36 Quotes to Keep You Motivated Towards Success

For many of us the days are starting to get a bit darker and colder. The urge to stay in bed a bit longer is getting stronger with each passing autumn rain. Sure we have our fancy fall coffee drinks (this year with REAL pumpkin!) to keep us going, but those will only take us so far.

Sometimes all it takes is a slight shift in mindset to make us forget our evolutionary desire to hibernate around this time of year. I’m not promoting filling your co-working space with motivational posters of kittens hanging from trees, but it’s amazing what a few inspirational words from those who’ve gone before us can do to get us back on track.

Here are a few quotes that help kick my ass back into gear when I’m feeling less than motivated. So read them, memorize your favorites, maybe even turn one into your personal mantra, and get back to the business of changing worlds and turning dreams into realities.  Okay, that’s about as motivational as I get, so you’re on your own from here.

  1. “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” James Cameron
  2. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” Henry David Thoreau
  3. “Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence.” Lisa M. Amos
  4. “Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” Tony Hsieh
  5. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney
  6. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
  7. “Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” Vaibhav Shah
  8. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” Chris Grosser
  9. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” Albert Einstein
  10. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin
  11. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison
  12. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” Oscar Wilde
  13. “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.” Bruce Feirstein
  14. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” John D. Rockefeller
  15. “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
  16. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe
  17. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” Thomas Jefferson
  18. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” Napoleon Hill
  19. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” Robert Collier
  20. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” Thomas J. Watson
  21. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” Michael John Bobak
  22. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.” Mark Twain
  23. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” VidalSassoon
  24. “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
  25. “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
  26. “Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.” Jimmy Spithill
  27. “If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it–teach yourself to be impatient.” Gurbaksh Chahal
  28. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” Steve Jobs
  29. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” Jim Rohn
  30. “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” George Bernard Shaw
  31. “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” Diane Ackerman
  32. “To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.” Mike Gafka
  33. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” Margaret Thatcher
  34. “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
  35. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” John Maxwell
  36. “Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there’s an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen.” Dax Shepard


And because kittens…

hang in there


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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy
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