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Top 116 Success Quotes that will Motivate You

We  all need a little motivation every now and again.

So I’ve compiled a list of my 116 favourite motivational, success-related quotes.

If you’re feeling the pressure and you feel like giving-up, have a read through these to refresh your mindset, and remember – it’s always darkest before the dawn.

If you don’t give up, no matter how tough things get, persevere and you will achieve. The light will come, no matter how far away it seems.

Anyway, that’s enough motivation from me, here’s the list:

  1. When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds aren’t in your favour – Elon Musk
  2. Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows
  3. The best thing I ever did was believe in myself
  4. Today’s pain will be tomorrow’s strength
  5. To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe
  6. If you give up at the first sign of struggle, you’re really not ready to be successful
  7. Have goals so big, you get uncomfortable telling small-minded people
  8. I can. I will. End of story
  9. Remember, the ones who said you couldn’t do it are watching
  10. If you can’t handle stress, then you can’t manage success
  11. When you know clearly what you want, you’ll wake up every morning excited about life
  12. Do what you love, and you will never have a problem with Monday
  13. You’re not meant to do what is easy, you’re meant to challenge yourself
  14. Just keep showing up when most people would quit
  15. There are no secrets to success, it is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure
  16. You may see me struggle, but you will never see me quit
  17. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
  18. There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this World, those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed
  19. It’s never too late to become what you might have been
  20. Failure is part of the process, quitting is not
  21. The best way to succeed is to help others succeed, they will carry you to success
  22. 97% of the people who quit too soon are employed by the 3% who never gave up
  23. Stop chasing the money, and start chasing the passion
  24. 3 steps to success, set a goal, work like hell, stay consistent
  25. If you are going through hell, keep going
  26. Entrepreneur: Someone who jumps off a cliff and learns how to build a plane on the way down
  27. They won’t get it. Your path is your path, it’s only for you to understand
  28. I’m coming for everything they said I couldn’t have
  29. If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it
  30. You have to fight through the bad days to earn the best days in your life
  31. I will succeed, because I am willing to fail more times than you are willing to try
  32. When you realise you have nothing to lose, you’ll turn into a beast
  33. Don’t stop dreaming just because you had a nightmare
  34. If an expert says it cannot be done, get another expert
  35. Don’t get discouraged, it is often the last key that opens the lock
  36. The road to success is often a lonely one
  37. Don’t be afraid of being different. Be afraid of being the same as everyone else
  38. Surround yourself with people who are only going to lift you higher
  39. Build a life you won’t want to take a vacation from
  40. Ignore the noise, stay focused
  41. Life is about making an impact, not making an income
  42. You miss 100% of the shots you do not take
  43. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed – Michael Jordan
  44. We become what we think about – Earl Nightingale
  45. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover – Mark Twain
  46. Life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to this
  47. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now
  48. 80% of success is showing up – Woody Allen
  49. I am not a product of my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions
  50. You can never cross the ocean until you have courage to lose sight of the shore – Christopher Columbus
  51. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right – Henry Ford
  52. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why – Mark Twain
  53. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it
  54. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily – Zig Ziglar
  55. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage
  56. There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing – Aristotle
  57. Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you – Jesus
  58. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined
  59. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me
  60. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear
  61. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light – Plato
  62. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life – John Lennon
  63. Fall seven times and stand up eight
  64. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us – Helen Keller
  65. Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see – Confucius
  66. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world – Anne Frank
  67. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be – Lao Tzu
  68. Happiness is not something readymade.  It comes from your own actions – Dalai Lama
  69. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on
  70. First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end – Aristotle
  71. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars
  72. You can’t fall if you don’t climb.  But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground
  73. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears
  74. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful
  75. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do – Leonardo Da Vinci
  76. Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless
  77. What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do
  78. I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong – Benjamin Franklin
  79. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure – Bill Cosby
  80. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new – Albert Einstein
  81. It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings
  82. If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money
  83. Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs
  84. The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at
  85. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough – Oprah Winfrey
  86. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck – Dalai Lama
  87. You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have
  88. Dream big and dare to fail
  89. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have
  90. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten – Tony Robbins
  91. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning
  92. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live
  93. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try
  94. Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent
  95. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be
  96. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it – Henry Ford
  97. It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years
  98. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing – Benjamin Franklin
  99. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!”
  100. The only way to do great work is to love what you do – Steve Jobs
  101. Its hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but its harder to give up when you know its everything you want
  102. One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it
  103. Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude
  104. Don’t be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone
  105. Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will
  106. I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself
  107. Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it
  108. When you say “It’s hard”, it actually means “I’m not strong enough to fight for it”. Stop saying its hard. Think positive!
  109. Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop
  110. Self confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. how can anyone see how awesome you are if you can’t see it yourself?
  111. We learn something from everyone who passes through our lives.. Some lessons are painful, some are painless.. but, all are priceless
  112. Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections
  113. Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending
  114. When the past calls, let it go to voicemail, believe me, it has nothing new to say
  115. Walk away from anything or anyone who takes away from your joy. Life is too short to put up with fools
  116. Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1

