Everyone needs a little inspiration now and then. To start your week off on the right foot (and hoof), we are going to bring you a new motivational quote every Monday.

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Motivational Monday: June 5, 2023

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."

— Pele

Previous Motivational Monday Quotes

Date Posted

"Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life."

— Pythagoras


“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

— Thomas A. Edison


“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”

— Anne Frank


"The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for."

— Fyodor Dosoevsky


"Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of the void but out of chaos."

— Mary Shelly


"If it were necessary either to do wrong or to suffer it, I should choose to suffer rather than do it."

— Gorgias, Philosopher


"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."

— Winston Churchill


“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”

— Walt Disney


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”

— Aristotle


“If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn’t be anything for us to do.”

— George Bernard Shaw


“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”

— H.G. Wells


“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.”

— Pablo Picasso


“Mondays are the start of the work week which offer new beginnings 52 times a year!“

— David Dweck


"Don't let yesterday take up too much of today."

— Will Rogers


""You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to." -Good Will Hunting

— Robin Williams


"No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world." —Dead Poets Society

— Robin Williams


"I choose to be better than the obvious. I obviously choose to be better, day by day."

— Brent Smith


“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”

— Dolly Parton


“I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.”

— Mia Hamm


“If you get tired, learn to rest not quit.”

— Banksy


“Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

— Vince Lombardi


“Opportunities don't happen, you create them.”

— Chris Grosser


“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.”

— Florence Nightingale


“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

— Theodore Roosevelt


“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

— Jimmy Dean


“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

— Mother Theresa


“Always remember people who have helped you along the way, and don't forget to lift someone up.”

— Roy T. Bennett


“Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.”

— Wilbur D. Nesbit


“Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”

— Mark Twain 


“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.”

— Christine Caine 


"Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life."

— Adele Brookman 


"A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out."

— George Bernard Shaw 


"Every champion was once a contender that didn’t give up."

— Gabby Douglas 


"Whatever you are, be a good one."

— Abraham Lincoln 


"Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right."

— Jane Goodall 


"Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it."

— Albert Einstein 


"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

— Maya Angelou 


"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

— Ian Maclaren 


"The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work."

— Oprah Winfrey 


"Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument."

— Desmond Tutu 


"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."

— Alice Walker 


"Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching."

— C.S. Lewis 


"There will never be a right time. Stop waiting and start doing."

— Mel Robbins 


"Always deliver more than expected."

— Larry Page 


"The more doors you open for other people, the more paths you create for yourself."

— Suzan Johnson Cook 


"If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great."

— Tom Hanks 


"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."

— Malala Yousafzai 


"It's better to fight for something in life than to die for nothing."

— Gen. George S. Patton 


"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."

— Eleanor Roosevelt 


"There is no elevator to success, You have to take the stairs."

— Zig Ziglar 


"If you're always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

— Maya Angelou 


"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

— Henry Ford 


"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

— Lao Tzu 


"Have no fear of perfection; you'll never reach it.”

— Marie Curie 


"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."

— Albert Einstein 


"At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can."

— Frida Kahlo 


"Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible."

— Richard Feynman 


"A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job."

— Michael Larsen 


"It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward."

— Sylvester Stallone in Rocky Balboa 


"Spread love everywhere you go."

— Mother Teresa 


"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."

— Aristotle 


"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."

— Babe Ruth 


“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.”

— Walt Whitman 


“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”

— Ray Kroc 


“The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”

— George Washington 


“Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.”

— Patrick Lencioni 


“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

— Theodore Roosevelt 


“There is no substitute for work.”

— Vince Lombardi 


“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”

— Thomas A. Edison 


“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”

— W. Clement Stone 


“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

— Wayne Gretzky 


“Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.”

— Martin Luther 


“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

— Mark Twain 


“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”

— Cavett Robert 


“Courage is grace under pressure.”

— Ernest Hemingway 


“Hope itself is like a star – not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.”

— Charles Haddon Spurgeon 


“Hope is a verb with its shirtsleeves rolled up.”

— David Orr 


“Reflection is one of the most underused yet powerful tools for success.”

— Richard Carlson 


“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

— William Arthur Ward 


“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

— G.K.Chesterton 


“Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

— Bruce Lee 


”The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

— Steve Jobs 


”Do one thing every day that scares you.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt 


”We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

— Winston Churchill 


"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself."

— Henry Ford 


"What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action."

