Do you know the secret to finding success in your personal and professional life? To be honest, I don’t believe the secret can be summed up in just one sentence or thought. There’s a multitude of things that goes into you being able to accomplish your dreams. In lieu of this fact, I have compiled a few of my favorite quotes about success and why they speak to me.
“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all”—Michelangelo
What this talented painter was trying to say was the amount of blood, sweat and tears that went into his mastery was incredible. It was his passion, his work and his life. There is no way around it— being a success translates into numerous hours of intense work. If you’re not willing to put in the time and energy and truly dedicate your life to your dream, then you won’t reap the benefits. It’s not an easy process, but it’s more than worth it.
“I think everyone should experience defeat at least once in their career. You learn a lot from it.”—Lou Holtz
If you strive to be successful, get comfortable with failing. Being successful means that you need to be willing to take risks and put yourself in uncomfortable situations. Failing along the way is a large part of each person’s journey to finding success. It will humble and center you so you may better understand what’s truly important in life. If you’re willing to listen, failing will teach you more than you can imagine and help prepare you for eventual success.
“Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great.”—Mark Twain
What great wisdom from none other than Mark Twain! When you’re working toward a lofty goal, surround yourself with strong, confident women that support your efforts. If there are individuals in your life that don’t support your goals, keep in mind that it’s more a reflection of them than it is of you. Your courage to go after your dreams could make other individuals feel inferior and threatened. Stay the course and focus on your own goals.
“You know you’re on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.”—Oprah Winfrey
Well guess what, Oprah? I would do my job for free! However, I realize that wouldn’t be a great business strategy, so I charge for my services. I am passionate about helping other women achieve their goals and believe that this is my life’s purpose. When I’m working, I don’t’ feel like I’m working (except when I’m doing paperwork which is my least favorite part of my job). The point is that when you’re doing work you love, there’s a great chance you’re going to be successful.
“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would astound ourselves.”—Thomas Al Edison
It always pains me to see women that are squandering their strengths and talents. It’s possible that you don’t even know that you’re talented in a certain area because you haven’t yet put yourself in a position to find out. The point is that you need to get outside your comfort zone and try some new experiences. You will learn a lot about yourself and may just discover some new skills that you didn’t even know existed. And with that, comes renewed confidence!
So many pieces of the puzzle need to fit together in order for you to find success. Do what you love, work hard, stay positive and keep your eye on the prize when things get tough. And most of all, never stop believing in YOU.