Famous Motivational Qoutes That Will Inspire You to Succeed

No one can deny the power of a good quote. They motivate and inspire us to be our best future.

Here are 38 of my absolute favorites:

1. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa

2. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

3. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford

4. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” -Vince Lombardi

5. “Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it.” -Charles Swindoll

6. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey

7. “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

8. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” -Jimmy Dean

9. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” -Audrey Hepburn

10. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

11. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” -Les Brown

12. “Do or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda

13. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill

14. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

15. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan

16. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” -Albert Einstein

17. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” -Stephen Covey

18. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” -Henry Ford

19. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” -Alice Walker

20. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” -Amelia Earhart

21. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” -Aristotle Onassis

22. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” -Robert Louis Stevenson

23. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” -Ayn Rand

24. “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent Van Gogh

25. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” -Farrah Gray

26. “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” -Dalai Lama

27. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” -Albert Einstein

28. “What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” -Bob Dylan

29. “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” -Leonardo da Vinci

30. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” -Helen Keller

31. “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon

32. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

33. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” -George Addair

34. “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” -Plato

35. “Nothing will work unless you do.” -Maya Angelou

36. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” -Theodore Roosevelt

37. “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” -Plutarch

38. “Control your own destiny or someone else will.” – Jack Welch

Did I miss any? Please share your favorite quotes for others to enjoy in the comments section below.

PMP exam – You prepared hard but what you do in 4 hours matters most !!

1. Read all options, then choose the answer. Focus on the words ‘not’ , ‘except’ and double negatives.
2. Go by your first instinct, don’t change the answer. During review convince yourself if you want to change the answer.
3. Allocate time for review of marked questions.
4. If a questions seems tough, guess the answer , click it, then mark it for review and move on.
5. Go for easy ones first and answer them. It will increase your confidence that you are progressing well.
6. Take the exam in agile way, in iterations. ‘Know’ all the questions quickly to stop worrying about the questions. In 1st iteration answer easy ones. Mark all other questions. Note down the question numbers of calculation questions. In 2nd iteration answer calculation questions. In 3rd iteration answer other pending questions.
7. When you work out the answer on paper (e.g. EVM or network diagram questions) write the question number and then work out the answer.  The question number will help you review your steps (look for matching number on screen and paper) and answer later. Look for smart solutions. Don’t start doing the lengthy steps just because you know them.
8. Sitting straight will help you concentrate during the exam.
9.Take breaks based on milestones . After 100 questions, after 200 questions (take a snacks break),come and do the pending questions and reviews.
10. Keep yourself motivated. Replace any negative thought with a positive thought. Think of treat to  your friends/friends once you pass the exam. Visualize ‘Congratulations, you have passed’ on the monitor during the breaks.

How To Remember ITTOs of All 47 PMBOK Processes?

Trying to remember ITTOs (short for ‘Inputs, Tools and Techniques, and Outputs’) is most stressful task for anyone preparing for PMP exam.

For my study I was trying out different means of doing so, including mnemonics, mindmaps and so on – till I realized that it is a futile exercise. There are 47 processes and on an average say 6 ITTOs per process, making it around 300 ITTOs (I haven’t ventured out to count really). So, I went around various online forums looking for a solution and discussed with several people who have passed PMP.

What I learned is that it is not necessary to try to remember all of them.

As I thought through more, it made sense to me. PMI wants to test whether we have internalized the processes and what it takes to accomplish certain project management activities. Its intention is not to test whether we can remember every input, tool and technique, and output from 47 processes. PMI only tests if we are able to apply our understanding of a particular process.

With this realization I went about understanding each process, what is it supposed to accomplish, how it relates to previous and next process in sequence (in the same KA as well as across other PGs and KAs).

Next, I found another nice way to understand ITTOs.

