By: Mason Curry
Book Overview: Franz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, “Time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle maneuvers.” Kafka is one of 161 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks. Brilliantly compiled and edited, and filled with detail and anecdote, Daily Rituals is irresistible, addictive, magically inspiring.
As of the publication of this post, I will be celebrating MoveMe Quotes’ 5 year anniversary! I uploaded my first quote, to my first WordPress website, with essentially no idea of what I was getting myself into on October 10, 2010.
And here I am, and here we are, 5 years later with close to 5,000 motivational resources that have been uploaded in the form of quotes, poems, short stories, blog posts, top 10+ lists, and more to MoveMe Quotes!
As I reflect on the wealth of knowledge and wisdom that has passed from my eyes, to my brain, to my fingers, and to the web, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed at the sheer quantity – and quality – of resources that I have had the privilege of reading and sharing. And to pick and share only 2 with you here today? Forget about it!
…But I decided to try anyway.
The theme for this edition of, “quotes that have changed my life” has to do with remembering the earliest, smallest, babiest steps forward that are taken in order to achieve dreams and create legacies.
“Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master
“Most answers reveal themselves through doing, not thinking.” ~ Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass
“Getting started is a form of active inspiration that naturally produces momentum. You have probably experienced this phenomenon before. For example, going for a run may seem overwhelming or exhausting just to think about before you begin, but if you can muster up the energy to start jogging, you’ll often find that you become more motivated to finish as you go. In other words, it’s easier to finish the run than it was to start it in the first place.” ~ James Clear, Blog
“Your journey has molded you for the greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.” ~ Asha Tyson
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Is it really so difficult to do what must be done? It’s not difficult at all, when you stop fighting against it. One little step will get you started, and once you’re started, you become interested and invested. Once you’re started, momentum begins to give you a push that becomes stronger with each effort. Instead of putting off what you know must be done, what if you could somehow get yourself to be positively enthusiastic about it? You absolutely can, because you can choose how you wish to feel about anything.The genuine satisfaction in your life comes when you know you’re making a difference. And whatever it is in your world that must be done is your opportunity to make that difference. Go beyond intending, go beyond planning, go beyond wishing, and go beyond saying you need to get it done. Dive in, go to work, make something happen and be the positive, dynamic difference that makes you feel alive.” ~ Ralph Marston
“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. ” ~ William B. Sprague
“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” ~ Napoleon Hill
“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” ~ Buddha
A year from now you will wish you had started today.