— Mesiter Eckhart 


"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

— Viktor E. Frankl  


"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."

— C.S. Lewis  


"A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye."

— Unknown  


"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."

— Chinese Proverb  


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

— Aristotle  


"A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong."

— Tecumseh  


"People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

— Rob Siltanen  


"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity."

— Dwight D. Eisenhower 


"Empathy is one of our greatest tools of business that is most underused."

— Daniel Lubetzky 


"What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise."

— Oscar Wilde 


"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson 


"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. But though an old man, I am but a young gardener."

— Thomas Jefferson 


"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

— Eleanor Roosevelt


"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand."

— Harry S. Truman


"Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value."

— Albert Einstein


"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."

— Babe Ruth


"You can't wait until life isn't hard any more before you decide to be happy."

— Jane Marczewski        


"I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do."

— Helen Keller       


"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them."

— John F. Kennedy       


"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."

— Robert Louis Stevenson      


"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal."

— Albert Pine   


"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty."

— Winston Churchill  


"Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do."

— Brian Tracy  


"To this day I believe we are here on earth to live, grow, and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom."

— Rosa Parks  


"We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open."

— Harry Edwards  


"Success, even tiny incremental success, is the best motivational tool of all."

— Jeff Haden  


"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

— Jim Elliot  


"We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others."

— Cesar Chavez 


"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."

— Mary Oliver 


"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it."

— Stephen Leacock 


"And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good."

— John Steinbeck 


"A lion sleeps in the heart of every brave man."

— Turkish Proverb 


"On matters of style, swim with the current; on matters of principle, stand like a rock."

— Thomas Jefferson 


"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."

— Aristotle 


"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

— Barack Obama


"Don’t wait your turn. Bet on yourself and have the confidence to stand up and say, ‘my time is now.'"

— Robert F. Smith


"If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them any more."

— Michele Ruiz


"I think the more unexpected something is, the more there is to learn from it."

— Michael J. Fox


"Plant seeds every single day that you know who you are, you know what you’re about, and you know what goals you’ve set for yourself."

— Steph Curry


"Don’t be afraid to start over. This time you’re not starting from scratch, you’re starting from experience."

— Biggs Burke


"No act of kindness, however small, is wasted."

— Aesop


"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

— Mark Twain


"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is."

— Mark Twain


"Fear is only as deep as the mind allows."

— Japanese Proverb


"Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

— Melody Beattie


"We truly believe with hard work, dedication and perseverance, we can become the best at what we do. No one wants to become mediocre."

— Andy Biersack


"If you aren't humble, whatever empathy you claim is false and probably results from some arrogance or the desire to control. But true empathy is rooted in humility and the understanding that there are many people with as much to contribute in life as you."

— Anand Mahindra


"Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you."

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


"Often the doorway to success is entered through the hallway of failure."

— Erwin W. Lutzer


“There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.”

― Denis Diderot


“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.”

― James E Faust


"Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous impatience."

— Hyman Rickover


"The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded."

— Greg Anderson


"The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded."

— Scott Hamilton


"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of."

— Jim Rohn


"I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it's proactive and there is positive intent behind it."

— Michael J. Fox


"Any new beginning is forged from the shards of the past, not from the abandonment of the past."

— Craig D. Lounsbrough


"Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action."

— Peter Drucker


"The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it."

— Stephen Covey


"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."

— Mark Twain


“Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.”

— Albert Einstein


“If we fail to adapt, we fail to move forward.”

— John Wooden


"Taking a break can lead to breakthroughs."

— Russell Eric Dobda


"Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying."

— Roy T. Bennett


"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."

— Vince Lombardi


"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."

— Henry David Thoreau


"If your dreams don’t scare you they are too small."

— Richard Branson


"Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start."

— Nido Qubein


"The key to success is to start before you are ready."

— Marie Forleo


"You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

— Martin Luther King


"Sometimes life is like this tunnel. You can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving, you will come to a better place."

— Iroh, Avatar the Last Airbender


"You always pass failure on your way to success."

— Mickey Rooney


"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

— John R. Wooden


“All I know is my life is better when I assume people are doing their best.”

— Brene Brown


“Life may give you a cactus, you don’t have to sit on it.”

— Joyce Meyer


“Don’t tell it like it is. Tell it like you want it to be.”

— Esther Hicks


“Hold the vision, not the circumstances.”

— Mary Morrissey


“Speak with honesty, think with sincerity, and act with integrity.”

