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30 Best Movies of all Time

30 Best Movies of all Time

What makes a movie great? Why do some stand the test of time while others slowly (or rather quickly) lose their value? For some films, it’s the emotion the story invokes. Sometimes an actor’s performance is so unforgettable, it captures our attention. Occasionally a film is so visually stunning, it can’t be forgotten.

I put together a collection of the 30 best movies of all time. To warn you in advance, this isn’t the usual film snob list of black and white classics and foreign films meant to show off my knowledge of classical cinema. These are the movies we watch because we want to, not because we’re told to.

30. Avatar (2009)

Avatar - Best Movie

    Avatar is one of the most visually beautiful movies ever made. Even people who complain about special effects in movies dropped their jaws upon seeing it for the first time. This film pushed modern cinematic technology into a new age, ushering in the age of stereoscopic 3D. Beneath its beauty, the film features a cross-species love story and a social message. Avatar is a must see for any movie fan.

    Best Quote:  Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) “I became a Marine for the hardship. Told myself that I can pass any test a man can pass. All I ever wanted was a single thing worth fighting for.”

    29. Scarface (1983)

    Scarface - Best Movie

      There are a lot of gangster movies out there, but Scarface is easily the most quoted. The story of Cuban immigrant turned maniacal gangster Tony Montana is gritty from front to back. The chainsaw scene in the beginning still gives me quivers. As he gains more power, his greed starts to get the best of him. He makes a few bad decisions that lead to the one of the best death scenes in movie history.

      Best Quote:  Tony Montana “You need people like me so you can point your fuckin’ fingers and say, ‘That’s the bad guy.’ So… what does that make you? Good? You’re not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don’t have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. So say good night to the bad guy!”

      28. The Notebook (2004)

      The Notebook - Best Movie

        In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit I’ve never seen The Notebook. The reason I know it’s a great film is because every time I tell a woman I’ve never seen it, she tries to convince me to watch it. The basic premise is a boy falls in love with a girl. They have a budding romance, some conflict gets in the way, and they end up together when they’re older. This movie is the bar in which many women measure a man.

        Best Quote: Noah (Ryan Gosling) says, “I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.”

        27. Audition (1999)

        Audition - Best Movie

          I judge horror movies by how many full length cartoons I have to watch afterwards so I can go to sleep, and Audition is easily a 10 toon film. A widower auditions women for his new wife. He picks a young beautiful woman named Asami Yamazaki (Eihi Shiina) …who turns out to be the most eerily psychotic film character of all time. Yamazaki has scenes of torture so brutal they’re almost unwatchable, and the pleasure she takes in her work is beyond disturbing.

          Best Quote: Asami Yamazaki: “Kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri!” (Translation: Pain pain pain pain pain pain!)

          26. Young Frankenstein (1974)

          Young Frankenstein - Best Movie

            Mel Brooks is a king of screwball comedy, and Young Frankestein is the film Scary Movie wishes it was. The cast delivers brilliant lines with impeccable comedic timing. Igor’s (Marty Feldman) sarcastic responses to Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) crack me up every time. If you’re adverse to older movies, this may be the one to change your mind.

            Best Quote: Igor: “Dr. Frankenstein…”
            Frankenstein: “Fronkensteen.”
            Igor: “You’re putting me on.”
            Frankenstein: “No, it’s pronounced ‘Fronkensteen.’ … You must be Igor.”
            Igor: “No, it’s pronounced ‘Eye-gor.'”

            25. The One Percent (2006)

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            The One Percent - Best Movie

              The One Percent is the second of Johnson & Johnson heir Jamie Johnson’s documentaries chronicling a lifestyle that 99% of us will never have. Born rich, Jamie gives the rest of us a look into the lives of some of America’s wealthiest families. Jamie’s father Jim spends the majority of the film opposing it. With the crash of the artificial housing market soon after and the Occupy movement popping up 5 years later, it’s easy to see what he’s afraid of.

              Best Quote: Jamie Johnson: “The top 1% of Americans, like my family and me, own roughly 40% of the country’s wealth, and we share an aggregate net worth that is greater than the bottom 90% of individuals combined.”

              24. Cinderella Man (2005)

              Cinderella Man - Best Movie

                 James Braddock (Russell Crowe), a washed up boxer who fights impossible odds to compete for the heavyweight championship is one of cinema’s most memorable underdogs. Director Ron Howard expertly recreates the 1930s setting to draw you into this “based on a true story” sports drama filled with award winning actors. Cinderella Man is everything you want in a sports movie.

