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5 Success Quotes to Help You Succeed with a Positive Attitude

Updated on December 13, 2012


Your positive attitude can lead to success.
Your positive attitude can lead to success.

Succeed in Life with a Positive Attitude

The authors of these five quotes have all suffered adversities, yet emerged successful in their lives. A positive attitude can go a long way toward helping you overcome illness, financial struggles, relationship issues, depression, or whatever obstacle that keeps you from being as successful as you want to be in life. Read the following quotes daily to help you modify your attitude to enhance your life.

1. If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

--Mary Engelbreit

Mary Engelbreit is an artist who, as a child just wanted to draw pictures. She began drawing pictures at a table that was set up in the linen closet of her childhood home. Through her years, Engelbreit has worked for a small art store, an ad agency, and at a publishing house drawing illustrations for children’s books. Engelbreit was also editor-in-chief of the award-winning magazine Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion. Today, Engelbreit is a famous artist and thousands of stores sell Engelbreit’s gifts, cards, and artwork. In spite of the fact that many people tried to discourage Engelbreit through the years, Engelbreit says, “I believed in myself and now I’m living my dream.”

2. The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

--Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton is a world champion Olympic figure skating champion. He performed with many ice skating teams, including “Stars on Ice”. As a child, Hamilton was diagnosed with a mysterious illness that caused him to stop growing. His parents sought opinions and treatment from several specialists. Eventually, Hamilton was able to overcome his illness through a special diet and exercise program. In Hamilton’s early training days, he almost had to quit because it was too expensive to train with his coach who is also a former Olympic champion. Fortunately, Hamilton received financiers to support his ice skating training. On separate diagnoses of a brain tumor and testicular cancer, Hamilton was able to continue with his ice skating career after recovery. Hamilton co-authored the book, The Great Eight: How to Be Happy (Even When You Have Every Reason to Be Miserable).

3. Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.

--Bill Meyer

Bill Meyer (1893-1957) was a baseball player and manager. Meyer grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and started playing baseball as a child. Despite resistance from his father, when offered an opportunity to play baseball for a Florida team, Meyer went and played so well that another Florida team then offered him a position on their team. Meyer was a catcher who played for several teams throughout his career, including playing for the Chicago White Sox and for the Philadelphia Athletic. As a manager, Meyer managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1948-1952. Meyer was well respected in the baseball industry and received an award for “Major League Manager of the Year" in 1948. The Pittsburgh Pirates retired his uniform number (1) in 1952. Meyer suffered from physical illness off and on during the last ten years of his management career, still, Meyer was a highly successful manager. The baseball park in Knoxville, Tennessee (from 1955 to 2003) was named the Bill Meyer Stadium .

4. The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.

--William James

William James (1842 -1910) was a psychologist and philosopher. He was trained as a physician, but he never practiced medicine because his interest was in psychology. James was born into a wealthy family and lived an elite life among high society. In his life, James suffered from a variety of physical ailments. He also suffered from mild depression. The majority of his career was spent as a professor at Harvard University. James wrote many books, including, Principles of Psychology which gained widespread notoriety. James defined true beliefs as those that prove useful to the believer, James said, “Truth is the function of the beliefs that start and terminate among them."

5. The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.

--Dennis S. Brown

The youngest of five children, Dennis S. Brown grew up in a modest home in central Louisiana. Brown is an honored motivational speaker, trainer, and author. His “attitude adjustment” seminars have made him nationally famous. Brown attributes his successful life to the positive influence of his parents and God. He contends that positive attitude is “action”. Brown says that “attitude is feeling, belief, and passion, and if we stir up those ingredients in the bowl of life—oh, how sweet our days will be!” Brown is the author of the book entitled, Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life!

Book References

Mary Engelbreit'S Home Companion Book
Mary Engelbreit'S Home Companion Book

Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion Book is filled with fun and helpful decorating and craft ideas.



