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  • Success is that old ABC -- ability, breaks, and courage. --Charles Luckman
  • Success = Preparation + Opportunity , Bruce La Rue
  • The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will. --Vince Lombardi
  • Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. --Herman Cain
  • He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much. --Bessie Anderson Stanley
  • The first law of success... is concentration--to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor to the left. --William Mathews
  • I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. --Thomas Edison  
  • There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success. --George Burton Adams,  educator, historian
  • "No one gets an iron-clad guarantee of success. Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance." -- Merlin Olsen
  • Persistence. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone
    are omnipotent. The slogan, 'Press on,' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.- Calvin Coolidge 
  • "I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you're a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you'll win--if you don't, you won't." -- Bruce Jenner, Olympic Gold Medalist, Decathlon

  • Not to know the past is to be in bondage to it, while to remember, to know, is to be set free.- Dr. Sigmund Freud

  • Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. --Gen. George S. Patton
  • A limit on what you will do puts a limit on what you can do. --Dexter Yager
  • All men seek one goal: success or happiness. The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society. First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal--a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends--wisdom, money, material and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. --Aristotle
  • Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. --Og Mandino
  • A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things in a vision, a dream of the whole thing. --Charles M. Schwab
  • A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means. --William Hazlitt
  • The 4 key to success are: Motivation, Education, Actions and Relations -- Med Jones
  • A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. --Orsen Marden
  • A person who is successful has simply formed the habit of doing things that unsuccessful people will not do. --Dexter Yager
  • A winner is one who accepts his failures and mistakes, picks up the pieces, and continues striving to reach his goals. --Dexter Yager
  • Be ready when opportunity comes... luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet. --Roy D. Chapin, Jr.
  • Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night. --Unknown
  • Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. --George E. Woodberry
  • Discipline can be the difference between success and failure. --Anonymous
  • Champions are willing to do the things they dislike to create something they do like. Don't let the things that matter most be at the mercy of the things that matter least. --Dexter Yager  
  • Don't aim for success, if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. --David Frost
  • Each of us is born to shape a destiny for himself. The depth and the extent of that destiny are measured by the personal goals we set. --Paul J. Meyer
  • Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. --Norman Vincent Peale
  • Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success. --Napoleon Hill
  • Failure doesn't mean you are a failure...it just means you haven't succeeded yet. -Robert Schuller
  • For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, And though a late, a sure reward succeeds. --William Congreve
  • Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success. --Denis E. Waitley
  • Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile. --Vince Lombardi
  • Hell, there are no rules here--we're trying to accomplish something. --Thomas A. Edison
  • I don't think I'd be a success on TV if I hadn't been fired earlier in my career. There's got to be a glitch along the way, or else you lose touch with reality. --Maury Povich
  • I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind. --George Bernard Shaw
  • If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it --W.C. Fields
  • I feel the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it. --Reggie Jackson
  • If you don't think you can become rich, you very rarely do. You have to start by believing that you can, and then crave it passionately. --Mark Fisher
  • I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be. --Douglas Adams
  • It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final. --Unknown
  • "A lot of men wear sleep deprivation as a badge of courage. Dozens of CEOs pride themselves on sleeping just four to five hours a night. What happens, though, is your judgment disappears and your perception is impaired. Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and the Exxon Valdez are all examples of sleep-related accidents. To remain healthy and be at your peak, you need about 8 hours of sleep per day. Einstein slept 10 hours." - Rubin Naiman, Clinical Healthy Psychologist
  • I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone. --Bill Cosby
  • It's visualization in a positive sense. I never pictured myself crashing or falling off a beam. I always pictured myself doing my routine perfectly. --Mary Lou Retton
  • I've had enough success for two lifetimes, My success is talent put together with hard work and luck. --Kareem Abdul-Jabar
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. --Unknown
  • Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well. --Josh Billings
  • Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. --Thomas Edison
  • Many people seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other areas. But can it really?...True effectiveness requires balance. --Stephen Covey
  • Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. --H. Ross Perot
  • Most success springs from an obstacle or failure. I became a cartoonist largely because I failed in my goal of becoming a successful executive. --Scott Adams
  • No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself. --Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • No rules for success will work if you don't. --Unknown
  • Nothing average ever stood as a monument to progress. When progress is looking for a partner it doesn't turn to those who believe they are only average. It turns instead to those who are forever searching and striving to become the best they possibly can. If we seek the average level we cannot hope to achieve a high level of success. Our only hope is to avoid being a failure. --A. Lou Vickery
  • Not in time, place, or circumstance, but in the man lies success. --Charles Rouss
  • Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures. --Vince Lombardi
  • One that would have the fruit must climb the tree. --Thomas Fuller
  • One worthwhile task carried to a successful conclusion is worth half-a-hundred half-finished tasks. --Malcom S. Forbes
  • Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. --Robert F. Kennedy
  • Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits. --Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it.  Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin. --Herman Hesse
  • People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success. --Norman Vincent Peale
  • People who succeed, it's not that they need to step on somebody. But they have a path in view and they just keep moving along. --William Shatner
  • Potential is: dormant ability, unused success and capped capability. --Randall D. Worley
  • Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. --Winston Churchill
  • Success doesn't come to you... you go to it. --Marva Collins
  • Successful leaders have the courage to take action while others hesitate. --John Maxwell
  • Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others. --Danny Thomas
  • Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders. --Sloan Wilson
  • To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price. --Vince Lombardi
  • Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. --Mae West
  • Try again. Fail again. Fail better. --Samuel Beckett
  • Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. --Albert Einstein
  • We aim above the mark to hit the mark. --Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We have a right to an empire. --Napoleon Bonaparte
  • We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful.  We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing. --The Metro Para pledge
  • We've all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it is more important to learn from our successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors. --Norman Vincent Peale
  • What we nourish will flourish. We nourish whatever we give our attention to. small wonder that so many of our problems get to be such vigorous, lusty weeds in our garden of life! --J. Sig Paulson
  • What you see (in your mind's eye) is what you get. Proof: What you saw is pretty much what you got! --Joe Klock
  • Winning is not a sometime thing: it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do the right thing once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. --Vince Lombardi
  • With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown. --Chinese proverb
  • Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today. Go another mile! --Og Mandino
  • You are never a loser until you quit trying. --Mike Ditka
  • You can be discouraged by failure -- or you can learn from it. Because, remember that's where you'll find success. On the far side of failure. --Unknown
  • You can't wait on success. --Alan Jackson
  • You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. --Beverly Sills
  • You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn't mean a thing. That's for the fans. You've got to win the war with the man in front of you. You've got to get your man. --Vince Lombardi
  • Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there. --Vince Lombardi
  • Successful people use their strength by recognizing, developing and utilizing the talents of others. --Unknown
  • "A CEO's performance is as good as his Middle Managers" - Med Jones
  • Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out... --Robert Collier
  • Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. --William Feather
  • That man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had. --Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The important thing to recognize is that it takes a team... Successes have many fathers, failures have none. --Philip Caldwell
  • The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything - and it works. --William Strong
  • The process of succeeding can be seen as a series of trials in which your vision constantly guides you toward your target while in your actual performance you are regularly slightly off target. Success in any area requires constantly readjusting your behavior as the result of feedback from your experience. --Michael Gelb and Tony Buzan 
  • Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. --Unknown
  • There is no failure except in no longer trying. --Elbert Hubbard
  • There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. --Niccolo Machiavelli
  • The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become. --Harold Taylor
  • The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed. --Edwin Whipple
  • The significance of a man is not in what he attains but rather in what he longs to attain.--Kahlil Gibran
  • The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going. --Unknown
  • They never fail who die in a great cause. --Lord Byron
  • Those who have succeeded at anything and don't mention luck are kidding themselves. --Larry King 
  • The journey is the reward. --Tao saying
  • A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. --Lao-Tsu
  • Successful men and women become successful because they acquire the habit of thinking in terms of success. Get the success habit in the small circumstances you control, and soon you'll be controlling the bigger ones. --Napoleon Hill
  • Control success before it controls you. --Dwight Yoakam
  • Success, in my view, is the willingness to strive for something you really want. The person not reaching the top is no less a success than the one who achieved it, if they both sweated blood, sweat and tears and overcame obstacles and fears. The failure to be perfect does not mean you're not a success. --Fran Tarkenton
  • Success is a journey, not a destination. --Ben Sweetland
  • Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. --Joyce Brothers
  • Success is best measured by how far you've come with the talents you've been given. --Anonymous
  • Rudy's Rules:  
    • Rule #1 - Everyone can be anyone they want to be. "It's your life and it's up to you to take charge of it... You must take action to reach the thing you desire."
    • Rule #2 - Make anger work for you. "Anger is a normal reaction. It's what you do with anger that makes the difference in your life ... direct your anger towards a goal ... embrace [anger] as a friend instead of fearing it as an enemy ... from anger comes determination comes triumph."
    • Rule #3 - Everyone should dream. "It starts with a dream. It starts with building castles in the air and then knowing the difference between a fantasy and a dream and finally making it come true."
    • Rule #4 - Eliminate the confusion. "You can't look at the enormity of what you want to do. At least you can't look at it all at once. ... visualize exactly what you want to be, and only that. If you can visualize what you want to be and eliminate the confusion and fears, that's when you start getting places."
    • Rule #5 - It's better to do something and fail than to do nothing and succeed. "Fear comes in two basic forms: fear of failure and fear of success." Fear of success is "really the fear of the responsibilities that will come when you reach your goal ... the shame isn't in failing, it's in not trying ... the harder the struggle, the greater the reward at journeys end."
    • Rule #6 - Get the dollar signs out of your eyes. "There's nothing wrong with making money. It's only wrong when it's your primary objective ... money isn't what it's all about. Doing what you truly want to do is."
    • Rule #7 - Quit making excuses. "What we're really talking about here is commitment. Until you make a commitment to your dream, it's not a commitment at all. It's just another fantasy. And fantasies don't come true because they're not real, we're not committed to them. When we make commitments, they become dreams. And dreams are very real."
    • Rule #8 - Dreams don't have time limits, but timing is everything. "Dreams are real, time limits are artificial. Because no time is the right time and no time is the wrong time. Not for being the person you want to be."
    • Rule #9 - Never Quit. "Don't ever, ever quit. Recognize that stopping now, regrouping to try a new approach isn't quitting. If you quit you'll regret it forever."
    • Rule #10 - When you achieve one dream, dream another. "Getting what you want is only a problem if you have nowhere to go next. Dreaming is a lifetime occupation.

 

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