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56 Inky Johnson Quotes: Learn How to Transform Your Life within Your Darkest Moments

Dayna Remus
Nov 23, 2022
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We all face dark periods in our lives, some more than others. However, it's not these difficult phases that define us, but rather how we handle them. Through significant adversity, Inky Johnson has overcome many challenges with grace. Find out how by reading his 56 quotes.

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Inky Johnson went through many challenges throughout his life. As a child, he lived in Kirkwood, Georgia in the midst of illicit substances and violence. He slept on the living room floor, surrounded by countless family members in a house with only two bedrooms.

Things began looking up for Johnson when he became a defensive back for the University of Tennessee, only to face an injury while playing. This injury left him in constant pain and with a paralyzed right arm, a definite end to his career in football.

However, he did not give up and became a motivational speaker, teaching others how to overcome adversity and build a life despite what is thrown at them. Read 56 of his inspiring quotes below.

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Inky Johnson's quote: "Be stronger than your strongest excuse!" | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson's quote: "Be stronger than your strongest excuse!" | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson Quotes on Hard Work and Discipline

"I firmly believe you're never supposed to wish for more than you're willing to work for. Expectations should never exceed your effort." — Inky Johnson

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"Never complain about something you're not willing to change!" Inky Johnson

"Sometimes your prayers aren't answered because you're worth more than you're asking for." — Inky Johnson

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." — Inky Johnson

"Be stronger than your strongest excuse!" — Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson's quote: "Don't be upset by the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do." | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson's quote: "Don't be upset by the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do." | Image: AmoDays

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"Most have the will to win; few have the will to prepare to win." — Inky Johnson

"Your expectations should never be higher than your work ethic." — Inky Johnson

"Impose your will on life, and life will have no choice but to give you what you want." — Inky Johnson

"Show up. Don't quit. Live it. Don't quit. Appreciate it. Don't quit." — Inky Johnson

"Just work!!! Don't be driven by the outcome. Embrace the Process!" — Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson's quote: "Your expectations should never be higher than your work ethic." | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson's quote: "Your expectations should never be higher than your work ethic." | Image: AmoDays

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"Don't be upset by the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do." — Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson's Quotes on Positivity and Perception

"Perspective drives performance every day of the week." — Inky Johnson

"See something. Believe in it, and go get it." — Inky Johnson

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." — Inky Johnson

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"Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be." — Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson's quote: "Perspective drives performance every day of the week." | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson's quote: "Perspective drives performance every day of the week." | Image: AmoDays

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"Play the hand you're dealt like it's the one you've always wanted." — Inky Johnson

"Life is a gift….. Have fun and crush it this week!" — Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson Quotes on Making Mistakes and Embracing the Journey

"The process is more important than the product." — Inky Johnson

"No amount of money ever bought a second of time…. Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life!" — Inky Johnson

"Be careful not to try and fast forward yourself into a future you haven't earned…… Blessings on the journey." — Inky Johnson

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Inky Johnson's quote: "The process is more important than the product."  | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson's quote: "The process is more important than the product." | Image: AmoDays

"More of us would learn from our mistakes if we weren't so busy denying them." — Inky Johnson

"Can we be committed to the process of what we're doing without being emotionally attached to the results of what we're doing?" — Inky Johnson

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Inky Johnson Quotes on Courage and Trusting Life

"Courage is the commitment to being without any guarantee of success." — Inky Johnson

"We have to learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Pull the strip off and activate your greatness!" — Inky Johnson

"It's not where you're trying to go in life that is the problem; it's what you are willing to leave behind in order to get there." — Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson's quote: "Courage is the commitment to being without any guarantee of success." | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson's quote: "Courage is the commitment to being without any guarantee of success." | Image: AmoDays

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"Stop worrying how it's going to happen and start trusting that it will." — Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson Quotes on Integrity and Being True to Ourselves

"Everything we do serves as an extension of who we are." — Inky Johnson

"Get your ego out of the way. It's bigger than you!" — Inky Johnson

"Commitment is staying true to what you said you would do long after the mood that you said it in has left." — Inky Johnson

"Character is not something we inherit. Character is something we have to wake up and build." — Inky Johnson

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Inky Johnson's quote: "Everything we do serves as an extension of who we are." | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson's quote: "Everything we do serves as an extension of who we are." | Image: AmoDays

"Try to be better than the person you were yesterday." — Inky Johnson

"Every next level of your life will demand a different version of you." — Inky Johnson

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"At a certain point, the old you has to die off for the new you to become." — Inky Johnson

"The most important project you can work on is molding yourself into the person you want to become." — Inky Johnson

"Try to be better than the person you were yesterday." — Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson's quote: "The most important project you can work on is molding yourself into the person you want to become." | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson's quote: "The most important project you can work on is molding yourself into the person you want to become." | Image: AmoDays

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"Character supersedes talent …. Don't allow your talent to take you where your character can't sustain you." — Inky Johnson

"Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right." — Inky Johnson

"Will you stay true to what you said you were going to do?" — Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson's Quotes on Adversity and Challenges

"Never forget: Every storm has an expiration date!" — Inky Johnson

"Allow the opposition to make you better." — Inky Johnson

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Inky Johnson's quote: "Never forget: Every storm has an expiration date!"  | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson's quote: "Never forget: Every storm has an expiration date!" | Image: AmoDays

"Redirection, pain, setbacks, shortcoming, highs, lows. They are all part of the process of success. Embrace it, respect it, and trust it." — Inky Johnson

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"People get upset not because of the adversity they face, but because their adversity reveals who they really are." — Inky Johnson

"Sometimes we're tested not to show our weaknesses but to discover our strengths!" — Inky Johnson

"When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in…. That's what the storm is all about." — Inky Johnson

"After we come out of the storm, we shouldn't be the same individual that walked into it. That's what the storms—opposition, adversity—is about." — Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson's quote: "Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship."  | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson's quote: "Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship." | Image: AmoDays

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"Someday you will look back and understand why it all happened the way it did." — Inky Johnson

"The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It's about what you're made of, not the circumstance." — Inky Johnson

"What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." — Inky Johnson

"Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship." — Inky Johnson

"The ability to learn is a gift; even pain is our teacher!" — Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson Quotes for Continued Inspiration

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Inky Johnson's quote: "Control what you can control today!" | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson's quote: "Control what you can control today!" | Image: AmoDays

"When we hold onto our history, we do it at the expense of our destiny. At some point, you just have to let go of what you thought should have happened and live in what's happening." — Inky Johnson

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"We don't burn out because of what we do; we burn out because life makes us forget why we do it." — Inky Johnson

"Control what you can control today!" — Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson's quote: "Never allow life to make you forget why you started!" | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson's quote: "Never allow life to make you forget why you started!" | Image: AmoDays

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"The longer it takes to happen, the more you'll appreciate it when it finally does." — Inky Johnson

"Become a champion for life. Become a Vol for Life. Be like Inky.” — Inky Johnson

"Never allow life to make you forget why you started!" — Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson's quote: "See something. Believe in it, and go get it." | Image: AmoDays

Inky Johnson's quote: "See something. Believe in it, and go get it." | Image: AmoDays

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Johnson wrote a book about his life story that was published in 2011, namely, "Inky: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance"; no doubt just as inspirational as his talks. As a whole, the book stands at a 5-star rating out of 20 ratings on Amazon.

Johnson, of course, is not the only individual that has overcome massive adversity and created a beautiful life for himself. Trent Shelton is also a former football player turned motivational speaker who left the sport due to injuries and other challenges. Read 84 of his quotes to become even more inspired.

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