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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from USA

      Hi pstraubie48, I'm like you. And, what I learned about attitudes is it is easier to have a positive attitude than a bad attitude.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Dennis Brown got it right, didn't he? We can be our own worst enemy by having a negative attitude. I am the original Pollyanna and find positive even when it might not be expected.

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'll have to pick #5 as my favorite quote. It's a great idea to start off each day by deciding what kind of a good attitude you're going to have because that will color what accomplishments you make. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the compliment, rajan jolly. One of the things my parents kept saying when I was a child was, "If you want to be successful, then do what successful people do." It stuck with me. I enjoy reading about people who are good at their craft and who share inspirational messages.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very inspiring quotes. We need to take inspiration from the lives of such people.

      Good job Marlene!

      Voted up.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from USA

      You are right, Express10. It is not enough to "talk the talk". You've got to "walk the walk". And, I agree, Scott Hamilton is a wonderful example of this.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for sharing this hub. My favorite quote has always been Scott Hamilton's quote. As a figure skater, he has been one great example to look up to on and off the ice. There are few people like this. No matter what, he lived this quote and inspires by "walking the walk."

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Byron Wolf. These quotes help me keep a positive attitude. So, no matter what is going on in my life, I can repeat them and get my attitude back in line with the things I want to accomplish in life.

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      Byron Wolf 5 years ago

      Thanks for this. I really needed these quotes today.

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      Marlene Bertrand 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you for your feedback, Chris Achilleos. Yes, attitude has a lot to do with whether or not you are going to succeed in life. I am glad you enjoyed the quotes.

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      Chris Achilleos 6 years ago

      Great hub Marlene. I really enjoyed reading and will be definitely sharing this :). The quote I liked the most is: "The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes." -William James...

      Voted up, useful, beautiful and awesome!!!

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      Marlene Bertrand 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you for your feedback, cynamans.

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      cynamans 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing marleneB.

      I find this hub interesting and useful. Voted up

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      Marlene Bertrand 6 years ago from USA

      Hi katyzzz! I'm usually a very positive person, too. But, I can have my moments when I need a little boost. The quotes gently get me back on track.

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      katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Very meaningful, useful post, many can benefit from this, including me, although I'm usually very positive

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      Marlene Bertrand 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you for visiting, azurevon. I know what you mean. I enjoy reading about people who have "made" it in this world. Their quotes are inspirational to me.

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      James William 6 years ago

      Awesome quotes!

      Really, i don't know how they came up with such awesome sentences.

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      Marlene Bertrand 6 years ago from USA

      Injured lamb, you are so kind with your words. I am a collector of quotes, too. I like to read the history behind quotes... what was going on in the person's life when they spoke those words. It's fascinating to me. Thank you for your vote.

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      Injured lamb 6 years ago

      Thanks for this positive attitude quotes sharing MarleneB, they would be noted down in my "quotes' book" as I love collecting others' wisdom, voted this up, cheers!

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      Marlene Bertrand 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you Aunt Mollie. I am glad you like the quotes. These quotes are all from people I admire for their wisdom and success in life.

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      Aunt Mollie 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed this collection of quotes. Good quotes are hard to find, so I'm bookmarking this.

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      Marlene Bertrand 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you DIMIR. I am very glad you like the quotes.

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      DIMIR 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      These made me feel so much better about everything! Thank you for a great post!

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      Marlene Bertrand 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you, everyone. I strongly believe in keeping my attitude positive, because, like PegCole17 said, "We become what we think about." Your feedback inspires me in a most positive way.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      These are a great collection of inspiring quotes and thoughts for a better life. "Every thought is a seed." Discovering this can change our lives. "We become what we think about."

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      felicitylovespari 6 years ago

      I think everything has to start with a positive attitude. Nice Hub Marlene. Both up and useful for me. Thanks.

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      martinyz 6 years ago

      Wonderful compilation. Really inspired me. Thank you for sharing.

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      Marlene Bertrand 6 years ago from USA

      You're welcome! Thank you for your feedback.

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Awesome! Flag up! Thanks for sharing.


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