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In life, sometimes we need just a little push to help us get through the hour, afternoon or entire day or week. We’re human. Things happen. Unfortunately, sometimes those things are negative and we feel like we’re in a rut and can’t get out. Believe me, I’ve been there. Hopefully these little positive quotes will help you. Whenever you’re feeling down or in a rut, check back to this page and read a quote, or two, or three. However many you need. Just taking the time to read a quote, takes your mind off what is bothering you at that time. That’s always positive!

I’m always looking for good quotes! If you have one, shoot it my way. @DustinKross on the social medias!


“Embrace the glorious mess you’re in” Elizabeth Gilbert

I love this! Made me chuckle a little actually. Cause boy, are we in a glorious mess or what?!?! One way to embrace this glorious mess is to use the time better yourself or get something done you’ve procrastinating about. Embrace this glorious time we’re in and use it to your advantage!


“The question should always be, how can I be better?”

Now is a great time to begin to better yourself. If you don’t think you need to, your crazy! We all need to find ways to be better. Better yourself as a person, your craft, your career, parenting, being a teenage. what ever it is on the daily ask yourself, how can I be better?


“You always pass failure on the way to success.” – Mickey Rooney

Always something to remember. FAIL! Fail again. It’s ok to fail and you will, many times. Learn from the failure and use what you learned for the next go around. I encourage you to fail a lot!! Why, because you’re trying! The more you try the more you’ll fail until one day…boom…SUCCESS!! So, keep failing!


“There is nothing to fear but fear itself” Franklin D. Roosevelt

An oldie and a goodie!! Fear, fear! Fear is crippling. It will stop you from making positive choices for your life. It will keep you from ever succeeding. Allow yourself to push past the fear. Sometimes it’s easier said than done but, if you can you’ll see a whole new side to your life!


“Life is too important to be taken seriously” – Oscar Wilde

I like this one for what we’re going through right now because even in these tough times, we need to find ways to smile, laugh and enjoy life. Hopefully you’re finding way to do these things while you’re stuck at home!


“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain”

So true! We have a great opportunity right now to handle things we wouldn’t handle before because we’re too busy. Maybe, it’s brainstorming an awesome new invention, fixing things around the house you’ve been putting off or even learning a new language. Use this time to to “dance in the rain”!


“Losing your head in a crisis is a good way to become the crisis.” – C.J. Redwine

Talk about perfect for right now! I have four brothers. I can only imagine what this would have been like when I was kid! Oh man! Numerous fights I’m sure! Please, keep a cool head. Be kind to one another and do your best to do your part. We will get through this.


“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” – Chinese Proverb

Well ain’t this the truth!! Even diamonds come from the darkness. This is certainly a hard time for us all but I promise you, when it’s over, we will shine brighter than we did before and we’ll be stronger because of it. Hang in there. We will get through this!

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“Remember Storms Don’t Last Forever” Jim O’Brien

Of course one like this would come from a weather man! HAHA!! It’s so true! Remember that this will come to an end. We will get passed this but we need to do it together. Stay safe!


“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” – Walt Disney

The master at this right? So true, begin to starting putting things into motion and things will begin to develop. We’re in a hard time right now but about when this ends? Is there something will be able to come out of this and flourish? Maybe it’s the idea you’ve always had. Take that first step.


“Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

I try and do this everyday. Take a few moments in the morning. Think of the positive things in your life and be grateful for them. If you do that, your days will be so much more positive and enjoyable. Give it a shot!


“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better” – Dalai Lama

I don’t know why but this made me chuckle. When your negative, everything feels negative and crummy! You feel bad mentally and physically and it shows! Choose to be positive. try to see things from a positive perspective. You’ll feel better mentally and physically and it will show! People will respond to you in a more positive way. Try it, you’ll notice a difference. Promise!


“Mistakes are proof that you are trying”

This is a great one for everyone but more so for the kiddos! I used to get so frustrated when I made a mistake when I was a kid. Especially when it came to school work. My parents always said it’s ok to make mistakes just learn from them and don’t let it happen again! HAHA! So, make mistakes. Even fail at times. Learn from it. It’ll only make you stronger!


