Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
Henry David Thoreau
The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.
David Starr Jordan (1851-1931) American, University President, Author
Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.
Never do stuff for the money.
Eddie Watkins Jr
A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank… but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.
The nearest way to glory – a shortcut, as it were – is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.
Socrates (469-399 BC) Greek Philosopher, quoted in Cicero, 44 BC
All the best things I did at Apple came from a) not having any money, and b) not having done it before, ever.
Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
JK Rowling on her rocky early career and life
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Try not to become a man of success, but rather, a man a value.
The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
Henry Ward Beecher
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, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.
The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.
Success is ultimately about connection, not perfection.
Always play to strengths. Be alert to others' qualities and contributions. Allow them to flourish by supporting their talents and skills. Be willing to openly admit (and give of) your own abilities. When called upon, you might even have to “strut your stuff” to promote the reputation of the entire team!
Annie Zalezsak on being a Team Player, 16 July 2011
Those who turn good (organizations) into great (organizations) are motivated by a deep creative urge and an inner compulsion for sheer unadulterated excellence for its own sake.
Jim Collins, author of Good to Great
If success is not on your own terms – if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your own heart - it is no success at all.
Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value.
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Babe Ruth hit more home runs than anyone; he also struck out more often than anyone.
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
You will notice that those who speak most of prosperity, have it. Those who speak most of health, have it. Those who speak most of sickness, have it. Those who speak most of poverty, have it. It is Law. It can be no other way… The way you feel is your point of attraction, and so, the Law of Attraction is most understood when you see yourself as a magnet getting more and more of the way you feel. When you feel lonely, you attract more loneliness. When you feel poor, you attract more poverty. When you feel sick, you attract more sickness. When you feel unhappy, you attract more unhappiness. When you feel healthy and vital and alive and prosperous – you attract more of all of those things.
Abraham-Hicks, from The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham
The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.
William F Scolavino
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, from the workshop in Lincroft, NJ on Tuesday, October 15, 1996
Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
Marilyn vos Savant
My chief ‘success philosophy’ is, ‘Give people every opportunity to say “Yes” to you’.
from Living Wonderfully, by Robert Holden (about Robert Holden)
One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you.
Dennis A Peer
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.
There is only one success – to spend your life in your own way.
There is a way to be successful every day. It is to determine that each worry or tension will reveal some new esoteric secret to you. Then, no event can be called a failure, for you are succeeding inwardly, which is the only place that counts.
The Daily Guru
What distinguishes success from failures is that the successes constantly thirst for new ideas and knowledge.
from Megaliving!, by Robin S Sharma
The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what the task may be. This is a habit followed by all successful people since the beginning of time. Therefore I saith the surest way to doom yourself to mediocrity is to perform only the work for which you are paid.
Whatever your plan, you never invest your own self-worth in its ultimate success or failure.
from Pulling Your Own Strings by Wayne Dyer (about Wayne Dyer)
…I don’t have concrete plans for the future. I just think of success and keep a successful attitude. Success is 99 percent preparation. If you set yourself up for winning, rarely will you fail.
Michael Smith in The Inside Edge, by Peter James
I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.
If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian spiritual leader
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is within you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist.
J Harold Wilkins
The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.
Help thy brother's boat across, and lo! – thine own has reached the shore.
Hindu proverb (see more Hindu proverbs)
He who finds diamonds must grapple in mud and mire because diamonds are not found in polished stones. They are made.
Henry B Wilson
I run great risk of failing. It may be that I shall encounter ruin where I look for reputation and a career of honor. The chances are perhaps more in favour of ruin than of success. But, whatever may be the chances, I shall go on as long as any means of carrying on the fight are at my disposal.
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) English novelist
Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
I want to remind you that success in life is based on hard slogging. There will be periods when discouragement is great and upsetting, and the antidote for this is calmness and fortitude and a modest yet firm belief in your competence. Be sure that your priorities are in order so that you can proceed in a logical manner, and be ever mindful that nothing will take the place of persistence.
Publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in a letter to his son
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.
Successful people are usually more lively than those who are unsuccessful. The quickening of the spirit they feel comes out of their creativity, and success detaches them from the more rigid outlook on life - it puts them in the flow. So the shakers and movers, by their very nature, are moving faster, taking more risks, and investing more in the world than their less active counterparts.
from The Trick to Money Is Having Some!, by Stuart Wilde
Courage to start and willingness to keep everlasting at it are the requisites for success.
Alonzo Newton Benn
The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.
Lloyd Jones (1899-1981) Welsh theologian
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
Helen Keller (1880-1968) American writer
All I would tell people is to hold onto what was individual about themselves, not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You've got to find it on your own terms.
Harrison Ford (1942-) American actor
Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they’re really not. They are companions – the hero and the sidekick.
Money like health, love, happiness, and all forms of success that you want to create for yourself is the result of living purposefully. It is not a goal unto itself.
Wayne Dyer (about Wayne Dyer)
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