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My top 7 inspirational quotes for success

My top 7 inspirational quotes for success

Inspirational quotes are a great way to start your day. I love reading and listening to inspirational quotes about success because it helps to build up my self-confidence.

There are quite a lot of them in my archive, but today, I’ll be sharing my top 7 inspirational quotes. Here is hoping you love them.

Mohammed Ali

Formerly known as Cassius Clay, he was one of the greatest boxers that ever lived. Enigmatic, boisterous, and always willing to share the secrets of his success.
“I run on the roads, long before I dance under the lights. I hated every minute of my training, but I said: Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion”…. Mohammed Ali

Mother Teresa

A roman catholic nun who was renowned for her philanthropic works among the poor and vulnerable.
Be happy at the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ― Mother Teresa

Maya Angelou

American poet and civil rights activist who passionately defended the rights of vulnerable women.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”… Maya Angelou

Muniba Mazari

She is known as the iron lady of Pakistan. Survived a horrific car accident that left her paralyzed. She has become an inspirational figure to millions worldwide.

You are the Hero of your own life story and heroes never give up.” Muniba Mazari

Martin Luther King Jr

American civil right activist who was very vocal in the fight against black marginalization and racism. He was part of the American Civil rights Movement.

If you can’t fly then run if you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”… Martin Luther King Jr

Mahatma Gandhi

An inspirational figure who transformed the life of Indian people with his selfless service and devotion to humanity.

If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

Helen Keller

An American Author who made history as the first deaf and blind to earn a bachelor of Arts Degree. She was a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”


Loneliness kills faster than poverty

Loneliness is a state of been alone and feeling dejected and abandoned. It is a feeling of needing a company when you feel insecure or emotionally troubled. Funny enough, you can be in the midst of friends, family, and colleagues, but yet feel lonely and lost.

The renowned Catholic nun, Mother Teresa shared her thoughts about loneliness: “The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.” The truth about feeling lonely and dejected is the fact that we are currently living in very peculiar times. People aren’t bothered anymore about the pains and the challenges their next-door neighbor may be going through.

Modern civilization has created a huge gap in the way people relate to each other. The social media craze has worsened the already bad situation, as the desire to please and be accepted by the society has made lots of people to lose their identity.

People now choose to create a false lifestyle in a bid to be accepted by those they feel are doing better than them. When expectations aren’t met, loneliness and depression inadvertently set in. Loneliness is a silent killer because its effect is not readily visible. It eats so deep and quiet until the individual eventually gives up in life.

One of the most obvious signs of our broken world is the feeling of isolation among individuals. We can be in a sports stadium with 100,000 other people, feeling a sense of solidarity because we are rooting for the home team, but when we get in the car to go home, loneliness hits us. Our internet culture does not allow for the human interaction needed to break through our lonesomeness.

The figures for those going through different stages of depression worldwide have skyrocketed in the last decade, even as the suicide rate has been on the increase. The WHO estimates that more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression worldwide.

Overall, more women suffer from depression than men. The sad reality is the harsh economic situation globally, which has not helped ease the burden on individuals who have been forced to find a means to stay strong even in the face of insurmountable challenges.

What kills people the most, is not the state of being lonely, it is the realization that nobody cares. You feel useless and lifeless. That is the pure definition of loneliness. Loneliness corners you at night and starts eating away at every fabric of happiness in your being. What’s left is a void, that too deep to be filled. It leaves in its wake depression and pain, which eventually leads to death.

To buttress how serious the issue of loneliness is, the United Kingdom in 2018, appointed a Minister of Loneliness. Tracey Crouch has been given the mandate to help stem the tide of loneliness that is prevalent in the UK.

The 42 years old has experience loneliness and would be using her wealth of experience to great effect in the fight to help individuals become better and more productive in life and career. Indeed, poverty truly kills, but loneliness has been known to kill even more!

It's a lonely world out there

It’s a lonely world out there

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved”… Mother Teresa.

