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Are Motivational Quotes Actually Good for Anything?


There is quite literally a never-ending supply of motivational quotes. If you don't believe me, scroll through your LinkedIn feed. Try Instagram, too. They are everywhere! But are they good for anything? Other than cheap social engagement?

I have six motivational and inspirational quote apps on my phone. I know what you're thinking. The answer is no, I don't know what to do with all that motivation! Actually, I use them for Twitter.

Over the last year or more, I've started off most of my mornings by reading through a few motivational quotes, and tweeting my favorite one. It's cheap engagement! Here's what I've learned over that time.

Motivational quotes - by themselves, out of context - are rather shallow. That's why I often choose one line or quote, and elaborate on it for an article. Most of these quotes you see standing alone (somewhat surprisingly) do carry a bit of depth. It just takes some intentional fleshing out to realize it.

Often times these quotes seem cheesy or melodramatic. Particularly when they're set against a sunrise or some person working out. But when you intentionally digest half a dozen or more of these every day for months, you begin to change.

As I've read and tweeted these quotes day after day, I've begun to maintain a more positive mindset. I genuinely feel happier, work better and harder.

When you put good in, you'll get good out. If you pay attention to motivational and inspirational quotes every day, they will be helpful for you!

In my case, I always have a reference for any situation, particularly if I make a mistake or something else negative happens. I'm also always able to pull out a few words of encouragement anytime someone else needs a boost.

There are people who will mock motivational quotes and those who enjoy them. These people are foolish. Positive, helpful, constructive words of encouragement can only be good for you!