101 Famous Success Quotes To Inspire Greatness

Success comes in as many shapes and varieties as there are people. Indeed, while all of us have the same basic needs, success is in the eye of the beholder.

In our journey, sometimes we need a burst of inspiration or wisdom from the outside world to put us back on track.

One of the most miraculous inventions of all time – writing – has enabled us to preserve the wisdom of great minds through the centuries. This can provide the spark to reignite that fire inside us, so we can go on to create our best work for the world.

What follows is a list of 101 of the most famous success quotes of all time to help inspire the greatness you hold within.

However, reading this list is not the goal. Don’t let the search of motivation become a form of procrastination! Take this list, and use it to inspire action.

Empowering yourself is the name of the game.

So without further ado, the top 101:

1) “Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people [who were] not smart enough to know they were impossible” – Doug Larson, American columnist and editor.

We have all encountered that one individual who doesn’t know the meaning of impossible.  Yet when they were told something was unachievable, they still accomplished it.  When someone tells you that you cannot do something, or that your goals are unachievable, refuse to listen to that person and move forward.


2) “What you are afraid to do is a clear indicator of the next thing you need to do.” – Anthony Robbins, American life coach, motivational speaker, and self-help author.

Don’t let your doubts undermine your determination to achieving success.  Whenever, the circumstances or events in everyday life discourage you, think back to a similar experience that you overcame in the past.  Remember how you overcame those doubts and obstacles, and then apply what you learned to your current situation.


3) “Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.” – Denis Waitley, American best-selling author, consultant, motivational speaker, and US Naval Academy graduate.

Base your goals on your expectations.  They should be challenging, yet realistic.  Dwelling on the negative or procrastinating is the easiest way to destroy your motivation and get stuck in a rut that you cannot climb out of.  The higher the expectations you set for yourself, the straighter your path to success will be.


4) “Other people may not have had high expectations for me… but I had high expectations for myself.” – Shannon Miller, former artistic gymnast and 1996 Summer Olympics balance beam gold medalist.

It doesn’t matter how people see you or what they think of you.  What matters most are the expectations you set for yourself as well as how you go about achieving your goals by never setting any limitations on your capabilities.  With dedication, desire, and determination, you can achieve success.


5) “The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.” – Jim Rohn, American author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker.

Highlighted in Mr. Rohn’s 1991 book, “Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle”, these 5 “puzzle parts” are the components of success:

  • Action (what you do)
  • Attitude (how you feel)
  • Lifestyle (how you use the other 4 components to make a life for yourself)
  • Philosophy (how you think)
  • Results (the measure of your successes)


6) “There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” – Napoleon Hill, American author, journalist, and lecturer.

Achieving success is oftentimes based on three key elements – a dedication to your goals, the desire to achieve them, and the determination to let nothing stop you.  Stay focused on your personal beliefs and the role that they play in achieving your successes.  It may be difficult, but it is doable.


7) “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, make them.” – George Bernard Shaw, Irish critic, playwright, and political activist.

In so many words, a successful individual is the person who is driven by the opportunities they find in life and how they create their personal successes from them.  However, when those opportunities are clouded by self-doubt or are unclear, the successful person knows how to create those needed to achieve that success.


8) “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Sir Winston Churchill, former UK Prime Minister (1940 to 1945 and 1951 to 1955).

Our lives are filled with challenges.  A positive attitude enables us to overcome the most difficult of obstacles along the path to success and realize that negativity is destructive.  When we are pessimistic, we see the glass that is half empty.  However, when we transform pessimism into optimism, we quickly realize the glass is half full.


9) “While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” – Henry C. Link, author.

Most of us are aware of how the lessons we learn in life are oftentimes attributed to the mistakes we make along the way.  The same can be said for achieving success and how feeling inferior can undermine our endeavors.  We become superior by making mistakes and learning from them.


Geoff Gaberino10) “The real contest is always between what you’ve done and what you’re capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else.” – Geoffrey Gaberino, American competitive swimmer and former gold medalist.

