Orison Swett Marden

Genius, that power which dazzles mortal eyes, is oft but perseverance in disguise.

Ingvar Kamprad

The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.

Deepak Malhotra

I don’t know of anybody who has been extremely successful when they’ve taken on something much bigger than they’re used to without a good dose of humility. Humility is what forces you to be prepared. Humility is what forces you to say “I don’t know everything” or “I don’t fully understand all these people, so I’m going to have to listen rather than just tell … [ Read more ]

John Burroughs

A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

Dave Weinbaum

Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen.

Samuel Smiles

In the affairs of life or of business, it is not intellect that tells so much as character — not brains so much as heart — not genius so much as self-control, patience, and discipline, regulated by judgment.

Michael E. Raynor

When setting priorities it is helpful to distinguish between absolute and relative performance. Absolute performance sets the minimum requirements — are you in the red or black, are you growing or contracting? Relative performance, expressed in percentile rankings, tells you where you have the most room for improvement and sets an upper bound on what is reasonable for you, given how well you’re already performing … [ Read more ]

Susan Fowler

I was a longtime aficionado of SMART goal setting when the “M” stood for “Measurable.” However, over time, I found that a specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound goal simply was not SMART enough. I changed the “M” to “Motivating” and moved measurable into the “S” (Specific). Adding another dimension to make my goals more emotionally compelling worked for me. It seemed to work for … [ Read more ]

John Paul DeJoria

he difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is the successful people do all the things the unsuccessful people don’t want to do.

Mark Cuban

It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because […] all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell … [ Read more ]

Dale Carnegie

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.

Al Bernstein

Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.

Brendon Burchard

I’ve seen that phenomenally successful people believe they can learn something from everybody. I call them ‘mavericks with mentors.’ Richard Branson, for instance, is a total maverick, but he surrounds himself with incredibly successful, smart people and he listens to them.

Robert Brault

Among the things that you, and you alone, are the absolute and final judge of is whether or not you are a success.

Michael Schrage

Entrepreneurial genius—individual or collective—is a constant, torturous struggle between “being your best” and winning. Greatness without triumph isn’t truly great, but winning without being the best you can be is also a failure on some level.

Bob Sutton

It’s interesting, the people who are really good at getting things done, they’re not just optimists. In fact, research shows they have high positive and high negative affect, which means they’re really optimistic and confident things will turn out in the end, but they’re really, really worried about every little detail and how it’s going to screw things up.

Tom Landry

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.

Henry Willard Austin

Genius, that power which dazzles mortal eyes, is oft but Perseverance in disguise.

Ron Whitman

There are 2 types of folks who make it: the lucky ones, and the persistent ones.

Hugh MacLeod

What people say they want and what people are willing to work their ass off to get are two different things.