“The Greatest Weapon against stress is the ability to choose one thought over another” – William James

Right now is a tough time! We have a choice of what we think about. When your mind begins to go negative and create stress. Stop, take a breath and choose another thought. Make it a positive one. Stress is normal but it doesn’t have to take control completely.


“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere” – Albert Einstein

“Another great one for the situation we’re in. A lot of people are working from home. During this time, find ways to use your imagination. Whether it’s with your kiddos, thinking of something for work or school, or if your by yourself. Maybe, it’s ways to help people right now! Take this time to expand your brain a bit!”


“I am in charge of how I feel and today I’m choosing happiness”

This is another perfect one for right now. With all that’s going on it can take a toll on us. Stress, fear, negative feelings etc. Now is the time to take control of your feelings. Choose to be happy. Not easy sometimes I know. An easy way to help, is take a couple minutes and think about positive things in your life. Could be the air in your lungs and roof over your head. Find some things that make you happy and focus on them!


“Focus on what you can control, not what you can’t.”

I think this is a great one for what’s going on right now. We can’t control what the Coronavirus does. What we can control is our part to stay clean and if we are feeling ill, go to the doctor and do our part to not be around people. There may be some other things this pertains to too. Put some thought on it. Focus on what you can control, not what you can’t.


“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie

Ain’t this the truth! If you hate what you do, you’re not motivated, you have a negative attitude and dread going into work every day. If you’re in a job like that, GET OUT!!! Find out what it is you love to do and find a job doing that. I love music, concerts and hanging with people. Boom, I’m on the radio! What are you passionate about? Do that! Then you will see success!


“A jug fills drop by drop” – Buddha

This is so perfect for the world today! Be patient! We are now living in a society where we want it now and get upset if it doesn’t happen. Sometimes things take time. Have faith that they will happen and keep a positive mind about them. Believe they’re on the way and they’ll be here right at the perfect time!


“This time too shall pass”

My mom used to say this to me when I would go through a hard time. Just know that there’s is a light at the end of the tunnel. Whatever it is in your life that’s bringing you down right now, will pass in time. You will be stronger and more wise because of it. Believe me, I know this from personal experience. Don’t worry, this time too shall pass!


“Happiness is a choice, not a result”

Think about that. Do you think you’re a happy person? I mean, deep down. It’s up to you to choose to be happy. Nothing will make you happy. No random person is going to pop into your life and now all of a sudden you’re happy. Your happiness will not come to you, it can only come from you! Choose to be happy! :)


“Just Stay Calm”

This is extremely important in a crisis. The last thing you want to do is lose your cool. Take a few seconds, gather yourself and focus on the problem. When you freak out your emotions take over and your mind becomes unclear. Stop, countdown from 3 and breathe. Now, stay calm and fix the issue.


“The first step, is you have to say that you CAN” – Will Smith

This is so true!! You have to believe you can before doing anything else. Without that belief, all your efforts will be worthless and it won’t happen. I’m here to tell you that you CAN! Find what it is you want, believe you can achieve it and you will. Read the 3/3/20 quote from my Dad. You’ll need that one too!


“There are no problems, only solutions” – John Lennon

When you’re met with a problem in life, take a few minutes, clear your mind and work through it. Break it down and tackle it step by step. There is a solution to your problem. Sometimes it may be one you don’t like. “There are no problems, only solutions”. You got this!


“Do what you gotta do to get the job done” – My Dad

This is something my Dad would always say to me and my brothers. He instilled in us that we need to do whatever it takes to make sure the job gets done and done right. Stay that extra hour at work, reread that email before shooting it out, meet with your team at school one more time to make sure it’s right before you turn it in. Do what you gotta do to get the job done!


“Treat people how you want to be treated”

It’s the golden rule!! Treat people with respect and dignity. You’ll get the same result in return. I don’t care if it’s the CEO of my company, youngster at their first job. I will always treat people with the same amount of respect and dignity. Do this in your life and watch how you begin to be treated in your life!


“Life is short”

It really is right? I encourage you to do something this weekend you’ve been wanting to do. Have no fear and just do it. Go sky diving, ask that guy out, pick up the phone and call a loved one you  haven’t talked to in awhile. Life is short! Stop limiting yourself on the things you want and grudges you may have.


