A collection of famous inspirational success quotes to inspire and motivate you. Reflect on the words in
these sayings and quotes to determine what others consider success to be.
Find quotes and sayings from famous people who have achieved success in their lives. May these quotes and sayings inspire you in achieving success!
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Of all the success quotes our favorite was said by Thomas Edison,
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
It is a great quote to remember when you feel discouraged or that you have failed.
"No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or 'get rich' in business by being a conformist."
J. P. Getty
"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
Goals have made a tremendous difference in my life. They have allowed me to achieve success, and to accomplish what I had previously only dreamed of, or wished for.
We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles,
rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth,
like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship.
I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.
George Bernard Shaw
Never confuse movement with action.
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
In everything we do, our own thoughts can help us succeed, or they can help us fail. Maintain a positive attitude.
Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking.
Bernard M. Baruch
Making a success of the job at hand is the best step toward the kind you want. Bernard M. Baruch
You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them.
Orison Swett Marden
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dream, and endeavors to live the life which he had imagines, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
Success in life comes to those who simply refuse to give up; individuals with vision so strong that obstacles, failure and loss only act as teachings.
Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
Successful minds work like a gimlet, - to a single point.
Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it."
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.
The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
"You don't have to be successful to behave successfully, but when you do behave successfully, you can reach success a lot faster."
"Like children all over the globe, he (Elmo) teaches us that we can always reach a little higher, jump a little farther, do a little better."
Clash, Kevin. My Life as a Furry Red Monster Broadway Books, 2006, p. 207.
"Any individual can choose to change his or her life with little steps that, over time, will accumulate into a great life."
Sharma, Robin. 2010. "Sharma Brings Leadership Message To Saint John." Progress. Vol. 17, No. 05, p. 24.
"One of the common traits of successful people is their understanding of the importance of time, effort, and commitment to achieve success!"
Pulsifer, Catherine. Wings of Wisdom. Anncath-Roby Books, 1998, p. 23.
"Too many people overvalue what they are not, and undervalue what they are."
Powers, Margaret Fishback. The Footprints Book of Daily Inspirations. Collins, 2008.
"Think like a champion in the game of life. Play well. Believe in yourself - all the time, every time."
Richards, Shadonna. Think and Be Happy. Infinity Publishing, 2009, p. 49.
"Focused will is incredible. If you have a dream and you don't give up no matter what obstacles come up, then life's problems will fall away and you will get what you want. It happens. It works."
Yanni. Yanni in Words. Miramax Books, 2002, p. 209.
"Imagine yourself enjoying your better future in such specific, believable detail that you soon enjoy doing what takes you there!"
Johnson, Spencer. Peaks and Valleys. Atria Books, 2009, p. 57.
"Do not allow your current circumstances to limit the nature of your dreams."
Long, Weldon. 2010 Winter. "Who I Am Now." Motivated Magazine. p. 21.
"Always believe that you can, and you will find that you can."
Peale, Norman Vincent. The Positive Principle Today. Ballantine Books, 1988, p. 212.
"Personal initiative is a trait much admired and if carried out with discretion and logic, can very quickly put you ahead of the crowd."
Hill, Napoleon and Keown, Harold. Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion. Ballantine Books, 1970, p.81.
"Don't waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you."
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Life's Little Instruction Book, Volume II. Rutledge Hill Press, 1993.
"We weren't born to think negatively, we were taught to do so."
Cypert Samuel. Believe and Achieve. Avon Books, 1991, p. 27.
"Entrepreneurs have many other unusual telltale signs, but persistence is what makes the difference."
Gilfoy, Neville. 2011. "The Magic Elixir." Progress Vol. 18, No. 01, p. 8.
"Dedication will allow you to attain success in areas that YOU want."
Pulsifer, Catherine, Wings for Goals
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing."
Lincoln, Abraham, Great Quotes from Great Leaders
"If you want to succeed, first help others to succeed."
Japanese Proverb, A Wealth of Wisdom
Success tends to become habitual.
David Campbell, Ph.D., If You Don't Know Where You're Going, You'll Probably End Up Somewhere Else
Trying ultimately leads to success, but success can never happen without trying.
Greg Henry Quinn, 365 Meditations for Teachers
Many successful people arrived at their niche in life through exposure and experimentation in areas that interested them.
Seymour Schulich, Get Smarter Life and Business Lessons
Our success in life is more typically a reflection of how we respond to the things that happen to us."
Success quotes are many, and we could write a book on all the different ones. Here is a quote with our thoughts on it:
"Just because you know where you want to end up doesn't mean
you will not be faced with obstacles, or challenges along the way.
Instant success rarely happens."
Sometimes, success quotes lead you to open your mind to possibilities that you may have never known before. In other times, a success quote may have lead you to believe that success comes through simply defining a goal, or in other words, where you want to end up, and that goal will be realized without any problems or difficulties. This is not necessarily true.
To succeed in a new venture means that you have not only defined your goal or what the ultimate success means, but you have clearly defined the path you need to take to get there. And, while all of this seems to be straight forward, there is a lot more to it.
One of the simplest of tasks is to specify a series of action steps to accomplish what you want. I say this is the simplest because all that needs to be done is a matter of writing a series of action steps in chronological order that appears to give you a map to follow similar to simply following a series of arrows in a straight path. If this was all there was to it, anyone could get what they wanted with dedicated time and a small amount of work. Unfortunately, success does not happen in a linear fashion.
To truly understand the success formula is to also understand that roadblocks, obstacles and issues will greet you at almost every step of the way. And, each step is not necessarily one of following each step in succession because many steps will require partial completion because another needs to also start. Then, there are those obstacles that you may not have thought about, or that crop up without warning. So, now what do you do?
A really smart planner will also attempt to develop action plans that account for as many unforeseen obstacles as possible and have a contingency plan for each of these. One method is to engage the help of others who have also faced similar problems and were successful in overcoming them. These people are your mentors and you may need more than one along the way. Some people assume that others who have been successful in a similar endeavour will not help. Do not fall into t his trap. It will be a pleasant surprise to you to find that most people who have become successful will be only too glad to help you along the way. You may ask why? Well, the usual answer is this: They got help from others too and so they will return the favour to others.
Success comes to those who have determination, perseverance, and are open and receptive to asking and receiving help from others who have also overcome obstacles. You do not live in a vacuum, and success is not accomplished in a vacuum either.