The coin of survival / Part 1

Denis Waitley - American motivational speaker, writer and consultant

Courage is learned and it’s learned by being well prepared. Not only being prepared, but knowing you are prepared. 

Buddha - Philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. 

Joseph Campbell - American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion.

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.

Coleman Young - American politician

Courage is one step ahead of fear.

Nelson Mandela - South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

Denis Waitley - American motivational speaker, writer and consultant 

Courage, after all, is being well prepared for something you didn't expect.

Maxime Lagacé - Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender

Be your own hero.

Zeus, Hercules  - Character in Disney's 1997 animated feature film, Hercules

A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the size of his heart.

Aristotle - Greek philosopher

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. 

John Andrew Holmes - American politician

No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down and lifting another up.

Tim Sanders - Author

Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.

Samuel Smiles - Author and government reformer

The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense involves the helping of one's neighbors.

T. Harv Eker - Author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation

Your life is not just about you. It’s also about contributing to others.

Robin Sharma - Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series

Give out what you most want to come back.

Atul Gawande - American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher

Courage is strength in the face of knowledge of what is to be feared or hoped. Wisdom is prudent strength.

Alberto Villoldo - Cuban-born psychologist, medical anthropologist and author, writing primarily in the field of neo-shamanism

With the courage of the soul, we don’t focus only on self-preservation, security, or safety; in fact, such courage compels us to risk our comfort and safety, and sometimes even our lives, as we act according to our most deeply held values. This kind of valor comes from a higher source and is the necessary ingredient for us to create a different dream. 

Albert Ellis - American psychologist and psychotherapist who founded Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

The emotionally mature individual should completely accept the fact that we live in a world of probability and chance, where there are not, nor probably ever will be, any absolute certainties, and should realize that it is not at all horrible, indeed—such a probabilistic, uncertain world.

Paulo Coelho - Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for his novel The Alchemist

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.

Jack Canfield - American author, motivational speaker, corporate trainer, and entrepreneur

Keep in mind that part of growing up is dealing with difficult issues, and the benefits can be great if you have the courage to ask for help. Human beings are not designed to go through life alone. No one has to bear the burden of tough times all by themselves.

Denis E. Waitley - American motivational speaker, writer and consultant

Time and health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.

Daniel Goleman - Author and science journalist. For twelve years, he wrote for The New York Times, reporting on the brain and behavioral sciences

Martin Luther King Jr. observed that those who failed to offer their aid asked themselves the question: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But the Good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man what will happen to him?"

Steve Chandler - Author of 30 books that have been translated into over 25 languages. His personal success coaching, public speaking and business consulting have been used by CEOs, top professionals, major universities, and over 30 Fortune 500 companies

All courageous people have fear. They just do things anyway.

Jim Kouzes - Coauthor with Barry Posner of the award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, with over 2.5 million copies in print. He's also the Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

Research indicates that the highest performing managers and leaders are the most open and caring. The best leaders demonstrate more affection toward others and want others to be more open with them. They are more positive and passionate, more loving and compassionate, and more grateful and encouraging than their lower performing counterparts.

Matthieu Ricard - French writer, photographer, translator and Buddhist monk who resides at Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in Nepal

Being altruistic not only helps us to benefit others, but it is also the most satisfying way to live.

Robert B. Cialdini - Regents' Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University and was a visiting professor of marketing, business and psychology at Stanford University, as well as at the University of California at Santa Cruz leader vision

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

Tony Robbins - American author, coach, speaker, and philanthropist. Robbins is known for his infomercials, seminars, and self-help books including the books Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within

The secret to living is giving.

Carol Dweck - American psychologist. She is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Dweck is known for her work on mindset

We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.

Michael Phelps - American former competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, Olympic gold medals in individual events, and Olympic medals in individual events

But a hero should be somebody who can lift up other people with his courage and dedication.

Dave Ramsey - American personal finance personality, radio show host, author, and businessman 

Having children doesn’t make you a good parent, it means you had sex. That’s all. 

Jiddu Krishnamurti - Philosopher, speaker and writer. In his early life, he was groomed to be the new World Teacher, but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the Theosophy organization behind it

“Do you know what it means to love somebody? Do you know what it means to love a tree, or a bird, or a pet animal, so that you take care of it, feed it, cherish it, though it may give you nothing in return, though it may not offer you shade, or follow you, or depend on you? Most of us don’t love in that way, we don’t know what that means at all because our love is always hedged about with anxiety, jealousy, fear—which implies that we depend inwardly on another, we want to be loved. We don’t just love and leave it there, but we ask something in return; and in that very asking we become dependent.

So freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something—and it is only such love that can know freedom.

Friedrich Nietzsche - German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, writer, and philologist whose work has exerted a profound influence on modern intellectual history. He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy

One should not wish to enjoy where one does not give joy.

Fred Rogers - American television host, author, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was the creator, showrunner, and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001

Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.

Fred Rogers - American television host, author, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was the creator, showrunner, and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001

Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.