In moments of doubt, quotes from people we admire, respect, and trust can give us hope and the motivation to keep going. Here is a list of 50 quotes from people who managed to succeed despite great obstacles. These quotes will fill you with the determination to build a life of value, and realise the dreams that set your soul on fire.
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.
A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life -- think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
If you're not stubborn, you'll give up on experiments too soon. And if you're not flexible, you'll pound your head against the wall and you won't see a different solution to a problem you're trying to solve.
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
Understand that no one--especially folks who are truly successful--simply coast from achievement to achievement. The most accomplished people in the world fail and fail big. That's how they learn so much and grow so quickly and become so interesting and wise.
Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it. Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.
Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.
We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest.
If you don’t have failures, you’re not trying hard enough.
Don't be afraid to take time to learn. It's good to work for other people. I worked for others for 20 years. They paid me to learn.
What's worked for me is not quitting and being passionate about what I do and not giving up - and when I don't believe in myself, turning to others who believe in me.
I really think a champion is defined not by their wins, but how they can recover when they fall.
Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.
Entrepreneurs are the only people who will work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week. And an entrepreneur doesn't leave the work to someone else. They work those 80 hours because they're in control of their own success.
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.
If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it's within your reach. And it'll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build.
Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that's where you will find success.
People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity. Successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.
The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.
If you have a reasonable system for pursuing success, it can survive a lot of face-plants along the way. That knowledge makes success seem accessible. If you think successful people have some sort of superpower or special connections, why try?
Success begins at that magical moment when you declare to yourself, your friends and the universe that you believe you can do something different.
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.
You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.
Don’t go too fast. People have to go to school, earn their craft, and build a brand. That’s the right, healthy way to do things. If you’re an overnight sensation, you can be yesterday’s news in no time, whereas building something slowly and carefully that has value and quality, that’s what’s going to have legs.
The key to success is to start before you are ready.
Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.
Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity – not a threat.
Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.
My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
You just need to have a love for what you’re doing. It’s not about thinking that it’s the cool thing; it’s about really believing in it.
I never dreamed of success. I worked for it.
What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.
Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.
I’ve only had two rules: Do all you can and do it the best you can. It’s the only way you ever get that feeling of accomplishing something.
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.
There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people, who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Fight your fear, your laziness, your ignorance before you worry about fighting the competition.