We are oftentimes the victims of the limits we impose upon ourselves.  While we are compelled to achieve more, we set these limits based on what others tell us as if they were the only goals we are capable of achieving.  Once you realize that you are capable of doing more, you will.


11) Three people were at work on a construction site. All were doing the same job, but when each was asked what the job was, the answers varied. “Breaking rocks,” the first replied. “Earning my living,” the second said. “Helping to build a cathedral,” said the third.” – Peter Schultz, American author and investment expert.

The message here is that one should never overlook or underestimate the significance of even the minutest of details or tasks that we must perform in order to be successful.  When performed in combination with the other details and tasks involved, they help us to the goal, i.e. the bigger picture.


12) Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.” – Anthony Robbins, American life coach, motivational speaker, and self-help author.

The failure to succeed is oftentimes attributed to our inability to allocate the most energy to achieving a solution to the problem.  We spend far too much time and energy identifying the problem and overanalyzing it when in reality, the greatest percentage of those efforts should be applied to developing a solution and implementing it.


13) “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Henry Ford, American founder of the Ford Motor Company.

The road to failure is paved with repetition, the repetition of doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a better outcome every time.  Granted, success involves a certain element of risk, but if you have any hope of achieving it, you have to take those risks and run with it.


14) “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley, American newscaster (1943 to 1997).

Sometimes, great successes originate from the rubble of ideas that were left behind by failed endeavors.  The diversity of mankind is found in our attitudes, lifestyles, and thoughts.  This is the fabric of our uniqueness.  Yet it is our ability to stay focused and motivated that ultimately leads to success.


15) “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi, legendary American football coach, former player, and executive.

At times, it seems that the path to success is a rough road paved with disappointments and turbulence.  Not only does it require a great deal of effort and knowledge, the journey can drain every ounce of your energy.  The person with the strongest will to succeed usually does.


16) “The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” – Norman Vincent Peale, American author and minister.

The larger the size of the goal, the more effort you will have to expend to achieve it.  Anything worth achieving is worth the energy it takes to accomplish it.  In essence, you will have more energy to use if the road to success is longer and the reward is greater.


17) “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown, former host of The Les Brown Show, former Ohio politician, motivational speaker, and popular author.

Our fear of failing is the great de-motivator in our lives.  Not only do insecurity and the lack of self-confidence prevent us from accomplishing our goals, it almost guarantees that you will have no chance of ever being successful.  You have to overcome your fears of failure in order take the necessary steps towards success.


18) “A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.” – Henry Kravis, American businessman and co-founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

You cannot achieve success without taking certain risks along the way.  It follows then that if you do not take risks because you are afraid of failing, you will not achieve your goals and the rewards that they bring.  Safety nets are for trapeze artists, not for entrepreneurs who have the drive to succeed.


19) “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” – Thomas J. Watson, American businessman and former chairman and CEO of IBM.

Individual excellence is oftentimes measured by the results of their efforts.  This is especially true when it comes to achieving success in your life.  Below average efforts typically yield below average results.  If you want to realize your dreams and reap the rewards, it requires a superior effort without limitations.


20) “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman, African-American abolitionist, Civil War spy for the Union Army, and humanitarian.

The foundation upon which we build our successes is strengthened by our expectations and not placing any limitations on them.  Goals should always be challenging yet realistic.  Realizing your dreams and being successful requires inner strength as well as a great deal of passion and patience so that you achieve your goals.


edison21) “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison, American businessman and inventor.

Although it would appear that Edison was a proponent of hard work that this was required in order to be successful, it goes beyond that.  It’s not so much a matter of working harder, it means that accomplishing your goals requires that you do hard work in order to reap the rewards of your efforts.


22) “Going into business for yourself, becoming an entrepreneur, is the modern-day equivalent of pioneering on the old frontier.” – Paula Nelson.

Starting up your own business is similar to entering and exploring unchartered territory.  You have no idea what’s out there, but you charge ahead anyway.  The difference between failure and success in your endeavor is that you cannot be afraid of the difficulties and obstacles that you encounter as you journey towards success.


23) “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie, lecturer and writer.

Successful individuals learn from their past mistakes by not repeating them and applying that knowledge in order to take one step closer to achieving their goals.  Instead of giving up because you have failed, get back up, brush yourself off, and start over.  Build your path to success from your experiences.


24) “Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.” – Vinnie Rege, Howard Community College professor.

No one ever achieved success by taking a break from their endeavors.  It takes hard work and persistence to reap the bigger rewards in life.  Success comes from a combination of dedicating yourself to achieving your goals, desiring the rewards that success provides, and a strong determination to persevere.


25) “I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have.” – Russell Simmons, American business magnate.

While being successful requires a certain amount of intelligence, you have a better chance to achieve your goals by surrounding yourself with the right people.  Some of the bigger achievers will tell you that in order to be successful, you have to surround yourself with intelligent people who are smarter than you.


26) “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein, German philosopher of science and theoretical physicist.

Granted, logic does play a role in a person’s ability to succeed.  However, turning your dreams into reality requires a great deal of creativity at times.  In order to experience extraordinary results, you have to employ extraordinary techniques and be daring enough to try what others would normally shy away from.


27) “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Sir Winston Churchill, former UK Prime Minister (1940 to 1945 and 1951 to 1955).

The road to success is oftentimes paved with numerous failures.  It is how we react to those failures that determine our chances of being successful.  More importantly, you have to proceed with as much or more enthusiasm than you had prior to failing.  Enthusiasm is driven by determination and a positive attitude.


28) “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby, American actor, author, comedian, educator, and TV producer.

In most cases, we see the fear of failing as the undermining force that prevents so many of us from achieving our goals and being successful.  However, in those rare instances where a person succeeds in their endeavors, they did so because they were not afraid to fail along the way.


29) “Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” – Booker T. Washington, African-American author, educator, and orator.

No two individuals are ever alike where their ideas and mindset regarding success are concerned.  It’s not how high you can climb up the ladder to success that matters.  For all intents and purposes, it is the number of rungs they had to climb in order to reach their goals.


30) “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.” – Robert Kiyosaki, American businessman, financial commentator, financial literacy activist, investor, motivational speaker, and self-help author.

There is more to achieving success than just having the dedication, desire, and determination to do so.  If you dream, dream big.  Realize that there will be disappointments and failures along the way.  It is the way you react to disappointment and overcome those failures that will put you back on track.


31) “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation, there is sure to be failure.” – Confucius, Chinese philosopher, politician, and teacher.

Another version of this message is that if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.  Proper preparation involves sound planning and outlining your path to success.  It’s about what you need to do in order to prepare for the journey towards success that is of the utmost importance.


Abraham_Lincoln_November_186332) “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President.

We go through life, making many personal resolutions along the way.  But know this.  The resolve to succeed in every endeavor is what matters most.  Of all the resolutions you make in your life, never lose sight of the importance of success.  Make success your #1 priority and you will achieve it.


33) “You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful.  You just need a framework and a dream.” – Michael Dell, American business magnate, founder and CEO of Dell, Inc.

Some of the most successful businesspeople in history lacked college educations.  But despite the fact that they were somewhat uneducated they found a way to achieve their goals in life and reap the rewards of success.  Their path to success was comprised of a framework and their dreams of succeeding.

34) “Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank.  Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.” – Mike Ditka, former American football coach, player, and TV commentator.

Your ability to succeed is oftentimes determined by believing in what you are capable of.  Conversely, a person’s failures are attributed to a lack of that belief.  It is how disciplined you are and the inner peace that discipline brings you that enables you to succeed and achieve your goals.


35) “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden, American basketball coach and former player.

Some people are driven to be the best that they can be.  But that desire oftentimes subsides at the hands of defeat.  Failure never comes easy.  But if you know that you have put forth your greatest effort and done your best to succeed, you have nothing to be ashamed of.


36) “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.” – Ayn Rand, Russian-American author, novelist, and playwright.

Some individuals do not see the opportunities that will help them climb the ladder of success while others will create their own despite not seeing any initially.  Climbing the ladder of success means that you cannot skip any.  You have to step on each one to get to the top.


