Success (quotes)

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What defines success?

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What defines success is a deeply personal matter

  • True success can be accomplished in as many different ways as there are individuals seeking this success. What feels like the pinnacle of success to me may feel totally unrewarding to you, and vice versa. Success is a deeply personal matter, and this is why what may appear to others to be enormous success in the life of someone famous is only real success if it feels wonderful to them. Amanda Harvey
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Success is accomplishing your aim or purpose   

  • Success: The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.  Oxford Dictionary
  • Success: The achieving of the results wanted or hoped for.  Cambridge Dictionary
  • Success: The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.  American Heritage Dictionary
  • The dictionary defines success as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. The aim or purpose must be one that is truly of our own choosing. Accomplishing an aim that is set by someone else’s standards of success will not bring the satisfaction that true success offers. Amanda Harvey
  • To follow without halt, one aim; there is the secret of success. And success?  What is it?  I do not find it in the applause of the theater.  It lies rather in the satisfaction of accomplishment. Anna Pavlova
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Success is being happy and fulfilled

  • The real test of success is whether a life has been a happy one and a happy giving one. Sir Henry Newbolt
  • Varied are the ideas of what constitutes “success,” e.g. money, position, power, achievement, honours, and the like. But these are not open to every man-nor do they bring what is real success, namely, happiness. Sir Robert Baden- Powell
  • Success should be measured by the yardstick of happiness; by your ability to remain in peaceful harmony with cosmic laws. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. Dale Carnegie
  • Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals. Deepak Chopra
  • There are many aspects to success; material wealth is only one component. …But success also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological stability, a sense of well- being, and peace of mind. Deepak Chopra
  • To freely bloom – that is my definition of success. Gerry Spence
  • Personal satisfaction is the most important ingredient of success. Denis Waitley
  • Success is loving life and daring to live it. Maya Angelou
  • For Builders, the real definition of success is a life and work that brings personal fulfillment and lasting relationships and makes a difference in the world in which they live. Jerry Porras
  • The standard of success in life isn’t the things. It isn’t the money or the stuff. It is absolutely the amount of joy that you feel. Abraham-Hicks
  • The only true measure of success is the amount of joy we are feeling. Abraham-Hicks     
  • Inner success is the ongoing experience of love, happiness, fulfilment and well-being… the experience of joy in your everyday life. Michael Neill
  • Success is living a full and balanced life in partnership with others to create a joyful feeling of love, contribution, appreciation and abundance, despite how our endeavors may turn out. Susan Jeffers
  • At the end of an introductory surfing class I took, the teacher left us with a brilliant motto to remember: “The best surfer is the one having the most fun.” The same rule applies to the art of surfing through life. You have been taught that the most successful person is the one with the most money, sex appeal, prestige, power, skill, strength, or speed. But the most successful person is the one having the most fun. The only true measure of success is happiness. Alan Cohen
  • No man is a failure who is enjoying life. William Feather
  • Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes.  The big ones come too infrequently.  And if you don’t collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don’t really mean anything.  Norman Lear
  • Success is getting what you want, and happiness is wanting what you get. ‘Brother’ David Gardner
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Success is to have lived, laughed and loved   

  • That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of 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
  • 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 lived. This is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much. Elbert Hubbard
  • There is little success where there is little laughter. Andrew Carnegie
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Success is loving what you do

  • I don’t care what you do for a living. If you love it, you’re a success. George Burns
  • No man is a success in business unless he loves his work. Florence Scovel Shinn
  • Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love. David McCullough
  • You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play. James Beatty
  • Success is following the pattern of life one enjoys most. Al Capp
  • Success to me is not about money or status or fame, it’s about finding a livelihood that brings me joy and self- sufficiency and a sense of contributing to the world. Anita Roddick
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Success is making a meaningful contribution to others

  • Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others. Marianne Williamson
  • For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others. Danny Thomas
  • A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success. Cullen Hightower
  • Real success means creating a life of meaning through service that fulfills your reason for being here. Oprah Winfrey
  • I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings. Margaret Mead
  • When you are making a success of something, it’s not work. It’s a way of life.  You enjoy yourself because you are making your contribution to the world.  Andy Granatelli
  • How many people you bless is how you measure success. Rick Ross
  • To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success. Henry Ford
  • Any definition of a successful life must include serving others. George Bush
  • A successful life for a man or for a woman seems to me to lie in the knowledge that one has developed to the limit the capacities with which one was endowed; that one has contributed something constructive to family and friends and to a home community; that one has brought happiness wherever it was possible; that one has earned one’s way in the world, has kept some friends, and need not be ashamed to face oneself honestly. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 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 and our relationship to humanity. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Success is a fulfilling spiritual life   

  • True success is therefore the experience of the miraculous. It is the unfolding of the divinity within us. It is the perception of divinity wherever we go, in whatever we perceive — in the eyes of a child, in the beauty of a flower, in the flight of a bird. Deepak Chopra
  • When we begin to experience our life as the miraculous expression of divinity — not occasionally, but all the time — then we will know the true meaning of success. Deepak Chopra
  • Success is the ability to fulfill your desires with effortless ease. And yet success, including the creation of wealth, has always been considered to be a process that requires hard work, and it is often considered to be at the expense of others. We need a more spiritual approach to success and affluence, which is the abundant flow of all good things to you. With the knowledge and practice of spiritual law, we put ourselves in harmony with nature and create with carefreeness, joy, and love. Deepak Chopra
  • It is in the balancing of your spirituality with your humanity that you will find immeasurable happiness, success, good health, and love. Steve Maraboli
  • Attaining peace of mind, happiness, satisfaction, inner strength, spiritual enlightenment and realizing the inner self is spiritual success. Remez Sasson
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Success is the freedom to do what you wish   

  • The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do. Leontyne Price
  • Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want. Tony Robbins
  • Success is following the pattern of life one enjoys most. Al Capp
  • The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it.  Chinese Philosopher      
  • There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way. Christopher Morley
  • What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. Bob Dylan
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More yardsticks of success   

  • Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou
  • To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world – that I am able to change it in positive ways. Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Success is never wondering “what if…?” Karrie Huffman
  • Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be. George Sheehan
  • The making of friends who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man’s success in life. Edward Everett Hale
  • To me success is a continuing thing. It is growth and development. It is achieving one thing and using that as a stepping stone to achieve something else. Walter Knott
  • The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success. Henry Ward
  • The greatest success is successful self-acceptance. Ben Sweet
  • To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health, and love. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.  Marianne Williamson
  • The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year. John Foster Dulles
  • Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. Zig Ziglar
  • The yardstick of success is not measured by fame and wealth; it is measured by your level of understanding of who you are, why you are here and where are you going from here. Tulshi Sen
  • Success is… knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others. John C. Maxwell
  • When a man feels throbbing within him, the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, and all of his faculties say “amen” to what he is doing, and give their unqualified approval to his efforts – this is happiness, this is success. Orison Swett Marden
  • Success in life has been achieved when all that one wants is finely balanced by all that one needs. Sufi saying
  • Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others. John C. Maxwell
  • Success is not a matter of position or possession. It is a frame of mind.  It is the satisfying feeling of a life spent in a worthwhile way, and a feeling of service rendered.  Stephen M. Paulson
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Be clear on what success means to you   

