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I have rounded up some of the best inspirational Hugh MacLeod quotes for you to enjoy and be inspired by.

Hugh is a cartoonist, creative entrepreneur and a published author who has built his business based on cartoons drawn on the back of business cards. His mission is to affect change in business and business culture, using his distinct style of drawing. 

Hugh's cartoons provoke, make people think and make people feel motivated and happy! 

Read on and be motivated by this collection of Hugh MacLeod Quotes.

Inspirational Hugh McLeod Quotes

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, 'I'd like my crayons back, please. ~ Hugh Macleod

Fail cheap. Fail quick. Fail often. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Exactly. ~ Hugh Macleod

The only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does. ~ Hugh Macleod

Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside. ~ Hugh Mcleod

The bars of West Hollywood and New York are awash with people throwing their lives away in the desperate hope of finding a shortcut, any shortcut. And a lot of them aren’t even young anymore; their B-plans having been washed away by Vodka & Tonics years ago. Meanwhile their competition is at home, working their asses off. ~ Hugh Macleod

This is it, fight like hell. ~ Hugh Macleod

It’s about what YOU are going to do with the short time you have left on this earth. ~ Hugh Mcleod

Put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice. Hold back and you won’t. It’s that simple. ~ Hugh Macleod

Believe in the future by creating it first. ~ Hugh Macleod

The best way to get approval is not need it. ~ Hugh Macleod

Admit that your own private Mount Everest exists. That is half the battle. ~ Hugh Macleod

Your idea doesn't have to be big. It just has to be yours alone. The more the idea is yours alone, the more freedom you have to do something really amazing. The more amazing, the more people will click with your idea. The more people click with your idea, the more it will change the world. ~ Hugh Macleod

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Find something you love to do and then excel at it. ~ Hugh Macleod

Live on the edges or not at all. ~ Hugh Macleod

You have to find your own shtick. A Picasso always looks like Picasso painted it. Hemingway always sounds like Hemingway. A Beethoven symphony always sounds like a Beethoven symphony. Part of being a master is learning how to sing in nobody else's voice but your own. ~ Hugh Macleod

I work extremely hard doing what I love, mainly to ensure that I don't have to work extremely hard doing what I hate. ~ Hugh Macleod

You don’t need permission, you need to act. ~ Hugh Macleod

Intoxicated by possibility. ~ Hugh Macleod

If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you. ~ Hugh Macleod

The hunger will give you everything and it will take from you, everything. It will cost you your life, and there isn't a damn thing you can do about it. But knowing this, of course, is what ultimately sets you free. ~ Hugh Macleod

Make something that matters. ~ Hugh Macleod

That’s why we’re here, to make a dent in the universe. ~ Hugh Macleod

All big ideas started out as word of mouth. ~ Hugh Macleod

God gave us the inner fire without which we’d be nothing. ~ Hugh Macleod

If you have nothing to say. You should blog about it. ~ Hugh Macleod

This is it. There is no tomorrow. Decide now. Then do it. ~ Hugh Macleod

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Create more firsts

If you want to be brave, do more firsts! Do you remember passing driver’s training and driving a car all on your own for the first time? I’ll bet you remember your first job and how nervous yet excited you were to begin.

What about your first date? I can remember what Hubs wore, his cologne and his breathtaking physical beauty!

I remember my heart pounding loudly and my palms sweating profusely, thinking, “Does he like me, does he really like me?”

When you are young, your desire for freedom is so strong that your excitement and readiness for freedom trumps your fear. 

You are always on the go, spreading your wings, testing the waters and daring yourself and others to risk sometimes crazy things.

Your life is filled to the brim with laughter and the joy of experiencing several things for the first time. 

At some point in life we fall into ruts and routines and settle for less than what we desire and deserve. 

We settle into relationships, jobs, homes and comfort zonesTime passes and we forget how brave we really are. 

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And the inner critic cries, “I don’t know how. I might make a mistake. I might fail! I’m too scared, too old…” and the list goes on.

We forget that life is a banquet and we can try brand-new things anytime we wish. 

We forget that life doesn’t run out of firsts and we can continue to live boldly until the day we die. 

There will always be an untried language, culture or country to ascertain. 

There will always be awesome people to discover, new friends to make and more fun to be had.

