37 Inspirational Quotes to Turbo-Charge your Day

Inspirational quotes

Inspirational quotes

I love inspirational quotes – they’re an eternal source of inspiration to get you fired up with a sense of purpose. Here are 37 of my all time favorite motivational quotes to get you fired up (My all time face the last one – check it out)

Hope you enjoy – please feel free to add your favorite inspirational quotes in the comment section

1.  You have to think anyway, so why not think big? – Donald Trump

2.  A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. –Winston Churchill

3.  You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future – Steve Jobs

4.  Try and fail, but don’t fail to try. – Stephen Kaggwa

5.  Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James

6.  Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. – Thomas Jefferson

7.  Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

8.  Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people. – Eleanor Roosevelt

9.  So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. – Christopher Reeve

10.  Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? – Abraham Lincoln

11.  All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

12.  God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. – Reinhold Niebuhr

13.  Don’t find fault, find a remedy. – Henry Ford

14.  Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Jim Rohn

15.  Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count. – Dr Robert Anthony

16.  At some point you have to be more afraid of not trying than you are of failing – Carrie Wilkerson

17.  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 harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.– Mark Twain

18.  To live an extraordinary life, you must resist the ordinary. – Frank McKinney

19.  You can’t learn to swim, exercising on the beach. – Ronald Cohen

20.  All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. – Galileo

21.  Do. Or not. there is no ‘try’.  - Yoda, Star Wars

22.  Success comes when preparation meets opportunity – Henry Hartman

23.  The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply. – Denis Waitley

24.  Don’t start your day until you finish it. – Jim Rohn

25.  Make the decision. Without the decision, there is no action. Without action, there is no results. Without results, there is no success. – Frederique Murphy, Mind-set coach

26.  Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action – Benjamin Disrelli,

27.  Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination – Oscar Wilde

28.  The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. - George Bernard Shaw

29.  Get greedy when other people are fearful and fearful when other people are greedy. – Warren Buffett

30.  Once you say you’re going to settle for second in life, that’s what you get. – John F Kennedy

31.  Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucious

32.  Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn

33.  The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. – Benjamin Mays

34.  Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life’s about creating yourself. - George Bernard Shaw

35.  Once you’re facing in the right direction, all you need to do is put one foot forward. – Zen Saying

36.  It isn’t what the book costs. It’s what it will cost you if you don’t read it. – Jim Rohn

And my all time fave………….

37.  Remembering I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. – Steve Jobs

 Hope you enjoyed – please feel free to add your favorite inspirational quotes or motivational quotes in the comment section below

Personal Branding Secrets – How to Get Noticed

personal branding

About a year ago – I had 20 followers on Twitter, no presence online and was no more a thought leader in startup circles than your typical Miss America beauty contestant is about geography

So I decided to take personal branding a little more seriously. And given that I now receive job offers regularly through my Linkedin profile, I guess something worked.

Recently a good friend of mine Marc, founder of Graduate Job Tips blog, interviewed me about Personal Branding – and we spoke about what’s required to grow a personal brand and get noticed by the right people.

In this interview we discuss:

  • The best platforms to use to grow a personal brand 
  • How to make LinkedIn really work for you
  • How to get recommendations on Linkedin, without asking for them!
  • The importance of creating an opinion based blog when branding yourself
  • How to integrate a multitude of platforms and create one interconnect online resume

Your Turn: Got any personal brand secrets ? Share them in the comments below

Check out Marc’s awesome site Graduate Job Tips

Game On: Why Gamification Works & 5 Examples You Need to Know About

game mechanics
game mechanics

He was getting into it

Gamification. It’s one of the ‘buzz phrases’ of the last year (along with ‘Pivot’ etc) – and, although overused, – much of its popularity is for good reason. 

Since beginning working with a Social Gaming startup about 6 months ago – I’ve had my eyes opened to the wonders of ‘game mechanics’ and the impact they can have on a website, business or game. Considering that before this I hadn’t played a computer game since a Match Day II addiction in the late ’80s,  I believe my ‘freshness’ to this gaming has allowed me a certain awareness of these game mechanics that others, perhaps in the industry a longer time, may take for granted.

