Each and every one of us has a particular set of skills, talents, and strengths. When we get rid of our limiting beliefs and are no longer afraid to dream big, we can turn those strengths into an extraordinary life. Too many people are living unfulfilling lives, and if that’s what average is, then you want to stay away from it.

In today’s article you’ll find a collection of the best quotes about being the best you can be and pursuing your true potential. Why live an average life when you know you can do, be, and have more?

Don’t be average in life quotes

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

— Mark Twain

Everyone should want to excel in life. You should never take the desire to excel away from the human race.

— Henry Iba

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

— George Eliot

You try to bring out the best in yourself so you can bring out the best in the person next to you.

— Scott Van Pelt

To be successful one has to be one of three bees: the queen bee, the hardest working bee, or the bee that does not fit in.

— Suzy Kassem

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.

— William James

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.

— Maya Angelou

Don’t waste your time trying to live an average life. You aren’t average. And that is your greatest advantage.

— Heidi Priebe

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

— T. S. Eliot

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

You were created to excel. There’s no limit to how high you can go in life. Keep stretching to the next level.

— Joel Osteen

What I tell people is be the best version of yourself in anything you do. You don’t have to live anybody else’s story.

— Stephen Curry

Change equals self-improvement. Push yourself to places you haven’t been before.

— Pat Summitt

I think what makes me different from the average Joe is that I feel free to be myself and express myself in the way that I want. If that makes you mad, we’re living in a world of dire straits. If anything, it makes you more sane.

— Paloma Faith

The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.

— Leo Buscaglia

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.

— May Sarton

Don’t put limits on yourself. Not every dream will come true, and not every dream is from God. But when your dreams connect with God’s plan, you’ll find open doors that you never thought you’d see.

— Max Lucado

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.

— Paulo Coelho

Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.

— Lady Gaga

To be nobody but yourself in a world doing its best to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human can ever fight; and never stop fighting.

— E. E. Cummings

Everyone can be awesome if they want it bad enough. And I don’t believe that anyone wants to be average. I think everybody desires greatness, at least at some point in their life.

— Jason Ellis

The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.

— Albert Einstein

You are unique. You have different talents and abilities. You don’t have to always follow in the footsteps of others. And most important, you should always remind yourself that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing and have a responsibility to develop the talents you have been given.

— Roy T. Bennett

You are unrepeatable. There is a magic about you that is all your own.

— D. M. Dellinger

I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.

— Corazon Aquino

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

— Cecil Beaton

Some people around you will not understand your journey. They don’t need to; it’s not for them.

— Paulo Coelho

Anything and anyone that does not help you become the best version of yourself is too small for you.

— Matthew Kelly

Don’t be average at work quotes

The average person puts only 25 percent of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50 percent of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100 percent.

— Andrew Carnegie

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

— Vince Lombardi

What you have done is nothing compared to what you can do.

— Grant Cardone

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

I don’t choose to be a common man. I want to be better tomorrow than today. And through a commitment to work and discipline, but mostly hard work, I’ll be a little more content, and a little different, from the average guy.

— Jay Robinson

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

— Will Durant

If your dream is a big dream, and if you want your life to work on the high level that you say you do, there’s no way around doing the work it takes to get you there.

— Joyce Chapman

I don’t know anyone who got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.

— Margaret Thatcher

Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.

— Pat Summitt

Work hard. Have fun. Make history.

— Jeff Bezos

Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that.

— John Wooden

Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it’s almost always due to personal growth.

— John C. Maxwell

Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well as now.

— Margaret Fuller

I’m a great believer in luck. And I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it.

— Thomas Jefferson

Don’t worry about being famous or making money; the most important thing is being the best. You have to become a master of your craft, and everything else will come.

— Anastasia Soare

You stop being average the day you decide to become a champion, because the average person won’t make that decision.

— Tom Hopkins

Always do more than what you get paid for. It makes you a valuable person.

— Jim Rohn

I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all the time, somehow things will work out in the end.

— Larry Bird

Don’t have average goals quotes

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.

— Christopher Reeve

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.

— Harriett Jackson Brown Jr.

A man’s dreams are an index to his greatness.

— Zadok Rabinowitz

I tell people I’m too stupid to know what’s impossible. I have ridiculously large dreams, and half the time they come true.

— Debi Thomas

The important thing is to dare to dream big, then take action to make it come true.

— Joe Girard

If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.

— Charles Bukowski

Think big when you set your goals. Dare to think big and then set a series of smaller goals to get you there.

Les Brown

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

— Norman Vincent Peale

Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.

— Unknown

Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.

— Belva Davis

Dream the impossible because dreams do come true.

— Elijah Wood

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.

— Will Smith

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.

— Michelangelo

Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.

— Zig Ziglar

Short don’t be average quotes

You were born awesome. Please don’t die average.

— Robin Sharma

When you cease to dream, you cease to live.

— Malcolm Forbes

If you strive for excellence, success will follow.

— Shreya Ghoshal

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.

— Coco Chanel

All I knew is that I never wanted to be average.

— Michael Jordan

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Attributed to Gandhi

Be allergic to average.

— Eric Thomas

If you can dream it, you can do it.

— Walt Disney

Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.

— Jodie Foster

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?

— Joe Namath

Don’t settle for average. You were made for greatness.

— Victoria Osteen

Do all you can to make your dreams come true.

— Joel Osteen

Normality is death.

— Theodor W. Adorno

If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.

— Richard Branson

Think big, dream big, believe big — and the results will be big.

— Unknown

Overcome your barriers, intend the best, and be patient.

— Jack Canfield

Don’t wish it was easier. Wish you were better.

— Jim Rohn

Don’t be normal. Be an example.

— Tim Tebow