Quote Prints Are Excellent For Offices

Just when we think we’ve lost or we’re incredibly down, or just don’t know what to do next, we’ll come across a motivational phrase and things seem to fall into place. It isn’t hard to get inspiration from quote prints when you read words of wisdom.

Let’s be honest life can be difficult enough and it’s too short to be miserable in.  The place where we spend most of our time, work, needs to be a positive and fun place to be in.

So what do you do when you get the bad news or you are having a bad week? When you can’t seem to find a reason to get moving? When life doesn’t seem as cheerful as it once was?

Get motivated. Sometimes, some small words can get you going in the right direction. It can help you face reality and get back to the world of the living. You can once again become inspired.

Here are my picks for the top ten motivational phrases to get you going!

1. “Just do it.” This has to be the most motivating phrase ever. Nike certainly knew what they were talking about when they coined this phrase. It’s simple, it’s easy, it works. Instead of thinking about it anymore, or trying to understand why the bad thing happened, just get up and do it. Just go for a run, just clean up the house, just start applying for new jobs.

2. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” I don’t know who this phrase was written by, or first stated by, but it’s been a popular one for a long time. I remember my brother wrote it on bulletin board he had in his room, to look at every day whenever life got him down. What this phrase means to me is that you should never give up, because if you keep trying, you will make it. I would be willing to imagine that hardly anyone does what they want the first time.

3.”All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” This is a quote by Walt Disney. What this means, is that even if you are afraid to try something, go ahead and try it. If you have a dream, you have to go after it. If you want a great new job, you have to go after it. If you want a spouse, you have to go out and date people. Whatever your dream, do something working towards it, so you can make it happen.

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4. “If we did all we were capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves,” by Thomas Edison. How I see it, if we really put our minds to it, and sometimes our bodies, we really can accomplish our goal. You may think that 25 mile marathon is out of the question. But, if you really train for it, if you really take the time and effort to build up to it, you will surprise yourself and end up being able to run that 25 miles.

5. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great,” by Mark Twain. He really pinpointed it. If someone else is making you feel down, then ignore it. Realize within yourself that you can do whatever you set out to achieve. Just because the exboyfriend didn’t believe in you, or your jealous boss fired you, that doesn’t mean you are worthless. It means they had their own problems. Now, take care of yours.

6. “Happiness depends upon ourselves,” stated by Aristotle. So, you actually have to take responsibility from this point forward for making your own happiness. you can’t blame your state of mind on someone else. If this isn’t enough to get you motivated, I don’t know what is!

7. “Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverence” (Samuel Johnson). In other words, keep going after your goal. Keep trying for that new job. Keep asking the girl out. Eventually, you’re going to make your point and get somewhere. Sometimes, it can take an author submitting her book 100 places before she gets published and becomes a best seller. If that author had given up after one submission, where would she be today?

8. “When you shoot for the moon and you come up short, you still end up among the stars,” (Les Brown, author and motivational speaker.) So, always shoot past your goals, and then when you almost reach them, you will find you in fact did reach them. For example, if you want to run 10 miles, start training to run 20 miles. You’ll either end up actually running the 20 miles, or maybe you’ll almost make it. But then, you’ve exceeded your goal of running 10 miles!

9. “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy If you’re really down, stop thinking about yourself and go do something nice for someone else. It will end up making you feel better as well. This quote also means to me that it isn’t always about you. If you go help others, the world will become a better place in general, and then there won’t be as many people divorcing and losing their jobs.

10. “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve,” by Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich.” If you come up with it and believe in it, you will be able to do it. If no one had ever had the idea to travel into space, and believe that it was possible, no one would ever have set to achieve this goal. Think about it.

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A Definition of Motivation

Motivation is essentially about commitment to doing something.  In the context of a business, motivation can be said to be about ‘the will to work’. Before you hit the road to consider motivational posters for your office interior designor wall art read on.

According to the Oxford dictionary, motivation is ‘A reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way’. The word is said to originate in the late 19th century: from motive, reinforced by motivate.

As leaders, makers, doers movers and shakers, we all need to remind ourselves that motivation is an important part of life.  As Zig Ziglar once put it 

“Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.”

Motivation can come from the enjoyment of the work itself and/or from the desire to achieve certain goals e.g. earn more money or achieve promotion. 

