The first African-American former-president, Barack Obama is many things — confident, perseverant, and inspirational.
I’m not someone who is heavily involved in politics, but this man always grabbed my attention, whether it was the way he gave his speeches or how he treated everyone with respect.
In my public speaking class in college, I would refer to Obama’s speeches as a reference so that I could deliver my message in a very impactful way. He is a confidence role model to me and might be for you too.
Here are three quotes from Barack Obama that will make you more charismatic.
The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.
— Barack Obama
I use this quote often as motivation for me to accomplish the things I want in life.
When you go through a lot of pain and adversity, the best thing to do is “press on.” For instance, my blogging career took a nosedive at one point, but I stayed the course, and now I have consistent growth.
No matter how hard things get, keep pressing on.
It takes a special person to stop feeling sorry for themselves and take full accountability.
Own up to your fate with the decisions you make and the mindset you have.
Then you’ll unlock your unlimited potential.
We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.
— Barack Obama
Excellence is something that has had a dip over time. Many people I know want to achieve so much in life, but don’t do what’s necessary to get there.
We have to hold ourselves to a high standard.
Because if we don’t hold ourselves to a high standard, then no one will, and a lot of time will be wasted doing other things instead.
Regret is something I am trying to avoid in life so that thirty or forty years down the line, I can be proud of all that I’ve accomplished.
Chase your dreams, and try not to lose sight of the things you passionately want in life.
The only person stopping you is you.
You know, one of the things I think you understand as president is you’re held responsible for everything, but you don’t always have control of everything, right?
— Barack Obama
This last quote is in the form of a question — a very valid one.
If you’re not a president, you can still treat your life as though you are.
When you have all of the responsibility on your shoulders, life can be overwhelming. But you have to understand that you won’t always have control.
The best thing you can do is control the things you can control.
Taking accountability for your actions and owning up to every success or mistake you make is crucial.
Charismatic individuals don’t boast about their successes, nor do they let their failures define them.
Keep the hope alive, and know that you’ll arrive at your destination one way or another.
Life is full of surprises, and we’re not always going to know how to respond.
But what we must do is respond.
Ride the highs, learn from the lows.
Your charisma will grow, and you’ll get everything you’ll want out of life.