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12 Quotes from My Winter 2021 Reading List

My Winter 2021 reading list was made possible by many exciting and diverse people. There were athletes and activists, scholars and entertainers, preachers and businesspeople. Some were a couple of these at once!

I'm grateful for their lessons, stories, and inspiration, which all came at a cost to them. Their marks have made their way into my life and work, and if you follow the Life Calling Institute or other blog posts, you'll see them too. 

We previously shared our Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 reading lists. What will the Spring 2021 list hold? You'll have to wait and see.

But here is the Winter 2021 bunch. Which quotes stand out most to you?

“Life itself is a state of siege. But a sense of calling helps because it provides the bull’s-eye at the center of the widening concentric circles that are life’s possibilities. Modern life assaults us with an infinite range of things we could do, we would love to do, or some people tell us we should do.”

Os Guinness, The Call

“Once you’ve begun to cultivate an emerging passion, it’s only a matter of time before you’re liable to ask yourself some simple yet significant questions: How can I spend more of my time and energy pursuing this new passion? How can I make it a bigger part of my life?”

Brad Stulberg & Steve Magness, The Passion Paradox


“To best fulfill her destiny, Tubman realized she must actively seek a role in God’s plan, rather than letting others dictate her path.”

Catherine Clinton, Harriet Tubman


“The promise of love and grace in our lives is this: Our worst day isn’t bad enough, and our best day isn’t good enough. We’re invited because we’re loved, not because we earned it.”

Bob Goff, Everybody Always

“Give me the courage to live!
Really live—not merely exist.
Live dangerously,
Scorning risk!
Live honestly,
Daring the truth—
Particularly the truth of myself!”

Howard Thurman, "What Shall I Do With My Life?"

“God wasn’t asking me to stop doing business and replace my daily work with prayer. He was inviting me to run my business through the power of prayer.”

Kim Avery, The Prayer-Powered Entrepreneur

“A lot of swimmers I trained with said they wanted to achieve something great but didn’t truly put time, energy, dedication, and heart into it.”

Michael Phelps, No Limits


“In your life there will be things you like to do, things you have to do and from time-to-time even things you hate to do that may nonetheless be unavoidable. However, you owe it to yourself and to the people who mean the world to you that you also do the things that give you joy and purpose.”

Keith Abraham, It Starts With Passion


“The area where you are more well equipped to suffer is the work you were meant to do.”

Jennifer Fulwiler, Your Blue Flame

“Living coherently doesn’t mean everything is in perfect order all the time. It simply means you are living in alignment with your values and have not sacrificed your integrity along the way.”

Bill Burnett & Dave Evans, Designing Your Life


“If you don’t embrace the fact that you think about the world in a wide variety of ways, you severely limit your chances of finding the person that you were meant to be.”

Ken Robinson, The Element

“People with Callings find that their work is inseparable from their life. A person with a Calling works not for financial gain or Career advancement, but instead for the fulfillment that doing the work brings to the individual.”

Amy Wrzesniewski, "Jobs, Careers, and Callings"

What quotes would you share with us? Leave them in the comments section below.


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