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A Year in Motivation: Quotes to Kick-Start 2023

Each week, GRS recognizes a team member for displaying tremendous commitment to our core values. This person is awarded the "Beast of the Week" designation and is then charged with providing the group with a motivational quote, story, or video to start the week ready to accomplish great things!


Since our clients and candidates are all in the business of participating in high-performance teams, we’ve decided to share a synopsis of our 2022 contributions. We hope you’ll find some inspiration for the upcoming year in the list below.


If you’d like to keep up with our 2023 Beast Motivations, feel free to check out our weekly updates on the GRS Website or follow us on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/grsrecruiting.


1. “I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside. I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It’s such a waste of time.” -Betty White


2. “Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm, and genuine people.” -Tena Desae


3. “Beware of destination addiction—a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, and with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are.” – Robert Holden


4. “It’s not your customer’s job to remember you. It is your obligation and responsibility to make sure they don’t have the chance to forget you.” – Patricia Fripp


5. “Failure is an option here. If things aren’t failing, you’re not innovating.” – Elon Musk


6. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton


7. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan


8. “My hunger is not for success; it is for excellence. Because when you attain excellence, success just naturally follows.” – Coach K


9. “Where focus goes, energy flows.” -- Tony Robbins


10. “Let’s do what we love and do a lot of it.” – Marc Jacobs


11. “Blood, sweat, and respect. First two you give. Last one you earn.” -Dwayne Johnson


12. “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It’s the courage that counts.” – John Wooden


13. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson


14. “The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today.” – Tiger Woods


15. “Build those positive habits in you to be on the next level. The better you become, the more possibilities you will have in life.”


16. “I’ve been a bad worker in the past. I know the feeling of failure, the feeling of shame. A weak, lazy person, I didn’t respect myself. I say: Be the hero in your own movie. Pretend that your life was a movie and it started now, what would the hero do? What would the person that you admire and who inspires you do? Do that.” – Joe Rogan


17. “There’s always gonna be another mountain.

I’m always gonna wanna make it move.

Always gonna be an uphill battle.

Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there.

Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side.

It’s the climb.”

-The Climb, by songwriters Jessi Alexander and Jon Made


18. “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly” – John F. Kennedy


19. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar


20. “Success is on the same road as failure; success is just a little further down the road.” –Jack Hyles


21. “Unrealistic thinking yields unrealistic results.” –


22. “To be successful is to be helpful, caring, and constructive, to make everything and everyone you touch a little better” – Norman Peale


23. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right” – Henry Ford


24. “Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as a punishment. And that’s the difference.” - Lou Holtz


25. “Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” – Vincent Van Gogh


26. “Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.” – Michael Jordan


27. “Once you understand what excellence is all about, you see how excellence manifests itself in any discipline.” – Joe Rogan


28. “I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” – Serena Williams


29. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw


30. “It’s about what we do with opportunities revoked or presented to us that determine how a story ends.” – David Goggins


31. “I didn’t come this far to only come this far.” – Andy Marsh


32. Motivation from Jesse Itzler https://youtu.be/2Nbz5hHXTSk


33. “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu


34. “Passion is not a thing, it’s a state of mind.” – Mel Robbins


35. “If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.” – Toni Morrison


36. “Finishing strong is an everyday occurrence as there will never be a race, goal, day, quarter, or year that does not come to an end. This means finishing strong is not an act … it’s a habit.” – Gary Ryan Blair


37. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison


38. "Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition." -- Abraham Lincoln


39. The Station - by Robert Hastings "Tucked away in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long, long trip that almost spans the continent. We're traveling by passenger train, and out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains and rolling hills, of biting winter and blazing summer and cavorting spring and docile fall.

But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day at a certain hour we will pull into the station. There will be bands playing, and flags waving. And once we get there so many wonderful dreams will come true. So many wishes will be fulfilled and so many pieces of our lives finally will be neatly fitted together like a completed jigsaw puzzle. How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering ... waiting, waiting, waiting, for the station.

However, sooner or later we must realize there is no one station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly outdistances us.

"When we reach the station, that will be it !" we cry. Translated it means, "When I'm 18, that will be it ! When I buy a new 450 SL Mercedes Benz, that will be it ! When I put the last kid through college, that will be it ! When I have paid off the mortgage, that will be it ! When I win a promotion, that will be it ! When I reach the age of retirement, that will be it ! I shall live happily ever after !"

Unfortunately, once we get it, then it disappears. The station somehow hides itself at the end of an endless track.

"Relish the moment" is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24: "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." It isn't the burdens of today that drive men mad. Rather, it is regret over yesterday or fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who would rob us of today.

So, stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot oftener, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more and cry less. Life must be lived as we go along. The station will come soon enough."

All Rights Reserved Robert J. Hastings Estate




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