  • We are gathered here to get clear on what true success truly means to you. Let’s fan those flames in your heart with colossal and microscopic questions. Let’s blaze new trails in your synapses with pondered possibilities and stories of proven courage. Let’s turn up the heat on your desires. Because when you set your own light free, you become a veritable force of nature. Danielle LaPorte
  • Rather than being consumed exclusively with external accomplishments, try putting more emphasis on what’s really important. If being peaceful and loving are among your primary goals, then why not redefine your most meaningful accomplishments as being thise that support and measure qualities such as kindness and happiness?    Richard Carlson
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Define success on your own terms

  • Beware of your definition of success: If it has more to do with what other people think of you than it does with what you know of your own abilities, you may be confusing applause with achievement. Joan Chittister
  • Success is not measured by how well you fulfill the expectations of others, but by how honestly you live up to your own expectations. Linda Principe
  • I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. G.K. Chesterton
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Paths to success

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Success comes from knowing exactly what you want   

  • The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. Ben Stein
  • Your work is to simply determine what you want. Esther and Jerry Hicks
  • The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. Barbara Kingsolver
  • Practice clarity of vision. What do you want to create? Ask yourself what you really want, why you really want it, and if manifesting it will serve a higher purpose for humanity. Deepak Chopra
  • Be clear about what you want and accept that this is a valid choice. Define success in your terms, rather than feeling that you need to live your life according to what other people think you should do. The most amazing accomplishments feel empty if they are not aligned with our deepest desires. Amanda Harvey
  • In my experience, there’s only one thing that will always steer you toward success: That’s to have a vision and to stick with it… Once I have a vision for a new venture, I’m going to ride that vision until the wheels come off. Russell Simmons
  • Successful people think about what they want and how to get it most of the time. Unsuccessful people, on the other hand, tend to think and talk about what they don’t want most of the time. They think and talk about who they are mad at and who is to blame for their problems most of the time. Brian Tracy
  • Be clear what you want out of life
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Success comes from clarity and vision

  • Clarity precedes success. Robin Sharma
  • A lack of clarity could put the brakes on any journey to success. Steve Maraboli
  • The best way to succeed is to have a specific Intent, a clear Vision, a plan of Action, and the ability to maintain Clarity. Those are the Four Pillars of Success. It never fails! Steve Maraboli
  • Successful people have tremendous clarity about who they are, what they want, and how they are going to get it. Unsuccessful people usually are unsure and confused about who they are, what they want, and where they are going. Brian Tracy
  • There is little success where there is little laughter. Andrew Carnegie
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Success comes from having a strong sense of purpose  

  • To succeed…You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. Tony Dorsett
  • The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning. Oprah Winfrey
  • For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself. Viktor Frankl
  • The secret to success is constancy of purpose. Benjamin Disraeli
  • Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. Clement Stone
  • Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies. Lord Chesterfield Stanhope
  • Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim. John D Rockefeller
  • I believe that a successful life is one that springs from the deep intuition of the heart–finding a passion, a calling that not only fulfills our dreams, but leads us to be of service to family, friends, and community. Once that calling is clear, true success lies in living with kindness and respect as constant companions in all one’s undertakings. Gloria Loring
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Success comes from having inspiring dreams

  • All successful people are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. Brian Tracy
  • You’ll be much more successful if you follow your dreams and follow your passions. Jay Weatherill
  • If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. Henry David Thoreau
  • The uncommon man is merely the common man thinking and dreaming of success in larger terms and in more fruitful areas. Melvin Powers
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Success comes from setting goals  

  • Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. Brian Tracy   
  • Keep your mind on your objective, and persist until you succeed. Study, think and plan. Clement Stone
  • Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication. Cecil B. De Mille
  • People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going. Earl Nightingale
  • Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals. Deepak Chopra
  • Success is steady progress toward one’s personal goals. Jim Rohn
  • Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal. Earl Nightingale
  • Successful people pay more attention to their visions and goals than to history and the opinions of others. Alan Cohen
  • The primary cause of success in life is the ability to set and achieve goals. That’s why the people who do not have goals are doomed forever to work for those who do. You either work to achieve your own goals or you work to achieve someone else’s goals. Brian Tracy
  • The world’s greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focussed on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts. Roopleen   
  • There are those that travel and those who are going somewhere. They are different, and yet, they are the same. Successful people have this over their rivals: they know where they are going. Mark Caine
  • To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it. Bunker Hunt
  • To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success. Anna Pavlova
  • You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal. Chuck Carlson
  • The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.  Og Mandino
  • Most people see success as being rich and famous or powerful and influential. Others see it as being at the top of their profession and standing out from the rest. The wise see success in a more personal way; they see it as achieving the goals they have set for themselves, and then feeling pride and satisfaction in their accomplishments.  True success is felt in the heart, not measured by money and power.  So be true to yourself and achieve those goals you set.  For success is reaching those goals and feeling proud of what you have accomplished. Tim Tweedie
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Success comes from focus   

  • Every great man has become great, every successful man has succeeded, in proportion as he has confined his powers to one particular channel. Orison Swett Marden    
  • To create big-time success you have to stay focused and stay intense over an extended period of time. Dave Ramsey    
  • My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things. Bill Gates       
  • The successful man is the average man, focused.     
  • The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. Bruce Lee    
  • The secret of success is constancy of purpose. Benjamin Disraeli
  • Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. Swami Vivekananda
  • The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary. Thomas Edison
  • Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim. John D. Rockefeller
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Success comes from concentration

  • Success in any endeavor requires single-minded attention to detail and total concentration. Willie Sutton
  • The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success are concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication. Michael Faraday
  • 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 the left. William Matthews
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Success comes from loving what you do   

  • Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. David Frost
  • Follow your passion, and success will follow you. Terri Guillemets
  • Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you. Oprah Winfrey
  • I’d rather fail at doing something I love than succeed at doing something I hate. George Burns
  • If you want to be successful, know what you are doing, love what you are doing, and believe in what you are doing. Will Rogers
  • No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like. Napoleon Hill
  • People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. Dale Carnegie
  • Succes is what happens while you’re doing what you love. Tom Krueger
  • Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best. Napoleon Hill
  • 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
  • The more you love what you are doing, the more successful it will be for you. Jerry Gillies
  • The most successful people are incredibly clear about what invigorates them and what doesn’t. Marcus Buckingham
  • The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation. Mark Twain
  • To be successful, the first thing to do is to fall in love with your work. Sister Mary Lauretta
  • What I wanted was to be allowed to do the thing in the world that I did best which I believed then and believe now is the greatest privilege there is. When I did that, success found me. Debbi Fields
  • You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it. Oprah Winfrey
  • You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing. Dale Carnegie
  • Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you derive from what you do. Michael Korda
  • If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing. Will Rogers
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Success comes from enthusiasm

  • Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. Dale Carnegie
  • Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
  • The real secret of success is enthusiasm. Yes, more than enthusiasm, I would say excitement. I like to see men get excited. When they get excited they make a success of their lives. Walter Chrysler
  • Enthusiasm is that ingredient of vitality mixed with a firm belief in what you are doing that ensures the success of any project you undertake. Dale Carnegie
  • There are many aspects to success; material wealth is only one component. …But success also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological stability, a sense of well- being, and peace of mind. Deepak Chopra
  • One person has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the person who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his or her life. Edward B. Butler
  • Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. Dale Carnegie
  • There can be no success without enthusiasm. The secret of a full life is lots of enthusiasm, the kind that keeps you fighting and winning over all obstacles–and enjoying every minute of it. Alfred Krebs
  • Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. . . . Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Enthusiasm means everything. Not just a little.    If you are involved in some kind of project right now, or launching any personal endeavour, your enthusiasm (or lack of it) will directly determine how successful this undertaking will be.  If you are not excited at the core of your being by it, drop it right now. If you are excited at the core of your being, demonstrate that in everything you think and say and do.  Neale Donald Walsch
  • A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm. Charles M. Schwab
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Success comes from effectively managing your energy

  • The person who lives life fully, glowing with life’s energy, is the person who lives a successful life. Daisaku Ikeda
  • The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up. Albert Schweitzer
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Success comes from self-motivation

  • If you can learn to motivate yourself, you can always tap into an abundance of energy that will drive you to the success you dream of. Rachael Bermingham
  • Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. Sloan Wilson
  • Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. Reggie Leach
  • To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. Tony Dorsett
  • No matter who you are or what your age may be, if you want to achieve permanent, sustaining success, the motivation that will drive you toward that goal must come from within. Paul J. Meyer
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Success comes from desire

  • A burning desire is the greatest motivator of every human action. The desire for success implants ‘success consciousness’ which, in turn, creates a vigorous and ever-increasing ‘habit of success’. Paul J. Meyer
  • A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means. Henry Hazlitt
  • In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. Bill Cosby
  • One essential to success is that your desire be an all-obsessing one, your thoughts and aim be coordinated, and your energy be concentrated and applied without letup. Claude M. Bristol
  • Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve. Wilferd Peterson
  • The first principle of success is desire – knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed. Robert Collier
  • The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear. Brian Tracy
  • 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
  • To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve. James Alle
  • When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it. Jim Rohn
  • Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. Abraham Lincoln
  • Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win, essential to success. Napoleon Hill
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Success comes from will power and self-discipline

  • Dozens of studies show that willpower is the single most important keystone habit for individual success. Charles Duhigg
  • Many people have the ambition to succeed; they may even have special aptitude for their job. And yet they do not move ahead. Why? Perhaps they think that since they can master the job, there is no need to master themselves. John Stevenson
  • Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Jim Rohn
  • 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
  • The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves. Herbert N. Casson
  • The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do. Thomas Edison
  • Willpower is so common among highly successful people that many see its characteristics as synonymous with success. Peter M. Senge
  • Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear. Dan Millman
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Success comes from self-control

  • Self-control is a vital strength and key to success in life. Roy Baumeister
  • Self-control is a better predictor of academic success than intelligence, a stronger determinant of effective leadership than charisma, and more important for marital bliss than empathy. If we want to improve our lives, willpower is not a bad place to start. Kelly McGonigal
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Success comes from commitment

  • Successful people adhere to the ‘no exceptions rule’ when it comes to their daily disciplines. Once you make a 100% commitment to something, there are no exceptions. It’s a done deal. Nonnegotiable. Case closed! Over and out. Jack Canfield
  • 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
  • Do what you say you’re going to do. This is the single most powerful behavior for success. Danielle LaPorte
  • Commitment is a way of training the mind and making it obey you. You become the master of your mind. Who wants to break the commitment? Your mind. The mind pops up, “Oh, I don’t want to do it,” and you give up. Then wherever you go, whatever you do, the mind will have that same tendency. Think before you leap. Once you leap, that’s it. Stick to it, whatever it is. Your dynamic will should be applied. “Yes, I decided to do it. I am going to do it. I will never back out.” The dynamic decision itself will help you achieve success in that. Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The successful person makes a of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do. Thomas Edison
  • There’s no abiding success without commitment. Tony Robbins 
  • Success comes from self-esteem
  • Of all the judgments you make in life, none is as important as the one you make about yourself. The difference between low self- esteem and high self-esteem is the difference between passivity and action, between failure and success. Nathaniel Branden
  • A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. Dr. Joyce Brothers
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Success comes from believing in yourself

  • Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture. Lydia M. Child
  • 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
  • Here is the first step toward success. It’s a basic step. It can’t be avoided. Step One: Believe in yourself, believe you can succeed. David Schwartz
  • How successful you will be at anything is inexorably tied to the words and beliefs about yourself that you have stored in your subconscious mind. Shad Helmstetter  
  • If you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford
  • Many people succeed when others do not believe in them. But rarely does a person succeed when he does not believe in himself. Herb True
  • 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
  • They can because they think they can. Virgil
  • To succeed, we must first believe that we can. Michael Korda
  • Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself. Robert Collier
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Success comes from believing it is possible

  • If we can once believe that success is possible, success becomes possible. Frank Chapman Sharp
  • Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that ensures the successful outcome of the venture. William James   
  • Success is an attitude that comes from a framework of powerful beliefs and empowering thoughts. Because what you think and believe about your life largely determines how you feel (your attitude), what actions you take (your behavior), and what you achieve (the end result.) Marc Chernoff   
  • Success comes in cans, not in cannots. Joel H. Weldon
  • Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. Coco Chanel
  • You’ve got to believe if you want to succeed. Laing Burns
  • …it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you’re attempting can’t be done. Terry Pratchett
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Success comes from self confidence

  • Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. Norman Vincent Peal
  • Confidence is not a guarantee of success, but a pattern of thinking that will improve your likelihood of success, a tenacious search for ways to make things work. John Eliot
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Success comes from a positive mindset and attitude   

  • A clear and focused mind will last a lifetime. Getting your mind in shape is nothing less than the key to sustainable success in the world. Russell Simmons
  • A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. David Brinkley
  • Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. Pope John XXIII
  • For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. Harry F Banks
  • For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now? James Allen
  • Get rid of your fear of failure, your tensions about succeeding, you will be yourself. Relaxed. You wouldn’t be driving with your brakes on. That’s what would happen. Anthony De Mello
  • I am convinced that attitude is the key to success or failure in almost any of life’s endeavours. Your attitude– your perspective, your outlook, how you feel about yourself, how you feel about other people- – determines your priorities, your actions, your values. Your attitude determines how you interact with other people and how you interact with yourself.  Carolyn Warner
  • If a warrior is to succeed at anything, the success must come gently, with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession. Carlos Castaneda
  • Is it any coincidence then that the most incredibly successful people have the most confident and positive attitudes? Many people think that positive attitude is a by-product of having achieved wealth and success. In my experience I have found that this attitude was more often the reason for and not the result of success. Mark A. Crouch
  • It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which more than anything else will affect its successful outcome. William James
  • It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude. Zig Ziglar
  • People’s rise or fall, success or failure, happiness or unhappiness depends upon their attitude… a person’s attitude will create the situation he or she imagines. James Lane Allen
  • Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. Joyce Brothers
  • Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve. Wilferd Peterson
  • Success is not determined by the outcome. The outcome is the result of having already decided that you are successful to begin with. F. Hodge
  • Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity. Successful people act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something.  Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.  Dupree Jordan
  • The difference between success and mediocrity is all in the way you think. Dean Francis
  • The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear. Brian Tracy
  • True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful. Paul Seeney
  • We cannot choose the things that will happen to us. But we can choose the attitude we will take toward anything that happens. Success or failure depends on your attitude. Alfred A. Montapert    
  • Your attitude greatly influences your success in realising your dreams and goals
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Success comes from harnessing and developing your talents

