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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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11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

Most gurus talk about habits in a way that doesn’t help you:

You need to push yourself more. You can’t be lazy. You need to wake up at 5 am. You need more motivation. You can never fail…blah blah “insert more gibberish here.”

But let me share with you the unconventional truths I found out:

To build and change habits, you don’t need motivation or wake up at 5 am. Heck, you can fail multiple times, be lazy, have no motivation and still pull it off with ease.

It’s quite simple and easy to do, especially with the following list I’m going to show to you. But remember, Jim Rohn used to say,

“What is simple and easy to do is also simple and easy not to do.”

The important things to remember when changing your habits are both simple and easy, just don’t think that they don’t make any difference because they do.

In fact, they are the only things that make a difference.

Let’s see what those small things are, shall we?

1. Start Small

The biggest mistake I see people doing with habits is by going big. You don’t go big…ever. You start small with your habits.

Want to grow a book reading habit? Don’t start reading a book a day. Start with 10 pages a day.

Want to become a writer? Don’t start writing 10,000 words a day. Start with 300 words.

Want to lose weight? Don’t stop eating ice cream. Eat one less ball of it.

Whatever it is, you need to start small. Starting big always leads to failure. It has to, because it’s not sustainable.

Start small. How small? The amount needs to be in your comfort zone. So if you think that reading 20 pages of a book is a bit too much, start with 10 or 5.

It needs to appear easy and be easy to do.

Do less today to do more in a year.

2. Stay Small

There is a notion of Kaizen which means continuous improvement. They use this notion in habits where they tell you to start with reading 1 page of a book a day and then gradually increase the amount you do over time.

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But the problem with this approach is the end line — where the “improvement” stops.

If I go from reading 1 page of a book a day and gradually reach 75 and 100, when do I stop? When I reach 1 book a day? That is just absurd.

When you start a habit, stay at it in the intensity you have decided. Don’t push yourself for more.

I started reading 20 pages of a book a day. It’s been more than 2 years now and I’ve read 101 books in that period. There is no way I will increase the number in the future.

Why?

Because reading 40 to 50 books a year is enough.

The same thing applies to every other habit out there.

Pick a (small) number and stay at it.

3. Bad Days Are 100 Percent Occurrence

No matter how great you are, you will have bad days where you won’t do your habit. Period.

There is no way of going around this. So it’s better to prepare yourself for when that happens instead of thinking that it won’t ever happen.

What I do when I miss a day of my habit(s) is that I try to bounce back the next day while trying to do habits for both of those days.

Example for that is if I read 20 pages of a book a day and I miss a day, the next day I will have to read 40 pages of a book. If I miss writing 500 words, the next day I need to write 1000.

This is a really important point we will discuss later on rewards and punishments.

This is how I prepare for the bad days when I skip my habit(s) and it’s a model you should take as well.

4. Those Who Track It, Hack It

When you track an activity, you can objectively tell what you did in the past days, weeks, months, and years. If you don’t track, you will for sure forget everything you did.

There are many different ways you can track your activities today, from Habitica to a simple Excel sheet that I use, to even a Whatsapp Tracker.

Peter Drucker said,

“What you track is what you do.”

So track it to do it — it really helps.

But tracking is accompanied by one more easy activity — measuring.

5. Measure Once, Do Twice

Peter Drucker also said,

“What you measure is what you improve.”

So alongside my tracker, I have numbers with which I measure doses of daily activities:

For reading, it’s 20 pages.
For writing, it’s 500 words.
For the gym, it’s 1 (I went) or 0 (didn’t go).
For budgeting, it’s writing down the incomes and expenses.

Tracking and measuring go hand in hand, they take less than 20 seconds a day but they create so much momentum that it’s unbelievable.

6. All Days Make a Difference

Will one day in the gym make you fit? It won’t.

Will two? They won’t.

Will three? They won’t.

Which means that a single gym session won’t make you fit. But after 100 gym sessions, you will look and feel fit.

What happened? Which one made you fit?

The answer to this (Sorites paradox)[1] is that no single gym session made you fit, they all did.

No single day makes a difference, but when combined, they all do. So trust the process and keep on going (small).

