Below is a top-ten list of our most liked inspirational quotes in May from our Instagram page and a few facts behind each of these influential people.
10. Anais Nin
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” –Anais Nin (21, February 1903 – 14, January 1977) Anais Nin, whose true name was Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, was a novelist and writer of short erotic stories. She spent much of her younger years traveling around the world. She is well known for her short stories on erotica, but has a great book explaining the writing process called The Novel of the Future/em>.
9. Grant Cardone
“Whatever you want, go all in and dominate, learn it, eat it, sleep it, breathe it and believe it.” – Grant Cardone (March 21, 1958 – present) Cardone is an entrepreneur, speaker, and best-selling author of The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure. He has improved the sales process and customer relations for many fortune 100 companies. Cardone has a great attitude towards life and is very motivating. I highly suggest checking out one of his books or courses if you are looking to increase sales.
8. Steve Jobs
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do, if you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t Settle.” – Steve Jobs (24, February 1955 – 5, October 2011) Jobs was an American entrepreneur and the founder of a few big companies. He was the chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. He is widely known for being a pioneer and a savvy business man. If you would like to learn more about Steve Jobs, check out the book Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different: A Biography.
7. Barbara Corcoran
“Use your imagination to fill in the blanks.” – Barbara Corcoran (10, March 1949 – Present) Barbara is a well-known multimillionaire and entrepreneur most famous for her show Shark Tank. She has helped countless entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of starting their own successful companies. She is also a very successful real-estate agent after starting her own company in 1973. She began with a $1,000 and later sold her company for $66 million dollars in 2001. If you would like to learn more about Barbara’s life, check out her book Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business
6. T.S. Eliot
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot (25, September 1888 – 4, January 1965) Eliot was a publisher, social critic, and one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and later moved to England where he worked and got married. Shortly after arriving there, he created his first hit poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. He continued to write many more poems and screenplays that would later become movies. If you would like to learn more about T.S. Eliot, check out his book T. S. Eliot: Collected Poems, 1909-1962 (The Centenary Edition).
5. Booker T. Washington
“Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” – Booker T. Washington (Born in 1856 – 14, November 1915) Washington was an American author, educator, and leader in the African American community. Born to the last generation of slaves, he devoted his life to the disenfranchised and oppressed communities in the South. Washington became advisor to the president and was vital to the start of African American business as the founder of the National Negro Business League. If you would like to learn more about the amazing life of Booker T. Washington, check out this book Up from Slavery (Dover Thrift Editions).
4. Dale Carnegie
“If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.” – Dale Carnegie (24, November 1888 – 1, November 1955) Carnegie was an American entrepreneur, writer, and public speaker. He is most well-known for his famous self-improvement Dale Carnegie courses. Originally born into poverty, he was able to become a best-selling author over time with his book How to Win Friends & Influence People.
3. James Cash Penny
“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” – James Cash Penny (16, September 1875 – 12, February 1971) Penny was a business man and entrepreneur born in Hamilton, Missouri. He was a farm boy who went to college with the intention of becoming a lawyer. Fates had other plans for Penny, though, as he would have to come home to get a job to help his family after his father’s death. He used his experience working at a small store chain to start a big business called J.C. Penny. For more on James Cash Penny, check out this book J. C. Penney: The Man, the Store, and American Agriculture.
2. William George Jordan
“Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom” – William George Jordan (6, March 1864 – 20, April 1928) William was an American lecturer, essayist, and editor who graduated from City College of New York. He became the managing editor at The Ladies Home Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, and Search Light. He also started his own system on metal training and gave lectures on it. Towards the end of his career, he worked as vice president of Continental Publishing Company. William also published his own works, the first of which was his book The Kingship of Self-Control: Individual Problems and Possibilities (Classic Reprint). His most popular work is The Majesty of Calmness: Individual Problems and Possibilities.
1. Christopher Morley
“There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley (5, May 1890 – 28, March 1957) Morley was an American author and poet. Morley’s father was a Harvard professor and his mother was a violinist who provided him with much of his love for the arts and poetry. He attended Harvard and Oxford to study modern history. After school, he moved to New York where he published some poems. In 1917, he produced his first novel Parnassus on Wheels. Morley would continue to produce great works, some of which would later be turned into award winning movies like Thunder on the Left.