When you think of success, what’s the first thought that springs to mind?
For some, success is being wealthy and financially secure, whereas, for others, success is about being happy and content in life.
The truth of the matter is that there is no one clear cut way of describing success, because one person’s success may be another person’s failure.
The key is to break down your goals and objectives, to do some soul searching, and to try to figure out what it is that you truly want from life.
Today we’re looking at several success and failure quotes to help give you the drive and determination needed to, well, succeed and learn from your failures.
Before we get to these motivational and inspirational quotes, though, we must first stop and look at how you can go about being successful.
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We’ll be getting to the success and failure quotes in just a few moments, before then, though, we will begin by looking at several tips on what you can do to become successful.
One of the best ways to be successful in any venture in life is to simply make the effort to learn from your failures.
Don’t think of them as mistakes or failures, think of them as lessons.
For example, if your goal is to lose 60 pounds of weight, yet one week you know deep down that you ate too much fruit and gained weight, you’ll know that too much fruit is detrimental to your weight loss and can adjust your diet accordingly.
If you want to be truly successful in life, you need to be content.
One of the biggest mistakes that people on the road to success tend to make, is dwelling on the past and being bitter.
We’ve all been wronged before, and we have all done things we wish we could change. The thing to remember, though, is that what is done is done.
We can’t change the past, and by dwelling on past negativity all we are doing is setting ourselves up for more stress and negativity in the future.
With social media now such a prevalent part of modern society, everybody seems to feel the need to portray themselves as perfect and successful.
This can hold a lot of people back as, because on paper, they don’t have as much money as somebody else, or because they don’t have the fancy car, the family, the friends, or the wonderful life, they feel that they are failures.
In truth, there will always be somebody out there with more, on paper, than you.
You shouldn’t compare yourself to anybody else as you should instead focus solely on number one and on what makes you happy.
Negativity is mentally and physically draining.
In order to truly become successful and content in life, you need to surround yourself with positivity.
Avoid negative people that always complain and find problems instead of solutions, and instead be around happy, positive, and optimistic people.
As soon as you rid your life of negativity you’ll feel like a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders.
"What will matter in the end is not your success, but your significance." - Micheal Josephson
"There comes a time in the life of most high achievers where they come to place much less value on success much more on significance." - Michael Josephson
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau
"It is better to be unsuccessful in pursuing a significant goal that being successful attaining an insignificant one." - Michael Josephson
"There are no objective criteria for either success or failure. people who achieve their goals are successful, those who don’t are not." - Michael Josephson
"Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure."- George Elliot
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure." - Abraham Lincoln
"Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success." - Thomas J.Watson
"Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas A. Edison
"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." - George bernard shaw
"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure“ is not the falling down, but the staying down." - Mary Pickford
"When we can begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to laugh at ourselves.“ - Katherine Mansfield
"There is failure except in no longer." - Elbert Hubbard
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try." - Beverly sills"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – ConfuciusWhy do I talk about the benefits of failure? simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to my self that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me." - J.K.Rowling
"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.“ - Arthur Ashe
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin
"Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves-to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today." - Stewart B johnson.
"Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles." - Walter Cronkite
"Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it." - Author Unknown
"Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; I will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good." - Joe Paterno
"The only real failure in life is not true to the best one knows." - Buddha
"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." - Les Brown
"A certain formula for an unhappy life is pursued someone else’s definition of success. Until you define your own goals and purposes your life is not your own and there can be no sense of fulfillment no matter how much you achieve." - Michael Josephson
"Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.“ - Chinese proverb
"99 percent of success is built on failure." - Charles Kettering.
"I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work." - Thomas Edison
"I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." - Thomas A. Edison
"Failure is much easier to handle if you just think of it as feedback to guide your next effort." - Michael Josephson
"The opposite of success is not a failure. Unsuccessful efforts are not failures unless they so discourage you that you abandon further efforts to achieve your goal. Even then, the venture or effort may be a failure but you are not. Failure is an event, not a character trail." - Michael Josephson
"Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment." - Ross Perot
"Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." - John Wooden
"Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear." - George Addair
"If you always do what you’ve always done, then you will always get what you’ve always gotten."
"No matter how well you perform, there’s always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it’s lousy." - Sir Laurence Olivier
"In order to succeed, you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time." - Anthony j .D’ANGELO
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein
"Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities" - Napoleon hill
"A man may fall many times, but he won’t be a failure until he says that someone pushed him" - Elmer G. Letterman
"If you are not failing, you are not growing" - H. Stanley Judd
"If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you.what we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.“ - Mary Pickford
"Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit." - paul j.Meyer
"Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, "I have failed three times, “and what happens when he says, “I am a failure." - S.I. Hayakawa
"You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take." - Wayne Gretzky
"I failed forward toward success." - Charles F. Kettering
"To have success, you can’t let failure stop you. To have great success, you can’t let success stop you." - Robert Brault
"If at first, you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried. – Author UnknownUnknown always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing." - Abraham Lincoln
"Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success." - Dale Carnegie
"The trick to getting ahead is to give it the same effort you give to getting even." - Robert Brault
"Try again.fail again. Fail better." - Samuel Beckett
"First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have necessary means to achieve your end; wisdom, money, material, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end." - Aristotle
"Eighty percent of success is showing up." - Woody Allen
"Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure." - Earl Wilson
"The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS.that-with the squalid interpretation put on the word success-is our national disease." - William James
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Reda is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as lifehack.org, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.