Life and Career Coach Sarah Corday Chicago

6 Inspiring Personal Growth Quotes for 2021

When I was in high school, I started collecting quotes.

I wrote dozens of sayings from authors, actresses, and of course, my personal fave, Oprah, on a spiral notebook that I brought with me to all of my classes.

Later, I scrawled inspirational phrases on white Hanes t-shirts with a Sharpie (this was the 90s, by the way – a time when evvveryone was wearing Tommy Hilfiger jeans and Ralph Lauren sweatshirts and I figured if I was going to have a slogan splashed across my shirt, it might as well be one that inspired me).

Yes, it’s safe to say that I’ve always loved words, quotes, and language in general, even before I was sticking magnetic poetry to my parents’ fridge.

I haven’t changed.

In fact, to this day I have a note file on my phone entitled “Quotes.” It’s a growing list of phrases that I’ve heard and wanted to remember, for a lot of reasons. Sometimes because they’re profound, sometimes because they’re uttered in such a way that they perfectly capture a thought I myself have had, and sometimes because they hit on something undeniably true.

As we head into a new year, I know I’m not the only one looking ahead, staring at the blank calendar pages of 2021 and thinking about all I want to accomplish.

And since I love all things personal development and self-growth, I’ve turned to my “Quote” note file for gems.

Today, I’m sharing six such gems with you. Whether they comment on productivity, success, or fearlessness, I hope you too find them inspirational. 🙂


success is liking who you are, liking what you do, and liking how you’re doing it.

Maya Angelou

This has always been a favorite of mine, probably because it aligns so closely with my own feelings about what it means to be successful. Years ago, the concept of success was almost synonymous with money. More money=more success.

Recently though, as remote working opportunities increase and creative entrepreneurs forge new ways of living, more and more people are customizing their lifestyle.

Therefore, the definition of “success” is different for everyone. (In fact, if you want to start a great dinner party conversation, ask everyone around the table how they would summarize success. It’s a fantastic topic to explore.)


It’s never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

Fun fact: George Eliot = not a guy. Born Mary Ann Evans, this author used a male pen name to get her writing taken seriously in the 1800s. This quote resonates with me because it’s a great reminder that it’s never too late to do something well.


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

Mark Twain

Studies have shown that the biggest regret many people have on their deathbed is not living the life they really wanted to live. I personally find these words to be a powerful reminder that I am the architect of my own life and that taking risks can lead to enormous rewards.


Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Steve Jobs

The iphone you’re using to read this post is a product of Steve Jobs’ belief, listed above. Are you aware that Apple was ready to file bankruptcy in 1997 before Jobs revived it, and then steered it toward becoming the $2 trillion company it is today? I love this quote because it reminds me that time is a precious commodity, and that I don’t need anyone’s permission to design my own fabulous life.


Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship.

Denzel Washington

I have my own version of this quote: Comfort kills. When we’re too comfortable in life, it’s my belief that we need to do something to get uncomfortable, because growth and change only come to us when we step out of the comfort zone. And speaking of growth…


Growth doesn’t come to those who get comfortable.

Anine Bing

Fashion designer and model Anine Bing turned her unique sense of style into a full-fledged business after selling a small capsule wardrobe on Instagram. Her words remind me to keep learning and trying new things, even if at first I feel out of my element.


Which quote resonated with you? Which words of wisdom do you live by? Comment below!


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