Sometimes all the inspiration you need to guide your team successfully can be found in a few simple words of wisdom.

Leadership is lonely. No matter how big your team, sometimes it's just you--which means you sometimes need to look inside yourself for motivation and inspiration.

Or you can find personal inspiration from someone who has been there, done that...and done it well.

Here are some of my favorite leadership quotes. Tweet them, share them, but most important, use them to help you become an even better leader than you already are.
  1. "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." Eleanor Roosevelt
  2. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." William Arthur Ward
  3. "It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse." Adlai E. Stevenson II
  4. "Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. "Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. "The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." Ronald Reagan
  7. "Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men--the other 999 follow women." Groucho Marx
  8. "Don't waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you're the boss. Or they won't. Who cares? Do your thing, and don't care if they like it." Tina Fey
  9. "Power isn't control at all--power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own." Beth Revis
  10. "Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results." George Patton
  11. "I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men." Lao Tzu
  12. "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." Dwight D. Eisenhower
  13. "Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan. John F. Kennedy
  14. "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Peter F. Drucker
  15. "You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." Woodrow Wilson
  16. "Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing." Albert Schweitzer
  17. "Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." John C. Maxwell
  18. "The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones." Brandon Sanderson
  19. "Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another." John C. Maxwell
  20. "You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out." Steve Jobs
  21. "A leader...is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind." Nelson Mandela
  22. "Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off." Colin Powell
  23. "Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas?" Margaret Thatcher
  24. "A leader is a dealer in hope." Napoleon
  25. "The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it." Theodore Roosevelt
  26. "I don't see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers." Tupac Shakur
  27. "If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see." Henry David Thoreau
  28. "I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself." Robert E. Lee
  29. "The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership." Colin Powell
  30. "Consensus: The process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner: 'I stand for consensus?'" Margaret Thatcher
  31. "A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." Rosalynn Carter
  32. "There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust." Klaus Balkenhol
  33. "You get in life what you have the courage to ask for." Nancy D. Solomon
  34. "In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are." Max De Pree
  35. "We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark." Whoopi Goldberg
  36. "A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own." Beth Revis
  37. "Always remember, Son, the best boss is the one who bosses the least. Whether it's cattle, or horses, or men; the least government is the best government." Ralph Moody
  38. "If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing." Brad Szollose
  39. "'Give as few orders as possible,' his father had told him once long ago. 'Once you've given orders on a subject, you must always give orders on that subject.'" Frank Herbert (from Dune)
  40. "The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes." Tony Blair
  41. "Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through." Jarod Kintz
  42. "In a battle between two ideas, the best one doesn't necessarily win. No, the idea that wins is the one with the most fearless heretic behind it." Seth Godin
  43. "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  44. "Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability." Patrick Lencioni
  45. "No guts, no story." Chris Brady
  46. "Leadership is an action, not a position." Donald McGannon
  47. "Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way" Ronald Reagan
  48. "I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: try to please everybody." Herbert Bayard Swope
  49. "Show me the man you honor and I will know what kind of man you are." Thomas John Carlisle
  50. "The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly." Jim Rohn
  51. "A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason." J.P. Morgan
  52. "If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything." Tom Rath
  53. "Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar." Orrin Woodward
  54. "Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter." Jaachynma N.E. Agu
  55. "Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision." Peter F. Drucker
  56. "When you put together deep knowledge about a subject that intensely matters to you, charisma happens. You gain courage to share your passion, and when you do that, folks follow." Jerry Porras
  57. "A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them." M.D. Arnold
  58. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Martin Luther King, Jr.
  59. "The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet." Father Theodore M. Hesburgh
  60. "It is absolutely necessary...for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders." George Washington
  61. "When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter." Winston Churchill
  62. "A leader takes people where they would never go on their own." Hans Finzel
  63. "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." Ken Kesey
  64. "A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd." Max Lucado
  65. "Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position." Brian Tracy
  66. "I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." Ralph Nader
  67. "Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm." Publilius Syrus
  68. "A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  69. "My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better." Steve Jobs
  70. "People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision." John Maxwell
  71. "To have long-term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way." Pat Riley
  72. "A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit." John Maxwell
  73. "A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week." George Patton
  74. "Earn your leadership every day." Michael Jordan
  75. "Success at the highest level comes down to one question: 'Can you make the choice that your happiness can come from someone else's success?' No one has qualities like courage, vision, charisma, adaptability, and decisiveness in equal measure. But every great leader does make the same decision--and so can you." Jeff Haden (sorry, couldn't resist)
75 Inspiring Motivational Quotes on Leadership

75 Inspiring Motivational Quotes on Leadership

Sometimes all the inspiration you need to guide your team successfully can be found in a few simple words of wisdom.

Leadership is lonely. No matter how big your team, sometimes it's just you--which means you sometimes need to look inside yourself for motivation and inspiration.

Or you can find personal inspiration from someone who has been there, done that...and done it well.

Here are some of my favorite leadership quotes. Tweet them, share them, but most important, use them to help you become an even better leader than you already are.
  1. "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." Eleanor Roosevelt
  2. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." William Arthur Ward
  3. "It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse." Adlai E. Stevenson II
  4. "Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. "Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. "The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." Ronald Reagan
  7. "Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men--the other 999 follow women." Groucho Marx
  8. "Don't waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you're the boss. Or they won't. Who cares? Do your thing, and don't care if they like it." Tina Fey
  9. "Power isn't control at all--power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own." Beth Revis
  10. "Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results." George Patton
  11. "I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men." Lao Tzu
  12. "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." Dwight D. Eisenhower
  13. "Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan. John F. Kennedy
  14. "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Peter F. Drucker
  15. "You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." Woodrow Wilson
  16. "Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing." Albert Schweitzer
  17. "Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." John C. Maxwell
  18. "The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones." Brandon Sanderson
  19. "Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another." John C. Maxwell
  20. "You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out." Steve Jobs
  21. "A leader...is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind." Nelson Mandela
  22. "Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off." Colin Powell
  23. "Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas?" Margaret Thatcher
  24. "A leader is a dealer in hope." Napoleon
  25. "The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it." Theodore Roosevelt
  26. "I don't see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers." Tupac Shakur
  27. "If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see." Henry David Thoreau
  28. "I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself." Robert E. Lee
  29. "The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership." Colin Powell
  30. "Consensus: The process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner: 'I stand for consensus?'" Margaret Thatcher
  31. "A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." Rosalynn Carter
  32. "There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust." Klaus Balkenhol
  33. "You get in life what you have the courage to ask for." Nancy D. Solomon
  34. "In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are." Max De Pree
  35. "We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark." Whoopi Goldberg
  36. "A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own." Beth Revis
  37. "Always remember, Son, the best boss is the one who bosses the least. Whether it's cattle, or horses, or men; the least government is the best government." Ralph Moody
  38. "If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing." Brad Szollose
  39. "'Give as few orders as possible,' his father had told him once long ago. 'Once you've given orders on a subject, you must always give orders on that subject.'" Frank Herbert (from Dune)
  40. "The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes." Tony Blair
  41. "Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through." Jarod Kintz
  42. "In a battle between two ideas, the best one doesn't necessarily win. No, the idea that wins is the one with the most fearless heretic behind it." Seth Godin
  43. "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  44. "Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability." Patrick Lencioni
  45. "No guts, no story." Chris Brady
  46. "Leadership is an action, not a position." Donald McGannon
  47. "Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way" Ronald Reagan
  48. "I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: try to please everybody." Herbert Bayard Swope
  49. "Show me the man you honor and I will know what kind of man you are." Thomas John Carlisle
  50. "The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly." Jim Rohn
  51. "A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason." J.P. Morgan
  52. "If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything." Tom Rath
  53. "Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar." Orrin Woodward
  54. "Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter." Jaachynma N.E. Agu
  55. "Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision." Peter F. Drucker
  56. "When you put together deep knowledge about a subject that intensely matters to you, charisma happens. You gain courage to share your passion, and when you do that, folks follow." Jerry Porras
  57. "A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them." M.D. Arnold
  58. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Martin Luther King, Jr.
  59. "The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet." Father Theodore M. Hesburgh
  60. "It is absolutely necessary...for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders." George Washington
  61. "When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter." Winston Churchill
  62. "A leader takes people where they would never go on their own." Hans Finzel
  63. "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." Ken Kesey
  64. "A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd." Max Lucado
  65. "Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position." Brian Tracy
  66. "I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." Ralph Nader
  67. "Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm." Publilius Syrus
  68. "A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  69. "My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better." Steve Jobs
  70. "People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision." John Maxwell
  71. "To have long-term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way." Pat Riley
  72. "A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit." John Maxwell
  73. "A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week." George Patton
  74. "Earn your leadership every day." Michael Jordan
  75. "Success at the highest level comes down to one question: 'Can you make the choice that your happiness can come from someone else's success?' No one has qualities like courage, vision, charisma, adaptability, and decisiveness in equal measure. But every great leader does make the same decision--and so can you." Jeff Haden (sorry, couldn't resist)
Sometimes the inspiration you need to achieve your dreams can be found in a few simple words of wisdom.

Success, as with most things, starts with attitude. When you're struggling, a small burst of inspiration can make a huge difference.

