Top 10 Success Quotes Interpreted

We all love a great quote, but how often do we stop and think about why it is great? Here is a list of the top 10 success quotes and tips on how to utilize the message behind each one.


1. “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.” Earl Nightingale

Relates to the self-fulfilling prophecy which is a very real psychological phenomena. The more you focus on something, the more likely it is to occur.

2. “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are  afraid you will succeed.” Ray Goforth

Relates to peer groups. The greater your peer group, the greater your chances of success. Who are you spending most of your time with?

3. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” Thomas J. Watson

Prioritising is such an essential skill. Look at what needs to be done and systematically get stuck into the most important things.

4. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” Pablo Picasso

We all have the same amount of time each day. If you want to leave an inspiring legacy, set aside the required time to do what moves you the most every day.

5. “Create experiences that leave you in awe, for these will be the highlights of your life.” Ryan Blair

We are all after regular quality experiences. Frequently ask yourself and others, what can I do to enhance this experience and make it more memorable? 

6. “Failure is not in your vocabulary; rather, you convert all working experiences, be they positive or negative, into fuel for future success.” Anonymous

The words you use define how you see the world and who you become. Rather than failure adopt words with less emotional intesity like miscalculate, adjust, feedback and so on to express the occurrence of errors.  At the same time, continue to remind and encourage yourself in regards to what you are doing right!

7. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absense of fear.” Mark Twain

We are designed to protect ourselves. We will always have fear and yet in order to grow we must show courage. Once you accept the fact that you will feel fear when trying something new, the power of the fear and its effects will diminish.

8. “Repetition is the father of learning, I repeat, repetition is the father of learning.” Dwayne Michael Carter

Do it again, and again and again. The 10000 hour rule (for more on this click here for my article on how to become a genius) suggests the main factor behind genius is practice. There are no short cuts. Get to work.

9. “Top Achievers are improvisors, not perfectionists. If you want to create more success in your life you have to move forward not knowing all the answers.” Douglas Vermeeren

The quality of your life depends on how much uncertainty you are willing to withstand. The more foreign the world you put yourself in is, the greater the chance to learn and excel in novel ways.

10. “Weak people talk and do not act, strong people act and keep quiet.” Eliphas Levi

Actions speak louder than words and at the end of the day, only actions count. At some point people always figure out who is full of hot air. Leadership is something that is primarily modelled through actions not words. We respect someone because of what they have done, not what they have said they will do. How will you lead by example today.    


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2 Responses to “Top 10 Success Quotes Interpreted”

  1. Jan Albert-Thenet Reply

    I’ve got two inspirational quotes, “Making other people feel happy and good is the best character you can possess” and “Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called ‘the Present'”