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Prove Them Wrong Quotes: TAoL’s BEST Quotes on Beating Expectations

Arthur Worsley
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M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

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1. "We don’t have to take rejection as a reflection of our self-worth. If somebody who is important (or even someone unimportant) to you rejects you or your choices, you are still real, and you are still worth every bit as much as you would be if you had not been rejected. Feel any feelings that go with rejection; talk about your thoughts; but don’t forfeit your self-esteem to another’s disapproval or rejection of who you are or what you have done. Even if the most important person in your world rejects you, you are still real, and you are still okay. If you have done something inappropriate or you need to solve a problem or change a behavior, then take appropriate steps to take care of yourself. But don’t reject yourself, and don’t give so much power to other people’s rejection of you. It isn’t necessary" - Melody Beattie

Melody Beattie is an American self-help author whose international bestselling book, Codependent No More, introduced the world to the term “codependency” in 1986.

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2. "Adopt the motto - ”It doesn’t matter who’s right, but what’s right.”" - Maxwell Maltz

Maxwell Maltz was an American cosmetic surgeon and author of the best-selling and highly influential Psycho-Cybernetics (1960).

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3. "Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can't, cannot." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz: Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can't, cannot.

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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4. "Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!" - Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor E. Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor best known for his book Man's Search for Meaning.

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5. "There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." - Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist whose novel, The Alchemist, has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide and is the all-time best-selling book by a Brazilian writer.

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6. "As much as others may need to change, or we may want them to change, the only person we can continually inspire, prod, and shape - with any degree of success—is the person in the mirror." - Kerry Patterson

Kerry Patterson is an American author best known for co-authoring several New York Times bestsellers, including Crucial Conversations

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7. "Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak." - Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher who lived in the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China and is credited as the author of the highly influential The Art of War.

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8. "Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate." - Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher who lived in the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China and is credited as the author of the highly influential The Art of War.

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9. "Your "I CAN" is more important than your IQ." - Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is a Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series.

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Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.

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