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50 Quotes About Success That Will Fire You Up

50 Quotes About Success That Will Fire You Up

Sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation to hustle relentlessly in the pursuit of our goals. If you’re procrastinating and in need of a pep talk, these fifty quotes about success should inspire you to get to work.

1. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ― Walt Disney

2. “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ― Albert Einstein

3. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” ― Proverb

4. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” ― Bill Cosby

5. “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” ―Dhirubhai Ambani

6. “If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.” ― Anonymous

7. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ― Napoleon Hill

8. “The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.” ― Bette Midler

9. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

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10. “Two roads diverged in a wood. I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” ― Robert Frost

11. “Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” ― Vaibhav Shah

12. “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” ― Salvador Dalí

13. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” ― Babe Ruth

14. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” ― Michael Jordan

15. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” ― Coco Chanel

16. “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” ― Chris Grosser

17 “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” ― Mark Twain

18. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ― Confucius

19. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” ― Bill Gates

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20. “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” ― George S. Patton

21. “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” ― Bob Dylan

22. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” ― John Maxwell

23. “Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” ― Steve Maraboli

24. “If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know & start charging for it.” ― Kim Garst

25. “I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.” ― G. K. Chesterton

26. “The best revenge is massive success.” ― Frank Sinatra

27. “Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.” ― Hayley Williams

28.  “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” ― Charles Swindoll

29. “Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” ― W. Clement Stone

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30. “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” ― Stephen Covey

31. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” ― Woody Allen ”

32. “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” ― Buddha

33. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ― Arthur Ashe

34. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” ― Henry Ford

35. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” ― Oscar Wilde

36. “It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ― J. K Rowling

37. “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” ― John D. Rockefeller

38. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” ― Vincent van Gogh

39. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ― Steve Jobs

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40. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ― Thomas A. Edison

41. “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

42. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” ― Pablo Picasso

43. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” ― Aristotle

44. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston Churchill

45. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ― Anne Frank

46. Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. ― David Frost

47. “Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.” ― Jesus Christ

48. “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” ― Oprah Winfrey

49. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

50. “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.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

Get out there and happen to things! Are there any quotes about success that you would add to this list? If so, please share them in the comments. And always remember: consistent hustle always wins. 

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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