Monday, October 4, 2010


What is success?

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suc●cess \sək-‘ses noun (1537) 1: outcome, result. 2a: degree of succeeding b: favorable or desired outcome; also the attainment of wealth, favor or eminence 3: one that succeeds.

“The only place where success comes before work is in a dictionary.”
- Vidal Sassoon

“It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.”
- Diane Rankin

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
- John Wooden

“Success is measured by the memories you create.”
- Unknown

“Success is never final."

- Winston Churchill


  1. When measuring success, think "over time," not "point in time"

    “Enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is quality most often makes success” --- Dale Carnegie

    “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” - Bill Gates

    I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it." --Jonathan Winters,
    American comedian and author

    “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."
    - Henry David Thoreau, author and transcendentalist

    If A is success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X; Y is play; and Z is keeping your mouth shut." --Albert Einstein, physicist

    “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
    --Booker T. Washington, American author, educator and black leader

    Success is that old ABC -- ability, breaks, and courage." --Charles Luckman

    "Success is a great deodorant. It takes away all your past smells."
    -- Elizabeth Taylor

    "Eighty percent of success is showing up." -- Woody Allen

  2. "Success is going from trough to trough and never losing sight of and hope for the next peak." ~Me

  3. One comment regarding college students: they seem to want the success before the work. I tell them they need to put in their time, get experience, and then they get credibility. I need a quote for that.

  4. “Success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.”
    Thomas Alva Edison quotes (Most famous American Inventor who, singly or jointly, held a world record 1.093 patents. In addition, he created the world's first industrial research laboratory, 1847-1931)

  5. Love this. I think I like the John Wooden and Winston Churchill quotes the best.

    "No amount of success in your professional life matters if it is at the expense of your personal life." -Anonymous

    "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." Bill Cosby

  6. "I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure--which is:
    Try to please everybody."

    ~ Herbert Bayard Swope


    "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it."

    W.C. Fields