling and meticulous. I know I am not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s been like that since I was very young but those who matter to me accept that about me and those who don’t I’ve made peace with too. Like Rumi, I will always be true to myself , I be too worried and focused about those who love me then to worry about what the critics think.
What are your favorite quotes and how do they resonate with you?
Love you. Mean it.