17 Motivational Quotes to Inspire You to Be Successful

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Successful people don’t become that way overnight. What most people see at a glance—happiness, wealth, a great career, purpose—is the result of hard work and hustle over time.

Related: 5 Characteristics of Highly Successful People 

To be successful, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve, to be better, to get a little bit closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with a busy schedule, next to impossible. But the best part is, the more you accomplish, the more you’ll want to do, the higher you’ll want to reach. So as long as you have the hunger for success, you will always have the power within you to achieve it.

Use your ambition, drive and desire—along with these 17 motivational quotes—to make it happen.

1. Believe in yourself.

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Your limitation—it’s only your imagination.

2. Work hard.


Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.

3. Don’t wait.


Sometimes later becomes never. Do it now.

4. Step outside your comfort zone.

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Great things never come from comfort zones.

5. Be a dreamer and a doer.

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Dream it. Wish it. Do it.

6. Take action.

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Success doesn’t just find you. You have to go out and get it.

7. Don’t give up.

7 15The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.

8. Set big goals.

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Dream bigger. Do bigger.

9. Follow through.

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Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you’re done.

10. Show up every day.

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Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.

11. Make things happen for yourself.


Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

12. Celebrate the small things.

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Little things make big days.

13. Take one step at a time.

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It’s going to be hard, but hard does not mean impossible.

14. Open doors for yourself.

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Don’t wait for opportunity. Create it.

15. Push through and understand yourself.

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Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.

16. Stick to the plan.

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The key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles.

17. Say yes to your dreams.

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Dream it. Believe it. Build it.

Related: 17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in November 2016 and has been updated.
Photo by mimagephotography/Shutterstock

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Lydia Sweatt is a freelance writer, bookworm, and bass guitar enthusiast. When she goes outside, a bicycle goes with her.

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  1. Himani Bhardwaj on January 2, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Thanks for these motivational and inspirational quotes – Lydia Sweatt. These are the perfect quotes for the demotivated person.

    • Ayanna Johnson on July 2, 2019 at 2:11 am

      your words have spoken to me as i have been demotivated a while now, thanks so much for the reminder………………

      • Philip Ebuluofor on September 9, 2020 at 1:54 pm

        Wonderful and inspiring. I like them all.

    • AVDHESH KUMAR MISHRA on July 2, 2019 at 9:51 am


    • pragatheesh on September 21, 2019 at 2:32 am


    • The King on November 17, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      giao giao ni get wo ni giao giao

      • Boo on November 19, 2019 at 10:02 am

        It’s bad bitch party🤝

      • Dany on September 9, 2020 at 11:34 am

        Love it

    • summer on November 21, 2019 at 7:35 am

      umm I love these quats and i wish everyone can see it

    • Desmond on December 1, 2019 at 10:50 am


    • Thakurdas Majhi on December 1, 2019 at 7:34 pm

      People use to comment sometimes that they are neglected, not given enough opportunities to do the best. But reality is that they fail to utilise the time given for the task. Its the ability test how much you gained, earned from given span of time. Its the acceleration course with determination to reach out destination, the aim of life. Thanks for such valuable inspirational quotes which every one to adhere to.

    • Anistine Mossberg on March 11, 2020 at 10:21 am

      Thanks for the quotes, very inspiring.

  2. Abhishek Tiwari on March 13, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for sharing opinion on Google

    • Justana on December 2, 2019 at 12:18 am

      You got a lot of nerve condemning the ways of others and giving life advice as one that is so lofty, but you can’t type correctly or speak English with correct grammar.

      • JuiceBix on December 2, 2019 at 9:56 am

        Uh oh hippies mad did someone steal your juul

  3. Manjeet Singh on March 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    These Quotes are really very inspirational thanks for sharing with us

    • Noah on November 20, 2019 at 11:29 pm

      Thanks man! I’m going to try my hardest in DDD. My goal is to make it all the way throughout the month without missing a single attempt. Let’s go DDD participant!!!

  4. Eric Arellano on March 21, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Great quotes.

    Here are some in spanish.

