This Article is About
work dedication
monetary investment
silly thing
How My Favorite Quote Has Gotten Me Through Life
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

How My Favorite Quote Has Gotten Me Through Life

I remember sitting in oral communications class in high school listening to my teacher talk about quotes and life and the rest I'm not sure I remember.

For some reason, I caught one thing she said and it changed my view of life forever. It's funny how teachers somehow manage to do that.

Someone stated they wanted to get rich by having other people doing stuff for them. She pointed out that the only we to get someone to do work for you was to already be rich.

But that's not what changed my life.

It was when she said, "Remember, the grass may be greener on the other side, but the lawn still has to be mowed".

That really stuck with me

In an instant I knew what she meant. Nothing in life is free. Maybe some things don't require monetary investment, but at the least it's going to require time and energy.

I have thought about this quote so much since that day and it makes me a little sad to know I'll never be able to tell her what an impact she's had on my life since that day.

Applying This Quote To My Life

There have been plenty of times where I thought I'd just sit back and benefit by watching someone else be successful in whatever it was they were doing. Sure, they were successful, but they were the only ones who benefited and I got no joy from it at all.

I thought of that quote and then I applied it to my life. How? I thought about what it was that I wanted from life and more importantly I mapped out a plan (a few plans actually) of how I'd reach my desired goal.

Every single plan I'd made required work, dedication and persistence. I realized I had to mow my own lawn.

Since then, I've never forgotten that lesson. Anytime I see someone successful I think "Wow, I bet they mowed a big lawn". At first I thought it was a silly thing to think but then I got comfortable with the thought because it is my own way of reminding myself to not stop. It's going to take work.

When there was no money, work was all there was whether it was lawn upkeep or creating goods with your bare hands for trade.

I think people get so caught up in the benefits that they forget how they were earned.

Great Things Happen

When one realizes like I did that everything is earned, not simply handed out, great things happen. A person becomes more self aware. They become confident because they've now been enlightened.

I have always looked at it like finding a flashlight in a dark tunnel. Right before I was going to give up and finding that light not only made me excited but it gave me the strength to go on.

Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Rogue World Of Warcraft Guide – It Cuts Like A Knife
The rogue is truly a powerful class in WoW. If you're looking to utterly dominate end game, you may be looking at guides for your solution. A reasonable guide that provides all the goods you're looking for can provide you the ability to level fast, fill your coffers with gold,…
By: Jesse Allen in  Gaming  >  Online Gaming   Aug 19, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Discover Your Sporting Passion!
Playing sport, whether with family or friends, is one of life’s great pleasures, and hopefully in this article I can show you what makes sport great. It is important to me that I play sport, and has been at each stage of my life. I have tried many sports, but…
By: Golfspice in  Recreation and Sports   Nov 17, 2012  
  Likes: 4

Want to Become An Entrepreneur And Reach Success? Six Things You Need to Keep In Mind to Be Successful
Do you want to become an entrepreneur and reach success? Congratulations! You have already taken the first step to a new way of life: the life of entrepreneur. That first step is actually thinking about it, and then taking action! In this article, I will point out some things you…
By: Axel in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Internet Marketing   Jul 03, 2012  
  Likes: 0

A Bad Hiring Decision And Its Effect on Business
Bad decisions may make good stories, but they are definitely a great loss. In today’s competitive business world, you need to meet deadlines. And, to deliver on time, you need to fill in the positions as quickly as possible. However, impulsive hiring can cost you serious bucks. Here’s why you…
By: Kartik Patel in  Self Improvement  >  Success   May 02, 2016  
  Likes: 0

How to Find A Great IT Job Quickly
The Information Technology industry pays well. It is rewarding to work in the sector and that is why many job seekers are interested in making a career in IT. If you are a new IT grad or looking for a job in the IT sector, pay attention to these time…
By: Kartik Patel in  Self Improvement  >  Success   Mar 07, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Six Steps Successful Individuals Acquire
Success won't just happen to individuals. It requires actions. Stick to all six of these steps to place yourself on the right track. Have you ever wondered the thing that makes individuals successful? I would be amazed in case you responded no. I still haven't meet up with a person…
By: Hussein Taleb in  Self Improvement  >  Success   Feb 20, 2016  
  Likes: 0

A Helpful Way To Manifest Success
Everyone has goals in life that they want to achieve. I know you do too. I also know that you want to reach those goals sooner than later. I recently read about one of the best ways to rapidly manifest the success you desire. I read this years ago, but…
By: Joe Dalio in  Self Improvement  >  Success   Apr 11, 2013  
  Likes: 0

People I Would Like to Meet
There are many celebrities I would like to meet, ranging from actors, singers, and writers. The list is lengthy. After giving it some thought, however, I have managed to narrow it down to ten people. Here they are, in no particular order. First, there is Alecia Moore, better known as…
By: Hollie E. Townsend in  Self Improvement  >  Success   Sep 01, 2012  
  Likes: 2

Marketing is the Key for Success
In life, career, and business I’ve studied and have been blessed with the experience to know that marketing is the key for success. As one of the highest paid professions in the world, marketers keep that position because of their unique knowledge of getting clients for business or customers for…
By: Koko Ishe in  Self Improvement  >  Success   Jun 16, 2011  
  Likes: 0

The Fate Of Your Enterprise
The Precious Advantages of Employing a Chicago Business Lawyer Starting a business in a big metropolis such as Chicago can be an extremely difficult task. If you wish to acquire the best results, you need to think about all aspects linked to the business you want. There are occasions that…
By: Bobby Smith in  Self Improvement  >  Success   Jan 24, 2013  
  Likes: 0

Break the Chains Of A Negative Mindset: Apply This Mental Success Strategy
Evaluate everything you say, think, feel and do as a success strategy Even the way that you choose to LOOK at a situation can help or hinder your personal success. While we presume that we react to situations, we actually react to our interpretation of our situations, and those reactions…
By: Bob Lancer in  Self Improvement  >  Success   Jan 12, 2012  
  Likes: 1

A Few Thing to Remember About How Precisely To Not Answer Interview Questions
Getting a job isn't easy today. Whether or not you've been unemployed, or perhaps are only seeking for a change of setting, it's likely that you might have spent serious amounts of work obtaining jobs, filling out applications, producing telephone calls and posting cv's. Therefore if the particular likelihood provides…
By: james211 in  Self Improvement  >  Success   Dec 20, 2011  
  Likes: 1

Interesting Facts About Family Practice Hospitalist Jobs
More and more graduates are looking for family practice hospitalist jobs, not only because of the benefits they provide, but also because there is a shortage of such positions all across the country. A family practice physician or hospitalist is a primary care physician who treats all kind of patients,…
By: Saima Bukhari in  Self Improvement  >  Success   Sep 29, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Making A Living Doing Something I Enjoy
It wasn’t too long ago until I started making a living doing something I enjoy. I’ve done so many different things in my life without a thought on what I actually wanted to do. I remember back in Junior High, I was asked what I wanted to be doing five…
By: John Cruz in  Self Improvement  >  Success   May 31, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Leadership Qualities For Success
To be successful in life we need good leadership qualities in wherever we find ourselves either in the home, church, school, organizations etc. There is the need to lead by example so that those around you should see you as a mirror that has to be emulated. As a leader…
By: ebi2 in  Self Improvement  >  Success   Feb 06, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1269    Report this Article