Here are some inspirational quotes from successful and famous individuals:
“You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.” -Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and television producer
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
“If we want to have the biggest impact, the best way to do this is to make sure we always focus on solving the most important problems.” -Mark Zuckerberg, founder, Facebook
Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
“When you live for others’ opinions, you are dead. I don’t want to live thinking about how I’ll be remembered.” -Carlos Slim Helu, telecom giant
“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.” -Bill Gates, Microsoft founder
“I don’t look to jump over seven-foot bars: I look around for one-foot bars that I can step over.” Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway chairman
“When something has to be done, do it! In France we are full of good ideas, but we rarely put them into practice.” Bernard Arnault, LVMH chairman
“When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.” -Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
Booker T. Washington
“I think big, and I’m not afraid to take risks.” -Brazilian Eike Batista, mining and oil entrepreneur
“Don’t solicit feedback on your product, idea or your business just for validation purposes. You want to tell the people who can help move your idea forward, but if you’re just looking to your friend, co-worker, husband or wife for validation, be careful. It can stop a lot of multimillion-dollar ideas in their tracks in the beginning.” Sara Blakely, founder, Spanx
“I think that our fundamental belief is that for us growth is a way of life and we have to grow at all times.” -Mukesh Ambani, oil and gas manufacturer
“You can try to control people, or you can try to have a system that represents reality. I find that knowing what’s really happening is more important than trying to control people.” -Larry Page, Google founder
“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” -Donald Trump, real estate mogul
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
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.
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.
Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.
In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
Henry Ward Beecher
There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.
The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’
Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.
Jon Bon Jovi
Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it… Success is shy – it won’t come out while you’re watching.
Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows.
Those who have succeeded at anything and don’t mention luck are kidding themselves.
Success to me is having ten honeydew melons and eating only the top half of each slice.
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
John F. Kennedy
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.
If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
John D. Rockefeller
It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.
Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.
Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.
Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.
If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.
You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?
W. Clement Stone
Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.
Successful people make money. It’s not that people who make money become successful, but that successful people attract money. They bring success to what they do.
Microsoft has had two goals in the last 10 years. One was to copy the Mac, and the other was to copy Lotus’ success in the spreadsheet – basically, the applications business. And over the course of the last 10 years, Microsoft accomplished both of those goals. And now they are completely lost.
The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.
I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.
“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” -Jeff Bezos, founder, Amazon
“Remember that you can do anything you want to do. Don’t let anyone say, ‘You’re not smart enough… it’s too hard… it’s a dumb idea… no one has done that before… girls don’t do that.’ My mom gave me that advice in 1973. And it allowed me to never worry about what others were saying about my career direction.” -Meg Whitman, Chief Executive Officer at HP
“I don’t like to do just the things I like to do. I like to do things that cause the company to succeed. I don’t spend a lot of time doing my favorite activities.” -Michael Dell, founder, Dell computers
“There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.” -Phil Knight, Nike founder
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter author