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THE LINK BETWEEN WORK ETHIC AND SUCCESS

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Work Ethic and Success

Having a solid work ethic is one of the most important elements of success, regardless of the endeavor. Having a strong work ethic can lead to higher achievement in sports, your career, or your entrepreneurial pursuits. In fact, the people who have a good work ethic typically have the world at their finger tips.

Of course, some people still have their doubts as to why this is the case. Which is why we are writing this work ethic article; to clearly demonstrate the link between work ethic and success, and to give you the resources to strengthen yours. Our ultimate hope is that you’ll be able to leverage this information to find more success in all your endeavors.

Definition of Work Ethic

Before we get started, it is probably best that we first define what is a work ethic. So, here we go.

The definition of work ethic is the following; work ethic is the principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward. Work ethic is also a set of principles a person uses during training, work, or while pursuing a goal.

These principles guide the quantity and quality of one’s efforts in achieving their goals, and is typically characterized by consistency of effort to reach optimal production while maintaining an optimal quality of output.

In other words, a person who has a strong work ethic believes in the merits of working hard, and thus seeks to do so in all they do. As such, a person with a strong work ethic strives to consistently produce both the highest possible quality and quantity of effort towards their work.

Why You Should Aim to Have a Good Work Ethic

So, why should you strive to have a good work ethic? The answer is simple. Those who embrace the value of a good work ethic, almost always produce more and better results than their counterparts who have a lesser/weaker work ethic.

In addition to this, you should also strive to have a good work ethic because those who do always have the advantage over the person with a weak work ethic. For example, if a boat is sinking, 10 out of 10 times, the individual who most ardently and effectively works to reverse the sinking vessels demise, is the person who gets stay on the boat. It’s economics 101.

Certainly there will always be rare exceptions, especially when one adds a high degree of talent to the equation. However, talent alone rarely outperforms the individual with a strong work ethic in the long run. To be sure, there is much truth to the saying goes, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

The Link Between Work Ethic and Success

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This brings us to our next point. There is a direct link between work ethic and success as a strong correlation between the two exists. Is there a scientific link between work ethic and success?

Well, we’ve been studying high achievers for nearly five years now, and here is what we documented, every individual who achieved at a high level had an above average worth ethic. They didn’t all start off with a strong work ethic at first, but eventually, all of them employed a strong work ethic by default once success became their obsession.

In addition, no one in our research ever displayed or made the case for the opposite; a weak work ethic. In fact, we noticed that the stronger the work ethic, the stronger the achievements were, and the faster their success came.

Does having a strong work ethic guarantee success? No, of course not. But, it dramatically improves your chances. That said, here’s what the correlation looks like:

work ethic and success graph

Related: Self-Control and Success

What Does a Good Work Ethic Look Like?

If you’ve ever wondered what a good work ethic looks like, you don’t have to look very far. Simply observe the habits of high performers and those who have achieved a high degree of success. Pay special attention to pro athletes and how they train, study star entertainers and how they perfect their craft, and observe world-class leaders like the CEO’s of some of the worlds’ biggest companies. If you do this, or just pay attention to those getting the results you want, you’ll see what a strong work ethic looks like.

Of course, we won’t make you do all the hard work. Here are a few samples of what a strong work ethic looks like:

Michael Jordan

The NBA legend Michael Jordan would always put in the time to improve his weaknesses. For example, when he didn’t make the cut for Varsity in high school, Jordan committed to proving everyone wrong. As such, he spent all his spare time in the off season improving his game.

The result? He made Varsity the next season. Similarly, when Jordan made it to the pros, he would also spend his summers taking hundreds of jump shots a day, till he perfected his shot. Jordan knew, that if he want to be the best, he would have to put in the work to be better than his competition.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Undefeated UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov wanted to achieve the title of the best in the world. As such, he would willingly put himself through the most grueling trainings. Training sessions that he intentionally made to be longer and more arduous than his competitors’ training sessions.

As such, his trainings days would consist of him waking up, training, then going to school. And after school, he would train again, then finish his studies for school, and after he would finishing up his homework, he would often train again for a third time, even if it meant training by himself.

Nurmagomedov’s training regimen and work ethic was superior to his peers, and the result was the creation of an undefeated UFC champion.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, and founder of Space X and a bunch of other successful businesses, is well known for having a strong work ethic. One of his most well known bits of advice, that he’s given to countless entrepreneurs is for them to double their efforts and aim to work two-times as hard as their competitors to succeed.

In short, his advice is this, if you want to be successful, you must have a strong work ethic. He’s says it best with the following quote, “Work hard, like, every waking hour.”

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban is not stranger to hard work either. In fact, before he found his massive success, it wasn’t uncommon for him to be working past 2.am in the morning to ensure he know the ins-and-outs of the product software he was selling. Even to this day, Mark states that he spends a least three hours reading a day. He does this to gain an advantage, because he knows others won’t and because of the edge it will give him.

On top of this, Cuban has also been known to work for over seven years without a vacation in his start-up days. Now that is a strong work ethic, and sums up his take on work ethic best when he said, “It’s not about the money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.”

Tim Cook

Tim Cook is the uber-successful CEO of Apple. He’s certainly does not have the talent of Steve Jobs, but he makes up in effort and work-ethic what he lacks in natural talent. In fact, he’s quite famous within his organization for being the first in the office and always the last to leave.

In addition to this, he starts firing off emails to his employees before many of them are even awake at the ridiculously early hour of 4:30 am, and he hold staff meetings on Sundays in order to be prepared for Mondays.

Certainly, Tim Cook is not the only exception; as a CEO work ethic is something to be admired. In fact, we’d venture to say that most CEO’s have an above average work ethic (which is why they get paid the big bucks), and it’s a good reason you should strive to have one too.

Related: 55 Badass Work Ethic Quotes

The Benefits of Having a Strong Work Ethic

Having a strong work ethic is a soft skill that everyone should seek to adopt. The stronger the work ethic, the more dividends it will pay. Indeed, your work ethic should be focused on as it is one of the most critical and determining factors when it comes to how much success you’ll achieve at work, in sports, or at life in general.

By having a strong work ethic, you’ll….

  • Be Able to Produce More Than Others
  • Become More Relied Upon
  • Be More Respected By Your Peers
  • Be More Valued By Management
  • Position Yourself For Increased Pay and Responsibilities
  • Create More Opportunities For Yourself
  • Increase The Odds of Reaching Your Goals

This graph breaks down your success trajectory based off your commitment to improving your work ethic:

Work Ethic and Success

How To Improve Your Work Ethic

The first step to improving your work ethic, is to be convinced that the market, whether its the job market, business market, or the market for professional athletes is competitive and value those with a strong work ethic. The next step, is to decide for yourself that you want to improve your work ethic.

Finally, you’ll want to ensure you focus on improving following traits. By improving the following traits, you’ll be improving your work ethic. Here are the work ethic traits to focus on:

  • Taking Responsibility/Ownership
  • Aiming To Be Dependable
  • Treating Everyone With Respect
  • Being a Person of Your Word
  • Becoming Eager to Take On More Work
  • Being Honest at All Times
  • Completing Work on Time or Ahead of Schedule
  • Embracing The Challenge of Hard Work

Related: Developing a Good Work Ethic

Final Thoughts on Work Ethic and Success

The world we live in, whether we like or not, is rife with competition. The demand for hard work and diligence in people can’t be wished away. So, If you’re seeking to get ahead in life, or if you just want more success in the office, embracing a strong work ethic will do you good.

Looking to become the next Michael Jordan? Work ethic must become your ally. Want to become a millionaire fast, your work ethic will make it so.

So, embrace the world as it is. Then roll up your sleeves, and give your job, your goals, and your dreams everything you’ve got.

Till you reach your aims,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed this article about why work ethic is important to success, chances are you’ll also like this article about about why if you work hard you will succeed, and you may even enjoy these hard work pays off quotes.

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25+ MANIFESTATION AFFIRMATIONS TO TRANSFORM YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY

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Manifestation Affirmations

Have you ever noticed how some people seem to easily manifest or achieve success after success, while others struggle to create very little positive change in their lives or make any progress on their goals, and as a result eventually give up? Want to know what the main difference between these two groups of people is? It’s simple: It’s their mindset.

That’s right, your mindset is responsible for much of the success and achievement (or lack of thereof) that you’ve been experiencing in your life up until this point. If you’ve been experiencing positive change and successes, chances are you possess a healthy and positive mindset. But, if you’ve been experiencing the opposite, like failure, frustration, or a lack of reasonable progress, then you may have a problem with your mindset.

The great news is, we’ve discovered a little secret through trial and error, that can help just about anyone reverse their mindset, and with it, their luck. So, what’s this little secret? Well, it’s none other than affirmations. But not just any ole affirmations, we’re talking about manifestation affirmations to be precise.

What Are Manifestation Affirmations?

First and foremost, affirmations are essentially statements that can help rewire your mindset or how you perceive the world when you say them to yourself or write them down regularly.

A 2015 study published to the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience journal, which can also be found on The National Library of Medicine, used an MRI to show how employing self-affirmations can actually activate the reward centers in your brain.[1]

For example, by simply affirming to yourself, “I am confident”, you can activate the same reward centers that react to other dopamine-releasing experiences, like watching a great movie, or eating chocolate. In short, affirmations can activate your neural pathways, and if done enough, via neuroplasticity, you can eventually transform those areas of your brain responsible for how positive you feel about a given aspect of your life.[2]

But here is the real reason why affirmations are so powerful. When you use them, you essentially leverage two different types of biases that we all have. Namely, what’s known as the observational selection bias and our confirmation bias.

The former is a bias that helps us see more of something once it has been noticed. It’s like when you hear a certain song, and then you start hearing that song everywhere. The latter bias (the confirmation bias) is our tendency to search, interpret, or recall information that confirms our pre-existing beliefs.

Thus, when you use affirmations, you are essentially hacking these two cognitive biases for your own advantage.