                Best Quote: James Braddock “I have to believe that when things are bad I can change them.”

                23. Bad Boys (1995)

                Bad Boys - Best Movie

                  Hate on Michael Bay all you want, the man knows how to make an entertaining movie. Bad Boys is a buddy cop movie that never gets old, thanks to the personalities of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Filled with flashy car chases and spectacular shoot outs, this is a movie that you can sit down and watch anytime it’s on television, no matter how far in it is.

                  Best Quote: Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) “You made me think you were gonna shoot me for a minute.”
                  Mike Lowrey (Smith) “I was.”

                  22. Unforgiven (1992)

                  Unforgiven - Best Movie

                    Before he went crazy and started talking to chairs, Clint Eastwood was responsible for some of the most classic Westerns in American cinema. In Unforgiven, he plays Will Munny, a retired gunslinger who lets his old friend Ned (Morgan Freeman) convince him to collect a bounty from some hookers. On the way, they encounter other bounty hunters and a hardnosed sheriff (Gene Hackman). It takes a lot for Munny to snap, but once he does, you’ll be glad you’re watching from a distance.

                    Best Quote: Will Munny “All right, I’m coming out. Any man I see out there, I’m gonna shoot him. Any sumbitch takes a shot at me, I’m not only gonna kill him, but I’m gonna kill his wife, all his friends, and burn his damn house down.”

                    21. Leon: The Professional (1994)

                    Leon The Professional - Best Movie

                      This tale of professional assassin Léon (Luc Besson) is dramatic and heartfelt. He takes in a young girl (Natalie Portman) whose drugged out parents are killed by their psychotic dealer (Gary Oldman) then proceeds to teach her the tricks of the trade while protecting her and seeking vengeance. Léon: The Professional is one of those movies where you can’t help but side with the killer, who deep down has a heart of gold.

                      Best Quote: Léon “The rifle is the first weapon you learn how to use, because it lets you keep your distance from the client. The closer you get to being a pro, the closer you can get to the client. The knife, for example, is the last thing you learn.”

                      20. Love & Basketball (2000)

                      Love and Basketball - Best Movie

                        While many romance movies are difficult for men to watch, Love & Basketball goes a long way into drawing men into this “chick flick” genre by incorporating an underlying sports theme. Quincy (Omar Epps) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan) meet on the basketball court as kids, and their love/hate relationship keeps their lives intersecting as they live their individual dreams of playing pro ball.

                        Best Quote: Monica “It’s a trip, you know? When you’re a kid, you see the life you want, and it never crosses your mind that it’s not gonna turn out that way.”

                        19. The Hurt Locker (2008)

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                        The Hurt Locker - Best Movie

                          War. What is it good for? Fantastic movies. Hurt Locker is a thrilling look at the realities of the Iraq War, and modern warfare in general. It’s not a propaganda film. It doesn’t take sides. It focuses on the decisions faced by soldiers, specifically SFC William James (Jeremy Renner). Hurt Locker is simultaneously a war movie and a technically sound thriller. I don’t believe in war, but I believe Hurt Locker is the second best war movie ever made, showing the good and bad in every soldier.

                          Best Quote: SFC James “You love playing with that. You love playing with all your stuffed animals. You love your Mommy…your Daddy. You love your pajamas. You love everything, don’t ya? Yea. But you know what, buddy? As you get older… some of the things you love might not seem so special anymore.”

                          18. Princess Bride (1987)

                          The Princess Bride - Best Movie

                            Fairy tale movies are a dime a dozen. The Princess Bride stands head and shoulders above them all. It’s a playful children’s movie with plenty for adults to love too. It has everything a fairy tale should: a mysterious protagonist (Cary Elwes), a giant (André the Giant), swordplay, a princess, and a happy ending. The Princess Bride is a reminder of everything that’s right about humanity.

                            Best Quote: Westley (Elwes): “If you’re in such a hurry, you could lower a rope or a tree branch or find something useful to do.”
                            Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin): “I could do that. I have some rope up here, but I do not think you would accept my help, since I am only waiting around to kill you.”
                            Westley: “That does put a damper on our relationship.”

