“You are the wind beneath my wings…” – Bette Middler
Even though the quote above is not technically an “inspirational quote” because it’s from a song, it is one of the most inspiring songs that I can recall. This was my sixth grade graduation class song.
I’m still not sure why we picked it, but it was meant to be a “thank you” to our faculty and middle school directors, since we were “flying” to junior high. Yes, we “sang” (read: lip-synched) to this whole song during one of our graduating events. And no, our school basketball, golf and volleyball teams were the Falcons, not the Eagles.
What kind of books, movies, quotes or songs inspire you? What changes your mood? A cool quote from a famous movie, a funny quote from a comic strip, an insightful quote from an entrepreneur or industry guru or a spiritual quote from an uplifting song or a book?
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A change in mood is just what you might need to help melt all the stress away and tackle your to-do list. Or, you know, just to take a little break and replenish the brain waves. We all know that this industry is not easy, but the rewards of knowing that we are helping people daily is the wing beneath our wings.
We have compiled a list of some of the best inspirational quotes from our hunts through the Internet, from our book obsessions, from people we look up to in the industry and from our own experiences. Feel free to add the quotes that inspire you. Enjoy, get inspired and have a great week!
Inspiration from our editors:
“‘Thoughts become things…choose the good ones.’ It’s from Mike Dooley. It reminds me that if I think negative, negative will happen. And vice versa!” – From Emily Holbrook, executive managing editor for National Underwriter Life & Health and markets channel editor here at LifeHealthPro.com.
“Go out and meet the people.” – Sam Bell, my great-grandfather, who started a paint and carpet store company in Kansas City.
“No one ever met anyone sitting home alone.” – Dorothy Bell, my grandmother.
“Most of the things you worry about never happen.” – Dorothy Bell.
From Allison Bell, health insurance channel editor here at LifeHealthPro.com
Inspiration from the web:
“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” – George Burns, American comedian, award-winning actor whose carrier spanned from vaudeville to film and radio, and writer.
(Photo: George Burns, at 80, joins Bob Hope, a young comic at 74, as the two rehearsed for a spot on Hope’s NBC vaudeville show in this January 1978 photo. AP Photo)
“Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien, American comedian and host of his own late night TV show, Conan, on TBS.
(Photo: Presenter Conan O’Brien addresses the audience at the 2014 Princess Grace Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel October 2014, in Calif. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey, American actress, comedian, producer, formerly known for her sketches on Saturday Night Live, movies like Mean Girls and the TV show 30 Rock.
(Photo: Tina Fey arrives at the premiere of “This is Where I Leave You” at TCL Chinese Theatre, 2014, in Los Angeles. AP Photo/ Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
– Robin Williams, beloved American comedian and actor.
(In this July 29, 2013 file photo, actor Robin Williams participates in the “The Crazy Ones” panel at the 2013 CBS Summer TCA Press Tour in Calif. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)
“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” – Lucille Ball, comedienne and star of the TV show ‘I Love Lucy’.
(Photo: In this undated image, comedian-actress Lucille Ball and her husband, musician-actor Desi Arnaz from the comedy series, “I Love Lucy,” are shown. AP Photo/file)
Other known figures:
“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney, business magnate and the original “Imagineer,” filmmaker, cartoonist, founder of his own empire… oh and Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
(Photo: In this undated file photo provided by Disney, Walt Disney displays a model of Disney’s “It’s a Small World” attraction from the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Along with three other exhibitions, including one featuring a robotic President Abraham Lincoln, Disney used the opportunity of the fair to test out concepts. The exhibitions were then put in place at Disney’s parks and have been there ever since. AP Photo/Disney)