We all love quotes.
Quotes can bring out the brilliant sides of life and make you appreciate wittiness. With the right quotes, you can wear the right attitude and get though even the most challenging situations.
Yes, you know such nuggets of wisdom can prove vital in seeing things beyond what they are now.
Some quotes, however, have become overused cliches and really don't make sense. Sometimes, you practically cannot find any wisdom in them at all.
This is why I have to address certain quotes critically. Here are five cliched quotes I think have no relevance to your personal growth.
"Good things come to those who wait."
Two words I cannot fathom in this cliche are “good” and “wait.” They do not work together.
Why should you wait for something good? Why should you relax and wait for good things to come your way when life is so short? How long do you have to wait if you want something good? Waiting doesn't have anything to do with wanting something.
If you want something, go and get it. Don't wait around.
"Opportunity comes but once."
Opportunity comes all the time if you are great at positioning yourself and preparing for it.
In fact, I know people who meet opportunity every day. Opportunity will rarely visit only if you pay attention to such silly quotes, if you are timid or just like sitting down and waiting for things to happen to you.
"Take the bull by the horns."
Please don't try to take any bull by the horns.
There is only one consequence for you, and you won't be alive to have your answer. Perhaps whoever coined it meant you should try to face an obstacle head on, but he or she should have used a different phrase. Such exaggerations only make some people take on challenges they aren't ready for.
"You can't have your cake and eat it, too."
Why should you have a cake and not eat it? Who does that? A cake is meant to be eaten and not nurtured or tendered.
You better not have a cake around you if you don't have any intention of eating it.
"What goes around, comes around."
This spinning cliche can make you drown in frustration or disappointment.
If you just got ditched by your girlfriend and you are trying to apply this quote to mollify yourself, then you are in for a big treat. You know why? We live in a dog-eat-dog world.
Yes, your co-worker just got promoted over you and you feel bad because you deserved it more, but please do not use this cliche to placate yourself.
Life is unfair, so learn to deal with what has just left you rather than expect it to come back around. Even if it comes back around, there is a very strong chance you won't be around to experience it anyway.