Last week I was fortunate enough to enjoy a dinner with some incredibly inspirational people who were sharing stories and anecdotes about their lives, and how they managed to find success. One person who was in attendance was the real estate developer Pedro Martin, a man who was awarded the coveted developer of the year award from the American Institute of Architecture. It was the speech form Pedro in particular that really stuck with me, especially when he talked about how he loved to surround himself with quotes from other successful people.
I took Pedro’s advice and selected some of my favourite quotes about success and I printed them out and put them around my office. I wanted to share these quotes with you in the hope that they can inspire you to find the success which you are looking for.
“Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.”
— Vinnie Rege
“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
– Calvin Coolidge
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
“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 the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
“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, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”
– Swami Vivekananda
“Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.”
– Denis Waitley
These are just my own favourite quotes and the ones which inspire you the most will of course be down to you. In saying this, I would love it if you could share any inspirational quotes about success with us in the comments section below this post.