Steve Pavlina Quotes

Who is Steve Pavlina?

Steve Pavlina is an American self-help author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur known for the books 'Personal Development for Smart People' and 'The Courage to Live Consciously'.

Born April 14, 1971

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“A man doesn't require the approval of others. He's willing to follow his heart wherever it leads him. When a man is following his heart-centered path, it's of little consequence if the entire world is against him.”

“Achieving meaningful goals requires that you commit your entire ass, not just one cheek.”

“Any relationships that would reject you for being true to yourself are – by definition – abusive relationships. You'll be much better off when you let them go.”

“Believing that you must do something perfectly is a recipe for stress, and you'll associate that stress with the task and thus condition yourself to avoid it.”

“By all means listen to other people's advice, but when in doubt go with your gut instinct.”

“Courageous people are still afraid, but they don't let the fear paralyze them.”

“Curiosity is more flexible and practical than belief.”

“Do what you love, but be damned sure it's profitable. If you do work you love, but it doesn't generate income, your business will fail. If you do work you hate, but it generates income, your health will fail and your business along with it. If you can't do what you love and make it profitable, you've either got a hobby or a headache, not a sustainable business. Don't settle for anything less than passion and profit.

“Embrace opportunities with limited downside, unlimited upside. The best deals are those where your risk of loss is predictable and fixed if things go wrong, while your potential gains are enormous if things go right. Take such deals whenever you can get them if the odds of success are halfway decent.”

“Everyone you meet in your life – even total strangers – are already intimately connected to you. The idea that we are all separate and distinct beings is nothing but an illusion. We are all parts of a larger whole, like individual cells in a body.”

“For good or ill, your habits will make or break you.”

“Fuzzy thinking leads to hesitancy in acting. Clear thinking makes it easier to act boldly and consistently.”

“Hard work is painful when life is devoid of purpose. But when you live for something greater than yourself and the gratification of your own ego, then hard work becomes a labor of love.”

“I believe the ultimate goal of living and refining your values is to identify and achieve congruence with universal principles.”

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“I believe we can proactively choose to believe whatever we want instead of merely letting our beliefs coalesce as reactions to events.”

“I learned that accepting others and accepting myself are two sides of the same coin; you can't love and accept yourself without doing the same for others.”

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“I want my life to have had more value than just acquiring stuff and living comfortably. I may die rich, or I may die broke. But I won't die with my music still in me.”

“If someone offers you a gift, and you decline to accept it, the other person still owns that gift. The same is true of insults and verbal attacks.”

“If you aren't working on your goals, you aren't working. You're just wasting time.”

“If you dislike the answers you’re getting from life, try asking better questions.”

“If you don't make a conscious choice someone else will decide for you. It may be your boss, a family member, an advertiser, a collective social influence, or someone or something else, but it won't be something of your deliberate choosing.”

“If you don’t take the time to get really clear about exactly what it is you’re trying to accomplish, then you’re forever doomed to spend your life achieving the goals of those who do.”

“If you experience chronic difficulties in a particular area of your life, there's a strong chance that the root of the problem is a failure to accept reality as it is.”

“If you try to impress an alarm clock, it will simply tell you the time.”

“If you want to achieve some really big and interesting goals, you have to learn to fall in love with hard work.”

“If you want to experience abundance, then don't choose a path that ensures scarcity or limitation. Choose a path that has a shot of leading to prosperity. Say no to non-prosperous choices like a job with a fixed paycheck.”

“If you want to express your creativity, then don't choose a path where someone else tells you what to do and how to do it. Choose a path where creativity is rewarded, not punished.”

“In reading the biographies of very successful men and women, one theme frequently surfaces: such people have a strong bias for action. Those who achieve high levels of success in some areas of life tend to take a lot more action than those who settle for average or below average results.”

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“It's a serious character weakness to think you can get something of value for little or nothing, to believe that life will flood you with abundance when you won't commit yourself to delivering your best contribution in exchange. In fact, it's a safe bet that you'll subconsciously sabotage yourself from being in such a place for long. You won't allow yourself to receive what you don't feel you've earned. To receive life's bounty, you must know without a doubt that you deserve it.”

“It's been said that the first hour is the rudder of the day. I've found this to be very true in my own life. If I'm lazy or haphazard in my actions during the first hour after I wake up, I tend to have a fairly lazy and unfocused day.”

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“I believe all positive things and negative things are valuable because they shape you.”


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