                            17. Inside Man

                            Inside Man - Best Movie

                              A cop (Denzel Washington) tries talking down a criminal mastermind (Clive Owen) in the best bank heist movie ever put on film. What makes Inside Man so great is the cat and mouse tension. As the story progresses, you find out this is much more than your average bank robbery. It’s not just money these guys are after, and even knowing they get away with it won’t take away the shock of seeing how… and why…

                              Best Quote: Dalton Russell (Owen): “This time next week, I’ll be sucking down piña coladas in a hot tub with six girls named Amber and Tiffany.”
                              Keith Frazier (Washington): “More like taking a shower with two guys named Jamal and Jesus, if you know what I mean. And here’s the bad news: that thing you’re sucking on? It’s not a piña colada!”

                              16. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)

                              Bill and Ted Bogus Journey - Best Movie

                                Godfather 2 is often cited in the argument of sequels outdoing the original movie, but Bogus Journey deserves a spot on that list. Bill S. Preston, Esq, (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) were the models of slacker youth way before Beavis and Butthead. The first Bill & Ted movie most triumphantly explored time travel in a phone booth, but the second movie ups the ante, as the dimwitted pair battle death on a journey through heaven & hell. Beneath the schlock, Bogus Journey is a lighthearted look at a scary subject.

                                Best Quote: Bill “And over here, our bass player, the Duke of Spook, the Doc of Shock, The Man with No Tan, please say hello to Death himself, the Grim Reaper.”

                                15. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

                                Mr and Mrs Smith - Best Movie

                                  This is the movie where Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie met. Watching their onscreen chemistry, it’s easy to see how they’ve lasted so long. No matter how many times this movie is on TV, it’s hard not to watch. Filled with shootouts, explosions, comedy, romance, and flat out sex appeal, Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a spy film with something for everyone. It doesn’t make you think; it just invites you to sit, stare, and smile.

                                  Best Quote: John Smith (Pitt) “Your aim’s as bad as your cooking sweetheart… and that’s saying something!”

                                  14 Love Actually (2003)

                                  Love Actually - Best Movie

                                    Love Actually follows the intertwining stories of eight British couples dealing with love in very different ways. It’s a romantic comedy and a Christmas film, but it is in no way sappy. It’s a touching comedy filled with amazing moments. It’s impossible to watch this movie without laughing, crying, and falling in love with at least one character. Love Actually is the best romantic comedy ever written.

                                    Best Quote: Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) “Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!”

                                    13. Good Will Hunting (1997)

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                                    Good Will Hunting - Best Movie

                                      A janitor with an attitude problem (Matt Damon) solves a complicated math problem at MIT, gets sent to a psychiatrist (Robin Williams), and has to choose between his street life and becoming a respected mathematician. Good Will Hunting’s is a charming drama with great writing, brilliant acting, and an intelligent story. The movie explores a lot of philosophical angles on the human experience in a way that draws you in.

                                      Best Quote: Sean (Williams) “So if I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that.”

                                      12. Where The Buffalo Roam (1980)

                                      Where the Buffalo Roam - Best Movie

                                        While Johnny Depp is often praised for his portrayal of cultural icon Hunter S. Thompson, Bill Murray nailed it on the head first. Where The Buffalo Roam mashes together several of Thompson’s writings about his adventures with his attorney, Oscar Zeta Acosta. Murray gives a great performance, perfectly capturing everything we love about Thompson, and proving he’s much more than just a comedian.

                                        Best Quote: Hunter “In my case, you know, I hate to advocate drugs or liquor, violence, insanity to anyone. But in my case it’s worked.”

                                        11. Back to the Future (1985)

                                        Back to the Future - Best Movie

                                          Back to the Future is a time travel movie packed with memorable characters. Biff (Thomas Wilson) is a quintessential bully with some of the best quotable lines in cinematic history. Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) inspired a generation of kids to become scientists. What makes the movie so great, though, is that protagonist Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) is just a normal kid in a crazy situation, and he overcomes. If he can overcome, anyone can.

                                          Best Quote: Doc “Don’t worry. As long as you hit that wire with the connecting hook at precisely 88 miles per hour, the instant the lightning strikes the tower… everything will be fine.”

                                          10. Grandma’s Boy (2006)

                                          Grandmas Boy - Best Movie

                                            Grandma’s Boy is an ensemble comedy that hits all the right notes. The story of a 35-year-old video game tester forced to live with his grandma and her Golden Girl roommates, it’s literally LOL funny the entire way through. Filled with zany characters played by actors normally confined to bit roles, this movie is a hilarious gem in a pile of modern comedies. Everything about Grandma’s Boy is best when viewed high, but works just as well sober.

