Motivating Success Quotes That Will Help You Achieve More

Jacqueline Walker

No matter where you’re at on your journey, these success quotes will inspire you!

Success is influenced by several factors, including creative thinking, enthusiasm, and the belief in your dreams and ideas.

It is also impacted by your faith that the things you dream and hope for are possible and that you can transform them into a reality.

But I believe action and effort are the true keys to achieving success.

You cannot accomplish anything solely because you have a dream and believe in it.

You can wish, hope, pray, and have faith forever – but unless those things are coupled with taking some steps to realize those dreams, success will keep its distance.

It’s like standing at the dark opening of a tunnel.

Unless you move forward, you will never see the light at the end or get to the other side.

So it is with reaching for success.

You must be forward-thinking, and you must attempt to advance – move ahead, step forward – to achieve the things you hope for.

The importance of action and effort has been echoed repeatedly by those who have not only dreamed, but have in fact, succeeded.

Their accomplishments stand as inspiration for us to push ahead.

The selected success quotes below can provide direction as you endeavor to run your own race and grasp the winning prize.

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Motivating success quotes that will help you move forward faster

Your actions will drive progress that should lead to success.

1. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

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2. “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” – Tony Robbins

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3. “Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – Lolly Daskal

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4. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson

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5. “The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.” – Napoleon Hill

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6. “Failure is success in progress.” – Albert Einstein

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7. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

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8. “Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?” – Frank Scully

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9. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

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10. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” – George S. Patton

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Your level of success is commensurate with your level of effort.

11. “Success and effort will always come down to this: focus and effort. And we control both.” – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

12. “Men who know exactly what they want of life, and are determined to get it, do not stop with wishing. They intensify their wishes into a burning desire, and back that desire with continuous effort based on a sound plan.” – Andrew Carnegie

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13. “If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

14. “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” – Henry Ford

15. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” – Thomas J. Watson

16. “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

17. “Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.” – Jimmy Spithill

18. “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman

19. “Continuous effort not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Winston Churchill

20. “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” – John Wooden

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21. “Successful people begin where failures leave off. Never settle for ‘just getting the job done.’ Excel!” —Tom Hopkins

22. “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.” – Steve Wozniak

23. “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.” — Robert Kiyosaki

24. “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” – Dale Carnegie

25. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” — John Wooden

26. “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward

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27. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” — Arthur Ashe

28. “If you don’t care about what people think, you already passed the first step of success.” – Paulo Coelho

29. “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.”

Reverend (Dr.) Martin Luther King, Jr.

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30. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

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31. “The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.” — Zig Ziglar

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32. “Success is my only option, failure’s not.” – Eminem

33. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life—and that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan

34. “Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” – Richard Bach

35. “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.” — Margaret Thatcher

36. “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” – Bobby Unser

37. “Behind every successful man there’s a lot of unsuccessful years.” – Bob Brown

38. “Remember, success is a journey not a destination. Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine.” – Bruce Lee

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39. “When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, this is happiness, this is success.” – Orison Swett Marden

40. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

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41. “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

42. “Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.” – Denis Waitley

43. “Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” — Arnold H. Glascow

44. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

45. “Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” —Paul J. Meyer

46. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” –
Robert Collier

47. “Slow and steady is better than fast and shaky.” – Maxime Lagacé

48. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

49. “The people who succeed are irrationally passionate about something.” – Naval Ravikant

50. “Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration, and inspiration.” – Evan Esar

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51. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.” – W.C. Fields

52. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville

53. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

54. “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” – Coco Chanel

55. “Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others.” – Roy T. Bennett

56. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.” – Mark Twain

57. “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt

58. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

59. “If you try and lose then it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t try and we lose, then it’s all your fault.” – Orson Scott Card

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60. “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” – Winston S. Churchill

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61. “Never was anything great achieved without danger.” ― Niccolo Machiavelli

62. “The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.” ― Stephen Richards

63. “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” ― George Bernard Shaw

64. “Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.” ― Zig Ziglar

65. “If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.” ― Dr Roopleen

66. “Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

67. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” ― Dale Carnegie

68. “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” ― Joyce Brothers

69. “Don’t mistake activity with achievement.” ― John Wooden

70. “Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent” ― Robert Greene

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71. “Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.” — Marilyn vos Savant

72. “A failure isn’t a failure if it prepares you for success tomorrow.” — Lolo Jones

73. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau

74. “Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.” — Wilferd Peterson

75. “Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.” — Sumner Redstone

76. “The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly.” — Cecil B. DeMille

77. “There is no success without hardship.” — Sophocles

78. “Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.” — Marva Collins

79. “The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.” — Joyce Brothers

80. “I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” — George Burns

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Did you enjoy reading these success quotes?

Remember: Success is the blossoming of your dreams – that’s why it requires action and effort!  

You can have the greatest ideas in the world and you can devise the best-laid plans.

Still, these will not yield expected results unless you make the effort to turn them into more than just feelings in your heart, thoughts in your mind, or possibilities on paper.

So take a step.

Focus and use your energy.

The results will be well worth it.

Let your actions and effort work together to transport you to a destination where you can finally reap the awaiting harvest.

Which of these success quotes resonated with you best?

Do you have any other motivational quotes to add?

Let us know in the comment section below.

Jacqueline Walker
Jacqueline P. Walker has over 30 years of leadership experience. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (Psychology/ English/Communication Arts) and completed graduate coursework inOrganizational and Technology Management. She is a Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) with certificates in Workplace Communications, Data Analytics, Business Strategy: Achieving Competitive Advantage, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She shares this valuable knowledge, experience, and training by craftingwritten content encourages and inspires others to identify theirpassions and pursue their purpose. Her work provides tangible tools tohelp with goal definition and achievement.Jacqueline also volunteers for a local organization developing anddelivering presentations along with coaching presenters and projectmanagers to provide information that motivates event participants tostrive for success.
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  1. Leeana

    April 1, 2019 at 12:25 AM

    “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” great!

  2. Hazel grey

    March 31, 2019 at 1:50 AM

    “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” 👍

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