Book Quotes: What I Know For Sure

Gems, gems and more gems. This book is full of them. I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook narrated by Oprah herself, weeks later, typing them down for this post is just something else. From the book What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey.

Quotes:


What I know for sure, is that every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes and step out and dance. To live free of regret and fill it with as much fun and joy and laughter as you can stand.

You might have experienced things that caused you to deem yourself unworthy. I know for sure, that healing the wounds of the past is one of the biggest and most worthwhile challenges of life. It’s important to know when and how you were programmed so you can change the programming. And doing so is your responsibility, no one else’s. There is one irrefutable law of the universe, we are each responsible for our own life. If you are holding anyone else accountable for your happiness, you are wasting your time. You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you did not receive. Begin to notice how everyday brings an opportunity for your growth.

Every difficulty moment has it’s silver lining.

What I learned for sure, was that holding the shame was the greatest burden of all. When you have nothing to be ashamed of, when you know who you are and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom.

The power to give yourself the love, affection and intimacy you may not have received as a child. You are the one best mother, father, sister, friend, cousin, and lover you will ever have. Right now, you are one choice away to see yourself as someone who has inherent significance. So choose to see it that away. You don’t have to spend one more second focusing on a past deprived from the affirmation you should have gotten from your parents. Yes, you did deserve that love, but it’s up to you now to bestow it upon yourself and move forward.

I went with the day looking for things to be grateful for and something always showed up. Sometimes we get so focused on the difficulty of our climb that we loose sight of being grateful for simply having a mountain to climb.

I know for sure, that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your whole world. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you are aware of all you have and not focusing on your have nots. I know for sure, that if you make time for little gratitude every day you will be amazed by the results.

What I know for sure, there’s no need to struggle with your body when you can make peace with it.

The true measure of your courage, is not whether you reach your goal, it’s whether you decide to back on your feet no matter how many times you failed. I know it is not easy but I also know for sure that having the courage to stand up and pursue your wildest dreams will give you life’s richest rewards and life’s greatest adventure.

You can’t accomplish anything worthwhile if you inhibit yourself. When you get the chance, go for it.

Move in the direction of your goal. With all the force you can muster and then let go. Releasing your plan into the power, capital p, that’s bigger than yourself and allowing your dream to manifest into its own masterpiece. Dream big, really big. Work hard, really hard. And after you’ve done all you can, fully surrender to the power, capital p.

My goal is to stay open to all that the universe has to offer, every year and everyday.

I know for sure, that you cannot give to everybody else and not give to yourself. You will end up empty.

What I know for sure, having the best things things is no substitute for having the best life. When you let go of the desire to acquire, you know you are really on your way.

What I know for sure, that how you spend your time defines who you are.

Letting go leaves space for more to come.

If you want to be successful, be excellent. If you want the best the world has to offer, offer your best. To this day, excellence is my intention. To me, being excellent means always doing my personal best. Your best varies from day to day, depending on how you’re feeling. No matter, give your best in every circumstance.

I hope the way you spend your money is in line with the truth of who you are and what you really care about. I hope that your money brings joy to you and the ones you love. And I hope that you use it as a powerful force to fulfill the best intentions.

Everything depends on your decisions. When you don’t know what do, my best advice is to do nothing until clarity comes, getting still and being able to hearing your own voice. Once you decide what you want, make a commitment to that decision.

W. H. Murray: “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things of things occur to help one, that would not have otherwise occur.”

Conquer the fear, you will fly. Let your life awaken in you. Whatever your challenge, let it be an open door to your holiest revelations about yourself, an invitation to your best life.

Evolving as a human being is a life long excavation process, digging deep to uncover your underlying issues.

Advertisements

Book Quotes: Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time and I’m glad I finally did. Here are a bunch of quotes that I found especially relevant. From the book Manage Your Day-to-Day edited by Jocelyn K. Glei.

Quotes:


Notice the times you have most energy, dedicate them to your most important work.

Frequency sparks creativity. When you work regularly, inspiration strikes regularly. Frequency helps when you have a creative project on the side when you have other commitments. Frequency helps you make progress.

