I am a big fan of timeless and true success quotes and the sheer power contained within them. The 10 quotes on success that follow are ones that I deem truly worthy of both contemplation and assimilation. Here goes:

❶ The Power Of Your Thoughts

"You become what you think about all day long."

Earl Nightingale, American entertainer and author (1921 - 1989) Tweet

It only seems appropriate to start us off with this success quote in particular. Here’s why.

The year was 1986. I was fresh out of High School and ready to embark on the next chapter of my life… college.

I remember the day I received the solicitation in the mail for a 6-cassette audio program called “Lead the Field”.  As a highly driven individual who always felt destined for BIG things, I was fascinated. I bought it.

This was my first exposure to anything from the self-help genre, let alone the late, great Earl Nightingale. This is where and when I was introduced to this success quote and continue to heed its truth today.

And as crazy as it may sound, I still have those cassettes. Stranger still, I maintain an old tape recorder just so that I can continue to listen to them. I know, I can get them in a more modern format however, these hold a certain sentimental value for me. Yes, they were and still are that powerful!

❷ The Change Agent For Success

"Change your thoughts and you change your world."

Norman Vincent Peale, American author & clergyman (1898 - 1993) Tweet

What you think determines how you feel.

How you feel determines what you do.

What you do determines what happens in your world.

Yes, your thoughts are that powerful! They act as a spark to your reality.

So do yourself (and the rest of us for that matter) a huge service and be conscious of your thoughts.

Do you want more? Start by changing your thoughts to be in alignment with the result you wish to see.

❸ Keep The Weeds Out Of Your Mind

"I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet."

Mahatma Gandhi, Indian philosopher (1869 - 1948) Tweet

Who knew? Mom was right. As kids, I remember how she would always pound into our heads that if you hang around with bad kids, you will become one.

How so, if for no other reason, we would be exposed to and possibly influenced by their way of thinking… stinkin’ thinkin’!

We would become followers, not leaders. And yes, each of the Mercado brothers had their fair share of run-ins here. Thankfully, we all turned out okay. Thank you Mom!

❹ Questions That Spark True Success

"For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?"

James Allen, British author (1864 - 1912) Tweet

I pose these 4 questions to my small business coaching Clients all the time… especially in cases where we are either clarifying their Company Vision or leveling-up their Mindset.

I have to say, it never ceases to amaze me on how many small business owners get extremely uncomfortable and for the most part stumped when I drill down with these.

Mind you, these are really smart business owners. Ones that most would deem as truly successful.

There is a real difference between surface success and true success though. On the surface, all may look great. The company is profitable. However, true success comes from happiness as I’ll get into in a moment.

❺ The Key To Success

"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, Franco-German theologian, organist, philosopher, and physician (1875 - 1965) Tweet

How many times do we hear the story of the person who seemed to ‘have it all’ suddenly commit suicide? Unfortunately, this is a very real and frequent occurrence.

Success does not ensure happiness. I know many seemingly successful small business owners that deep down are miserable. Somewhere along the line, they have lost the passion for what they do… or worse yet, for who they do it for. 

Now I’m not saying that you need to be passionate about your business in order for it to succeed in the eyes of others. Surface success is much easier to attain than true success.

What I can tell you is that if you find yourself in a position where you truly ‘love’ what you do and who you do it for, and are able to live the life you desire at the same time, wow… you are truly successful!

❻ Action Breeds Success

"Whatever you can do or dream, begin it."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German dramatist, novelist, poet, & scientist (1749 - 1832) Tweet

For years, many in the self-help genre suggested that all you need to do is to think and ‘poof’ it will appear. Just like that.

Sorry to put a damper on this one for you however, it is simply not true.

Yes, they had part of the success equation correct. Your thoughts are critical to your results. What they left off though was a critical piece of that equation… action. 

It’s in mobilizing those thoughts where they can become reality.

So whatever it is that you pine for, get started immediately. Nothing happens until something moves!

❼ Modeling Success For All

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

Mahatma Gandhi, Indian philosopher (1869-1948) Tweet

So many capable people sit idly by on the sidelines and wonder why no one is doing anything. “Someone ought to do something,” they say.

Worse yet is when it progresses into a victim mentality where they allow stinkin’ thinkin’ to control their activity (or inactivity).

These are recipes for failure.

Then there are the other, more malicious people that love pointing fingers and placing blame for their lot in life. Why? It’s easier. Dare I say, some actually get of on it.

Don’t be that person!

You want something better?

Get off the bench and get in the game. Don’t just think about it, do it. Be the change agent!

❽ You Reap What You Sow

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

The Bible (Galatians 6:7 - King James Version) Tweet

I guess you can say I love gardening… vegetable gardening to be precise. Each year, I enjoy amending the soil… choosing what to plant and where… fertilizing, pruning and nurturing… and ultimately enjoying the fruits of my several months-long labor. Oh the pleasure of picking and eating that first slicing tomato! If you’ve ever grown your own garden, you’ll likely know what I mean.

Why do I share this with you? We reap what we sow! Action creates reaction. And better yet, the more love we put into it, the more we get out of it.

This goes for businesses, personal relationships, growing vegetables, and much, much more.

Hey I didn’t make this stuff up, I just leverage it.

You Reap What You Sow
You Reap What You Sow

❾ How To Properly Frame Success

"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens."

Khalil Gibran, Lebanese poet (1883 - 1931) Tweet

What strikes me as so powerful here is that we get to define what ‘true success’ means for ourselves. It’s our perception of reality and our attitude toward it that truly matter. 

Remember…

What you think determines how you feel.

How you feel determines what you do.

What you do determines what happens in your world.

The best part, you get to choose your own thoughts. That’s where success begins. Your mindset is the ultimate thermometer for your success.  

❿ The Importance of Character on Success

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Martin Luther King Jr., American black civil rights leader & clergyman (1929 - 1968) Tweet

Let’s get right to the point here. Life will always present challenges… some are the result of choices we’ve made while others were through no fault of our own. Some are pleasant and some flat out suck.

It’s those challenges though that reveal our character. Learn to embrace them as they shape our growth.

The best part about it, you get to choose how you will think about each specific challenge or controversy. You get to choose how you will show up when they occur… and they will occur. 

As Dr. King pointed out, it’s easy to ride the wave when all is going your way. It’s how you deal with the tough stuff though that reveals your true self.

Let's Wrap It Up

Well there’s my list of 10 inspirational success quotes. Fond of any other famous (or maybe not so famous) quotes on success that inspire you? I’d love to hear them. Feel free to share them in the comments below!

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