Sometimes you need to be reminded of things that are meaningful to you by an outside source.
That's why quotes are so powerful. We often forget what is important to us, what drives us, our why, and even our philosophy. Through the channels I am subscribed to on social media I regularly see powerful quotes from modern or ancient philosophers and thinkers that help me remember who I am and what I stand for. So I want to share a few of them.
"It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more that is poor." - Seneca
I found this quote when I was a young kid. My grandfather gifted me a book of Seneca's letters to and from one of his students and I never forgot when I read this quote. It's like something clicked in me.
Now, this isn't saying that money means nothing, or that you shouldn't want more. Rather what it's saying is that more things will not make you happier. Happiness comes from within instead of from outside factors. If you are not happy today, a million dollars tomorrow will not make you happy.
"There's a reason why your windshield is bigger than your rearview mirror" - Unknown
I love this quote so much I posted it on my Instagram page. It's so true, and especially good to remember during these hard times through COVID-19 and in even harder times that will come in life. Whatever happens, focus on the future. Learn from the past, but keep looking forward. The past is now fixed, but the future is in your hands. And in the right hands, the future is always bright.
There isn't much more I can say on this as it's pretty self-explanatory, but I find that the best things don't have to be complicated. Sometimes the best things are simple.
"When it feels like you're six feet under in the dark, maybe you haven't been buried alive, maybe you're a seed, and you've been planted." - Unknown
I heard a friend of mine saying this quote, but I don't remember who it was, and if it was taken from somewhere else. If anyone knows where this quote is from let me know!
I heard variations of this over and over, but it wasn't until this year, until I started MattCamp.org that I realized how true it really is. It's one of those things that people tell you all the time, an arrow needs to be pulled back before it can fly forward. You probably hear it all the time. But I wish I understood the real meaning behind this and be confident in its truth when I felt six feet under.
You see, I am a strong believer that hardship is fundamental to great work. That's why so many people you admire probably have a sob story. The most renowned artists in history, whether they are painters, authors, singers, etc. They almost all have had very challenging times in their lives. But it's exactly this that allowed them to become so great! Through hardships you learn so much more than through any other path.
"Press on, nothing in the world can take the place of persistence." - Ray Kroc
If anyone has earned the right to say this it is Ray Kroc. Ray was the CEO of Mcdonald's, but he didn't create it. He fought for it.
The money he used to buy the franchise from the McDonald brothers? He didn't have it, he made it.
The opportunity to build the empire he did? It didn't come to him, he found it!
If you've never watched the movie The Founder definitely give it a shot! It's his story, how he went from a traveling salesman with a broken marriage struggling to make ends meet to one of the richest men in the world. He never ever gave up. Ever. When people laughed at him because he went door to door selling vacuums, then paper cups, then milkshake makers, he didn't give up. When people turned McDonald's down because they thought it was just another empty proposal from Ray, he looked for new people.
Never give up, what you're looking for will come to you if you're patient and persistent enough!
"Motivation is a daily struggle. The victory is the fight. You lose when the fight stops." - Me
Yes, it's super cheesy to add my own quote in here, but I'd be lying to you if I didn't include it on this list. This is essentially my mantra. I know I cannot always be motivated, that there are some days that I will not be motivated and truthfully there have been. A few times I even asked myself what would happen if I stopped doing what I'm doing.
But to be motivated is to push through when you just want to give in. Being motivated isn't never wanting to stop. That's why I say that the victory is the fight. To keep going is to get one step closer to being the person you dreamt of being. When you stop, then all hope is lost.
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2020 has been a hard year for all of us in one way or another, yet there are harder times coming for most of us. It's in those times that we lose the will to fight, we may even forget what we're fighting for, and even what our most important values are. But it takes a little less than seeing your philosophy reflected back on you through a simple quote to remember why we came so far and to remind ourselves to keep going. I hope this helps some of you reconnect with yourselves, and I'm always open to new ways of thinking, new philosophies, and new quotes to get us through, so share in the comments what got you through 2020!
Hi, I'm Matthew, my mission is to spread knowledge about motivation, productivity, and enabling people to achieve the best that they can be! I have a vast background in psychology and a passion for self-improvement. I literally can't remember a time when I didn't have a psychology book in my hands. On top of that, I've traveled around the world from a very young age, and seen many different courses of life, forming friendships with highly successful people, as well as people who are willing to do anything to make ends meet. My own life took me down a roller coaster of highs and lows, and I'm forever grateful that I've been able to overcome everything it threw at me. Now I want to take the opportunity to give back, and help others learn tools and methods for becoming who they were born to be!