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Great minds such as Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, and others have given us more nuggets of brilliant wisdom over the years than we could ever possibly have time to consider.

In case you’ve missed out on the wisdom that’s guided many men and women towards success and happiness over the years, here are three pieces of advice from some of the world’s greatest minds.

Lao Tzu

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism, is one of history’s great minds. The quote above is a reminder that no matter how difficult and overwhelming something might seem, all that matters is that you take the first step towards it. In life’s many challenges, even small progress is good. Big accomplishments are often composed of many small accomplishments along the way.

Benjamin Franklin

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”

A man of great success in business, science, and politics, Benjamin Franklin is someone who knows a little something about the world. Perhaps he is one that lived by his own advice to be a person of action. It’s unlikely that Franklin was much of a procrastinator, with all that he accomplished in life. Lucky for the rest of us, his words can guide us to live our own lives of fulfillment.

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Dr. Maya Angelou

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

Accomplished author Maya Angelou left the world with profound wisdom that will live on forever. The quote above is one to live by. Complaining simply does not help any of us, and no one wants to listen to people complain. Fortunately, we have the liberty to decide how we handle every situation. We can choose to complain, or we can try to make it better.

History has given us many great minds over the years, and if we apply their advice to our own lives, we can in some small way find ourselves in the company of these legendary figures. Perhaps one day your own advice will change someone’s life.