How To Be A Success By The All-time Greats
Success. It’s something we all want yet often believe we’ll never achieve. Nobody ever said that achieving success, whatever your own interpretation of it might be, is easy. So with this in mind, it’s wise to heed the words and wisdom of the greats who have been there and done it.
If you’re chasing your own dream of happiness and prosperity, these quotes from some of the all-time-great greats might prove inspiring. Some of these names are ones you’ll recognise straight away, others possibly not. What is certain is that these are the great men and women who pushed boundaries, achieved success, and, in some cases, changed the world around them through their sheer force of will, in their own way.
Prepare to be inspired.
Winston Churchill – Iconic British Statesman, Writer, and wartime Prime Minister of Britain during World War 2
“Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Richard Branson – Founder of Virgin Group
“The brave may not live forever – but the cautious do not live at all”
“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.”
“As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live.”
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”
“Only a fool never changes his mind.”
Michael Jordan – NBA Hall of Famer
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed.”
General George Patton – American Commander of the US Seventh Army in World War 2
“Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom.”
Steve Jobs – former Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
“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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”
“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.”
Martin Luther King. Jr – Activist, and humanitarian & Civil Rights leader
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Henry Ford – Founder of Ford Motor Company
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
“If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.”
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
Mark Zuckerberg – Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Facebook
“If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”
Bill Gates – Philanthropist, and Co-founder of Microsoft
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
Vince Lombardi – Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1959-1967
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
Mark Twain – American author and humourist
“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.”
Howard Schultz – CEO of Starbucks
“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.”
Walt Disney – American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, and film producer
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Donald Trump – Chairman of the Trump Organisation, and US Presidential candidate
“Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.”
Confucius – Ancient Chinese teacher, editor, politician and philosopher
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Thomas Edison – Inventor of the electric lightbulb, and businessman
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
A common theme?
There are common themes which run through these quotes, and common character traits that these great men and women possess, with dedication, hard-work, and a refusal to lie down and give-up being chief amongst them.
The truth is this – we can’t all be great, or do great things, but we can do the things we do with great love. This is success in a nutshell, particularly if we can make a living through doing it.
So, here’s to success!
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