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Design is not just what it looks like

It can also come from the sense of satisfaction that we gain from completing something, or achieving a successful outcome after a difficult project or problem solved.

Why does motivation matter in business?  Why do we use motivational posters and wall art at work? In short, people’s behaviour is determined by what motivates them, what inspires them.

The performance of employee is a product of both their abilities (e.g. skills & experience) and motivation.  Often an inspirational quote or guidance can have a profound effect on your team. A talented employee who feels de-motivated is unlikely to perform well at work, whereas a motivated employee can often deliver far more than is expected from them!

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What kind of asshole wants a poster of their own quote?

Back in 2014 we designed one of our best selling quote print posters. With the words of ‘We Cant’ Be Afraid To Be Weird’. A quotation attributed to Andrew Mason, CEO of @descriptapp (which looks like a very cool app), founder of online monster, Groupon.

Proud of our design and thankful for the sales and interest it was generating. We decided to reach out to Andrew and offer him a courtesy print. We did get a great response, just not the one … well.. that we expected.

Not be put off, and grateful for his dialogue, we used it to spur more motivational designs.  We even had it on our store for a short while.

But you are welcome to download it for free, even if you are not called Andrew.

What kind of asshole wants a poster with his own quote? Andrew Mason
What kind of asshole wants a poster with his own quote?

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The best startup motivational poster ever?

We wanted to design a quote print for a startup motivational poster. For many businesses getting your pitch over to your audience is challenge. Whether you are a startup or an established business winning the hearts and minds of investors or new clients is tough.

Amidst its fundraising announcement, Dollar Shave Club announced it would be expanding its product line to include a dozen other men’s products in 2014. In June 2015, the company secured $75 million in series D funding. On July 19, 2016, Dollar Shave Club was acquired by Unilever for a reported $1 billion in cash.

So watch this video and be inspired, by what is clearly a motivational message and one worthy of a FREE quote. And keep an eye for the best startup motivational poster around.

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Motivational Quotes for Your Workplace

The following are some of our top shots for motivation and office design. We hope you find them useful when that old black cloud talks over and you need a fix of inspiration.

Great businesses don’t arrive overnight. There is no such thing as an overnight sensation in the first place. You need consistent, committed effort to succeed, which means that you have to find a way to maintain your passion over the long term. We like these;

“Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.”–William J. Bennett

 “The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”–Benjamin Mays

“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands, your own.” – Mark Victor Hansen

 “The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer… He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.”–Robert L. Schwartz

 “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”–Mario Andretti

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”–Vince Lombardi

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Quotes for Determination and Persistence

Since every startup or other business is going to hit some shit sooner or later, determination and patience is needed to obtain success. Check out the following motivational quotes for work when you need a vitamin boost of encouragement:

“Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems.”–Paul J. Meyer

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”--Hal Borland

 “An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.”–Thomas Fuller

Motivational Quotes for Leadership

Leadership is an important quality for any business, whether you use it in your own business or motivate a team to follow you. Follow this lot and see how you fare;

“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” –Warren G. Bennis

“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.”–John Kenneth Galbraith

 “Leadership is not magnetic personality — that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people’ — that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”–Peter F. Drucker

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.”–John Buchan

Quotes for Success

Success results from the combination of goal-setting, excellence, patience, determination and leadership. These quotes direct anyone to succeed

“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.”–Stephen Covey

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”–Norman Vincent Peale

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“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”–Winston Churchill

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”–John Maxwell

“The great successful men of the world have used their imagination.  They think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building – steadily building.”–Robert Collier 

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”–William Arthur Ward

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”– Aristotle

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”–Albert Schweitzer

“Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.”–Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

 “Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.”–William Arthur Ward

More famous motivational quotes

Finally, whatever your goals are in life, you can’t go wrong by taking the advice of the following famous motivational quotes:

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”–Norman Vincent Peale

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”–Steve Jobs

 “Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.”–Albert Einstein

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”–Lyndon Johnson

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”–Thomas Edison

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”–Wayne Gretzky

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”–Winston Churchill

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Quote prints. We often get asked, what exactly are quote prints or motivational posters? So where do we start? Well in 2019, how would you explain what we do?

Well let’s see how this goes.

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Well then how do we explain a print?

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And posters can make the difference in our lives, even quote prints.