Here are 75 quotes about success to inspire you to keep pushing forward and achieve your dreams.

  1. "If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success." James Cameron
  2. "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." Henry David Thoreau
  3. "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." John Wooden
  4. "Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence." Lisa M. Amos
  5. "If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." Jim Rohn
  6. "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life--think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success." Swami Vivekananda
  7. "Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion." Tony Hsieh
  8. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney
  9. "If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do." Anonymous
  10. "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." Winston Churchill
  11. "Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them." Vaibhav Shah
  12. "Success? I don't know what that word means. I'm happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody's eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That's a good day for me." Denzel Washington
  13. "Opportunities don't happen. You create them." Chris Grosser
  14. "Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." Albert Einstein
  15. "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." Charles Darwin
  16. "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." Eleanor Roosevelt
  17. "The best revenge is massive success." Frank Sinatra
  18. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Edison
  19. "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." David Brinkley
  20. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt
  21. "The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do, and then do it." Henry Ford
  22. "If you're going through hell, keep going." Winston Churchill
  23. "What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." Oscar Wilde
  24. "The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success." Bruce Feirstein
  25. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." John D. Rockefeller
  26. "Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." Nathaniel Hawthorne
  27. "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Albert Einstein
  28. "There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed." Ray Goforth
  29. "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." Arthur Ashe
  30. "People ask, 'What's the best role you've ever played?' The next one." Kevin Kline
  31. "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." Thomas Jefferson
  32. "The starting point of all achievement is desire." Napoleon Hill
  33. "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out." Robert Collier
  34. "If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work." Thomas J. Watson
  35. "All progress takes place outside the comfort zone." Michael John Bobak
  36. "You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing." Philippos
  37. "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear." Mark Twain
  38. "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." Pablo Picasso
  39. "We become what we think about most of the time, and that's the strangest secret." Earl Nightingale
  40. "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." Vidal Sassoon
  41. "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone." Bill Cosby
  42. "Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending." Carl Bard
  43. "I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing." Martha Stewart
  44. "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
  45. "The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself." Mark Caine
  46. "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." Mark Twain
  47. "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." Bruce Lee
  48. "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy." Jimmy Spithill
  49. "Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down." Charles F. Kettering
  50. "If you genuinely want something, don't wait for it--teach yourself to be impatient." Gurbaksh Chahal
  51. "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something--your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." Steve Jobs
  52. "If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!" T. Harv Eker
  53. "Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better." Jim Rohn
  54. "The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors." Napoleon Hill
  55. "In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it." Jane Smiley
  56. "Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." George Bernard Shaw
  57. "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
  58. "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." Jim Ryun
  59. "Our greatest fear should not be of failure ... but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter." Francis Chan
  60. "If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." Jim Rohn
  61. "Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don't have a plan." Larry Winget
  62. "To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can't just accept the ones you like." Mike Gafka
  63. "Be content to act, and leave the talking to others." Baltasar
  64. "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." Margaret Thatcher
  65. "Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment." Stephen Covey
  66. "I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite." G. K. Chesterton
  67. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas A. Edison
  68. "The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize." Robert Hughes
  69. "What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?" Robert Schuller
  70. "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing." Abraham Lincoln
  71. "Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential." John Maxwell
  72. "Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that's where you will find success." Thomas J. Watson
  73. "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." Albert Einstein
  74. "Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there's an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen." Dax Shepard
  75. "My tombstone? I'm thinking something along the lines of, 'Geez, he was just here a minute ago.'" George Carlin

75 Inspiring Motivational Quotes About Success

75 Inspiring Motivational Quotes About Success

Sometimes the inspiration you need to achieve your dreams can be found in a few simple words of wisdom.

Success, as with most things, starts with attitude. When you're struggling, a small burst of inspiration can make a huge difference.

Here are 75 quotes about success to inspire you to keep pushing forward and achieve your dreams.

  1. "If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success." James Cameron
  2. "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." Henry David Thoreau
  3. "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." John Wooden
  4. "Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence." Lisa M. Amos
  5. "If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." Jim Rohn
  6. "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life--think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success." Swami Vivekananda
  7. "Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion." Tony Hsieh
  8. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney
  9. "If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do." Anonymous
  10. "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." Winston Churchill
  11. "Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them." Vaibhav Shah
  12. "Success? I don't know what that word means. I'm happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody's eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That's a good day for me." Denzel Washington
  13. "Opportunities don't happen. You create them." Chris Grosser
  14. "Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." Albert Einstein
  15. "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." Charles Darwin
  16. "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." Eleanor Roosevelt
  17. "The best revenge is massive success." Frank Sinatra
  18. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Edison
  19. "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." David Brinkley
  20. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt
  21. "The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do, and then do it." Henry Ford
  22. "If you're going through hell, keep going." Winston Churchill
  23. "What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." Oscar Wilde
  24. "The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success." Bruce Feirstein
  25. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." John D. Rockefeller
  26. "Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." Nathaniel Hawthorne
  27. "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Albert Einstein
  28. "There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed." Ray Goforth
  29. "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." Arthur Ashe
  30. "People ask, 'What's the best role you've ever played?' The next one." Kevin Kline
  31. "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." Thomas Jefferson
  32. "The starting point of all achievement is desire." Napoleon Hill
  33. "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out." Robert Collier
  34. "If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work." Thomas J. Watson
  35. "All progress takes place outside the comfort zone." Michael John Bobak
  36. "You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing." Philippos
  37. "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear." Mark Twain
  38. "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." Pablo Picasso
  39. "We become what we think about most of the time, and that's the strangest secret." Earl Nightingale
  40. "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." Vidal Sassoon
  41. "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone." Bill Cosby
  42. "Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending." Carl Bard
  43. "I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing." Martha Stewart
  44. "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
  45. "The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself." Mark Caine
  46. "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." Mark Twain
  47. "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." Bruce Lee
  48. "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy." Jimmy Spithill
  49. "Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down." Charles F. Kettering
  50. "If you genuinely want something, don't wait for it--teach yourself to be impatient." Gurbaksh Chahal
  51. "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something--your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." Steve Jobs
  52. "If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!" T. Harv Eker
  53. "Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better." Jim Rohn
  54. "The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors." Napoleon Hill
  55. "In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it." Jane Smiley
  56. "Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." George Bernard Shaw
  57. "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
  58. "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." Jim Ryun
  59. "Our greatest fear should not be of failure ... but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter." Francis Chan
  60. "If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." Jim Rohn
  61. "Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don't have a plan." Larry Winget
  62. "To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can't just accept the ones you like." Mike Gafka
  63. "Be content to act, and leave the talking to others." Baltasar
  64. "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." Margaret Thatcher
  65. "Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment." Stephen Covey
  66. "I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite." G. K. Chesterton
  67. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas A. Edison
  68. "The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize." Robert Hughes
  69. "What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?" Robert Schuller
  70. "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing." Abraham Lincoln
  71. "Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential." John Maxwell
  72. "Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that's where you will find success." Thomas J. Watson
  73. "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." Albert Einstein
  74. "Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there's an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen." Dax Shepard
  75. "My tombstone? I'm thinking something along the lines of, 'Geez, he was just here a minute ago.'" George Carlin

Creativity and genuine appreciation go a long way when it comes to motivating workers whose main capital is knowledge.

Executive coaches have a unique vantage point on what goes on inside companies - and the brains of the people leading them. Working with clients one-on-one as they navigate major conflicts gives us a deep understanding of their motivations.

As a coach who focuses on cross cultural management and global leadership, I see which motivations vary from country to country and which tend to be the same. Whether they're in Singapore or Kansas, I've found that knowledge workers share certain characteristics. As Daniel Pink pointed out in his brilliant 2009 book "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us," the traditional workplace carrots of pay and promotion only go so far.

Knowledge workers, whose jobs require independent thinking and critical analysis, need to flex those intellectual muscles and get recognition for doing so (as Pink argues, it comes down to autonomy, mastery and purpose).

Studies have shown that among knowledge workers the main reasons people leave jobs are lack of recognition, lack of involvement and poor management. Money is rarely the issue.

The strategies below have worked wonders for my clients:

1. Get creative about public recognition.

Years ago, I worked with a senior leader at a California company who wanted to motivate his management team but didn't have the budget to hand out raises. He noticed that people who came in his office always commented on a jar of rocks on his desk, which he'd picked up running on a nearby beach.

One day he had the brainstorm of giving them as gifts. When a member of his team did a great job on something, he'd write a thank-you note and include one of the beach rocks from his collection.

These unique and highly personal tokens began to take on an almost mythic status among his employees. If you got one of his rocks, you'd really done something special.

2. Allow flexible working hours.

When I walked into the office of Alibaba, the Chinese online retailer, I was struck by the colorful tents set up between desks. I learned that during busy periods, workers sleep in them.

At many American tech companies, it's not uncommon to hear of employees leaving the office at eight in the morning after working all night. Given the demands of corporate life in a competitive environment, give employees the opportunity to choose their hours - as long as they get their work done, of course.       

3. Ask them to mentor, coach or teach.

Asking someone to mentor a new hire is a signal that he or she is a valued company ambassador capable of conveying the company's core culture and values. Asking one employee to coach another has to be done sensitively (it won't work so well if they're competitors, for example). But done right, it can prove as inspiring to the coach as the person getting coached.