There will always be an unfamiliar mountain to climb and a novel river to paddle. 

There will always be art to create and new studios to open.

There will always be unwritten songs and unread best-sellers.

There will always be unvisited museums and red-hot Broadway plays.

There will always be an opportunity to be involved in the latest methods, techniques and concepts of our times.

Life doesn’t run out of firsts. That’s what makes life so breathtakingly beautiful and amazingly extraordinary.

The solution to fear and a life unlived is to try new things. Get re-energized. Do new firsts.

Challenge yourself.

Create new experiences that leave your toes tingling, your adrenaline pumping and cells screaming “yes!”

Do what it takes to cause you to taunt your fear, believe in your strength and follow your dream.

Risk embarrassment and failure. Push yourself.

At least discover what you can and cannot do.

The more you try, the more courageous you become. You grow, gain freedom and feel more freakin’ alive.

New firsts.  Invent them. Embrace them. Run with them. Nothing will ever be the same.

Commit to a lifetime of firsts. Revel in the moments and savor the memories that will inspire you to try even greater heights.

Big joyous mind-blowing moments and memories. 

There’s no limit on firsts. You’ll never run out.  Choose one and begin today!

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

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life is good

Life is good.

I often wear a baseball cap when I run. Embroidered on the front is “life is good.” I believe that. I always have. I always will, no matter what.

Life gives us what we expect it to. I have learned to expect the best and I always get what’s best for me. 

Life can be that easy, if we allow it to be. 

But we often get in our own way. We say we want more abundance but we don’t allow ourselves to receive. We say we want to be healthy but we are unwilling to do what it takes. We want to be in a loving relationship but we refuse to love and accept ourselves. We live in fear.

If you want a good life, create one. It’s yours for the taking. Nobody is stopping you but you.

Dial into the positive. Learn to be an optimist. Build on the positive. Bet on yourself. Allow yourself to enjoy life. It’s your birthright.

Don’t settle for normal. Don’t go for ordinary. Reach higher, work harder. Do what nobody else is willing to do. You deserve the best. 

Be a doer. You build courage muscles by doing courageous things. Speak up. Be heard. Try new things. 

Practice acts of bravery. Believe in your worthiness. Go after what you want. Do what it takes to get it.

Trust your gut. When big decisions need to be made, don’t allow fear to paralyze you. Get in a quiet place, go within and just quiet down. Listen for guidance. You’ll feel energized and empowered. 

Quiet your inner critic. Don’t listen to the voice in your head that causes you to second guess yourself and feel crazy. The one that says, “you can’t,” “it won’t work,” or “you’ll never make it.” Tell it to just shut up and keep moving.

Step up your self-care. Slow down. Say ‘no’ more often. Set boundaries. Learn to pause. Take time to feel. Rest and recharge. End the craziness. Get used to nurturing your soul. It’s golden.

Create routines. Exercise. Meditate. Express your gratitude. All three lessen depression, moodiness and anxiety. They also decrease fearful thoughts and increase your well-being.

Find your tribe. Spend time with people you love. Keep them close. Lean on them. Allow them to hold you up when you feel that you can’t go on. Accept their love and understanding. Express your gratitude. 

Create peace in the midst of chaos. Know how to calm yourself down. Take time-outs. Center yourself. 

Practice deep belly breathing. Don’t allow anyone or anything to know off center.

Get outside. Sit. Run. Walk. Hike. Swim. Paddle board. Kayak. Roller-blade. Rock climb. Find something you enjoy and spend time in nature doing it. Nature heals. Feel the sun on your face and the wind on your back. It’s there to comfort you.

Forgive yourself and others. Everyone is doing the best they know how to do. Resentment and bitterness cause you pain. Let it go. Give yourself a break. Simply bless others and move on. 

Don’t fight the naysayers. Learn to respond versus react. Release them from your life. Bless them and let them go. It can be painful but remember this is your one precious life. You have the right to live it your way.

Serve. Help others get ahead. Volunteer. Be a mentor. Give your time, talents and money. Give when it hurts. Give when it’s difficult. Give! It’s the biggest secret to an abundant life.

Forget perfection. It doesn’t exist. Life is messy and unpredictable. Find beauty in that. 

Do your best. Be brave. Be worthy. Be amazing. Life is good!

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