50 motivational quotes to help you fight the FOMO and stay focused

We all know how it is. You’re diligently working on a project, and then out of nowhere, the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) strikes. Suddenly, you’re checking your social media feeds, feeling envious of everyone else’s adventures, successes, and even their failures (because hey, at least they’re out there doing something).

Well, it’s not just you. We all experience FOMO to some extent, and it’s one of the biggest hurdles to staying focused and productive.

Here are 50 motivational quotes to help you keep your eyes on the prize and banish FOMO to the realm of unwanted distractions.

  1. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain
  2. The future depends on what you do today. – Mahatma Gandhi
  3. Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. – Sam Levenson
  4. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. – Albert Schweitzer
  5. Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs
  6. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs
  7. Focus on being productive instead of busy. – Tim Ferriss
  8. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. – Napoleon Hill
  9. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. – William B. Sprague
  10. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu
  11. What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. – Ralph Marston
  12. Action is the foundational key to all success. – Pablo Picasso
  13. Don’t count the days, make the days count. – Muhammad Ali
  14. Wherever you are, be all there. – Jim Elliot
  15. The key to success is to start before you’re ready. – Marie Forleo
  16. Done is better than perfect. – Sheryl Sandberg
  17. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt
  18. Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart. – Roy T. Bennett
  19. Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

  20. The secret to getting ahead is getting started. – Sally Berger
  21. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. – Steve Jobs
  22. Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. – Paul J. Meyer
  23. The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. – Michael Altshuler
  24. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky
  25. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt
  26. You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. – Rabindranath Tagore

  27. Action is the antidote to despair. – Joan Baez
  28. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. – Bruce Lee
  29. Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. – Henry David Thoreau
  30. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius
  31. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. – Frederick Douglass
  32. The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. – Thomas Paine
  33. Success is not in what you have, but who you are. – Bo Bennett
  34. If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. – Eddie Colla
  35. Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. – John Wooden
  36. Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. – John D. Rockefeller
  37. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. – Thomas Jefferson

  38. Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives. – Michelle Obama
  39. I never dreamed about success, I worked for it. – Estée Lauder
  40. Opportunities don’t happen. You create them. – Chris Grosser
  41. Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. – Conrad Hilton
  42. 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
  43. Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value. – Albert Einstein

  44. Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. – Joyce Brothers
  45. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vince Lombardi
  46. Success is not in never failing, but rising every time you fall! – Jonathan Taylor Thomas
  47. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. – Maya Angelou
  48. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. – Barack Obama
  49. Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. – David Frost
  50. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Jimmy Dean


There you have it, my friend – fifty nuggets of wisdom to stoke your motivation and help you conquer that pesky FOMO. 

Remember, the world may be full of interesting sights and sounds, but your journey is your own. Keep your eyes on the road ahead, and you’ll get to where you’re going in no time.

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Author: Nisha Salim

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