The 5 Most Powerful Quotes That Changed My Life Forever — by Jim Rohn, Peter Drucker, Steve Martin, and Marcus Aurelius

                              Photo of my wife and I looking at the Taj Mahal, India.

                              Photo of my wife and I looking at the Taj Mahal, India.

Maybe they will change yours too!

Quotes are a great way to capture important life lessons. When you understand them and live by them, you unlock potential you never knew you had before.

It’s no surprise then that quotes are what gets highlighted the most across every writer’s stories.

Below are the 5 that had the most positive impact in my life:


“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with” — Jim Rohn

This has been the truest thing that happened in my life. Once you realize how true it is, you can “easily” turn your life around. I used to be a lazy kid playing video games on my couch all day, then I met my wife and hung out with people way smarter than me. It changed my life forever!

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all” — Peter Drucker

I realized that too late. I prided myself that I was a very productive guy, using proven productivity techniques. But until I mastered this, it was wasted time. I did a self-improvement week a few weeks ago, and even though I didn’t work, it was the most productive week of my entire life!

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” — Steve Martin

I never aimed to write. Writing was just a skill I meant to improve for a month. Yet I got published after five days by The Startup, and became top writer in 15 categories, some of which after 23 days only. I had previously researched how to write good stories. That research made me good enough that I was noticed.

“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.” — Jim Rohn

Simply put, work on improving yourself, and you’ll have a much higher chance at success, whatever that means to you. The success I’ve had in the past six months was due to myself focusing on learning three new skills per month and reading important non-fiction books, not because I sought it.

It is not death man should fear, but he should fear never having beginning to live” — Marcus Aurelius

I used to be afraid to age or to die. Once I understood Marcus Aurelius’ quote, my life changed around. I started doing things. Anything. Everything. I’m no more afraid of death, as I’ve lived it and have no regrets.



  • What are your top 5 quotes?
  • Which ones influenced you the most positively?

I personally asked these very same questions to some of the most influential writers on Medium and gathered all the answers into what I think is one of the best Medium post you’ll ever read (bold claim!).

That post will be published at the end of July, so follow me, because you won’t want to miss that!

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If this list doesn’t get your blood pumping, I don’t know what will! I was blown away by everyone’s quotes. And surprisingly, no one sent me the same quotes!

So again, follow me, you won’t want to miss that!

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