Rick Singleton 

Quotes, Philosophies & Wisdom to Inspire and Motivate


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Today is the Perfect Day to Ignite Your Life

I was born and raised in the small town of Mishawaka, Indiana.
My father worked extremely hard to provide food and a decent living for his family.
My mother was a dreamer who believed that we, as people, can accomplish anything that we set our minds to. No goal is too large, no dream unimaginable.
To this day I feel blessed to have had parents that inspired me in countless ways... and I will always be thankful to them.

I have learned since that time that there are basically three types of people in the world;


THE GOOD - They are typically positive people by nature (although sometimes they may not appear that way to others). They build, they dream, and they do. They often commend others, teach them, and are continually lending a helping hand. They keep the world moving in a positive direction.

THE BAD - They are typically negative people by nature (although sometimes they may not appear that way to others). They are typically destroyers of things causing cancers within groups of people. They are dividers. They tear down other people and their ideas, they are nonbelievers, and they don't typically do anything that will result in a positive outcome. They slow progress and create chaos.

THE UGLY - They are typically apathetic and/or complacent. They believe that playing it safe is the best way to exist (or at least the safest. They ignore what is going on around them. They often come off as politicians or likable people because they don't make waves (which can be good). However, they often "pretend that the bad things around them do not exist... or that they can't make a difference anyway so they just go along for the ride (typically a free ride). Sometimes these people can do more harm than the bad (but that's another discussion).


While we all possess some of the 3 qualities above, I sincerely believe that most people lean more toward the good people category.

I have also found that the people that commend others, that desire to help others and attempt to make "our places" better places, are typically very inspiring people. It is those people (from the past as well as from the present), the leaders, the deep thinkers, and philosophers; those from far away... and those from my own hometown, that I dedicate this feature.

I know that there are many of you out there that are often inspired by words of wisdom.
I hope that you will enjoy this column and the messages within will encourage you, as it has me.
In the meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your life... and live it as if you only have one!

Rick Singleton

May 1


“The best time to plant a tree
was 20 years ago.

The second best time is now.”

Chinese Proverb

May 2

“The secret of getting ahead
is getting started.

The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex
overwhelming tasks into
small manageable tasks,

and then starting on the first one.”

Mark Twain 

May 3


“The journey
of a thousand miles
begins with
one step"


Lao Tzu

May 4


“Like a baby,
there is magic
in that first step.


Feel the magic! 
Be young and brave
once again!


Rick Singleton

May 5


"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,

but anyone can start today and make a new ending."

Maria Robinson

May 6


“You can't cross the sea merely by standing at the water.”

Rabindranath Tagore

May 7


Only put off until tomorrow
what you are willing to

having left undone.


Pablo Picasso

May 8


All progress takes place
outside the comfort zone.


Michael John Bobak

May 9


"Don't be afraid to give up
the GOOD 
to go for
the GREAT."


John D. Rockefeller

May 10



Understand your FEARS...
Ignore them.

Understand your EXCUSES.
Destroy them.

Understand your DREAMS.
Embrace them.


Then Go!


Rick Singleton

May 11


"You don’t have to be great to get started...
but you have to get started to be great."


Les Brown

May 12


“The Only Impossible Journey is the One that You Never Begin”


Tony Robbins

May 13


"The WAY to get STARTED


Walt Disney

May 14


"The scariest moment
is always
just before you start."


Stephen King

May 15


"Start by doing what is necessary,
then do what’s possible;
and suddenly you’re doing the impossible."


Saint Francis of Assisi

May 16


“What is not started today

is never finished tomorrow."


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

May 17


“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”


Bruce Lee

May 18


“If you have the courage to begin,
you have the courage to succeed!”

David Viscott

May 19


“Start writing no matter what.
The water
does not flow
until the faucet
is turned on.”


Louis L’ Amour

May 20


“Stop Wishing
Start Doing.”


May 21


“Stop Planning
and Start Doing.”

Seth Godin

May 22


Fear of possibly failing 
is the foremost reason that people never start.

Ironically, if you never start; 
you are guaranteed failure.

if you do start,
you just might succeed.


Rick Singleton

May 23


“I'm going to succeed...
I'm crazy enough to think I can.”


May 24


“You can't wait for INSPIRATION...
you have to go after it
with a club.”

Jack London

May 25


every day


Eleanor Roosevelt

May 26


“Keep talking about 

why you didn’t do something,

before too long,

enough time will pass that you can

start talking about it again.”

Rick Singleton

May 27



Nike Corporation

May 28


“Just Do It is a nice saying
is life-changing!"

Rick Singleton

May 29


“There is
no elevator
to success.

You have to
take the stairs.”


Zig Ziglar

May 30


“What lies behind us
and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to

what lies within us.”


Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bonus Quote


“Only a fool would dare believe
everything they read on the internet.
It is wise to contemplate the validity
of the author and not simply accept
their writings 
as truth...
solely because they possess a computer"


Abe Lincoln

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