— Unknown


“When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.”

— Samuel Goldwyn


“A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.”

— Bruce Lee


“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”

— Charles R. Swindoll


“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

— Truman Capote


“I don't focus on what I'm up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.”

— Venus Williams


“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.”

— Dr. Seuss


“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.”

— Frank Ocean


“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

— Theodore Roosevelt


“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

— Steve Martin


“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

— Beverly Sills


“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

— Tim Notke


“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”

— Vince Lombardi


“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

— Winston Churchill


“Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

— George Addair


“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work, one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson


“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”

— Zig Ziglar


“When you're given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn't give things, you take things.”

— Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo


“Life has got all those twists and turns. You've got to hold on tight and off you go.”

— Nicole Kidman


“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.”

— Michael Altshuler


“You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

— C.S. Lewis


“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt


“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.”

— Oprah Winfrey


“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.”

— Tricia Cunningham


“Dreams don’t work unless you do.”

— John C. Maxwell


“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.”

— Thomas Carlyle


“A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.”

— Serena Williams


“Human beings are the only species on earth that have the ability to be creative. It’s what makes us those that can solve problems, being able to not just react but to observe. Through creativity the answer will come. It’s what we have reason to be hopeful about and be grateful about right now: our capacity for creative thought.”

— John Mellencamp, Farm Aid 2019


“Reading is to the mind, as exercise is to the body.”

— Brian Tracy


“Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer.”

— Dan Brown


“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”

— Teddy Roosevelt


“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

— Amelia Earhart


“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

— Henry Ford


“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

— Saint Francis


“There is no improving the future without disturbing the present.”

— Catherine Booth


“Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.”

— Will Rogers


“Failure is success in progress.”

— Albert Einstein


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

— Winston Churchill


“Success is inevitable if you keep moving. The only thing that matters is that you keep going. The only way to truly fail at a marathon is to stop taking the next step.”

— Tim Grahl


“All glory comes from daring to begin.”

— Eugene Ware


“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

— Og Mandino


“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

— Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

— Walt Disney 


“We've all learned that the foundation of success is the team.”

— George Karl 


“Use your head for more than a hatrack.”

— Frank Lessiter 


“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

— Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”

— Peter Drucker 


“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”

— Napoleon Hill


“I learned a very hard lesson that I’m sharing with you now. That important, impossible thing that you have nearly given up on ninety nine times? Finish it. Whether it’s a success or a failure, no one can take your The End prize away from you. Finishing is the most important thing there is. It’s proof of how hard you tried.”

— Sally Thorne


“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

— John D. Rockefeller


“The beginning is always today.”

— Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


“We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.”

— Dwight D. Eisenhower


“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”

— Wayne Dyer


“Complacency is the forerunner of mediocrity. You can never work too hard on attitudes, effort and technique.”

— Don Meyer


“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.”

— Dwight D. Eisenhower


“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”

— Karen Lamb


“Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first base.”

— Frederick B. Wilcox


“Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.”

— Sun Tzu


“When you say yes to others, make sure you are not saying no to yourself.”

— Paulo Coelho


“Obsessing over the customer experience is the only long-term defensible competitive advantage.”

— Jeff Bezos


“Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.”

— John Quincy Adams


“If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents — start charging for it.”

— Kim Garst


“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes — then learn how to do it later.”

— Richard Branson


“Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.”

— Sir Claus Moser


“Leaders don’t motivate people by their knowledge of the future, but by their anticipation of what is possible.”

— Mel Lawrenz


“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”

— Les Brown


“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke


“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

— Clarence, It’s a Wonderful Life


“I noticed that the dynamic range between what an average person could accomplish and what the best person could accomplish was 50 or 100 to 1 .... A small team of A+ players can run circles around a giant team of B and C players.”

— Steve Jobs


“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.”

— Proverb


“It’s not always that we need to do more, but rather that we need to focus on less.”

— Nathan W. Morris


“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”

— Latin Proverb


“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.”

— Albert Einstein


“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

— Mark Twain


“Pressure is a privilege — it only comes to those who earn it.”

— Billie Jean King


“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” 

— Steve Jobs


“Ideas without actions are worthless.” 

— Harvey Mackay


“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” 

— H.G. Wells


“He who blames others has a long way to go on his journey. He who blames himself is halfway there. He who blames no one has arrived.” 