There is no word to describe the feeling of been lonely. You may be in the midst of hundreds of friends,  but it’s still possible to feel empty inside. None may understand what you going through.

The modern world has evolved rapidly with the advent of mobile gadgets and social media platforms, that people stay glued to their phones or laptops and rarely bother about those around them.

Five years ago, a young lady committed suicide after going through some difficult phase in her academics. She was struggling so badly, that her grades dropped in her second year. Her Dad made the situation even worse when he scolded her and made reference to her friends that were doing better than her.

Anita began to withdraw from friends and family members. She felt humiliated, hated, and unloved. Her mental state was becoming unstable. She rarely came out from her room, and nobody bothered to ask how she’s doing. Everyone was glued to the phone or television.

Every individual has a certain limit of endurance. For Anita, her entire world got shattered when she was asked to withdraw from school due to her poor grades. She couldn’t take it anymore. Three days later, she took an overdose of opioids. Nobody noticed what had happened until it was too late.

It is a lonely world out there and it’s even getting colder with each passing day. There’s an increasing number of people going through depression. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates more than 300 million people suffer from depression worldwide. The number keeps increasing as crime rates, poverty, war, unemployment, and other complex issues keep tearing people apart.

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. Many in the world are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love”

Sadly, geographical location doesn’t determine the possibility of experiencing loneliness. The rich, the poor, the educated, and uneducated all experience loneliness.
People mask their loneliness with beautiful smiles and lovely makeups. Unfortunately, in their quiet moments when they are alone.

The pain of being lonely haunts them. It’s a dark world filled with painful memories. I’ve been there and I know how it hurts. People pretend they love you when it’s rosy and good. The moment everything falls apart and things aren’t working as planned. You soon realized it’s you against the world. Doesn’t matter your religion, color, race, or status.

It’s a lonely world when there’s no one to share every sorrow and pain. Sometimes, the sunshine comes to brighten up your day, but it never stays forever. The cold reality of being alone soon hitting you so hard.

Kindness always wins

Kindness will always be a subject that is dear to my heart. I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly side of people several times and the tide keeps tilting towards the bad and the ugly. It is understandable when one considers the difficult times we are in. Unfortunately, kindness does not require one to be comfortable before been manifested. When you go out of your way to help someone in need even when you are not in the best position to help, that is kindness personified. 

Years ago, while still in school, I encountered some financial challenges and it was becoming extremely difficult for me to even feed myself. We were almost rounding up for that session and I had three more papers to write before exams would be over. 

I couldn’t read or concentrate on anything meaningful because I was gradually starving to death. I was forced to visit a lady friend of mine who stayed two blocks from where I lived. She was asking about my welfare and how I was doing. 

I confided in her about the dire situation of things at home. She wasn’t having much, but from nowhere, she packaged some foodstuffs and gave me some little cash to take care of myself. I appreciated her and hurried back home. Her kindness towards me was overwhelming. I cried a bit before I got hold of myself. Two weeks back, I had sent a message back home to my Uncle requesting help, but not an atom of assist was forthcoming. 

Most times, we receive kindness from the most unlikely sources. People we barely know end up doing extraordinary things for us. Those we look up to as friends may eventually turn their backs on us. That’s the irony of life itself, and the sooner one gets used to it, the better. 

Each day I reflect on the life and times of Mother Teresa, my heart is lifted. My soul is inspired to do the little I can for those who may be too weak or underprivileged. She was so engrossed in helping children who had no father or mother. Children who had nothing to eat or clothes to put on. Mother Teresa gave them hope and a purpose for living. She showed kindness where others were too preoccupied with their personal needs. She died in their midst and showed a glimpse of kindness to the World. 

The funny thing about Mother Teresa is that people still criticized her for doing good. You can’t please everyone in life. Some will deliberately question your act of kindness and reject your gift of Love. And like Mother Teresa said: ‘The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.’.

We now live in a world that is so cold and emotionless. People hardly go out of their way to extend kindness via material things and even in words. If we can’t help those who may be in desperate need, the least we can do is to ensure we don’t add to their burden.

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