With that being said, for an affirmation to be truly effective, you should believe in it, and it should be said with emotion and faith. It won’t hurt to remember the following sage advice when you employ them, ‘All things are possible to those that believe them.” In fact, the less faith you have in your affirmations, the less effective they will be.

So, if you really want to get the most out of your affirmations, you will want to suspend your disbelief and minimize the significance of that overly critical and doubting voice we all listen to from time to time.

Related: Do Affirmations Really Work?

The Manifestation Affirmation

Now that we’ve covered what an affirmation is, here’s what a manifestation affirmation is, and why you should use these types of affirmations if you want to truly realize your dreams and more success in your life.

The word manifestation, at its core means to be readily perceived by the senses, or to be easily understood or realized by the mind. The word also means to essentially create something or transform something from an idea into a reality. 

So, a manifestation affirmation, is an affirmation that you’ll want to use to create a mindset that is primed to more readily perceive, understand, and realize the success, positivity, and positive change that you seek in your life.

Manifestation affirmations are affirmations that will not only help guide you to the positive outcomes you are after (like a honing device), but they’ll help you strengthen the mindset that is more apt to see and perceive the success that is on its way. And like a positive feedback loop, the more you use manifestation affirmations, the more fully aware you’ll become of the success and possibilities you seek.

And as a result, you’ll be more inclined to look for the “wins” that’ll entice you to persist in taking the actions that will eventually lead you to the realization of the inspiring possibilities and success you seek.

So, if you’re ready for our collection of what we believe to be the best affirmations for manifestation dreams, then let’s dive in:

MANIFESTATION AFFIRMATIONS TO REALIZE YOUR DREAMS

Best Manifestation Affirmations

1. “I am passionate about my goals and I convert my dreams into reality with unwavering courage.”

2. “I am abundant and ready to live my dreams now.”

3. “I focus my energy on positive thoughts and actions.”

4. “I believe in myself and in my ability to achieve my dreams.”

5. “All the Universe conspires in helping me achieve my dreams.”

Affirmation for Manifestation

6. “I see and feel my goals and dreams as already accomplished.”

7. “I have clearly defined and written goals with a deadline.”

8. “I expect success.”

9. “I create my own luck and prosperity.”

10. “I deserve the highest and best in life.”

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11. “I am powerful, positive, and energetic in the pursuit of my dreams.”

12. “Prosperity flows to and through me.”

13. “I am happy with who I am and can be.”

14. “I am worthy of my dream job and creating the lifestyle of my dreams.”

15. “My success grows with limitless expectations.”

My Success Grows With Limitless Expectations Affirmation

16. “I am creating happy, fulfilling relationships in my life.”

17. “I attract success and happiness easily and effortlessly.”

18. “I am the architect of my fate and I can achieve what I have dreamt for myself.”

19. “My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant, my soul is tranquil.”

20. “I can do anything I set my mind to.”

I can do anything manifestation affirmation

21. “My potential is infinite, and my future is bright.”

22. “My life is full of positive friends and family members who love and support me.”

23. “I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.”

24. “I am living the life I have pictured for myself.”

25. “I am whole, complete, total, and fully alive in this moment.”

Affirmation for Living In The Moment

Bonus Manifestation Affirmation

Bonus: Here is one last bonus affirmation for manifesting your dreams. It’s a powerful testament to yourself, that will open up the floodgates of success and plenty when you fully and truly believe it. Enjoy

“My Mind Is Open To Success And Abundance. I Know I Can And Will Have It All.”

Related: Best Manifestation Mantras

Final Thoughts

There you have it, the best of the best when it comes to manifestation affirmations. Remember, your success is largely a mental game determined by your mindset. And once you convince yourself that you are responsible for the pictures you hold in your mind, and take action to proactively change those pictures, good things will start showing up in your life.

Just like in sports, the goal, the touchdown, or the game winning shot are all pictured in the mind in advance, before they are ever realized in our physical world. The same goes for the realization of your goals and dreams. So, if you’re serious about manifesting the successful life you seek, you may want to get serious about taking control of your mindset with these manifestation affirmations.

Till then,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed these powerful affirmations for manifestation, then you’ll probably enjoy these other supporting resources on affirmations:

Affirmations For Money | Success Affirmations | Affirmations For Entrepreneurs

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TOP 17 INSPIRATIONAL SUCCESS STORIES TO KEEP YOU STRIVING FOR YOUR DREAMS

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Best Success Stories

There’s nothing like a good success story to lift our spirits.  There’s something uniquely powerful about knowing someone else has experienced setbacks and serious hardships similar to our own, and yet still managed to come out on top. 

Success stories are invigorating, and a great one can provide us with a renewed hope, that despite things feeling unimaginably hard and seemingly hopeless, we can still achieve our dreams.  So, here are the most inspirational success stories we’ve ever studied.

Use them to reenergize and inspire yourself to believe that you too can achieve success and your dreams, if you’ll but press on like they did.  Enjoy!

INSPIRING SUCCESS STORIES TO HELP YOU SUCCEED

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1. Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone has one of the most inspiring success stories. Before he made it big he was essentially a starving artist. For many years during and after his college years, he worked odd jobs to pay the bills. And he would do so while simultaneously taking on any acting roles he could find to keep his dreams of becoming a successful actor alive.

It was a struggle that Stallone would endure for many years, seven in fact. Throughout all of those seven challenging years, he would gain a few small roles in a handful of movies. But, none of them were grand enough to get his career launched.

During those seven long years of striving, he came face-to-face with near poverty. Stallone was so desperate for money at one point, he had to sell his wife’s jewelry. He even had to sell his dog because he couldn’t keep him fed. Things got so bad for Stallone that he even had to endure homelessness for a short period of time.

But, his days of struggle as an aspiring actor would not last forever. After facing seemingly insurmountable odds for over seven years, he would finally get his big break. And this break would come after he managed to get a script he wrote in a three day flurry of inspiration, in front of two big-shot directors in Hollywood.

It was this defining moment that would turn the tide for Sylvester Stallone. His career would skyrocket after he negotiated the lead role in the film that would come to be known as ‘Rocky’.

Success eventually comes to those who always dream of her. For a more complete account of Sylvester Stallone’s inspiring success story, you can find it here.

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2. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey’s success story is very unique. From a very early age she experienced a level of adversity and poverty that most people would struggle to overcome. She was born into poverty and a broken home in rural Mississippi. Her parents who were just 18 and 19 when they had her, split soon after she was born. This lead to her being taking in by her grand mother.

And her grandmother was not your typical warm and fuzzy grandmother. No, she was a hard-nosed grandmother who was an extreme disciplinarian who discipline her for even the slightest offenses. But, the poverty and disciplined lifestyle didn’t last forever as she moved back with mother at the age of six.

Oprah would then experience sexual assault at an early age, having been molested as early as 9 by some of her family members. Having been emotionally abandoned, abused, and molested, she eventually started part-taking in extremely risky behaviors. Behaviors which eventually led to her becoming pregnant at the age of 14.

Then, because she got pregnant her mother kicked her out of the house. Oprah would go on to live with her father, only to then lose the baby a week after he was born.

Needless to say, Oprah’s early life was chockfull of struggle, adversity, and tragedy. But, regardless of all of her unfortunate experiences, she decided to turn her life around after she lost her baby. So, she committed herself to getting an education, becoming her best, and to going after her dreams.

She decided to start trusting herself again, and loving herself, and making choices that would improve her life versus destroy it. One day, she garnered enough confidence to participate in a beauty pageant. And it was her participation in this pageant that would eventually lead her into a job working for a radio station doing the news.

Oprah’s love for speaking to an audience set the stage for continued success as she would go on to become a news anchor, which she would eventually leverage to host a TV chat show in Maryland, which ultimately led to her having her morning talk show in Chicago.

And as they say, the rest was history. Oprah overcame massive challenges in her youth. Challenges that side line all too many people. She chose to turn her wounds into wisdom, and went on to become one of the most successful talk show hosts in history (by helping many others do the same) with her own self-named talk show, The Oprah Winfrey show. Oprah is now one of the richest self-made women in America.

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3. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Considering Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of the self-made man, we wouldn’t dare exclude him from our success stories collection. Arnold was born and raised in Austria. He grew up at a time where the country was still healing from it’s defeat in World War II.

Alcoholism was rampant, defeatism was the norm, and big dreaming scoffed at in his environment. The odds were certainly stacked against young Arnold.

But Arnold didn’t care. He knew he didn’t want to live the traditional Austrian life his parents wanted for him. He also knew he wanted to move to America because it was the land of the free.

As such, he hatched a plan to become a success in body-building. Then to leverage that success to get into movies. And sure enough he did just that. He went on to fulfill his vision by becoming the youngest man to ever win a Mr. Universe competition, and then on to win five Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles.

After reaching what he set out to do in the sport of bodybuilding, he then went on to commit himself to the acting career he had always dreamed of. And sure enough, he would go on to conquer the film industry to the same degree that he conquered the body building world. Going on to star in multiple blockbuster movies that would gross over $3 billion, and earn him one of the most sizeable net worth’s in Hollywood.

You can find a more complete account of Arnold’s inspiring journey here: Arnold Schwarzenegger Success Story.

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4. JK Rowling

J.K Rowling had a dream of becoming a writer early on. But, she would have to persist for many years before her dream of becoming a published author would materialize. Almost as soon as she decided to get to work on putting her ideas down on paper for her book, she would be sidetracked by her mother’s death.

The depression that would ensue left Rowling seeking out a job as a teacher in another country. Soon after, she married and had a child, which would delay her aspirations even further.

But things weren’t done going off the rails for Rowling, as her marriage would abruptly end just one year after it began. This lead to her being jobless with a child, and a barely surviving off of unemployment benefits.

However, despite her challenges, Rowling would persist in the creation of her book. And she did so by seizing every spare moment she could while her child slept to write. Until finally the day came when she completed her manuscript.