At one company I worked with, a manager created lunchtime learning sessions, in which an employee with a particular expertise taught a workshop to his or her peers. These votes of confidence go a long way toward retaining smart, dedicated employees.

4. Add challenge and visibility.

For trained and highly skilled workers, being asked to do something more challenging is a special distinction. If you see an employee lagging, try upping the game with a harder task or a presentation in front of more influential people.

5. Offer face time with a key player.


Many workers wonder if the senior leadership notices their efforts, or whether they're simply cogs in the corporate machine. A breakfast or coffee with a CEO or some other key company player can reassure workers that their contributions are valued and recognized at the highest level.

5 Easy Motivational Strategies You Can Start Using Right Now

5 Easy Motivational Strategies You Can Start Using Right Now

Creativity and genuine appreciation go a long way when it comes to motivating workers whose main capital is knowledge.

Executive coaches have a unique vantage point on what goes on inside companies - and the brains of the people leading them. Working with clients one-on-one as they navigate major conflicts gives us a deep understanding of their motivations.

As a coach who focuses on cross cultural management and global leadership, I see which motivations vary from country to country and which tend to be the same. Whether they're in Singapore or Kansas, I've found that knowledge workers share certain characteristics. As Daniel Pink pointed out in his brilliant 2009 book "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us," the traditional workplace carrots of pay and promotion only go so far.

Knowledge workers, whose jobs require independent thinking and critical analysis, need to flex those intellectual muscles and get recognition for doing so (as Pink argues, it comes down to autonomy, mastery and purpose).

Studies have shown that among knowledge workers the main reasons people leave jobs are lack of recognition, lack of involvement and poor management. Money is rarely the issue.

The strategies below have worked wonders for my clients:

1. Get creative about public recognition.

Years ago, I worked with a senior leader at a California company who wanted to motivate his management team but didn't have the budget to hand out raises. He noticed that people who came in his office always commented on a jar of rocks on his desk, which he'd picked up running on a nearby beach.

One day he had the brainstorm of giving them as gifts. When a member of his team did a great job on something, he'd write a thank-you note and include one of the beach rocks from his collection.

These unique and highly personal tokens began to take on an almost mythic status among his employees. If you got one of his rocks, you'd really done something special.

2. Allow flexible working hours.

When I walked into the office of Alibaba, the Chinese online retailer, I was struck by the colorful tents set up between desks. I learned that during busy periods, workers sleep in them.

At many American tech companies, it's not uncommon to hear of employees leaving the office at eight in the morning after working all night. Given the demands of corporate life in a competitive environment, give employees the opportunity to choose their hours - as long as they get their work done, of course.       

3. Ask them to mentor, coach or teach.

Asking someone to mentor a new hire is a signal that he or she is a valued company ambassador capable of conveying the company's core culture and values. Asking one employee to coach another has to be done sensitively (it won't work so well if they're competitors, for example). But done right, it can prove as inspiring to the coach as the person getting coached.

At one company I worked with, a manager created lunchtime learning sessions, in which an employee with a particular expertise taught a workshop to his or her peers. These votes of confidence go a long way toward retaining smart, dedicated employees.

4. Add challenge and visibility.

For trained and highly skilled workers, being asked to do something more challenging is a special distinction. If you see an employee lagging, try upping the game with a harder task or a presentation in front of more influential people.

5. Offer face time with a key player.


Many workers wonder if the senior leadership notices their efforts, or whether they're simply cogs in the corporate machine. A breakfast or coffee with a CEO or some other key company player can reassure workers that their contributions are valued and recognized at the highest level.

New research suggests why the entrepreneur's mercurial leadership style had detractors at different points in Apple's history.

Steve Jobs was famously fired from his own company in 1985 after a clash with John Sculley, Apple's CEO at the time. He was criticized for being headstrong and having tunnel vision with his then pet project, the Macintosh, amid disappointing sales and a plummeting stock price.

This moment in Jobs's life, which was depicted in the 2015 Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs biopic, has been cited as an example of his belligerent management style. But according to new research, that behavior might not have led to his ouster if Apple's stock price hadn't plunged. The new thinking is, if the company was doing well, nobody would have cared about his management style--and, on the contrary, they might even have praised him.

Robert Bies, a professor of management at Georgetown University who has been researching work practices, shared his findings with The Wall Street Journal.

"Leaders are complex figures sending multiple signals at the same time," Bies told the WSJ. "With Jobs, there is plenty of evidence of abuse. But you can see that he's a motivator. He was pushing the envelope for excellence in products."

Still, there's a fine line between motivation and abuse. 

Bies states a manager could be viewed as an abuser or a motivator depending on social contextual factors, such as the success rate of a manager's team.

An aggressive and demanding manager could be perceived as an inspirational leader if the results are sound. If the tide turns, however, that same leadership style could be identified as abusive. Think back on Jobs's own management style. Even though it was consistent throughout his career--yelling at employees and insisting on his particular definition of perfection--it was more tolerated (even celebrated) when Apple thrived.

Other factors to consider include employees' level of trust in their leaders, peer opinions, and the narrative used to rationalize a manager's motives.

Bies also stresses that performance feedback from an employer carries a hefty weight in the relationship. Even when the review is negative or delivered in a very loud manner, the manager could still be viewed as a "master motivator" if it pushes an employee to excellence.
Steve Jobs's Management Style: Abusive or Motivational?

Steve Jobs's Management Style: Abusive or Motivational?

New research suggests why the entrepreneur's mercurial leadership style had detractors at different points in Apple's history.

Steve Jobs was famously fired from his own company in 1985 after a clash with John Sculley, Apple's CEO at the time. He was criticized for being headstrong and having tunnel vision with his then pet project, the Macintosh, amid disappointing sales and a plummeting stock price.

This moment in Jobs's life, which was depicted in the 2015 Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs biopic, has been cited as an example of his belligerent management style. But according to new research, that behavior might not have led to his ouster if Apple's stock price hadn't plunged. The new thinking is, if the company was doing well, nobody would have cared about his management style--and, on the contrary, they might even have praised him.

Robert Bies, a professor of management at Georgetown University who has been researching work practices, shared his findings with The Wall Street Journal.

"Leaders are complex figures sending multiple signals at the same time," Bies told the WSJ. "With Jobs, there is plenty of evidence of abuse. But you can see that he's a motivator. He was pushing the envelope for excellence in products."

Still, there's a fine line between motivation and abuse. 

Bies states a manager could be viewed as an abuser or a motivator depending on social contextual factors, such as the success rate of a manager's team.

An aggressive and demanding manager could be perceived as an inspirational leader if the results are sound. If the tide turns, however, that same leadership style could be identified as abusive. Think back on Jobs's own management style. Even though it was consistent throughout his career--yelling at employees and insisting on his particular definition of perfection--it was more tolerated (even celebrated) when Apple thrived.

Other factors to consider include employees' level of trust in their leaders, peer opinions, and the narrative used to rationalize a manager's motives.

Bies also stresses that performance feedback from an employer carries a hefty weight in the relationship. Even when the review is negative or delivered in a very loud manner, the manager could still be viewed as a "master motivator" if it pushes an employee to excellence.
These motivational quotes will keep you energized and in the fight until you emerge as the winner.

Last week I explained why you should never apologize for being competitive, suggested that managers could foster competition by making salaries public and provided a five step guide to compete at work without making enemies.

