As a small business owner, I am very aware of how much I need to work in order to gain the success that I am looking for. To this end, I like to surround myself with inspirational quotes which I look at each day in order to keep me focussed and driven and ultimately, inspired to find the success that I want.
Last month I was fortunate to spend some time at a dinner with the highly successful and inspirational Pedro Martin. Martin is the CEO of the Terra Group, Miami-based real estate developers who have remodeled the Miami skyline and created neighborhoods and communities within the city. Martin’s career was in law before switching over to real estate where he has found incredible levels of success. I asked Pedro what quotes he would look at to keep him inspired and here is what he shared with me.
“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
Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”
—Thomas J. Watson
“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
— Theodore Roosevelt
“People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
– Tony Robbins
“I arise full of eagerness and energy, knowing well what achievement lies ahead of me.”
“Fall seven times and stand up eight.”
— Japanese Proverb
“Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.”
– Denis Waitley
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
Do you have some favorite quotes which you use to inspire you or to help you push forward success? Let us know which quotes you love in the comments section below this post.