Get Inspired By One Of These 56 Success Quotes Today


Success is one of those words that have many definitions.  What success means for one person is different from what success means for someone else.  I wrote a blog post about how I personally defined success, “How you measure success”.  Here are 56 success quotes that are meant to inspire you to take action in finding your own definition of it.


1. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” – Thomas J. Watson


2.  [tweetthis]”Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau[/tweetthis]


3. “Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence”  – Lisa M. Amos


4.  “Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” – Vaibhav Shah


5.  “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison


6.  “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” – James Cameron


7.  [tweetthis]”If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn[/tweetthis]


8.  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain


9.  “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher


10.  “Our greatest fear should not be of failure … but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan


11.  “Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.”  – Denzel Washington


12.  “If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it–teach yourself to be impatient.”  – Gurbaksh Chahal


13.  “Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.” – Jimmy Spithill


14. [tweetthis] “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden[/tweetthis]


15.  “Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” – Tony Hsieh


16.  “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson


17.  “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” – Ray Goforth


18.  “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


19.  “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.” – Earl Nightingale



20.  “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe


21.  “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin


22.  “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” – Albert Einstein



23.  “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney


24.  “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” – Robert Collier


25.  “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” –  Bruce Lee


26.  “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain


27.  “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln


28.  “You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing.” – Philippos


29.  “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne


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


31.  “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” – Charles F. Kettering


32.  “If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do.” – Anonymous


33. [tweetthis] “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller[/tweetthis]


34.  “Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there’s an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen.” – Dax Shepard


35.  “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


36.  “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


37.  “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin


38.  “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill



39.  “If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker


40.  “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs


41.  “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” – Henry Ford


42.  [tweetthis]”Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun[/tweetthis]


43.  “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn


44.  “In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.” – Jane Smiley


45.  “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winget


46.  “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” – Thomas J. Watson


47.  “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein


48.  “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill


49.  “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser



50.  “Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.” – Carl Bard


51.  “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley


52.  “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain


53.  “To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.” – Mike Gafka


54.  “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell


55.  “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon


56.  “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde


Which one is your favorite success quotes?

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