Following along on that theme, this post contains 49 quotes to keep you competitive and motivated. Enjoy!
  1. Howard Cosell: "The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give."
  2. Walt Disney: "I have been up against tough competition all my life; I wouldn't know how to get along without it."
  3. Peter Thiel: "Capitalism and competition are opposites; Capitalism is premised on the accumulation of capital, but under perfect competition, all profits get competed away."
  4. Jack Welch: "Number one, cash is king; number two, communicate; number three, buy or bury the competition."
  5. Gianni Versace: "It is nice to have valid competition; it pushes you to do better."
  6. Michael Jordan: "You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that."
  7. Jesse Owens: "Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition; awards become corroded, friends gather no dust."
  8. Nicki Minaj: "When you don't make moves and when you don't climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you're not competition."
  9. Henry Kaiser: "Taste the relish to be found in competition - in having put forth the best within you."
  10. Gracie Gold: "When it comes down to competition, it's not always about the best skater, it's about who skates the best in that competition."
  11. Colin Powell: "The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort."
  12. Hope Solo: "I live for competition; it makes my life complete."
  13. Usain Bolt: "But anybody who steps into the lane beside you is the biggest competition because they made it to the finals."
  14. Patti Smith: "An artist is somebody who enters into competition with God."
  15. Tim Cook: "The reality is, is that we love competition, at Apple; we think it makes us all better."
  16. Conrad Veidt: "For me, half the joy of achieving has been the struggle and the fight, the pitting myself against the world and all its competition - and winning."
  17. Henry Clay: "Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition."
  18. Harold H. Greene: "With competition everyone has to try harder."
  19. Peter Diamandis: "As humans, we have evolved to compete; it is in our genes, and we love to watch a competition."
  20. Katarina Witt: "When I go out on the ice, I just think about my skating; I forget it is a competition."
  21. John Mackey: "It's competition that forces companies to get out of their complacency."
  22. Carolyn Murphy: "There's always competition out there; that's what makes life exciting."
  23. Lou Brock: "I don't think about goals and records; competition is what keeps me playing."
  24. Simon Sinek: "Believing that your competition is stronger and better than you pushes you to better yourselves."
  25. Drew Carey: "Some people don't like competition because it makes them work harder, better."
  26. Arsene Wenger: "I also think we live in a competitive world, and I love competition."
  27. Kevin Garnett: "I've always been driven by the competition and the learning process."
  28. Lennox Lewis: "It's not rage that drives me, it's competition."
  29. Christine Lahti: "Competition is very good as long as it's healthy; it's what makes one strive to be better."
  30. Natalie Gulbis: "You learn so much from competition you gain confidence every time you have to step up and perform."
  31. John Bates Clark: "When we say that the persistence of competition is ensured by fate, we mean that individual freedom is so guaranteed."
  32. Mickey Rourke: "To me, everything's competition."
  33. Itzhak Perlman: "Competition can be the most nerve-racking experience; some people just thrive on it."
  34. Morena Baccarin: "I get nervous before any competition; I also get really competitive."
  35. Dante Hall: "I never dislike anyone that I am in competition with; I welcome the challenge."
  36. Brian McBride: "Competition helps people figure it out."
  37. Larry Dixon: "Time will tell how you rate against the rest of the competition."
  38. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: "Competition is an easy way to get into flow."
  39. Eddy Cue: "Competition on anything is good, because it makes everybody better."
  40. Robert Kennedy: "The lessons of competition are lessons for life."
  41. Ronda Rousey: "Somehow, people act like I have no competition, but the thing is, the competition is so good that it forces me to be better than I even thought was possible."
  42. Bikram Choudhury: "Yoga competition is an old Indian tradition."
  43. Jake Gyllenhaal: "The idea of competition, particularly in a creative atmosphere, is always there; if you don't acknowledge that, you are doing yourself and the process a disservice."
  44. Wayne Rogers: "You trivialize the idea of competition totally, then there's no point in having the competition in the first place, and everybody is getting a trophy."
  45. Shuji Nakamura: "It's good to have high-quality competition; it helps drive research forward at a faster pace."
  46. James Spithill: "I love getting out of bed for competition."
  47. Brian McBride: "I think competition is very important; it breeds many good things in a person."
  48. Maureen McCormick: "As soon as I hear the word 'competition' I get serious and start doing everything that I can do."
  49. Keeth Smart: "Being properly prepared is one of the biggest assets in business and in athletic competition."
Motivational Quotes From 49 Intensely Competitive People

Motivational Quotes From 49 Intensely Competitive People

These motivational quotes will keep you energized and in the fight until you emerge as the winner.

Last week I explained why you should never apologize for being competitive, suggested that managers could foster competition by making salaries public and provided a five step guide to compete at work without making enemies.

Following along on that theme, this post contains 49 quotes to keep you competitive and motivated. Enjoy!
  1. Howard Cosell: "The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give."
  2. Walt Disney: "I have been up against tough competition all my life; I wouldn't know how to get along without it."
  3. Peter Thiel: "Capitalism and competition are opposites; Capitalism is premised on the accumulation of capital, but under perfect competition, all profits get competed away."
  4. Jack Welch: "Number one, cash is king; number two, communicate; number three, buy or bury the competition."
  5. Gianni Versace: "It is nice to have valid competition; it pushes you to do better."
  6. Michael Jordan: "You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that."
  7. Jesse Owens: "Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition; awards become corroded, friends gather no dust."
  8. Nicki Minaj: "When you don't make moves and when you don't climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you're not competition."
  9. Henry Kaiser: "Taste the relish to be found in competition - in having put forth the best within you."
  10. Gracie Gold: "When it comes down to competition, it's not always about the best skater, it's about who skates the best in that competition."
  11. Colin Powell: "The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort."
  12. Hope Solo: "I live for competition; it makes my life complete."
  13. Usain Bolt: "But anybody who steps into the lane beside you is the biggest competition because they made it to the finals."
  14. Patti Smith: "An artist is somebody who enters into competition with God."
  15. Tim Cook: "The reality is, is that we love competition, at Apple; we think it makes us all better."
  16. Conrad Veidt: "For me, half the joy of achieving has been the struggle and the fight, the pitting myself against the world and all its competition - and winning."
  17. Henry Clay: "Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition."
  18. Harold H. Greene: "With competition everyone has to try harder."
  19. Peter Diamandis: "As humans, we have evolved to compete; it is in our genes, and we love to watch a competition."
  20. Katarina Witt: "When I go out on the ice, I just think about my skating; I forget it is a competition."
  21. John Mackey: "It's competition that forces companies to get out of their complacency."
  22. Carolyn Murphy: "There's always competition out there; that's what makes life exciting."
  23. Lou Brock: "I don't think about goals and records; competition is what keeps me playing."
  24. Simon Sinek: "Believing that your competition is stronger and better than you pushes you to better yourselves."
  25. Drew Carey: "Some people don't like competition because it makes them work harder, better."
  26. Arsene Wenger: "I also think we live in a competitive world, and I love competition."
  27. Kevin Garnett: "I've always been driven by the competition and the learning process."
  28. Lennox Lewis: "It's not rage that drives me, it's competition."
  29. Christine Lahti: "Competition is very good as long as it's healthy; it's what makes one strive to be better."
  30. Natalie Gulbis: "You learn so much from competition you gain confidence every time you have to step up and perform."
  31. John Bates Clark: "When we say that the persistence of competition is ensured by fate, we mean that individual freedom is so guaranteed."
  32. Mickey Rourke: "To me, everything's competition."
  33. Itzhak Perlman: "Competition can be the most nerve-racking experience; some people just thrive on it."
  34. Morena Baccarin: "I get nervous before any competition; I also get really competitive."
  35. Dante Hall: "I never dislike anyone that I am in competition with; I welcome the challenge."
  36. Brian McBride: "Competition helps people figure it out."
  37. Larry Dixon: "Time will tell how you rate against the rest of the competition."
  38. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: "Competition is an easy way to get into flow."
  39. Eddy Cue: "Competition on anything is good, because it makes everybody better."
  40. Robert Kennedy: "The lessons of competition are lessons for life."
  41. Ronda Rousey: "Somehow, people act like I have no competition, but the thing is, the competition is so good that it forces me to be better than I even thought was possible."
  42. Bikram Choudhury: "Yoga competition is an old Indian tradition."
  43. Jake Gyllenhaal: "The idea of competition, particularly in a creative atmosphere, is always there; if you don't acknowledge that, you are doing yourself and the process a disservice."
  44. Wayne Rogers: "You trivialize the idea of competition totally, then there's no point in having the competition in the first place, and everybody is getting a trophy."
  45. Shuji Nakamura: "It's good to have high-quality competition; it helps drive research forward at a faster pace."
  46. James Spithill: "I love getting out of bed for competition."
  47. Brian McBride: "I think competition is very important; it breeds many good things in a person."
  48. Maureen McCormick: "As soon as I hear the word 'competition' I get serious and start doing everything that I can do."
  49. Keeth Smart: "Being properly prepared is one of the biggest assets in business and in athletic competition."
It takes courage to live your life the way you want, especially when you're changing the world.

Every entrepreneur needs courage. It takes courage to quit your day job. It takes courage to start a business. It takes courage to remain flexible. It takes courage to pivot. It's fair to say that without courage, there would no entrepreneurs.

