48 Game-Changing Quotes About Success From The World’s Best Thinkers


“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do…Explore, Dream, Discover.”
– Mark Twain, author

“If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.”
– Brian Tracy, CEO Brian Tracy International

”Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company”
– Booker T. Washington

“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 other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, 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

“Success is not in what you have, but who you are.”
– Bo Bennett, founder eBookit.com

“Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.”
– Donald Trump

“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.”
– Yvon Chouinard, founder Patagonia

“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“If you want to be an entrepreneur, its not a job, it’s a lifestyle. It defines you. Forget about vacations, about going home at 6pm – last thing at night you’ll send emails, first thing in the morning you’ll read emails, and you’’ll wake up in the middle of the night. But its hugely rewarding as you’re fulfilling something for yourself.”
– Niklas Zennstrom, founder Skype and Kazaa

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
– Mark Twain

“I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.”
– Bill Gates, co-founder Microsoft

“Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.”
– Lisa Stone, co-founder and CEO BlogHer

“Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.”
– Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO O’Reilly Media

“If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock.”
– Claude McDonald

“Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.”
– Anthony Volodkin, founder of HypeMachine

“Have the end in mind and every day make sure you’re working towards it.”
– Ryan Allis, co-founder and CEO iContact

“One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.”
– Jeff Bezos

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer not a dreamer.”
– Nolan Bushnell, founder Atari and Chuck-E-Cheese’s

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
– Napoleon Hill

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”
– Bob Dylan

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
– Anais Nin

“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.”
– Michael Jordan

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
– Albert Einstein

“We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.”
– Pete Cashmore, founder and CEO Mashable

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
– Florence Nightingale

“The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says ‘Go!’ – a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’
– E.M Kelly, U.S Army

“The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.”
– Seth Godin

“There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.”
– Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote

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

“Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.”
– Jim Rohn

“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.”
– Mark Zuckerberg

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”
– Amelia Earhart

“You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.”
– Unknown

Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you.”
– Tony Hsieh, CEO Zappos

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
– Maya Angelou

“Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.”
– Sara Blakely, founder SPANX

“Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.”
– Jack Dorsey, founder Twitter

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.”
– Henry Ford

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
– Walt Disney, founder Disney

”Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently… A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.”
– Henry Ford

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.”
– Richard Branson

“You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.”
– Steve Case, co-founder AOL

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

“Fail often so you can succeed sooner.”
– Tom Kelley, founder Ideo

“An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.”
– Roy Ash, co-founder Litton Industries

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

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”
– Napoleon Hill

“Don’t take too much advice. Most people who have a lot of advice to give — with a few exceptions — generalize whatever they did. Don’t over-analyze everything… Just build things and find out if they work.”
– Ben Silbermann, founder Pinterest