“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” – Dalai Lama

I do this everyday! find time in the morning to think of the positive things you have in your life. Here’s an easy one, Thank you for the air in my lungs and the loved ones around me. Something as simple as that will put on a more positive track for your day!


“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self” – Dalai Lama

One of the most important things to be successful it bettering yourself. Lent starts today. Are you giving something up? Maybe you should add something too. Something that will better yourself. Read a book a week? Learn a new language? I’m learning French. Something to help you progress in your life. Most of all, enjoy it!!


“Just Breathe”

Personally I needed this one today. So simple yet so powerful. Just breathe. Stress in your day? Just Breathe. Tragedy happen? Just breathe. no matter what happens in your life, taking a few seconds to just breathe, will help you cope with whatever issues you have going on. Take a breath, pause for moment and assess the situation. let’s do it together breathe in…..now out! Good. Now tackle what ever is happen.


“Never give up”

Can you imagine if Lizzo gave up? I mean, her songs Truth Hurts and Good As Hell came out 3 years ago and they didn’t hit yet. Can you imagine if she decided to give up after 2 years? Keep pushing and if it’s something you truly believe in, never give up! You got this!


“Let your unique awesomeness and positive energy inspire confidence in others.”

I don’t think we realize that each and every one of us has a great power. The power of Positive and Negative affect on people. You can interact with people with your awesomeness and positive energy or you can be negative. Make them fell positive about themselves or negative. You interact with hundreds of people a day and you don’t even know it. How are you using your power? Positively I hope.


“Just Be Yourself”

This may be the best quote ever. We try so hard for the people around us and society to like us! Especially in this social media world we live in. We gotta get those likes. Stop! Do yourself a favor, Be yourself. You’re great just the way you are. If someone has something to say about it. Oh well! You don’t need them in your life! There are people ready to love for who you are. Just let them!


“Push yourself, no one else is going to do it for you”

Ain’t that the truth. You’ll have people support you and give you encouragement but no one is going to push you like you will. When you’re running, you’re the only one that makes you run harder and further and faster. Same in day to day life! So, push yourself, no on else is going to do it for you!


Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

This is one of my favorite all time quotes! Read it again. We go through life not believing in ourselves and that’s the main thing that holds you back. Believe! Come up with the Idea, believe it will happen and you will achieve it! It’s not easy I know but try some daily positive affirmations! This quote is a good one. Just change it a bit, “whatever my mind can conceive and believe I will achieve”!


“The race is long, in the end, it’s only with yourself”

Everyone goes through life trying to please other people. Some more than others. Whether its your boss, parents, friends, customers etc. Sometimes you just need to stop and focus on your self. put the effort in to please yourself and make yourself happy. How do you do that? well that’s up to you. What relaxes you? what do you enjoy to do? find it out and do it!!


“Believe you can and you’re half way there” – Theodore Roosevelt

So many people look at they’re dreams and the things they want in life and think, nope not me. That’ll happen. I’m sure you have tons of reasons why right? STOP!! All your reasons are wrong. Put all those doubts behind you. You just need believe you can and everything else will begin to fall into place. Start believing today and you’ve already begun the process to achieve your goals!


“Dress for the job you want, not the one you have”

I learned this about 15 years ago. I started to think, how can I be more successful. I notice the person in the position above me was dressing a bit nicer than I was. So I thought, well if I want to progress I need to start looking I already have the job. It’s worked for me ever since. Just another way to change things up and keep moving forward!


E+R=O The Event + Response will create the Outcome – Jack Canfield

Things happen in our lives good and bad. When we get a bad outcome we want to blame the event. Next time, try and change your response and I guarantee you’ll a better outcome. Maybe one you weren’t even expecting.


“We can’t change the past. What we can do, is choose what we want our future to be”

FOR REAL!! Stop dwelling on the past and start focusing on the future. Doesn’t matter if you’re 10, 17, 25, 40 or whatever. It’s on you and you alone to change the path you’re on towards the future. Best part about it, you can start right now! Make a clear cut decision to do so and GO! And guess what? it can be anything you want it to be. Only you can set the limits on your success.