  • You have many abilities that make you uniquely you. Develop and share these talents with the world and you will be successful. Che Garman
  • If people ask me for the ingredients of success, I say one is talent, two is stubbornness or determination, and third is sheer luck. You have to have two out of the three. Any two will probably do. Fred Saberhagen
  • The most successful people are those who don’t have any illusions about who they are. They know themselves well and they can move in the direction of their best talents. Bud Bray
  • Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them. Thomas Kinkade
  • Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others. Marianne Williamson
  • I’ve never sought success in order to get fame and money; it’s the talent and the passion that count in success. Ingrid Bergman
  • Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed. Sydney Smith
  • Success is what you do with the ability that you have, how you use your talent. It doesn’t necessarily mean any one thing.  George Allen
  • There are two kinds of success. One is the very rare kind that comes to the person who has the power to do what no one else has the power to do.  That is genius.   But the average person who wins what we call success is not a genius.  That person is a man or woman who has merely the ordinary qualities that they share with their fellows, but who has developed those ordinary qualities to a more than ordinary degree. Theodore Roosevelt
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Success comes from leveraging your strengths

  • Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses. Marilyn vos Savant
  • Across the board, having the opportunity to develop our strengths is more important to our success than our role, our title, or even our pay. Tom Rath
  • The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other. Orison Swett Marden
  • Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have. Zig Ziglar
  • The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent. Smiley Blanton
  • Success means only doing what you do well; letting someone else do the rest. Goldstein’s Truism
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Success comes from preparation …

  • Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. Alexander Graham Bell
  • Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. Confucius
  • Before anything else, getting ready is the secret of success. Henry Ford
  • Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are you ready?” Johnny Carson
  • There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell
  • The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. Benjamin Disraeli
  • Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity. Henry Hartman
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… from being ready when opportunity arrives   

  • The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. Benjamin Disraeli
  • Before anything else, getting ready is the secret of success. Henry Ford
  • Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. Confucius
  • Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity. Henry Hartman
  • The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it. Ray Kroc
  • High achievers spot rich opportunities swiftly, make big decisions quickly and move into action immediately. Follow these principles and you can make your dreams come true. Robert Schuller
  • Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.  Alexander Graham Bell   
  • The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. Ayn Rand
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Success comes from planning

  • Success is a well-rehearsed plan.  
  • No-one gets an iron-clad guarantee of success. Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old- fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance. Mia Hamm
  • Success, and remember this is any degree of success, can only be achieved by planning. Successful people make plans for success. True success comes from Vision, but it needs a Strategy. Phyllis Reardon
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Success comes from taking action

  • Action is the foundational key to all success. Tony Robbins
  • Action is the foundational key to all success. Tony Robbins
  • Action is the universal language of success. Steve Maraboli
  • Action makes more fortune than caution. Luc De Clapiers
  • Doing the tough things sets winners apart from losers. Stephen Richards
  • Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is strong we are successful. Rita Mae Brown
  • Inaction creates nothing. Action creates success. Stephen Richards
  • Opportunities multiply as they are seized. Lao Tzu
  • Personal action is your pathway to success, even if it is a little bit at a time! Catherine Pulsifer
  • Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier
  • Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. Conrad Hilton
  • Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. Conrad Hilton
  • Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now. Jonatan Mårtensson
  • Take action on those wonderful dreams you’ve had in your mind for so long. Remember, success is something you experience when you act accordingly. Success is not something you
  • HAVE, it’s something you DO. Steve Maraboli
  • The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.
  • The distance of the road to success becomes shorter as soon as you take the first step. Greg Phillips
  • The formula for success is simple: practice & concentration, then more practice and more concentration. Babe Didrikson
  • The path to success is to take massive, determined action. Tony Robbins
  • When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word ‘succeed,’ you find that it simply means to follow through. F Nichol
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Success comes from taking risks

  • If I had to pick one quality that best predicts success (other than wanting to be successful) it would be the willingness to risk embarrassment. Scott Raymond Adams
  • If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success. John D. Rockefeller
  • No one ever achieved greatness by playing it safe. Harry Gray
  • Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or idea, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk–and to act. Maxwell Maltz
  • Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy
  • The more chance there is of stubbing your toe, the more chance you have of stepping into success.
  • The successful man is the one who had the chance and took it. Roger Babson
  • Unless you’re willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won’t happen. Phillip Adams
  • A lot of successful people are risk-takers. Unless you are willing to do that, to have a go, to fail miserably and have another go, success won’t happen.  Philip Adams
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Success comes from being bold

  • Realize that ultimate success comes from opportunistic, bold move which by definition, cannot be planned. Ross Johnson
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Success comes from practice

  • The key factor separating geniuses from the merely accomplished is not a divine spark. It’s not I.Q., a generally bad predictor of success, even in realms like chess. Instead, it’s deliberate practice. Top performers spend more hours (many more hours) rigorously practicing their craft. David Brooks
  • Determination, effort, and practice are rewarded with success. Mary Lydon Simonsen
  • My secret is practice.  David Beckham
  • Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Jim Rohn
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Success comes from hard work …

  • Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body and soul. Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton
  • I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. Frank Lloyd Wright
  • If a warrior is to succeed at anything, the success must come gently, with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession. Carlos Castaneda
  • If hard work is the key to success most people would rather pick the lock. Claude McDonald
  • It takes 20 years to make an overnight success. Eddie Cantor
  • Many people think the key to success is hard work. And that is important. Very important. But it’s more important to work smart. Tom Morris
  • No-one gets an iron-clad guarantee of success. Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old-fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance. Mia Hamm
  • Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. Napoleon Hill
  • Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.
  • Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. David Bly
  • Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets. American Proverb
  • Success is dependent upon the glands — sweat glands. Zig Ziglar
  • Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure. Earl Wilson
  • Success is the result of being great at what you do. Being great at what you do is the result of hard work. Hard work is the result of determination, persistence, and relentless focus. Celestine Chua
  • Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. William Feather
  • Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Henry David Thoreau
  • Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. Stephen King
  • The elevator to success is not running; you must climb the stairs. Zig Ziglar
  • The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time. Joe Girard
  • The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. Vince Lombardi
  • The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen. Sarah Brown
  • The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren’t is the willingness to work very, very hard. Helen Gurley Brown
  • The professional has learned that success, like happiness, comes as a by-product of work. The professional concentrates on the work and allows rewards to come or not come, whatever they like. Steven Pressfield
  • The road to success is aways under construction. Lily Tomlin
  • Work diligently. Work patiently and persistently. And you’re bound to be successful. Goenka
  • Yes, the elevator to success is out-of-order—you will need to labor up the stairs. MJ DeMarco
  • Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort. Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts. Roger Staubach
  • … and diligence
  • Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • It is want of diligence rather than want of means that causes most failures. Alfred Mercier
  • Even if a person has few means he can perform great actions and can fulfil all his desires through hard work and diligence. Rig Veda
  • I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time. Charles Dickens
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… from making the effort