— Chinese Proverb


“Everyone is looking for instant success,  but it doesn't work that way. You build a successful life one day at a time.” 

— Lou Holtz


“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” 

— Shunryu Suzuki 


“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

– General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. 


“Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude.”

— Pat Riley


“Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.”

— Dan Reeves


“Once you learn how good you really are, you never settle for playing less than your best.”

— Reggie Jackson


“No matter how good you are, it’s the team that makes the superstar.”

— Fran Tarkenton


“The real winners are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.”

— Barbara Pletcher


“Follow your bliss. Find where it is and don’t be afraid to follow it.”

— Joseph Campbell


“The most important element in the character makeup is mental toughness.”

— Vince Lombardi


“Have a fierce resolve in everything you do. Demonstrate determination, resiliency and tenacity. Do not let temporary setbacks become permanent excuses. Use mistakes and problems as opportunities to get better — not reasons to quit.”

— Jamie Dimon, CEO, JPMorgan Chase


“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

    — Steve Prefontaine


“To be prepared is half the victory.”

    — Miguel Cervantes


“The achievements of an organization are the result of the combined effort of each individual.”

    — Vince Lombardi


“Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.”

    — Billie Jean King


“The best and hardest work is done in the spirit of adventure and challenge.”

    — William McKnight


“Fortune favors the brave.”

    — Unknown (Phrase dates back to ancient Rome) 


“Sit with winners; the conversations will be different.”

    — Unknown


“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”

    — Mark Twain


“If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”

    — Bill Clinton


“Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?”

— Jimmy Johnson


“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

— Helen Keller


“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.”

— Abraham Lincoln


“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”

— William B. Sprague


“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”

— Jim Rohn


“I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.”

— Babe Ruth


“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success."

— Dale Carnegie


“Begin to be now what you will be hereafter."

— William James


“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs . . . If you can wait and not be tired by waiting . . . If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim . . . If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you... Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it."

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— Rudyard Kipling


“Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control, now."

— Denis Waitley


“Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work."

— Ralph Marston


"Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together."

—Paul Ryan 


“Life is full of difficult times. But someone out there always has it worse than you do. If you fill your days with pity, sorrowful for the way you have been treated, bemoaning your lot in life, blaming your circumstances on someone or something else, then life will be long and hard. If, on the other hand, you refuse to give up on your dreams, stand tall and strong against the odds — then life will be what you make of it — and you can make it great. Never, ever, ring the bell!”

— Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy retired) and author of Make Your Bed

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

— Benjamin Franklin

"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."

— Alexander Graham Bell


"Be the hammer, not the nail."

— E. Joseph Cossman

"Action may not bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action."

— Benjamin Disraeli

"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me."

— Carol Burnett

"And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been."

— Rainer Maria Rilke

"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."

— Calvin Coolidge

"Communication — the human connection — is the key to personal and career success."

— Paul J. Meyer

"I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter's tough, but spring's coming. I believe that there's a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better."

— Steve Southerland

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."

— John F. Kennedy

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

— Fred Rogers

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."

— Winston Churchill

"Risk is trying to control something you are powerless over."

— Eric Clapton

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."

— Vincent Van Gogh

"Patience is not simply the ability to wait — it's how we behave while we're waiting."

— Joyce Meyer

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

"You need to let go of your fear and anxiety of being judged by others."

— Gavin Newsom

"Mistakes are the portals of discovery."

— James Joyce

"We don't develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity."

— Barbara De Angelis

"Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one."

— Hans Selye

"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."

— Aristotle

"The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come."

— James Whitcomb Riley

"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."

— Earl Nightingale

"Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster."

— Elon Musk

"To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others."

— Tony Robbins

"Sometimes you have to disconnect to stay connected. Remember the old days when you had eye contact during a conversation? When everyone wasn't looking down at a device in their hands? We've become so focused on that tiny screen that we forget the big picture, the people right in front of us."

— Regina Brett

"Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble."

— Yehuda Berg

"All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience."

— Henry Miller

"Intelligence to me isn't just being book-smart or having a college degree; it's trusting your gut instincts, being intuitive, thinking outside the box, and sometimes just realizing that things need to change and being smart enough to change it."

— Tabatha Coffey

"The ability to recognize opportunities and move in new — and sometimes unexpected — directions will benefit you no matter your interests or aspirations."

— Drew Gilpin Faust

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."

