What inspires you? There are many things in life that can arm us with inspiration. Sometimes it’s witnessing a truly heroic feat by someone, or sometimes it’s something as simple as an act of kindness.
Famous people inspire lots of us because they are people who have taken the bull by the horns and got to the top. They have made it, they are successful – and this in itself is inspiring.
When famous people talk, we have a tendency to listen. Why? Because of their experiences. They have overcome obstacles and won, so when they share their wisdom, it is generally worth listening to.
To help inspire you today, let’s take a look at 10 wise words from famous people that will make you feel inspired.
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
– Walt Disney
Lots of people mistake Walt Disney as the guy who animated Disney’s most famous films. But the truth is that he neither drew them nor wrote or conceived them. Instead, Walt Disney was a very astute businessman who turned animated films into one of the biggest business ventures in the world.
Incredibly savvy and intelligent, Walt Disney also had a focused vision of what he wanted out of life. And if anyone knows a thing or two about dreams coming true, it’s Mr. Disney himself.
“Don’t cry because it’s over – smile because it’s happened.”
– Dr. Seuss
This a killer line, and I have this quote pinned to my bedroom wall. Wiser words hath Dr. Seuss never spoken!
Whenever I feel down because something has ended – be it a relationship or a vacation – I’m deeply upset. Or at least I used to be before I read this quote.
Children’s writer Dr. Seuss reminds us that we should not be upset because something is over, but cherish the fact that it even happened in the first place. Hold your memories dear, and remember that you had an amazing experience that perhaps someone else hasn’t. Sure, it’s finished now but your life is so much richer because it happened.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
– Marilyn Monroe
The key thing to take away from this quote is that you should always take lessons from any experience you have. If you don’t, the experience is ultimately worthless and you’ll keep making the same mistakes over and over.
“Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
– Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey knew a thing or two about failing. She was raised by a single mom in a poor neighbourhood, and got fired by a TV network after her first show suffered poor ratings. But she persisted always because she knew that failure is a teacher which points us in the direction of greatness.
Everybody fails. I’ve failed, you’ve failed, and so has every single famous person. But what marks a successful person out from an unsuccessful person is that the former learned from their mistakes, made changes and got back on the horse.
“If I make a fool of myself, who cares? I’m not frightened by anyone’s perception of me.”
– Angelina Jolie
I love this quote from Angelina. It reminds me of the “dance like no one is watching” quote.
Who cares about what other people think of you? All that matters is that you’re having a fab time.
“The things that have been the most valuable to me I did not learn in school.”
– Will Smith
Sure, school can teach you how to work out long division, but what does it teach you about building relationships, showing compassion and empathy, investing in yourself and others, and generally honing important life skills? Not much. The best way to improve yourself is to experience life itself.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
– Wayne Gretzky
Scared of applying for that job in case you don’t get it? Worried he’ll turn you down if you ask him out? Rejection happens. But it doesn’t happen 100% of the time if you at least make an attempt.
If, however, you sit around and do nothing, you will fail each time.
Improve your chances of success by taking action.
“I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.”
Beyonce is a big inspiration for many women around the world, especially aspiring performers. I love what she is saying here, it’s very inspiring. If you achieve a goal and decided to be content for the rest of your life, just imagine what other greatness you are missing out on.
Don’t hold back. Instead, explore your potential to its limits.
“The truth is everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
– Bob Marley
Bob really hits the nail on the head. It’s time to spend less time on the people who are not worthy, and more time on the people who are. Sure, everyone will likely hurt you at some point, but there are some who are totally worth it. In the end, you will both resolve your problems and glide through life together.
“Practice kindness every day and you will soon realise that you are already in heaven now.”
– Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac is one of America’s most famous authors. He’s also a very inspiring person who I turn to now and when I’m in need of a pick me up.
Jack really hit the nail on the head with this quote. When you reach out and help other people, you instantly feel better within yourself. You spread positivity to the other person who responds by showing it back.
Compassion is the greatest of all virtues. Show it and you will feel inspired to be the best person that you can be.