  • Success is dependent on effort. Sophocles
  • A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. Elbert Hubbard
  • I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got. Walter Cronkite
  • If a warrior is to succeed at anything, the success must come gently, with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession. Carlos Castaneda
  • All rising to great places is by a winding stair. Buddha
  • Success doesn’t come to you… You go to it.  Marva Collins
  • Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier
  • Success doesn’t come to you. You go to it.  Marva Collins
  • I couldn’t wait for success… so I went ahead without it. Jonathan Winters
  • The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.
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Success comes from doing your best

  • If you try to do your best, there is no failure. Mike Farrell
  • Give the world the best you have, and the best will come to you. Madeline Bridge
  • I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got. Walter Cronkite
  • No man fails who does his best. Orison Swett Marden
  • Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. John Wooden
  • Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it. Sam Ewing
  • The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other. Orison Swett Marden
  • The key ingredient to any kind of happiness or success is to never give less than your best. Russell Simmons
  • The man who has done his level best is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure. C. Forbes
  • The man who has done his level best, and who is conscious that he has done his best, is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure. C. Forbes
  • To be successful you don’t need to do extraordinary things, you just need to do ordinary things extraordinarily well. Jim Rohn
  • To me success would be to be able to do your very best in everything you do. Paul Cummings
  • You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a possibility, you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out, you don’t try – you don’t take the risk. Rosalynn Carter
  • Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable. John Wooden
  • The person who has done his or her level best is a success, even though the world may write him or her down as a failure. C. Forbes
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Success comes from realising your potential   

  • Who would attempt to fly with the tiny wings of a sparrow when the mighty power of an eagle has been given him. Course Miracles
  • True success isn’t just about winning but about testing yourself, putting in effort and expanding your own horizons – reaching your own personal potential. Jane Fleming
  • The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other. Orison Swett Marden
  • Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. John D. Rockefeller
  • No matter how good you get you can always get better, and that’s the exciting part. Tiger Woods
  • Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. Foster C. McClellen
  • They say you should know your limits and work within them. But how can you really know your limits unless you try to expand them? Jonathan Cainer
  • The only honest measure of your success is what you are doing compared to your true potential. Paul J. Meyer
  • Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have. Zig Ziglar
  • The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent. Smiley Blanton
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Success comes from persistence …

  • Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. Dale Carnegie
  • If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average. H. Alderson
  • Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. Napoleon Hill
  • Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning. Denis Waitley
  • Success is falling nine times and getting up ten. Jon Bon Jovi
  • Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill
  • Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. Booker T. Washington
  • Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. William Feather
  • Tis a lesson you should heed, Try, try again. If at first you don’t succeed, Try, try again. William Edward Hickson
  • With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. Thomas Fowell Buxton
  • Most people are quitters. This is wonderful news for those of us who decide to be successful.  It means that if we stick to what we are doing, we will, in a very short time, be ahead of the multitudes. Andrew Matthews
  • When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck. Estee Lauder
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… especially in the face of failure

  • The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom. George S. Patton Jr.
  • The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure. Stephen Richards
  • A success is a failure that never quit. Arthur Tugman
  • Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Edison
  • Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. Napoleon Hill
  • Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
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Success comes from determination

  • Determination, effort, and practice are rewarded with success. Mary Lydon Simonsen
  • If people ask me for the ingredients of success, I say one is talent, two is stubbornness or determination, and third is sheer luck. You have to have two out of the three. Any two will probably do. Fred Saberhagen
  • No-one gets an iron-clad guarantee of success. Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old-fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance. Mia Ha
  • Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to succeed. H. Swami Tejomayananda
  • Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be. George A. Sheehan
  • The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Vince Lombardi
  • Some succeed because they are destined to; most succeed because they are determined to. Anatole France
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Success comes from resilience

  • In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life. Albert Bandura
  • More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. Diane Coutu
  • It is relatively easy to succeed in life with low self-esteem, but very difficult to succeed without self-control, self- discipline, or emotional resilience in the face of setbacks. Jean Twenge & Keith Campbell
  • The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity. Joshua Waitzkin
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Success comes from character …

  • Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you’ll have left is your character. Vince Gill
  • Character is that which can do without success. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • One of the most important lessons that experience teaches is that, on the whole, success depends more upon character than upon either intellect or fortune. William Edward Hartpole Lecky
  • Character is more important than intelligence for success. Gilberte Beaux
  • Character is more important than talent. Edwin Louis Cole
  • Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.  John Wooden
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… for success is attracted by the person you become   

  • Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become. Jim Rohn
  • Who will you have to become to achieve all you want? Tony Robbins
  • We work to become, not to acquire. Elbert Hubbard
  • You want to go big? You’ve gotta get big. James Arthur Ray
  • Before you can do something, you must first be somethingJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Don’t tie your success to anything other than what’s inside you. Debra Anastasia
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Success comes from integrity

  • Integrity is the essence of everything successful. Buckminster Fuller
  • Six essential qualities are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, and charity. William Menninger
  • The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. Zig Ziglar
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Success comes from knowing who you are and being you

  • Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing. Sydney Smith
  • One of life’s greatest successes is when you allow the world to see you as you see yourself. Eric Walton
  • Success comes from knowing who you are, and taking that very seriously. Amy Errett
  • Success is being who you are, and feeling proud of yourself for every task and challenge that you face and conquer along the way. Deanna Beisser
  • You cannot fail at being yourself. A cat doesn’t try to be a tiger, and you shouldn’t try to be something you aren’t.  You are a process, not a product.  Your job is to discover what you are and create that creature.  You still won’t be perfect, but success isn’t about perfection–it is about authenticity.  You are a success if you are being your real, authentic self.  Bernie Siegel
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Success comes from ideas    

  • The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success. Henry Ward Beecher   
  • Success is often just an idea away. Frank Tyger
  • Successful people are the ones who can think up stuff for the rest of the world to keep busy at. Don Marquis
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Success comes from emotional intelligence

  • What really matters for success, character, happiness and lifelong achievements is a definite set of emotional skills –your EQ — not just purely cognitive abilities that are measured by conventional IQ tests. Daniel Goleman
  • As much as 80% of adult success comes from EQ. Daniel Goleman
  • Emotional Intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves. It defines how and what we learn; it allows us to set priorities; it determines the majority of our daily actions. Research suggests it is responsible for as much as 80% of the success in our lives. J. Freedman
  • But once you are in that field, emotional intelligence emerges as a much stronger predictor of who will be most successful, because it is how we handle ourselves in our relationships that determines how well we do once we are in a given job. Daniel Goleman
  • In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships. John Gottman
  • Success comes from common sense
  • The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. Thomas A. Edison
  • Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius. An Wang
  • A quick and sound judgment, good common sense, kind feeling, and an instinctive perception of character, in these are the elements of what is called tact, which has so much to do with acceptability and success in life. Charles Simmons
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Success comes from good judgement and knowing what to do   

  • Success in your life or business isn’t magic or luck – it is the result of knowledge of the right things to do. Stephen A. Matuszak
  • Success is the result of good judgment, good judgment is a result of experience, experience is often the result of bad judgment. Tony Robbins
  • The most successful people in life are generally those who have the best information. Benjamin Disraeli
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Success comes from positive habits

