Updated: May 2, 2020
The American Reveille's Top Eight Picks for Inspirational Quotes to Feed Your Resolve During Trying Times and Why!
Okay, ladies and gentlemen, James Lane here from the American Reveille – Wake Up, Grow Up, Give Back! Today I'm bringing you American Reveilles top eight picks for inspirational quotes to toughen up your spirit and get you through the rest of this terrible period we are all facing across the country and across the globe.
In the face of possible global economic collapse, over 820 million people going hungry around the planet, and people across the world wondering when stability will return, we have to be better human beings (Boseley, 2019). We have to be big enough to stop worrying about all or nothing and get back to more we, not me! That is what the American Reveille is all about, and that's why we are here to stay!
So, without any further delay,
Here are the American Reveille's Top Eight Picks for Quotes That Spark Inspiration in Even the Hardest Times:
1. "Hope is Not a Strategy." -Vince Lombardi (Meah, 2019).
Vince Lombardi said this very well! The coach wasn't kidding, and neither am I. Hope is essential to have. Everyone should spend some time to hope for good things. Still, inaction equals no action, and no action means your doing absolutely nothing (I'm starting to sound like Space Balls… and I just aged myself). I don't know about you, but I don't like to leave my fate to the wind, so hope for a second, then plan for action
2. "The biggest risk is not taking any risk. in a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." Mark Zuckerberg (Meah, 2019).
Right now, it sounds absolutely insane of me to even suggest taking a risk, but for some out there, right now is the time to risk. In my imaginary estimation, there have to be 100's of people that are almost out of money right now that will come up against the wall and pull off a miracle, finding success in their darkest hour. This isn't guaranteed, but do you want to know what is? If you don't act or take a risk, nothing will happen.
3. "Twenty Years From now YOU WILL BE More Disappointed by the Things That YOU Didn't do Than by the Ones you did do. So Throw off the Bowlines. Sail Away From the Safe Harbour. Catch the Trade Winds in Your Sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain (Martinez, 2019).
The future isn't guaranteed for any of us, and if you don't jump when the time is right (even if that time is now), you may miss your chance forever. If you have a way to go figure out who it is you were put on earth to become, you MUST take the chance, even NOW! Risk guarantees a chance! Stagnation guarantees eventual defeat, always, and regret will just lead to your own personal hell.
4. "What holds most people back isn't the quality of their ideas, but their lack of faith in themselves. You have to live your life as if you are already where you want to be." – Russell Simmons (Martinez, 2019).
I personally love this quote from the original entrepreneur and record exec himself. Someone worth over 300 million dollars can't be wrong, can they? We have all heard of the imposter, and for me, this quote helps drive away the imposter and understand the importance of having a grand vision and strategy. He isn't saying to go buy a yacht and hope the repo men don't show up when they found out you forged the check, he's saying to imagine it, to taste it, to believe in your dreams and believe in your self like it's so real you can almost feel yourself floating through it as if in limbo between reality and the dreamworld. Have you ever tried that? It's exhilarating, the grind itself.
5. "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how" – Fredrick Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Martinez, 2019).
The controversial philosopher of historical fame is responsible for one of my favorite quotes, which falls directly in line with everything I talk about purpose on the American Reveille Podcast. It took me well over a decade of consistent failures, hardships, and life lessons until I was able to find my destination and steer my ship straight away from the maelstrom and back to dry land. When you find out whom you were meant to be and where you destined to go, the storm begins to feel like a drizzle, and you genuinely gain some enlightenment.
6. 'Knowing is not enough; We must apply. Willing is not enough; We must do.' –Bruce Lee (Teachthought Staff, 2019).
Regardless of your opinion as to the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, any situation in which things could get better or worse leaves people in a state of uneasiness, making them more vulnerable to mental paralysis. I know it feels like right now is the time to sit tight and hope for the best, but it isn't. By all means, if you can, you should stay home until things begin to prove safer and safer, but it doesn't mean you should watch paint dry or stare at the phone all day. Plan your moves, the chess game hasn't stopped!
7. "You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out." Steve Jobs (Haden, 2014).
Steve isn't kidding in this post, and the famously passionate innovator knew the power of having a purpose. Right now, if you have time to think, time to reflect, begin by looking in the mirror and asking yourself, "why do I exist"? We have to do customer avatars to target our clientele and get inside of their minds to target them and ensure reach… why aren't we doing this for ourselves? Stepping into our own shoes, finding out our personal demographic and shooting for the stars! Risk, at the very least, offers movement. NEXT!
8. "Before success comes in any man's life he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do." – Napoleon Hill (Kumar, 2011).
First, before people get mad, let's fix this… "success comes in any man, woman, or chosen identities life," there now it applies properly. Okay, now that we are on the same page, hear me out! Life is rough for most people. This is a fact. We all may live in different neighborhoods and almost on different slices of reality in some cases. Still, one thing is constant, problems will always keep coming to beat us down. Mr. Hill was a very successful person for a reason, and he wasn't kidding when he said what he said.
Think about this mathematically for a second. Take off the emotion hat and put on the opportunity hat. Right now, since most people already quit, imagine how many more are. What does this mean? It means the odds are in your favor (Hunger Games style). If you can find your purpose right now, find a noble purpose and bring value to those suffering… the value you will build for the future when these times pass will be immeasurable. Take that one to the bank, baby!
Final Thought on the Value of the Above
Those eight quotes are some of the most inspirational that we here at the American Reveille love to throw around. In some of our darkest and most challenging times, these quotes have brought us energy and vision beyond the comprehension of what was ever to be expected. If you use them properly, it will have the same effect in your own personal and professional lives.
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James Lane is a Husband, Father, US Navy Veteran, and the host of the American Reveille Podcast. He holds a BS in History, an MBA in Leadership and is currently a Ph.D. student maintaining a 4.0 GPA, studying Business Management and Entrepreneurship. James is an avid writer and writing enthusiast and is in the process of rebuilding his portfolio.
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