Self Improvement

My Favorite Steve Pavlina Quotes

A few months ago I stumbled upon a blog by a guy named Steve Pavlina…literally Stumbled Upon it (check it out), which has become a serious obsession of mine and major time user-upper. But not total time waster, I find Stumble Upon great for finding
inspiring and creative stuff buried deep in the interwebs.

Anyway, Steve Pavlina writes a very popular self-development blog with hundreds of articles. I’ve only read a fraction of them but he has a lot of good stuff to say. I’ve been keeping notes of quotes and ideas I really like from the articles I’ve read, so I thought I’d share them with you here.

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“Rule of thumb: If you can’t make a serious 5-year commitment to a given career path, it’s not your path.  Don’t overplay today’s fleeting interests when you think about making a serious commitment to a career path. Look instead to the interests you had 5 years ago that you’re still seriously interested in today.”

“No matter what your situation looks like right now, you can always find something to appreciate.”

“A very powerful lesson that I’m still integrating into my life is: Feel grateful no matter what.”

“You don’t need anything more. You are whole and complete just as you are. Your life is already rich and abundant, if you will only choose to look. Life has been trying for years to say “I love you.” Would you kindly take a moment to acknowledge this?”

“Life can be very generous with those who cultivate a sense of appreciation. Even when it seems like you don’t have enough, could you allow yourself to perceive that perhaps you already have more than enough? Is it possible that you already have everything you need to be happy?”

“The key to abundance is to stop needing more, and start appreciating what you already have.”

“Is it possible for you to still enjoy your life even if your financial situation stays the same or even gets worse for the rest of your life?

“Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life is meant to be. You may go broke. You may experience failure and rejection repeatedly. You may endure multiple dysfunctional relationships. But these are all milestones along the path of a life lived courageously. They are your private victories, carving a deeper space within you to be filled with an abundance of joy, happiness, and fulfillment. So go ahead and feel the fear – then summon the courage to follow your dreams anyway. That is strength undefeatable.”

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
– Dale Carnegie

“Going after your greatest and most ambitious dreams and experiencing failure and disappointment, running butt up against your most humbling human limitations instead of living with a comfortable padding of potential – these fears are common to us all.”

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature,
nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits
in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”
– Helen Keller

I have lots of other great quotes from various other inspiring books I’ve read lately, I’ll share them in future posts.

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