Warning: You will be inspired.
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As you know, I am a quote guy. I love quotes. Especially motivational ones.
I am also a big believer in reading up on those who have achieved success and finding out their stories because it humanizes them.
People have a tendency to look at historical figures, celebrities, athletes, CEO’s and others who have achieved success and fame and put a title on them.
They must be “Gifted” or “Blessed.” “Lucky” or “Obsessed.” Titles like that.
But if you do a little digging, you’ll find that they had tough lives and sometimes had to overcome near impossible odds to achieve their goals and dreams.
Here are some of my favorite motivational quotes:
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” — Michael Jordan
If there is anyone who knows how to get things done, it’s Michael Jordan.
It’s easy to look at him and think he’s gifted, but very few people had the work ethic that Jordan had. It’s what made him the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time).
His workouts and work ethic were sick. Tim Grover, Michael’s trainer, talks about it in his book, Relentless, and I highly recommend you get the book to level up. It’s one of my favorites.
In fact, Jordan’s insane work ethic was born from getting cut from his high school varsity basketball team.
That’s right. The greatest basketball of all time was cut from his high school team. Let that sink in.
Now, the takeaway from this is, you have to be like Michael Jordan.
You will get bad news like that and maybe Life will seem like it’s not on your side when it comes to the things you want.
If that’s the case, are you going to sink? Or are you going to work 10X harder? Because that’s what Jordan did.
He was at the basketball court every single morning before he went to school for at least an hour. This is where the work ethic started.
There was no one else around. Nobody was cheering him on. He was silent. He was alone. He did the work in the dark when everyone else was asleep and he earned the title of the G.O.A.T.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney
When he was an adolescent, Walt Disney was fired from The Kansas City Star for “lack of creative ideas.”
This cartoonist vowed to never give up on his dreams and what he wanted to accomplish. He cultivated a constitutional unflappability.
He then went bankrupt seven different times and had TWO nervous breakdowns.
He still didn’t quit.
This cartoonist with a “lack of creative ideas” went on to create:
- The first full length animated feature in color “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and it became the highest grossing film of 1938.
- Changed the way films were made with “Mary Poppins” bridging animation with live action.
- Invented theme parks — Disneyland.
- Is in the Guinness Book of World records for winning more Oscars than anyone else in history.
- Created one of the most famous and recognizable characters and figures of all time — Mickey Mouse.
You will deal with rejection. You will deal with haters, critics and hardships. You will face awful obstacles and seemingly insurmountable odds.
Thicken your skin and then keep going.
Summon the courage, like Walt, and continue to move forward no matter how hard things get.
“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” — Aristotle
Aristotle was a quote machine and one of the most genius philosophers who ever lived.
Aristotle (384–322 BCE) was a Greek philosopher who studied under Plato and then went on to tutor Alexander the Great. That’s a helluva resume.
The above quote is simple, yet so profound.
True quality demands constant polishing of your skillset and the product that you offer.
And he is essentially saying that when you make constant “improving” a habit? That is when you can achieve the best quality.
“Well done is better than well said.” — Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin was one of the most witty and intelligent people who ever walked the earth.
This is the classier way of saying “Walk your talk.”
If you know me, then you know that people who don’t walk their talk drive me absolutely crazy. Don’t say it if you cannot back it up and see it through.
And Ben Franklin knew how to get things done!
He was a leading writer, printer, political philosopher, politician, Freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman and a diplomat.
Oh and also, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
He was an example of what we can do and accomplish.
The takeaway: Speak less and do more.
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ’Til your good is better and your better is best.” — St. Jerome
St. Jerome (347–420 AD) was a priest who eventually ascended to the status of Sainthood.
He is the patron saint of translators, librarians and encyclopedists.
This quote of his isn’t translating a specific manual, however, it’s a quote to help us live a better life.
I always say that progress runs parallel with happiness and what makes a person truly successful is being better than they were yesterday.