Of course, even after Rowling finished her manuscript obstacles still remained. 12 different publishers rejected her novel. The rejection took a toll on her spirits, and she almost quit. Fortunately, she tried one more time. And it was at that moment, that J.K. Rowling’s luck turned around. She finally found a publisher would accepted her manuscript.

Now, J.K. Rowling is now one of the best selling authors of all time. She is also the highest paid novelist in the world. Her books have been translated into over 80 different languages with over 600 million sold. Clearly, persistence and patience pays off in the long run.

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5. Steven Spielberg

Most people don’t know this, but Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times. But he didn’t let those rejections stop him, and he kept applying till he got accepted.  Eventually Cal State, Long Beach would accept him into their film program. 

Fortunately for Spielberg, he would then go on to leverage his opportunity at Cal State to land an unpaid internship at Universal Studios. 

Of course, this internship wouldn’t last forever, but it lasted just long enough for him to learn how sneak in to the studios undetected so he could continually gather intel on what it would take to become successful in the business. 

Finally, the day would come that he managed to get a film he created in the hands of film executives. But, he had to first overcome the film executives multiple attempts to make him give up.

After being told that the film size was not the right size multiple times, and remaking the entire demo to the recommended sizes every time, the executives finally relented and gave him his film a shot. The movie would go on to win major awards, and solidified Steven Spielberg’s place within the industry.

Steven Spielberg is now one of the most influential film makers in history. On top of this, he’s now also one of the wealthiest. And out of all of our inspirational stories of success, his story in particular, shows, that if you knock long enough and hard enough, the doors of opportunity will eventually swing open for you.

Related: 5 Steps to Start Living Your Dreams

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6. Mary Kay Ash

Mary Kay Ash has a truly inspiring success story. She was born in a small town in Texas and got married and started a family at the young age of 17. She would go on to have three children with her husband who was in the military, but they eventually got a divorce.

Mary Kay would struggle for years to take care of her children on her own. But she took on various sales jobs in the direct selling industry, and strived to climb the corporate ranks.

However, after many years of selling various products, along with a few middle management and trainer roles, she started to feel like she was being overlooked for the more prominent leadership roles she aspired to because she was a woman. As such, she eventually decided to take matters into her own hands.

Once her kids were out of the house and on their own, at the age of 45 Mary Kay Ash decided to become her own boss. So, she started her own cosmetic company. She started off very small, but in just a few short years, she manage to transform Mary Kay Cosmetics into a multi-billion dollar corporation that still serves and empowers people all over the world to this day.

Despite being past what most people consider their prime, Mary Kay went on to author multiple best-selling books like The Mary Kay WayMiracles HappenYou Can Have It All, as well as a few others, and she became an inspiration to countless women. And due to the success of her business and her aim to inspire as many people as possible, she became a multi-millionaire and eventually named as ‘The Greatest Woman In American History’.

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7. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo grew up in a household that was barely getting by. As a child, he had to share a room with three of his siblings due to their meager financial situation. There were even times where they didn’t have enough money to buy a soccer ball just so he could play in the streets. But Ronaldo did not let his environment dictate his destiny.

No, instead he would find ways to play the sport he loved even without the ball. He would use bottles, rags, or pretty much anything he could find to make a makeshift ball just so he could play. 

Eventually, Cristiano would get so good at soccer, that he would have to make the ultimate sacrifice at the age of 11 to move over 500 miles away from his family to train with a prestigious soccer academy. It’s a good thing he did too, because by doing so, he put himself on track to eventually become on of the best players in history.

Cristiano Ronaldo is now known as the greatest Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football federation.  Millions of soccer fans all across the globe believe him to be the greatest of all time. 

In addition to this, he is the first soccer player ever to earn over $1 billion dollars, while generating one of the largest net worth’s among professional athletes.  

If you’re looking to learn more about Cristiano’s inspiring success story, you’ll love this.

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8. Lionel Messi

While on the topic of soccer, we must also mention Lionel Messi’s success story because it’s every bit as inspiring.  Here’s why, at age of 11, Messi was cut from his soccer team because they thought he was too small.  And he was small, but it was because he had a growth hormone deficiency which made him a lot smaller than all the other kids his age.

Fortunately, Messi didn’t let this deter him.  Instead, he would place himself on a strict regimen where he would inject growth hormones into himself.  And he would go on to do inject himself with this hormone for seven days in one leg, and then seven days in the other.

Messi would keep this routine up for six years.

The great news is, Messi’s sacrifice and persistence paid off.  Because now, he is one of the highest paid soccer players with a staggering net worth, and is considered by legions of fans to be one of the best soccer players of all time due to his winning soccer’s highest achievement, ‘The Ballon d’Or’ six times.

Success requires sacrifice.

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9. Michael Jordan

Since we mentioned the greatest of all time in soccer, we can’t leave out the man many consider to be the greatest of all time in basket ball. Now, most people aren’t’ aware of this, but when Michael Jordan was merely a sophomore in high school, he already had big dreams of being a great basketball player. 

So he did something brash and tried out for the Varsity team. But, his coaches cut him from the team. They didn’t see his value nor did they think he was ready.

This rejection hit Jordan especially hard because of his oversized dreams and expectations. In fact, the rejection hit him so hard he went home afterwards and cried in his closet.

Even though that rejection still bothered Jordan, he dusted himself off and went all in for the JV team.  He trained like no other in the off season and grew four extra inches. And the following year he tried out for the varsity team again. But this second time around, he made it.

Not only did he make it, but he went on to become the team’s MVP, making the All-American Team, and eventually earned himself a college scholarship. And from there, well, you know the rest of the story.

Michael Jordan became the man who would score 32,292 points in a basketball career. Jordan became the man who acquired 6 NBA championships. The man who also collected 5 MVP titles, and is now considered the greatest basketball player of all time.

For all the success stories we’ve covered, this one clearly shows the importance of having great expectations, and resilience after rejection.

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10. Paulo Coelho

Over 30 years ago a book titled ‘The Alchemist’ was published and hardly anyone noticed. The author of this book was a man named Paulo Coelho, and he was told by the first bookseller to carry his book, that only one person bought a copy after it was released.  As bad as it was to hear about the grim results Coelho remained confident in his work. 

Paulo Coelho waited for better results to appear. Unfortunately, six months passed before he sold his next copy.  Oddly, the person who bought his first book was the same person who bought the second.

After that first year the publisher decided the book was a flop and ended Coelho’s contract.  Fortunately, though, Coelho shrugged off that initial defeat.  He made up his mind to not give in, and so he doubled down to pursue his vision with even more fervor by finding another publisher. 

“Now, Coelho found a new publisher, but it was no easy task, as he encountered rejection after rejection.  But, after many repeated rejections, he finally landed that new publisher, and with it, another opportunity to capture his dream.

From that point forward Coelho’s dreams started to come true.  At first, he only sold three thousand books.  But the sales kept trickling in. And as time went by, he would sell ten thousand, and then 100 thousand, and so on and so forth. 

Coelho’s luck has yet to run out, as his books sales continue to grow year over year, with now over 150 million and counting copies of ‘The Alchemist’ having been sold. Even more staggering is the fact that he sold over 320 million books when including all of his other works. But, it all started with that first book!

Paulo Coelho’s success story shows that if you truly want something bad enough, all the universe really will conspire to help you achieve the impossible.

11. Abraham Lincoln

Most of us know of this great man because of what he did for those who were in bondage in the United States of America. He delivered the Emancipation Proclamation; a massive accomplishment which ultimately led to the abolition of slavery.

But, what most don’t realize about Abraham Lincoln, is that he has one of the most impressive rap sheets when it comes to overcoming defeat.

In short, his success story consists of a list of failures and set backs so sizable, that you would hardly think it belonged to one of the most accomplished and respected presidents of the United States of America.

Here’s a great example of the many failures Lincoln endured, with a few victories he managed to sprinkle in over his lifetime:

1832: Lost his job

1832: Defeated for legislature

1833: Failed in business

1834: Elected to legislature

1835: The woman he loved died

1836: Had a nervous breakdown

1838: Defeated for Speaker

1843: Defeated for nomination for Congress

1848: Lost re-nomination

1849: Reject for Land Officer

1854: Defeated for Senate

1856: Defeated for nomination for Vice-President

1858: Again defeated for Senate

1860: Elected for President of The United States of America

To be sure, Lincoln virtually failed his way to success, and his recorded failures helps us realize the truth behind the Michael Jordan quote we mentioned earlier, and that is…that the key to success is through failure.

Out of all of these success stories, this one in particular should convince you that just because you’ve yet to succeed in life, it doesn’t mean you never will. So, keep pushing and preparing for your big day, because it will come, so long as you keep eye on the prize and keep moving forward.

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Related: Success Quotes for Overcoming Failure

12. Tom Brady

One of our favorite inspirational stories of success comes from Tom Brady. Brady didn’t follow the typical athletic path into the NFL. While most athletes begin getting groomed for the sport by the 3rd grade, Tom Brady wouldn’t set foot onto the grid iron until the 9th grade.

In fact, his debut into actually getting onto the football field didn’t come until his Sophomore year. His moment came when the starting quarterback for the JV team quit. Fortunately for Brady, that opportunity helped him capture the starting Varsity QB role by the time his Junior year arrived.

After finding success at the high school level, Brady would eventually go on to become a Michigan Wolverine. But success wasn’t a given for Brady at this level. Nope, he had to earn it.

In fact, Brady came into the program as an underdog, with seven quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart. After almost requesting a transfer to another school, Brady’s determination eventually won him the coveted starting position by the time he was a Junior.

The obstacles Brady would face continued on even into the Pros. Brady had his mind set to play in the pros, unfortunately there was little interest in him during the draft. In fact, he was selected in the 6th round as the 199th pick, just barely making it into the league.

Pretty much every coach in the league grossly underrated and underestimated Brady. His draft report from 2000 NFL draft actually stated the following qualities:

  • Poor Build | Skinny
  • Lacks Great Physical Stature and Strength
  • Lacks Mobility and Ability to Avoid The Rush
  • Lacks a Really Strong Arm
  • Can’t Drive The Ball Down Field
  • Doesn’t Throw a Really Tight Spiral
  • System-Type Player Who Can Get Exposed if Forced to Adlib
  • Easily Knocked Down

Remember, Tom brady was not the highest rated quarterback, he wasn’t the most well groomed for the sport, nor was he the best athlete. In addition, he didn’t have the best numbers, or even the best mechanics. However, Tom Brady did have the most heart and determination.

Thus, through sheer willpower, he pushed himself to becoming one of the greatest football players of all times. And he has proved his case with the following accolades:

  • Most NFL Championships By a Player (7x)
  • Most Games Won By a Quarterback
  • Most Games Played By a Quarterback
  • Most Combined Passing Yards
  • Most Touchdown Passes
  • Most 4th Quarter Comebacks
  • Best Touchdown to Interception Ratio
  • 5 Time Super Bowl MVP
  • 3 Time MVP of the NFL
  • 2 Time NFL All-Decade Team Player
  • Only Player to Win a Super Bowl for Both The AFC & NFC

13. Sarah Blakely

This success story is about Sarah Blakely, who was once crowned one of the youngest self-made billionaires by Forbes. Her story begins with her love of the firm look that panty hose offered, but her hating how they looked when she wore open toe shoes.

Blakely’s annoyance with panty hose would lead to her always cutting the feet off of her panty hose to pull of the look she was going for. But, after noticing that many other women were doing the same thing, she had a lightbulb moment. And she started to contemplate the creation of a product that would solve this problem.

One day after watching an inspiring Oprah show, Sarah decided to take massive action on her idea. So, she risked it all by investing her entire $5,000 life savings to move to Atlanta, GA. Once there, she would kickstart the production of her product idea for the masses.

Blakely experienced tons of resistance at first. Nobody wanted to manufacture the product she was trying to create. They thought it was too risky and a potential waste of time. Her patent officer even found it difficult to take her idea seriously, thinking it to be a dud.

But, after two years of planning, countless late nights, and lots of no’s, she finally found success. Her lucky break came when a factory agreed to manufacture her products. And when Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales took a risk on her by listing her products for sale at their stores.

Her first year in business she sold over $4 million in revenue. And every year there after her sales would grow exponentially. Sarah’s courage to go all in, and her persistence to bring her idea to the world helped her become a billionaire by the age of 41.

14. Grant Cardone

This next story helps drive the point home, that it’s never too late to be what you might have been. It’s also a good reminder that no matter where you come from, or where you’ve been, you can change. It’s a testament that anyone can clean up their act, and can find massive success in the process.

This success story is about a man who grew up poor in Louisiana, lost his father at a young age, and was raised a single-parent household with four other siblings. It’s a story about a man named Grant Cardone.

Cardone is not your typical celebrity. He didn’t come from money. He’s not a Hollywood superstar,. Nor does he possess some amazing talent, like script-writing, politics, or athleticism. However, what he does possess, is something that is available to us all, and that is a determination to succeed.

Grant Cardone found himself in bad company in his youth. He was involved and addicted to drugs, and was stuck in a downward spiral for over a decade. After getting robbed at gunpoint, being beaten to a bloody pulp with a gun, and then being kicked out of his mother’s house, he finally decided to change his life.

At the age of 25 Grant Cardone decided to clean up his act. He cut all negative influences from his life, got sober, and took the first job he could land.

That job was as a car salesmen. It was a title and a position that Grant was not very fond of.

The economy was slow which meant he didn’t have many options, so he made it work.

Cardone committed to becoming the best salesperson he could be. So, he invested heavily in his own self-improvement by reading books and studying his craft and his industry.

After committing to becoming his very best, his income quickly doubled. And soon thereafter, he would become one of the best car salesmen in the country. He eventually moved on to running his own business, and was extremely smart and disciplined with his money.

Cardone only spent money on what was absolutely necessary for food our housing. He would place anything left over into an investment fund just for real estate.

Grant Cardone’s focus on learning more so that he could earn more, along with having the discipline to invest his extra money, instead of wasting it on frivolous things, helped him become a self-made millionaire just five years later by the age of 30.

Cardone has since gone on to become a prominent international businessman, speaker, and the owner of Cardone Capital, a $1.5 billion investment firm.  He’s authored the New York Times bestselling books If You’re Not First, You’re Last, and other notable books like The 10X Rule, and Axiom Award winning Sell or Be Sold.  In addition to this, he also founded Cardone University, a popular sales training platform that has accrued over 50,000,000 and growing users.

It took Grant Cardone only five years to completely revolutionize his entire life. With the right mindset and a good dose of willpower, just imagine what 5 years could do for you.

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15. Kevin Hart

Every body knows of and loves Kevin Hart. He’s been making us laugh and keeping us highly entertained for many years now. But, what most people don’t know about Kevin Hart, is that he had to overcome some major obstacles before he became one of the most beloved comedians in the world.

Hart had to overcome a negative homelife with a father who was reckless, toxic, and always causing trouble. He had to overcome the challenges of a 2 hour commute for years.

Hart endured naysayers often. In fact, someone he highly respected in the industry told him that he should quit comedy. He had to outlast the boos, the heckling, and getting chicken wings thrown at him due to his performances.

Kevin Hart had to turn countless setbacks into comebacks. He had to choose time after time, to not quit. He chose to keep pushing for his dreams, to ignore the critics, the naysayers, and anyone who doubted his dreams.

Eventually though, Hart’s persistence and commitment to his vision would pay off. The tide would turn for Kevin Hart after years of career stagnancy, rejection, and close calls with defeat.

Kevin Hart is now one of the world’s top 10 comedians. He’s also one of the richest too. So, if you think you can’t do something, just think about Kevin Hart’s success story and all he went through. Because if he can do it, so can you.

16. Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins’ upbringing was rough. His parents divorced when he was only 7 and his mother would go on to get remarried 4 different times as he grew up.

His mother’s unstable relationships with men created a chaotic environment for Tony and his siblings. As the oldest of three other siblings, Robbins felt obligated to step up and help his family cope in a household led by a substance abusing mother.

Robbins had to grow up fast.  As a teenager he had to do the grocery shopping every week for the family because his mother couldn’t be bothered to do it. He also had to prepare the meals for everyone because no one else would.

Eventually, Robbins had to take on various jobs in his youth just to keep the bills paid. Amazingly, Robbins would do all these things even without a car, relying solely on public transportation to get around.

At the age of 17, Robbins had a falling-out with his mother, and she kicked him out of the house.  He finished high school but avoided college.

Armed only with a high school diploma he struggled for a few years working menial jobs that sucked the life out of him.  He gained weight, felt broke, and started feeling hopeless about his situation.

One day, after attending a Jim Rohn he became inspired to turn it all around.  He embraced Rohn’s message of hope and the power of taking responsibility for one’s situation.  And he used that inspiration to reach out to Jim Rohn himself for work, and Rohn obliged.

Robbins soon became one of the Rohn’s best salesman.  In fact, Robbins was so good that he became a millionaire by the age of 26 just from sales. 

Leveraging everything he learned from Rohn, Robbins eventually broke out on his own and became the best-selling author, high performance coach, and multimillionaire that the world has come to know and love.

Tony Robbins story goes to show that our past doesn’t equal our future. And you can overcome slow starts and challenging situations to create a rich and wonderful life.

17. John Paul DeJoria

John Paul DeJoria experienced plenty of hardship before achieving true success. For starters, he grew up in relative poverty. After his parents divorced, his mother couldn’t support him and his brother, so was given up to a foster home.

When his mother finally made enough money to get him and his brother out of the foster home, he still eventually had to find work early on to help his struggling mother pay the bills.

Unfortunately, the financial challenges didn’t cease for John Paul DeJoria after striking out on his own.

After graduating from high school, DeJoria spent two years in the Navy and then started a family. He eked by for a long time by taking various odd jobs as a janitor, gas station attendant, insurance salesmen, and even a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman.

He struggled for a long time to create a prosperous and stable life for himself and his family.
Unfortunately, his wife grew impatient and abandoned him and his two-year-old son. Shortly after, he eventually became homeless for a brief period of time. Thankfully, DeJoria never gave up hope.

He hustled for years to get his life in order and provide for his son. Eventually, he found his lucky break after getting his haircut by a hairdresser named Paul Mitchell.

After learning about a high-quality product that his hairdresser sold, he saw the opportunity to go into business with him to help sell his product across the city. So, he went into business with Paul Mitchell and the product became a big hit locally, and then eventually across the entire beauty industry.

John Paul DeJoria leveraged the grit, salesmanship, and business acumen he acquired from all his unprosperous years to transform his budding business partnership into a multinational enterprise. Now, he’s a multi-billionaire.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully these success stories help you realize that while success may be elusive, it is not unattainable. We also hope that these handpicked stories have helped you understand that success is both a journey and a destination.

But most importantly, we hope you walk away knowing that in order to achieve success, you’ll have to first go through your share of struggles, rejections, and even disasters, but are now eager to take on the challenge.

So, keep your feet on the ground and your eyes on the prize. Keep moving towards your dreams no matter what. Do this, and your success will be just around the corner.

Till you reach your aims,

STRIVE

PS – Every success story is unique and can inspire in a different way. That said, if you’re looking for even more success stories about how others achieved success and riches, then you’ll love these Strive Stories too.

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75+ INSPIRATIONAL KEVIN O’LEARY QUOTES FOR SUCCESS

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Kevin O’Leary is a highly successful businessman, entrepreneur, author, and venture capitalist who is most well-known from his participation as a panel member from the wildly popular reality T.V. show, ‘Shark Tank’. He’s founded, invested, and sold many companies over the years, (including one for over $4 billion) and has achieved massive financial success and fame in the process. As such, we’ve pulled together some of the best and wisest Kevin O’Leary quotes to give you a bit of insight into the mind of this business icon.

