Success Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Goals

Posted On: February 8

A good friend just sent me this list of success quotes that was created by Dan Waldschmidt. I like it very much and have added a few success ideas of my own…



You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.

You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.

You have to give more than you get in return right away.

You have to care more about others than they care about you.

You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.

You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.

You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.

You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.

You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.

You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.

You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.

You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts”.

You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.

You have try and fail and try again.

You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.

You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.

You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.

You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.

You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.

* You have to ask for help, even thought it might make you feel weak.

* You have to realize that your life will never be perfect, but it can be fantastic!

*You have to walk away from negative relationships, even if they have the same last name as you.

* You have to learn to let go of the things you can’t control, and take massive action on the things you can control.

*You have to be prepared, even if you could wing it.

*You have to tell the truth, even when others may not.

*You have to have a plan for your life, or you will end up living out someone else’s.

*You have to guard your integrity and reputation; it is all you really have.

*You have to be grateful every day, because if you can read this you should be.

You have to do the hard things.

The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on.

Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success.

The hard things are the easiest things to avoid. To excuse away. To pretend like they don’t apply to you.

The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do.

Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are.

* = from John

I look forward to seeing what YOU add to this list. And if you found value in this list you might also enjoy one of my earlier blogs: 90 Quotes That Will Change The Way You Think

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  1. Great quotes, John. I would add….
    You have to be willing to constantly improve and ask the hard questions to learn what needs to change

    And, you have to be humble and share the credit!

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