What you do everyday matters more than what you do once in a while.

You’re only going to become professional when you do your work when you don’t feel like it.

You can’t try to do things, you must simply do them.

Move to a different space to work on your focused work sessions. Get offline to get away from distractions if necessary and if possible.

Remind yourself of your progress to motivate you to keep going. Make progress visible: Keep a daily journal, save iterations, post milestones, etc.

If day to day work is the only thing you’re working on, it will frustrate you. Keep a list of projects you’d like to work on in your spare time. And set aside a specific time each week or each day to make progress on the list. Sometimes it feels inefficient in the moment, especially when there are so many priorities screaming for your attention. But it keeps your creative energy flowing. Keep a record of your ideas, things you want to try, etc. and work on them during this time. When you do this, you increase the likelihood of a creative breakthrough in other areas of your work.

Thirty minutes of exercise are proven to significantly increase creativity and productivity.

Inspiration is for amateurs, professionals show up everyday.

Book Quotes: Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.

I’ve been hesistant whether to switch back to audiobooks and whether a self growth audiobook would work for me (since my self growth books are usually full of highlights, underlines and post its). Long story short, I tried it and I’m a convert. I enjoyed listening to Make it Happen by Lara Casey, saved many bookmarks and took a ton of notes along the way.

Quotes:


The beautiful paradox about failure is that failure will get you further than fear. Failure has the potential to guide us to be better. To summon our strength and push us forward with greater determination. You will learn from your failures more than you will ever learn from your successes.

How you spend your time is how you spend your life.

Thank God for his unconditional love and comfort for you, although your lack of acknowledgment.

Don’t just pray for what is logical and possible. Pray for what seems to be impossible.

Whatever you’re going through right now, if it’s humbling you and making you pray… it’s for a good reason.

Wherever your attention is focused, your heart will follow. If you heart is constantly divided, how can what matters take root into rich soil? Your attention is either at one thing or the other.

Commit to daily tending!!! Break each goal into something you can do every day. It will all add up. Build your everyday into making things happen. How will what you do every day build into your annual goals?

You don’t have to put a time limit for your goals. Prioritize quality over quantity.

Favorite Self Growth Books

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

Discovering Your Soul Signature

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction

God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours

Mastering Your Mean Girl: The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy, and Bursting with Love

Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

The Rumi Daybook

The Secret

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

What I Know For Sure

You Can Heal Your Life

Ten Great Books on Creative Work

big magic: cover

Being a “creative person” is not easy. With all the passion, excitement and ambition you could have for your creative career/hobby, it brings along quite a few challenges. When I started Visual Communication in 2013, I was confused. I still remember the day I was questioning myself; why was I not super motivated to do my best work even though I was so passionate about it. I still got into mental blocks, often lacked motivation and was sometimes desperate for inspiration.

So I made a conscious effort to research and understand how to overcome creative blocks, maintain motivation and find inspiration. I wish I knew back then what I do today, but I’m still ever so grateful for the whole process. I thought I’d share some of the best books that have helped me understand creativity more in depth. The first ebook is the best place to get started. It’s a free 36 page eBook and I think the author has done a great job introducing some of the most essential concepts a creative person needs to learn. Needless to say, each and every book listed below is a gem.

1. Mastering Creativity
2. Big Magic
3. The War of Art
4. The Creative Habit
5. Creative Confidence
6. Show Your Work
7. Steal Like an Artist
8. Daily Rituals
9. Script magic
10. Very Good Lives

Click on the titles for a summary, reviews and ratings on Goodreads.

Books I’ve read in 2015

My reading challenge this year is to complete 15 books. I’ve chosen to downsize the goal this year because I want to read self growth books and skip fiction this year. In general, I’m pretty happy with the books I’ve read this year.

  1. Detail In Typography
  2. 7:46pm
  3. God Never Blinks
  4. Steal Like an Artist
  5. Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works
  6. The Power of Less
  7. Creative Visualization
  8. Think and Grow Rich
  9. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
  10. Eat That Frog
  11. 1001 Ways to Empowerment
  12. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
  13. The 5 Love Languages