LESSONS FROM MAYA ANGELOU

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” – Maya Angelou

A poet, memoirist, screenwriter, film director, jazz singer, dancer, professor, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou died in May 2014 at the age of 86. Maya Angelou helped people feel like they were possible of living great, meaningful lives. When it comes to our success in life, we tend to fixate on the things we need to acquire in the future to make those visions come alive. However there are certain ingrained habits that might be dragging you down NOW and Maya’s lessons could help you change that habits and brake the chain that holds your mind.

  • I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.
  • Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.
  • Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.
  • If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
  • Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God. (This was her final tweet, posted on 23 May)
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