  • In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits. Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. Thus, the first law I will obey, which precedes all others, is – “I will form good habits and become their slaves.” Og Mandino
  • The one common denominator of all successful people is a routine built on good habits. The most successful people in any field—the most successful athletes, lawyers, politicians, physicians, business leaders, musicians, and sales people, those who are the best at what they do have one thing in common: good habits. Jack D. Hodge
  • The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might and force of habit. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him—and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires. J. Paul Getty
  • Both success and failure are largely the results of habit. Napoleon Hill
  • Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practised every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure. Jim Rohn
  • Successful people have the habit of doing things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either, necessarily, but their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose. Albert E Gray
  • The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do. Thomas Edison
  • Your success in life and work will be determined by the kinds of habits that you develop over time. The habit of setting priorities, overcoming procrastination, and getting on with your most important task is a mental and physical skill. As such, this habit is learnable through practice and repetition, over and over again, until it locks into your subsconscious mind and becomes a permanent part of your behaviour. Brian Tracy
  • Successful people are simply those with success habits. Brian Tracy
  • Keystone habits create a chain reaction that can significantly influence the success of other habits. Keystone habits create small wins. So to identify the keystone habits in your life, look for those patterns that give you numerous, small senses of victory; places where momentum can start to build.  Charles Duhigg
  • Success is all about consistency around the fundamentals. Robin Sharma
  • You can’t do everything at once. But if you keep adding a little progress every day, over time you will have built a whole new set of habits and self-disciplines. Remember, anything valuable takes time. There are no overnight successes. Jack Canfield
  • Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier
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Success comes from co-operation and teamwork

  • Life is not a game of Solitaire; people depend on one another. When one does well, others are lifted. When one stumbles, others also are impacted. There are no one-man teams—either by definition or natural law. Success is a cooperative effort; it’s dependent upon those who stand beside you. Jon M. Huntsman Sr.
  • No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation. Orison Swett Marden
  • Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. Henry Ford
  • It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed. Harvey S. Firestone
  • For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out. Oprah Winfrey
  • The choice is to work alone to be a little more successful than the next person, or to work together for the great betterment of humanity. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. Henry Ford
  • Getting along with others is the essence of getting ahead, success being linked with cooperation. William Feather
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Success comes from helping others  

  • It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. Napoleon Hill
  • One can get anything if he is willing to help enough others get what they want. Zig Zigler
  • To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ”What’s in it for me?” Brian Tracy
  • You can have anything you want in life just as long as you help enough other people get what they want in life. Zig Ziglar
  • 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; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side- effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself. Viktor Frankl
  • The greatest success we’ll know is helping others succeed and grow. Gregory Scott Reid     
  • Success comes from getting on with people
  • Success is knowing the difference between cornering people and getting them in your corner. Bill Copeland
  • The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. Theodore Roosevelt
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Success comes from learning from and copying successful people   

  • Accelerate your progress towards success by modeling those who are already successful. It’s much easier to copy what someone else has already done. What’s even better, is you can then improve upon what someone has done and achieve better results, often in a shorter period of time. Tony Robbins
  • If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results. Tony Robbins
  • No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals. Brian Tracy
  • If I wanted to become a tramp, I would seek information and advice from the most successful tramp I could find. If I wanted to become a failure, I would seek advice from people who have never succeeded.  If I wanted to succeed in all things, I would look around me for those who are succeeding, and do as they have done.  Joseph Marshall Wade
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Success comes from happiness

  • Happiness causes success more than success causes happiness. Scott Raymond Adams
  • By pursuing only success that will be all we find, but pursue happiness and we also find success. Anna Infante
  • Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. Herman Cain
  • This may be because happy people frequently experience positive moods and these positive moods prompt them to be more likely to work actively toward new goals and build new resources. Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Happy people produce. Bored people consume. Stephen Richards
  • We become more successful when we are happier and more positive. Shawn Achor    
  • Happiness is the new productivity. Vishen Lakhiani
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Success comes from inner calmness

  • Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral, loose, and free- floating – these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything. Wayne Dyer
  • The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. James Allen
  • Your ability to be productive is directly proportional to your ability to relax. David Allen
  • Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation. Stephen C. Paul
  • Overstraining is the enemy of accomplishment. Calm strength that arises from a deep and inexhaustible source is what brings success. Rabindranath Tagore
  • If you would have a successful life, less and less try to make things happen and more and more just let things happen. Ormond McGill
  • You will succeed best when you put the restless, anxious side of affairs out of mind, and allow the restful side to live in your thoughts. Margaret Stowe
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Success comes from patience   

  • On the whole, it is patience which makes the final difference between those who succeed or fail in all things. All the greatest people have it in an infinite degree, and among the less, the patient weak ones always conquer the impatient strong. John Ruskin  
  • Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. Napoleon Hill
  • Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness. Thomas H. Huxley
  • The secret code of success is patience, a virtue that cannot be replaced. It takes time to build great dreams.  Bernard Kelvin Clive
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Success comes from being adaptable

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Success comes from acceptance   

  • Of course, there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings. Arthur Rubinstein
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Success comes from exceeding expectations   

  • The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. Og Mandino
  • Formula for success: under promise and overdeliver. Tom Peters
  • No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him or her; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction. Charles Kendall Adams
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Success comes from tapping into and circulating life’s abundance   

  • True success is based on a constant flow of giving and receiving. In fact, if you look up affluence in the dictionary, you’ll see its root is a Latin phrase meaning “to flow with abundance”. So in order to be truly affluent, you must always let what you have recieved flow back into the world. Russell Simmons
  • This is an an abundant universe. Grasp your birthright. Success is a massive abundance of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. David Wolfe
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More foundation stones of success   

  • Success is neither magical or mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals. Jim Rohn
  • The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. Zig Ziglar
  • The backbone of success is…hard work, determination, good planning, and perserverence. Mia Hamm
  • To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.  Reba McEntire
  • Six essential qualities are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, and charity. William Menninger
  • Smarts and action are on the same side of the equation where the sum is success. Garrett Hazel
  • When you study the lives of all great achievers–those who have had the greatest influence on others, those who have made things happen- -you will find a pattern. Through their persistent efforts and inner struggle, they have greatly expanded their four native human intelligences or capacities. The highest manifestations of these four intelligences are: for mental, vision; for the physical, discipline; for the emotional, passion; for the spiritual, conscience. These manifestations also represent our highest means of expressing our voice. Stephen Covey
  • Thirteen virtues necessary for true success: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility. Benjamin Franklin
  • If you wish success in life, make perseverance you bosom friend, experience your wise councillor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. Joseph Addison
  • To succeed…You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. Tony Dorsett
  • Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time. Arnold H. Glasow
  • Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be. George Sheehan
  • I can give you a six-word formula for success: ‘Think things through – then follow through.  Edward Rickenbacker  
  • Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life. Theodore Roosevelt
  • If you have a good name, if you are right more often than you are wrong, if your children respect you, if your grandchildren are glad to see you, if your friends can count on you and you can count on them in time of trouble, if you can face your God and say “I have done my best,” then you are a success. Ann Landers
  • Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. Swami Sivananda
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Success from failure

