Soul Caffeine

Have some soul caffeine so you don’t fall asleep on your dreams. Inspired by a video, picture, article, or quote? Send it in to motivate others and to refresh our perspectives.


“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any” -Hugh Laurie

 “Fear is your friend. It is an indicator. Sometimes it shows you what you shouldn’t do, more often than not it shows you what you should do.”- Tim Ferriss


“The exact process you use to build courage isn’t important. What’s important is that you consciously do it. Just as your muscles will atrophy if you don’t regularly stress them, your courage will atrophy if you don’t consistently challenge yourself to face down your fears. In the absence of this kind of conscious conditioning, you’ll automatically become weak in both body and mind. If you aren’t regularly exercising your courage, then you are strengthening your fear by default; there is no middle ground.”Steve Pavlina


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Eleanor Roosevelt Quote

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat” –Theodore Roosevelt

‎”I am deeply disturbed that the only thing we want to really get concerned about is something we can quantify, something we can put in terms of dollars and cents. Every one of us knows that the things that are most important to us cannot be measured in that way. So, if you haven’t loved a tree enough (if not to hug it, at least to want to walk up to it and touch it as if you’re touching a profound mystery)—if that experience has eluded you—I feel bad for you because you’re not going to live a happy life.” ~Photographer, Ryan Adams.

Your excuse is invalid

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living:
I want to know what you ache for.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are;
I want to know if you can risk looking like a fool for love,
for your dreams, and for the adventure of being alive.
 It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have;
I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair
and do what needs to be done for someone you love…
People say ‘What is the meaning of life?’
The meaning of life is to live life; the meaning of life is life…
Live more than your neighbors. Unleash yourself and go places.
Go now. Giggle, laugh, and bark at the moon like the wild dog that you are.
Understand that this is not a dress rehearsal, this is it: your life.
Face your fears and live your dreams; take it all in, every chance that you get.”
 –-John Blais prior to living his dream: completing an Ironman in 2005
after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, a terminal muscle-wasting illness. Life expectancy after the diagnosis was two years. The disease took away his ability to walk shortly after the race; he lived in a wheelchair until he died in 2007. He is the first person with ALS to ever attempt the Hawaii Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26. 2 mile run), let alone finish it.

“If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.”
–Warren Miller

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Leave the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
–Mark Twain

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security , conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within man than a secure future.” -Christopher McCandless

“If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page”-Mark Houlahan

“There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life”-Unknown
I am a Pebble.One pebble –
ripples fade as they move to shore
Two pebbles –
ripples intersect and flow some more
Three pebbles –
can begin to make a wave
Many pebbles –
churn the water, change the shape of the pond.Be a pebble in the water
move the water
and don’t let the water
change you.
— Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

“If you’re going to be passionate about something, be passionate about learning. If you’re going to fight something, fight for those in need. If you’re going to question something, question authority. If you’re going to lose something lose your inhibitions. If you’re going to gain something , gain respect and confidence. And if you’re going to hate something, hate the false idea that you are not capable of your dreams.You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” -Daniel Olston

“At the end of your life you won’t be saying ‘I just wish I’d spent more time sitting on my butt watching TV’.”

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?  Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine…it’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne WIlliamson

One response

25 05 2013

That video about the paratrooper veteran was awesome Mr. Rooney, thanks.

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