Success means different things to different people. For some, it means climbing to the top of the corporate ladder, or creating a brand or product that changes the world. For others, it’s getting paid to do what they love, or having the freedom to work on their own terms. But no matter what success looks like for you, one thing is certain—having the right mindset is the key to getting you there.
That said, we all have those days where our goals feel out of reach or downright impossible. The good news is, many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, creatives and leaders have shared their words of wisdom to remind you of what’s possible and get your head back in the game.
To help reignite your motivation, we’ve selected 50 of these best quotes about success and turned them into professionally designed graphics.
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Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.
— Winston S. Churchill
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
It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.
– Vince Lombardi
The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.
– Ayn Rand
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
— Herman Melville
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.
— Robert Collier
Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
— John D. Rockefeller
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
— Thomas Jefferson
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.
– Henry Ford
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 are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
— C.S. Lewis
Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.
– Wilfred Peterson
Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.
– Albert Einstein
Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better.
— Jim Rohn
The road to success is always under construction.
– Lily Tomlin
Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
– Napoleon Hill
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
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
– Og Mandino
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
– Henry David Thoreau
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
– Zig Ziglar
Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
– George Bernard Shaw
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
— Vidal Sassoon
Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities.
– Robert H. Schuller
Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
– George S. Patton
For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.
– Jack Canfield
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
– Samuel Beckett
You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.
— Oprah Winfrey
There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.
— Anthony Robbins
The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
– Bruce Lee
Do today what others won't and achieve tomorrow what others can't.
— Jerry Rice
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
– Bruce Feirstein
I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.
— Estee Lauder
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.
– Florence Nightingale
Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.
— Robert Kiyosaki
The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.
-- John D. Rockefeller Jr.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of will.
— Vince Lombardi Jr.
There’s no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.
— Zig Ziglar
Success is not the absence of failure, it’s persistence through failure.
— Aisha Tyler
Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.
— Evan Esar
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
— Napoleon Hill
For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.
– Harry F. Banks
To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.
– Mark Twain
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
– Abraham Lincoln
The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.
— Stephen McCranie
Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.
— John F. Kennedy
Positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.
— Shiv Khera
If it doesn’t scare you, you’re probably not dreaming big enough.
— Tory Burch
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
— Thomas Edison
Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.
— Bobby Unser
Success is never just one, straight line, but rather a bumpy journey filled with ups, downs and detours. Unfortunately, this means there’s no one clear journey—we all need to forge our own path by making plenty of mistakes and learning from them. But while nobody else can tell you the way, these 50 inspiring quotes about success can help guide you and give you the motivation to keep moving forward, even when times feel tough.