We asked the community to share their favorite quotes and affirmations with us. Check some of those out below.

Laina Gossman | CEO of Soul Insole

One of my favorite quotes I found on a plaque that used to sit on my grandfathers desk. “Press On – Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” ― Calvin Coolidge. Many things can get in the way of completing our goals. People can criticize our idea. Agreements can fall through. We can hit a wall when we thought we were going the right direction. We have the choice to step down, take a different path, or to press on. Either choice may be right. When starting Soul Insole, I chose to press on through many obstacles. The drive to do so was fueled by desire to be able to help more people. The bigger the company grows, the more actions and choices are needing to be completed. It’s clear that persistence was needed to start and will continue to be an integral part of my life as an entrepreneur and it is a powerful habit. Read more>>

Kristy Rose | Top Shelf Music Editor-in-Chief

My favorite quote is from a John Lennon song — “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” I feel like this mantra not only applies all on a personal level, but to the world of business as well. No matter how hard you prepare for anything, independent variables will always factor their way in unexpectedly. You have to be able to roll with the punches, for flexibility is the key to success. Or, at least the key to being content while you work your way up Read more>>

Adrian Walker | Activist/Author/Entreprenuer

My mantra is, “HAVE A POSITIVE DAY ON PURPOSE.!!!” It’s a choice. Despite life’s circumstances, I have chosen to live each moment, seeking the positive until I’ve reached the next moment after that. Read more>>

Julia Nordgren, MD | Physician, Chef, Author

I love the phrase “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” Asking this of myself helps me identify what my dreams and aspirations are, and helps me identify what my fears are. This helps me see things that have value and deep interest to me, and what my true desires are. Asking myself this helps me uncouple the dream from the fear, which then allows me to break down the fears a little bit. It helps me understand what I am afraid of and why. Then I can address them in a way that gives me power and agency over the fears – and not the other way around Read more>>