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Success comes from learning from failure and mistakes   

  • In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time. Anthony J. D’Angelo
  • Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. Thomas J. Watson  
  • People fail forward to success. Mary Kay Ash
  • Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction. Al Bernstein
  • Builders think of success and failure as feedback. They don’t judge either as a complete win or loss. Jerry Porras
  • A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way. Dale Carnegie
  • Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time. George Bernard Shaw
  • We are all failures- at least the best of us are. M. Barrie
  • Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed. LeBron James
  • Failures are steps in the ladder of success. James Allen
  • The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. Sven Goran Eriksson   
  • Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they’re really not.  They’re companions – the hero and the sidekick.  Laurence Shames
  • Failure is success if we learn from it. Malcolm Forbes
  • Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something. Morihei Ueshiba
  • FailureMistakes
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We often learn much more from failure than success

  • Success teaches us nothing; only failure teaches. Hyman G. Rickover
  • Success is a poor teacher. Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know. William Saroyan
  • We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do. And probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery. Samuel Smiles
  • It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. Bill Gates
  • Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. John Dewey
  • I think success has no rules, but you can learn a lot from failure. Jean Kerr
  • It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done. Samuel Smiles
  • About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure. Tommy Lasorda
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Success comes from using failure as a stepping stone

  • Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie
  • I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan
  • If you want to succeed, double your failure rate. Thomas Watson
  • Success is 99 percent failure. Soichiro Honda
  • Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
  • The line between failure and success is so fine. . . that we are often on the line and do not know it. Elbert Hubbard
  • How can we best define success? Does it simply mean that there was a task before us that we accomplished?  If that is the case, then we could call walking down the driveway and retrieving the mail a success.  Minor matters, regardless of how trivial, could be defined as successes so long as they were completed.  Yet, success means so much more.  Success comes when we face a challenge and struggle against the odds to succeed. Historically, success often followed a series of failures. John Marks Templeton
  • Many people dream of success. To me, success can only be achieved through repeated failure and introspection.  In fact, success represents the one percent of your work which results only from the ninety-nine percent that is called failure.  Soichiro Honda
  • The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it; so fine that we are often on the line and don’t know it. How many a person has thrown up his or her hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience, would have achieved success? Elbert Hubbard
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Drawbacks of success

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Success has its drawbacks

  • The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success. Irving Berlin
  • Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it. Elbert Hubbard
  • Before embarking on an idea or project, ask yourself “What bad things can happen if we’re successful?” Roger von Oech
  • There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it. George Bernard Shaw
  • Success has made failures of many men. Cindy Adams
  • The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.
  • Success can eliminate as many options as failure. Tom Robbins
  • Success can make you go one of two ways–it can make you a prima donna, or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out. Barbara Walters
  • Success doesn’t always bring the anticipated sense of fulfillment. For some, success evokes a sense of disillusionment. Melvyn Kinder
  • Success took me to her bosom like a maternal boa constrictor. Noel Coward
  • That’s no remedy for success. Chris Waddle
  • The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you. Nancy Astor
  • Success has killed more men than bullets. Mary Louise Cecilia ‘Texas’ Guinan
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Success can lead to the envy of others

  • The usual drawback to success is that it annoys one’s friends so. G. Wodehouse
  • The worst part of having success is to try finding someone who is happy for you. Bette Midler
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Success can be a lousy teacher

  • Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know. William Saroyan
  • Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. Bill Gates
  • Success teaches us nothing; only failure teaches. Hyman G. Rickover
  • Success is a poor teacher. Robert T. Kiyosaki
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Success can lead to complacency …

  • Complacency is almost always the product of success or perceived success. John P. Kotter
  • I think it’s dangerous to think that you’re successful, because then you become complacent. Tommy Hilfiger
  • Don’t let your success of today lay you into complacency for tomorrow. For that is the worst form of failure. Og Mandino
  • Men set themselves a goal, and having attained it, are satisfied and grow paunches. In their complacency they forget that their only future is now death. Edgard Varese
  • Sometimes success needs interruption to regain focus and shake off complacency. Lennox Lewis
  • Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. Andy Grove
  • Success is one of the worst enemies of success, because success tends to breed complacency and lack of humility. Charles Koch
  • Success requires enough optimism to provide hope and enough pessimism to prevent complacency. David Myers
  • To a winner, complacency and overconfidence can be destructive. To losers, desperation and despondency are just as harmful. Bill Walsh
  • … a relentless focus on the outward markers of success can lead to complacency. It can make you lazy. Barack Obama
  • I didn’t want to settle or become complacent after winning a major, I wanted to stay hungry. It’s easy to do. It’s easy to win a big tournament and kind of get a little lazy, so it’s been a good motivator for me to work a little harder. Webb Simpson
  • Whenever an individual or business decides that success has been attained, progress stops. Thomas Watson, Sr.
  • Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment.  Ross Perot
  • Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow. William Pollard 
  • Success tends to lock you in a pattern, and you get the attitude, “If it’s not broken, why fix it?” This attitude prevents you from experimenting and trying other approaches that in the long run may do you a lot more good.  Roger von Oech
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… although some disagree

  • The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous. On the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind. Failure makes people bitter and cruel. Somerset Maugham
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When success is not success

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Success is not always success

  • I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles. Zig Ziglar
  • If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all. Anna Quindlen
  • Success on the outside means nothing unless you also have success within. Robin S. Sharma
  • Success without Significance is an empty win. S. Sharma
  • Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good. Joe Paterno
  • Don’t confuse wealth with success.   Jackson Brown Jr.
  • No success in public life can compensate for failure in the home. Benjamin Disraeli  
  • It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. Herman Melville
  • No man is a success in business unless he loves his work. Florence Scovel Shinn
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Success without fulfilment is failure

  • I have seen business moguls achieve their ultimate goals but still live in frustration, worry, and fear. What’s preventing these successful people for being happy? The answer is they have focused only on achievement and not fulfillment. Extraordinary accomplishment does not guarantee extraordinary joy, happiness, love, and a sense of meaning. These two skill sets feed off each other, and make me believe that success without fulfillment is failure.  Tony Robbins
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Make sure you succeed at the right things   

  • As you climb the ladder of success, be sure it’s leaning against the right building. Jackson Brown
  • Some aspects of success seem rather silly as death approaches. Donald A. Miller
  • What will matter is not your success but your significance. Michael Josephson
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Be conscious of the price of your success   

  • Remember that all success comes at a price. Jackson Brown, Jr
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • If success is possible but it will make you miserable getting there, or screw up too many other things that are important to you, then it’s really best to walk away.  Heidi Grant Halvorson
  • People succeed because they believe, not only that they can and will succeed, but also that success is worth the price they pay for it. Tom Hopkins
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  • The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. Henry David Thoreau
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Success is a journey

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Success is a journey  

  • Success is not a place at which one arrives, but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey. Alex Noble
  • Success is a journey, not a destination. Ben Sweetland
  • Success is not only a goal. It is a journey. When you commit yourself to the journey, the goal is surely there to be attained. Sakshi Chetana
  • Recognize every little step that you take towards what you want and enjoy the process, rather than waiting for the final result before you feel the reality of your success. Success breeds success, so the more you can enjoy every little piece of movement towards what you want, the more momentum you will gain.
  • You want to know the biggest illusion about success? That it’s like a pinnacle to be climbed, a thing to be possessed, or a static result to be achieved.  If you want to succeed, if you want to achieve all your outcomes, you have to think of success as a process, a way of life, a habit of mind, a strategy for life. Tony Robbins
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Success is never final   

