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Business Basics

Attitude and Belief

Taking Action and
Getting Things Done

Inspiration and Vision

Courage, Fear, and Confidence

The Art of Thinking and
The Power of Thoughts

Conformity, Originality,
and Going Against the Crowd

Innovation, Creativity,
and Imagination


Planning, Setting Goals,
and Making Decisions

The Value of Hard Work


Talent, Skills, and Character

Knowledge and Experience


Marketing, Advertising,
and Making Sales

Solving Problems and
Overcoming Obstacles


Handling Criticism

Risks and Rewards

Success and Failure

Happiness, Satisfaction,
and Enjoying Your Work

Money and Wealth

Quotes - Conformity

The formula for success is simple; practice and concentration; then more practice and more concentration.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Golfer and Olympic gold medalist

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but they never quit.
Conrad Hilton
Hotel executive

I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through, then follow through.
Eddie Rickenbacker
Aviator, Captain, U.S. Army Air Corps

The most difficult part of getting to the top of the ladder is getting through the crowd at the bottom.
Arch Ward
Promoter and sports editor

The first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it.
Sir William Osler
Physician, teacher, historian

The secret to success in life is known only to those who have not succeeded.
John Churton Collins
Literary critic and professor

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure — which is: Try to please everybody.
Herbert B. Swope
U.S. journalist

There is only one success — to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Christopher Morley

The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you.
Bette Midler

A true friend is one who likes you despite your achievements.
Arnold Bennett
Novelist, dramatist, editor

The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in business. You’ve got to keep working that talent.
Irving Berlin

When you reach the top, that’s when the climb begins.
Michael Caine

Success is 99 percent failure.
Soichiro Honda
Founder, Honda Motor Corporation

Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
Earl Wilson
Newspaper columnist

Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.
Henry Ford
Automobile Manufacturer

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.
Beverly Sills
Opera singer

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
William Connor Magee
Bishop of Peterborough

Failure can be bought on easy terms; success must be paid for in advance.
Cullen Hightower
Salesman and sales trainer

Whoever said, “It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,” probably lost.
Martina Navratilova
Tennis champion

People are not remembered by how few times they fail, but by how often they succeed. Every wrong step is another step forward.
Thomas Edison

It is important to acknowledge a mistake instantly, correct it, and learn from it. That literally turns a failure into a success. Success is on the far side of failure.
Thomas Watson
Founder and president, IBM Corporation

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
Sophia Loren

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
George S. Patton
U.S. Army general

A stumble may prevent a fall.
English proverb

Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal.
Mike Ditka
Professional football player and coach

Failure is success if we learn from it.
Malcolm Forbes

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
George E. Woodberry
Writer and critic

In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
Gaius Cassius Longinus
Roman senator

I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.
Woodrow T. Wilson
28th U.S. president

Failures to heroic minds are the stepping stones to success.
Thomas C. Haliburton
English writer


A Winner’s Blueprint for Achievement
BELIEVE while others are doubting.
PLAN while others are playing.
STUDY while others are sleeping.
DECIDE while others are delaying.
PREPARE while others are daydreaming.
BEGIN while others are procrastinating.
WORK while others are wishing.
SAVE while others are wasting.
LISTEN while others are talking.
SMILE while others are frowning.
COMMEND while others are criticizing.
PERSIST while others are quitting.
William A. Ward


We’re all proud of making little mistakes. It gives us the feeling we don’t make any big ones.
Andy Rooney
Television commentator

Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
George Washington Carver

Remove failure as an option and your chances for success become infinitely better.
Joan Lunden

Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the results.
Oscar Wilde
Playwright and novelist

I couldn’t wait for success … so I went ahead without it.
Jonathan Winters
Comedian and entertainer

The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.
Mark Twain
Humorist and author

The race may not be to the swift nor the victory to the strong, but that’s how you bet.
Damon Runyon

You are a success when you have made friends with your past, are focused on the present, and are optimistic about your future.
Zig Ziglar
Sales trainer, author, motivational speaker

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.
O. A. Battista
Scientist and writer

Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
Helen Hayes

Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.
Don Shula
Professional football coach

A competitive world has two possibilities for you. You can lose. Or, if you want to win, you can change.
Lester C. Thurow

It isn’t the incompetent who destroy an organization. The incompetent never get in a position to destroy it. It is those who have achieved something and want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up.
Charles Sorenson
Automobile manufacturing executive

Blow your own horn loud. If you succeed, people will forgive your noise; if you fail, they’ll forget it.
William Feather
Author and publisher

Do well and you will have no need of ancestors.
Poet and satirist

Four little words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.
A. Lou Vickery
Business writer

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
Charles Dickens

If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach towards immortality.
Norman Cousins
Writer and editor

You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.
Joe E. Lewis

Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.
Danny Thomas

The great secret of success is that there are no secrets of success; there are only timeless principles that have proven effective throughout the centuries.
Brian Tracy
Career development expert

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist and writer

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

Failure is an event, never a person.
William D. Brown

Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
Orison Swett Marden
American lawyer

You don’t always win your battles, but it’s good to know you fought.
Marjorie Holmes

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.
David Feherty
Professional golfer

Failure does not count. If you accept this, you’ll be successful. What causes most people to fail is that after one failure, they’ll stop trying.
Frank Burford

The most important of my discoveries has been suggested to me by my failures.
Sir Humphrey Davy
British chemist

No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.
William E. Gladstone
British statesman and prime minister

I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed; and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying.
Tom Hopkins
Sales trainer, speaker, author 

Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them.
Dan McKinnon

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
African Proverb

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.
Elbert Hubbard
Designer and writer

Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.
Amos Bronson Alcott
American transcendentalist, teacher & writer

If at first you don’t succeed; you are running about average.
M. H. Alderson

Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.
Al Bernstein

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.
John Foster Dulles
Secretary of state

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist, poet

Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
Napoleon Hill

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist and writer

Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.
Denis Waitley
Author, speaker, trainer

The real secret to success is enthusiasm.
Walter Chrysler
American automobile pioneer

Success didn’t spoil me, I’ve always been insufferable.
Fran Lebowitz
American author

If at first you don’t succeed, take the tax loss.
Kirk Kirkpatrick
Teacher, track athlete

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