“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again…”
At this point, you’ve probably heard people say those words to you dozens, if not hundreds, of times throughout the course of your life. In fact, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard them used so many times that they don’t even hold any real meaning anymore.
There are tons of other success quotes that will mean something to you if you hear them, though. They’ll keep you on track the next time you need a little bit of extra motivation with regards to any of the different aspects of your life.
Commit these 18 success quotes to memory and repeat them early and often when you need a quick boost. They’ll set you up with all the motivation you need to keep pushing forward in life.
1. “Failure Is Success in Progress”–Albert Einstein
Most people wouldn’t associate Albert Einstein with the word “failure.” He did, after all, figure out how to invent the light bulb.
But according to him, it took him more than 1,000 tries to get the light bulb right. He had to keep working at it and working it and working at it some more until he was finally able to bring his historic invention to life.
He also went on the record once he was finally able to create the light bulb and said that he didn’t view all of his failures as failures at all. Instead, he saw them as “steps” that helped him bring the light bulb to fruition.
Think about that the next time you’re working on something that seems like it’s destined to fail. As long as you’re willing to keep working at it, you can make it a success story in the end.
2. “Before Anything Else, Preparation Is the Key to Success”–Alexander Graham Bell
Success isn’t something that’s just going to magically happen in your life. You’re going to need to make the proper preparations in order to turn something into a success.
For example, let’s say that you’re interested in starting a business. You have an amazing business idea that you just know is going to work.
Awesome! But before you get started on it, you should take the time to prepare for how you’re going to take your idea and turn it into something successful. It could include doing everything from creating a business plan to hiring others to help your business reach its potential.
By starting something off with a strong foundation, you can increase the chances of it succeeding.
3. “When It Comes to Success, There Are No Shortcuts”–Bo Bennett
How long do you think it’s going to take to turn an idea that you have into something that’s successful?
Whatever time frame you have in your mind right now, you should go ahead and double or even triple it before you begin. It’s inevitably going to take you longer than you’re expecting to make something a success.
That’s because there are no shortcuts on the road to success. You have to endure every bump in the road and find a way to steer clear of any obstacles in your way. It’ll make success that much sweeter when you finally reach it.
4. “Success Is the Sum of Details”–Harvey S. Firestone
People often think of success as a finished product. They see something and point at it and say, “That is what success looks like!”
But that product is not the thing that actually defines success. Success is all of the other things that went into producing the finished product. It’s the blood, sweat, and tears that were used to manufacture it.
It doesn’t matter if your goal is to start a business, run a marathon, or find a spouse. If you’re going to be successful, you need to work hard at all the small details associated with your goal. As long as you do that, success will be a byproduct of the work you put in.
5. “Success in Life Comes Not from Holding a Good Hand, But in Playing a Poor Hand Well”–Denis Waitley
It’s not hard to win a hand of poker when you have pocket aces. Just about anyone could take down a big pot with a hand like that!
But the beautiful thing about poker–and about life in general–is that you don’t need to have pocket aces to be successful. You just need a hand that you feel confident enough to play, regardless of what everyone else at the table has.
If you can play that hand the right way, you can realize your dreams and take down any pot you want.
6. “Success Is Dependent on Effort”–Sophocles
Do you want to be successful? Work hard, work hard, and then work hard some more.
There is no challenge too big for hard work. You can truly do anything that you want in this world if you’re willing to put in enough work for it.
7. “Find Somebody to Be Successful For. Raise Their Hopes. Think of Their Needs”–Barack Obama
Regardless of how determined you might be to succeed in life, there are going to be times when you don’t feel like putting in the work that’s necessary to reach your goals. You’re going to get wrapped up in thinking about yourself and how you feel about the situation.
That’s when it helps to keep those who are counting on you in mind. Whether it be your family or a large segment of the U.S. population, you should turn to them for inspiration.
8. “When I Prayed for Success, I Forgot to Ask for Sound Sleep and Good Digestion”–Mason Cooley
If you want to be successful in life, you’re not going to be able to sleep for 10 hours every night.
Are you ready to make the sacrifices that need to be made to make a push for success anyway? If so, go get to work!
9. “Celebrate Your Successes. Find Some Humor in Your Failures”–Sam Walton
When you fail, you might feel like crying. You might feel like punching someone. You might feel like taking your ball and going home for good.
Instead of doing any of those things, take a step back and find a way to laugh at your failures. Stop taking yourself so seriously and realize that you’re going to find your low points funny one day when you’re sitting on top of the world.
10. “Success Is How High You Bounce When You Hit Bottom”–George S. Patton
Does it feel like you and all of your big ideas are taking a nosedive right now?
It’s not the end of the world! Even if you hit rock bottom, you’ll have an opportunity to bounce back from your shortcomings and achieve the success you want.
Look at your freefall as temporary and recognize the opportunities surrounding you.
11. “Success Consists of Going from Failure to Failure Without Loss of Enthusiasm”–Winston Churchill
Failure tries to beat everyone into submission. It attempts to tell you that you can’t start that business, that you can’t run that marathon, and that you won’t find a mate and get married.
Ignore it! Go from one failure to the next and do so with an enthusiasm that will frustrate failure and knock it down. Failure won’t know what to do when you give it a taste of its own medicine.
12. “I Don’t Dwell on Success. Maybe That’s One Reason I’m Successful”–Calvin Klein
It’s important to bounce back as quickly as you can when you fail. But it’s also important to avoid getting too high whenever you achieve success.
You’ve probably heard football analysts tell NFL players to “act like you’ve been there before” when they get a little bit too excited over a touchdown. You should keep that quote and this one from Calvin Klein in mind the next time you’re successful at something.
13. “What Is Success? It Is a Toy Balloon Among Children Armed with Pins”–Gene Fowler
Success is, as they say, fleeting. Don’t you ever forget that!
14. “The People Who Succeed Are Irrationally Passionate About Something”–Naval Ravikant
Before you start any new journey, it’s important to do some soul-searching to figure out how passionate you are about the thing you’re trying to be successful at.
Do you feel like you’re going to fall apart and die if you’re not able to find success in a particular field? If you don’t feel that way, it might not even be worth starting the journey to success in the first place.
15. “Success Is My Only Option, Failure’s Not”–Eminem
Far too often, people look at success and failure as their two options. Don’t make this mistake.
Your only option is success. When you look at things that way, you’ll never give up on something you’re trying to pursue.
16. “Behind Every Successful Man, There’s a Lot of Unsuccessful Years”–Bob Brown
Steve Jobs. Bill Gates. Jeff Bezos.
Go Google any successful business person and read about their early years in their respective business. You might be surprised to find out how truly unsuccessful they were in the beginning.
17. “Success Is a Lousy Teacher. It Seduces Smart People Into Thinking They Can’t Lose”–Bill Gates
There is so much to be learned from failure. It can teach you more about yourself than you ever thought possible.
Success, on the other hand, won’t teach you a whole heck of a lot. Don’t let it trick you into thinking that you’re better at something than you really are.
18. “Success Is Never Accidental”–Jack Dorsey
No one in the history of the world has accidentally succeeded in life. If you want to be successful, you need to be intentional about the way you do things and strive for greatness.
It’s the only way you’re going to find the success you’ve been seeking.
Incorporate These Success Quotes Into Your Life Today
If you’re in the process of trying to jumpstart a business or work on a big idea, use these success quotes to your advantage. Read them every single day if you need to in order to stay on the path towards success.
Look for inspiration in other areas of your life as well. Whether you find it in your family and friends or in your competition, you can locate the inspiration you need to stand strong when chasing success.
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