— Anais Nin

Earl Nightingale stated, “If you spend 1 extra hour each day in the study of your chosen field, you’ll be a national expert in 5 years or less.” His promise calls for an EXTRA hour per day. It begins when you an invest an hour beyond what it takes to be simply adequate. The extra hour does make a difference. Why? Because it’s so rare to find anyone who puts in much extra effort for an extended period of time at anything. Most people, most of the time, do just enough to get by. Top people are often just a bit better than their peers, but they’ve been just a little bit better year after year for quite a while.

— Time Tactics of Very Successful People

"There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go."

— Jessica Hatchigan

"True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be."

— Ralph W. Sockman

"Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness."

— Napoleon Hill

"If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means 'first Attempt In Learning.'
End is not the end, if fact E.N.D. means 'Effort Never Dies.'
If you get 'No' as an answer, remember N.O. means 'Next Opportunity.'
So let's be positive."

— Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.."

— George William Curtis

"Life is a series of punches. It presents a lot of challenges. It presents a lot of hardship, but the people that are able to take those punches and able to move forward are the ones that really do have a lot of success and have a lot of joy in their life and have a lot of stories to tell, too."

— Josh Turner

"No one really has a bad life. Not even a bad day. Just bad moments."

— Regina Brett

"Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes."

— Hug Prather

"Your attitude will go a long way in determining your success, your recognition, your reputation and your enjoyment..."

— Joe Jamail

"Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don't go well."

— Jim Rohn

"Don't be afraid to fail; it's proof you'll soon be successful."

— Barbara Corcoran

"You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind."

— Joyce Meyer

"Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one."

— Hans Selye

"Well, if it can be thought, it can be done, a problem can be overcome."

— E.A. Bucchianeri

"Here is our philosophy: if you develop your strengths to the maximum, the strength becomes so great it overwhelms the weakness. Our winning player, you see, plays only his forehand. Even though he cannot play backhand and his competition knows he cannot play backhand, his forehand is so invincible that it cannot be beaten."

— Coach of China's 1984 gold-medal table-tennis squad

"Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by traveling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry."

— Samuel Smiles

"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again."

— Og Mandino

"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present."

— Jim Rohn

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

— Mark Twain

"Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak."

— Thomas Carlyle

"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say."

— Bryant H. McGill

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."

— George Bernard Shaw

20 Things You Can Do That Cost Nothing That Are Guaranteed to Deliver EXTRAORDINARY RETURNS. Source: Mel Kleinman
  1. Be on time.
  2. Share.
  3. Have a strong work ethic.
  4. Exert extra effort.
  5. Be trustworthy.
  6. Have a positive mental attitude.
  7. Never complain or criticize.
  8. Be prepared.
  9. Show respect.
  10. Listen.
  11. Say "Thank you."
  12. Learn new things.
  13. Teach others what you know.
  14. Be accountable.
  15. Take responsibility.
  16. Admit what you don't know.
  17. Ask for help.
  18. Work safely.
  19. Be a team player.
  20. Do your best.
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."

— Mother Teresa

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek."

— Mario Andretti

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something."

— Neil Gaiman

"Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it."

— Theodore Roosevelt

"I think every individual has his or her own power, and it's a matter of working, taking time and defining what that power is."

— Jill Scott

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."

— George S. Patton

"You win by working hard, making tough decisions and building coalitions."

— John Engler

“You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”

— Rabindranath Tagore

“Strong people don't put others down... They lift them up.”

— Michael P. Watson

“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.”

— Roy T. Bennett

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”

— Newt Gingrich

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”

— Peter Marshall

“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

— Robert Louis Stevenson

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.”

— Abigail Adams

“No one succeeds without effort... Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.”

— Ramana Maharshi

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”

— Tony Robbins

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.”

— Marcus Aurelius

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.”

— Christopher McCandless

“You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.”

— C. JoyBell C.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

— Helen Keller

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

— Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Well done is better than well said.”

— Benjamin Franklin

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”

— W. Clement Stone

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”

— Marie Curie

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

— C.S. Lewis

“The way to learn whether a person is trustworthy is to trust him.”

— Ernest Hemingway

“None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone's help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you.”

— Harvey Mackay

“Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.”

— Stephen Covey

“Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it.”

— C. JoyBell C.

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

— Vince Lombardi

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.”

— St. Jerome

“One mistake does not have to rule a person's entire life.”

— Joyce Meyer

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

— Pele

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”

— John C. Maxwell

“There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won't.”