So, if you’re looking to get inspired, or just want to peer through the eyes and thinking process of this business genius, then let’s dive right into these Kevin O’Leary quotes for success:

BEST KEVIN O’LEARY QUOTES FOR SUCCESS

Best Kevin O'Leary Quotes on Success

1. “Life is hard, money doesn’t care, your tears don’t add value.” – Kevin O’Leary

2. “The road to riches is never straight and narrow. It can be riddled with financial land mines.” – Kevin O’Leary

3. “You may lose your wife, you may lose your dog, your mother may hate you. None of those things matter. What matters is that you achieve success and become free. Then you can do whatever you like.” – Kevin O’Leary

4. “You don’t do it for the money. It’s not about the greed. It’s about personal freedom. The reason you want to be an entrepreneur is to be able to do whatever you want with your time anytime you want. That’s the whole idea. It’s to set yourself free to pursue the dreams you have.” – Kevin O’Leary

5. “A salary is the drug they give you to forget your dreams.” – Kevin O’Leary

6. “Nobody has a monopoly on good ideas.” – Kevin O’Leary

7. “Business is war. I go out there, I want to kill the competitors. I want to make their lives miserable. I want to steal their market share. I want them to fear me and I want everyone on my team thinking we’re going to win.” – Kevin O’Leary

8. “I like to take risks, that’s how I make money. But they are calculated risks.” – Kevin O’Leary

9.Money has no gray areas, you either make it or you lose it.” – Kevin O’Leary

10. “Don’t let the dark clouds of greed confuse you.” – Kevin O’Leary

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11. “The personal sacrifices of entrepreneurship are huge.” – Kevin O’Leary

12. “There are two types of people. There are the people who own the store, and the people who scrape the sh** off the floor. You have to decide which one you are.” – Kevin O’Leary

13. “What are the most important qualities that make a successful entrepreneur? The ability to communicate. The ability to express your idea with certainty. That’s how you become a leader, even if you’re unsure. Your ability to explain your vision and your direction is the attribute you need the most. Articulate your idea in 90 seconds or less.” – Kevin O’Leary

14. “When you’re 21 years old, or 20 or 18 or 19 and you start putting aside 10 percent of what you make, you’ll have over $1,000,000 by the time your 65. If no one else is going to worry about your retirement, I want you to worry about it.” – Kevin O’Leary

15. “Whatever you do, somebody can do it better. You have to bring your A game in every single day. There’s nothing unique about any one individual. What’s unique is their passion, their ability to execute, to meet targets and exceed them.” – Kevin O’Leary

16. “I’m not planning on giving my kids any of my wealth. They know when their education is over, I’m pushing them out of the nest. The bird you see dead under the nest is the one who didn’t think about the future.” – Kevin O’Leary

17. “I don’t consider myself an ordinary investor anymore. I don’t care what the last round was valued at. This may sound arrogant, and perhaps it is, but I’m Mr. Wonderful. What I can do for businesses is remarkable.” – Kevin O’Leary

18. “I was working once in an ice cream parlor, when I was about 15 years old, my first real job. On the second day, I was asked to scrape the gum off between the Mexican tiles on the floor. I said to the woman who owned this store, it was called Magoo’s Ice Cream Parlor, ‘You didn’t hire me to scrape gum. You hired me to scoop ice cream.’ This girl in the shoe store across the way that’s looking at me, I don’t want her to see me scraping the gum. She said, ‘What are you talking about? I’ll do anything I want with you. Get down on your knees and scrape that gum.’ Then I said, ‘I’m not doing it.’ She said, ‘You’re fired.’ Last job I ever had. “I owe that woman everything.” – Kevin O’Leary

19. “You need to be willing to fire someone once they lose their direction with the business. There is no debate on this one — you have to fire them.” – Kevin O’Leary

20. “If you want to control your own destiny, you work for yourself. That’s how it works.” – Kevin O’Leary

21. “I’m not a tough guy. I’m just delivering the truth and only the truth and if you can’t deal with it, too bad.” – Kevin O’Leary

22. “I like gold because it is a stabilizer; it is an insurance policy.” – Kevin O’Leary

23. “If you want a friend, buy a dog.” – Kevin O’Leary

24. “I’m not trying to make friends, I’m trying to make money.” – Kevin O’Leary

25. “Working 24 hours a day isn’t enough anymore. You have to be willing to sacrifice everything to be successful, including your personal life, your family life, maybe more. If people think it’s any less, they’re wrong, and they will fail.” – Kevin O’Leary

26. “You don’t build wealth part time.” – Kevin O’Leary

27. “I have had some great successes and great failures, I think every entrepreneur has. I try to learn from all of them.” – Kevin O’Leary

28. “I have met many entrepreneurs who have the passion and even the work ethic to succeed – but who are so obsessed with an idea that they don’t see its obvious flaws. Think about that. If you can’t even acknowledge your failures, how can you cut the rope and move on?” – Kevin O’Leary

29. “The only reason to do business is to make money; that’s the only reason for doing business.” – Kevin O’Leary

32. “Money equals freedom.” – Kevin O’Leary

31. “If you can’t make money after 36 months, it was a hobby not a business.” – Kevin O’Leary

32. “Money is my military, each dollar a soldier. I never send my money into battle unprepared and undefended. I send it to conquer and take currency prisoner and bring it back to me.” – Kevin O’Leary

33. “I do not own single security anywhere that doesn’t pay a dividend, and I formed a mutual-fund company with that very simple philosophy.” – Kevin O’Leary

 34. “Nobody forces you to work at Wal-Mart. Start your own business! Sell something to Wal-Mart!” – Kevin O’Leary

35. “If you want to be an entrepreneur, know that there will be stretches of time when you will have to work for other people.” – Kevin O’Leary

36. “Vision is nothing without a plan to execute it.” – Kevin O’Leary

37. “Whatever you pay attention to grows. Quit wasting time and money” – Kevin O’Leary

38. “There is a discipline required as an entrepreneur about working to optimize the business. There is no balance in life as an entrepreneur. You can’t expect to work 9 to 5; that’s never going to happen. You have to expect that it’s going to consume your life for a period of time. That’s the downside, but the upside is that you buy yourself freedom in perpetuity.” – Kevin O’Leary

38. “There’s only one side with me, the right side. You get the correct version of the facts.”

40. “In business, if you are not growing, you are dying.” – Kevin O’Leary

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41. “Debt is evil” – Kevin O’Leary

42. “I want to go to bed richer than I woke up.” – Kevin O’Leary

43. “Don’t cry for money, it never cries for you.” – Kevin O’Leary

44. “So much of life is negotiation, even if you are not in business.” – Kevin O’Leary

45. “Running a successful business is an all-consuming, all-encompassing venture, which totally invigorates some, and totally exhausts others.” – Kevin O’Leary

46. “I want to go to bed richer than when I woke up. The pursuit of wealth is a wonderful thing, but the thing is you have to be honest about it, you have to tell the truth.” – Kevin O’Leary

47. “When the stakes are high, you have to become ruthless about the bottom line.” – Kevin O’Leary

48. “If you don’t know how to pivot, you’re going to zero.” – Kevin O’Leary

49. “The best motivator in the world is money. And if that doesn’t work, try more money.” – Kevin O’Leary

50. “Vision is easy, execution is hard.” – Kevin O’Leary

51. “I’d rather invest in an entrepreneur who has failed before than one who assumes success from day one.” – Kevin O’Leary

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52. “You never put more than 20% in any one sector, and you never put more than 5% in any one stock.” – Kevin O’Leary

53. “You may not achieve your ultimate goal, but you’ve got to go in that direction. If you’re lost, you’ve got to have a plan.” – Kevin O’Leary

54. “The best investment in your life will always be on you.” – Kevin O’Leary

55. “If you’re going to take a risk, the person to risk on is you.” – Kevin O’Leary

56. “The time in your life when you invest in venture capital is when you’re giving back, after you’ve made a ton of money. Then you say okay I’ll put 5 or 10% in a bunch of deals and help out the next generation of entrepreneurs, that’s what I am doing. But the real dough is sitting in a very conservative portfolio.” – Kevin O’Leary

57. “I predict in the next ten years crypto, blockchain, bitcoin, all of this innovation will be the 12th sector of the S&P.” – Kevin O’Leary

58. “Very often nepotism is what kills the golden goose.” – Kevin O’Leary

59. “The backbone of the success of our country and capitalism, and the most noble thing you can do in your life, in my opinion, is to start a business and quit your job.” – Kevin O’Leary

60. “If at first you don’t succeed, get over it and get to work on something better.” – Kevin O’Leary

61. “Downturns are the best time to start businesses, because you develop discipline that’s very lean and mean in terms of how to spend money. And those habits serve you very well in good times.” – Kevin O’Leary

62. “Every entrepreneur I meet is very passionate, that’s just part of the equation. I actually argue that what matters most is executional skills.” – Kevin O’Leary

63. “Experience is the most brutal teacher you’ll ever have, but the best for results.” – Kevin O’Leary

64. “Money may go to bad people but it never goes to bad ideas.” – Kevin O’Leary

65. “We’ve made a big mistake in the last 10 years vilifying capitalism, I am one of the people who want to take that back.” – Kevin O’Leary

66. “Everybody knows that success is an addictive, obsessive, and often fleeting thing. So my best advice is: Enjoy it as much as possible and whenever you can! Why else are you working so hard?” – Kevin O’Leary

67. “If you don’t know how to fail, you’ll never learn how to succeed. Hitting rock bottom with grace and learning what you need to do better next time is an art form that almost every successful person has mastered. There will always be rejections, bad ideas, and mistakes. It’s what you do AFTER that matters.” – Kevin O’Leary

68. “Know when to cut the rope! Entrepreneurs who care in love with bad ideas kill companies and send money running.” – Kevin O’Leary

69. “My answer is always going to be, if your goal is to get rich or famous, you’re doing it wrong. Fame and fortune is byproduct of great work, but freedom is the ultimate reward.” – Kevin O’Leary

