69 Quotes by Barbara Sher

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Wikipedia Summary for Barbara Sher

Barbara Sher (14 August 1935 – 10 May 2020) was a speaker, career/lifestyle coach, and author. Her books sold millions of copies and were translated into many languages. She appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, and Good Morning America and her public television specials aired regularly in the United States. Sher lectured at universities, Fortune 100 companies and professional conferences all over the world.

In 1976 she launched Success Teams. Trained leaders recruit groups of about 5 or 6 people and lead them through her 8-week workshop for "How to get what you really want, even if you have no goals, no character, and you're often in a lousy mood." Members identify and pursue their wishes in a framework of mutual encouragement, support, ideas for overcoming obstacles, introductions to helpful contacts, and accountability for continued effort. Sher's book Refuse to Choose (Rodale 2006) is a step-by-step program designed for "scanners", people with many interests who are unable to decide on a single direction for their lives.

As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.

Go out and make a difference in your community. You don't need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.

Time is clay; make something.

Sometimes the only thing we do to avoid success is refuse to be energetic on our own behalf.

Each destination you reach only opens out into wider horizons, new and undiscovered countries for you to explore.

What you want is what you need. Your dearest wish comes straight from your core, loaded with vital information about who you are and who you can become.

Start small.
Start now.
Start everything.
And don't bother to finish any of it.

It's only too late if you don't start now.

Now is the operative word. Everything you put in your way is just a method of putting off the hour when you could actually be doing your dream.

Down deep we really know our worth, but we don't have easy access to that knowledge. We need to hear praise coming from outside ourselves or we won't remember that we deserve it.

Being judgmental is cheap. Any fool can do it.

What you love is as unique to you as your fingerprints. You need to know that because nothing will make you really happy but doing what you love.

Doing what you love isn't a priviledge; it's an obligation.

Irreverence is a declaration of independence.

The first step is to find out what you love -- and don't be practical about it. The second step is to start doing what you love immediately, in any small way possible.

Find what you love, because greatness is based on great gifts. If you love something, you can count on the fact that you are genetically gifted at it.

If you don't know how you feel, you won't know what you want.

There is always a realistic way to fulfill any dream. There has never been a dream that you can't have -- at least, not the heart of it, not the part you love the most.

Not fulfilling your dreams will be a loss to the world, because the world needs everyone's gift -- yours and mine.

Becoming mature means learning to accept what you cannot change, facing unresolved sorrows and learning to love life as it really happens, not as you would have it happen.

Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do can love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music.

Sometimes life isn't about who you were or are, but it's about who you are becoming.

Your creativity is waiting for you like a dancing partner.

Everyone has unique gifts and talents. What you love is what you're gifted at. To be completely happy, to live a completely fulfilled life, you have to do what you love.

Happy people have two things in common. They know exactly what they want and they feel they're moving toward getting it.

Whenever you do what you really love, your heart lifts, your mind opens, and everything changes. You wake up. That's what true adventure really is.

Real Dreams don't require you to abandon your family, quit your job, and move to Tahiti with your paintbrush. They just require that you search your soul for that deep dream you put aside-and go for it. And watch your life light up.

You can waste a perfectly good life trying to meet the standards of someone who thinks you're not good enough because they can't understand who you are.

A direct statement about yourself is considered objective only if it is negative. If it's positive, it is considered subjective. And 'objective' means it is accurate, and 'subjective' means it is conceited self-delusion.

We all need to learn a new language for love -- a language that speaks not in socks, pancakes, and paychecks, but in shared fascination with physics or poetry, delight in each other's uniqueness, and mutual practical and emotional support.

You don't need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.

In the days before automobiles, people in horse-drawn wagons used to sleep if they were tired. They didn't worry about getting lost, because the horse knew the way home. Your heart knows the way to your gifts. You can trust it to take you to them.

DO IT RIGHT, DO IT WRONG, BUT DO IT. Squeeze your eyes shut and jump. Because a wonderful thing happens then. Your focus shifts from yourself, your nervousness, and your imagined inadequacies to the task at hand.

Doing your own thing is a generous act. Being gifted creates obligations, which means you owe the world your best effort at the work you love. You too are a natural resource.

Thinking about swimming isn't much like actually getting in the water. Actually getting in the water can take your breath away.

Every time you have to make a choice about anything, think Does this go toward or away from what I want? Always choose what goes toward what you want.

What you're really supposed to be doing is whatever makes your heart sing.

Being judgmental about your own behavior is actually another cop-out because it makes you feel as though you're doing something virtuous.

Isolation is the dream killer.

Isolation is a dream killer.

You don't have to get it right the first time.

Resentment is weak and lowers your self-esteem.

Imaginary obstacles are insurmountable. Real ones aren't.

The cure for sorrow is to learn something.

When you start using senses you've neglected, your reward is to see the world with completely fresh eyes.

And our dreams are who we are.

It's essential to distinguish between events that are really beyond your control and events you caused yourself.

Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do -- can love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do.

We are like violins. We can be used as doorstops, or we can make music.

When you play it too safe, you're taking the biggest risk of your life. Time is the only wealth we're given.

Change is not only likely, it's inevitable.

You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.

You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.

Real obstacles don't take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze.

The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.

Doing is a quantum leap from imagining.

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