What better way to learn how to be successful, than to listen to those that have been there and done it. Whether it’s business leaders, global icons or even Hollywood celebs, advice from those that have made it to the top of their respective fields can be invaluable in helping you figure out how to be successful in yours. Take for example Chris Nathaniel and Paul Boadi, founders of NVA Entertainment, one of the most successful sports agencies in the UK, who insist that a go-get-‘em attitude and stubborn persistence are vital attributes to be successful in the competitive world of business. We have compiled some of the most informative and inspirational quotes from celebs and leaders of various backgrounds to set you on your way to success.

  • “‘May the force be with you’ is charming but it’s not important. What’s important is that you become the Force – for yourself and perhaps for other people.”Harrison Ford. Kicking off with one of the most famous movie quotes of all time, Star Wars star Ford suggests that waiting for external forces to propel you to success is a nice idea, but that in reality you have to become the agent of your own success and not rely on other factors.
  • “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill. The British war-time Prime Minister again suggests that persistence and the ability to bounce back and carry on are vital to success in any walk of life.
  • “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville. One of the great American novelists, Melville sees being true to yourself and not following others as more important than conformity to success in the long run.
  • “Success usually come to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau. A hint at the necessity of hard work from another great American writer.
  • “The Successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee. Whilst Lee may have been referring to physical combat, his insistence on focus is no doubt applicable to all of us, no matter what your situation.
  • “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt. America’s post-war leader describing the importance of action and trial and error in learning from mistakes and building character to succeed.
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