Motivational phrases are great. I’ve written about them before, here. Now while I wouldn’t call myself an influencer per se, since I wrote that post, (in August last year) I don’t see them as much.
At least on LinkedIn.
But the issue I have is, I always feel like they’re missing something. Specifically, the part that makes them applicable to the wider population.
So, where in the previous article I explained their meaning. In this outing I’ve continued them for you.
This is what motivational phrases would say if they were honest.
I speak to the janitor the same way I speak to the CEO. With contempt.
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later! Or… just until you get fired and get some sweet gardening leave.”
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”. But to be fair, you’re more than possible. You’re probable at worst.
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. Unless it’s something like winning the lottery. Then you’re probably wrong, like 60% of the time.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. But satisfactory’s just fine for most people.
Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Unless you’re on the internet. At a social gathering. In the pub. At a wedding. Or in bed with a new lover.
Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Unless it’s something really hard like levitation.
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. Like the time I decided to be born into this f**king family. All my fault.
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Actually, they take off in all conditions. But, that’s modern technology for you isn’t it.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. That or retirement. Or death, obviously. Impeachment. Getting arrested. Lots of ways come to think of it.
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. That’s why I leave the landing light on when I go to bed.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Unless you’re well hungry. Then, that’s going to be difficult.
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. Or, just really like not being homeless.
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me? The answer? My wife. The law. My boss. My friends. Physics. My conscience. OK I haven’t thought this through.
I would rather die of passion than of boredom. Or not at all.
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. Him and the top biller. He’s loaded. And he doesn’t have kids.
Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. Beautiful people are normally d*cks.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. Give generously to blind charities.
We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Normally they start with themselves.
If you want the rainbow you have to put up with the rain. Unless you’re driving. Or indoors.
Sometimes you win. Sometimes you learn. Sometimes you learn four nil at Reading away on a cold Tuesday night in February. That’s sh*t.
She believed she could. So she did. Now, she’s serving 25 to life.
It’s not about how hard you hit. It’s about hard you can get hit and still get up. Or, how fast you can run.
If at first you don’t succeed. Pay someone to do it for you.
All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. As long as they’re not proper weird.
I’ve not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Took me f**king ages. Still haven’t got it right.
Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument. If that doesn’t work… smash the place up.
Its not the destination but the journey that counts. Unless it’s the M25. That’s a right sh*tter.
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. And your psychiatrist.
Do one thing every day that scares you. The central line.
Life’s not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Chloroform.
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. Took me 6 months to learn how to count cards. I’m really lucky now.
Only put off until tomorrow what you’re willing to die having left undone. Paying bills. Vacuuming. Getting back to that candidate.
The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. Except one’s paved with gold.
If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it — teach yourself to be impatient. Especially with anyone more junior than you.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. My motivation was looking cool. My habit now costs the earth.
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. Apart from anyone in recruitment.
There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul. I was determined my candidate was the best. Was I right? No. No I wasn’t.
You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. Or hit Vodka Revs at about 12. That’ll get you to bed satisfied too.
Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard. Which is why I try really hard to win the lottery every week.
Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. Or, it’ll just land in international waters. But, don’t let America tell you what to do.
It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. Unless you’re in any kind of race. Or have a job.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Or, if doctors are to be believed about 16 weeks.
Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. And STD’s.
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. Or your family leaving you alone for like 5 minutes.
Remember, not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. I’ve been so much luckier since the wife left.
Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. Apart from Fridays. Everyone clock watches on a Friday.
Nothing worth having comes easy and nothing easy is worth having. Apart from your Uni years. There’s plenty easy there worth having.
Stay motivated folks.
Get in touch if you want any of these framed for your wall in time for Christmas.
Love Ed. Your very own Mr Motivator.
Senior Recruitment Consultant at Signify Technology
Client Consultant - Early Careers Team at Freshminds
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