13 Motivational Quotes From 13 Successful People

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People have been relying on motivation from others for centuries on end. Regardless of what task you need to accomplish, having the motivation and the perseverance to see it through is vital to your success. Friends and family can help encourage us to work hard everyday, and our bosses can micromanage us to the point that we get our work done simply to avoid being hassled, but at the end of the day we still need to find the motivation to go out and complete our goals for ourselves.

So tomorrow when you wake up at 5:00am and have to force yourself out of the warm blankets, remember these 13 great motivational quotes to help spark your determination and work ethic.

1. “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” –W. Clement Stone

When setting goals for your self, it never hurts to set some high expectations. Being willing to go out and risk your time and effort to achieve something great will not only help you achieve it, but you might also accomplish something even greater in the process.

2. “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not the desire to beat others.” –Ayn Rand

Competition is not, necessarily, a bad thing. We draw inspiration from others that are working to accomplish similar goals as ourselves. But at the end of the day, we must succeed in accomplishing our goals for ourselves, and not simply for the satisfaction of beating the competition. You cannot be truly passionate about anything if your only motivation to complete it is to achieve someone else’s failure.

3. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” –Sam Levenson

If you want to accomplish something for yourself, accept that it is going to take time. When you feel that you have set out on an impossible goal or that nothing is ever going to work out for you, just keep going. The only thing you will accomplish by giving up and moping is failure.

4. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Acquiring the knowledge to accomplish your goal is vital to your success, but if you must be able to practically apply that knowledge in order to succeed. Simply knowing how to do it is not enough, nor is simply wishing that something were already accomplished. If you can think it, you can do it, so get on your feet and do it.

5. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” –Confucius

I really don’t think I can say it any better than that.

6. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” –Thomas Edison

Once again, if you give up, the only thing you are guaranteed to accomplish is failure. You must learn to persevere through setbacks and obstacles that stand in the way of your success. If you can overcome such obstacles, then you can learn how to be successful in the future and be better prepared to take on any challenge.

7. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” –Albert Einstein

Beating out the competition is not reason enough to pursue your dream. You must be passionate about what you’re doing in order to be successful in accomplishing it. Learn to appreciate the value of your work or craft; then success will follow naturally.

8. "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” –Pablo Picasso

It might sound a bit extreme, and in a lot of cases (particularly in accomplishing goals which take time to complete) you should not take it so literally, but the general idea behind this quote from Picasso is do not procrastinate. Give everyday your best effort and avoid putting things off until tomorrow. Remember, the only time you have is now.

9. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” –John D. Rockefeller

You might be living pretty comfortably, but if you still wish for greater success, you must be willing to risk your hardwood chair for a Lay-z-Boy recliner. There is always more you can achieve, so never settle, and never give up.

10. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” –Winston Churchill

The most successful people in history failed time and time again before they were able to become truly successful. When you fail, and trust me you will, don’t just sit around feeling sorry for yourself. Stand up straight, analyze your mistakes and reasons for failing, and move on to the next attempt.

11. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” –Og Mandino

Failure is not what stops you from being successful, it is part of what helps you to become successful. Do not shy away from failure, embrace and learn from it. As long as you have the desire to succeed and the motivation to try, failure will never get the better of you.

12. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” –John Wooden

Things do not always work out the way you plan, and when they do, it does not always lead to the best possible outcome. Failure builds character and makes you a stronger individual. If you make the best of a bad situation or outcome, then you will never know what it’s like to truly fail. 

13. "What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” –Oscar Wilde

Annoying obstacles and setbacks that prevent us from achieving our goal and make the road to doing so that much more frustrating can be enough to ruin your day. The important thing to remember is that when you overcome a new obstacle, you not only bring yourself that much closer to achieving your goal, but you also arm yourself with the tools to better handle obstacles in the future.

Marc Holt
I am a marketing manager from Minnesota and a copywriter with an interest in a wide variety of topics. By night, I am a fan of '80s rock.
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