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Hoda Kotb Quotes

Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb quotes: on beating breast cancer, throwing caution to the wind, mood medicine, and more.

“The days, months, and years eventually reveal, like a Polaroid, a clear picture of how significant events and decisions ultimately shape our lives.”

“Life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps you take toward your goal, whatever it is, whether it’s giving up something, a terrible addiction or trying to work your way through an illness – when you total up those baby steps you’d be amazed over the course of 10 years, the strides you’ve taken.”

“I think we’ve all felt at some point – you don’t know if you’re on the right path.  It’s nice to read about people who changed direction not because of circumstance but because they decided, ‘This is the way I’m going to go.'”

“Don’t hog your journey.  Share your journey with others, and you’re a power of example.  Think of what you are able to accomplish.”

“They say taking a risk is like working a muscle.  Once you’ve done it once, it’s not so hard the next time and the next time.”

“If you fall – and trust me, you will – make sure you fall on your back.  Because if you fall on your back, you can see up.  And if you can see up, you can get up.  And you can keep going and going and going.”

“I try to check myself on those rough days.  And say, ‘Remember when you were on your knees asking and begging for this moment?  Take it.'”

“The reason people trip up sometimes is because they think, ‘Well look, there are a lot of people who want a few jobs so I’m not going to be one of those people.’  So they move past it.  You really have to imagine what your life would be like if it was happening to you.”

“I think people can spot a phony a million miles away.  If you’re authentic, you’re already halfway there.”

“If you can be who you are and admit when you don’t know something, it’s okay.  I think we’re so busy trying to be perfect.”

“I don’t think the successful people are necessarily the most talented or the most educated, or any of those things because I wasn’t either.  I think it’s really the kids who don’t stop.  If you have a will and you love it, I think that’s three-fourths of it.  Talent doesn’t win.  Persistence wins.  Perseverance wins.”

“There are two types of people: the ones who give you 50 reasons it can’t be done… and the ones who just do it.”

“There are times when you just have to show people that you’re all in.”

“Tone is often the most important part of a conversation – and listening is so much more important than what you say.”

“People think that you have to do something huge, like go to Africa and build a school, but you can make a small change in a day.  If you change Wednesday, then you change Thursday.  Pretty soon it’s a week, then a month, then a year.  It’s bite-size, as opposed to feeling like you have to turn your life inside out to make changes.”

“When I first came to NBC, I thought it was going to be swimming with the sharks, all men for themselves, be careful and all that.  I have to tell you I learned that you can be kind and a hard worker and move up.  You don’t have to play dirty or do things that you think happens at big corporations.”

“I’m an optimist, so I think everything can be worked out and fixed.  But from having cancer I learned that even if you’re an optimist, sometimes you just have to face the facts that certain things are broken.”

“Having cancer empowered me to take more risks.  I knew beating cancer was going to shape me, but it wasn’t going to be all of me.”

“I think after overcoming breast cancer, you sort of become fearless and somehow going up to your boss to talk about a possible promotion doesn’t seem like such a daunting task anymore.  My illness empowered me in a way I didn’t expect.  Before, I never would’ve asked for my current job.  I would’ve thought, ‘Why would they pick me?’  But it gave me courage, knowing you get one ride around the sun.  And then, suddenly, it isn’t so scary.”

“I like the pace of my world.  It’s busy, but for me, the less I do the lazier I get.”

“I try to live in a little bit of my own joy and not let people steal it or take it.”

“Sometimes when things are way too big and I can’t control it, I do sort of a weird thing where I kind of check out a little bit.  It’s all about self-preservation for me.”

“Sometimes you have to take the focus off of you and put it on someone else and it’s funny what you can accomplish and how much strength you really have.”

“I think credibility is one of those things that, if you work hard and you get it by standing in the trenches and traveling the world, people realize you’re multi-faceted.  Part of me is a serious journalist and I loved all of the stuff I did.  And then there’s another part of me that likes to let go and I think a lot of women can relate to that.”

“I love music.  For me, music is morning coffee.  It’s mood medicine.  It’s pure magic.  A good song is like a good meal – I just want to inhale it and then share a bite with someone else.”

“I’m a huge karaoke person even though I have the worst singing voice.  When you love doing something, who cares?”

“The biggest thing I’ve learned is to smash my own spiders and get on with my day.  There will be another!”

“You just need one person to love you.  You don’t need everybody.  Sometimes you think you need every single person to think you’re good, and you don’t.”

“I think that when someone loves you, you get a kind of confidence.  When you look into someone’s eyes and they see beauty, it really does change how you see yourself.”

“When you’re with someone who will catch you and support you, you feel safe.”

“Hold on tightly to the things you love.  And get rid of the things you don’t.”

“Most of us go through life not finding our sweet spot or we’re not sure where we’re supposed to be in life.  Then something changes.  We’ve all felt it at different times.  You feel totally at home.  Like there’s a warm hand on your heart.  Like you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.”

“Life’s not perfect.  Some loose ends may never get trimmed up and tidied.”

“Be crazy.  Be stupid.  Be silly.  Be weird.  Be whatever.  Because life is too short to be anything but happy.”

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