37) “The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success:  Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation, and Communication.” – Harold S. Geneen, English-born businessman and former ITT Corporation president.

Ask a dozen business magnates what their formula for success is and you will get 12 different answers.  However, despite these differences, they all found ways of making those formulas work for them in their pursuit of success.  Study these different formulas and devise your own by borrowing from their ideas.


38) “In order to succeed you must fail so that you know what not to do the next time.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo, American author and writer.

This is a very common theme in that it is rare that anyone can know success without knowing failure, sometimes more than once.  If you learn from your failures, you will eventually be able to avoid them in the future.  Find out what caused you to fail avoid making the same mistakes.


39) “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.” – Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens), American author and humorist.

There are always going to be individuals who criticize your ideas and tell you that you have no chance of succeeding.  The successful individual is the one who refuses to acknowledge their critics as they implement their plans for achieving their goals.  In the end, they will see you as a visionary.


40) “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather, American author and publicist.

While other individuals give up at the first sign of failure, the person who has the determination and drive to succeed does not let disappointment stop them from achieving their goals.  Stay dedicated to succeeding and don’t lose your desire to succeed.  It is that kind of determination that enables success.


41) “Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer, German (later French) medical missionary in Africa, philosopher, physician, and theologian.

If you are unhappy in your endeavors, you will not perform and produce at the level you are truly capable of.  You have to enjoy what you are doing in order to be happy at life, in your work, etc.  Find what makes you happy and success will ultimately be yours.


dale carnegie42) “Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie, lecturer and writer.

(Similar in meaning to the previous quote)  Success comes from achieving your goals, while happiness is derived from the goals you want to achieve.  In so many words, you will find that happiness when you realize that you are on the right path towards success.  But in order to achieve both, you have to develop the right plan.


43) “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” – Napoleon Hill, American author, journalist, and lecturer.

There are certain elements that must be in place in order to be successful.  Those elements will vary from one individual to the next.  Achieving one’s goals and being successful entails a great deal of patience and persistence.  More importantly, achieving success takes a lot of hard work.


44) “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” – Dr. Joyce Brothers, American columnist, psychologist, and TV personality.

You can’t sit around waiting for success to happen.  Basically, you can achieve or have just about anything you desire, but it takes the right attitude and mentality to believe it.  If you are persistent and think that you are successful, you will likely achieve your goals in the process.


45) “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi, Italian Catholic friar and preacher.

Thinking that something is impossible or that you cannot accomplish certain goals is the surest way to fall off the path to success.  Nothing is impossible.  If you have faith in your abilities and take the necessary steps to achieving your goals, you will open up a world of possibilities.


46) Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.  Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.  Try to be better than yourself.” – William Faulkner, American Nobel Prize Laureate and writer.

In order to achieve your goals, you have to challenge yourself.  Set goals that are challenging yet realistic.  Go the additional mile to outperform yourself while setting yourself apart from your competitors.  Never doubt your abilities along the way and never let those who’ve failed create doubts within you.


47) “If you want to be truly successful, invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor.  When you find it and focus on it and persevere, your success will blossom.” – Sydney Madwed, American author, lyricist, poet, and speaker.

Successful individuals possess a unique characteristic or factor that separates them from those who continually fail in their attempt to achieve success.  You have to find that one factor that differentiates you from everyone else.  Self-investment is the key to nurturing that factor and ultimately achieving your goals in the process.


48) “Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.” – Oliver Goldsmith, Irish novelist, playwright and poet.

Most successful individuals will tell you that you cannot achieve your goals without failing multiple times.  The key is to identify the cause of those failures, the thing that kept you from achieving your goals.  If you learn from this, you will be able to get back up one last time and finally succeed.


49) Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” – Paul J. Meyer, American businessman and founder of Success Motivation International (SMI).

Granted, the act of achieving your goals in itself means that you have been successful.  However, simply starting your journey makes you more successful than those who procrastinate.  Basically, if you are living a happy life, you are living with a purpose.  In other words, you are successful if you are satisfied with your life.


50) “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell, first US African American Secretary of State and retired 4-star general of the US Army.