With that in mind, here are some quotes that inspire me to take risk in my life and in business:
  1. Alfred North Whitehead: "True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason."
  2. Aristotle: "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others."
  3. Ben Horowitz: "Hire sales people who are really smart problem solvers, but lack courage, hunger and competitiveness, and your company will go out of business."
  4. Benjamin Disraeli: "Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke."
  5. Benjamin Franklin: "How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them."
  6. Billy Graham: "Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened."
  7. Bruce Lee: "Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them."
  8. Catherine the Great: "I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster."
  9. Charles Lindbergh: "Is he alone who has courage on his right hand and faith on his left hand?"
  10. Charlie Chaplin: "Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself."
  11. Chester W Nimitz: "God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless."
  12. Christopher Morley: "The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness."
  13. Confucius: "Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage."
  14. Dale Carnegie: "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
  15. Daniel J Boorstin: "The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life."
  16. David Ben-Gurion: "Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared."
  17. David Letterman: "There's only one requirement of any of us, and that is to be courageous. Because courage, as you might know, defines all other human behavior."
  18. Dean Koontz: "Nothing gives us courage more readily than the desire to avoid looking like a damn fool."
  19. Earl Nightingale: "All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination."
  20. Eleanor Roosevelt: "You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give."
  21. EM Forster: "Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life."
  22. Erich Fromm: "Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."
  23. Erma Bombeck: "It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else."
  24. EW Hornung: "Money lost, little lost. Honour lost, much lost. Pluck lost, all lost."
  25. Giacomo Casanova: "It is only necessary to have courage, for strength without self-confidence is useless."
  26. Gilbert K Chesterton: "Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
  27. Gilbert K Chesterton: "The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it."
  28. Harry S Truman: "America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand."
  29. Hermann Hesse: "People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest."
  30. Horace: "It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity."
  31. Jack Handey: "Never give up. Keep trying and pushing and struggling, even if you don't know what your goal is or why you would want to achieve it."
  32. James Freeman Clarke: "Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience."
  33. Jenna Jameson: "My definition of courage is never letting anyone define you."
  34. Jim Hightower: "The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow."
  35. JK Rowling: "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."
  36. John Quincy Adams: "Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air."
  37. John Wayne: "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway."
  38. John Wooden: "Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."
  39. Jonas Salk: "Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality."
  40. Joseph Smith, Jr.: "Never be discouraged. If I were sunk in the lowest pits of Nova Scotia, with the Rocky Mountains piled on me, I would hang on, exercise faith, and keep up good courage, and I would come out on top."
  41. JRR Tolkien: "Courage is found in unlikely places."
  42. Lady Gaga: "My courage and my bravery at a young age was the thing I was bullied for, a kind of 'Who do you think you are?'"
  43. Lao Tzu: "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
  44. Les Brown: "A lot of people do not muster the courage to live their dreams because they are afraid to die."
  45. Louis D Brandeis: "Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty."
  46. Margaret Mitchell: "With enough courage, you can do without a reputation."
  47. Marie Antoinette: "Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?"
  48. Mark Twain: "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."
  49. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."
  50. Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."
  51. Mickey Mantle: "A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide."
  52. Miguel de Cervantes: "He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all."
  53. Muhammad Ali: "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
  54. Napoleon Bonaparte: "It requires more courage to suffer than to die."
  55. Nelson Mandela: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
  56. Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Have the courage to act instead of react."
  57. Ovid: "Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body."
  58. Pablo Casals: "It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it."
  59. Pericles: "Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it."
  60. Plutarch: "Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause."
  61. Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons."
  62. Robert Louis Stevenson: "Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies."
  63. Ronald Reagan: "There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right."
  64. Ruth Gordon: "Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use."
  65. Samuel Johnson: "He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage."
  66. Sean Penn: "We've let the blade of our innocence dull over time, and it's only in innocence that you find any kind of magic, any kind of courage."
  67. Sinclair Lewis: "Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form."
  68. Socrates: "He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy."
  69. Steve Jobs: "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."
  70. Suze Orman: "In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential."
  71. Theodore Roosevelt: "It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things."
  72. Thomas Aquinas: "The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them."
  73. Timothy Dalton: "Real courage is knowing what faces you and knowing how to face it."
  74. Umberto Eco: "Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear."
  75. Victor Hugo: "Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace."
  76. Winston Churchill: "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
  77. Zig Ziglar: "Courage is on display every day, and only the courageous wring the most out of life."
77 Motivational Quotes That Will Give You Courage

77 Motivational Quotes That Will Give You Courage

It takes courage to live your life the way you want, especially when you're changing the world.

Every entrepreneur needs courage. It takes courage to quit your day job. It takes courage to start a business. It takes courage to remain flexible. It takes courage to pivot. It's fair to say that without courage, there would no entrepreneurs.

With that in mind, here are some quotes that inspire me to take risk in my life and in business:
  1. Alfred North Whitehead: "True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason."
  2. Aristotle: "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others."
  3. Ben Horowitz: "Hire sales people who are really smart problem solvers, but lack courage, hunger and competitiveness, and your company will go out of business."
  4. Benjamin Disraeli: "Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke."
  5. Benjamin Franklin: "How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them."
  6. Billy Graham: "Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened."
  7. Bruce Lee: "Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them."
  8. Catherine the Great: "I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster."
  9. Charles Lindbergh: "Is he alone who has courage on his right hand and faith on his left hand?"
  10. Charlie Chaplin: "Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself."
  11. Chester W Nimitz: "God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless."
  12. Christopher Morley: "The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness."
  13. Confucius: "Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage."
  14. Dale Carnegie: "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
  15. Daniel J Boorstin: "The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life."
  16. David Ben-Gurion: "Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared."
  17. David Letterman: "There's only one requirement of any of us, and that is to be courageous. Because courage, as you might know, defines all other human behavior."
  18. Dean Koontz: "Nothing gives us courage more readily than the desire to avoid looking like a damn fool."
  19. Earl Nightingale: "All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination."
  20. Eleanor Roosevelt: "You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give."
  21. EM Forster: "Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life."
  22. Erich Fromm: "Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."
  23. Erma Bombeck: "It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else."
  24. EW Hornung: "Money lost, little lost. Honour lost, much lost. Pluck lost, all lost."
  25. Giacomo Casanova: "It is only necessary to have courage, for strength without self-confidence is useless."
  26. Gilbert K Chesterton: "Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
  27. Gilbert K Chesterton: "The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it."
  28. Harry S Truman: "America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand."
  29. Hermann Hesse: "People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest."
  30. Horace: "It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity."
  31. Jack Handey: "Never give up. Keep trying and pushing and struggling, even if you don't know what your goal is or why you would want to achieve it."
  32. James Freeman Clarke: "Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience."
  33. Jenna Jameson: "My definition of courage is never letting anyone define you."
  34. Jim Hightower: "The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow."
  35. JK Rowling: "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."
  36. John Quincy Adams: "Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air."
  37. John Wayne: "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway."
  38. John Wooden: "Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."
  39. Jonas Salk: "Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality."
  40. Joseph Smith, Jr.: "Never be discouraged. If I were sunk in the lowest pits of Nova Scotia, with the Rocky Mountains piled on me, I would hang on, exercise faith, and keep up good courage, and I would come out on top."
  41. JRR Tolkien: "Courage is found in unlikely places."
  42. Lady Gaga: "My courage and my bravery at a young age was the thing I was bullied for, a kind of 'Who do you think you are?'"
  43. Lao Tzu: "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
  44. Les Brown: "A lot of people do not muster the courage to live their dreams because they are afraid to die."
  45. Louis D Brandeis: "Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty."
  46. Margaret Mitchell: "With enough courage, you can do without a reputation."
  47. Marie Antoinette: "Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?"
  48. Mark Twain: "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."
  49. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."
  50. Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."
  51. Mickey Mantle: "A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide."
  52. Miguel de Cervantes: "He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all."
  53. Muhammad Ali: "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
  54. Napoleon Bonaparte: "It requires more courage to suffer than to die."
  55. Nelson Mandela: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
  56. Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Have the courage to act instead of react."
  57. Ovid: "Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body."
  58. Pablo Casals: "It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it."
  59. Pericles: "Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it."
  60. Plutarch: "Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause."
  61. Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons."
  62. Robert Louis Stevenson: "Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies."
  63. Ronald Reagan: "There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right."
  64. Ruth Gordon: "Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use."
  65. Samuel Johnson: "He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage."
  66. Sean Penn: "We've let the blade of our innocence dull over time, and it's only in innocence that you find any kind of magic, any kind of courage."
  67. Sinclair Lewis: "Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form."
  68. Socrates: "He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy."
  69. Steve Jobs: "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."
  70. Suze Orman: "In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential."
  71. Theodore Roosevelt: "It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things."
  72. Thomas Aquinas: "The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them."
  73. Timothy Dalton: "Real courage is knowing what faces you and knowing how to face it."
  74. Umberto Eco: "Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear."
  75. Victor Hugo: "Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace."
  76. Winston Churchill: "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
  77. Zig Ziglar: "Courage is on display every day, and only the courageous wring the most out of life."
A very different collection of inspirational quotes, plus the reasons why they can actually make a difference in your life.

I once despised motivational quotes, probably because my wrestling coach liked to say, "If you're not puking or passing out, then you're not trying hard enough."

(Feel free to bask in the glow of that little gem.)

Now I think inspirational quotes can be inspirational, but only if we actually apply and live those words.

So instead of just pulling together some famous quotes--besides, I've done that before--I've chosen things people told me that caused me to act differently.

I probably won't remember what, say, Ben Franklin once said, no matter how poignant or witty, but I definitely remember what certain people said to me at critical moments in my life.

Statements like these:

1. "Only a genius can do things his own way. You? You're no genius."

I worked a construction job one summer and kept questioning what I was told to do. The foreman finally, in no uncertain terms, set me straight. It's OK to reinvent the wheel, but only after you know how the current wheel works. Never assume you know better when you don't really know anything.

2. "If you want to know how much you'll be missed when you're gone, put your finger in a bucket of water and then remove it. The hole that's left will be how much you are missed."

No one is irreplaceable. No one. Not even this guy. Instead of being depressing, the thought that you're professionally replaceable is liberating. You may not leave a hole, but you can leave a mark on a person, a team, or a culture that lives on after you're gone.

You may not be missed, but you can be remembered--in the best possible way.

3. "We all have limits. Almost no one reaches theirs. You definitely haven't."

You could swim faster if a shark was after you. You could run faster if your child was in danger. You could work harder if the payoff was truly exceptional.

What you think you can do is always--always--less than what you can do if you really, really try. You always have a little more in you. Find your true limits and you may find that success is limitless.

4. "Unless you're the lead dog of the sled, the view never changes."

Following the crowd means living the same life as the crowd. You don't want that.

5. "There are two types of pain you will go through in life: the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces, while regret weighs tons."

