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What makes someone successful? Although success can take on different meanings, depending on who’s chasing it, your path and my path and everyone else’s paths also have things in common: hard work and persistence, believing in yourself and taking action—to name just a few.
No matter what you are pursuing, it’s helpful to learn from the successful people who came before you. Here are some of their secrets to success:
“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 Click To Tweet
“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” –Napoleon Hill Click To Tweet
“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better.” –Jim Rohn Click To Tweet
“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.” –Zig Ziglar Click To Tweet
“Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.” –W. Clement Stone Click To Tweet
“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What's in it for me?’ ” –Brian Tracy Click To Tweet
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” –Vince Lombardi Click To Tweet
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” –Albert Schweitzer Click To Tweet
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” –Maya Angelou Click To Tweet
“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.” –Florence Nightingale Click To Tweet
“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” –Barbara Corcoran Click To Tweet
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