I hope you have enjoyed these motivational quotes and take from them what you need to keep on the course to achieving your own dreams.

My favourite has to be the definition of an entrepreneur – as someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down. It signifies taking action, and learning/adapting as you go.

If you have any more to add, please use the comments below.


8 Business Tips you can Steal from Successful Startups

Business isn’t an exact science.

What works for one business may not work for the next, and it is often not the idea that makes a business successful but rather the execution.

So whilst it’s important to remain true to yourself and make your own course, it’s still sometimes helpful to see how other companies and entrepreneurs have made success – to help guide your journey in generally the right direction.

The following tips aren’t official quotes from the founders, they are what I have extracted from researching these businesses from startup to where they are today.

So have a read and take from them what you need, to help steer your business towards success.

Don’t Worry about the Competition – Facebook

Remember MySpace?

They were once the leading social media platform up to 2008 – now they have practically disappeared.

There will always be competition in your field, both direct and indirect, but if seeing the competition (and how much market share they own) puts you off pursuing a business idea or continuing to challenge them, then you could have missed an opportunity to surpass them at some point and be the market leader.

It’s one of the reasons I don’t watch Dragon’s Den. When I used to see this program, the Dragons would always ask the people pitching for investment whether what they are doing is unique, and whether they hold a patent.

Patent or not, nothing successful stays unique for long.

Plus, when you analyse each one of the Dragons’ own entrepreneurial journeys, none of them did anything distinctly unique – health clubs, restaurants, online retail, there’s nothing patentable that allowed them to make their fortune!

So don’t be fooled into thinking that you can’t compete unless you have something totally unique or patentable.

Yes, you need unique selling points, but the ultimate premise of your business model doesn’t have to be completely unique.

If Zuckerberg would have thrown in the towel after seeing how MySpace were dominating social media up to 2008, then he wouldn’t be on the Rich List in 2016.

Be aware of the competition, and figure out how you can make your offering more attractive than theirs, but don’t let their success and power put you off challenging them – you might just be surprised if you hit on their weaknesses.

Continually Innovate – HP

HP invests $3.6B each year into research and development – with the vast majority of their sales coming from new products.

This means, if HP didn’t continually innovate and invest in R&D then the business would quickly shrink.

HP is an extreme example of innovation – the markets in which they operate are very fickle ie consumers always want the latest gadgets, and very fast-changing.

Your market may also be similar. But even in less dynamic industries, innovation is still key to growth and success.

Many marketers talk about focusing on selling ‘evergreen’ products – products that will always be in demand, no matter the season or how long the product has been on the market.

But every product has a shelf life. Even the lifeblood of the World economy and something that has been in high demand consistently for decades, oil, has a finite lifespan – soon it will be overtaken by renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro.

If the oil companies don’t pay attention to these market changes and concurrently invest in renewable energy provision, then when the switchover really gathers momentum, they will die. Demand for oil will nosedive, and so will their profits.

So, always keep an eye on the bigger picture and reinvest so that you are able to adapt to market and environmental changes.

Learn from Failure – Virgin Group

You can learn more from failure than you can success.

Richard Branson has seen some enormous successes in his entrepreneurial career, but he has also had his fair share of failure.

Virgin Cars, Virgin Brides, Virgin Cola, and many more Virgin businesses failed for various reasons.

But that didn’t stop the Group continually diversifying and entering new markets with the Virgin brand.

Provided you’re still alive, no matter how bad the failure you experience, you are here, and you are therefore able to pick yourself back up and try again.

In the moment, failure doesn’t feel good – I’ve felt this myself in some of my own ventures like Vitalife Cell Bank. And in the moment, you don’t really feel that much good can come from that situation.

But once the dust has settled and you’ve tied everything up with your failed venture, then comes the moment of reflection and the opportunity to realise how the experience you have just gone through can be used to better guide your other ventures.

What other option do you have? Give up? You still have your life to live – what will you spend it doing? Feeling sorry for yourself that things didn’t work out? No.

Wrap things up, give your failed venture closure, reflect on the reasons it failed, then start again with these lessons in-mind.

Provided you don’t keep making the same mistakes and you learn from your failures, if you persist and keep getting back up, the law of averages says you’ll find success eventually – just never give up.

Branson was fortunate in that he experienced wild success before his other business failures, so he knew the feeling of exhiliration that comes with being successful in business and I’m sure this taste for success was helpful when dealing with and recovering from later business failures.

For those that haven’t yet tasted success and know this experience so they can use it as motivation to try again, it takes even more grit and determination – but it carries the same principles, learn what caused you to fail last time and let this guide your approach differently the next time.

Diversify from your Core Stengths – Fujifilm

Once a humble photography start-up, now a multinational corporation operating in diverse industries from medical equipment to LCD televisions.

When traditional film photography rapidly declined with the advent of digital photography, Fujifilm and many other photography companies were faced with rapidly adapting to the new digital marketplace, or bankruptcy.

Many firms ended-up doing the latter, like the photography giant Kodak, but Fujifilm not only survived, they thrived following some drastic strategy changes.

Instead of becoming purely a digital photography business, they chose to diversify into brand new markets with their existing competencies and strengths.

They discovered that the technology and chemicals that they had been using to develop their photography film was also used in liquid crystal displays for computers and televisions, and that the process of getting the colours to stick to the film could also lend itself to cosmetics!

So they branched-out and entered these new markets, becoming widely diverse in terms of the industries in which they now operate, but very focused in terms of their core competencies and strengths.

Look for ways that your business competencies and strengths can be applied to other industries and businesses, and see if you can diversify in this manner also – to protect yourself from specific industry decline and environmental/market changes.

Be Adaptable – Vitalife Group

Vitalife switched their focus from full-price retail health products, to cut-price discount health products – following intense competition and pricing pressures.

Fast-moving consumer goods are things consumers buy regularly, and they therefore want the best possible price for their items.

With increasing online competition, margins became squeezed. The way Vitalife reacted was to create a sub-brand that focused purely on discount health products, in a way that didn’t damage margins further and allowed them to compete more effectively on price.

Their original health product site vitalifehealth.com also changed and focus was placed on delivering a greater level of value to customers that were seeking goods without potentially harmful ingredients that other ‘health shops’ would still offer customers.

This strategic change allowed Vitalife to grow sales and profitability in a time of increased competition – quite an achievement.

So when your market and environment places pressures on your business, be prepared to adapt in order to continue to grow and reach success.

Continually attempting to force products or services on a market that isn’t responding well to them, or to cave into price competition – paying disregard to the profitability of your model, are surefire ways to go out of business.