70. “Don’t start something that you don’t have a lot of passion for.” – Kevin O’Leary

71. “A**holes get rich because they are not afraid to ask for what they want.” – Kevin O’Leary

72. “Go out every single day with the mindset that you will win.” – Kevin O’Leary

73. “You have to believe in yourself, you have to believe in your business, and you have to believe that you can take it all on and WIN.” – Kevin O’Leary

74. “A lot of entrepreneurs get lost in the day to day hustle that they lose sight of the long term goal. What’s your BIG picture! Be clear about your goals, and make sure that everything you’re focusing on daily aligns with it. Let’s stop investing time and money into things that ultimately are leading us nowhere.” – Kevin O’Leary

75. “The key to success that I would’ve taught myself 20 years ago — shut up and listen.’ – Kevin O’Leary

76. “If you’re not totally in love with what you’re doing, you’re screwed. You have to make the assumptions that the person you’re competing with really loves what they do and is willing to work 25 hours a day.” – Kevin O’Leary

77. “If you don’t think business is war, you’ll be one of the people that loses.” – Kevin O’Leary

78. “Business is a competition, that’s what it ultimately comes down to. You’re constantly competing for the best ideas, the brightest minds, and the most market share. It’s always war.” – Kevin O’Leary

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Bonus Kevin O’Leary Quote On Success

Bonus: Alright, here’s our last Kevin O’Leary quote for success. Our philosophy here it at the strive aligns 100% with this message. So, we hope you enjoy it and embrace it as much as we do.

“The Only Thing That Can Stop You Is Excuses.”

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Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed this inspiring and insightful collection of Kevin O’Leary quotes. Certainly there were many valuable success gems hidden within, so if you need to, bookmark this page and revisit it often.

Also, if you enjoyed these Kevin O’Leary success quotes, then you may also enjoy these inspiring quotes from fellow Sharks:

That said, Kevin knows a thing or two about success, and he generously puts it out all out there for all to learn, on what it takes to succeed financially and in business in this day and age. So, pay attention and never stop learning.

Till you achieve your aims,

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35+ BEST BEN FRANKLIN QUOTES ON THE WAY TO WEALTH

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The Way to Wealth Quotes

Benjamin Franklin was one of the leading statesmen in America’s early history. And while he may no longer be with us, his vast record of accomplishments and words of wisdom on how to live well, obtain wealth and become successful will live on forever.

Franklin was the youngest son of 17 children, who grew up without much money. His father was a poor candle-maker that was unable to provide his children with an abundance of opportunities. As such, Benjamin Franklin eventually became convinced that the only way he was going to make his way in the world was to strive for it. So, from the age of 12 when he acquired his first job as an apprentice, till his last days as a successful business man, inventor, and globally admired statesmen, that’s exactly what he did.

Ben Franklin Knew The Way…

In short, Benjamin Franklin knew a thing or two about how to go about finding success. He knew the way to wealth.

So, if you’re in search of insights on what it takes to build wealth and find success in life, then learning from some of these wise Ben Franklin quotes is a wise way to do so. Enjoy…

BEST BEN FRANKLIN QUOTES ON WEALTH & SUCCESS

Best Way to Wealth Quotes

1.Diligence is the mother of good luck.” – Benjamin Franklin

2. “God helps them that help themselves.” – Benjamin Franklin

3. “Get what you can, and what you get hold, Tis the stone that will turn all your lead into gold.” – Benjamin Franklin

4. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin

5. “It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one-tenth part of their time, to be employed in its service: but idleness taxes many of us much more.” – Benjamin Franklin

6. “Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” – Benjamin Franklin

7. “God gives all things to industry.” – Benjamin Franklin

8. “Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the key used is always bright.” – Benjamin Franklin

9. “Early to bed, and early to rise, Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin

10. “Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy.” – Benjamin Franklin

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11. “Employ thy time well if thou meanest to gain leisure, and since thou are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.” – Benjamin Franklin

12. “If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” – Benjamin Franklin

13. “Then plough deep while sluggards sleep, And you will have corn to sell and to keep.” – Benjamin Franklin

14. “At present, perhaps, you may think yourselves in thriving circumstances, and that you can bear a little extravagance without injury; but for age and want save what you may, No morning sun lasts a whole day.” – Benjamin Franklin

15 “Trouble springs from Idleness, and grievous toil form endless ease.” – Benjamin Franklin

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16. “If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin

17. “If you would be wealthy, think of saving, as well as of getting: The Indies have not made Spain rich, because her outgoes are greater than her incomes.” – Benjamin Franklin

18. “Many have been ruined by buying good pennyworths.” – Benjamin Franklin

19. “If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; for he that goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing.” – Benjamin Franklin

20. “He that lives on hope will die fasting.” – Benjamin Franklin

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We hope you’re enjoying our collection of Benjamin Franklin quotes on success. No doubt, each quote contains within it a small gem of his wisdom, so take note.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was America’s first millionaire? True story. Not only was he a highly successful statesmen, but he was also great at personal finance. Without a doubt, ole Ben Franklin knew a thing or two about success.

21. “Women and wine, game and deceit, Make wealth small, and the wants great.” – Benjamin Franklin

22. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

23. “Experience keeps a good school; but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that; for it is true, we may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.” – Benjamin Franklin

24. “Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue. It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright, as Poor Richard truly says.” – Benjamin Franklin

25. “A man may, if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his nose all his life to the grindstone, and die not worth a groat [a penny] at last.” – Benjamin Franklin

26. “They that will not be counseled cannot be helped.” – Benjamin Franklin

27. “Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but, ever while you live, expense is constant and certain; and it is easier to build two chimneys, than to keep one in fuel, as Poor Richard says. So, rather go to bed supper less than rise in debt.” – Benjamin Franklin

28. “Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them.” – Benjamin Franklin

29. “Wise men learn by others harms, fools scarcely by their own.” – Benjamin Franklin

30. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

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31. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

32. “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin

33. “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.” – Ben Franklin

34. “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” – Benjamin Franklin Success Quote

35. “To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.” – Benjamin Franklin

36. “The eye of a master will do more work than both his hands.” – Benjamin Franklin

37. “A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.” – Benjamin Franklin

38. “Have you somewhat to do tomorrow, do it today.” – Benjamin Franklin

39. “Sloth, by bringing on diseases, absolutely shortens life.” – Benjamin Franklin

40. “There are no gains, without pains.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Final Words on Ben Franklin Quotes

And that’s all he wrote. There’s no doubt that these handful of Ben Franklin quotes contain many seeds of the success and wealth that many seek. But just reading them will bear you no fruit. The wisdom must be applied.

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So, take what you learned and get to work immediately. The levels of wealth and success you find yourself enjoying tomorrow, depend solely on your execution of the wisdom you learned today.

Till next time,

STRIVE

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75+ BRILLIANT WARREN BUFFETT QUOTES ON SUCCESS AND LIFE

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Warren Buffett is the self-made billionaire and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, who is known by many as the greatest and richest stock investor of all time. He has a long history of success, especially when it comes to investing and running his multi-billion dollar multi-national holdings company. And, when billionaires give us their advice, we take note, which is why we’ve pulled together this list of brilliant Warren Buffett quotes on success and life.

So, if you’re looking for some brilliant insights about success from the Oracle of Omaha himself, then this page is for you. And if you’re ready to digest some Warren Buffett wisdom, then let’s dive in.

BEST WARREN BUFFETT QUOTES ON SUCCESS & LIFE

Best Warren Buffett Quotes on Success and Life

1. “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” – Warren Buffett

2. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett

3. “It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.” – Warren Buffett

4. “I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” – Warren Buffett

5. “You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with 130 IQ.” – Warren Buffett

6. “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” – Warren Buffett

7. “I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.” – Warren Buffett

8. “You are neither right nor wrong because the crowd disagrees with you. You are right because your data and reasoning are right.”  – Warren Buffett 

9. “We don’t have to be smarter than the rest; we have to be more disciplined than the rest.” – Warren Buffett

10. “You can’t make a good deal with a bad person.” – Warren Buffett

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11. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett

12. “The first rule is not to lose money. The second rule is not to forget the first rule.” – Warren Buffett

13. “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” – Warren Buffett

14. “Never invest in a business you can’t understand.” – Warren Buffett

15. “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price, than a fair company at a wonderful price.” – Warren Buffett

16. “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” – Warren Buffett

17. “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.” – Warren Buffett

18. “Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.” – Warren Buffett

19. “We always live in an uncertain world. What is certain is that the United States will go forward over time.” – Warren Buffett

20. “The most important investment you can make is in yourself.” – Warren Buffett

21. “If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.” – Warren Buffett

22. “I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.” – Warren Buffett

23. “I don’t look to jump over seven-foot bars; I look around for one-foot bars that I can step over.” – Warren Buffett

24. “The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.” – Warren Buffett

25. “Never give up searching for the job that you are passionate about.” – Warren Buffett

26. “Tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you who you’ll turn out to be.” – Warren Buffett

27. “Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.” – Warren Buffett

28. “Not doing what we love in the name of greed is very poor management of our lives.” – Warren Buffett

29. “You will be successful if the people who you hope to have love you, do love you.” – Warren Buffett

30. “The world does not belong to the pessimist.” – Warren Buffett

31. “People who know the edge of their competency are safe, and those who don’t, aren’t.” – Warren Buffett

32. “There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?” – Warren Buffett 

33. “If you cannot control your emotions, you cannot control your money.” – Warren Buffett 

34. “Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” – Warren Buffett 

35. One can best prepare themselves for the economic future by investing in your own education. If you study hard and learn at a young age, you will be in the best circumstances to secure your future.” – Warren Buffett 

36. “Look for the job that you would want to hold if you didn’t need a job. You’re probably only going to live once.” – Warren Buffett

37. “You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life.” – Warren Buffett

38. “In business, I look for economic castles protected by unbreachable ‘moats.” – Warren Buffett