Although there are countless formulas for achieving success, you cannot achieve it without the combination of hard work and preparation.  In reality, these formulas oftentimes work as a result.  But unless you can identify the mistakes that led to your prior failures and learn from them, you will continue to fail.


51) “Visualize your end result as having already been accomplished.  Let the image of your success play on the giant screen in full color with surround sound – so real you can smell and taste it.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie, author.

Imagine what it would be like to achieve just one of your goals and the rewards that result.  Stay focused on the image that results and make that your vision, your sole mission in life from that point until you achieve that goal.  Continue doing this with every goal that follows.


babe ruth52) The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – George Herman “Babe” Ruth, former American baseball outfielder and pitcher.

This quote is similar to the well-known adage “There is no ‘I’ in TEAM.”  Rarely does the individual “all-star” achieve success on his or her own.  There is oftentimes greater success to be achieved when you participate in a team effort rather than trying to be an individual star.


53) “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.  The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” – Joseph Campbell, American lecturer, mythologist, and writer.

Just as the unsightly caterpillar transforms itself into the beautiful butterfly, there are times when we must do the same in order to succeed in our life’s endeavors.  Get rid of the old ideas that have gotten you nowhere to this point and adopt newer, innovative ones that enable success.


54) “Failure does not exist. Failure is simply someone else’s opinion of how a certain act should have been completed. Once you believe that no act must be performed in any specific other-directed way, then failing becomes impossible.” – Wayne Dyer, American motivational speaker and self-help author.

If we refuse to acknowledge failure, then it is no longer an option.  Let those who have failed before you continue to condemn your efforts.  Then take the mistakes they made while on the path to failure and learn from them in order to ensure your own success.


55) “Believe in yourself!  Have faith in your abilities!  Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale, American author and minister.

Happiness and success result from believing that you can achieve both.  Additionally, having faith in your own abilities to succeed breeds the confidence you need to persevere.  Just remember that you need to be confident in your ability to succeed and be humble enough to set challenging yet achievable goals.


56) “Achievement seems to be connected with action.  Successful men and women keep moving.  They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton, American founder of Hilton Hotels.

The successful person never rests.  They always see that there is more to accomplish.  When they achieve one goal, they don’t rest on their laurels.  They develop a plan for achieving their next goal in life.  And if they fail in that endeavor, they never quit.  They keep moving forward.


57) “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison, American businessman and inventor.

Sometimes we are so close to achieving success that we look back on the accomplishments made along the way and just assume we have done everything we can.  In some instances, it may only require one additional step to reap greater rewards, yet we become complacent and stop progressing towards a larger goal.


58) Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success.” – William J. H. Boetcker, German-born, American public speaker and religious leader.

If you’re going to watch what others do when they are trying to be successful, chances are, you will accomplish no more than they do or even fail.  If you are going to be successful, you have to outperform others.  Even more importantly, you have to exceed your past performances.


59) “If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan, American former professional basketball player, Charlotte Hornets chairman and principal owner.

You are always going to encounter obstacles along your path towards success. You can’t let that deter you or cause you to shift your focus.  Trying to find a different path without obstacles is self-defeating.  Learn how to overcome those obstacles and stay on your path.  You’ll reach your goal quicker.


60) It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates, American business magnate, computer programmer, inventor, and investor.

Without a doubt, achieving your goals and being successful is a great feeling, but be cautious as it is easy to fall back and those laurels and watch things evaporate.  It is more important that you identify the cause of failure and learn a lesson from each of your mistakes.


61) The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.” – Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer and founder of the corporation of the same name.

It goes without saying that achieving success is one of life’s most difficult endeavors.  But with the right combination of dedication, desire, and determination, nothing is impossible.  Remember to keep your goals in sight.  Reaching your goals requires you to be driven and have a passion for what you do.


62) “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti, Italian-born American world champion race car driver.

To achieve success and arrive at the best possible outcome, you have to be dedicated to the pursuit of .your goals.  However, it takes equal parts of desire and motivation as well.  A lack of any one of those elements will result in stalling along the way and possibly failing.


63) Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head.” – A.R. Rahman, Indian composer, music producer, musician, singer, and songwriter.

Success involves more than just what you do to achieve it.  You have to dedicate yourself to achieving your goals and maintain your desire and determination in the process.  Fame and money have turned great successes into failures so do not let these things inflate your ego.


64) “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” – Bobby Unser, retired American auto racer.

It is important to prepare and develop a plan before you embark on your journey to success, but it also involves finding the right opportunity in order to implement these factors.  Opportunities do not always present themselves clearly.  If they are not apparent, you will need to create your own.


65) “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” – Bill Bradley, American Hall of Fame NBA player, former US Senator, and Rhodes Scholar.

Dedication, desire, determination, planning, and preparation are oftentimes considered the key ingredients to achieving one’s goals and being successful.  However, without ambition and persistence, there is little hope of experiencing a successful outcome.  If you are a leader, you impart this to your team members so you can succeed.


henry ford66) “Those who believe they can do something and those who believe they can’t are both right.” – Henry Ford, American founder of the Ford Motor Company.

In the simplest of terms, if you believe you can be successful, you’ve taken the first step towards your goal.  Conversely, if you doubt yourself and are afraid that you will fail, there is a much greater possibility of doing exactly that.  You cannot be afraid to fail if you want to succeed.


67) If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” – John D. Rockefeller, American business magnate, co-founder of Standard Oil, and philanthropist.

In order to attain new successes, you cannot follow in the footsteps of those individuals who achieved their goals.  If you wish, borrow from their strategies in order to develop your own and then move forward, following a different direction or path.  In so doing, you will create your own success.


68) “Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.” – Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar, American author, motivational speaker, and salesman.

Achieving one’s goals and becoming a success involves encountering numerous obstacles along your path.  However, overcoming those obstacles is vital if you have the desire to continue along your path and eventually attaining a successful outcome.  Let adversity drive you and the rewards of your journey will be great.


69) “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Moliere (the stage name of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin), French actor, literary comic, and playwright.

No path to success would be complete without encountering adversity and obstacles as you move closer to your goal.  The higher the wall that you must climb, the greater your achievements will be when you land on the other side.  In addition to this, the rewards you reap may seem greater.


70) “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe, American-born former #1 world champion tennis player.

In addition to having a desire and a passion to succeed, you have to be driven in order to pursue your goals.  Proper planning and preparation are the keys to increasing your self-confidence.  Therein lies the key to achieving your goals and reaping the rewards of a successful endeavor.


71) “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” – Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet.

It has long been contended that the quickest way to fail is by destroying your motivation with a negative attitude.  Therefore, you cannot let the mistakes you make and the obstacles you encounter defeat you along your path to success.  You cannot accomplish your goals without a positive attitude.


72) “Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.” – Sumner Redstone, American media magnate, Chairman of the Board and majority owner of National Amusements theater chain.

Although one initial success can lead to others, we learn from our failures so that we can succeed in our ensuing endeavors.  You will always experience frustrations along the way as well as the occasional catastrophe.  How you learn from your mistakes and overcome these obstacles is what eventually brings success.


73) “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” – Mark Caine, unknown.

We are all a product of our environments, but breaking away from that environment is what separates those individuals who succeed from those who fail.  Keep this in mind when you are formulating a plan for success and don’t become a victim of environmental captivity.  Success will come easier.


74) “The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.” – Tony Dungy, former American football head coach and player.

In many cases, success is achieved through a team effort.  However, it is important to keep in mind the role that leadership also plays in that team effort.  To be successful as a team it, takes a good leader at the helm and a concerted effort by the entire group.


75) “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau, American abolitionist, author, historian, naturalist, philosopher, and poet.

You cannot find success simply by looking for it.  It does not come naturally and it does not come without drive, effort, and the passion to succeed.  Stop looking for opportunities and create your own.  Rather than wasting your time looking for success, stay focused on your endeavors.


76) “Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone won’t win a game or a battle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling.” – Naveen Jain, Indian-born American business entrepreneur and executive.

