Maya Angelou: Making A Living Vs Making A Life – Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational Quotes – Maya Angelou:

Making A Living Vs Making A Life [Sony PSP]

“I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life”

– Maya Angelou

Some people seem to know just the right words to say. I have had immense respect for Maya Angelou for her thoughts and ideas about humanity, people and self and today’s quote very much exemplifies that.

Making a Living Vs Making A life – Quite an old debate isn’t it? And the answer is pretty simple, we must all focus on living a life and making a life. If we look at the meanings of the two.

Making a living Meaning

It simply means that you are earning your means. You are making enough money to sustain your family and your own aspirations. In the parlance of management – these are base needs, physiological needs which everyone needs as a base necessity. It is something everyone does as second nature cos your physical needs demand so. Quite simple and straight forward isn’t it?

Making a Life Meaning

Now this is where things get a little interesting. We all are pretty smart and know what making a life means. We don’t need Maya Angelou to tell us that making a life is important. I mean we are well aware of it. We all have a call from within and we all have heard that – so we really know what Maya Angelou is talking about.

But what do we do about this inner call? We know that this is much superior compared to the physiological need or the physical need of living our everyday life – our food, shelter and clothing. And to be very honest, I personally believe that you cannot aspire for the next level when your very existence is threatened and you need to worry where your next meal is coming from.

A luxury problem?

In other words, you can coin making a life as a luxury problem. Having said that, we have all heard of people who have done incredible things in the world despite their many challenges and failures.These are the people who have become the so called ‘Overnight successes’ and these are the people who have tested their limits only to tell you and me that things are as possible as we think we are.

Perhaps it really makes sense to listen to that inner voice. Give it some respect and hear what it is saying before shunning it off or calling it stupid. It is your thought and deserves to be treated with absolute respect. You cannot allow yourself to make fun of it, let alone anyone else doing that!

It does sound romantic. But is that all there is ?

Truly, it feels very romantic to say that life is beyond all these struggles. If we keep the romanticism away, life is still about making it count, living it for a reason more unique than getting our everyday paycheck. There is a lot more to life than that. You don’t need me or anyone telling you that. Sometimes all we need to do is ask a little question and ask what really matters and why

I do understand that it feels like a luxury question, but then come on,it is about you, you deserve every bit of luxury there is in the world. As the company oneplusone says – ‘Never settle’ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™‚ .

That was our quote of today, Maya Angelou for your thoughts. Do stay tuned for more.

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4 Responses to "Maya Angelou: Making A Living Vs Making A Life – Inspirational Quotes"

  1. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder · Edit

    It sometimes pays well to listen to the inner voice, a bit romantic, as you have said..still.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nice quote and loved the way you’ve explained it…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ohh this is a wonderful quote captured by you Vinay. I do believe in making a life, though sometimes I get pressure from lot many people and concern towards my dear ones… but yup the truth lies in what really matters the most. When one is not bothered about having more and rather being content with what one has, I guess that is what making a life called…


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