  • The road to success is always under construction. Paul Harvey
  • Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. Roger Babson
  • If at first you do succeed, try something harder. Ann Landers
  • Even if at first you do succeed, you still have to work hard to stay there. Richard C Miller
  • Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem. Henry Kissinger
  • The closer one gets to the top, the more one finds there is no “top.”  Nancy Barcus
  • Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment. Ross Perot
  • 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
  • There is no point at which you can say, “Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.  Carrie Fisher
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Final thoughts

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We are born to succeed   

  • Men are born to succeed, not fail. Henry David Thoreau
  • I am sure in my own mind that the one business of life is to succeed, that God did not give us these magnificent brains, these miraculous personalities, and these wonderful physical qualities and then expect us to waste our lives in failure. Sterling W. Sill
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Excuses are obstacles to success

  • I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse. Florence Nightingale
  • No one ever excused his way to success. Dave Del Dotto
  • Success is a tale of obstacles overcome, and for every obstacle overcome, an excuse not used. Robert Braul
  • An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey to success when it is made in place of your best effort or when it is used as the object of the blame. Bo Bennett
  • Excuses, criticisms, and superstitions are vitamins for haters, but poison for the successful. Rise above! Steve Maraboli
  • Go deep into your study of people, and you’ll discover unsuccessful people suffer a mind- deadening thought disease. We call this disease excusitis. Every failure has this disease in its advanced form. And most ‘average’ persons have at least a mild case of it. David Schwartz
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Success and luck

  • Those who have succeeded at anything and don’t mention luck are kidding themselves. Larry King
  • Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure. Earl Wilson
  • Luck: An explanation for the other fellows’ success.
  • Successful people are very lucky. Just ask any failure. Michael Levine
  • We must believe in luck; for how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like.  Jean Cocteau
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The 7 Cs of Success  (Tom Morris)  

  1. A clear Conception of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal strongly imagined.
  2. A strong Confidence that we can attain our goal.
  3. A focused Concentration on what it takes to reach that goal.
  4. A stubborn Consistency in pursuing our vision.
  5. An emotional Commitment to the importance of what we’re doing.
  6. A good Character to guide us and keep us on a proper course.
  7. A Capacity to Enjoy the process along the way.
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Four Principles for a Successful Life

  1. The practice of giving love without expectations.
  2. To seeking true knowledge of ourselves and of the meaning of existence.
  3. Practicing reflection to understand the mistakes we made in life and to release ourselves from attachment that causes suffering.
  4. To develop ourselves so that we can help guide others and to become useful in the world – to, ultimately, evolve spiritually.

–   Ryuho Okawa, The Laws of Happiness, 2004

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On a lighter note  

  • A success has many fathers a failure is an orphan. Polish proverb
  • A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success! Doug Larson
  • About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure. Tommy Lasorda
  • All the rudiments of success in life can be found in ironing a pair of trousers. Chris Eubank
  • All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence and then success is sure. Mark Twain
  • Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success. Oscar Wilde
  • As my old Pappy used to say ‘…If at first you don’t succeed try something else.’   James Garner
  • Cooking Rule… If at first you don’t succeed, order pizza.
  • dictionary : the only place where success comes before work 
  • Eighty percent of success is showing up. Woody Allen
  • For some unknown reason, success usually occurs in private, while failure occurs in full view. Jill Shalvis
  • Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil. Paul Getty
  • How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten? Logan P. Smith
  • If a book about failures doesn’t sell is it a success? Jerry Seinfeld
  • If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut. Albert Einstein
  • If at first you don’t succeed destroy all evidence that you tried. Steven Wright
  • If at first you don’t succeed failure may be your style. Quentin Crisp
  • If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you. Steven Wright
  • If at first you don’t succeed you may be at your level of incompetence already. Laurence J. Peter
  • If at first you don’t succeed, blame someone else and seek counseling.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried. Steven Wright
  • If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything. William Lyon Phelps
  • If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you. Arthur McAuliff
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit, no use being a damn fool about it. W C Fields
  • If at first you don’t succeed, we have a lot in common.
  • If at first you don’t succeed: try management.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you!
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try management.
  • If everything were going good for him he’d be having success. Scott Gordon
  • If hard work is the key to success most people would rather pick the lock. Claude McDonald
  • If you try to fail and succeed which have you done? George Carlin
  • It takes 20 years to make an overnight success. Eddie Cantor
  • It’s not enough that I should succeed – others should fail. David Merrick
  • Lesson for burglars: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try a gun.
  • Luck: An explanation for the other fellows’ success.
  • My formula for success is rise early work late and strike oil. Paul Getty
  • My success has allowed me to strike out with a higher class of women. Woody Allen
  • Nature gave men two ends–one to sit on, and one to think with. Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most. George R. Kirkpatrick
  • Secret to success is to know who to blame for your failures.
  • She said I was afraid of success which may in fact be true because I have a feeling that fufilling my potential would really cut into my sittin’ around time. Maria Bamford
  • She’s the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong. Mae West
  • Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world. Lily Tomlin
  • Success always occurs in private and failure in full view.
  • Success didn’t spoil me. I’ve always been insufferable. Fran Lebowitz
  • Success for some people depends on becoming well-known; for others it depends on never being found out. Ashleigh Brilliant
  • Success has killed more men than bullets. Mary Louise Cecilia ‘Texas’ Guinan
  • 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. Sloan Wilson
  • Success is a great deodorant. Elizabeth Taylor
  • Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired. Robert Strauss
  • Success is a public affair; failure is a private funeral. Rosalind Russell
  • Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows. Ambrose Bierce
  • Success took me to her bosom like a maternal boa constrictor. Noel Coward
  • Successful people are the ones who think up things for the rest of the world to keep busy at. Don Marquis
  • Successful people are very lucky. Just ask any failure. Michael Levine
  • That’s no remedy for success. Chris Waddle
  • The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. Criss Jami
  • The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. Vince Lombardi
  • The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Vidal Sassoon
  • The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.
  • The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen. Sarah Brown
  • The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you. Nancy Astor
  • The play was a great success but the audience was a disaster. Oscar Wilde
  • The road to success is always under construction. Arnold Palmer
  • The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces. Will Rogers
  • The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made. Jean Giraudoux
  • The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job… my wife told me.   Howard Nemerov
  • The two leading recipes for success are building a better mousetrap and finding a bigger loophole. Edgar A. Shoaff
  • The usual drawback to success is that it annoys one’s friends so. G. Wodehouse
  • The worst part of having success is to try finding someone who is happy for you. Bette Midler
  • There are two rules for success. . . 1) Never tell everything you know. Roger H. Lincoln
  • To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. Reba McEntire
  • To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. Mark Twain
  • We must believe in luck; for how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like. Jean Cocteau
  • What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins.  Gene Fowler
  • Whenever I find the key to success, someone changes the lock.
  • You climb the ladder of success easier when you lay it flat. Dietvorst’s Law
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