In addition to hard work, passion, possessing an intense focus on your goals, and teamwork, you have trust your gut instincts rather than journals and spreadsheets.  Be flexible in your efforts and maintain a persistent determination so you can achieve your goals.  Most importantly, execute, execute, and continue to execute.


77) “The road to success is always under construction.” – Arnold Palmer, American pro golfer.

A person’s initial successes do not come easy, but once they first achieve, they will build many more roads to numerous successes in their lifetimes.  The road to success is never an easy trip as there are numerous obstacles and pitfalls along the way that would deter the average individual.


Dr J78) “The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.” – Julius “Dr. J.” Erving, retired American professional basketball player.

Success does not always occur in your chosen career field.  In addition to the physical aspect of hard work, it takes a combination of emotional, psychological, and spiritual efforts to succeed.  Not only that but it requires growth in all 4 areas and being ready for opportunities that present themselves.


79) “My success was due to good luck, hard work, and support and advice from friends and mentors. But most importantly, it depended on me to keep trying after I had failed.” – Mark Warner, American businessman, politician, and current US Senator from Virginia.

Ultimately, each one of us is solely responsible for our success.  But even more importantly, we must hold ourselves accountable for our failures.  Although it requires a bit of good luck and a lot of hard work, the advice and support we receive from friends is invaluable in the long run.


80) “True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” – Paul Sweeney, American author and writer.

Of all the obstacles that we encounter along the road to success, there is no greater deterrent than our personal fears, more specifically, the fear of failing.  If you believe that you can achieve success you will.  It follows then that if you believe you are going to fail, you will.


81) “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill, American author, journalist, and lecturer.

Despite the importance of desire and drive, success does not come without being dedicated to your goals and an undying determination to achieve them.  The weaker your desire, the weaker your results will be.  The desire to succeed is like a flame.  The smaller it is, the less heat that is provided.


82) “No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” – Alfred North Whitehead, British born author, mathematician, and philosopher.

It has oftentimes been said that the best teacher does not instruct from a book.  They teach from the heart.  Furthermore, the successful instructor inspires the average individual to produce above average results.  The challenge is not to identify those who could be successful, but stimulating the ordinary person to succeed.


83) “Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier, American author of “New Thought” metaphysical and self-help books.

You cannot expect to be successful if you do not make an effort to achieve a number of smaller goals along the way.  You have to re-dedicate yourself to achieving your goals every day of the week, every week of the year.  Where success is concerned, it takes repeated daily efforts.


84) “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville, American novelist, poet, and short story writer.

The person who imitates another successful individual may only copy his or her successes.  But true success comes from an original idea and learning why it failed.  True originality can never be imitated and more than the success that results.  We learn from our failures and the mistakes that caused them.


85) “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote, nee Truman Streckfus Persons, American author, playwright, and screenwriter.

Failure is what inspires us to succeed.  In fact, many successful individuals attribute their achievements to failing in their endeavors and failing multiple times in some instances.  For many of us, failure was the key ingredient that moved us in a different direction.  It truly enabled us to achieve success.


86) “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius, Chinese philosopher, politician, and teacher.

Our failures go hand in hand with our successes.  It is difficult to achieve success without experiencing failure along the way.  The weak individual gives up and quits.  But the strong individual is the one who picks themselves up, brushes themselves off, and is even more determined to succeed.


87) “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt, American author, explorer, historian, naturalist, politician, and 26th US President.

You cannot succeed without making an effort to do so.  However, not even trying to succeed is a precursor to failing.  Granted, you won’t be disappointed or frustrated if you don’t try, but you will never get what you want out of life either.  There is nothing safe about waiting.


88) “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy, former American politician, presidential hopeful, and US Senator.

We learn a great deal more when we fail than what we experience when we win.  You can’t achieve your goals without investing effort and time.  If you do not try because you are afraid of failing you can never experience the rewards that achieving your goals bring you.


89) “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan, American preacher.

Being successful at something that is unimportant in life doesn’t really equate to success.  We are all afraid of failing, at some time in our lives, and that is normal to an extent.  But when that fear starts to control your endeavors, you have little chance of achieving your goals and being successful.


george bernard shaw90) “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” – George Bernard Shaw, Irish co-founder of the London School of Economics and playwright.

