Bruce Jenner is probably the most talked-about person in the world right now. Jenner’s recent interview with media-megastar Diane Sawyer confirmed what the world has been wondering for the past few years; he is transgender. Though Jenner was born with the body and anatomy of a man, he’s known his entire life that he is a woman. He identifies with women, he feels more comfortable as a woman and he’s lived a lie his entire life. He’s been dressing up as a woman since he was a child. He’s been taking hormones to grow breasts and become more feminine since the 80s. He’s never been comfortable with his life as a man and he’s making the transition into a woman. Jenner is a famous Olympian and the stepfather of the Kardashian girls. He’s been famous for years, and he’s always come across as a very likable and down-to-earth personality, and that’s what makes him so popular.
The world has been remarkable supportive with his revelations, and we think it might have a little something to do with the fact that Jenner is one of the most motivational people around. He’s been so successful, he’s overcome challenges and setbacks in his life – and he’s made it clear that it is never too late to be yourself. And with that, we’ve compiled a list of some of his most motivational quotes for your reference.
“The way you get ahead in life is hard work,”
It’s one of the simplest and most honest pieces of advice we’ve ever heard. Most of us look for very in-depth and motivational sayings that make a ton of sense, but it seems sometimes that the most motivational words are those that are actually the shortest and most honest. We are firm believers here that working hard is a great way to get ahead in life, and we believe that it’s just because working hard is the way to go.
“You have to train your mind like you train your body,”
Your mind can be changed just as easily as your body. It’s that simple. You can make anything a habit and a way of life if only you train yourself. It’s not easy to get up and run a mile if you’re not a runner, but the more often you do it, the easier it becomes. The same is true of your mind and your attitude. You might be so negative about so many things, but you can change your mind by practicing positivity and training your mind to see the good in life.
“If you are a kid, reading is really important stuff,”
Well, that’s honest. Reading is certainly one of the most important things that anyone will ever learn to do, and it’s just that simple. Reading is going to be something that gets people ahead in life. Without the art of literacy, there is very little in life people can do. And reading is more than just a way to get by; it’s a way to promote creativity and intelligence. Those who read more tend to be better spellers, better writers and more creative.
“If you’re asking your kids to exercise, then you better do it, too. Practice what you preach,”
Preach it, Bruce Jenner (I do wish we knew your female name so we could correctly address you). There is nothing quite as honest in the world. If you want to teach kids to do something, you better do it, too. Kids learn more from example than they do action, so get to work and make them understand based on your actions that exercise is important and it’s what has to be done to make life more successful and a lot healthier.
“Start early and begin raising the bar throughout the day,”
Why not? Why not get started with your goals first thing in the morning and work hard all day long to make it even better throughout the day? Why not start early in the morning with a high bar and work all day long to make the bar even higher? Why not make it a point to make this afternoon better than this morning and vice versa? There is no reason we cannot raise the bar throughout the day to improve our lives and our minds.
“I just want to have a free soul and a lot of great friends,”
Don’t we all? When you realize that you can be yourself and still have a great life, it’s a really nice concept. There will always be people who dislike you and want nothing to do with you. There will always be people who don’t understand you, but you can be yourself and be free and have friends. You might find some of your friends disappear, but the quality of the ones that stick around is far superior.
“I want to enjoy life. It’s who I am. It’s that simple,”
Enjoying life is what life is all about. We all get one life, one shot to make it worth it. What is the point in life if we are always miserable doing things we don’t want to do, being someone we are not and living something that’s miserable and unacceptable? Life should be enjoyed. We work hard and we play hard and we have fun and we enjoy being ourselves. It really is that simple.
“First of all, I try to be a positive role model,”
Being a positive role model is what life is all about. If we all took a moment to remember that we have others looking up to us, it might be less difficult to make good decisions. If you say to yourself, “Is what I’m doing what I would want my kids to do?” you’re bound to see things from a different perspective and potentially make far better decisions. I often ask myself the same thing when I’m reacting in front of my kids, and I never regret doing it.
“Our mission for young people is to do our best to make exercise cool, hip – the thing to do,”
We want healthy kids, but we aren’t going to get them if we don’t make it a priority. So why not make it something cool? Why not make good health something that’s ‘in’ and hip? Why not make health a priority? It is, after all, the most important thing you can do in life. Your health determines your overall quality of life, and without good health it’s very difficult to enjoy a good life.
