Hard work is painful when life is devoid of purpose. But when you live for something greater than yourself and the gratification of your own ego, then hard work becomes a labor of love.— Steve Pavlina
The most romantic Steve Pavlina quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
If you don’t take the time to get really clear about exactly what it is you’re trying to accomplish, then you’re forever doomed to spend your life achieving the goals of those who do.
Everyone you meet in your life - even total strangers - are already intimately connected to you. The idea that we are all separate and distinct beings is nothing but an illusion. We are all parts of a larger whole, like individual cells in a body.
When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn't an option. It's a necessity.
Fear is not your enemy. It is a compass pointing you to the areas where you need to grow.
When you discipline yourself to do what is hard, you gain access to a realm of results that are denied everyone else. The willingness to do what is difficult is like having a key to a special private treasure room.
If someone offers you a gift, and you decline to accept it, the other person still owns that gift. The same is true of insults and verbal attacks.
Passion and purpose go hand in hand. When you discover your purpose, you will normally find it's something you're tremendously passionate about.
When you reach the point of becoming independent of external events, you’re truly free.
The only thing stopping you is fear, and the only thing that will get you past it is courage. What you do with your life isn't up to your parents, your boss, or your spouse. It's up to you and you alone.
You must give before you can get.
Planning allows you to mentally create a model of your future.
Hard work pays off. When someone tells you otherwise, beware the sales pitch for something "fast and easy" that's about to come next. The greater your capacity for hard work, the more rewards fall within your grasp. The deeper you can dig, the more treasure you can potentially find.
Treat your business relationships like friendships (or potential friendships).
Formality puts up walls, and walls don't foster good business relationships. No one is loyal to a wall... except the one in China.
If you dislike the answers you’re getting from life, try asking better questions.
The more disciplined you become, the easier life gets.
I believe the ultimate goal of living and refining your values is to identify and achieve congruence with universal principles.
Any relationships that would reject you for being true to yourself are - by definition - abusive relationships. You'll be much better off when you let them go.
Achieving meaningful goals requires that you commit your entire ass, not just one cheek.
Regardless of others' reactions, do your best to stay true to yourself.
Make the choices that allow you to look in the mirror and feel good about the person gazing back at you.
Don't die without embracing the daring adventure your life is meant to be.
Your values are your current estimations of truth.
They represent your answer to the question of how to live.
A man doesn't require the approval of others.
He's willing to follow his heart wherever it leads him. When a man is following his heart-centered path, it's of little consequence if the entire world is against him.
Understand that relationships are more important than contracts.
Business deals are relationships between people. The signed piece of paper is important, but it's merely the result of the relationship, not the cause. If the relationship crumbles, the contract won't save you, although it could be very lucrative for your lawyer.
'Someday' is the day after you die.
Fail your way forward. Recognize that Ready, fire, aim is superior to ready, aim, aim, aim. Straightforward trial and error produces better results than endless vacillating. If you're afraid to make decisions and act on them in the face of ambiguity and uncertainty, get a job. Failure's lessons are essential to success.
If you try to impress an alarm clock, it will simply tell you the time.
I think the best friendships are those that can stand the test of time, where the friendship is based more on who you are than on what you do or what you have.
Believing that you must do something perfectly is a recipe for stress, and you'll associate that stress with the task and thus condition yourself to avoid it
If you really believe something, you will act in accordance with that belief - always. If you believe in gravity, you will never attempt to defy it. If you claim to hold a belief but act incongruently, then you don't actually believe it. You're only kidding yourself. Casual faith isn't.
I want my life to have had more value than just acquiring stuff and living comfortably. I may die rich, or I may die broke. But I won't die with my music still in me.
Productivity = creating value and delivering it to people.
All other busywork is unproductive fluff and should be minimized.
You can move beyond the ego's perspective and see reality from the perspective of a higher consciousness.
It's funny that when people reach a certain age, such as after graduating college, they assume it's time to go out and get a job. But like many things the masses do, just because everyone does it doesn't mean it's a good idea.
If you want to experience abundance, then don't choose a path that ensures scarcity or limitation. Choose a path that has a shot of leading to prosperity. Say no to non-prosperous choices like a job with a fixed paycheck.
Thought and action can be perceived as two different dimensions of who you are: the mental you and the physical you
Do what you love, but be damned sure it's profitable.
If you do work you love, but it doesn't generate income, your business will fail. If you do work you hate, but it generates income, your health will fail... and your business along with it. If you can't do what you love and make it profitable, you've either got a hobby or a headache, not a sustainable business. Don't settle for anything less than passion and profit.
Side effect of overemphasizing the importance of personal security in your life is that it can cause you to live reactively.
If you want to express your creativity, then don't choose a path where someone else tells you what to do and how to do it. Choose a path where creativity is rewarded, not punished.
The momentum of continuous action fuels motivation, while procrastination kills motivation.
Waiting for clarity is like being a sculptor staring at a piece of marble, waiting for the statue within to cast off the unneeded pieces. Do not wait for clarity to spontaneously materialize-gra b a chisel and get busy!
Realize that you earn income by providing value - not time - so find a way to provide your best value to others, and charge a fair price for it.
Embrace opportunities with limited downside, unlimited upside.
The best deals are those where your risk of loss is predictable and fixed if things go wrong, while your potential gains are enormous if things go right. Take such deals whenever you can get them if the odds of success are halfway decent.
Risk the stuff. It's worthless anyway. But don't make the insane choice of sacrificing your happiness for stuff.
In reading the biographies of very successful men and women, one theme frequently surfaces: such people have a strong bias for action. Those who achieve high levels of success in some areas of life tend to take a LOT more action than those who settle for average or below average results.
You must assume 100% responsibility for your financial life.
If you're going to improve your situation, you have to put the full burden of doing so squarely on your own shoulders. First and foremost, you must hold yourself responsible.
To work effectively you need uninterrupted blocks of time in which you can complete meaningful work... I've found that a minimum of 90 minutes is ideal for a single block.
One of my core beliefs is that belief itself is a choice that can be made of our own free will.
For good or ill, your habits will make or break you.
Whatever happens to me during the course of my life - physically, socially, or financially - I can always choose to focus on giving. When I'm in that state, nothing else matters. I cease to exist as a separate being and merge into an expression of divine oneness.