It’s amazing how certain quotes can just put everything into perspective. Some sage words have come from some very experienced people. They might inspire you to focus, persevere, be a better leader, think optimistically, or be grateful. Here are five powerful quotes that can change your perspective on work and life.
5 Quotes That Can Inspire Success
1. “Make each day your masterpiece.” –John Wooden
This is another way of expressing, “seize the day” with the additional admonishment to craft each day to perfection. The point is that we never know how much time we have—to work on a project, spend time with a loved one, or to live—so take advantage of each moment you have. Don’t procrastinate or waste time. Time is precious and needs to be valued.
2. “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” –Sam Walton
The self-esteem of a team needs to be a leader’s priority. It’s not enough to discipline, problem-solve, or manage. Those are all important, but first, a leader must focus on empowering a team with confidence so they can achieve success. When employees feel confident in their abilities, everything else falls into place. Let your team know that you trust them and value their skills. When they know you have faith in them, they won’t let you down.
3. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” –Vidal Sassoon
Real success is impossible without hard work. If you’re feeling frustrated by a lack of progress, examine the effort you have put into your career so far. If you haven’t worked as hard as you could have, are you willing to change? Some people are afraid of failure, but failure is a necessary stepping-stone to success. It’s an opportunity chance to learn and grow and shouldn’t be avoided.
4. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you’re doing, you’ll be successful.” –Herman Cain
There are two levels to this quote. First, if you love what you’re doing, then you’re already successful. That level of happiness is a success in and of itself. Second, the passion and enthusiasm that you feel for a career you love will drive you to work hard and achieve success. You’ll keep working hard to overcome obstacles because you’re so excited about what you do.
5. “I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” –Michael Jordan
That’s right; everyone fails at something. Even Michael Jordan, arguably the best basketball player of all time, got cut from his high school basketball team. The key is to learn from those failures, adjust your methods, and keep trying. In Michael Jordan’s case, he was determined to be one of the greatest basketball players ever. He never stopped working, figuring out how to go through or around any obstacle.
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