Defining success

John Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor

Success is not a destination thing, it’s a daily thing.

Roy T. Bennett - Author

Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.

Jim Rohn - American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker

Success is something you attract by the person you become.

Stephen R. Covey - American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker

All things are created twice. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things.

Aristotle - Greek philosopher and polymath during the Classical period in Ancient Greece

A good life is one where you develop your strengths, realize your potential, and become what it is in your nature to become.

Rumi - 13th-century Persian poet

What you seek is seeking you.

Richard Wiseman - Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom

Happiness doesn't just flow from success; it actually causes it.

Viktor Frankl - Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor

Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.

Wallace Delois Wattles - American New Thought writer

By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you receive it.

Napoleon Hill - American self-help author. He is known best for his book Think and Grow Rich which is among the 10 best selling self-help books of all time

The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.

Don Miguel Ruiz - Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts

You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward.

John Calvin Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership

Success is... knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.

Vernon Linwood Howard - American spiritual teacher, author, and philosopher

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.

Robert Toru Kiyosaki - American businessman and author. Kiyosaki is the founder of Rich Global LLC and the Rich Dad Company, a private financial education company that provides personal finance and business education to people through books and videos

Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.

Brian Tracy - Canadian-American motivational public speaker and self-development author.

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'

John Wooden - American basketball player and coach

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.

Stephen Covey - American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Start with the end in mind.

Stephen Covey - American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Live out of your imagination, not your history.

James Clear - Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, which has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide

Be the designer of your world and not merely the consumer of it.

Dale Carnegie - American writer and lecturer, and the developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

Josh Waitzkin - American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. The film Searching for Bobby Fischer is based on his early life

In my experience, successful people shoot for the stars, put their hearts on the line in every battle, and ultimately discover that the lessons learned from the pursuit of excellence mean much more than the immediate trophies and glory.