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These Inspiring Quotes from the Most Successful People of All Time Should Make You Strive Harder

Defining success can really be subjective. One’s definition of success may differ to how others think about it. How one measures or determines his or her level of success varies. Hence, in whatever way we define success, what matters the most is that we are able to keep our eyes set on our goals and make it happen.

Here are some of the most inspiring quotes from different personalities who made their names in their chosen industries and have inspired other people in their own ways.

On Continuous Learning

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” —Nelson Mandela

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” —Albert Einstein

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.” —Confucius

You should never stop learning. Continue to sharpen your skills and broaden your knowledge. Successful business magnates – and real-life best friends too – Bill Gates and Warren Buffett both love reading and won’t end a day without it. Imagine how this habit has helped them reach their dreams and become two of the wealthiest people in the world. Remember that self-growth is the key for you to live fulfilling lives and to have a successful career.

On Accepting Mistakes

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” —John Maxwell

Spiderman “Uncle Ben” Parker once said that with great power comes great responsibility. It is actually maturity to stand up whenever you fail and rectify your mistakes and learn from them. Using them in your own advantage and making sure you know how to turn the tide. Committing mistakes is not totally wrong, but when you repeat the same mistakes, under the same circumstances, it will hurt you. Perhaps, you didn’t learn from it at all.

On Keeping Your Faith in Humanity Strong

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.” —Helen Keller

Your faith can encourage you, give you strength, help you in difficult times, and give you hope. And once you keep your faith to humanity, compassion among your fellowmen, and love to all mankind, these all make a better world to live in. Famous TV personality and veteran host Ellen DeGeneres once said that sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others. Keep that kindness and generosity in you and live in harmony and peace.

On Managing Failures

“Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” —Oprah Winfrey

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” —Albert Einstein

“The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.” —Walt Disney

Overcome failures and use them to your own advantage. Setbacks and failures are inevitable in life, no one is perfect, and we all fall on hard times at some point or another. Award-winning author J.K. Rowling, on the other hand, embraces failure: “It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all–in which case, you fail by default.”

On Taking Risk

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” —Mark Zuckerberg

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” —John D. Rockefeller

A risk – no matter how small or huge it could be – is always a part of your life. And since you cannot guarantee yourself of not encountering any, despite your vigilance, wit, and power, all you need to do is to just go on. You’d never know what’s in store for you at the end of the road if you don’t give it a try.

On Wanting to Change the World

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” —Barack Obama

Your voice can change the world. Instead of waiting for a change to happen, learn to start with yourself and be amazed to see how you radiate it to everybody else.

With all these, you are actually on your way to success. Enjoy the ride and celebrate life!

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