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We are a collective of designers, thinkers and makers. In 2014, we set out to make cool motivational posters that inspire fun, life and happiness. We’ve shipped our posters to each corner of the world, hanging on the walls of corporations, coworking spaces and technology startups. Don’t forget we ship FREE across the world.

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Importance Of Wall Art In Interior Design

Too often in interior design we see wall art treated as an afterthought. It’s what gets dealt with last, long after the final coat of paint has dried on the walls and all of the furniture has been artfully arranged, if it gets dealt with at all.

But, we’re here to argue that by relegating wall art to the side lines, you’re missing out on an amazing design opportunity. When chosen thoughtfully, the right wall art can provide for the entire room. Dare we say it, but we think wall art matters most in interior design.

However, if you’re a little nervous to give wall art such a prominent role in your design plans, don’t worry. Use this post as a guide on how to accurately choose pieces that will mesh with your existing space and you will have a harmonious interior.

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It Provides An Instant Colour Palette


White walls are nice and easy. Choosing a colour palette can be one of the most daunting facets of designing your interiors. The amount of varying shades of paint that are available at your local home improvement store can seem absolutely endless. It can be difficult to narrow down the possibilities into the colours that best fit your vision for the space.

Our best advice is to leave the paint chips behind and focus on searching for wall art instead. Once you find a painting or wall hanging that you absolutely love, you can use that piece as the inspiration for your your room’s eventual color palette.

Your first step is to pick out two or three shades from wall art that you’d like to incorporate into your decor. Choose the dominant color, as well as a few additional shades that you’d like to pull out as accents. Then, look for those colors in the items you use to decorate your space. If you need extra help, you can use an app like ColorSnap, which will let you match those colors to corresponding shades of paint.

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There is no more B2B or B2C it’s H2H.

It Creates A Focal Point

One of the the most basic principals of interior design is that every room needs a focal point, or a single design element that will instantly draw the eye into the space and give the viewer a sense of what to expect. It goes without saying that a great piece of wall art could easily fulfil this position.

Imagine your favorite artwork hanging above the mantle of a fireplace in your living space or standing proudly above the bed in your master suite. Alternatively, a creative gallery wall could easily spice up a more traditional dining area or a few hanging tapestries could as a cozy feel to a seating area.

When choosing a piece of wall art to be a focal point for your space, the most important consideration is size. An artwork that is too small will get dwarfed by the surrounding furniture and a piece that is too big will look as though it is spilling over. Make sure to take measurements of the wall space available, so you know how much room you have at your disposal.

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It Brings A Sense Of Texture

Remember that not all wall art is created equal. While some pieces may be two-dimensional paintings or something similar, you should try to find art in a variety of different mediums to help bring a varying sense of texture into the space. In addition to paintings and prints, you should consider pieces like sculptures or shadow boxes that can add some depth to the room. If your style is more modern, you could also consider doing a small mixed media installation that includes screens and digital art.

These extra bits of texture can help add much needed visual weight to your interiors, which which help determine the tone of the room or how it feels. Consider that rough textures are more likely to make a space feel intimate and grounded while smooth textures bring a sleeker more aloof tone to the room.

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The Way To Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing

It Makes The Room Appear Finished

Think about some of the less-than-put-together interiors that you’ve seen. Perhaps a college apartment or a first adult space after finishing school. Odds are that these spaces felt a little rough around the edges and a little unfinished. Odds are that they also had mostly white walls. Thats importance of wall art.

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Wall art is that finishing element that can help pull a space together and make it feel complete. It is that little extra touch that can take your space from simply looking functional to appearing as if it should grace the pages of an interior design magazine.

The key is to choose a piece of art or another wall hanging that fits in with the decorating style that you’ve already chosen for the room. After that, it’s all about choosing decor that you love and will be happy seeing hang on your wall for many years to come.

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Get Out Of The Office

Wall art doesn’t have to be the last piece of the puzzle when you’re decorating a new space. In fact, it shouldn’t be. In our minds, wall art is most important when it comes to interior design. This is because when it’s used properly, your wall hangings can provide an excellent framework around which you should be able to plan the rest of the room. Take the above post as a guide for how to properly select and incorporate wall art into your interiors and you’ll end up with a design that looks like it was professionally put together.

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How much importance do you put on wall art when decorating a room? At what point in your design process do you usually select your art?

