Start Where You Are Quotes That Inspire Action!

The Arthur Ashe quote ‘Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” is a very motivational quote as it implies that no matter where you start in life or what your conditions are, there is always the potential to achieve success. You just have to get started.

What does start where you are mean?

If you want to succeed in life, start where you are now. Successful people don’t always have the best circumstances when they start out, but they find a way to make their own path. Inaction, procrastination, and fear are all things that trip us up on the way to success. Conditions are never perfect, and we can always find an excuse.

Instead, we should be focusing on getting started, hope, faith, passion, persistence and trying our very best.

Quotes About Starting With What You Have

The following collection of quotes are all focused around inspiring these more positive feelings. I hope you find at least a few that really resonate with you:


“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” Chinese proverb


“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll


“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Vincent Van Gogh


“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” Shirley Chisholm


“The key to success is action, and the essential in action is perseverance.” Sun Yat-sen


“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” Marie Curie


“There are many roads to prosperity, but one must be taken. Inaction leads nowhere.” Robert Zoellick


“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” Norman Vincent Peale


“You can’t plan for everything or you never get started in the first place.” Jim Butcher


“You may delay, but time will not.” Benjamin Franklin


“Motivation is what gets you started, but persistence is the only thing that guarantees your success.” Edmond Mbiaka


“If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…” Pema Chödrön


“I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.” Ken Venturi


“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt


“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel


“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” W. Clement Stone


“No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.” Ramana Maharshi


“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” Julie Andrews


“Don’t let perfectionism become an excuse for never getting started.” Marilu Henner


“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” Barack Obama


“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” Anthony J. D’Angelo


“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela


“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.” Bill Gates


“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” Jim Rohn


“Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.” Travis Bradberry


“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” Robert H. Schuller


“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” Carol Burnett


“You cannot begin, until you begin.” Tony Cleaver


“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” Pablo Picasso


“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” Jim Morrison


“Believe me, my journey has not been a simple journey of progress. There have been many ups and downs, and it is the choices that I made at each of those times that have helped shape what I have achieved.” Satya Nadella


“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin


“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho


“A little action often spurs a lot of momentum.” Noah Scalin


“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali


“Start before you’re ready.” Steven Pressfield


“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie


“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou


“Just do it” Nike


If you want to succeed in life, start where you are now. Successful people don’t always have the best circumstances when they start out, but they find a way to make their own path and you can too!

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