The Question Is: “Are Motivational Quotes Helpful or Not?”

Motivational aphorisms, sayings, and stories can actually encourage us and motivate us.

This form of sayings is most times very effective and helpful to us in our daily endeavors.

Actually, motivational quotes are inspiring to us as individuals and can modify or change our thinking.

Consequently, this has a positive effect on our actions.

Therese Borchard posted a video on her beyond blue post titled life = Risk: This video was targeted at inspiring and motivating people and she also commented,  ” I had goosebumps as I listened to it. I hope you do too!”

It has some very inspiring true-life incidents such as one about Lucille Ball being dismissed from drama school with a letter that says she was ” wasting her time. She’s too shy to put her best foot forward.”

It is a very inspiring piece.

Maybe Lucille Ball was very reserved as a kid and has serious issues with shyness, timidity and social anxiety.
But the fact that such criticism came from a teacher or administrator who is not a trained psychologist could point to the fact that the critique is shallow or baseless.

Nevertheless, she still went to be a success and did greater things- that’s what really matters as she did not let those critiques count or let her down.

Another story highlighted in this video is about Walt Disney being fired at work for having no imagination and lack of originality in all his ideas.

It can be inspiring to hear such stories giving us hope that not all people in higher positions than us or people we work with or under their authority really know our real worth or value.

But what about a person who got terminated from work for not being creative enough to add effective value to the company.

They probably found themselves blaming ” the economy” or “management” for their lack of employment or progress; rather than considering that they need to change their personal thinking, perspective, and actions.

Positive attitude book section at Simple truth

Another huge domain or collections of motivational quotes is popularly called Wise sayings which most of the times are inspiring, motivating, and generally helpful.

Great spirit have encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds .”
-Albert Einstein

This is an old quote and still much relevant and comforting, perhaps for someone who considers themselves intellectually superior but unfortunately, their ideas are underrated and overlooked.

Thou some few people have considered this quote incomplete or inaccurate-  here is another version.

“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities.

The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to prejudice but honestly and confidently uses his intelligence and fulfills the duty to express the results of his thought in clear form.”

Albert Einstein quoted in New York Time, March 19, 1940 ( from

Another quote:

It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ” Always do what you are afraid to do.”

Well, taking a risk in order to develop yourself personally and improve creativity is a good idea.

I really like Sandra Bullock’s comment about how she chooses her movie roles. She said  ” I don’t do anything anymore that feel safe.

“If it doesn’t scare the crap out of you, then you are not doing the right thing. “

But there are many examples of people doing or let’s say attempting to do something really scary and risky like teasing a gorilla by holding a banana near their cage, running with the bulls in Spain or using a homemade ramp to skateboard over a parked car. Don’t pay attention to stupid people quotes!


Obviously, that’s not what she meant but she was trying to make people strong and bold enough to take calculated risks at various levels of their lives and overcome challenges so they could become better people.

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