    ♦ No tengas miedo de abandonar lo bueno para buscar lo excelente.
    – John D. Rockefeller
    ♦ Si no estás dispuesto a arriesgar, disponte a tener una vida común.
    – Jim Rohn
    ♦ El futuro pertenece a quienes creen en la belleza de sus sueños.
    – Eleanor Roosevelt
    ♦ Si todo parece bajo control, entonces no estás yendo lo suficiente deprisa
    – Mario Andretti
    ♦ Ganar sin riesgo es triunfar sin gloria.
    – Pierre Corneille
    ♦ Eres el promedio de las cinco personas con las que pasas más tiempo.
    – Jim Rohn
    ♦ Los ganadores nunca abandonan y los que abandonan nunca ganan.
    – Vince Lombardi
    ♦ Si crees que no puedes, tienes razón. Si crees que puedes, tienes razón.
    – Henry Ford
    ♦ El secreto para salir adelante es comenzar.
    – Mark Twain
    ♦ Un objetivo sin un plan es solo un deseo.
    – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    ♦ Un mal plan es mejor que no tener ningún plan.
    – Frank Marshall
    ♦ Nunca podrás derrotar a la persona que nunca se rinde.
    – Babe Ruth
    ♦ El fracaso es éxito si aprendemos de él.
    – Malcolm Forbes
    ♦ Es la posibilidad lo que me mantiene en marcha, no la garantía.
    – Nicholas Sparks
    ♦ Cuando las cosas van mal, no te vayas con ellas.
    – Elvis Presley
    ♦ La única diferencia entre un buen y mal día es tu actitud.
    – Dennis S. Brown
    ♦ El mejor placer en la vida es hacer las cosas que la gente dice que no podemos hacer.
    – Walter Bagehot
    ♦ No mires el reloj; haz lo que él hace, Sigue moviéndote.
    – Sam Levenson
    ♦ El éxito llega para todos aquellos que están ocupados buscándolo.
    – Henry David Thoreau
    ♦ La mejor forma de predecir el futuro es creándolo.
    – Peter Drucker

  5. Pink panther on March 23, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.
    👆 well said .

  6. Lalit on March 29, 2019 at 7:49 am

    amazing.. love it ..

  7. Leeana sabri on April 2, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Your limitation—it’s only your imagination. Perception is always greater than reality. . . 👍

    • Marti J Powell on July 7, 2019 at 8:03 am

      That ALWAYS depends upon the reality
      What happens when U reach a plateau

  8. Kapil on April 18, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Great inapiration.
    Thought muat be assist by actions to achieve desire success.

  9. Shaz on April 28, 2019 at 8:07 am

    I’m loving these quotes..❤

  10. shivamyogi on April 30, 2019 at 10:32 am

    very very nice quotes thank u

  11. QuotesKart on May 5, 2019 at 4:02 am

    Thanks for the such good types of motivational quotes. I love it. Keep sharing.

  12. Vinson on May 8, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Really love seeing motivational quotes, it just keeps me fired up on achieving my goals. Would you mind if I share this to my twitter page?

    • fightmehippies on December 2, 2019 at 10:02 am

      bruh cringe

  13. Allanjay on May 16, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Very Inspiring to continue striving success.

  14. Brij Bhushan on May 18, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Very good collection of Quotes My Favourite is ”Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.” You and only you are your best friend always be there for yourself.

  15. Iuliia on May 19, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks for such wonderful quotes!!!

  16. Siporah Kepo on May 22, 2019 at 2:10 am

    These are the most motivational and inspirational quotes, thank you.

    • 69 on December 3, 2019 at 10:09 am

      Ok Boomer

  17. Noel Fernades on May 25, 2019 at 5:43 am


  18. Sanju Yadav on May 26, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Awesome Motivational Quotes

  19. Sahil Mittal on May 26, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    These 17 quotes are really amazing. these quotes are inspirational as well as motivativational. thanks for sharing these quotes.

  20. Tyler King on May 27, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Well done. So proud of you trying to spread positivity. Moor power to you.

    • Marti J Powell on July 7, 2019 at 8:06 am

      Tyler King – Power to the people
      That`s what it IS all about
      > But what R U gonna DO with,
      ALL this power ?

  21. Company Liquidation in Dubai on May 28, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Nice Quotes for Business Motivation.

  22. Quotes World on May 28, 2019 at 10:19 am

    thanks for publish these quotes.. this is very inspir me

  23. amanndah Christabell on May 31, 2019 at 2:14 am

    inspiring words

  24. Omprakash Santra on June 1, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    wow…awesome quotes.

  25. Prince Anthony Nnajike on June 7, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Am really blessed by this wonderful quotes

  26. Ezra on June 7, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    wonderful. I liked ’Don’t wait for opportunity,create it’

  27. sneha sharma on June 9, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    These quotes are just inspiring, good work.

  28. Quotes World on June 10, 2019 at 8:04 am

    love it very nice lines

  29. Ernest on June 11, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Am inspired dear. Thanks a lot

  30. Ashok Roy on June 12, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Amazing, dear Success.com. Thanks.

  31. Jules on June 13, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Little Things Make Big Days…
    Very inspiring quotes. These quotes forced me to leave my chair.


  32. Richard Phillips on June 14, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Just downloaded some of these, haven’t even put them as my wallpaper\\screensaver yet, but I already know this is going to help not only myself but also those around me. So thank you so much and best wishes.

  33. John Lameck Shija on June 15, 2019 at 11:34 am

    I understand these quotes,,be blessed Lydia,I NEED TO LEARN MORE.

