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30 Best Motivational Quotes From Speaker, Author, & Behavioral Scientist, Steve Maraboli

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Teaching you how to live the life you want (and love).

If you were to study the work of Steve Maraboli, you'd realize just how inspiring his life is.

He doesn't treat success like some big secret. He doesn't say that having a successful life can be measured by how much money you make. (Sure, that’s certainly a plus, but that does not a successful person make.)

Success is about determination; it’s about being able to get knocked down and hear “no” from everyone, yet still want to get back up and try again.

It’s about not letting these no’s discourage you, but make you stronger; make you want to show your haters that they’re wrong and inspire others to keep their chins up.


But success doesn’t happen overnight. If you set goals for yourself, you don’t expect them to be accomplished after a good night’s sleep, do you? Of course, not!

You expect to work hard, pour everything you’ve got into your goals, and never stop working until you get where you want to be in life.

And even then, it’s important to keep pushing — success doesn’t sleep.

But even if you set goals for yourself — both short-term and long-term — do everything you can and more to prove just how dedicated you are to making a name for yourself, and get up and brush yourself off when you get knocked down, it can still feel like success is a long, long journey.

And some people just aren’t prepared to make success a lifelong effort. I get it, I really do.

And I think a lot of people would agree with me: achieving your goals is NOT easy and no matter how hard you try to keep your chin up, there will inevitably be something or someone to bring you down and make you question if all the effort you’re putting in is worth it all.

And if you don’t have a support system to back you up during these times, it can be easy to get caught up in your thoughts and let them tell you what you think you want to hear — that it’s okay to quit.

Let’s change that statement before we go any further: It’s okay to fail, not quit.


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You can fail a hundred times in a row before you succeed, but just because you fail doesn’t mean you’ll never get to where you want to be in life.

And it certainly doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, failing on your journey to success often makes us stronger and more resilient, and can even open new paths we never would have considered before.

I’ve been there and honestly, I’m glad I heard no to the things I thought I wanted because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be on the path I am today.

And while I owe it to my determination to succeed, I also owe it to the people in my life who have always supported me and made me feel like I can accomplish anything; and that drives me to succeed more than anything else.

But support doesn’t only come in the form of family and friends who have your back when you need them.

You can find support, motivation, and inspiration in quotes, books, poems, and professional speakers, like Steve Maraboli – someone who knows all about how important it is to stay motivated in life.

Born and raised in New York, Steve’s parents migrated to America in the 1960’s to build a life that was full of opportunity for themselves and their family.

From a young age, Steve knew how important believing in yourself was, and he was certainly no stranger to success and ambition.


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His father built his own construction company and his mother was first a stay-at-home mom until she too turned her focus on the construction company.

Steve's early school years were met with some struggles as he also had a learning disability, but even when he was in school, his determination to succeed has always driven him to be the best person he can be; to always push to succeed, no matter what tries to hold you back.

Now, his words have been shared across the world in over 25 languages as he continues to bring motivation, inspiration, and truth to so many people in need of a boost.

Steve's quotes and nuggets of life advice are like a pat on the back when you're doing good in life and a nudge in the right direction when you're in need of some motivation.

Steve Maraboli is a military veteran, behavioral scientist, author, philanthropist, and speaker, but he's also just an inspiring individual who wants to see you succeed, too, just like him.

His inspiring quotes are all about success, motivation, and living the life you want (and love), which is something we should all strive for every day.


If you're searching for the best quotes and memes to share with the people you love (or just want to feel inspired yourself) ... look no further! From the sweetest love quotes, inspirational sayings, and hilarious friendship truths, we've got you covered.


1. Value your greatness.

"Do not let someone else talk you out of your greatness. Do not let someone else cloud your dream with their limited vision." — Steve Maraboli


2. Allow yourself to try something new.

"If you want something different, do something different. 'Same crap, different day' doesn't describe the day; it describes your attitude towards it."  Steve Maraboli


3. Empower others.

"I love connecting with people who have been through the fire and come out stronger and wiser. Using their experiences to inspire and empower others. Those are my people."  Steve Maraboli


4. Give up control.

"Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't."  Steve Maraboli


5. Refuse to accept negativity.

"It’s amazing how drastically your life can change when you stop accepting shit you hate.”  Steve Maraboli


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6. Let go of the people trying to bring you down.

