I really like quotes.
In the most non-cliché way, I love how they can change your attitude and your perspective. I love how they can lead you to a revelation. I love how they can explain something that you’ve been trying to articulate in words, but have been unable to accurately capture thus far. And I love how they can introduce you to simple, yet transformative ideas said by some amazing people.
About a month ago, I decided I needed some decorations on my walls (other than pictures). So I spent some time looking up and writing down quotes to hang up. As someone who loves quotes, I’ve read a whole lot of them. And I think a whole lot of them are way too cliché. Cliché to the point where you read the first two words and you already know how the quote ends. Like every quote that has ever been used for high school graduation. They’re so cliché that they don’t mean anything anymore.
But luckily-thanks to the expansive inernet-I stumbled upon a few new ones that I think are great and most importantly not cliché…yet.
1.) “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray
2.) “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs
3.) “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs
4.) “You can get all you want in life, if you help other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar
5.) “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
6.) (This one is not new…found it sophomore year, but it’s still great.) “This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good.” – Unknown
I realized after-the-fact that the underlying theme of all of these is personal/professional development. Which is quite fitting for someone who is planning on going to grad school for Higher Education and Student Affairs (to work in a student development office like career services)…but maybe they were applicable to you as well. In one way or another. But if not, just remember:
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.” #yolo
What’s your favorite non-cliché quote?