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Quotes and Sayings About How to Achieve Success

Updated on January 27, 2019
Success feels great!
Success feels great!

What Can I Do to Achieve Success?

Successful people think differently. In order to achieve success, a person first decides they are worthy and capable. Have you ever heard a successful person who said, "I can't"? Success starts first with attitude.

What do successful people look like? What makes them stand apart from the crowd? What are some of the character traits of those who choose success for their lives? Why do some succeed and others seem to stand at the sidelines? Can success be simple or is it difficult to attain? What can I do to achieve success?

  • Define your own success. What does it look like?
  • Take 100% responsibility for your life.
  • Excel in what you do best.
  • Write your goals on paper and read/review each day. Revise when necessary, (less than 3% of Americans write down their goals. less than 1% rewrite/review them daily).
  • Don't complain about work required to achieve goals.
  • Focus, which means giving up some things in the present for future rewards.
  • Identify the essential and eliminate that which is not necessary.
  • Create a road map and follow it, and yet be wise enough to realize there may be necessary detours in order to reach your destination.
  • Have creative outlets for self-expression and relaxation.
  • Exercise to help stay healthy and reduce stress.
  • Share the rewards of your success with others.
  • Never give up. It's not an option.

Does this sound like you? Of course it does! The first step is to define your own success, and visualize and actualize by putting into action the necessary work that is required. Below I have gathered some of my favorite quotes throughout the years. Sometimes it helps to write them down in a success journal and read them often, especially when motivation and inspiration may be lacking. I have numerous journals that I keep, but one is specifically my success journal and I am happy to share part of it with you.

Success is an attitude, a responsibility and a reward.

— rebekahELLE
You hold your key to success.
You hold your key to success.

Walden Wisdom

"I learned this, at least, by my experiment;
that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

Henry David Thoreau

Quotable Quotes

  • "Your success and happiness lie in you." Helen Keller
  • "Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly." Robert F. Kennedy
  • "Master a skill and you become ruler of your own destiny."
  • "Perseverance will accomplish all things." American Proverb
  • "It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well." Rene Descartes
  • "It's not the going out of port, but the coming in that determines the success of a voyage." Henry Ward Beecher
  • "Success comes to those who have proceeded to do what the rest of us have always intended to do."
  • "Character is the single most important element in achieving success... A warrior, as I've said before, always stands for something larger than himself." Richard Marcinka
  • "Everything bows to success, even grammar." Victor Hugo
  • "They can because they think they can." Virgil

Let's take a motivational minute and continue reading.

Visualize Your Success

More Quotes from Successful People

"And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anais Nin

"The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances." Viktor Frankl

"In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us." Ranier Maria Rilke

"There'll always be serendipity involved in discovery." Jeff Bezos

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."

"To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first." William Shakespeare

"Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value." Albert Einstein

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself." Epicurus

Ready to hear from some of the great achievers of the world?

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well.

— Henry W. Longfellow

Success is a Mindset

Success Quotes and Sayings

  • "Knock the 't' off the 'can't'." Samuel Johnson
  • "If you hear a voice within you say, "you cannot paint", then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." Vincent Van Gogh
  • "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." Henry David Thoreau
  • "Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."

We need men who can dream of things that never were.

— John F. Kennedy

"To Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores."

The above quote is from William Shakespeare. Success is for those who dare to cross the unpathed waters, for those who discover the undreamed shores. Life never runs out of new paths to create for those who follow in our footsteps. So, grab your success journal and create your success.

Success Poem by Bessie Anderson Stanley

"To laugh often and love much;
to win the respect of intelligent persons
and the affection of children;
to earn the approbation of honest citizens
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to give of one’s self;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm
and sung with exultation;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived—
this is to have succeeded".

Bessie Anderson Stanley ~1904

Jeff Bezos keeps this poem on his refrigerator.

Admiral McRaven's Ten Keys to Success

Make Your Bed - Admiral William H. McRaven

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
The book to keep by your bedside to inspire and motivate you to bring changes to your life that can help change our world.

Ten Keys to Success

1- Start the day with a task completed.

2- Find someone to help you through life.

3- Respect everyone.

4- Life is not always fair, move forward.

5- Don't be afraid to fail often.

6- Take risks.

7- Face down the bullies.

8- Step up when times are toughest.

9- Lift up the downtrodden.

10- Never give up.

Thank You for Reading and Please Feel Free to Leave a Comment.

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  • peachpurple profile image


    5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    i should print out these quotes and look at them everyday

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    Amelia Griggs 

    5 years ago from U.S.

    Wonderful hub! I have a similar one. We have some common interests and hubs. :-)

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    Bobby Isenhower 

    7 years ago from Crothersville, IN

    Great Hub RebekahELLE :) I enjoyed reading it. My niche is about achieving success and anything inspirations :) So I liked this one a lot :)

  • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Tampa Bay

    Thank you PD, although a bit late to say thanks, but I always appreciate your comments. I like your way of thinking, it's not winning or losing, but achieving and understanding.

