Building a connection with your readers isn’t hard. If you follow the 7 steps I’ve laid out, you will not only get to know your readers but you’ll also develop a deep connection with them.
Here are 10 of the most powerful inspirational quotes that you can read and will help you to become a better person.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Francis of Assisi
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.
If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
People tell you the world looks a certain way. Parents tell you how to think. Schools tell you how to think. TV. Religion. And then at a certain point, if you’re lucky, you realize you can make up your own mind. Nobody sets the rules but you. You can design your own life.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
How to find a winning idea
It’s entirely possible you have a winning idea tucked away right now, without even knowing it. The thing about great ideas is that they often look like bad ideas, until they become hugely successful.
The laptop fad
In 1985, The New York Times asked; “Whatever happened to the laptop computer?” They pondered why laptops failed:
“[…] I.B.M. never legitimized the market with its much rumored ”Clamshell,” probably because the company realized that laptops are a small niche market, not a mass market.”
Similarly, when the electric light bulb was invented, some people said it would never become a mass market product. It was thought that there was no affordable way to get electricity to every home.
Is your idea a winner?
I speak regularly with business owners who want to know what I think of their business ideas. The challenge here, is that good ideas are not anointed. It doesn’t matter what I think or what your friends think. That’s not what makes an idea a winner.
If you want to know how good your idea is, you need to ship it. Get it out there. If you do, you will find it’s almost impossible to fail. It’s a win, win thing.
If it flops, you will learn something, which you can invest in the next idea and greatly increase your chances of success.
If it flies, you have a success on your hands.
So, put your idea out there and give it a chance to fly!
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. -Galileo
In the end you can’t make anyone think anymore than you can make someone happy. Philosophers, artists and leaders have been trying to encourage our species to be better at thinking for centuries with debatable results. You can make pitches, you can provide opportunities, and you can give of yourself, but in the end it’s up to the other person to choose to be open to change.
One year ago – after ten months of energetically marketing my novel – I followed The Artist’s Way, a twelve-week course in finding my way back to the page. Written by Julia Cameron, the book has become something of a bible for artistic types who want to work past all the blocks to creativity that we allow to get in our way.
The Artist’s Way started as a print book, but is now available in many formats, including an on-line course. Each week has a dedicated chapter that includes a series of exercises and tasks, such as collage-making and other non-language activities. One weekly assignment is the Artist Date – where you take yourself out for two hours to do something fun and different with your eyes and brain, like go to a museum. Honestly, in twelve weeks I never cut out pictures from a magazine and I…
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inspiring article. thank you!
It’s Monday morning and you are a writer.
How do you want to feel about your writing this week?
I want to feel productive, competent, and inspired.
How do you want to feel? Write your answers here:
What do you need to think in order to feel this way about your writing?
I believe our feelings are always a result of our thoughts, so if I want to change how I feel I need to change what I’m thinking.
If I think thoughts like the one I most often have: I don’t have time to write, I feel really defeated. When I think that thought, I invariably get no writing done.
Instead, I need to think thoughts like:
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