7. They Are Never Fully Automated

Gurus tell you that habits become automatic. And yes, some of them do, like showering a certain way of brushing your teeth.

But some habits don’t become automatic, they become a lifestyle.

What I mean by that is that you won’t automatically “wake up” in the gym and wonder how you got there.

It will just become a part of your lifestyle.

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The difference is that you do the first one automatically, without conscious thought, while the other is a part of how you live your life.

It’s not automatic, but it’s a decision you don’t ponder on or think about — you simply do it.

It will become easy at a certain point, but they will never become fully automated.

8. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Marshall Goldsmith has a great book with the same title to it. The phrase means that sometimes, you will need to ditch certain habits to make room for other ones which will bring you to the next step.

Don’t be afraid to evolve your habits when you sense that they don’t bring you where you want to go.

When I started reading, it was about reading business and tactic books. But two years into it, I switched to philosophy books which don’t teach me anything “applicable,” but instead teach me how to think.

The most important ability of the 21st century is the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn. The strongest tree is the willow tree – not because it has the strongest root or biggest trunk, but because it is flexible enough to endure and sustain anything.

Be like a willow, adapting to the new ways of doing things.

9. Set a Goal and Then Forget It

The most successful of us know what they want to achieve, but they don’t focus on it.

Sounds paradoxical? You’re right, it does. But here is the logic behind it.

You need to have a goal of doing something – “I want to become a healthy individual” – and then, you need to reverse engineer how to get there with your habits- “I will go to the gym four times a week.”

But once you have your goal, you need to “forget” about it and only focus on the process. Because you are working on the process of becoming healthy and it’s always in the making. You will only be as healthy as you take care of your body.

So you have a goal which isn’t static but keeps on moving.

If you went to the gym 150 times year and you hit your goal, what would you do then? You would stop going to the gym.

This is why goal-oriented people experience yo-yo effect[2] and why process-oriented people don’t.

The difference between process-oriented and goal-oriented people is that the first focus on daily actions while others only focus on the reward at the finish line.

Set a goal but then forget about it and reap massive awards.

10. Punish Yourself

Last two sections are pure Pavlovian – you need to punish bad behavior and reward good behavior. You are the only person who decides what is good and what is bad for you, but when you do, you need to rigorously follow that.

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I’ve told you in point #3 about bad days and how after one occurs, I do double the work on the next day. That is one of my forms of punishments.

It’s the need to tell your brain that certain behaviors are unacceptable and that they lead to bad outcomes. That’s what punishments are for.

You want to tell your brain that there are real consequences to missing your daily habits.[3]

No favorite food to eat or favorite show to watch or going to the cinema for a new Marvel movie- none, zero, zilch.

The brain will remember these bad feelings and will try to avoid the behaviors that led to them as much as possible.

But don’t forget the other side of the same coin.

11. Reward Yourself

When you follow and execute on your plan, reward yourself. It’s how the brain knows that you did something good.

Whenever I finish one of my habits for the day, I open my tracker (who am I kidding, I always keep it open on my desktop) and fill it with a number. As soon as I finish reading 20 pages of a book a day (or a bit more), I open the tracker and write the number down.

The cell becomes green and gives me an instant boost of endorphin – a great success for the day. Then, it becomes all about not breaking the chain and having as many green fields as possible.

After 100 days, I crunch some numbers and see how I did.

If I have less than 10 cheat days, I reward myself with a great meal in a restaurant. You can create your own rewards and they can be daily, weekly, monthly or any arbitrary time table that you create.

Primoz Bozic, a productivity coach, has gold, silver, and bronze medals as his reward system.[4]

If you’re having problems creating a system which works for you, contact me via email and we can discuss specifics.

In the End, It Matters

What you do matters not only to you but to the people around you.

When you increase the quality of your life, you indirectly increase the quality of life of people around you. And sometimes, that is all the “motivation” we need to start.

And that’s the best quote for the end of this article:

“Motivation gets you started, but habits keep you going.”

Keep going.

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Reference

[1] Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Sorites paradox
[2] Muscle Zone: What causes yo-yo effect and how to avoid it?
[3] Growth Habits: 5 Missteps That Cause You To Quit Building A Habit
[4] Primoz Bozic: The Lean Review: How to Plan Your 2019 in 20 Minutes

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