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Last Updated on August 1, 2018

40 Powerful Productivity Quotes From Highly Successful People

40 Powerful Productivity Quotes From Highly Successful People

Looking for motivation to stay productive and achieve your goals and dreams? Get inspired by the words from these highly successful people!

Here are 40 powerful productivity quotes from some of the highly successful people. Learn from the words and work on your mind:

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Francis Of Assisi

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    Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss. – Lee Iacocca

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      All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else. – Plato

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        The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney

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          Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. – Steve Jobs

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            People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the change to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it. – Frank Sinatra

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              Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. – Oprah Winfrey

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                Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; It is its own reward. Everything else is in god’s hands.

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                  It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. – Albert Einstein

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                    You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. – Zig Ziglar

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                      Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night. – Michael Jordan

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                        Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. – Norman Vincent Peale

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                          How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees? – William Shakespeare

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                            The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. – Oscar Wilde

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                              He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. – Muhammad Ali

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                                Plans are nothing; planning is everything. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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                                  There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. – John F. Kennedy

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                                    If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

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                                      It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. – Mark Twain

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                                        You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want. – Zig Ziglar

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                                          Learning never exhausts the mind. – Leonardo da Vinci

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                                            Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people. – John D. Rockefeller

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                                              Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip. – John Locke

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                                                Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness. – Sigmund Freud

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                                                  Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1. – Warren Buffett

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                                                    Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. – Henry Ford

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                                                      Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs. – Coco Chanel

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                                                        Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant. – Colin Powell

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                                                          Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. – Bertrand Russell

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                                                            He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year. – Leonardo da Vinci

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                                                              Remember that failure is an event, not a person. – Zig Ziglar

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                                                                Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honhonor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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                                                                  Discussion is an exchange of knowledge an argument an exchange of ignorance. – Robert Quillen

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                                                                      Luck is not chance, it’s toil; Fortune’s expensive smile is earned. – Emily Dickinson

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                                                                        Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. – Stephen hawking

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                                                                          Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. – Pablo Picasso

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                                                                            The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. – Ronald Reagan

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                                                                              When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results. – Warren Buffett

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                                                                                Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. – John Wayne

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                                                                                  Published on April 25, 2019

                                                                                  How Creativity Can Help You Get Ahead in Life

                                                                                  How Creativity Can Help You Get Ahead in Life

                                                                                  Have you ever felt limited in your abilities to do something you really wanted to pursue? Maybe it was an ambition you had, or an idea to start something. Perhaps it was an opportunity that came your way, but you weren’t able to take it because something held you back.

                                                                                  Often, we’re unable to progress towards our goals because such obstacles stand in the way. We let our limitations stop or overshadow our abilities to see through to a goal.

                                                                                  Yet, there’s one thing that we rarely think of to use when trying to overcome limitations.

                                                                                  Creativity.

                                                                                  What is Creativity?

                                                                                  When I say creativity, I’m not talking about an innate talent. Creativity is a much needed, but often neglected, skill that everyone has! It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input.

                                                                                  Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems.

                                                                                  Everything, including brilliant inventions, cannot come from nothing; it all derives from some sort of inspiration. Creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.

                                                                                  From this perspective, you can find creativity at play in many areas.

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                                                                                  For example, Mark Zuckerburg rapidly became successful by taking the previously existing concept of social media, and combining it with an incredibly simple interface that appealed to a much wider audience. Uber and Lyft combined the idea of a traditional taxi service with an incredibly efficient smartphone app.

                                                                                  Both of these examples connect different ideas, find common ground amongst the differences, and create a completely new idea out of them.

                                                                                  That’s creativity in a nutshell, and anyone can improve theirs.

                                                                                  Limitations are Actually Opportunities

                                                                                  The advantage of using creativity, is to help you see limitations as opportunities. Take any limitation that you may find yourself facing, is there a way to look at things differently?

                                                                                  Let me illustrate with an example.

                                                                                  On the day of my son’s 5th birthday, my wife and I arranged a party for him at a children’s adventure park. His friends and family were all invited, and the plan was to have a long, fun day out to celebrate.

                                                                                  However, the day didn’t go exactly as planned…

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                                                                                  At Lifehack, we pride ourselves on a healthy work-life balance, so I wasn’t concerned about taking the day off to celebrate. But, on the big day, a call came through to my phone.

                                                                                  It was a manager from Lifehack. He excitedly told me that a group of investors were quite interested in our business proposition, and were wanting to meet later that day.

                                                                                  This was great news! A potential investment could be coming our way. But, I was already miles away from home and the office. Plus, it was my son’s birthday…

                                                                                  I asked if I could call him back once we got settled into the park.

                                                                                  To be honest, I was pretty certain I was not going to be able to make it. Asking to reschedule would be a risky request, but there was no way that I was going to miss my son’s party.

                                                                                  My son could sense something was off, and he asked me what was wrong. So I let him know that I just received a call about a meeting today, but also told him not to worry as today was about celebrating his birthday.

                                                                                  But like all kids, he continued questioning me…

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                                                                                  “But daddy, is it important?”

                                                                                  “No, of course not,” I bluffed.

                                                                                  Then, with childlike intuition and creativity, he asked: “Can’t you just meet with them at the park?”

                                                                                  And, then it struck me! This was the idea that I was missing.

                                                                                  Even though my son didn’t quite understand that it would not be possible for the investors to meet me at the park, it made sense for me to simply do a video call!

                                                                                  I could miss 25 minutes of the party to do a quick call while the rest of the party walked through the aquarium. And, in the end, that was exactly what happened.

                                                                                  I called back my teammate and asked him to briefly explain to the investors why I couldn’t be there in person to meet, but would be happy to join via video. I took the call, and was able to spend the rest of the day at the park with my son.

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                                                                                  Not only did my son enjoy his birthday, his simple idea led to a successful investment meeting that allowed us to get funding for a new project.

                                                                                  This is where I was able to turn a limitation into an opportunity that enabled me to reach my success.

                                                                                  Creativity is One Key to Success

                                                                                  When you use your creative ability to turn your limitations and setbacks into opportunities, you’ll find doors opening for you in areas you may have never imagined.

                                                                                  Remember, your attitude is also important when it comes to achieving a goal, and tackling a setback or problem. That’s because a positive attitude transforms not just your mental state, but your physical and emotional well being. It is the key to lasting total transformation.

                                                                                  Check out this article to learn more about how you can tune your attitude towards positivity.

                                                                                  So, the next time you’re feeling limited by your abilities, setbacks or challenges, don’t give up. Really look at the situation, and see how you can leverage on your creativity to find an alternative solution.

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