  34. shahi22Atul kumar on June 16, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks so much for yet another great post! This blog is so full of insightful and up-to-date information
    that I find myself coming back every day to read and reread your posts, and gradually I gained enough
    confidence to make my first pitch.You did a great job

  35. bangaru babu on June 18, 2019 at 8:02 am

    thank you for giving life changing quotes

  36. pali on June 19, 2019 at 10:01 am


  37. Ridhwan A S on June 20, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    The key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles….

    This quote.. it’s the great quote ever…!!! Coz.. I got this quote on time.. before I go down.. when I built obstacles in my mind.. and.. when I’d no way.. like a jaywalker..!!
    Now.. I’m confident that obstacles are not obstacles when we have something to accomplish. And.. this goal should make us dedicated, devoted and dynamic..

  38. Jan Awesome on June 20, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    That is Awesome…love it..hope to get more…

  39. Tejas on June 25, 2019 at 5:30 am

    Every quotes is just so amazing,
    Small but deep meaning,
    Pls share more kind of motivational quotes,

  40. [email protected] on June 26, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Bigger more to meet you

  41. Akanang on June 28, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Great!I feel so inspired,encouraged and confidence,I’m seen a greater me in future to come.

  42. Shine Quotes on June 30, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    I come time and again to this post and never fail to get inspired.. Great collection of quotes Lydia!

  43. Jitendra on July 3, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Real inspiration! thank you for great post!

  44. love shayari on July 4, 2019 at 11:58 am

    thanks for publish these quotes.. this is very inspir me

    • maartje on September 9, 2020 at 5:04 am

      so good so inspi 👍👍👍👍

  45. Sani on July 5, 2019 at 10:01 am

    This is a super fantastic article, I love it.

  46. ssozi isaac on July 5, 2019 at 11:59 am

    so inspirational

  47. Aditya Verma on July 6, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Amazing quotes so inspiring quotes and wonderful thank you very much for sharing I loved your blog.

  48. Tufan Pal on July 6, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Thank You Very Much for Sharing These 17 Motivational quotes.This blog post is really amazing. these quotes are inspirational as well as motivational. thanks for sharing these quotes.

  49. Tufan Pal on July 6, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Nice article. Thank You for sharing powerful Quotes.

  50. Taaraaaa Rajput on July 6, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I loved it ! These quotes are best for the timing but till the shine is gone they aren’t pretty much !

  51. Tufan Pal on July 7, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Most Inspiring – Those who are working hard for that job, which they even don’t like because it is paying for their needs. Making your heart to do what you really don’t want, is the most difficult task. Kudos to them!

    Motivation is around us. We just need the vision to see it. Be your own motivation!

  52. kokumo oluwadamilare on July 8, 2019 at 9:15 am

    that great keep it up, motivational quotes, good

  53. Dickson on July 8, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Thanks Lydia! Awesome work here.

  54. Nitin on July 8, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Very nice lines

  55. Hitaish sharma on July 11, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Really very good and motivational quotes which helps us to make a good lifestyle and motivated us to right way to get our goal 😊

  56. Shayari on July 11, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Awesome Motivational Quotes. Nice Quotes for Business Motivation.
    Thanks for publish these quotes.

  57. Luis Enrique Jimenez on July 11, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    If I could print them and hang them around my motivational wall would be awesome!!!

  58. Varalakshmi VG on July 12, 2019 at 5:02 am

    Excellent words,
    wish to create myself more and more words

  59. samuel on July 12, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    thanks for such real ignored truths in everyone

  60. Mahesh on July 13, 2019 at 7:02 am

    I liked this motivational lines. After reading these line and images. i m very impressed. Kindly keep posting this type articles.

  61. JP on July 14, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Really inspired.

  62. Jareena on July 16, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Nice quotations thank you

  63. Haider Jamal on July 18, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    wonderful quotes thanks for share keep it up

  64. Himanshi on July 20, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Best blog for Self help or Self improvement Content. Thanks for motivating me by these quotes.

  65. Abhay on July 20, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Inspired, Motivated after reading this. Thanks for sharing

  66. Thornchaya on July 23, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Thank you for inspiring words

  67. Harsh Sharma on July 24, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Really Inspiring Article

  68. Motivational Life Quotes on July 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you for such an awesome blog.

  69. Krishna on July 25, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    These quotes are really awesome and i feel motivated after reading all these seventeen motivational quotes. The author must be appreciated and thanks to share such great and amazing motivational and inspirational quotes.

  70. Smith Jordyn on July 25, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Whenever i feel depress, I read these motivational quotes and feel stronger after reading these quotes. Thanks for motivation

  71. Awwal AK on August 21, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you so much for the inspirational quote

    • REGINA WILLIAMS on September 16, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      Very encouraging and I agree 100%, one has to go out to look for success.

