Quotes About Being Happy That Every Entrepreneur Needs to Hear
Quotes about being happy are more than words on the page, rather, in a lot of ways, they’re lifelines.
On Youtube, more than 40 million people have watched Denzel Washington’s inspiring advice about looking to the stars and working towards a life bigger, grander than your own. That record number of people who tuned into watching this video shows that words can make a significant change in someone’s life. So below are some of the most inspiring, hopeful words that can get you through your day, especially if you’re an entrepreneur.
“Dreams without goals are just dreams.”
Dreaming without the ideas in place to achieve them is hopeless and redundant. You need to work towards happiness to achieve it. And that’s easier said than done, but the time and energy you put towards success will be worth it in the long run when the things that once seemed impossible to do now give purpose to your life.
“It’s okay to fail; it’s not okay to quit.”
-Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness
Failure is a part of life that many, including myself, would like to avoid, but it’s a necessary part of progress. Without failure, we wouldn’t learn and without learning, we wouldn’t become better, happier, and more wanting of a greater world to live in.
Appreciate all your failures, because they’ll build you into a better version of yourself.
“I believe that every person is born with talent.”
Failure and the struggles we face in life make it easy to assume that we are all just talent-less waste of spaces. In fact, consider one struggle, like Depression, and think of what it does to the best people in your life. Symptoms of Depression can include:
- Difficulty accomplishing tasks
- Anhedonia or losing passion for the things that you once loved.
Facing every day with symptoms that make it impossible to write, paint, and simply do all the things that you care for can make anyone feel like a talentless smuck. But take a step back and recognize that you are an amazing person; it’s just your present circumstances that may be making it harder to see that.
“Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.”
-Will Smith, After Earth
We can learn a lot from Will Smith’s character, Cypher Raige, in After Earth namely that fear is a choice. We think a million thoughts a day; yet, we never put value into them. The same should go for fear since it’s only a product of our minds.
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become”
-Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness
We all have faced some type of trauma or tragedy in our lives, but what matters most about these things is how we respond to them. For instance, grow larger and become better than your pain. This is not to say that pain should be let go of, but rather that we should learn from it, rather than holding onto it.
“How exquisitely human was the wish for permanent happiness, and how thin human imagination became trying to achieve it.”
-Toni Morrison, Paradise
It’s funny, but we all cling to happiness, wanting to be taken by the joy and pure euphoria of it. But happiness is not a passive state. Rather, as mentioned previously, happiness is something to be worked towards.
Being happy is equivalent to maintaining a relationship: it takes thought, passion, inspiration, and energy to produce such a great feeling.
“In whatever you do, choose things that make you happy, instead of just doing something for money and material things that are fleeting.”
Surprisingly enough, Zendaya, the award-winning, beloved actress that seems to have everything, recognizes that true happiness is discovered in the things she has or the things that we may think should make us happy, but rather in what we know makes us happy.
“You can’t be hesitant about who you are.” (Viola Davis)
Figuring out who you are is a lifelong journey, but, despite the times when you feel unsure or doubtful of yourself, you should remain true of who you are. Insecurity can make it tempting to be someone else, but learn to love your voice, your thoughts, and everything you’re feeling.
You are valid.
Think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”
Simply, you’re not alone. I, myself, feel like my thoughts are stuck in a vacuum and that nobody will ever truly be able to grasp what I’m feeling or why I’m feeling the way I do, but as I write this now, I understand that I am not the first person to have felt this way.
When you’re feeling alone, remind yourself that this feeling is not a fact of your life. Go out, be with people, listen to them, really listen to their words and their voices, and you’ll see how connected you are to the world around you.
“I like to read quotes that touch on how I am feeling [on social media]. If I am dealing with confusion, I will read quotes about clarity and peace of mind. I started posting these quotes on my Twitter page, and the fans responded so positively! I realized that many of them were dealing with similar issues, and the quotes helped to open up a genuine dialogue between us.”
The award-winning actress and beloved comedian, Keke Palmer, maybe young in age, but she is wise beyond her years. She understands that quotes can clarify and also connect her to others, beyond distance and time. And sharing them with other people furthers the mission of writers and their words: to be seen and to be understood.
Thus, read words, watch movies, view art, and do the things that make you feel recognized and alive.