‘Staying open to curiosity is itself a trade’: 15 quotes about motivation and change

Released in 2014, StoryBites is a weekly feature of YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles from the past week (see previous issue here). Please share these 15 gems and insights from the week of January 9-15 with your colleagues and networks, and check back in on the original articles for more information.

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Let’s change the narrative from the infamous “Queen Bee Syndrome” to the “Glow Theory,” which says “when women help other women up, we all glow.” – Bhavna Toor, Shenomics and Shravani Prakash, elleNomics

Every time a woman stands up for herself, possibly unknowingly, unintentionally, she stands up for ALL women. – maya angelou

Women make good detectives as they are discreet and focused. – Rajni Pandit

We need to reframe the narrative from “care responsibilities push women out of the workforce” to “workplaces must create a stronger incentive for women to stay.” – Bhavna Toor, Shenomics and Shravani Prakash, elleNomics

Young people have a very important role to play in creating a more sustainable world, as they are the environmental leaders of tomorrow. – Pamela Srivastava, Shiv Nadar Foundation

Education can also help bridge social classes and economic cohorts. – Sajith Pai, Blume Ventures


The word EARTH cannot exist without the letters ART in it. – Manjunatha (‘MANZz’), Chitra Santhe

The process [of painting] it is meditative and it is very joyful to see how the painting evolves. – Devi Pramod, Chitra Santhe

Art is the most fabulous soul song of all. Art makes people happy. It is a mental therapy for people. – Shrabani Misra, Chitra Santhe

Art is not only an expression of emotions, but also gives them a way to celebrate. The whole process unknowingly leads us towards the path of happiness. – Ganapathi Agnihothri, Chitra Santhe

If you do everything, you can do nothing. Focusing on the core is important. – Sagar Gupta, Ekka Electronics


Your efforts should focus more on the repeat customer rather than blindly going after new acquisitions. – Abhiroop Medhekar, Speed

Along with perseverance, you also have to be patient. It could be difficult for you to decide where to invest during a turbulent market situation. – Manish P. Hingar, Fintoo

The most important skill today is self-reflection and taking the time to understand gaps and remedies. – Vinay Dora, MultitudeProduct

Staying open to curiosity is in itself a trade, which can be supported by reading, traveling, visiting exhibitions, attending concerts and conferences, any social interaction. – Alok Nandi, Architempo

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