It goes without saying that everyone makes mistakes in life.  However, if you learn from them and never make those mistakes again, you will be that much closer to success.  As has been stated repeatedly, you cannot be successful without experiencing the occasional failure.  You will make mistakes – you’re human.


91) “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” – Thomas Edison, American businessman and inventor.

Every successful person has their own formula for achieving goals and experiencing success, but there are 3 common elements that all of them share.  For these individuals, success is attributed to working hard every day and staying determined along the way.  Most importantly, they all had the gift of common sense.


92) “It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” – Louis Sachar, American writer of children’s books.

If you have any hope of being successful, it takes a series of smaller steps, much in the same way that an infant learns to walk.  Every small step you take is a success in itself and it is important that you never skip any even if it is easy to do so.

93) “Do not sit still; start moving now. In the beginning, you may not go in the direction you want, but as long as you are moving, you are creating alternatives and possibilities.” – Rodolfo Costa, Peruvian-born author, business owner, realtor, and teacher.

Every journey to success has to start somewhere, but what’s important is that you start moving towards that goal early on.  You may choose the wrong direction at first, but every time you adjust your focus and change your direction, you will create new opportunities to pursue in the future.


94) “There is no such thing as helplessness. It’s just another word for giving up.” – Jefferson Smith, American politician.

You’re going to encounter obstacles and make mistakes along the road to success.  It’s just a fact of life, like failure.  Use that failure to strengthen your determination to succeed.  Winners don’t give up.  They just keep pushing forward and achieve smaller successes along the way to their ultimate goal.


95) “Rain puts a hole in stone because of its constancy, not its force. Just keep knocking on doors until the right one opens.” – H. Joseph Gerber, Austrian-born inventor and founder of Gerber Scientific Instruments.

Achieving success is not about skipping the small steps you have to make along the way, nor is it accomplished by charging forward aimlessly in reckless abandon.  There are far too many doors to open and explore, one of which may lead to the opportunity you have been searching for.


96) “If you do not have persistence then no amount of education, talent or genius can make up for it.” – Stephen Richards, British-born self-help author.

Persistence is one of the primary keys to achieving success along with dedication, desire, and determination.  It’s not about being educated, a genius, or talented.  None of these mean anything without persistence.  Get up every day with the intent of achieving a smaller goal in order to arrive at a grand outcome.


97) “Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued.” – Viktor E. Frankl, Austrian-born holocaust survivor, neurologist, and psychiatrist.

There is a huge difference between achieving success and targeting it.  Instead, you should develop a plan and map out the path you intend to take.  If you try to hit a target with an inadequate weapon, you will miss it repeatedly.  So too is the case when trying to be successful.


98) “Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and
sowing seeds that benefit others.” – John C. Maxwell, American author, pastor, and speaker.

Although we are all born with a purpose, you have to discover what that purpose is in order to continue growing and maximize your potential to succeed.  With purpose and potential, you will be able to overcome any failures.  Once you have succeeded, leave a path for others to follow.


99) “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Elbert Hubbard, American artist, philosopher, publisher, and writer.

In our endeavors to be successful, we are always going to encounter failure because we make mistakes on our journey.  Success can only be achieved by getting up, learning from those mistakes, and strengthening our determination to achieve our goals.  The only true failure is giving up and accepting defeat.


100) “Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do.” – Napoleon Hill, American author, journalist, and lecturer.

The more you fail, the greater the temptation to give up and quit trying.  What you don’t realize is that each successive failure brings you one step closer to achieving your goals.  It’s easy to adopt a defeatist attitude and never try again.  Be different from all the others and persist.


101) “Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.” – Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian Renaissance diplomat, historian, philosopher, politician, and writer.

Achieving success oftentimes requires that we adapt to change and make adjustments to our lifestyle habits.  The fear of change stops most individuals from achieving their goals.  If you adopt a positive attitude and realize that failing brings you one step closer to success, you will eventually achieve your goals.


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