— Josh Billings

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

— Douglas Adams

“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.”

— Gordon B. Hinckley

“If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.”

— Les Brown

“With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

— Thomas Fowell Buxton

“A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way.”

— Allen Klein

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

— Peter Drucker

“Today is a new day. It's a day you have never seen before and will never see again. Stop telling yourself the 'same crap, different day' lie! How many days has that lie stolen from you? Seize the wonder and uniqueness of today! Recognize that throughout this beautiful day, you have an incredible amount of opportunities to move your life into the direction you want it to go.”

— Dr. Steve Maraboli

“All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.”

— Pope Paul VI

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.”

— John D. Rockefeller

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

— Winston Churchill

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

— Mark Twain

“Whatever you want to do, do with full passion and work really hard towards it. Don't look anywhere else. There will be a few distractions, but if you can be true to yourself, you will be successful for sure.”

— Virat Kohli

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”

— Sydney J. Harris

“Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it.”

— Tim Fargo

“Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that's what makes you strong.”

— Sarah Dessen

“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.”

— Ann Landers

“Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.”

— Denis Waitley

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.”

— Neil Gaiman

“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”

— Bertrand Russell

"Confidence doesn't come out of nowhere. It's a result of something... hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication."

— Roger Staubach

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“It's always too early to quit.”

— Norman Vincent Peale

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

— Confucius

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

— Joseph Chilton Pearce

“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.”

— Les Brown

“Either I will find a way, or I will make one.”

— Philip Sidney

“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.”

— Kyle Chandler

“Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It's hard to stay on top.”

— Paul Coffey

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”

— William Butler Yeats

“The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.”

— John Ruskin

“You have to make it happen.”

— Denis Diderot

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”

— Ralph Marston

“Without commitment, you cannot have depth in anything, whether it's a relationship, a business or a hobby.”

— Neil Strauss

“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.”

— Indira Gandhi

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”

— H. G. Wells

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”

— Ayn Rand

“Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don't be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to appreciate your freedom, and young enough to enjoy it. Finally, know who you are.”

— Kristin Armstrong

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”

— Oscar Wilde

“The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.”

— Henry Drummond

“It is our attitude toward life that determines life’s attitude toward us. We get back what we put out.”

— Earl Nightingale

“Education costs money. But then so does ignorance.”

— Sir Claus Moser

"What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”

— Robert H. Schuller

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

— Og Mandino

"Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”

— Jack Canfield

"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.”

— John Wayne

"Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it.”

— Chuck Palahniuk

"You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.”

— Booker T. Washington

"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved”

— Mattie Stepanek

"Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.”

— William J. Bennett

"The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.”

— John Ruskin

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”

— David Brinkley

"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.”

— Sam Ewing

"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of."

— Jim Rohn

"A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."

— Colin Powell

"If you don't value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents—start charging for it."

— Kim Garst

"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

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

— Francis of Assisi

"Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow." 3-23-15
"Work hard to achieve integrity in your work and your relationships with the people you work with."

— Rebel Wilson

"Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power."

— Clint Eastwood

"Complaining is like vomiting. You might feel better after you get it out, but you make everybody around you sick."

— Paul Molitor

"Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going."

— Sam Levenson

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."

— Henry David Thoreau

"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you."

— Charlotte Whitton

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."

— Harriet Beecher Stowe

"The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare."

— Bobby Knight

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."

— David Brinkley

"One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful."

— Sigmund Freud

"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward."

— Victor Kiam

"A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure."

— Unknown

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."

— Neale Donald Walsch

"The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!"

— Marvin Phillips

"The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have."

— Vince Lombardi

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

— C.S. Lewis

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

— Thomas A. Edison

"At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets."

— Steve Maraboli

"It always seems impossible until it is done."

— Nelson Mandela

"You create your opportunities by asking for them."

— Shakti Gawain

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

— Lou Holtz

"Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong."

— Peter T. Mcintyre

"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it."

— Lou Holtz

"I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be."

— Ken Venturi


"Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."

— Winston Churchill


"In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it."

— Norman Vincent Peale

"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."

— Joshua J. Marine

"One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful."

— Sigmund Freud

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

— Hellen Keller

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

—Thomas A. Edison

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."

— Arthur Ashe

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."

— Albert Einstein

"Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes."

— Peter Drucker

"If you fell down yesterday, stand up today."

— H. G. Wells

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

— William James