There are times when the fear of failure scares us so much that we restrict ourselves from working hard. On days like these, all we need is a giant wave of motivation to strengthen our zeal. And what can be better than reading some brilliant go-getter quotes by people who have gone through the same struggles and stood tall?
When it comes down to pursuing a vision, no excuse is acceptable. You’ll be surrounded by the resources you need to make great things possible, and there will be plenty of possibilities. But only if you’re ready to put in the effort.
We cannot accomplish a goal without effort and hustle. But there are days when we simply can’t focus on our dreams, no matter how committed we are to them. Firstly, we have social media to keep us distracted.
Procrastination is the hardest obstacle to realizing your full potential. We can become so pessimistic that we lose sight of the bigger picture.
But here’s the catch. Everyone has experienced a setback at some point in their lives. We can view failures as lessons that shape who we are.
So, to embrace the spirit of an optimistic achiever, here are the best 100 go-getter quotes.
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1. Anna Wintour
The best way to make a dream come true is to wake up.
2. Pete Rose
You’d be surprised how many shortcomings can be overcome by hustle.
3. Henry Van Dyke
Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.
4. Vince Lombardi
The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.
5. Lou Holtz
Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.
6. Jon Acuff
I want the peace in knowing that it wasn’t for lack of hustling that I missed a target for my dream. I want to know that the one thing in my control was under control.
7. Don Zimmer
What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time.
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8. Sophia Amoruso
Life is short. Don’t be lazy.
9. Stephen King
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
10. Oprah Winfrey
Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.
11. Gary Vaynerchuk
Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.
12. Margaret Thatcher
I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.
13. Wade Boggs
I played the game one way. I gave it everything I had. It doesn’t take any ability to hustle.
14. Amy Poehler
Great people do things before they are ready.
15. Natalie Massenet
Having the positive belief that it will all be OK just means that you hustle and make it work because failure is not even an option in your own mind.
Time is all we have and don’t.
17. Napoleon Hill
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit
19. Emma Xu
Imagine a year from now when you look back and say “can’t believe I did this.”
If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.
21. Mark Twain
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
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22. Zig Ziglar
You don’t have to be great to start. But you have to start to be great.
23. Mahatma Gandhi
Be the change you want to see in the world.
24. Clement Stone
Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.
25. Michael Jordan
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
26. Martin Luther King Jr.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.
Each journey begins with a single step.
28. Susan RoAne
Good things come to those who initiate.
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29. Orrin Woodward
Never let what you don’t know stop you from doing what you do know.
30. Marie Forleo
You don’t have to get it perfect. You just have to get it going.
31. Rob Liano
If you have to repeatedly chase after someone when you have a great opportunity, don’t bother, if they aren’t responsive, they aren’t the type of person who’ll succeed at it anyway.
32. Kailin Gow
When a man wants something he must pursue it with all he has.
33. Sophia Amoruso
There were times I thought I would never bounce back.
Be suspicious of justifying comfortable scenarios.
35. Andy Stanley
Without courage we will simply accumulate a collection of good ideas and regrets.
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36. Deborah Nwakwesili.
I take risk even though I know the risk.
37. Tom Althouse
Genius does not need to be validated, it just needs a legal pad and a pen.
38. Richard Branson
My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had — every day I’m learning something new.
39. Desiderius Erasmus
A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.
40. Estee Lauder
I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.
41. Thomas Edison
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
42. Dale Carnegie
Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.
43. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
44. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.
45. Robert Collier
Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.
46. Ryan Allis
Have the end in mind and every day make sure you’re working towards it.
47. Steve Jobs
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
48. Arianna Huffington
Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.
49. Hyman Rickover
Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous impatience.
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50. Sara Blakely
My advice for an entrepreneur just starting out is to differentiate yourself. Why are you different? What’s important about you? Why does the customer need you?
51. Tom Kelley
Fail often so you can succeed sooner.
52. Dwayne Johnson
Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.
53. Chris Grosser
Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.
54. Robert Kiyosaki
The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.
55. Andre Geim
Human progress has always been driven by a sense of adventure and unconventional thinking.
56. Mary Kay Ash
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.
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57. Charles F. Kettering
Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.
58. Mandy Rose
With consistency and reps and routine you’re going to achieve your goals and get where you want to be.
59. John D. Rockefeller
Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
60. Brené Brown
Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.
61. Jim Rohn
If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
62. Walt Disney
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
63. Thomas Jefferson
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
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64. Tom Preston-Werner
When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.’
65. Arsene Wenger
When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated but have consistency in their motivation
66. Christopher Morley
There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.
67. Natasha Richardson
I wake up every morning feeling lucky – which is driven by fear, no doubt, since I know it could all go away.
68. Jeff Bezos
I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.
69. Thomas J. Watson
Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.
70. Kamini Arichandran
Be a goal-setter, a go-getter, all the while, moving, in humility and kindness.
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71. Josh James
When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.
72. B. C. Forbes
If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.
73. Colin Powell
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.
75. Jillian Michaels
It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.
76. Nelson Mandela
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
77. Sumner Redstone
Success is not build on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.
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All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.
79. Joe Vitale
A goal should scare you a little, and excite you a lot.
80. Serena Williams
I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger.
81. Bear Bryant
Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.
82. Les Brown
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
If you know you can do better than do better
84. Bill Copeland
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.
The great danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
86. Bill Cosby
In order to success, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
87. C.S. Lewis
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
88. Henry Ford
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
89. Winston S. Churchill
Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.
90. Jennifer Lee
Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
91. Herman Melville
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
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92. Albert Einstein
Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.
93. Henry David Thoreau
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
94. G. K. Chesterton
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
95. Colin R. Davis
The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.”
96. Tony Hsieh
Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.
97. Ray Goforth
There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.
98. Barack Obama
The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.
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The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.
100. Maya Angelou
Nothing can dim the light from within.
Wrapping it up
At the top, there is enough room for everyone. If you get the impression that the glass ceiling has already been broken, put your own creative spin on it and get to work. Do remember, you’ll not fail if you keep hustling. Because ultimately, there’s no failure, only lessons.
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