                                            Best Quotes: Jeff (Nick Swardsen) “What does ‘high score’ mean? New high score… is that bad? What does that mean? Did I break it?”

                                            9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

                                            Shawshank Redemption - Best Movie

                                              The story of two men who form a friendship during long term prison sentences, Shawshank is the best prison movie ever made. Morgan Freeman’s narration is so good, it launched him a second career. Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is the kind of protagonist every movie should have. The dialogue and plot as superb. The soundtrack is beautiful. Dufresne dancing in the rain after crawling through miles of sewage is an epic movie moment. You’ll be tempted to run outside and dance along with him.

                                              Best Quote: Red (Freeman) “When they put you in that cell… and those bars slam home… that’s when you know it’s for real…A whole life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it…”

                                              8. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

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                                                When the teaser for this movie first appeared in theaters, we all had doubts. How in the world could Disney turn a subpar ride into a two hour epic? Three words: Captain. Jack. Sparrow. Johnny Depp’s role as a drunken, smart-mouthed, and shockingly resourceful captain without a ship made Pirates an instant classic. With a well-rounded cast, beautiful sets, and a brilliant mix of comedy, action, and drama, Curse of The Black Pearl is everything we love about Disney rolled into a rare live action gem.

                                                Best Quote: Captain Jack Sparrow “Me, I’m dishonest. And a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It’s the honest ones you want to watch out for. Because you can never predict when they’re going to do something incredibly… stupid.”

                                                7. Network (1976)

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                                                Network - Best Movie

                                                  What makes Network so great is that it’s a universally realistic depiction of media in society. TV anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch) gets tired of dealing with ailments of society so he goes live on the air and gives the most epic speech in cinematic history. His brutal honesty makes him an instant icon, reviving his career. The TV network exploits his anti-establishment following for profit. Beale’s star power grows until it eventually pops, and he must be disposed of. The message in Network gets more and more important as our digital society progresses.

                                                  Best Quote: Beale “I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’”

                                                  6. Braveheart (1995)

                                                  Braveheart - Best Movie

                                                    Braveheart is the best war movie ever made… period. Mel Gibson both directed and starred in this epic film depicting William Wallace’s (Gibson) war for Scotland’s freedom from English rule. The battles are brutal and graphic. The speeches are inspiring. The cinematography and soundtrack in Braveheart is so moving, you’ll find yourself actually enjoying bagpipe music. By the closing credits, you’ll find yourself wanting to paint your face blue and scream out “FREEDOOOOMMM!!!” until your last breath.

                                                    Best Quote: Wallace “Aye, fight and you may die. Run and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance—just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”

                                                    5. Gandhi (1982)

                                                    Gandhi - Best Movie

                                                      Richard Attenborough’s three hour biography of Mahatma Gandhi (Ben Kingsley) is the best biopic ever made. Gandhi was a lawyer who freed India from British rule. Where William Wallace fought with his sword, Gandhi fought violence with nonviolence and compassion, becoming one of the most prolific revolutionaries in human history. The film covers as many highlights as possible from his life, showcasing his wisdom how anyone can follow his footsteps.

                                                      Best Quote: Gandhi “When I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it: always.”

                                                      4. Caddyshack (1980)

                                                      Caddyshack - Best Movie

                                                        Golf is arguably the most boring sport to watch. Caddyshack, a comedy centered on golf, is hands down the funniest movie ever made. Starring an array of comedy legends at the top of their game, it’s not only a laugh-a-minute ride, it’s a visually beautiful film. With multiple concurrent storylines, a variety of comedic styles, a great soundtrack, and the best pool scene ever put on film, watching Caddyshack feels like a party everyone is invited to.

                                                        Best Quote: Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) “You’re rather attractive for a beautiful girl with a great body.”

                                                        3. Dark Knight (2008)

                                                        Dark Knight - Best Movie

                                                          When it was announced Heath Ledger would play The Joker in a new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, the internet erupted with fury. “He’ll never be as good as Jack Nicholson,” we cried. I wish Heath Ledger could have lived to see the collective jaw of the world drop. Ledger’s Joker is the best character performance in movie history. The Dark Knight isn’t just the best Batman movie. It’s not just the best superhero movie. It’s one of the undisputed best films ever made.