Don’t ever settle or rest on your laurels.
If you seek improvement, then you’ll constantly be growing and learning and progressing. That will not only create the best version of you, but you will achieve fulfillment.
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This is another beautiful way of saying to TAKE ACTION.
Your dream wants you to find it. It’s calling to you every second of the day. That’s why you feel the desire for it!
But feeling desire and knowing what you want isn’t enough. You have to act.
Read. Seek out mentors. Watch videos. Take courses. Do anything and everything you can (as long as it is morally sound and ethical) to achieve your dream.
I can tell you how hard it is to get up off of the couch to take that one step towards greatness. I know how hard that is.
I can also tell you how hard it is, 10X harder, looking back on your life as time has expired knowing that you could have been great.
I can tell you how the worst failure in life isn’t the person who fell down, it’s the person who never got up to try.
It’s not about the opportunities given to you, it’s about the opportunities you create.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” — Confucius
Confucius hit it on the head with this quote.
You must cultivate the will to win, the desire to succeed and the urge to reach your full potential to the point that it becomes an indestructible force within you.
Life will come for you. It will come at you in order to test you. To weed out the weak.
And if you desire to have the life you want? Then you must stoke the fire of your internal drive to the point where it becomes a blaze which cannot be extinguished.
A fuel source so strong that it doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down or rejected. You. Keep. Going.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” — Helen Keller
Helen Keller is one of the most impressive people in history.
This woman was born healthy and then at 19 months of age, she became deaf and blind from an unknown illness. However, she didn’t let her limitations stop her.
She became the first person who was deaf and blind to earn a bachelor’s degree.
She published an autobiography and wrote an additional 11 books including Light in My Darkness.
As if that wasn’t enough, she became a world renowned speaker, became America’s first Goodwill Ambassador and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.
Even though this woman had every right to curse the world and become a victim, she chose to become the victor instead. Which is why she became victorious.
Helen Keller had this unbreakable optimism in the face of so much adversity which continues to inspire so many, including myself, to this very day.
So, no matter how bad things get in your life? Choose positivity.
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius
There is a reason why Confucius made the list twice: He just gets it.
The Chinese philosopher believed that humans are teachable and he was right. In fact, humans are the ultimate adaptation machines.
We can learn, grow and acquire new skills which allow us to overcome the obstacles in our lives and on the road to our dreams.
This quote illustrates that progress, no matter how small, is still progress.
It’s a step closer to your dreams and the life that you desire. Don’t beat yourself up with expectations that you *should* have a certain life by now. No.
Learn to take steps and then celebrate the fact that you continue to move forward.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain
Of course, Mark Twain has the #1 spot on the list. Not only was he a genius, but he’s 100% correct on this.
As with most of his quotes, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain was his pen name) gets right to the core truth of the matter. He might have been America’s greatest humorist, but he was insanely deep.
Everyone is concerned all the time with success. How to get it. How to get it quickly. When it’ll come. Who they need to learn from. Where they have to go to get it. etc. etc.
It’s paralysis from analysis.
All of the time that people analyze? Could be time used to take action and do.
Everyone thinks they need to have all the answers before they start the journey. They feel they need the right gear and need to know every step of the path. All the ducks need to “be in a row before they go.”
Life will never be this perfect storm of opportunity for you to say “Okay, now is the time.” It starts when you put one foot in front of the other!
And THEN, the answers will come. You will learn. Adapt. Improvise. Grow. Overcome and then finally, achieve.
So, learn what you need to get going and then start.
Second by second, life is ticking away. When are you going to stop making excuses and take charge of your life?
I say you do it here and now.
So there you have it. My Top 10 Motivational Quotes for Success!
We must remember that motivation is an unreliable fuel source. It comes and goes and normally, it isn’t there when you need it to be.
There is no substitute for self-discipline and action. It takes commitment to start but consistency to finish and to accomplish.
Get to work. Act and then the motivation will show up.