Inspiration can come from anywhere and anyone. Mine often comes from books and movies -- books and movies that combine life stories with a spiritual journey.
Here are my 10 inspirational mantras and movie quotes that may impact you the same way it does to me.
1. To live is to explore.
"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life."
-- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
2. Do what you have to do.
"I know what I have to do now, I've got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?"
-- Cast Away (2000)
3. Believe in your authentic swing.
"Yep... Inside each and every one of us is one true authentic swing... Somethin' we was born with... Somethin' that's ours and ours alone."
-- Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
4. The only real failure is the failure to try.
"The only real failure is the failure to try. And the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment. As we always must. We came here, and we tried. All of us, in our different ways. Can we be blamed for feeling we're too old to change? Too scared of disappointment to start it all again? We get up every morning, we do our best. Nothing else matters."
-- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
5. Protect your dream.
"Hey, don't let anyone tell you you can't do something. Not even me, alright? You got a dream, you got to protect it! People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you can't do it. You want something, go get it. Period!"
-- Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
6. Never give up hope.
"Remember, Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. Get busy living or get busy dying."
-- The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
8. Prove it to yourself.
"In this life time, you don't have to prove nothing to nobody, except yourself. And after what you've gone through, if you haven't done that by now, it ain't gonna never happen."
-- Rudy (1993)
9. You are the master of your fate.
"Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be, For my unconquerable soul. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul."
-- Invictus (2009 -- as read from the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley)
10. Let go and say goodbye.
"I suppose in the end the whole of life becomes an act of letting go. But what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye. I was never able to thank my father for all I learned from him, to tell him that without his lessons I would never have survived."
-- Life of Pi (2012)
Serial entrepreneur and author Faisal Hoque is the founder of SHADOKA and other companies. Shadoka Enables Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Social Impact. His newest book is "Everything Connects: How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability" (McGraw Hill, Spring 2014). His upcoming book is "Survive to Thrive: 27 Practices of Resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Leaders" (Motivational Press, 2015). Copyright (c) 2015 by Faisal Hoque. All rights reserved. Follow him on Twitter @faisal_hoque.
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