(Original to Jim Rohn.) The worst words you can say are, "I just wish I had..." Push yourself to do what you hope to do so you will never have to regret not having tried.

6. "Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son."

(Gotta love Dean Wormer.) I haven't overcome the stupid part, but I'm trying.

7. "The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one."

(Original to Ernest Hemingway.) Think about easing into a cold ocean; every inch is excruciating. Dive in and it sucks big time, but then it's over. It's even worse to turn away from what scares you, because when you do, deep inside, a little piece of you withers and dies.

Dive in. It's never as cold, or as bad, as you think.

8. "Today's pain is tomorrow's power. The more you suffer today, the stronger you are tomorrow."

Self-pity is self-defeating. Tomorrow's success is based on today's discomfort. Plus, willpower is like a muscle: The more you exercise it, the stronger your will gets.

And the easier it is to call on when dedication and persistence make all the difference.

9. "Bravery means finding something more important than fear."

Courage without meaning is just recklessness. Brave people aren't fearless; they've simply found something that matters more to them than the fear they're facing. Say you're scared to start a business. Find a reason that has greater meaning than the fear: your family's future, your desire to make a difference, or your dream of a more fulfilling life.

When you find a greater meaning, you'll find the courage to overcome your fear.

10. "Do it or not. There is no try."

(Original to Yoda, philosopher and avant-garde sentence constructor.) A boss once gave me what I thought was an impossible task. I said, "OK. I'll try." He explained that I would finish as long as I didn't quit. Trying didn't enter into it. Persistence was all that mattered.

Often someone says, "I'll try..." because it gives the person an out. Once the person says, "I will," his or her perspective changes. What previously seemed insurmountable is no longer a matter of luck or chance but of time and effort and persistence.

When what you want to do really matters, never say, "I'll try." Say, "I will," and keep that promise to yourself.

11. "Stop waiting for the 'right time.' Success is a numbers game: the number of times you take a shot."

You'll never create the perfect business plan, never find the perfect partners, the perfect market, the perfect location, but you can find the perfect time to start.

That time is now.

Talent, experience, and connections are important, but put your all into enough new things and some will work. Take enough shots, and over time you'll grow more skilled, more experienced, and more connected. And that will mean a greater percentage of your efforts will succeed. Take enough shots, learn from what didn't work, and in time, you'll have all the skills, experience, and connections you need.

Ultimately, success is all about taking your shot, over and over again. Sometimes you may win, sometimes you will definitely lose, but the more things you try, the more chances you have of succeeding. Put the power of numbers on your side. Take as many shots as you can. There's no guarantee of success, but when you don't take a shot, there's a definite guarantee of failure.

12. "Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other guy to die."

The same holds for bitterness. And jealousy. And dislike. Let it go. If you don't, the only loser is you.

13. "The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland."

(Me.) People say they go the extra mile, but almost no one actually does. Most people think, "Wait, no one else is here. Why am I doing this?"

That's why the extra mile is such a lonely place. That's also why the extra mile is a place filled with opportunities. Be early. Stay late. Make the extra phone call. Send the extra email. Do the extra research. Help a customer unload or unpack a shipment. Don't wait to be asked; offer. Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do--especially if other people aren't doing that one thing.

Sure, it's hard.

But that's what will make you different--and over time, it will make you incredibly successful.

14. "It's just a flesh wound."

The Black Knight never gives up.

And neither should you.

Now it's your turn: What has another person said to you that made a lasting impact?
14 Powerful Motivational Quotes You Have Never Heard (but Should)

14 Powerful Motivational Quotes You Have Never Heard (but Should)

A very different collection of inspirational quotes, plus the reasons why they can actually make a difference in your life.

I once despised motivational quotes, probably because my wrestling coach liked to say, "If you're not puking or passing out, then you're not trying hard enough."

(Feel free to bask in the glow of that little gem.)

Now I think inspirational quotes can be inspirational, but only if we actually apply and live those words.

So instead of just pulling together some famous quotes--besides, I've done that before--I've chosen things people told me that caused me to act differently.

I probably won't remember what, say, Ben Franklin once said, no matter how poignant or witty, but I definitely remember what certain people said to me at critical moments in my life.

Statements like these:

1. "Only a genius can do things his own way. You? You're no genius."

I worked a construction job one summer and kept questioning what I was told to do. The foreman finally, in no uncertain terms, set me straight. It's OK to reinvent the wheel, but only after you know how the current wheel works. Never assume you know better when you don't really know anything.

2. "If you want to know how much you'll be missed when you're gone, put your finger in a bucket of water and then remove it. The hole that's left will be how much you are missed."

No one is irreplaceable. No one. Not even this guy. Instead of being depressing, the thought that you're professionally replaceable is liberating. You may not leave a hole, but you can leave a mark on a person, a team, or a culture that lives on after you're gone.

You may not be missed, but you can be remembered--in the best possible way.

3. "We all have limits. Almost no one reaches theirs. You definitely haven't."

You could swim faster if a shark was after you. You could run faster if your child was in danger. You could work harder if the payoff was truly exceptional.

What you think you can do is always--always--less than what you can do if you really, really try. You always have a little more in you. Find your true limits and you may find that success is limitless.

4. "Unless you're the lead dog of the sled, the view never changes."

Following the crowd means living the same life as the crowd. You don't want that.

5. "There are two types of pain you will go through in life: the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces, while regret weighs tons."

(Original to Jim Rohn.) The worst words you can say are, "I just wish I had..." Push yourself to do what you hope to do so you will never have to regret not having tried.

6. "Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son."

(Gotta love Dean Wormer.) I haven't overcome the stupid part, but I'm trying.

7. "The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one."

(Original to Ernest Hemingway.) Think about easing into a cold ocean; every inch is excruciating. Dive in and it sucks big time, but then it's over. It's even worse to turn away from what scares you, because when you do, deep inside, a little piece of you withers and dies.

Dive in. It's never as cold, or as bad, as you think.

8. "Today's pain is tomorrow's power. The more you suffer today, the stronger you are tomorrow."

Self-pity is self-defeating. Tomorrow's success is based on today's discomfort. Plus, willpower is like a muscle: The more you exercise it, the stronger your will gets.

And the easier it is to call on when dedication and persistence make all the difference.

9. "Bravery means finding something more important than fear."

Courage without meaning is just recklessness. Brave people aren't fearless; they've simply found something that matters more to them than the fear they're facing. Say you're scared to start a business. Find a reason that has greater meaning than the fear: your family's future, your desire to make a difference, or your dream of a more fulfilling life.

When you find a greater meaning, you'll find the courage to overcome your fear.

10. "Do it or not. There is no try."

(Original to Yoda, philosopher and avant-garde sentence constructor.) A boss once gave me what I thought was an impossible task. I said, "OK. I'll try." He explained that I would finish as long as I didn't quit. Trying didn't enter into it. Persistence was all that mattered.

Often someone says, "I'll try..." because it gives the person an out. Once the person says, "I will," his or her perspective changes. What previously seemed insurmountable is no longer a matter of luck or chance but of time and effort and persistence.

When what you want to do really matters, never say, "I'll try." Say, "I will," and keep that promise to yourself.

11. "Stop waiting for the 'right time.' Success is a numbers game: the number of times you take a shot."

You'll never create the perfect business plan, never find the perfect partners, the perfect market, the perfect location, but you can find the perfect time to start.

That time is now.

Talent, experience, and connections are important, but put your all into enough new things and some will work. Take enough shots, and over time you'll grow more skilled, more experienced, and more connected. And that will mean a greater percentage of your efforts will succeed. Take enough shots, learn from what didn't work, and in time, you'll have all the skills, experience, and connections you need.

Ultimately, success is all about taking your shot, over and over again. Sometimes you may win, sometimes you will definitely lose, but the more things you try, the more chances you have of succeeding. Put the power of numbers on your side. Take as many shots as you can. There's no guarantee of success, but when you don't take a shot, there's a definite guarantee of failure.

12. "Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other guy to die."

The same holds for bitterness. And jealousy. And dislike. Let it go. If you don't, the only loser is you.

13. "The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland."

(Me.) People say they go the extra mile, but almost no one actually does. Most people think, "Wait, no one else is here. Why am I doing this?"

That's why the extra mile is such a lonely place. That's also why the extra mile is a place filled with opportunities. Be early. Stay late. Make the extra phone call. Send the extra email. Do the extra research. Help a customer unload or unpack a shipment. Don't wait to be asked; offer. Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do--especially if other people aren't doing that one thing.

Sure, it's hard.

But that's what will make you different--and over time, it will make you incredibly successful.

14. "It's just a flesh wound."

The Black Knight never gives up.

And neither should you.

Now it's your turn: What has another person said to you that made a lasting impact?
Every business library should include at least one of these gems.

In previous posts, I've identified the most influential business books of all time and the best sales books of all time. In this post, I list the books that drive readers to change their lives, improve their lot, and build better careers. Beware of the final (No. 1) book!

10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

While he gets a bit preachy sometimes, Stephen Covey's road map for living doesn't just help you develop better habits. It also convinces you that acquiring them will make you a better person.

Best quote: "Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny."

9. How to Win Friends & Influence People

Prior to Dale Carnegie's classic, mixing business relationships with personal relationships was considered a bit underhanded, like nepotism. After Carnegie, business relationships and personal relationships were seen not just as compatible, but as absolutely inseparable.