39.Success in investing doesn’t correlate with IQ … what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing.” – Warren Buffett

40. “Don’t save what is left after spending; spend what is left after saving.” – Warren Buffett

41. “Games are won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.” – Warren Buffett

42. “If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until the day you die.” – Warren Buffett

43. “Keep all your eggs in one basket. But watch that basket closely.” – Warren Buffett

44. “What the wise do in the beginning, the fools do in the end.” – Warren Buffett

45. “A public opinion poll is no substitute for thought.” – Warren Buffett

46. “The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.” – Warren Buffett

47. “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” – Warren Buffett

48. “The only way to get love, is to be loveable.” – Warren Buffett

49. “It’s not easy to get rich quick.” – Warren Buffett

50. “Find a way to make money while you sleep.” – Warren Buffett

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51. “If you’re smart, you’re going to make a lot of money without borrowing.” – Warren Buffett

52. “The happiest people do not necessarily have the best of all. They simply appreciate the things they have.” – Warren Buffett

53. “People always ask me where they should go to work, and I always tell them to go to work for whom they admire the most.” – Warren Buffett

54. “No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” – Warren Buffett

55. “I’m not interested in cars and my goal is not to make people envious. Don’t confuse the cost of living with the standard of living.” – Warren Buffett

56. “Honesty is a very expensive gift. Do not expect it from cheap people.” – Warren Buffett

57. “Successful investing takes time, discipline and patience.” – Warren Buffett

58. “The rich invest in time, the poor invest in money.” – Warren Buffett

59. “Price is what you pay, value is what you get.” – Warren Buffett

60. “I measure success by how many people love me.” – Warren Buffett

61. “The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.” – Warren Buffett

62. “Time is the friend of the wonderful company and the enemy of the mediocre one.” – Warren Buffett

63. “If you are not willing to own stock for 10 years, don’t even think about owning it for 10 minutes.” – Warren Buffett

64. “The key to success is emotional stability.” – Warren Buffett

65. “You can not reach success in investment if you do not think independently.” – Warren Buffett

66. “Never test the depth of a river with both feet.” – Warren Buffett

67. “Never depend on a single income. Make an investment to create a second source.” – Warren Buffett

68. “You do smart things, you eventually get very rich.” – Warren Buffett

69. “The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.” – Warren Buffett

70. “Very successful people say no to almost everything.” – Warren Buffett

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71. “Wishing makes dreams come true only in Disney movies; it’s poison in business.” – Warren Buffett

72. “Widespread fear is your friend as an investor because it serves up bargain purchases.” – Warren Buffett

73. “I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.” – Warren Buffett

74. “More people fail because of liquor and leverage – leverage being borrowed money.” – Warren Buffett

75. “Without passion, you don’t have energy. Without energy, you have nothing.” – Warren Buffett

76. “American business — and consequently a basket of stocks — is virtually certain to be worth far more in the years ahead.” – Warren Buffett

77. “In my view, for most people, the best thing to do is to won the S&P 500.” – Warren Buffett

Related: Warren Buffett Success Story

Bonus Warren Buffett Quote

Bonus: Out of all of these Warren Buffett quotes on success, this is our final and favorite. So, take heed as advice and enjoy.

“In The World Of Business, The People Who Are Most Successful Are Those Who Are Doing What They Love.”

– warren buffett –

Final Thoughts on These Buffett Quotes

Observing the lives of successful people can teach us a lot. The words they use not only act as a gateway to their thought processes, but also as a barometer of the level of thinking we should aspire to if we wish to obtain a similar type of achievement.

With that being said, we hope you’ve enjoyed these Warren Buffett quotes on success and life. But more importantly, we hope you leave here a little wiser than you came, since you now know the secret thoughts that have led to much of Warren Buffett’s massive success.

Till next time,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed these Warren Buffett quotes, then you may enjoy this post on Warren Buffett’s Net Worth.

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10 INSPIRATIONAL WEBSITES + SUCCESS BRANDS TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE MORE IN 2024

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There are so many websites and brands these days vying for our attention. And finding that perfect source for the inspiration and motivation we are seeking can be a daunting experience. Without a doubt, for many, it is an experience that is akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. Which is why we are creating this resource for you. We want to ensure that when you search for the best inspirational websites and content related to success, that’s what you get.

We know your time is precious, and you don’t have the luxury to sort through similar lists comprised of brands that only made the cut because they paid for the spot. So, we’ll cut straight to the point, and give you the 10 best inspirational sites and success oriented platforms that we’ve studied, observed, and measured over the years. These sites will bring you the most value when it comes to the inspiration we all need to succeed.

So, if you’re ready to learn about these wonderful and inspiring websites, let’s dive in.

10 Inspirational Sites + Success Brands to Follow In 2024

Best Inspirational Websites

1. Life Hack

Life Hack Inspiration

Life Hack was founded by Leon Ho and started off as a modest self-improvement blog back in 2005. And since its inception it has grown up into a massive global platform with millions of monthly readers. The site has gained its popularity by connecting with experts, professionals, and every day people from across the world. And then successfully getting those people to share their ideas, expertise, and tips for living a full life.

These days the site is dedicated to helping its visitors overcome their limitations and life a full life. So, if you’re looking for a site with a good mix of life improving tips and inspirational content, then you’ll enjoy Life Hack.

2. Success

motivational websites for success and inspiration

The well-known and inspirational website known as Success, started out as a business magazine back in 1897. It’s a company that puts its focus on individuals who take full responsibility for their own development and income. As such, they aim to publish helpful articles related to positive thinking, life skills, discipline, and personal development.

Success also does a great job publishing articles on thought leaders and success experts. And they effectively extract the strategies those experts used to achieve their success. All in all, Success is an exceptional site, and worth bookmarking.

3. Keep Inspiring Me

Keep Inspiring Me

Keep Inspiring Me is a popular inspirational site that was created in 2011. The site was initially created as a resource for people hungry for inspiring and uplifting resources to improve themselves.  Since then, it has become a go-to-site for millions of people looking for inspiration. And they typically provide it via quotes, personal development stories, and advice for navigating through the challenges of life.

The site continues to create content to inspire growth, success, and abundant living. So, if you’re looking to get inspired and stay inspired, visit Keep Inspiring Me.

4. Everyday Power

EveryDayPower Inspiration

Everyday Power started off as a modest blog by founder Jeff Moore back in 2013. The site originally aimed to provide simple guidance, advice, and perspective to its readers, but after the sites’ readership dramatically grew, Everyday Power expanded its content to topics that would inspire and empower as many people as it could daily.

Today, the inspirational site covers topics related to mindset & motivation, impact & influence, life skills, and a healthy dose of inspirational quotes. So, for a refreshing dose of inspiration visit Everyday Power.

5. GoalCast

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GoalCast was found in 2016 by Cyrus Gorjipour and Salim Sader. Both co-founders were disillusioned with what was being taught in the traditional academic system. And after having been exposed to a powerful mindset (known as the locus of control) that revolved around the belief that we are all responsible for our own success, they made up their minds to create content to teach others about this mindset, as well as other tools and ideas to help people truly succeed in school and in life.

And in a short period of time, the site has managed to grow incredibly fast, and garner much attention with their empowering videos and inspirational stories.

So, if you’re looking for a site dedicated to empowering millions of people to live life with purpose, then you should go kick the tires over at GoalCast.

6. Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneur  started off as a magazine back in 1977, to inspire, educate, and encourage existing and would-be business owners. Of course, with the changing times they grew to set up shop on the internet, and has since become one of the most engaging sites for both aspiring and existing entrepreneurs.

The site currently publishes news stories related to enterprise, business management, as well as inspiring content to encourage entrepreneurs all across the world. So, if you’re looking for a little inspiration with your business, Entrepreneur is worth checking out.

7. Addicted2Success

Addicted2Success Site

Addicted2Success is an Australian Digital Media company that was founded in 2011 by Joel Brown. Joel started the site as a side-hustle success blog that he would work on during his lunch breaks at work, and whenever he found any spare time to create inspiring success related content for his readers.

Now, Joel and his site have grown into a full fledge media company, and they are on a mission to empower and inspire people all over the world by spreading self development tips, success insights, and life changing stories to its readership.

So, if you’re looking for some inspiring content that will encourage you to always strive for success no matter what your circumstances are, you’ll enjoy Addicted2Success.

8. Impact Theory

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Impact Theory is a site that publishes weekly content to help people get inspired to execute on their dreams. Much of their content focuses on helping people improve their mindsets by interviewing the world’s highest achievers.

Based on our research, the site was co-founded in 2016 by Tom Bilyeu and Lisa Bilyeu, and has quickly scaled to become one of the best-in-class inspirational/educational brands on the web. Since it’s founding, Impact Theory has already grown it’s subscriber base to over 2.5 million, and has over 201 million views of its shows.

With that being said, if you’re looking for some empowering content to help you reach your potential, Impact Theory is an inspiring website deserving of your attention. You can give them look here: Impact Theory.

9. The Strive

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The STRIVE was founded as self-development blog in 2016 to help people live fearlessly.  The site’s initial aim was to help people believe in themselves and live more confidently. Now, the platform has become a robust success brand determined to inspire and help millions of people.

As such, the company is hellbent on publishing content that helps people believe in the promise of their future and gets them striving for their dreams. So, if you’re in need of encouraging content, or if you’re looking for a new go-to motivational website for daily inspiration, success stories, and gentle motivational nudges to remind you that you can do it, book mark The STRIVE.

10. Fearless Motivation

Inspirational Website Fearless

Fearless Motivation is another inspiring website that is on a mission to inspire it’s readers to see the truth, that they can have, do, and be anything you want in this world. The site provides lots of fresh content related to motivation and success principles.

But, where Fearless Motivation really shines is in the engaging and motivating audio and visual content they create and publish consistently.

With over 500 million streams of their motivational speeches and music, this is a motivational website worth looking into. So, if you’re looking for some moving content that you can sit back and listen to or watch to get fired up, then you’ll love Fearless Motivation.