    @jrcemail, thank you! I'm glad you kept reading! Happy success to you!

  • jrcemail profile image


    9 years ago

    Very nice structure to this hub, it helps keep the eye reading forward!

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    Rob Welsh 

    9 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

    Very nice Rebekah, For me.. (personally) I have only failed when I gave up on winning everything that I have strived for and replaced it with the understanding of what it is to loose everything bar the habit of winning again! *PD*

    Thanks for sharing.

  • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Tampa Bay

    thanks Shane and my-success! it's for anyone! best to you also.

  • my-success-guru profile image


    9 years ago from Upstate NY

    Hey rebekahELLE,

    Great thoughts on success!

    Take Care,


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    Shane Belceto 

    9 years ago from WA USA

    Quite welcome and sounds like a good idea to me I will keep an ear out for that next part ... smiles

    ~Expect Miracles

  • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Tampa Bay

    thanks money glitch. I think it's always nice to be inspired! I read quotes often as they help give me that little kick, so I'm glad to hear this hub is inspiring others. thanks! :]

    @shane, thanks for reading and happy to know you enjoyed it. maybe I need a Part 11.. yes, expect miracles! thank you for sharing with us!

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    Shane Belceto 

    9 years ago from WA USA

    Completely my kind of HUB Thank YOU Just got highlighter all over my monitor lol

    Umm you did miss one though "If you can dream it YOU CAN DO IT" -Walt Disney ..grin.

    ~Expect Miracles

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    Money Glitch 

    9 years ago from Texas

    This is such a beautiful hub, rebekahELLE, I'm bookmarking it for those time when one needs a little boost of inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing such an inspiring hub. Rating back up! And congrats on that 100 overall hub score, it looks good on you. :)

  • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Tampa Bay

    thanks all, for the inspiring comments! It's there waiting for us. I think success very much starts with attitude and how we look at our world. I appreciate your reading and leaving a comment. :] happiness and much success to you.

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    9 years ago

    Very inspirational! I love the Victor Hugo's quote: "Everything bows to success, even grammar." LOL It's true!

  • KKalmes profile image


    9 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

    Hello RELLE, and thank you for much needed enlightenment... when I elected to follow my passion and bliss and not search for another well-paying, stressful, contribution-to-nothing job after being laid off, it has taken a lot of courage not to buckle and chase after the 12 hour/day, checks deposited twice a month job.

    I have tried to tell myself that if I don't try, I can't succeed... it is however, easy to fall into the half-empty... if I don't try, I can't fail syndrome.

    Thanx for the push to the half-full side of thinking.

  • Sunnyglitter profile image


    9 years ago from Cyberspace

    "In order to achieve success, a person first decides they are worthy and capable". I really like this statement a lot. This is an excellent article.

  • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Tampa Bay

    thanks everyone! it was a lot of fun putting this together and I know how much we all need to be inspired. it is easy to lose focus or enthusiasm when we're surrounded by bad news daily. I appreciate your time and comments! happy successes to you. :]

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    Camlo De Ville 

    9 years ago from Cologne, Germany

    Hi Rebekah!

    I've just discovered that I've read a few of your Hubs before, but not this one.

    Most inspiring. Must have been an incredible job getting all these quotes together - really well done.

    As you know, I'm a Gemini, and a typical one at that ... I've got the right attitude, but not the staying power. I've noted some of your quotes here to help me get over that.

    Thanks for a great Hub!

    All the best, Camlo

  • YesWay profile image


    9 years ago

    I really like this hub. It's easy to lose sight of dreams amidst the negativity that creeps into our day-to-day lives. That's why we need to actively expose our minds to positive influences. Very well put together!?

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    Holle Abee 

    9 years ago from Georgia

    I've always been a fan of quotes - I got it from my mom. Very inspirational hub!

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    Ben Better 

    9 years ago from NORTH CAROLINA


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    Linda Rogers 

    9 years ago from Minnesota

    I really enjoyed this hub. Very useful and very uplifting. I especially like the quote, "take the t out of can't". Rated up and useful. thx

  • Royalmark profile image


    9 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

    You are welcome, dear!!!


  • wavegirl22 profile image


    9 years ago from New York, NY

    rebekahELLE - Oh how I love quotes, and what a terrific 'must bookmark' hub this is!

    One thing I always told my daughter was to remove the words "I can't" from her vocabulary and to replace it with I CAN try! And to think all I really needed to say was take the "t" off~

    My absolute favorite is the one from Bessie Anderson Stanley.

    Thanks for sharing this:)

  • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Tampa Bay

    thanks Katiem! it's nice to be inspired any day, but especially at the beginning of a new week. xo

    @koffeeklatch, I love your screen name! very warm and inviting. thank you for reading!