Best quote: "The unvarnished truth is that almost all the people you meet feel themselves superior to you in some way, and a sure way to their hearts is to let them realize in some subtle way that you recognize their importance, and recognize it sincerely."

8. Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill interviewed "40 millionaires" to discover the common thought processes and behaviors that had led to their success. His study of these "best practices" was revolutionary in a world where it was largely assumed that great wealth resulted from a combination of greed and luck.

Best quote: "All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth."


7. Awaken the Giant Within

Anthony Robbins is unlike most motivational writers in two ways. First, he treats training the mind and body as a technological challenge rather than moral imperative. Second, he somehow manages to be both an inspirational role model and the most annoying guy on the planet.

Best quote: "If you can't, you must. If you must, you can."

6. As a Man Thinketh

Motivational books are usually about taking immediate action. By contrast, this 1902 classic by James Allen is a bit more, well, thoughtful. It explains how your thoughts mold your personality, and how that personality drives you to take action and determines the type of action you'll take.

Best quote: "The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers."

5. The Greatest Salesman in the World

Far more than just a sales book, Og Mandino's faux-biblical parable encourages you to live your life to the fullest by believing in yourself and your ability to help others. Required reading for anybody who sells. Which is just about everybody.

Best quote: "I will live this day as if it is my last. This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day."

4. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

A big part of motivation is clearing your mind of the clutter that weighs it down. Richard Carlson helps you differentiate between what's really important--and deserving of your attention--and what's just "noise in the system."

Best quote: "Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness."

3. Drive

Motivation comes from the judicious use of carrots and sticks, right? Not so, says author Daniel Pink. His book illustrates the fact that motivation comes from many sources and that, at the highest level of performance, motivation come from your deepest and most profound sense of who you are and want to be.

Best quote: "For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation--the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing--is essential for high levels of creativity."

2. The Power of Positive Thinking

When it was first published, both psychologists and theologians attacked this book as heretical, and accused author Norman Vincent Peale of being a crank. Today, science has verified the book's basic concept--that being optimistic makes you healthier and happier and thus more likely to succeed.

Best quote: "Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all."

1. Your Favorite Here

OK, I've provided you with nine incredibly motivating books, any one of which could literally change your life.

Now it's your turn.

What book ought to be on this list? What book has motivated you? What motivational book do you recommend to your friends?


Leave a comment!
Top 10 Motivational Books of All Time

Top 10 Motivational Books of All Time

Every business library should include at least one of these gems.

In previous posts, I've identified the most influential business books of all time and the best sales books of all time. In this post, I list the books that drive readers to change their lives, improve their lot, and build better careers. Beware of the final (No. 1) book!

10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

While he gets a bit preachy sometimes, Stephen Covey's road map for living doesn't just help you develop better habits. It also convinces you that acquiring them will make you a better person.

Best quote: "Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny."

9. How to Win Friends & Influence People

Prior to Dale Carnegie's classic, mixing business relationships with personal relationships was considered a bit underhanded, like nepotism. After Carnegie, business relationships and personal relationships were seen not just as compatible, but as absolutely inseparable.

Best quote: "The unvarnished truth is that almost all the people you meet feel themselves superior to you in some way, and a sure way to their hearts is to let them realize in some subtle way that you recognize their importance, and recognize it sincerely."

8. Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill interviewed "40 millionaires" to discover the common thought processes and behaviors that had led to their success. His study of these "best practices" was revolutionary in a world where it was largely assumed that great wealth resulted from a combination of greed and luck.

Best quote: "All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth."


7. Awaken the Giant Within

Anthony Robbins is unlike most motivational writers in two ways. First, he treats training the mind and body as a technological challenge rather than moral imperative. Second, he somehow manages to be both an inspirational role model and the most annoying guy on the planet.

Best quote: "If you can't, you must. If you must, you can."

6. As a Man Thinketh

Motivational books are usually about taking immediate action. By contrast, this 1902 classic by James Allen is a bit more, well, thoughtful. It explains how your thoughts mold your personality, and how that personality drives you to take action and determines the type of action you'll take.

Best quote: "The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers."

5. The Greatest Salesman in the World

Far more than just a sales book, Og Mandino's faux-biblical parable encourages you to live your life to the fullest by believing in yourself and your ability to help others. Required reading for anybody who sells. Which is just about everybody.

Best quote: "I will live this day as if it is my last. This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day."

4. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

A big part of motivation is clearing your mind of the clutter that weighs it down. Richard Carlson helps you differentiate between what's really important--and deserving of your attention--and what's just "noise in the system."

Best quote: "Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness."

3. Drive

Motivation comes from the judicious use of carrots and sticks, right? Not so, says author Daniel Pink. His book illustrates the fact that motivation comes from many sources and that, at the highest level of performance, motivation come from your deepest and most profound sense of who you are and want to be.

Best quote: "For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation--the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing--is essential for high levels of creativity."

2. The Power of Positive Thinking

When it was first published, both psychologists and theologians attacked this book as heretical, and accused author Norman Vincent Peale of being a crank. Today, science has verified the book's basic concept--that being optimistic makes you healthier and happier and thus more likely to succeed.

Best quote: "Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all."

1. Your Favorite Here

OK, I've provided you with nine incredibly motivating books, any one of which could literally change your life.

Now it's your turn.

What book ought to be on this list? What book has motivated you? What motivational book do you recommend to your friends?


Leave a comment!
The self-help guru, who died Saturday at the age of 75, published more than 40 books and spawned a loyal following.

Dr. Wayne Dyer, a self-help author and motivational speaker for nearly four decades, died on Saturday night at his home in Maui, Hawaii. Dyer was 75.

Dyer's first book, the 1976 best-seller "Your Erroneous Zones," went on to sell an estimated 35 million copies. He gained prominence in the public eye particularly through his many appearances on PBS over an almost 40-year span, promoted as "public television's favorite teacher of transformational wisdom." Dyer's guide to better living also proved popular with celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, who both featured him as a guest on their talk shows. On Sunday night, DeGeneres tweeted, "The world has lost an incredible man. Wayne Dyer officiated our wedding & was an inspiration to so many. Sending love."

Dyer's self-help mantra touted self-fulfillment through clearing the mind of guilt and worry, with a heavy emphasis on spirituality. Below are some of Dyer's most inspiring quotes from his books, blog posts, and interviews:

1. "Creativity means believing you have greatness."

2. "I believe if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

3. "Having a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing seems to me to be one of the most basic principles that you can adopt to contribute to individual and world peace."

4. "When you stay on purpose and refuse to be discouraged by fear, you align with the infinite self, in which all possibilities exist."

5. "Consider that all human beings have within them the same essence of consciousness, and that the process of creativity and genius are attributes of human consciousness. Therefore, genius is a potential that lives within you and every other human being."

6. "Any and all thoughts that you have regarding your own skills, interests, and inclinations are valid."

7. "We only have to move beyond the barriers we have created to a blissful and empowering view of reality."

8.  "Things don't really matter. But I always act as if they do."

9. "Be immersed in and surrounded by peace. Your Highest Self only wants you to be at peace. It does not judge, compare, or demand that you be defeat anyone, or be better than anyone."


10. "The next time you are contemplating a decision in which you are debating whether or not to take charge of yourself, to make your own choice, ask yourself an important question, ‘How long am I going to be dead?’ With that eternal perspective, you can now make your own choice and leave the worrying, the fears, the question of whether you can afford it and the guilt to those who are going to be alive forever."

The 10 Best Motivational Quotes of Wayne Dyer

The 10 Best Motivational Quotes of Wayne Dyer

The self-help guru, who died Saturday at the age of 75, published more than 40 books and spawned a loyal following.

Dr. Wayne Dyer, a self-help author and motivational speaker for nearly four decades, died on Saturday night at his home in Maui, Hawaii. Dyer was 75.

Dyer's first book, the 1976 best-seller "Your Erroneous Zones," went on to sell an estimated 35 million copies. He gained prominence in the public eye particularly through his many appearances on PBS over an almost 40-year span, promoted as "public television's favorite teacher of transformational wisdom." Dyer's guide to better living also proved popular with celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, who both featured him as a guest on their talk shows. On Sunday night, DeGeneres tweeted, "The world has lost an incredible man. Wayne Dyer officiated our wedding & was an inspiration to so many. Sending love."

Dyer's self-help mantra touted self-fulfillment through clearing the mind of guilt and worry, with a heavy emphasis on spirituality. Below are some of Dyer's most inspiring quotes from his books, blog posts, and interviews:

1. "Creativity means believing you have greatness."

2. "I believe if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

3. "Having a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing seems to me to be one of the most basic principles that you can adopt to contribute to individual and world peace."

4. "When you stay on purpose and refuse to be discouraged by fear, you align with the infinite self, in which all possibilities exist."

5. "Consider that all human beings have within them the same essence of consciousness, and that the process of creativity and genius are attributes of human consciousness. Therefore, genius is a potential that lives within you and every other human being."

6. "Any and all thoughts that you have regarding your own skills, interests, and inclinations are valid."

7. "We only have to move beyond the barriers we have created to a blissful and empowering view of reality."

8.  "Things don't really matter. But I always act as if they do."