Runner Up: Bright Drops

Bright Drops is our runner up when it comes to inspirational websites. The site is a great resource to help you bring a little more inspiration into your life. The site markets itself as a place that shares ideas to make your life brighter. The site covers topics on gratitude, motivation, habits, and inspiring quotes. They house an abundance of content that is both pleasing to the eye and uplifting to the spirit.

From our research, they launched their inspirational platform back in 2013. So, they’ve been at this inspiring business for a while now. So, if you like content that is visually pleasing and inspiring to your mind, body, and soul, visit Bright Drops.

Inspirational Websites Ranked by Alexa Rank

We ordered the list of inspirational websites above using various indicators, such as quality of content, traffic, and brand strength. However, we included this table which lists and ranks each site by Alexa’s Global Traffic ranking algorithm. We decided to provide this additional ranking order to give you an alternative perspective or ranking angle to the sites we included to our list.

RankSiteFoundGlobal Rank
1entrepreneur.com19771,649
2lifehack.org20055,417
3everydaypower.com201321,405
4goalcast.com201632,681
5success.com189742,713
6keepinspiring.me201142,720
7addicted2success.com201160,336
8thestrive.co201661,851
9impacttheory.com201686,180
10fearlessmotivation.com2014137,293
RU*brightdrops.com2013430,095

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our list of the top inspirational websites and success brands. If you found value in it, please share it. And one last thing before you go, be sure to book mark this page. Doing so will give you easy access to the best-of-the-best when it comes seeking out quality inspirational content.

Stay inspired, keep reaching for the stars, and never forget that your success awaits you.

Till you reach your aims,

STRIVE

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7 REASONS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS

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Dreams; we all have them, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they show up as small pulls and tugs, and at other times as an all-consuming desire.

Unfortunately, most people confuse wishing, wanting, and dreaming with pursuing.  Which is why most people find it difficult to achieve their dreams and reach their lofty goals.

But, there is hope.  Your wildest dreams and your most audacious goals have a good shot of being attained, so long as you always do this….

Write Down Your Goals.

“A Goal Is a Dream With a Deadline.”

– napoleon hill –

We know what you’re thinking… “Come on, my dreams and goals are too big to suddenly appear just because I put them down on paper.”

And you know what, if you’re thinking this you’re right, at least partially.  You’re partially right because goals and dreams don’t suddenly appear just because they’ve been written down.  We are sure many people wished things worked this way, but they don’t. There’s no easy button for success.

However, writing down goals should never been underestimated.  Because without a doubt, there is power behind the deed. We say this from experience, but not just that, there is actually science to back this statement up.

Goals and dreams, regardless of their size, do eventually appear and will appear for those who put them down on paper, but the keyword is eventually.  No, it doesn’t happen suddenly, but it happens, gradually, subtly, and assuredly.

There’s no doubt about it – when you write down your goals, you create the conditions that allow for progress to be made.

But don’t just take our word for it, here are a handful of other solid reasons why you should start writing down your goals, asap:

7 Reasons You Should Always Write Down Your Goals

benefits of writing down goals

1. Increases Your Motivation

When you write down your goals and dreams your motivation to achieve them increases.  One of the primary reasons you’ll experience increased levels of motivation is related to self-accountability.  And self-accountability happens the moment you commit on paper your intent to reach an objective.  When you put pen to paper, it’s as if you’re subconsciously giving yourself a command.  And anytime you aren’t doing things your subconscious mind knows it should be doing, you’ll start to feel the pressure of what your mind is subtly suggesting you do.

By writing down your goals, you effectually create your own internal drill sergeant.  And that internal drill-sergeant acts as a driving force that pushes, pesters, and nudges you to act on those dreams until they are achieved.

Interestingly, much of why you get this motivational benefit, also has a lot to do with this next benefit.

2. Improves Your Recall

When you start writing down your goals, you embed them deeply into your mind.  This is important, because when your goals get strongly embedded into your mind, they become easier to recall.  Scientists actually have a name for this, it’s called the “generation effect”.[1]  It’s basically a fancy name for the fact that…If you generate something out of your own mind (like a goal), vs. remembering some vague interest or desire, you’ll be quicker to remember your goal over that vague desire that was induced by something you read, watched, or learned about from someplace else.

And this is a benefit to you, because goals better remembered are goals better achieved.  Which leads me to the next benefit.

3. Writing Down Goals Concentrates Your Efforts

Think of a magnifying glass.  If you just hold it up and let light pass through, without intention, without trying to do anything with it, nothing happens.  The light passes through and scatters everywhere.  However, when you angle the magnifying glass to concentrate the light passing through it onto something, you’ll start burning whatever that concentrated light touches.

Write Down Goals to Concentrate Your Efforts

Similar to the magnifying glass, an unwritten goal will just get jumbled in your mind with all your other wants, wishes, and dreams. When it’s unwritten it becomes scattered, along with every other thing that runs through your mind on the daily.

However, when you write down your goal, your intention to achieve that goal gets focused.  And the more laser-focused your intention to achieve a goal is, the more concentrated your efforts to achieve it will be.

Why is more concentrated effort a good thing?

Because an increase in concentrated effort, means an increase in your chances of hitting your goal.

4. Makes Your Dreams Concrete

The moment your dream or goal is placed on a piece of paper, is the moment it becomes real.  It becomes something to be interacted with, it becomes tangible.  Before a goal is on paper, it’s nothing more than a thought, a longing, a mental state.  It’s a passive yearning.

But, when your goal finds its way onto a journal, a word document, or a piece of paper, it becomes concrete.  When you write your goal down, you give it name, a deadline, a description. 

In short, you give it parameters that can you can measure against and act upon.   It becomes much like a way-point on a map, giving you a sense of where you are, and how much further you have to go.

Related: Quotes on Goal Setting

5. Writing Down Goals Helps You Tap the Full Potential of Your Brain

When you dream, desire, and long for something you are pretty much only using the imaginative right-side of your brain.  But, when you actively jot your dreams and goals down, when you start clarifying what they are, and begin defining and giving life to them, you begin to use the left-side of your brain.

And when you have both sides of your brain, focused on and working towards something, well, that’s when the miracle of achievement starts to happen.[2]

So, if you want to enlist the full potential of your whole brain to get what you want, start writing down your goals.

6. Makes You 42% More Likely to Achieve Your Goal

When you write down your goals, you increase the odds of reaching that goal. That’s the whole premise of this article.  But you may be one of those people who have been asking themselves up until this point, “Well, what are the chances, statically speaking of me reaching my goals if I write it down? Is it even worth the effort?”  Well, if that’s you, here’s your answer.

You actually have a 42% higher chance of reaching your goal when you start writing them down.  So yes, it’s worth the effort.

According to a study conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University of California, you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down.[3]

So yeah, you may want to start writing down your goals, because well, science say so!

7. Success Leaves Clues

Look, not everyone wants to be a billionaire, a CEO, or some uber-successful person, we get that.  But, we can learn a lot from people who seem skilled at high achievement and accomplishing things.  How do we know?  Because, we’ve been studying high achievers for years now, and success leaves clues.

And one clue we’ve observed that most highly successful people have in common (not all), is they set goals for themselves.  They decide what they want to achieve, when they want to achieve it by, and then commit to achieving that goal by writing it down.

Here’s what a few notable people worth listening to have to say about goals:

Tony Robbins: “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

Albert Einstein: “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”

Pablo Picasso: “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”

So, if achieving a smidgen of what some of the most the highly successful  people in the world have achieved is of interest to you, writing down your goals must become a priority.

“Goals That Are Not Written Down Are Just Wishes.”

– anonymous –

BONUS REASON:  Writing Down Your Goals Facilitates Happiness

Most people don’t know this, but having a goal can actually help make you happier.   Seriously, it can.  You see, when people write down their goals, and commit to going after something bigger and better than what they have at the moment, they create hope for themselves. 

Hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better future, a hope that the happiness they seek may actually be achieved.  And hope, believe it or not, is a species of happiness.[4]

writing down your goals facilitates happiness

Without a doubt, there is power in writing down goals.  The power to help create the happiness we all seek in our lives.

So even if the first seven reasons to start writing down your goals are not good enough for you, hopefully this last one is…..because who doesn’t want to be happy?  Truly, the simple act of jotting down a goal can actually help facilitate your happiness.  We know, it sounds crazy…but its true!

Related: Why Goal Setting Fails

Recap…

Alright, you’ve made to the end, great job!  Now, here’s a quick recap to help solidify in your mind why you should always write down your goals.

  • Reason #1:  It Increases Your Motivation
  • Reason #2:  It Improves Your Recall
  • Reason #3:  It Helps You Concentrate Your Efforts
  • Reason #4:  It Makes Your Dreams More Concrete
  • Reason #5:  It Helps You Tap the Full Potential of Your Brain
  • Reason #6:  It Increases The Odds of Reaching Your Goal by 42%
  • Reason #7:  It Is What Many High Achievers Do
  • Bonus Reason:  It Can Actually Facilitate More Happiness in Your Life

Conclusion

Big dreams, small dreams, lofty goals and little goals, all of them…can be achieved.

Not magically, not suddenly, but eventually if you begin to place your trust in goal setting.  Because when you write down your goals, you place your trust in action.  And action (not passive longing) always shortens the distance between you and your dream.

Unquestionably, action wins the day. So never forget…

Don’t let your dreams just be dreams friends.  Move towards your dreams, stop wishing, stop waiting, stop wasting time.  Start taking action, write down your goals, and do something everyday that will bring you closer to your goals and the dream will be yours.

Till you reach your aims,

STRIVE

PS – You can jumpstart your dreams and bridge the gap between your goals and accomplishment with The Strive Journal. Why? Because achievement doesn’t just happen.

Achievement takes a plan (a.k.a. writing down your goals) and encouragement. This 365 day guide is full of wisdom, encouragement, accountability, and success principles that will help you push through your obstacles and achieve your dream.

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