That is to understand the Data Flow Diagram of every process. In PMBOK you will find a DFD at the beginning of each process. It shows where does the input for the current process come from and which processes do the outputs go into. This is a great way to understand the flow of project management work in a process across PGs and KAs.

A caution though – don’t try to do this for too many processes at one time. One way to approach PMP study is to take one process at a time and study it across all of the study resources you have chosen (PMBOK, Rita, HeadFirst…- but hopefully not more than 3, in my experience.)

The best way that has worked for me is to study DFD as part of the study of a particular process itself. For instance, during my first round I focused on understanding one process every day, so I would spend a good amount of time on DFD of that process. Just understand and them move on, don’t stress yourself to remember it. You will be able to deduce it quite easily once you do a couple of rounds of study.

During the exam I realized that our knowledge of ITTO is tested in a way that if you have understood the process you will be able to deduce the right option amongst 4 choice.

In essence, the 3 ways to remember ITTOs –

  1. Understand the process and its preceding and succeeding process in the KA as well as across PG and KA
  2. Understand DFD of every process as part of its study, do not skip it. It might look a bit overwhelming at the beginning, but once you spend few minutes with it, it starts to make sense.
  3. As you study a process, think how you can apply the same to your own project (or previous projects). If possible even implement what is possible at your work. This practical aspect of the study makes it quite easy to remember the ITTOs.

To summarize,

My suggestion is not to try to remember ITTOs of 47 processes, it will stress you out.

Understand the process, its DFD, its relation to other processes across KAs and PGs – this should be sufficient to tackle any ITTO related questions on the exam.

Major Activities in Project Management Phases

The concept of project management originated when the pyramids were built in Cairo, Egypt. A project manager was commissioned to build a final resting place for the pharaoh, according to Reference for Business. In modern times, experts pinpoint five basic phases of project management. During these phases, small company managers assign and participate in various activities. The activities are contingent upon the company’s industry and what it sells, but the planning and execution processes are similar.


The first phase of the project-planning process is conception or initiation. During this phase, managers develop ideas for projects based on their organizational goals. For example, a small restaurant firm may want to increase sales by 20 percent in two years. Subsequently, top management usually meets and determines ways to accomplish that objective. They may decide to improve customer service, add some meals to their product mix and open five new restaurants in the company’s three-state region. Small-business managers usually have multiple objectives. These objectives often beget brainstorming, weighing various alternatives and decisions on initial courses of action.


The planning and design phase is when small-company owners determine which tasks are needed for big projects. The owners then decide which department managers should implement certain project tasks. Budgeting is an important activity during the planning and design phase of project management. A small company establishes financial parameters for the project, which it cannot exceed. Companies also decide if they need any data or outside information to implement project procedures during the planning and design phase.


The project gets underway during the execution phase. There is usually a spillover effect to this phase. Executives or directors start assigning project tasks to managers. The managers, in turn, delegate portions of those tasks to analysts, specialists and other subordinates. Similar activities take place simultaneously in other departments. For example, small companies that introduce new projects need product managers to create the product concepts, engineers to develop them and finance to track unit and dollar sales. The finance department may also be in charge of obtaining additional funds through a bank. Similarly, a marketing research manager may start conducting phone surveys through an outside agency. And a construction manager may order materials for a new restaurant building after receiving the blueprint. Training is another activity that occurs during this phase and the development of project schedules.


Small companies need managers to control the implementation of project tasks. The manager’s primary responsibility during this stage is to stay on schedule. Companies usually have deadlines for their projects. Managers must frequently meet with department employees and vendors to ensure that everyone’s on track to complete their tasks on time. Moreover, department managers must ensure they are keeping their costs within the limits of their budgets.


The project is completed during the closing phase of project management. Constructions workers put the finishing touches on buildings, and new products may be launched regionally or nationally, depending on small-company objectives. Also, managers or agencies finish their analyses, complete reports and schedule final presentations. Some projects may be ongoing, but certain deliverables are still due at various intervals: every month, quarter or year.