  72. Maicon on September 14, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Am inspired dear. Thanks a lot

  73. Smith on September 15, 2019 at 7:58 am

    I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Very helpful information specifically the last part of the quotes.

  74. Avineet singh on September 15, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Thanks a lot for boost up

  75. Ana on September 17, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Still today this quotes are doing great impact. I have to translate these to Spanish and motivate my peers!!

  76. Ovais on September 21, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    These quotes are very helpful for everyone.

  77. solomon on September 23, 2019 at 1:37 am


  78. Prince John Morgan on September 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Thank You For Your Words

  79. Stephanie L Butler on October 8, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I loved all of these quotes, they are so perfect to start the day!

  80. Ugo Paul on October 30, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Inspirational quotes to start the day. I love this.

  81. Andrew on November 16, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    These quotes are amazon Lydia! Thank you! One of my absolute favorite quotes is “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts” by Winston Churchill. (source: https://owlquote.com) It keep me level headed no matter what the outcome it, which usually results in a better outcome! I like this one by Thoreau as well “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” Sometimes when you focus too much on success, you end up not getting it. But if you do what you love then it comes as a by product!

    • Amanda on January 28, 2021 at 9:58 pm

      Yes! and i like how it reminds us that success is an action that we take every day that builds up to an abstract idea called success. It’s a way of life more than something that we “have”

  82. Unofficials Group on November 17, 2019 at 4:31 am

    Please add some more quotes

  83. Arpita on November 17, 2019 at 5:33 am

    These thoughts are good but try to give some long lines

  84. precious tabi on November 18, 2019 at 7:55 am

    nice and heart raising words lidiya God bless you

  85. Smith on November 21, 2019 at 12:58 pm


    • Love shayari on September 7, 2020 at 11:16 pm

      Nice post.

  86. Gori Gogendra on November 23, 2019 at 2:44 am

    It was amazing inspired quotes.

  87. Mehra on November 23, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Such a great collection.
    I really appreciate.

  88. Indego on November 23, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for the Quotes.

  89. Golu on November 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Great work man.

  90. Mehatb on November 23, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Good work
    Keep it up

  91. Mr surplus on November 24, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Thank you for these worth quoten words, to me, you have communicate all that i wish through this!

  92. -Lathrop on November 24, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    These r amazing will be great for my sign that I am making!!!😋😋😋😁😁😁😆😆😆👍👍👍

  93. stephniehappynew on November 24, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Your limitation—it’s only your imagination. Perception is always greater than reality. Its an amazing.. Advance happy new year

  94. Ayman Salah on November 25, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Elle m’inspire beaucoup, Merci beaucoup.!

  95. Kelly on November 30, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Tanks for the motivational quotes.
    They are really amazing

  96. Mohammed touzani on November 30, 2019 at 5:31 am

    thnaks so much
    you made my day with these quotes
    god bless you

  97. therevs777 on November 30, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Think positively and make the world a better place? I try to do it every day, how much more do I have to force myself? T_T

  98. Elijah shango on December 2, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Awesome i’m really inspired

  99. waoshayari on February 20, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Great Motivational thoughts in english.
    thank you sir for sharing.

  100. Rajan Gupta on March 3, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Raise you hand, if you also think that the author has done a lot of research and hard work to write this post.
    I am thankful to the author for a wonderful post.

    Business Insane – “READ THE SUCCESS”

  101. Romy on March 11, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    This website always pushes me towards success, it really follows their name.
    By the way, “Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you” is my favorite out of this.

  102. Venus Nandi on March 12, 2020 at 2:56 am

    I love these quotes. I choose some quotes for my next fb and Instagram caption. Motivation quotes are like charger of a phone who charged up us with positive energy to do something great. Thank you for this article.

  103. Aatif Anjum on January 27, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    Most motivational quotes, thanks for sharing motivators.in

  104. Amanda on January 28, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

    This is my favorite of the above because God knows that when we have managed this we know it and when we haven’t we sure know that too!!

  105. Shivi on January 29, 2021 at 3:33 am


  106. Shashant Kumar on January 30, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Thanks you, for you awesome quote
    It is jost a inspiration thoughts

  107. paul on February 5, 2021 at 6:47 am

    thanks you really inspired me

  108. Smile:) on February 5, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Very Motivational!! :)

  109. Abdirahman on February 7, 2021 at 6:40 am


  110. Godfrey on February 8, 2021 at 12:12 am

    waooooh, great motivational quotes

  111. Peace Lover on February 8, 2021 at 12:47 am

    I have to say that, some of the the quotes have deep meaning which made me super motivated. Thanks for sharing.

  112. Juliana mp on February 10, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Great inspirational quotes 👌👏🙌💪✍️💜💥💯😇

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