“Let go of the people who dull your shine, poison your spirit, and bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues.”  Steve Maraboli


7. Give yourself approval.

“Life is too short to waste time waiting for other people’s approval on how you live it.”  Steve Maraboli


8. Give today your all.

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”  Steve Maraboli


9. Never underestimate yourself.

“Never again will I underestimate the greatness inside of me just because of the hate and limited thinking inside of others.”  Steve Maraboli


10. Believe you can be successful.

“Success: So many will fail; NOT because they didn’t set goals, but because they didn’t set behaviors.”  Steve Maraboli


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11. Change your story.

"Remember: It’s all in your head… all of it. If you don’t like the story, change it. If the people around don’t accept your new story; change them.”  Steve Maraboli


12. Never quit no matter what the circumstances.

"Shout out to all the plants growing through concrete.”  Steve Maraboli


13. Keep your circle tight.

"Know your circle. Make sure everybody in your ‘boat’ is rowing and not drilling holes when you’re not looking.”  Steve Maraboli


14. Go after what you want.

"You’ve got to BE it to SEE it. NO MORE EXCUSES – Decide what you want, create a plan, and get your ass out there!”  Steve Maraboli


15. Learn when to walk away.

"I’ve learned that if someone threatens my peace of mind, self-respect, or self-worth… I must walk away. I owe it to myself… I owe it to my future.”  Steve Maraboli


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16. Prove everyone wrong.​

"Go ahead, underestimate me. You won’t be the first… You won’t be the last.... But you WILL be wrong.”  Steve Maraboli


17. Be a daring do-something.

"The do-somethings will always be judged by the do-nothings… Those who dare are always hated by those who cower.”  Steve Maraboli


18. Accept yourself.

"When I accept myself, I am freed from the burden of needing you to accept me.”  Steve Maraboli


19. Never let life get you down.

"Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them.”  Steve Maraboli


20. Stand strong for YOU.

"You are not defined by someone’s partial view of your life, your strengths, or your history. Their inability to see or appreciate the complete version of you only limits them, not you. Stand strong in your truth and purpose and continue being your badass, unapologetic self.”  Steve Maraboli


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21. Change your life for the better.

"The reason your life stays the same is because you think everyone else is the problem. Stop pointing fingers and placing blame on others. Your life can only change to the degree that you accept responsibility for it.”  Steve Maraboli


22. Move on for the better.

"It’s okay to move on… Actually, it’s often a great act of self-love, self-respect, and emotional self-defense.”  Steve Maraboli


23. Embrace your imperfections.

"Stop trying to fix yourself, you’re NOT broken! You are perfectly imperfect and powerful beyond measure.”  Steve Maraboli


24. Let go of yesterday to make room for today.

"The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.”  Steve Maraboli


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25. Know when to cut people out of your life.

"There are some people who will never see you as being good enough. That is their shortcoming not yours. Be merciful enough to yourself to cut them out of your life.”  Steve Maraboli


26. Trust the universe.

"The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts; it gives you what you demand with your actions.”  Steve Maraboli


27. Be the author of your book.

"This is my life… my story… my book. I will no longer let anyone else write it; nor will I apologize for the edits I make.”  Steve Maraboli


28. On learning from your past, but never letting it hold you back.

"We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.”  Steve Maraboli


29. Let go of poisonous people.

"We would do ourselves a tremendous favor by letting go of the people who poison our spirit.”  Steve Maraboli


30. Turn your back on the haters.

"Don’t worry about the haters… They are just angry because the truth you speak contradicts the lie they live.”  Steve Maraboli


Emily Ratay is a full-time writer living in Pittsburgh. She's passionate about the environment and feminism, and knows that anything is possible in the right pair of shoes. She plans on writing a book in the future.

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