Famous Inspirational Quotes about success and succeeding
Most success springs from an obstacle or failure. I became a cartoonist largely because I failed in my
goal of becoming a successful executive.
-- Scott Adams (Dilbert)
There is no failure. Only feedback.
Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.
All my successes have been built on my failures.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of
knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment.
He creates favorable conditions.
The first law of success... is concentration--to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to
that point, looking neither to the right nor to the left.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
--Norman Vincent Peale
Anything you can conceive and believe, you can achieve!
Any failure will tell you success is nothing but luck.
Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.
Discipline can be the difference between success and failure.
Do it! Move it! Make it happen! No one ever sat their way to success.
Failure is a better teacher than success, but she seldom finds an apple on her desk.
It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
The rules for success will not work if you don't.
Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.
Successful men follow the same advice they prescribe for others. --Unknown
Success is best measured by how far you've come with the talents you've been given.
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.
Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.
The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going.
You can be discouraged by failure -- or you can learn from it. Because, remember that's where you'll
find success. On the far side of failure.
No one ever attains success by simply doing what is required ofhim.
--Charles Kendall Adams
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
-- Douglas Adams
There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who
has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the
make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
-- George Burton Adams
All men seek one goal: success or happiness. The only way to achieve true success is to express
yourself completely in service to society. First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal--a goal, an
objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends--wisdom, money, material and
methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
-- Samuel Beckett
Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
-- Josh Billings
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
--Joyce Brothers, Ph.D.
I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than be a success at something I hate.
They never fail who die in a great cause.
The important thing to recognize is that it takes a team, and the team ought to get credit for the wins
and the losses. Successes have many fathers, failures have none.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
There are no rules here--we're trying to accomplish something. -Thomas A. Edison
Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Success doesn't come to you... you go to it.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out...
Success results more from hard work than talent. --Dexter Yager Success seems to be largely a matter
of hanging on after others have let go.
With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and
opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.
--Stephen R. Covey, Principle-centered Leadership
Be ready when opportunity comes... luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.
Many people seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other areas. But can
it really?...True effectiveness requires balance.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing,
you will be successful.
You are never a loser until you quit trying.
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a
redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is
to have succeeded!
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you don't think you can become rich, you very rarely do. You have to start by believing that you can,
and then crave it passionately.
Don't aim for success, if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.
One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.
One worthwhile task carried to a successful conclusion is worth half-a-hundred half-finished tasks.
--Malcom S. Forbes
It never occurs to me that there are things that I can't do.
Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of
opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.
Successful men and women become successful because they acquire the habit of thinking in terms of
success. Get the success habit in the small circumstances you control, and soon you'll be controlling
the bigger ones.
The process of succeeding can be seen as a series of trials in which your vision constantly guides you
toward your target while in your actual performance you are regularly slightly off target. Success in any
area requires constantly readjusting your behavior as the result of feedback from your experience.
--Michael Gelb and Tony Buzan -
Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.
There are three strategies for success:
1) a big waste basket--you must know what to eliminate;
2) know what to preserve;
3) know when to say no, for developing the power to say no gives us the capacity to say yes.
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.
I've had enough success for two lifetimes, My success is talent put together with hard work and luck.
I feel the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure.
You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
--Robert F. Kennedy
Those who have succeeded at anything and don't mention luck are kidding themselves.
It's too easy to find people who've failed and are embittered. The best thing you can do is hang around
people who've succeeded and are happy doing what you want to do. Learn from them.
To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.
Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive,
selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve
any goal that is worthwhile.
I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the
moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle victorious.
Mental toughness is essential to success.
Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the
minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.
Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to
pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to
There's only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that
my players do.
Winning is not a sometime thing: it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do
the right thing once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is
Success demands singleness of purpose.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Each of us is born to shape a destiny for himself. The depth and the extent of that destiny are
measured by the personal goals we set.
--Paul J. Meyer
Successful leaders have the courage to take action while others hesitate.
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success
than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
We've all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it is more important to learn from
our successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.
--Norman Vincent Peale
What we nourish will flourish. We nourish whatever we give our attention to. Small wonder that so many
of our problems get to be such vigorous, lusty weeds in our garden of life!
--J. Sig Paulson
Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today. Go another mile!
I don't think I'd be a success on TV if I hadn't been fired earlier in my career. There's got to be a glitch
along the way, or else you lose touch with reality.
Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success.
--H. Ross Perot
People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they
believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
--Norman Vincent Peale
Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
--Gen. George S. Patton
A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination.
He must see things in a vision, a dream of the whole thing.
--Charles M. Schwab
Failure doesn't mean you are a failure...it just means you haven't succeeded yet.
I dread success. 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
It's visualization in a positive sense. I never pictured myself crashing or falling off a beam. I always
pictured myself doing my routine perfectly.
--Mary Lou Retton
Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
--Henry David Thoreau
Not in time, place, or circumstance, but in the man lies success.
Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
--Robert Louis Stevenson
People who succeed, it's not that they need to step on somebody. But they have a path in view and
they just keep moving along.
Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for
Success, in my view, is the willingness to strive for something you really want. The person not reaching
the top is no less a success than the one who achieved it, if they both sweated blood, sweat and tears
and overcame obstacles and fears. The failure to be perfect does not mean you're not a success.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
That man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect
of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who
leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued
soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in
others and gave the best he had.
--Robert Louis Stevenson
The journey is the reward.
The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything - and it works.
The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence - and then success is sure.
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
A limit on what you will do puts a limit on what you can do.
A person who is successful has simply formed the habit of doing things that unsuccessful people will
Champions are willing to do the things they dislike to create something they do like. Don't let the things
that matter most be at the mercy of the things that matter least.
Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
-- George E. Woodberry
I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.
Nothing average ever stood as a monument to progress. When progress is looking for a partner it
doesn't turn to those who believe they are only average. It turns instead to those who are forever
searching and striving to become the best they possibly can. If we seek the average level we cannot
hope to achieve a high level of success. Our only hope is to avoid being a failure.
--A. Lou Vickery
Potential is: dormant ability, unused success and capped capability.
--Randall D. Worley
Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This
explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed.
Success is measured not in achievement for self, but in accomplishment for others.
A winner is one who accepts his failures and mistakes, picks up the pieces, and continues striving to
reach his goals.
There is no luck involved in success. Luck is a way of saying you don't have what it takes.
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