Quotes, understood through life experiences, can serve as one of the most inspired form of communication with immense knowledge. We all want to start each year with a new hope, and I guess what that really means is bringing changes to our lives, but what does that really mean? And why are “exercise” related search results extremely popular only in January and then slowly dies out the following months. Doesn’t that kind of defeat the whole purpose of change if it cannot sustain?

1. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” —Aristotle

If we can develop everything we want to change about ourselves into habits, doesn’t autonomy grant us more mental capacity to focus on more important matters? Research has shown that on average, it takes about 66 days before a new behavior can become automatic while some may took anywhere from 18 to 254 days. 254 days may seem like an unfathomable commitment, but I think most people overlook the power of diligence on a grander scale.

2. “Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.” –Tony Robbins

The fact is, the busier we are, the less productive we become. Do not mistake motions for actions. Have patience for patience is not procrastination; there is a big difference. We don’t need to keep moving to feel secured. Patience is in fact passion tamed. Pace yourself. Always do what’s right and not what’s easy because…

3. “Life isn’t meant to be easy. It’s meant to be fun, which is challenging.” —Unknown

If we’re constantly looking for easy way out of anything, we are turning away from our passion and the chance to realize our potentials. Our purpose, our vision, is the light house. We don’t always know how we will get there, but…

4. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” —English Proverb

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Making mistakes is what allows us to move forward and grow. It is not an evaluation of our potentials nor abilities. The secret is, genius is not born but made. On average, we just need to go through 10,000 hours of intense and deep practice in order to achieve mastery on almost anything. Remember when Thomas Edison once said…

5. “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas Edison

Things always happen for a reason, a good reason. A good day may give you happiness; a bad day, a lesson. A mistake is not a mistake if you can learn from it.

Patience is waiting for a good weather, talent is the shuttle, and passion is the fuel that takes you to the stars. Passion may be the most important and also the most overrated virtue one should master. It is what you love doing and what others’ needs synchronized. Passion is doing what you want to do because others need you to. Remember that…

6. “Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world.” —Jim Carrey

Do not build a product which you will not use even though it answers the market’s needs — that’s exploitation. Create something that’s fundamentally good. It’s not about adopting a personality that can attract those who can help you to climb the corporate ladder because…

7. “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” —James Miles

People in fact are attracted to those with characters and integrities than those of greed. We should explore and search and match our purpose with our talent that will make the world a better place. To do so, we cannot say we’ll be a better person and create things that to your own term defines “good”.

8. “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” —Mahatma Gandhi

Confucius believes we must first gain knowledge of the world before we can develop a good mind and body. Only then can we have a harmonious family that is the foundation for allowing us to change the world. We must first change from within, so…

9. “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” —Marcus Aurelius

Have yourself in check. You can lie with your words, but you cannot lie with who you fundamentally are. As an entrepreneur, a product is the result of the company culture, and the company is the product of the team, and the people you can attract bases on who you are.

10. “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” —Henry Ford

If you can put up an act to make people believe you are a great person, you will attract exactly the kind of person who can put up a good show. Always remember…

11. “If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.” —Cicero

Before you can inspire other people, stay away from negative voices. Learn from great people. Learn from great books. Do not ever lose your temper or your way. You should always keep in mind to…

12. “Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

Do not resort to immoral conducts nor revenge. Be virtuous, generous, and kind. Be someone you can love and respect, so others can love and respect you. Our attitude is often times the reflection of how we feel about ourselves. If you feel you’ve been wronged, thank the person for the opportunity for you forgive, to grow, and to learn. So…

13. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” —Plato

There may be setbacks on your way to greatness, but don’t let it discourage you from your true path. If you don’t reach your goal, don’t change the goal, change your process.

It’s good to have dreams, and it’s good to remain optimistic. Actually most successful people are optimists — Optimist is one who always sees opportunities in challenges not challenges in opportunities. With that said though, it’s equally important that we remain prudent and practical, for…

14. “I’m an optimist, but an optimist who carries a raincoat.” —Harold Wilson

Spending all your savings to chase a dream recklessly isn’t courage nor is it admirable. We shouldn’t risk the well being of our family or friends for a chance to feed our greed or ego for recognition. Too many people in this world sacrifice the people they love to…

15. “…buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” —Dave Ramsey

Material fulfillment can offer securities and happiness at some point. Studies show that on average, $70,000 a year salary actually provides the most happiness. The more money you gain after that point actually reduces happiness until you start helping other people. That is why Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, two of the riches men on earth, transcend into becoming a philanthropist rather than remaining a businessman. At the end…

16. “Success without happiness is the worst kind of failure.” —Louis Binstock

Not spending enough time with family is one of the top regrets. I think medias today have a distorted view about success: We’re now competing to see who can earn more at a younger age, but that isn’t really how human works and how any human should aspire to live. Some of us can win lotteries, but most work really hard to gain mastery at an old age. Leonardo da Vinci for example, obtained no recognitions until he reached his 40’s. His example is overlooked, so the media can focus on stories about young celebrities or entrepreneurs. What we really need to know about success is that it is the fruit of happiness and a well rounded healthy life. You are just you, doing what you love every day of your life. If people say you’re successful with your career, move on. If you people say you can climb higher, you better believe it.

17. “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” —John Wooden

Happiness is one of the life’s major motivations. You don’t need to secure financial freedom to enjoy life. In fact studies have shown monetary success doesn’t necessarily yield happiness, but often times happiness would yield success.

Everything in life is possible. Age does not limit your potential to grow: Old dogs can’t learn new tricks is just a mindset. Being able to keep learning new things is also a mindset. Remember…

18. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” —George Bernard Shaw

I wish everyone an inspired and happy year. Form habits and live a good life.