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7 Great inspirational quotes from great minds

Success is a journey.  It is predictable and so is failure. Every successful person has a set of habits that define their path.

Success cannot be defined in a single sentence.  Different people have different ways of defining success.  Some see it as achieving set goals while others see it as attaining wealth, fame or status.

success is a journey

success is a journey

Here are a few inspirational quotes from some famous and successful people.

#1. Maya Angelou: She was a poet, playwright, professor, author, singer and mentor. She was a brave woman with her works still inspiring people many years after her death. Here is one of her greatest quotes.

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

The reason why so many people have given up in life is because of fear of failure or defeat. A single failure should not spell doom and bring your success journey to a standstill. Learn to rise up from a bad fall, pick your pieces and continue with your journey. Never forget the lessons learnt through a bad experience. They will come handy in your next chapter.

Fear leads to regret in life and it cripples big dreams.

#2. Warren Buffet: He is one of the greatest known investors and a smart business man. His business empire was worth $89 billion as at July 2019. Here is one of his greatest mantra

“It is better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction”. If your inner circles of friends are not better than you, then success may be a pipe dream. If you walk with people who have ‘made it in life’ then you will definitely pick a few lessons from them.

Walk with people who are doing better than you.  There is so much to learn from them. Focus more on collaboration than on competition and envy.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” John Rim

#3:  Bill Gates: He is one of the wealthiest men in the world and founder of Microsoft. He is passionate about mentoring young entrepreneurs. He is a firm believer of time management and as he puts it,

“No matter how much money you have, you can’t buy more time.”

Time is one of the best resources of success. We all have 24 hours in a day, but how we spend it is the difference between success and lack of it.

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Time is the greatest equalizer of the human race. It does not matter how poor or rich you are. Time spent well will help you achieve your goals and beyond.

Go ahead and manage your time well and see the difference.  Identify your time wasters and eliminate them.

#4:  Steve Jobs: He was the brains behind Apple Computers, Ipod, Ipad and Macbook. He was a successful businessman and inventor.

Steve Jobs and his friend Steve Woznak founded the Apple Company in their family garage. Years later, the Board fired Steve from Apple – the company he had founded. He went ahead to start another company, NExT which was later bought by the Apple Company in 1996 for $429 million. Steve Jobs became the CEO of Apple in 1997. He did not let failure and disappointments to define him.

Here is an extract of a speech he gave at Stanford University in 2005.

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

fear leads to regrets

fear leads to regrets

#5: Professor Wangari Maathai: She was passionate about environmental conservation. She was the first African Woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She was also the first woman in East and Central African to earn a doctorate degree in Anatomy in 1971.

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She often faced a lot of battles while chasing her dreams but that did not deter her from reaching her goal as stated in this quote.

“Every person who has ever achieved anything has been knocked down many times. But all of them picked themselves up and kept going. And that is what I have always tried to do.” Wangari Maathai

#6: Myles Munroe: He was a man who practiced what he preached. He was a great preacher, author and mentor. He was passionate about helping people to discover and live their purpose.

“The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.” ― Myles Munroe.

define your purpose and pursue it.

define your purpose and pursue it.

Purpose is the main reason for our existence. Everyone should lead a purpose driven life, failure to which you will regret later in life. Discovering your  purpose gives a new meaning and direction to your life.

#7:  Denzel Washington: He is an award winning movie producer, actor and director. He is very passionate about his calling and he encourages others to work hard so to achieve their utmost goals.

“I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.” Denzel Washington

We all suffer from procrastination although some people are chronic procrastinators. Chronic procrastination leads to loss of opportunities and it kills dreams.

Laziness, leads to poverty, loss of self esteem and at times stress and depression.

Everyone has a calling and a purpose and hence should use every available resource to meet them.

“The only thing stopping you from achieving your dreams are the stories you keep telling yourself that you can’t. Don’t wait- act now. Regret nothing.” Denzel Washington

What do you tell yourself every day? Learn to speak positively to your inner self, and silence the self negative talk if you want to achieve growth in your life.

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Finally, we are all candidates of success only if we discover and pursue our purpose in life. Let us pick a few lessons from successful icons and aspire to achieve more than they have done. Purpose to light the path for generations to come.

It is time to identify the blocks that are standing in the way of our success. If others have attained extra ordinary success goals, you can too. Believe in yourself, get an accountability partner and invest in acquiring knowledge on how to become all that you can be.

A great quote can make an instant change in another person.

Be the master of your life and start writing your success story today.


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