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17 Quotes to help you take tough life and business decisions

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

It is a simple straightforward quote and yet, it is so complicated. At first glance, it seems that Lao Tzu is trying to explain that great things start from humble beginnings. It starts with the first step you take towards your dream. Once you know your destination, you have a clear vision and objective, lift one foot in front and embark on your journey. Whooosh!

But is it that simple?


Even when a baby takes his first step, it is never physical. It is entirely mental. The first step is always a decision taken on the basis of your mental strength, risk analysis, and determination to achieve your goal.

“Decision is the ultimate power.”- Tony Robbins

The reason that decisions have so much power is that they make us the author of our story. I have seen people feeling frustrated and depressed because either they don’t take their own decisions or they believe that they have lost control of their situation.

A decision to act. A decision to commit. A decision to take action and responsibility.

I had to make a tough decision once. It was between choosing a corporate life or staying at home and take care of my daughter. I took a decision of venturing on my own and it seems like a big responsibility but it also gives a sense of pride – I took a decision. If you are faced with the similar dilemma then these quotes will definitely help.  “When making a tough business decision, this is my No. 1 piece of advice: Be true to yourself.”

“Sir, What is the secret of your success?” a reporter asked a bank president.
“Two words.”
“And, sir, what are they?”
“Good decisions.”
“And how do you make good decisions?”
“One word.”
“And sir, what is that?”
“And how do you get Experience?”
“Two words.”
“And, sir, what are they?”
“Bad decisions.”
– Unknown author

“Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.”- Anthony Robbins

“I found every single successful person I’ve ever spoken to had a turning point. The turning point was when they made a clear, specific unequivocal decision that they were going to achieve success. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50, and most people never make it at all.” – Brian Tracey

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.” —Keri Russell

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. If you give up before your goal has been reached, you are a ‘quitter’. A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits.” – Napoleon Hill

“It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.” —Jim Rohn

“Life is about choices. Some we regret, some we’re proud of. Some will haunt us forever. The message: we are what we chose to be.” —Graham Brown

“When you live in reaction, you give your power away. Then you get to experience what you gave your power to.”-  N. Smith

“The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.”- Sun Tzu

“Decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight; indecision, a dull one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind it.” – Gordon Graham

“Where there is no decision there is no life.”- JJ Dewey

“Choices are the hinges of destiny.” – Pythagoras

“When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take – choose the bolder.” – William Joseph Slim

“The worst business decision you can make is no decision. The needs are not going to go away. Waiting is whats gotten us in the situation we’re in now.” – John Peace


Every decision we make has a reference point that can help in guiding you. It is imperative to look closely at reference points and follow your gut. And if you face the fear of failure, then read these quotes and move ahead.

Lots of love!