27 Quotes About Success to Inspire You Today

Meredith Wood

Meredith Wood

Editor-in-Chief at Fundera
Meredith is Editor-in-Chief at Fundera. Specializing in financial advice for small business owners, Meredith is a current and past contributor to Yahoo!, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, SCORE, AllBusiness and more.
Meredith Wood

A few quotes about success may be all you need to get motivated, take the initiative, and start down the path to reaching your small business goals.

Remember this: many people before you have tried and failed. While some give up after a setback, others continue forward. They realize that hard work and dedication will pay off in the long run.

When you read a quote from somebody famous, somebody with a lot of money, it is easy to toss aside what he or she is saying. After all, this person is already at the top. However, 99 percent of people start the same place as you.

Below are 27 quotes about success that should inspire you throughout this crazy small business adventure:

1. “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” – Dhirubhai Ambani

You and you alone are responsible for making your dreams come true. You can either take the bull by the horns, or sit back and help somebody else reach their dream. Which sounds better to you?

2. “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” – John F. Kennedy

When you are willing to risk it all, despite the potential of great failure, the reward can be even greater.

3. “I do not know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it.” – Susan Butcher

The word “quit” should never enter your mind.

4. “Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence.” – Lisa M. Amos

You are going to fail as an entrepreneur. It is how you deal with these failures that will determine your final outcome.

5. “Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” – Tony Hsieh

Money may be on your mind, but this thought alone won’t get you anywhere. The money will eventually follow once you begin to chase your passion.

6. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

It takes extreme amounts of courage to make your dreams come true. Without courage, you may always come up short.


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

It is easy to give up when everything is going against you, but those who continue forward will eventually have the most success.

8. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

As you know, life will throw you many curve balls. Your strength and intelligence doesn’t matter. What matters is your ability to change with the times.

9. “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey

When you do your best right now, you will find yourself in a position to do your best in the future.

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

You make your own breaks. Period.

11. “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

If you want to get revenge on somebody who has done you wrong, do so through the success you achieve.


12. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

A failure is not a failure if you learn something from it. Don’t let this word enter your vocabulary. Just because something didn’t work doesn’t mean you failed.


13. “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” – Henry Ford

Once you know your destiny, once you know your passion, there is nothing stopping you from a life of success.

14. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

When things get tough, when you don’t know if you can keep going, never look back. You will eventually make your way out the other side.

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

Some people are ready for anything that comes their way. Others are not. Where do you fit in?

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

There is nothing wrong with being in a comfort zone, but stepping outside of this may be all it takes to reach extraordinary heights.

17. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

It is hard to give up a good thing in search of something great. But remember, you will never know what is out there unless you risk it all for greatness.


18.Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

Don’t wish you were somebody else. Instead, use what you have to make as much of a difference as you can.


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

Don’t rely on luck to get you through life. Work hard and luck will eventually show up. In other words, make your own luck.

20. “Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.” – Carl Bard

You may not be able to change the past, but you can definitely dictate what happens in the future. The future you want starts today.

21. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” – Thomas Watson Sr.

When you start a business, you must be “all in.” Furthermore, you must be passionate about your endeavor. It should fill your heart.

22. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Just remember these three words: Explore. Dream. Discover.


23. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden

You can only control so much in business and life. You have to work with what you have, doing whatever it takes to turn your circumstances into a life you can be proud of.


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

Don’t spend all your time and effort thinking about becoming a success. Instead, stay busy, day after day, and you will eventually reach your goal.

25. “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” – James Cameron

Don’t shoot low when the stars are within reach. If you go big, even a failure will put you well above the success of others.

26. “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period. ” – Lou Holtz

Do you have the self-discipline needed to reach your goals? Start with this and everything else will fall into place.


27. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie

Success doesn’t come without failures. Never forget that.

Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.
Meredith Wood

Meredith Wood

Editor-in-Chief at Fundera
Meredith is Editor-in-Chief at Fundera. Specializing in financial advice for small business owners, Meredith is a current and past contributor to Yahoo!, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, SCORE, AllBusiness and more.
Meredith Wood

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