                                                          Best Quote: Joker (Ledger) “Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can’t savor all the… little emotions. You see, in their last moments, people show you who they really are. So in a way, I know your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which of them were cowards?”

                                                          2. The Iron Giant (1999)

                                                          Iron Giant - Best Movie

                                                            Don’t let the fact that The Iron Giant is an animated film fool you. It is pure cinematic brilliance. It’s a sci-fi film featuring a giant alien robot weapon of mass destruction. After crashing into the earth, he’s rescued by a young boy named Hogarth (Eli Marienthal), and they develop a friendship. The film approaches war and world destruction from the eyes of a child. It makes you fall in love with a robot… and then it breaks your heart. If you’re not crying by the end of this movie, you’re the robot.

                                                            Best Quote: Hogarth (Marienthal) “Oh, here. This is Superman. He’s a lot like you. Crash-landed on Earth, didn’t know what he was doing… but he only uses his powers for good, never for evil. Remember that.”

                                                            1. Forrest Gump (1994)

                                                            Forrest Gump - Best Movie

                                                              Forrest Gump is the best movie ever made. It spans generations to tell the fictional story of the most likeable, honest, caring, and genuinely good person this world will ever see. If everyone in this world had even a fraction of Gump’s heart, we’d solve all the world’s problems. The soundtrack is a classic. Tom Hanks is amazing. Forrest continuously overcomes adversity throughout the movie. His life is comprised of every heroic act in the news on any given day. From the first second to the last credit, everything about this movie is flawless. You can watch it 100 times and never tire of it. Forrest Gump is the reason movies exist.

                                                              Best Quote: Forrest “Stupid is as stupid does.”

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                                                              How To Be Successful In Life: 13 Life-Changing Tips

                                                              How To Be Successful In Life: 13 Life-Changing Tips

                                                              What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                                                              To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                                                              All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                                                              There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                                                              With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                                                              What follows is a list of 13 of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these tips are essential:

                                                              1. Think Big

                                                                From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                                                                “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                                                                There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                                                                Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                                                                Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                                                                Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                                                                Instead be ambitious.

                                                                2. Find What You Love to Do and Do It

                                                                  From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                                                                  “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                                                                  This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                                                                  Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                                                                  If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                                                                  Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                                                                  Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                                                                  Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                                                                  3. Learn How to Balance Life

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                                                                    From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                                                    “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.”

                                                                    All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                                                    If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                                                    However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                                                    If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                                                    In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                                                    To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                                                                    4. Do Not Be Afraid of Failure

                                                                      From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                                                      “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                                                      There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                                                      Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                                                      His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                                                      He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                                                      Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                                                      Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                                                      If you find it difficult to fight your fear of failure, here’s a guide for you: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It Step-By-Step)

                                                                      5. Have an Unwavering Resolution to Succeed

                                                                        From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                                                        “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                                                        This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                                                        It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

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                                                                        If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

                                                                        Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                                                        6. Be a Person of Action

                                                                          From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                                                          “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                                                          Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                                                          Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                                                          When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                                                          You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                                                          All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                                                          Applying this to you?

                                                                          Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                                                          7. Cultivate Positive Relationships

                                                                            From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                                                            The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                                                            The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                                                            People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                                                            This is key to good leadership.

                                                                            It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                                                            But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                                                            What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                                                            As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

                                                                            8. Don’t Be Afraid of Introducing New Ideas

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                                                                              From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                                                              “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                                                              It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                                                              Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                                                              If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                                                              9. Believe in Your Capacity to Succeed

                                                                                From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                                                                “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                                                                Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                                                                It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                                                                Keep dreaming!

                                                                                10. Always Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude

                                                                                  From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                                                                  “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                                                                  Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                                                                  Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                                                                  If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                                                                  However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                                                                  11. Don’t Let Discouragement Stop You from Pressing On

                                                                                    From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                                                                    “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                                                    It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

                                                                                    When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

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                                                                                    Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                                                    If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                                                    This is How Self Doubt Keeps You Stuck and How to Overcome It

                                                                                    12. Be Willing to Work Hard

                                                                                      From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                                                      “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                                                      You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                                                      Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                                                      True success comes from work.

                                                                                      You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                                                                      Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                                                      13. Be Brave Enough to Follow Your Intuition

                                                                                        From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                                                        “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                                                        In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                                                        If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                                                        It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                                                        Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                                                        Final Thoughts

                                                                                        What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                                                                        Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this: How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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