“Nobody has milked one performance better than me – and I’m damned proud of it,”
Bruce Jenner is an Olympic athlete who used his medal winning moment to change his life. He’s been reminding people of his win for decades, and living off that win ever since. He is absolutely correct in saying that he’s milked it, but it’s gotten him so much more success and it’s made him who he is more so than it hasn’t, and that’s all right. It’s perfectly fine to find something you’re proud of and use that to your advantage for the rest of your life.
“I’m saying goodbye to people’s perception of me and who I am,”
I cannot tell you how much I love this statement. We should all do this. I like to think that I’m mostly uncaring what others think of me so long as I am happy with myself at the end of the day. But I love the concept of saying goodbye to what other people think and saying hello to what I think because that is going to make my life so much simpler and so much easier. We can all use this lesson in life.
“I’m not saying goodbye to me, because this has always been me,”
Being honest about who you are is a hello. It’s an open door and a new opportunity in life, and it’s something we should all be more accepting of. The concept of saying hello to who you are and who you’ve always been is so wonderful. It’s such an opportunity and such a lovely way of looking at honesty and life in general. Everyone could take a lesson from this motivational statement and apply it to life.
“What I’m doing is going to do some good. It’s going to change the world,”
He’s right; he’s decision to be himself after living so long in the midst of a massive life is going to change the world. When an Olympic athlete, a real man’s man, comes forward to admit that he is more a woman than a man, it’s a big deal in the world. This is a person who will make people feel more comfortable in their own shoes. This is a person who is saying to people living a lie, “I understand, and it’s all right to be yourself,” and that’s what is so important in life.
“I would always sit in church and I would always wonder…In God’s eyes, how He would see me,”
We could all use this lesson, don’t you think? It’s easy to forget who you are and what you want in life, and it’s easy to forget to improve yourself when you’re so busy doing so much else in life. But it’s a good idea to look to God and imagine yourself from his point of view. He sees you like he sees everyone else, but he also sees you as someone else – but only you can see how he views you in your mind by being honest about who you are.
“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability,”
People always assume that an athlete might assume that his greatest asset in life is his physical prowess. However, Jenner believes that his mental ability is the most important asset he has, and I’m inclined to agree in every sense of the word. If you do not possess the mental ability to do something, your physical abilities are not going to make up for that, which is why it becomes important to get your brain into gear.
“That’s the most important thing you do in your life – raise children and try to do the best job as a parent and give your kids the best shot in life to go out there into the big, bad world,”
Raising kids is a difficult task. Even if you have easy kids that are polite and down-to-earth and well-behaved and respectful, it’s difficult. It’s a lot of other people and very little you. It’s the most selfless thing you will ever do in your life, and it’s going to kill you at times. But you have to do it the right way so that you raise good people who are ready to face the world on their own. You can’t do for them, but you have to do for them.
“It’s about working when nobody’s watching,”
It’s easy to do the right thing and make an effort when others are paying attention. What really shows who you are and what you’re like is how hard you work with no one is around to see what you’re doing. You are the only judge in the room and that’s something special. When you work hard even when no one is around to see it or be proud of you or encourage you, it’s a bit deal.
“I am a woman,”
It’s the single most motivational thing that Jenner has ever said, because it is the most honest thing he has ever said. His other quotes are highly motivational, but this is the most honest thing he’s ever said to the world and there is a certain amount of respect that has to go with that. You cannot disrespect someone willing to come out and change a lot of people’s opinion of him just so that he can be who he really is. He knew people would react, but he stepped up and showed the world that it’s okay to admit to who you are and be yourself.
“This has always been me. When you think of me, please be open-minded,”
It’s an honest and heartfelt statement we think works in every life situation. When you look at all people, be open-minded about it. Don’t allow your opinions of others to be preconceived by others. Don’t allow what other people say about a person influence you. Don’t let things in your life get out of hand and out of control until you get to know someone and begin to understand them.
“I’m just doing what I have to do,”
There’s nothing wrong with doing what you have to do. Sometimes you don’t need any more of a reason in life to do something. Sometimes doing what you have to do is as simple as it gets. You do what you have to do to get by, to make your business work, to become successful. Sometimes your choices are not popular and sometimes people don’t understand why you do what you have to do; but if it is what you have to do, then do it.
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