Top 15 Personal Success Quotes

This collection of quotes is from multiple popular and successful people pointing to their thoughts about success.

They all seem to have a common underlying message being conveyed and it appears they’re in agreement that believing in yourself, taking continuous action, and working past any obstacles, failures and setbacks encountered is the basic pathway to personal success.


 If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. — Michelangelo.

In this quote, Michelangelo points out that developing his great skills required a great amount of personal effort… it didn’t just happen!


 Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ― Theodore Roosevelt

If you don’t believe you can succeed, it’s very unlikely you’ll perform successfully in your efforts. The other half that’s not mentioned is taking the necessary action to get you there.


 Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Work past your limiting beliefs that are holding you back from actively pursuing the things that you want in life.


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 Success is not an accident, success is a choice. ― Stephen Curry

Success is what you define it to be. Achieving success is a matter of choosing to do whatever it takes to reach and obtain your goals.


 Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. ― Samuel Johnson

Reaching your own success involves sticking with it, and the determination that giving up is not an option for you. Move forward, even if it’s small steps. It’s more about your direction than the speed that gets you there.


 Dreams don’t work unless you do. — John C. Maxwell

If you have a personal vision of where you want to be, that’s wonderful! Do understand, however, that it’s unlikely to fall into place with little or no effort. We’ve never heard of a person say that success just happened to them and they didn’t know why.


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 Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all. — Dale Carnegie

Be patient and persistent while you practice your new skills and continue to move onward. The more you continue to forge ahead, the more confidence and belief you’ll have in yourself.


 Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. — Joshua Marine

As you move forward and tackle more of your challenges, you’ll find your life becoming more meaningful and satisfying along the way.


 The problem human beings face is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed. — Michelangelo

Don’t fear failure. The failures you experience in life are an important part of learning. They’re a lesson, not a fatal event. Failures are a part of the process of reaching success.


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 It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. — Albert Einstein

Nothing can replace your persistence when going after your success.


 The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. — Harry Golden

What we often call “bad luck” is more being the case of obtaining results that do not match our expectations. Many times, this “bad luck” is overcome by putting more effort into what you do and not expecting quick and easy results.


 Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. — Henry David Thoreau

Rather than live on the terms and expectations of others, strive to achieve and live the life you envision for yourself.


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 Our greatest glory comes not from never failing, but rising every time we fall. — Confucius

Failure is not final unless you let it be. As long as you keep going, failures allow you to learn what doesn’t work, make a change to what you’re doing, and keep moving forward.


 Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. — Napoleon Hill

You see your limiting beliefs as facts until you’ve disproved them and changed your thinking. Once these beliefs have been challenged and shown not to be facts, you can move forward to whatever it is you envision.


 Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. — Maria Robinson

You cannot change the past, but you can view it in different ways. The only time we have is the short period of time known as “now.” Managing your “now” provides you with the opportunity to change your direction any time you wish.


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