    @royalmark, thanks so much for your comment. I really like the one you have shared also. thanks for letting us know about your ebook. :]

  • Royalmark profile image


    9 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

    Nice hub, Rebekah... Really touched and inspired...

    You did it so well...

    Here's mine "I never saw a man who aspired for that height that was left aground"- Chukwuka Okwukwe Chukwuka

    I'll publish an ebook on talents by weekend (the link is on my profile page *can't post the url here because of regulation*), say, Friday or saturday... You could look it up and if it suits you, purchase it.... thanks


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    Susan Hazelton 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Wonderful hub - I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks.

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    Katie McMurray 

    9 years ago from Westerville

    What a great way to start out the week, thank you so much for the much needed and useful Quotes and Sayings about how to achieve success. Peace :)

  • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Tampa Bay

    hello equealla, I agree with writing hubs for relaxation. writing can be very inspiring and uplifting. thanks for reading.

    raisingme, I thought the same thought the other day while thinking about how I would write the hub. success takes planning and implementation. yes, the places we can go!!

    thank you HC for reading and I'm happy that you enjoyed the selection! Words can be so instrumental in inspiring us to reach our dreams. :]

  • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Tampa Bay

    @thanks winsome. they are an inspiring bunch, aren't they? lol, I hope you achieved your goal of making chocolate chip cookies!

    @thanks lucky, I hope you bookmarked it so you can easily read it everyday! I'm happy to hear it helps!

    @thanks spiritactor. your comment is beautiful and reminds us that inspiration comes from within. :]

  • H.C Porter profile image


    9 years ago from Lone Star State

    I love quotes, and the ones which you decided to include in this hub are perfect...Finding the words to inspire is a great thing that through a quote can be shared over and over again. Thank you for taking the time to write and share ths hub-I have bookmarked it and will be back :)

  • raisingme profile image


    9 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

    If more people took the time to plan their life that they do to plan their vacations oh the places we could go! Well Done! Rated Up!

  • equealla profile image


    9 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

    Taking time to relax will hopefully include writing hubs!

    I like Victor Frankl's magnitude in attitude!

  • spiritactor profile image


    9 years ago from Los Angeles

    A very SUCCESSFUL hub, RebekahELLE ;)

    Inspirational words remind us of the responsibility we have to our talents and skills in this world to share, present, develop, and inspire others. We all need to be reminded of simple persistence: that uninterrupted, creative, working-yet-playful FLOW that launches from our inner being when we dream and/or are inspired. And very useful learning comes from failures-- yet, ultimately, you are right in that "failure" cannot be a consideration. Do and give of yourself freely and be grateful for all of its gifts. Self Momentum!

    Thank you for the inspirations!

  • Lucky621 profile image


    9 years ago from The Sunshine State

    Excellent! This is a great hub to read every day - rated this one up!

  • Winsome profile image


    10 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

    Hi Rebekah, I like all those folks and enjoyed your advice on goals--I'm making one right now to get up and finish making those chocolate chip cookies. Yummm =:)

  • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Tampa Bay

    salt, we all experience those blocks.. let yourself be and I'm sure you will find the release. sometimes it's as simple as one thought that is falsely holding us back. xo

  • salt profile image


    10 years ago from australia

    thankyou, I dont think I have felt as blocked as I do tonight on any other single occasion. I dont know where the vibes are coming from, but they are really getting to me. Thankyou... this has helped alot.

  • rebekahELLE profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Tampa Bay

    @thanks Green, that's so nice of you to say! I'm glad you enjoyed the inspiration. we can all use it, can't we? much appreciated, as always!

    @mentalist, thanks for adding your own! I like all of them, and how very true that we make our own opportunities. I think working without complaints is a big one!

    @Pamela, thank you for reading. the old sayings are often the most inspiring, aren't they. it doesn't seem to change what truly brings success.

    @Darlene, how wonderful is your comment! and so true. we all see it differently and whatever success we make for ourselves is special and fulfilling. thanks for reading.

    @B. thank you! it's always nice to be inspired, isn't it? I'm so glad you enjoyed it, come back anytime!

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    B Stucki 

    10 years ago

    Thanks for the extra motivation! This a great positive hub!

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    Darlene Sabella 

    10 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    An enjoyable hub indeed, it was very nice to read. Each of us see success in different ways, and now that I am retired I see the job of my family of pets. Thank you for an inspiring hub....thumbs up

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I love the old sayings as they are so true and inspiring. You have put together a beautiful hub. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Mentalist acer 

    10 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

    Become essential and depended upon.Don't accomplish your job on time but ahead of time...You make your own opportunities.There is no luck in success only progressive thinking and developing a plan.Work without complaint,I worked hard from the bottom up and got paid for it!:)

  • Green Lotus profile image


    10 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    I've missed your inspiring hubs rE. Thanks for yet another great one! rated up! and all the others too.


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