My Favorite Success Aphorisms

These are some of my favorite personal development success aphorisms.  I have given credit where I was able to.  If you have any to add, or know who I should attribute any of these to, feel free to comment below. I am far from perfect, but I work to have these thoughts guide my actions.

There are a lot of ways to become a failure, but never taking a chance is the most successful.

To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have.

Don’t wrestle with pigs.  You both get mud on you and the pig likes it.

The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person’s brow.

There is do, or do not. There is no try. –Yoda

Take a chance and you may lose. Take not a chance and you have lost already.  Søren Kierkegaard,

Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.  Anthony J. D’Angelo,

Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.  Anthony J. D’Angelo


It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.  Vincent T. Lombardi,

An error is not a mistake until you refuse to correct it.

There’s nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.  Peter F. Drucker

Forget regret,  or life is yours to miss –Jonathan Larson

This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act and, in acting, to live.   Omar Bradley

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.  Sun Tzu

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

Life is short–enjoy it while you can.

Peace of mind is the ultimate objective of all of my actions.

I make and live in my own reality so that I do not fall victim to the whims of others.

I measure success by outcomes, not inputs.

Whether you think that you can or that you can’t, you are usually right.  Henry Ford

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. Thomas Jefferson.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  Mark Twain

Good habits are hard to develop, but easy to live with.  Bad habits are easy to develop, but hard to live with.  Brian Tracy

You begin to become successful the minute you decide to be.

If you want to triple your success ratio, you have to triple your failure rate.

I talk to myself rather than listen to myself so that I control my thoughts.

I do not search for things to be offended by.

Anyone who is at the top of their field started at the bottom.

Success comes from managed thinking.

I will question my limiting beliefs and not question my ability to succeed.

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. Linus Pauling

The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.  Lee Iacocca

Leave your favorite below in the comments!

10 comments for “My Favorite Success Aphorisms

  1. Jon Schroeder
    September 9, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Energy and persistence, conquer all things.

  2. John Cullen
    September 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    You can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd

    You can’t tiptoe into heaven

    Some people you can’t trust as far as you can throw a soggy mattress up a spiral staircase

  3. Darrell Willier
    September 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    “Its good to have the KNOWLEDGE and WILLINGNESS to make a living but its far greater to UNDERSTAND the WISDOM and PASSION to LIVE a LIFE.” DRW

  4. George Brown
    September 11, 2011 at 8:00 am

    “If it was easy, anyone could do it.”

  5. Jody Bass
    September 13, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Success comes to he who waits and works like heck while he waits.

  6. December 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

    A word to the wise is unneccessary; it”s the stupid ones that need the advice.

  7. doug baxter
    December 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi
    True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders. Robert Townsend

    You are the person who has to decide.
    Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside; you are the person who makes up your mind. Whether you’ll lead or will linger behind.
    Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar, or just be content to stay where you are.

  8. Linda White
    June 10, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Hustle never goes into a slump!

  9. Coach Chapman
    November 29, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Failure waits for those who stay with some success made yesterday, and tomorrow we must try once more even harder than before.

  10. Mark C
    May 5, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Luck occurs where preparation and opportunity meet

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