The Wisdoms Project


One of the hardest things to achieve….and one of the easiest. It can happen overnight….or take a lifetime. All of us have some….but rarely think it’s enough.  A lot of us don’t know when we have it.  Most of us don’t credit others with what it took them to get it.  Few of us can agree on just what it is.  Maybe that’s the problem.

Success is a state of mind.
If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.

You have to know what the end looks like.
Vince Lombardi

It is not what you have that directly expresses your worth, but what you are.
    Henri Frederic Amiel

We lose so many cares when we decide instead of becoming something,
to become someone.
Coco Chanel

The advantage lieth not in possessing good things
….but in the knowing the use of them.

Success is a journey, not just a destination.
If you cannot find happiness along the way,
you will not find it at the end of the road.

The best part of success is that, whether we know it or not, all of us have been successful at a number of things during our lives. The difficult part of success is knowing when it is really ours.

                 You become the way you behave.
                          Act like a loser and you will eventually lose.
                                    Break the downward cycle.
                                            It’s not easy to do, but it’s vital.
                                                      Remember success begets success.
Maxene Fernstrom

No failure is ever final….nor is any success.

It's the hardest thing in the world to accept a little success
and leave it that way.
                Marlon Brando

Success-oriented personalities
                     embrace the following qualities in their thought mechanisms:
S-ense of direction
                                                                                         Maxwell Maltz

                           The superior person makes the difficulty to be overcome their first interest
                                                                                            ….success comes only later.

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.
   Booker T. Washington

Most successful people have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them.  They have developed the opportunity that was at hand.
Bruce Barton

Some people dream of success.  Others wake up and work hard to achieve it.

“Impossible” only describes the degree of difficulty.
        David Phillips

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
Do the thing that you think you cannot do.
    Eleanor Roosevelt

When you remove failing as an option,
it changes everything….
because then failure is no longer an option.
    Joan Lunden

What would you attempt to do if you knew that you could not fail?

The shortest and best way to make your fortune is to let people see clearly
….that it is in their interests to promote yours.
    Jean de La Bruyere

Here is a simple, but powerful rule:
Always give people more than they expect to get.

Excellence is the result of:

Caring more than others think is wise.
Risking more than others think is safe.
Dreaming more than others think is practical.
Expecting more than others think is possible.

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act….but a habit.

        Do one thing….and do it so well
that people will return and bring their friends with them.
Walt Disney

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving.
                    Conrad Hilton

The toughest thing about success
is that you've got to keep on being a success.
                                                                                                      Irving Berlin

        It’s one thing to get to the big leagues.   It’s another thing to stay there.
Cal Ripkin, Sr.

Success, like courage,
is often a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
William Feather

J. Paul Getty wrote the following for a magazine that requested a short article explaining his success:
    “Some people find oil. Others don't.”

Luck is infatuated with the efficient.
Persian Proverb

Anybody who is successful
….and doesn’t think they were lucky
….is a liar.
Paul Newman

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong
                                                                         ….but that's the way to bet.
                  Damon Runyon

                                 Look at what you love to do.
                                 Look at what brings you joy.
                                Look at what gives you peace.
                                      There is your calling
                        ....waiting for you to embrace it.

Success is more permanent when you achieve it
without destroying your principles.
Walter Cronkite

Crystal ball, oh crystal ball, will my empire rise and fall like the Roman legions must,
            ash to ash and dust to dust?
I go to work, I earn my bread, I watch TV and go to bed. Sunrise, sunset - year to year, and before I know it, winter's here. But it's no scrimmage or practice game, and there's no Martyr's Hall of Fame. Time, the speedster, takes its toll, and everyday is the Superbowl!
Losers live in classic style: the never world of “Someday I'll.…”
They blame bad luck each time they lose, then hide with sickness, drugs or booze.
But losing is habit and so is winning, and the way to change is by beginning to live each day as if my last….not in the future….not in the past.
To dream it now, to plan it now, to want it now, to do it now! To close my eyes and clearly see that person I'd like most to be.
I think I can, I know I can become my greatest coach and fan, and love myself and give away all the love I can today.
                Denis Waitley

That person is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much;
….who has gained the respect of intelligent people
    and the love of children;
          ….who has filled their niche
    and accomplished their task;
          ….who leaves the world better than they found it,
    whether by an improved poppy,
    a perfect poem or a rescued soul;
          ….who never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty
    or failed to express it;
          ….who looked for the best in others
    and gave the best they themselves had.
    Robert Louis Stevenson