9. "Be immersed in and surrounded by peace. Your Highest Self only wants you to be at peace. It does not judge, compare, or demand that you be defeat anyone, or be better than anyone."


10. "The next time you are contemplating a decision in which you are debating whether or not to take charge of yourself, to make your own choice, ask yourself an important question, ‘How long am I going to be dead?’ With that eternal perspective, you can now make your own choice and leave the worrying, the fears, the question of whether you can afford it and the guilt to those who are going to be alive forever."

Like a 300-pound lineman, we can all use a little push from time to time. Use these quotes from football legends to help you score in business and in life.

Perseverance. Adversity. Triumph. Defeat. This time of year, we see it all left on the field, as football season is officially upon us.

As a major business, football generates billions of dollars of revenue worldwide. But as in business, major goals in football can only be achieved as part of a motivated team.

Despite their physical prowess, mental toughness, and myopic focus, every player on the field seeks motivation to get themselves ready for game day. From pregame pep talks, to post game speeches, the powerful language of Coaches and team leaders is a transformative tool to lead their cities, towns, and schools to victory.

Here's a collection of my favorite motivational quotes from legendary football greats. Use these, as I do, to help elevate your own game in business and in life.
  1. "If what you did YESTERDAY seems big, you haven't done anything TODAY."--Lou Holtz, Notre Dame
  2. "A CHAMPION is simply someone who did NOT give up when they wanted to."--Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys
  3. "The man who complains about the way the ball BOUNCES is likely the one who DROPPED it." - Lou Holtz
  4. "Losing doesn't make me want to quit, it makes me want to FIGHT that much HARDER"--Bear Bryant, University of Alabama
  5. "If it doesn't matter who WINS or loses, then why do they keep SCORE."--Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers
  6. "It's not the SIZE of the dog in the fight, but the size of the FIGHT in the dog". - Archie Griffin, Cincinnati Bengals
  7. "When you're GOOD at something, you'll tell everyone. When you're GREAT at something, they'll tell you."--Walter Payton, Chicago Bears
  8. "WINNING is not everything--but making the EFFORT to win is"--Vince Lombardi
  9. "It's the name on the FRONT of the jersey that matters most, not the one on the BACK."--Joe Paterno, Penn State
  10. Your TALENT determines what you can do. Your MOTIVATION determines how much you are willing to do. Your ATTITUDE determines how well you do it.--Lou Holtz
  11. "The harder you WORK, the harder it is to SURRENDER"--Marv Levy, Buffalo Bills
  12. "If you want to WIN, do the ordinary things BETTER than anyone else does them day in and day out."--Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers
  13. Life is TEN percent what happens to you, and NINETY percent how you respond to it. - Lou Holtz
  14. "You FAIL all of the time. But you aren't a FAILURE until you start blaming someone else"--Bum Phillips, Houston Texans
  15. "If you're not IN the parade, you WATCH the parade. That's life.--Mike Ditka, Chicago Bears
  16. "The ONLY discipline that lasts, is SELF discipline"--Bum Phillips
  17. "Today I will do what other WON'T, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others CAN'T" - Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers
  18. "How do you WIN? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That's how you WIN."--Bum Phillips
  19. "Work isn't WORK unless you would rather be DOING something else,"--Don Shula, Miami Dolphins
  20. "The GREATEST mistake is to continue to PRACTICE a mistake"--Bobby Bowden, Florida State
  21. "Coaching is not how much you KNOW. It's how much you can get players to DO." - Bum Phillips
  22. "I don't expect to WIN enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to WIN enough to warrant an investigation."--Bob Devaney, University of Nebraska
  23. "Today, you've got a DECISION to make. You're gonna get BETTER or you're gonna get worse, but you're not gonna stay the same. Which will it BE?"--Joe Paterno
  24. "We'll FIGHT 'em until hell freezes over, then we'll FIGHT 'em on the ice."--Dutch Meyer, TCU
  25. "For EVERY pass I caught in a game, I caught a THOUSAND in practice."--Don Hutson, Green Bay Packers
  26. "Remember, TOMORROW is promised to no ONE."--Walter Payton
  27. "We would ACCOMPLISH many more things if we did not think of them as IMPOSSIBLE."--Vince Lombardi
  28. "It takes 20 YEARS to build a reputation and 5 MINUTES to ruin it."--Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
  29. "There is NO substitute for WORK."--Vince Lombardi
  30. "Winning isn't getting ahead of OTHERS. It's getting ahead of YOURSELF."--Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys
  31. Once you LEARN to quit, it becomes a HABIT."--Vince Lombardi
  32. "In order to WIN the game, you must first not LOSE it."--Chuck Noll
  33. "If you're not gonna go ALL the way, why go at ALL?"--Joe Namath, New York Jets
  34. It's not whether you get knocked DOWN, it's whether you get UP."--Vince Lombardi
34 Motivational Quotes From Football Legends to Inspire Your Game

34 Motivational Quotes From Football Legends to Inspire Your Game

Like a 300-pound lineman, we can all use a little push from time to time. Use these quotes from football legends to help you score in business and in life.

Perseverance. Adversity. Triumph. Defeat. This time of year, we see it all left on the field, as football season is officially upon us.

As a major business, football generates billions of dollars of revenue worldwide. But as in business, major goals in football can only be achieved as part of a motivated team.

Despite their physical prowess, mental toughness, and myopic focus, every player on the field seeks motivation to get themselves ready for game day. From pregame pep talks, to post game speeches, the powerful language of Coaches and team leaders is a transformative tool to lead their cities, towns, and schools to victory.

Here's a collection of my favorite motivational quotes from legendary football greats. Use these, as I do, to help elevate your own game in business and in life.
  1. "If what you did YESTERDAY seems big, you haven't done anything TODAY."--Lou Holtz, Notre Dame
  2. "A CHAMPION is simply someone who did NOT give up when they wanted to."--Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys
  3. "The man who complains about the way the ball BOUNCES is likely the one who DROPPED it." - Lou Holtz
  4. "Losing doesn't make me want to quit, it makes me want to FIGHT that much HARDER"--Bear Bryant, University of Alabama
  5. "If it doesn't matter who WINS or loses, then why do they keep SCORE."--Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers
  6. "It's not the SIZE of the dog in the fight, but the size of the FIGHT in the dog". - Archie Griffin, Cincinnati Bengals
  7. "When you're GOOD at something, you'll tell everyone. When you're GREAT at something, they'll tell you."--Walter Payton, Chicago Bears
  8. "WINNING is not everything--but making the EFFORT to win is"--Vince Lombardi
  9. "It's the name on the FRONT of the jersey that matters most, not the one on the BACK."--Joe Paterno, Penn State
  10. Your TALENT determines what you can do. Your MOTIVATION determines how much you are willing to do. Your ATTITUDE determines how well you do it.--Lou Holtz
  11. "The harder you WORK, the harder it is to SURRENDER"--Marv Levy, Buffalo Bills
  12. "If you want to WIN, do the ordinary things BETTER than anyone else does them day in and day out."--Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers
  13. Life is TEN percent what happens to you, and NINETY percent how you respond to it. - Lou Holtz
  14. "You FAIL all of the time. But you aren't a FAILURE until you start blaming someone else"--Bum Phillips, Houston Texans
  15. "If you're not IN the parade, you WATCH the parade. That's life.--Mike Ditka, Chicago Bears
  16. "The ONLY discipline that lasts, is SELF discipline"--Bum Phillips
  17. "Today I will do what other WON'T, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others CAN'T" - Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers
  18. "How do you WIN? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That's how you WIN."--Bum Phillips
  19. "Work isn't WORK unless you would rather be DOING something else,"--Don Shula, Miami Dolphins
  20. "The GREATEST mistake is to continue to PRACTICE a mistake"--Bobby Bowden, Florida State
  21. "Coaching is not how much you KNOW. It's how much you can get players to DO." - Bum Phillips
  22. "I don't expect to WIN enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to WIN enough to warrant an investigation."--Bob Devaney, University of Nebraska
  23. "Today, you've got a DECISION to make. You're gonna get BETTER or you're gonna get worse, but you're not gonna stay the same. Which will it BE?"--Joe Paterno
  24. "We'll FIGHT 'em until hell freezes over, then we'll FIGHT 'em on the ice."--Dutch Meyer, TCU
  25. "For EVERY pass I caught in a game, I caught a THOUSAND in practice."--Don Hutson, Green Bay Packers
  26. "Remember, TOMORROW is promised to no ONE."--Walter Payton
  27. "We would ACCOMPLISH many more things if we did not think of them as IMPOSSIBLE."--Vince Lombardi
  28. "It takes 20 YEARS to build a reputation and 5 MINUTES to ruin it."--Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
  29. "There is NO substitute for WORK."--Vince Lombardi
  30. "Winning isn't getting ahead of OTHERS. It's getting ahead of YOURSELF."--Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys
  31. Once you LEARN to quit, it becomes a HABIT."--Vince Lombardi
  32. "In order to WIN the game, you must first not LOSE it."--Chuck Noll
  33. "If you're not gonna go ALL the way, why go at ALL?"--Joe Namath, New York Jets
  34. It's not whether you get knocked DOWN, it's whether you get UP."--Vince Lombardi