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100 Top Inspirational Quotes

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily’. – Zig Ziglar. Inspirational quotes and motivational posters have the power to change our day. When remembered and used in context they can even alter a life path. So here at PosterDot we took the time to compile a 100 top inspirational quotes. If you miss No 32, it’s a couple of lines up the page kicking this inspirational post off. 

1. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs

2. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. – Zig Ziglar

3. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Albert Einstein

4. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost

5. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. – Florence Nightingale

6. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky

7. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

8. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. – Amelia Earhart

9. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. – Babe Ruth

10. Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. – W. Clement Stone

11. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford

12. It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln

13. We become what we think about. – Earl Nightingale

14.Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. – Mark Twain

15.Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. – Charles Swindoll



16. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker

17. The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Buddha

18. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb

19. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. – John Lennon

20. Fall seven times and stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb

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21. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs

22. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. – Vince Lombardi

23. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. – Stephen Covey

24. Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. – Pablo Picasso

25. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Christopher Columbus

26. 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. – Maya Angelou

27. Either you run the day, or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn

28. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

29. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain

30. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

31. The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra

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33. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. – Anais Nin

34. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. – Vincent Van Gogh
35. There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. – Aristotle

36. Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. – Jesus

37. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

38. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau

39. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. – Erma Bombeck

40. Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.  – Booker T. Washington

41. Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb
42. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt

43. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addair

44. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. – Plato

45. Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thous shalt progress. –Maimonides

46. Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe

47. An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

48. Eighty percent of success is showing up. – Woody Allen

49. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. – Helen Keller

50. Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. – Confucius

51. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank

52. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu

53. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. – Maya Angelou

54. Happiness is not something readymade.  It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama

55. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. – Sheryl Sandberg

56. First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. – Aristotle

57. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. – Latin Proverb

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58. You can’t fall if you don’t climb.  But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. –Unknown

59. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. – Marie Curie

60. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. – Les Brown

61. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine

62. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. – Booker T. Washington

63. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. – Leonardo da Vinci

64. Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. – Jamie Paolinetti

65. You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. –Erica Jong

66. What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. – Bob Dylan

67. I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. – Benjamin Franklin

68. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby

69. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

70. The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb

71. There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. – Roger Staubach

72. It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

73. You become what you believe. – Oprah Winfrey

74. I would rather die of passion than of boredom. – Vincent van Gogh

75. A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. –Unknown

76. It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.  – Ann Landers

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77. If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. – Abigail Van Buren

78. Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. – Farrah Gray

79. The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. – Jesse Owens

80. Education costs money.  But then so does ignorance. – Sir Claus Moser

81. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. – Rosa Parks

82. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius

83. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. – Oprah Winfrey

84. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. – Dalai Lama

85. You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou

86. Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan

87. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King Jr.

88. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. – Teddy Roosevelt

89. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. – Tony Robbins

90. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. – Gloria Steinem

91. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. – Mae Jemison

92. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. – Beverly Sills

93. Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

94. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. – Grandma Moses

95. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand

96. Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale

97. We must balance conspicuous consumption with conscious capitalism. – Kevin Kruse

98. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon

99. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin

100. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn

The Origin Of The Motivational Poster

What is the origin of the motivational poster. For a time in the late 20th century, a Successories poster was an essential feature of office décor. The format never varied: a black border, a bold-type word, and a forgettable platitude, like “Take the initiative and lead the way” or “The strength of the team is in each individual member.” The posters evoked a particular strain of management culture: earnest, a little out of touch, and resolutely unremarkable.

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They hung in conference rooms and reception areas, as innocuous as the office fern, ideally engineered (as organizational psychologists later would find) to be almost instantly forgotten by the conscious mind. But the story behind the posters is far more dramatic than the placid scenes on their fronts. It’s a tale that includes a splashy public offering, rapid global expansion, and a precipitous fall. Successories played an unlikely, accidental role in the birth of meme culture, and in a specific brand of office humor that targets both workplaces and the hope of success within their confines.

The boom, bust, and rebirth of Successories mirrors the tumultuous changes in the offices it decorated, and in the stories workers tell themselves to get through the day.

The quotation quotient

Successories started in 1985 with a man named Mac Anderson, a serial entrepreneur with a solid portfolio of wholesome American enterprises: a travel company focused on the US Midwest, and a food distributor that Anderson’s website describes as “the country’s largest manufacturer of prepared salads.”