In this post I explain what game mechanics and gamification is, as well as sharing some gamification examples

But first: What are game mechanics or Gamification? Game mechanics are items used in games that make them addictive, makes you want to win and makes you want to tell your friends about them. They’re the activities that happen in a game that make it fun, and make you want to come back for more. Sounds good yah! Using these game mechanics in non game type businesses = gamification. Make sense? Awesome

There are some really high impact game mechanics out there – some of which resulted in our startup acquiring literally hundreds of thousands of users in a matter of weeks for zero cost (nice!). I will go into the specifics of these in later posts – but the purpose of this post is to introduce some of the fundamental game mechanics that any business/startup could implement pretty easily.

Before I begin – I’d just like to make the note that introducing any of these game mechanics to your business will almost certainly have a big impact on……..something. Just make sure it’s making the right kind of impact (I’ll share an example of it going wrong at the bottom of the post).

5 Gamification Examples You Kneed to Know

1.  Points

Rewarding people points for participation – points give people feedback on how well they are progressing through the game, and allows them to show others how good they are. So simple yet so effective.

Behavior influenced: Retention & increased engagement (more you come back and play – better you get)

Examples of points are everywhere – Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin are all examples – the more followers (points) you have – the more influential you are – supposedly. (and there is now an companies that help people game these game mechanics to look more influential - oh the irony :)

And once we have points, we can create………..

2 – Leaderboards

The ostentatious collection of the above – leaderboards by their very layout, makes us competitive and want to win = increased engagement

Behaviour influenced: Retention, increased engagement & acquisition (the game is more fun, when your friends are involved)

Examples of leaderboards: Any Business development chart that shows performance of sales staff

3 – Collecting

Collecting rewards us for repeated behaviours. We like to be rewarded if we do something well – and we like others to know how good we are. One of the most common examples of how this is displayed is through ‘badges’ e.g. get 50 instore points to receive a gold badge

Behaviour influenced: Retention & increased engagement

Examples of Collecting: Unlocking the Mayor of Starbucks badge 

4 – Customizaton

Once you put your personal touch on anything – you want to spend more time in it, and have others see it. This is the same for your house, your car……or your myspace, Facebook or Linkedin profiles!

Behaviour influenced: Retention (once it feels like home, you want to come back and visit as often as possible)

Examples of Customisation: The entire industry that popped up around pimping myspace profiles OR how 37signals prompt you to customise your profile in Basecamp before anything else – why do they do this? I bet $$$$ it’s because they tested it and saw that leads to increased retention

5.  Exchanges

Another simple yet stupidly effective mechanic – we all use exchanges every day. It’s one of the most basic human behaviours – it;s your tuen, it;s my turn etc. Conversations: I speak, then you speak etc

Exchanges work particularly well on the web as it brings in that lovely psychological factor called ‘reciprocation’  = which is a much proven behavior that if someone does something nice to you – it is in our human DNA to want to give them something in return. It’s a powerful piece of persuasion and many marketers take advantage of this.

Behaviour influenced: Retention

Examples: of Exchanges: Just check out the hottest new game to hit the market in the past 2 months. OMGPOP’s Draw Something. This game is built on this principle or exchanges – and they’ve had 50 million downloads in the past 50 days. None too shabby!

See them in action

If you’d like to see obvious examples game mechanics in action – go to Zynga or Wooga - they are absolute masters at this stuff, and rest assured that anything they have live on their site, has been A/B tested and optimised to its most effective state (just don’t get too addicted when you‘re there)

Example of it used badly:

When Yahoo launched Yahoo answers, they rewarded people for submitting answers to questions. It worked – in as much as they recieced a HUGE number of answers to questions. Thee trouble was, they were rewarding users for submitting answers, but not on the quality of the answers.

The game mechanic (points & badges) worked – but it was driving the wrong behaviour!

Your turn:
Have you experience with game mechanics? – or know any examples of businesses that use game mechanics well in everyday life? Please share them in the comments below: