1) Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
2) When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.
3) Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
4) Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
5) Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
6) Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
7) When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
— Elon Musk
8) The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
9) The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
10) Imagine your life is perfect in every respect; What would it look like?
11) Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
12) We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.
— Henry Link
13) Energy and persistence conquer all things.
14) For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.
15) Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.
16) Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
— Robert Louis Stevenson
17) A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.
Why is it important for you to define success?
- It will determine everything you do
- Everything you do determines the quality of your future
- Your future always comes in the form of ‘today’
Defining success gives you an anchor to what is true to you. It helps you stay focused and puts you on a path toward your success.
“Where focus goes, energy flows.”
The term “success” has often been related to having a lot of money, but a more accurate definition of success comes from Oxford Dictionary: “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”
If success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose then success must mean something different to each person.
Maybe success to one person is taking care of their needs while success to someone else is earning $1,000,000 dollars.
The person who defines success as taking care of their needs prioritizes that first in their life, whereas the person who wants to make $1,000,000 dollars may prioritize making money first. Someone who sees success as balancing work with passion will prioritize work with their passion, but in all scenarios each person is guided by what success means to them.
So instead of debating the question “what is real success?” Ask yourself “what does success mean to me?”
When you know what success is for you you automatically put yourself on a path toward that success, but there are distractions all around us. If you don’t have an anchor of what success means to you, to focus on, you’ll get pushed and pulled and never achieve success. Some people spend their entire lives wandering around this Earth questioning why they were never able to achieve success.
Don’t let that be you.
Write down what success means to you on a notecard.
Put it somewhere that you’ll be able to see it everyday.
Let your definition of success guide you to it.
It can be defined in a number of different ways.
The first definition of failure in the dictionary is “lack of success.”
The second definition of failure in the dictionary is “the omission of expected or required action.”
There are more definitions of failure in the dictionary and although they have close meanings, just a few different words can change the meaning of a word completely.
Looking at the first two definitions of failure it seems to me that those two definitions are quite different.
Personally I don’t believe “lack of success” is an accurate definition of failure because success can also be defined in countless ways. A lot of people consider having lots of money equals success but many people are born into wealth…Are they successful?
For me, the second definition of failure seems more accurate: “The omission of expected or required action.” This definition is more accurate because it tells me that failure is not doing what one knows they should do in order to achieve something. This definition is accurate to me even though successful people fail from time to time. The one thing they don’t do is fail for good. They persist through failure. They see failure as a lesson to learn from instead of a barrier.
It really is okay to fail. And it’s okay to give up too. It’s all okay. But can you accept giving up in pursuit of something you haven’t achieved yet?
Pursuing a dream will involve failures. You choose if they are temporary or fatal failures. Your real choices show up in your actions.
It truly is okay either way. The world will go on with or without us. The real question is, will you go on with or without your dream?
What does success mean to you?
Is it a lot of money? Cars? Traveling? Being with family? Doing what you love?
Society has had the notion that success means having a lot of money, and maybe that’s success for some people, but not for everyone.
Part of success to me means doing work I love doing, helping others along the way and surrounding myself with family and good friends.
Success is only a word that has a different meaning to everyone.
There isn’t “One” way of achieving success, there are multiple.
So one of the most important questions you can ask yourself is, “What does success mean to me?”
49 Quotes on Success
1) “So first we gotta define success for ourselves then we have to put in the work to maintain it, take that daily tally. Tend our garden. Keep the things that are important to us in good shape.”
2) ”Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
3) “The greatness of a man is not how much wealth he acquires, but in his ability to affect those around him around him positively.”
4) “There are many aspects to success; material wealth is only one component. …But success also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological stability, a sense of well-being, and peace of mind.”
5) “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
6) “Success is really nothing more than the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. This means that any person who knows what they are doing and where they are going is a success. Any person with a goal towards which they are working is a successful person.”
7) “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
8) “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
9) “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.”
10) “I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”
11) “Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.”
Roy T. Bennett
12) “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.”
13) “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
14) “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.”
15) “Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”
Dalai Lama XIV
16) “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”
17) “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”
18) “Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”
Robert T. Kiyosaki
19) “The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.”
20) “I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.”
21) “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”
George Bernard Shaw
22) “The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”
23) “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.”
24) “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”
25) “I’ve had great success being a total idiot. ”
26) “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
27) “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
Booker T. Washington
28) “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
29) “Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”
30) “To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great.”
31) “Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.”