For his next venture, Anderson envisioned a product that could fill blank offices walls and empower all those the walls might hold. Working with a small in-house team of designers, he launched in 1985 a mail order catalogue selling posters, T-shirts, mugs, and desk accessories with the company’s proprietary designs. Successories bought the rights to freelance or stock images, chose a phrase, then tied the two together with a quote, often one pulled from Anderson’s vast personal library of inspirational texts.

The connection between the word and the image wasn’t always clear. “SERVICE,” one read, under a photograph of a waterfall. “VISION,” said another, with a photograph of an Outer Banks-type beach scene because . . . well, maybe because without vision, you can’t see a beach?

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Hang In There Baby

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One of the few early posters that broke the non-sequitur rule featured an image of an eight-person shell rowing across a placid river at sunrise above the word “TEAMWORK.” The shadows and the mist on the water obscure the rowers’ faces; they could be any gender, or any race, or any group of people in the world (at least, any group with access to a boat).

Teamwork, the copy read, “is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” The empty text, the faceless figures, the utter forgettability of the photograph itself—together, it added up to bland magic, a poster that could hang on virtually any wall in the world without offense, controversy, or distraction. It was the company’s bestseller and remains so to this day.

Poster power. Origin of the motivational poster

Anderson did not invent the motivational poster. Collections of quotable quotes date back as far as ancient Egypt. Victorians embroidered inspiring aphorisms onto samplers. Governments for generations have used motivational posters to nudge ordinary people toward hard things, like stoicism during the Blitz (Britain’s “Keep Calm and Carry On”) or factory jobs in wartime (the US “We Can Do It!” poster, often dubbed Rosie the Riveter.)

But the genre’s big breakthrough—its Gutenberg Bible, if you will—arrived in 1971, when Los Angeles-based photographer Victor Baldwin published a photograph of his Siamese cat Sammy clinging by its paws to a bamboo pole, above the caption “Hang In There, Baby.” The poster sold 350,000 copies in two years.

Baldwin was flooded with letters from people claiming that the sight of the plucky kitten (who in Baldwin’s original photograph looks utterly terrified) gave them the courage they needed recover from illness, accidents, and other setbacks. The poster inspired countless knockoffs, and identified a vast and previously untapped market of people who liked their pep talks in poster form.

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Rosie The Riveter

The precise mechanism by which a motivational poster motivates is not well understood. Being exposed to a stimulus, even one as seemingly benign as an image on a wall, can have a powerful unconscious effect on later behavior, a concept known as priming. Researchers have found that an “honesty box” for coffee and tea in an office break room gets three times more contributions when a picture of eyes is posted next to the box instead of a picture of flowers. In another experiment, people picked up twice as much litter in a cafeteria when a picture of human eyes was on the wall.

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Gary P. Latham, an organizational psychologist at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, has conducted several experiments on the power of motivational posters. In one, 54 call center employees were randomly assigned to work in either a bare room, a room decorated with a photo of a victorious runner crossing a finish line, or one featuring a poster of smiling call-center employees. The workers who saw the runner raised more money than those in the empty room, and those who saw the work-related poster raised the most of all.

“They’ve been on my wall for 30 some odd years,” Latham said with a laugh. “I’d stopped seeing them.”

Posters “absolutely” have an effect on behavior, just not at the conscious level. Most people in Latham’s experiments don’t realize that they’ve seen a poster in the room, he said. Motivational posters are practically made to be discarded by the conscious mind.

Latham said he was once asked during a phone interview if he had any such images in his office. As he looked around the room, he was surprised to realize that it was in fact full of decades-old motivational posters that he, a scholar of motivational posters, no longer consciously registered.

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Can Office Art Motivate Your Team?

Tell me this. Can, how we decorate our workplace, have any tangible effect on how we feel at work? Can it get us to feel better, and in some way improve productivity or well being? And it doesn’t matter if we work alone in our home office or sitting in a co-working space. Working in a cool place make us all feel good. Right?

Your workplace should be a fun, positive engaged place to be.

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Well we think so. We think YES. Life is here to be enjoyed, and our workplace is meant to enjoyable. It’s supposed to a place where we feel positive and engaged.

So, back in 2014, we set up our first online store, one that combines modern design with some old fashioned sage. Wisdom from disruptors and thinkers from our age. Pointers towards success and a general good place.

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