What does success look like to you? It might be making a certain amount of money, or getting to a particular rung on the corporate ladder. Or maybe it’s something less tangible — a sense of being part of something bigger than yourself, or making a difference in the world.
Whatever your particular definition of success, you need inspiration in order to achieve it. These quotes from famously successful entrepreneurs, leaders and thinkers can help put you on the right path.
“A passionate belief in your business and personal objectives can make all the difference between success and failure. If you aren’t proud of what you’re doing, why should anybody else be?” — Richard Branson
“For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out.” — Oprah
“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 or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run — in the long-run, I say! — success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.” — Viktor E. Frankl
“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
“What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.” — Margaret Thatcher
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” — Theodore Roosevelt
“We learned about gratitude and humility — that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.” — Michelle Obama
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life — and that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” — Bill Gates
“I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go about it, and make trial after trial, until it comes.” — Thomas Edison
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