32) “The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”
33) “Action is the foundational key to all success.”
34) “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”
35) “I attribute my success to this—I never gave or took any excuse.”
36) “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
37) “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
38) “Your true success in life begins only when you make the commitment to become excellent at what you do.”
39) “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life—and that is why I succeed.”
40) “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
41) “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”
42) “What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.”
43) “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.”
44) “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.”
Thomas J. Watson
45) “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”
46) “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
47) “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
48) “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”
49) “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.”
Vincent Van Gogh, Michael Jordan, Thomas Edison, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg, Dr. Seuss, Oprah, Steve Jobs, Elvis Presley, Mark Cuban, and just about every other successful person.
What do all these people have in common?
Failure. Rejections. People doubting them.
But they also had & have perseverance & belief in their vision.
It’s more than a mindset.
It’s a pull.
Life pulls people toward their destiny but few people listen to life.
“Be in the world but not of the world.”
The world tells you to settle.
Life, the infinite, gives you signs of what you should do—your passions, hobbies, interests, etc.
But the world tells you you can’t do that as a career.
They tell you you’ll fail.
And you will. At first.
But in time you will succeed.
“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”
• J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter book was rejected 12 times before it was accepted.
• Dr. Suess’s first book was rejected 28 times before it was accepted.
• Stephen King’s first book, Carrie, was rejected by 30 publishers before it was accepted.
• Oprah was told she wasn’t fit to be on television.
• Steve Jobs was fired from the company that HE CREATED!
• Thomas Edison talks about failing over 10,000 times.
• Walt Disney experienced bankruptcy and a mental breakdown
• Vincent Van Gogh only sold ONE painting during his lifetime…He made over 900 paintings.
They never gave up because their purpose was never about “money.”
They “failed” over, and over, and over again, and again, and again.
Or maybe they just found a lot of ways that didn’t work.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward.”
Thomas A. Edison
The world laughed at them. And they will laugh at you if you try to attempt anything great, anything outside the “norm.”
Laugh with them. It is funny. And it will be even more funny when you make it, because it’s not about the critics and it’s not even about you. Your life’s work has a deeper purpose. It is life living through you.
It is Love.
As you begin to follow your life’s purpose, and it is hard in the beginning when you are experiencing failures, but the pull toward your purpose will grow within you. Your vision will be tested but your belief in it will grow as you persevere through the difficult times.
“Gold is tested by fire, and human character is tested in the furnace of humiliation.”
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
Don’t fear failure. Fear never trying.
More inspiring quotes to help you persevere through failure:
“The phoenix must burn to emerge.”
“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. It is good to have a failure while you’re young because it teaches you so much. For one thing it makes you aware that such a thing can happen to anybody, and once you’ve lived through the worst, you’re never quite as vulnerable afterward.”
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”
“Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”
“Failure is success if we learn from it.”
“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.”
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Robert F. Kennedy
“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.”
“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
“It is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.”
I was in my senior year of high school when I was asked for the millionth time by another “adult:” “What are you going to major in?”
I had no idea. Later that evening I was talking to my dad & I asked him what he thought I should major in. I’m sure he gave me some ideas but what I vividly remember from that conversation is him telling me that it’s also okay if I don’t know right now.
“It’s okay to not know.”
That answer seemed somewhat surprising after numerous teachers & “adults” spoke of how important it was to know what you were going to major in.
This advice gave me a huge sense of relief and I still use it today in a number of situations.
I went into college with no major, undeclared, for my first 2 years, then I actually had to decide.
I chose based off of what my interests were, not off of what would make me the most money, and I am happy with my choices. I have a degree in Sport Management, a minor in Business, and a Masters of Education degree.
I wasn’t worried about the future when I entered college undeclared.
My focus was on the day at hand. My focus was to live life to the fullest while completing everything needed to graduate.
I knew that it was okay to not try to know exactly how my future would pan out, but to trust it would turn out well, and I took actions based on that faith, like this quote from Alan Watts:
“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”
But it can be easy to get caught up in worrying about the countless tasks you need to complete. I do that sometimes, but when I know I’m worrying I remind myself to focus on what I can do to return to peace of mind.
Worry can be a motivator to get things done, but it can be a cage as well. Uncertainty lives with all of us, every single day. It’s always there, like gravity. How will you deal with it?
“The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty that you can comfortably live with.”
So it’s completely okay to not know.
“The only thing I know is that I know nothing.”
But what happens when you really want to know?
You want to know the answer.
You want to know what to do.
You want to know what will happen.
You want certainty in uncertain things and there are ways to create some certainty during uncertain times.
There are ways to create some certainty during uncertain times.
—One way is to dwell in the idea that life is working out in everyone’s best interest, even during down times. And if you’re constantly hating your job then that could be life telling you to quit & find work that you enjoy.
—The second way is to focus on making progress.
If you really want to “grab life by the horns” and take control of your life, progress is key. You might feel stuck at a job you hate or lost in what you think you should do.
How can you make progress?
—Begin by asking yourself “what does my ideal life look like?”
Think about ideals in a variety of aspects in your life: Financial, relationships, career, hobbies, environment, etc.
This is the time to let go of any limiting beliefs you have and raise your standards.
Even if you don’t believe you can have your ideal life just pretend for a moment and think about what it would look like.
—Know your “why.”
Why do you want your ideal life? Think about all your reasons. It could be for your happiness, to provide for your family, to start a charity, to buy a new car, etc.
Begin taking action toward your ideal life. Your reasons for making it happen will grow stronger from here.
Uncertainty surrounds us every day.
How will you make the most of it?
“The root of suffering is resisting the certainty that no matter what the circumstances, uncertainty is all we truly have.”
“We absolutely must leave room for doubt or there is no progress and there is no learning. There is no learning without having to pose a question. And a question requires doubt. People search for certainty. But there is no certainty. People are terrified — how can you live and not know? It is not odd at all. You only think you know, as a matter of fact. And most of your actions are based on incomplete knowledge and you really don’t know what it is all about, or what the purpose of the world is, or know a great deal of other things. It is possible to live and not know.”
“There are many things of which we are completely unaware—in fact, there are things of which we are so unaware, we don’t even know we are unaware of them.”
“Suspecting and knowing are not the same.”
“People don’t know that they don’t know. Remember that before you hold it against them.”
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.”
“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
“Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.”
Richard Buckminster Fuller
“Beyond all sciences, philosophies, theologies, and histories, a child’s relentless inquiry is truly all it takes to remind us that we don’t know as much as we think we know.”
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Questions. Questions. Questions.
Everyone is looking for answers. No one is looking for questions.
But the answer is within the question.
Research has been done by scientists on the power questions have on human brains.
Questions trigger a reflex in humans know as “instinctive elaboration,” which means when someone asks you a question, the question takes over the brain’s thought process.
Behavioral scientists Morwitz, Johnson, and Schmittlein did a study on this topic and found that asking people questions about their futures significantly influenced their decisions. This is known as the “mere measurement effect.” The study was done in 1993 with over 40,000 participants by asking them if they were going to purchase a new car within six months. This question increased their purchase rates by 35%.
Similar surveys have been done on the topics of voting, donating blood, exercise frequency, and more.
Each survey found that all these behaviors can be increased by asking about them!
Your mind is powerful!
Research has found that the more the brain thinks about a certain behavior, the more likely it is that you will do it.
Thinking about something can change your behavior and sensations.
Imagine sipping some warm hot chocolate.
Can you taste it?
Can you notice your mind shifted its focus from where it was to the hot chocolate?
Your mind is powerful…
So if you never ask a question, you will never get an answer.
If you ask a negative question like, “why do bad things always happen to me?” You will get an answer, and it will reinforce bad things happening to you.
If you ask a positive question like, “how can I live my best life?” You will get an answer and it will reinforce ideas of how you can live your best life.
Questions are powerful tools you can use to live more of the life you want to live.
Here are some others who strongly agree:
“Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.”
“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”
“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”
“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”
“Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
“One of the many qualities that separate self-made billionaires from the rest of us is their ability to ask the right questions.”
“Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.”
E. E. Cummings
“If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.”
W. Edwards Deming
“Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.”
“I think that probably the most important thing about our education was that it taught us to question even those things we thought we knew.”
“He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.”
“A wise man’s question contains half the answer.”
Solomon Ibn Gabirol
“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”
7 powerful questions Tony Robbins asks to spark positive emotions are:
—What am I happy about in my life now?
—What am I excited about in my life now?
—What am I proud about in my life now?
—What am I grateful about in my life now?
—What am I enjoying in life right now?
—What am I committed to in my life right now?
—Who do I love? Who loves me?
What are 3 other questions you can think of that by asking yourself them will help you achieve a goal?