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. Treat them with the greatest of care

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

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.

My demeanor on the sideline (bench) during a game, 10% emotion, 90% analytical.

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, so I will spend some time each day managing my 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

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9 thoughts on “Favorite Success Aphorisms

  • June 14, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Take care of the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves.

  • June 14, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Can’t never could.

    Those who can, do. Those who can’t, coach.

    The maximum effective range of an excuse is 0.0 meters.

  • June 14, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    It’s the little things that make the big difference!

  • July 17, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Tough times don’t last, tough people do.

  • December 27, 2017 at 10:39 am

    In the grand scheme of things you are owed nothing, the end result is totally up to you!

  • December 27, 2017 at 10:50 am

    The important thing is not what happens to you but how you respond to what happens to you

  • December 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    In the absence of your plan, I like mine better.

    We get paid for results not effort.

    Facilitate people in self discovery.

    Discipline determines destiny

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  • July 14, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    An excuse is an alibi for failure.

    You will experience either the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours.


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