All you want in life is one little thing—and that’s to reach all your goals. Well, here’s the secret to doing that: You need to work hard to improve yourself every single day, both professionally and personally. After all, that’s how successful people do it. And if you want to get on their level, you’re going to have to do the same.

Now, before you break out in a sweat trying to figure out how exactly to do that, we’ve made it easy for you by compiling 16 quotes straight from the mouths of some of the most accomplished people you know, love, and admire.



I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.

Oprah Winfrey


We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents, and interests.

Sheryl Sandberg


Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life.

Angelina Jolie


If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou


We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.

Bill Gates


When I had challenges, it taught me to be more on top of it for the future. Things go wrong all the time when you’re running your own business, but it’s how you perceive it and deal with it that matters.

Lori Greiner


It’s not about money or connections—it’s the willingness to out work and outlearn everyone...And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time.

Mark Cuban


Don’t you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct.

Barbara Corcoran


I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.

Marissa Mayer


We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes–understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

Arianna Huffington


Follow what you are genuinely passionate about and let that guide you to your destination.

Diane Sawyer


We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.

Michelle Obama


Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.

Mary Kay Ash


Sometimes it’s the people you can’t help who inspire you the most.

Melinda Gates


Work harder than everybody. You’re not going to get it by whining, and you’re not going to get it by shouting, and you’re not going to get it by quitting. You’re going to get it by being there.

Barbara Walters

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt


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