“it is illogical to expect smiles from others if one does not smile oneself” – His Holiness The Dalai Lama

So SMILE!!! Smile at strangers, friends, family, acquaintances, everyone! You’ll notice that the majority of the people will smile back. Smiling passes on positivity and attracts people to you. Makes them feel good. So SMILE!! Just don’t be creepy about it!


“You are the most important person in your life as far as you are concerned” – Jake Canfield

This is so true! Some people with kids may say “No, my kids are”. But without you what are they? If you’re life isn’t good and you’re upset a lot or depressed, that affects them too. You have to put some if not all your focus on you being happy. Especially if you don’t have kids. You’re happiness will help those around be happy and even attract happy people in your life! Take care of you first!


“To be great, you must do great things”

You don’t need to big great things to be great. You can do small things and be great too. Greatness probably looks different to you than me or anyone else but greatness only comes when you do great things! Get out there and do great things in life. Go be great!!


“Your affirmations of Grandeur mean nothing without self improvement” – Dustin Kross

So true! We all want to dream big but we only want to change what’s around us and not ourselves. We don’t want take the chances we need to achieve those dreams. Take that risk, learn the skill you need, work harder, and believe you can have those things. Because you can! But doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, is the definition of insanity! I would be here right now if I didn’t improve and take the risks necessary.


“A Problem is a chance for you to do your best” – Duke Ellington

Some say there are no problems, only solutions. Try not get overwhelmed by the problem. break it down and attack it one step at a time. Also, remember there may be multiple solutions for the problem. Keep yours eye out for that.


“The good life is built with good relationships”

So many of us want Money and fame and we think that will make us happy. While Money does help it’s not the end all be all. According to the a study done for over 75 years, it’s relationships that make us happy! Good positive relationships help us be more happy, live longer and healthier. If you’re in a bad relationship, do yourself a favor and get rid of it or change it. You’re happiness depends on it.

Here is a great TED about this….


“Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Ghandi

I love this quote so much I’ve contemplated getting it tattooed on me. So many people focus on changing whats around them, when it’s them they need to change. Be the shining example of what you think the world should be and encourage others to do the same. Maybe if more people did this, the world would be a bit of a better, kinder, more loving place!


“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do.” – Kobe Bryant

I love this quote. I’m a teacher at heart and I love being able to inspire people to be great and watching them do it knowing I help is one of the greatest feelings in the world. Who will you inspire in your life?


When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy. – Samuel Goldwyn

I particularly like this quote because it involves more than yourself. Positive reinforcement is great for you and the individual you are reinforcing. This weekend, make a conscious decision to applaud someone for doing something good. It will lift their spirits and in return lift yours as well!


“Change the way you think and you’ll change your life”

I LOVE this quote. It’s so true. So many people go through life with a “Negative Mental Attitude”. If you express negativity you’ll get negativity. People blame things on other people and we don’t look at ourselves and think “Am I causing this somehow?” Try PMA instead. Positive Mental Attitude. Express positivity and get positivity back. New Year’s resolution. Be more positive to have a more positive life! Seriously, you’ll see a huge difference in your life.


“There are Plenty Of Fish In The Sea”

I like this one because sometimes we get affected by one person. That one person can make you feel great or break your heart. If you’re hurting, remember that there 7.6 BILLION people on this planet. If one broke your heart, forget them and find another. There’s reason this is all happening. The one you’re supposed to be with is out there. I promise. Head up and go them!


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

We all find ourselves going through hard times. It’s life! Just remember that you will overcome whatever is happening to you now. In some cases you’ll come out of it better than you are now. Keep your head up and keep moving forward.


“Our only limitations are the ones we set up in our own minds” – Napoleon Hill

In life, we all see things or people and think, “that could never be me”. I’m here to tell you it can be. Stop limiting yourself. Push a little further and get out of your comfort zone. It will never be you if you say “it’ll never be me”!


“Just Keep Moving Forward” – Dustin Kross

Whenever you feel stuck, think of what a small step would be. Sometimes it’s the smallest step that can help you out. An object in motions wants to stay in motion. So, as long as you’re moving forward step by step you will accomplish your task or goal! You got this!

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