Over 200 Quotes About Being Successful to Help You Climb the Ladder of Success

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Success comes in all forms and depending on you and your goals it means something different than it probably does to me.  One thing is for sure though, in one form or another we are all trying to achieve it and from time to time could use an inspiring word or two to help us focus our efforts and move ahead.  Here are over 200 quotes about being successful that will help you climb your ladder:

Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe. – Sumner Redstone

There is never just one thing that leads to success for anyone. I feel it always a combination of passion, dedication, hard work, and being in the right place at the right time. – Lauren Conrad

I never dreamed about success, I worked for it. – Estee Lauder

The true success is the person who invented himself. – Al Goldstein

Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort. Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts. – Roger Staubach

Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure. – Aisha Tyler

Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but without it you don’t have a chance. – Alex Rodriguez

Fall seven times and stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb

Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. – Winston Churchill

Rockefeller once explained the secret of success. ‘Get up early, work late – and strike oil. – Joey Adams

If you can dream it, you can do it.- Walt Disney

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse. – Florence Nightingale

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

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco Chanel

I’m in the studio 2 hours a day. It’s true that once you get a certain level of success, you become a target. – Sean Combs

True leaders don’t invest in buildings. Jesus never built a building. They invest in people. Why? Because success without a successor is failure. So your legacy should not be in buildings, programs, or projects; your legacy must be in people. – Myles Munroe

Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success. – Virat Kohli

A key to achieving success is to assemble a strong and stable management team. – Vivek Wadhwa

Success follows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successful. – Malcolm Forbes

People should decide what success means for them, and not be distracted by accepting others’ definitions of success. – Tony Levin

There is simply no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving success. – Heather Bresch

The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra

Success is a journey, not a destination. – Ben Sweetland

Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear. – Dan Millman

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. – Bobby Unser

The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows. – Aristotle Onassis

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

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time. – George Bernard Shaw

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. – Mark Caine

Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. – Babe Ruth

Success requires first expending ten units of effort to produce one unit of results. Your momentum will then produce ten units of results with each unit of effort. – Charles J. Givens
The road to success is always under construction. – Lily Tomlin

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. – Jim Rohn

Your success depends mainly upon what you think of yourself and whether you believe in yourself. – William J. H. Boetcker

The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way. – Dale Carnegie

The most important thing is being passionate about what you’re doing and always give it your all. That is the key to success. – Charlie White

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon

Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen. – Wayne Huizenga

Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe. – Norman Vincent Peale

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. – Colin Powell

You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself. – Napoleon Hill

Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come. – Dwayne Johnson

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

You really have to work hard and apply yourself and by applying yourself and working hard and being diligent, you can achieve success. – Julie Benz

You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it. – Oprah Winfrey

Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is. – Bob Feller

The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity. – Joshua Waitzkin

Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time. – Arnold H. Glasow

They succeed, because they think they can. – Virgil

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal. – Earl Nightingale

You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream. – Michael Dell

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We were all born with a certain degree of power. The key to success is discovering this innate power and using it daily to deal with whatever challenges come our way. – Les Brown

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

It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success. – Charlotte Whitton

I’m not going to get somewhere and say, ‘OK, I’m done.’ Success is never final; I’ll just keep on going. The same way as failure never being fatal. Just keep going. I’m going to the stars and then past them. – Conor McGregor

The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream. – Tommy Hilfiger

Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success. – Shiv Khera

Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble. – Shah Rukh Khan

Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.- Tony Hsieh

The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical. – Julius Erving

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. – John Wooden

Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. – Jim Rohn

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. – John Ruskin

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value. – Albert Einstein

The path to success is to take massive, determined action. – Tony Robbins

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

Success is percent failure. – Soichiro Honda

Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you. – Zig Ziglar

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vince Lombardi

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. – Woody Allen

Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habits. – Charles J. Givens

The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well. – John D. Rockefeller Jr.

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. – Arthur Ashe

Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future. – Dale Turner

The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda. – John C. Maxwell

I believe success is preparation, because opportunity is going to knock on your door sooner or later but are you prepared to answer that? – Omar Epps

You’ve got to work hard for your success and you’ve got to have a steady presence. That’s the secret. – Kid Rock

I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go about it, and make trial after trial, until it comes. – Thomas Edison

Whenever you have taken up work in hand, you must see it to the finish. That is the ultimate secret of success. Never, never, never give up! – Dada Vaswani

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

Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone won’t win a game or a battle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling. – Naveen Jain

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. – David Frost

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. – Jim Rohn

Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success. – Bo Bennett

The most important thing for any athlete is to know his ability. If you know your ability and have even a little bit of a strong mindset, you can get success, because your ability takes you to success. – Virender Sehwag

My powers are ordinary. Only my application brings me success. – Isaac Newton

Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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A person has to remember that the road to success is always under construction. You have to get that through your head. That it is not easy becoming successful. – Steve Harvey

No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance. – Ramana Maharshi

Everyone who achieves success in a great venture, solves each problem as they came to it. They helped themselves. And they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out on their voyage. They keep going regardless of the obstacles they met. – W. Clement Stone

My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day. – Johnny Carson

There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality. – Anthony Robbins

In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time. – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. – Joyce Brothers

Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. – Theodore Roosevelt

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. – Helen Keller

Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do. – Unknown

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall. – Oliver Goldsmith

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. -John D. Rockefeller

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

If you want to be truly successful invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere your success will blossom. – Sydney Madwed

Success represents the % of your work which results from the % that is called failure. – Soichiro Honda

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. – Thomas Jefferson

The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you. – Tony Robbins

Success is about dedication. You may not be where you want to be or do what you want to do when you’re on the journey. But you’ve got to be willing to have vision and foresight that leads you to an incredible end. – Usher

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. – Alexander Graham Bell

A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. – Joyce Brothers

Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success. – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Just like gold, which has to weather very high temperatures to achieve the sheen and shine it finally gets, so also every person has to go through struggles in his life to achieve success. – Kailash Kher

The secret of our success is that we never, never give up. – Wilma Mankiller

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Albert Schweitzer

The secret of success is constancy to purpose. – Benjamin Disraeli

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. – Napoleon Hill

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby

I believe any success in life is made by going into an area with a blind, furious optimism. – Sylvester Stallone

For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. – Walter Scott

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. – Benjamin Franklin

Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success. – Scott Adams

I worked half my life to be an overnight success, and still it took me by surprise. – Jessica Savitch

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. – Bruce Lee

I wonder how many times people give up just before a breakthrough – when they are on the very brink of success. – Joyce Meyer

The real secret of success is enthusiasm. – Walter Chrysler

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. – Andy Grove

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. – Ayn Rand

If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. – Steve Jobs

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

I will form good habits and become their slave. And how will I accomplish this difficult feat? Through these scrolls it will be done, for each scroll contains a principle which will drive a bad habit from my life and replace it with one which will bring me closer to success. – Og Mandino

When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts. – Bo Bennett

People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. – Tony Robbins

Opportunities don’t happen. You create them. – Chris Grosser

Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown. – Ross Perot
The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do. – Unknown

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

When I meet successful people I ask 100 questions as to what they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people. – Kiana Tom

Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better. – John Carmack

There is no success without hardship. – Sophocles

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. – Colin R. Davis

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours. – Ray Kroc

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. – Joseph Addison

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result. – Oscar Wilde

In a lot of ways, success is much harder than I thought it would be. I figured that you’d get here and then everything would be happily ever after. But, it’s hard work, almost harder once you’re successful because you’ve got to maintain it. – Steven Wright

All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. – Michael John Bobak

I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got. – Walter Cronkite

Success is falling nine times and getting up ten. – Jon Bon Jovi

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. – Henry David Thoreau

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. – Swami Sivananda

I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together. – Queen Elizabeth II

The starting point of all achievement is desire. – Napoleon Hill

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. – Conrad Hilton

The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way. – Robert Kiyosaki

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. – Dale Carnegie

Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you. – Marilyn Monroe

It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success. – George Washington Carver

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. – Herman Melville

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. – Mark Twain

Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success. – Henry Ford

Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning. – Robert Kiyosaki

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

Success is not a destination, but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That’s living your dream. – Marlon Wayans

If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–It is: Try to please everybody. – Herbert Bayard Swope

Sometimes, success almost haunts you. You want to be the best at everything you do and know you have to work hard. – Katarina Witt

At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure. – Erin Cummings

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. – George S. Patton

Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. – Jim Rohn

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. – Bill Bradley

Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something. – Morihei Ueshiba

The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better. – Tony Dungy

The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do. – Anonymous

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. – Nikos Kazantzakis

The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. – Barack Obama

Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It’s what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination. Try to find a career path that you have a passion for. – Henry Samueli

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. – G. K. Chesterton

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. – Henry Ford

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. – Swami Vivekananda

Don’t wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success. – Eckhart Tolle

He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much. – Elbert Hubbard

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. – Vince Lombardi

I’m always asked, ‘What’s the secret to success?’ But there are no secrets. Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room. – Dwayne Johnson

You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition. – Nicki Minaj

Before you can become a millionaire, you must learn to think like one. You must learn how to motivate yourself to counter fear with courage. Making critical decisions about your career, business, investments and other resources conjures up fear, fear that is part of the process of becoming a financial success. – Thomas J. Stanley

The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it. – Kalpana Chawla

The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor. No matter how hard it seems, the longer you persist, the more likely your success. – Jack Canfield

Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success. – William J. H. Boetcker

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

Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable. – John Wooden

Success for an athlete follows many years of hard work and dedication. – Michael Diamond

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down. – Charles F. Kettering

Success is not in never failing, but rising every time you fall! – Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head. – A. R. Rahman

Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. – Thomas J. Watson

The key to success is action, and the essential in action is perseverance. – Sun Yat-sen

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. – Bill Gates

Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture. – Lydia M. Child

I failed my way to success. – Thomas Edison

Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying. – W. Clement Stone

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. – C. S. Lewis

Your attitude will go a long way in determining your success, your recognition, your reputation and your enjoyment in being a lawyer. – Joe Jamail

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. – Confucius

There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen. – Jim Lovell

Do one thing every day that scares you. – Anonymous

There is a huge difference between failing and failure. Failing is trying something that you learn doesn’t work. Failure is throwing in the towel and giving up. True success comes from failing repeatedly and as quickly as possible, before your cash or your willpower runs out. – Jay Samit

The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear. – Brian Tracy

It takes 20 years to make an overnight success. – Eddie Cantor

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