Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Happy Friday to all! It’s time for another edition of Favorite Quote Friday, a weekly series dedicated to motivational and inspirational quotes from a variety of sources. This is one of my favorite days to post on this blog and I hope that it is one of your favorite days to read it!
Today’s quote comes from world-famous author and humorist Mark Twain. Mark was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in the tiny town of Florida, Missouri (it’s so tiny its current population is zero), and grew up in nearby Hannibal, Missouri. Today he is most famous for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. But if you come up here to Missouri and take a day trip to Hannibal, you will find that we know him as something more than just a published author and funny guy. He was also pilot of a steamboat that went up and down the muddy Mississippi. If you go to Hannibal and take a ride on the steamboat, they will tell you all about it.
Aren’t you glad Twain decided to write books and become famous instead of continuing a career on the river? It would have been unfair for the rest of the world if the only people he was sharing his witticisms with were the people on a wee boat in the middle of the Mississippi.
Now I will let you in on a little secret—I am not a big fan of Mark Twain’s writing. It puts me to sleep. Don’t tell anyone, okay? Even though I am not one of his biggest fans, I do have several of his quotes in my favorite quotes file, and of course today’s quote is one of them. In fact, it is probably my all time favorite thing that Mark Twain ever said. It is good, common sense advice.
Nothing good ever comes from surrounding yourself with negative people who insist on destroying your dreams. The only thing you accomplish with this is bad nerves, bad skin, and bad digestion. And unless you are some sort of weirdo masochist, you don’t want any of those things. Trust me.
If you have negative people who are always trying to bring you down in your life, get rid of them. Cut them off completely. I don’t care if it is your mother, your father, or your best friend. If they bring down your mood and make you question yourself and your abilities, they don’t need to be in your life.
Instead you need to become involved with successful people who are glad to take you under their wing and share their success with you. You are never too old to go out and get a mentor, and there are many people out there willing to let you in on their secret to success.
If you think positive, you will get positive results.
So if you are struggling with depression or you are suffering from bad luck, take a long, hard look at your situation. Who are you hanging out with? What are they saying to you? How is your overall physical and mental health doing? Would it be better if you made some changes to habits and the people you associate with?
It is time you started thinking, “Out with the bad and in with the good.” Don’t let negative thoughts and negative people take over your life!
- Hannibal MO: The Town Mark Twain Has Kept On the Map (gadling.com)
- The only existing video footage of Mark Twain, as filmed by Thomas Edison [Video] (io9.com)
- Mark Twain accused of… racism (english.ruvr.ru)