Have Long Term, High Level Vision – Tesla/Solar City

Elon Musk had a vision – to create a closed-loop, fully-renewable electric vehicle.

Not only did he envisage manufacturing the electric vehicle and overcoming all of the obstacles that the major car manufacturers faced in the production of electric vehicles, but he also had vision to provide the energy source for these electric vehicles, from solar energy.

To do this, he created 2 companies, Tesla Motors (to manufacture the vehicles) and Solar City (to provide the energy) – they have since announced acquisition of Solar City by Tesla, bringing Elon’s vision under one entity.

And this is way, way down the road in Elon’s entrepreneurial career – by this point he has already launched and sold several businesses for multi-million dollar figures, including PayPal.

But the vision to create a closed-loop electric vehicle existed way back in his student days where he fantasized about the concept – although at this point he didn’t have the resources at his disposal to make it reality. He stuck the concept in the back of his mind, making the other huge ventures he’s exited in-between appear a means to achieve the ultimate vision.

Whereas most would be content with 1% of the things Elon has achieved, he just keeps going – taking bigger and bigger risks, in order to achieve his overall, high-level vision.

Whilst there aren’t many people like Elon Musk in the World, it still highlights the importance of having a long-term, high-level vision – the sort of focus that would prevent you from retiring even when you have several million pounds banked, the focus that would drive you to take further risks even when you don’t need to, the focus that makes money a means to an end goal, not the end goal in itself.

Achieve this mindset and focus, and lose the emotional attachment you have to money, and that unlocks the door to unlimited success and the ability to fulfill your ultimate vision.

Focus on the Customer – Amazon

Everything Amazon does is from a customer perspective.

If you’ve ever made a complaint on an Amazon order, you’ll know how good their customer service is – they seem to throw financials out of the window and don’t hesitate to grant full refunds or replacement orders for the smallest of issues.

This shows that they are looking at the long-term, lifetime customer value and not the value attached to each individual transaction that a customer makes.

They want to keep customers happy at all costs – if they keep you happy and show exceptional service, you’ll buy from them again, and they will make the money back that they lost on the order with an issue, over the next few orders you make with them.

If you’ve ever sold on Amazon, you’ll see even more dedication to customer happiness. Sellers are faced with a set of strict metrics to meet in terms of delivery times, despatch times, customer responses, and cancellation rates. If sellers don’t meet these metrics, they are banned from selling on Amazon.

So, try not to be too short-sighted when it comes to pleasing customers. Focus on lifetime value, and retaining repeat custom, and let go of looking closely at the financials of each particular complaint.

Even if what you sell isn’t fast-moving and doesn’t attract a great deal of regular repeat custom by its very nature, word-of-mouth spreads fast, and if you show exceptional service then you’ll build a good name and encourage orders from the friends and family of existing customers.

Be Persistent – Disney

Think of Disney and you think Disneyland, cartoons, merchandise, films, Disney stores, and many more.

They are hugely successful, and known Worldwide.

But for the founder, Walt Disney, the story was more one of consistent struggle and cashflow dilemmas than of unbridled success.

He didn’t build the first Disneyland until just prior to his death, and before Disneyland his films and animations were often met with mixed reviews and varying levels of success – they borrowed millions of dollars, and faced bankruptcy several times.

But eventually, towards the end of Walt’s life, he began to see his consistent efforts and never-say-die attitude pay-off – seeing Disneyland become a huge success from the off, and other ventures begin to turn a healthy profit.

If he hadn’t smoked so heavily he may have had more time to enjoy the fruits of his labour!

But Walt’s story is inspiring nonetheless – a true visionary and a very persistent character, his legacy shows what can be achieved with this approach in business.

And that’s that!

Hopefully the above analyses provide some useful insight into how these business tips can be applied to your business and entrepreneurial journey.

If you’d like more guidance or want to learn more about starting your own business, then enroll in my 4-week business course over on Udemy today.

If you have witnessed a business successfully using certain concepts then please share them in the comments below.