Quotes - Success,
Greatness & Failure

"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do."
- Bob Dylan

Goal Setting, Direction, Purpose

"The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want."
- Ben Stein

"There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it."
- Napoleon Hill

"Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if you aimed at an object on a level with yourself"


"The secret to productive goal setting is in establishing clearly defined goals, writing them down and then focusing on them several times a day with words, pictures and emotions as if we've already achieved them."
- Denis Waitley

"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success."
- Henry David Thoreau

"Goals are new, forward-moving objectives. They magnetize you towards them."
- Mark Victor Hansen


"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life" Confucius

If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut. Albert Einstein
"The harder you work the luckier you get". Gary Player, golfer

"Back in the old days when I first started, all my buddies would go out drinking and partying while I worked. Now they're working and I'm the one having fun." Ron Rice, president of Tanning Research Laboratories

I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs. H.L. Mencken

Money & Success

"Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant". P.T. Barnum

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. Henry David Thoreau

Wealth is not only what you have but also what you are - Sterling W. Still

If a man says money can do anything, that settles it: he hasn't any. Edgar Howe

"He is well paid that is well satisfied" Shakespeare

"After a certain point, money is meaningless. it ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts". Aristotle Onassis


"That's the secret: be interesting. If you can't be interesting, shut up. There's nothing wrong with silence."

"To become successful and outstanding at something, we don't have to come up with something new; we need only find ways of doing it better."

- Earl Nightingale, The Essence of Success

"The ideas are the important thing. If you're successful in getting the ideas across from your mind to the minds of your audience, you're as successful as a speaker is supposed to be. Audiences have a way of knowing when you're more interested in what you're saying than in how you appear."

"Confidence....thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them, it cannot live."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"A person in authority is not necessarily a saint, an artist, a philosopher or a hero, but he respects truth, appreciates what is beautiful, knows how to behave himself, and is courageous in meeting his obligations."

"Some are born great, some acheive greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." Shakespeare

"Nothing great will ever be acheived without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so." Charles de Gaulle

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." Albert Einstein
. Albert Einstein


Taking Risks

"Those who dare to fail greatly can ever acheive greatly." Robert F Kennedy

"Only those who risk going too far can possibly know how far one can go."
- T.S. Elliot

Taking 1st Step

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
-- Jules Renard

"A journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step" Lao-tzu

"You look at any giant corporation, and I mean the biggies, and they all started with a guy with an idea, doing it very well." Irvine Robbins, founder of Baskin-Robbins

The People who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them

George Bernard Shaw


Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Failure is not the worst thing in the world. The very worst is not to try.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.

People often fail on the verge of success. By giving as much care to the end as to the beginning, There will be few failures. Lao Tzu

"The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose."
- E.M. Gray

Failures are divided into two classes - those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.

John Charles Salak

"The problem with most failing businesses is not that their owners don’t know enough about finance, marketing, management, and operations -- they don’t, but those things are easy enough to learn -- but that they spend their time and energy defending what they think they know. My experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren’t so because of what they know but because of their insatiable need to know more."
- Michael Gerber

" I always view problems as opportunities in work clothes". Henry Kaiser


The harder you work the luckier you get. Gary Player - Golfer

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
-- Thomas A. Edison

"The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes." Benjamin Disraeli


There are four steps to accomplishment: Plan Purposefully. Prepare Prayerfully. Proceed Positively. Pursue Persitently.

"Success generally depends upon knowing how long it takes to succeed."

C.L. de Montesquieu

When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace - J Lubbock

Quotes by Jim Rohn:

These sections are full of quotes by Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher:


Shortly after I met my mentor he asked me, "Mr. Rohn, how much money have you saved and invested over the last six years?" And I said, "None." He then asked, "Who sold you on that plan?"

It is better to be a lender than a spender.

To become financially independent you must turn part of your income into capital; turn capital into enterprise; turn enterprise into profit; turn profit into investment; and turn investment into financial independence.

Financial independence is the ability to live from the income of your own personal resources.

If you depend on your company to take care of your retirement, your future income will be divided by five. Take care of it yourself, and you can multiply your future income by five.

I remember saying to my mentor, "If I had more money, I would have a better plan." He quickly responded, "I would suggest that if you had a better plan, you would have more money." You see, it's not the amount that counts; it's the plan that counts. If you were to show me your current financial plan, would I get so excited by it that I would go across the country and lecture on it? If the answer is no, then here's my question: "Why not"? Why wouldn't you have a superior financial plan that is taking you to the places you want to go?

I used to say, "Things cost too much." Then my teacher straightened me out on that by saying, "The problem isn't that things cost too much. The problem is that you can't afford it."

That's when I finally understood that the problem wasn't "it" - the problem was "me." The Bible says that it is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. It doesn't say that it is impossible!


My father taught me to always do more than you get paid for as an investment in your future. Whether you stay six weeks, six months or six years, always leave it better than you found it.

Don't bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill.If you don't feel well, tell your doctor, but not the marketplace. If you need money, go to the bank, but not the marketplace.

If you make a sale, you can make a living. If you make an investment of time and good service in a customer, you can make a fortune.

Don't just let your business or your job make something for you; let it make something of you.

Lack of homework shows up in the marketplace as well as in the classroom.

Where you start in the marketplace is not where you have to stay.

The worst days of those who enjoy what they do are better than the best days of those who don't.

We get paid for bringing value to the marketplace. It takes time to bring value to the marketplace, but we get paid for the value, not the time.

Here's the major problem with going on strike for more money: You cannot get rich by demand.


"The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly."

"We must learn to help those who deserve it, not just those who need it. Life responds to deserve not need."

"My mentor said, 'Let's go do it', not 'You go do it'.

How powerful when someone says, 'Let's!'"

"Good people are found not changed. Recently I read a headline that said, "We don't teach people to be nice. We simply hire nice people." Wow! What a clever short cut."

"Managers help people see themselves as they are; Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are."

"Learn to help people with more than just their jobs: help them with their lives."


Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.

Don't take the casual approach to life. Casualness leads to casualties.

Success is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious I and Obvious II in school.

It's too bad failures don't give seminars. Wouldn't that be valuable? If you meet a guy who has messed up his life for forty years, you've just got to say, "John, if I bring my journal and promise to take good notes, would you spend a day with me?"

Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are.

Success is 20% skills and 80% strategy. You might know how to read, but more importantly, what's your plan to read?

Average people look for ways of getting away with it; successful people look for ways of getting on with it.


Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.

There are no new fundamentals. You've got to be a little suspicious of someone who says, "I've got a new fundamental." That's like someone inviting you to tour a factory where they are manufacturing antiques.

Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day just isn't going to get the job done.

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.


Human beings have the remarkable ability to turn nothing into something. They can turn weeds into gardens and pennies into fortunes.

Enterprise is better than ease.

Showing a profit means touching something and leaving it better than you found it.

Enterprise is the hope of our future.

Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living; profits make you a fortune.

We all know a variety of ways to make a living. What's even more fascinating is figuring out ways to make a fortune.

Kids ought to have two bicycles, one to ride and one to rent.

All above quotes Excerpted from The Treasury of Quotes by Jim Rohn. Copyright 1994 Jim Rohn International. These quotes are by Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher. To subscribe to the Free Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine, go to



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