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101 Inspirational Quotes to Inspire You in 2018

My favorite quotes that will help you get the new year started in a positive way.

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BY Rhett Power - 28 Dec 2017

101 Inspirational Quotes to Inspire You in 2018

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I don't know about you, but I'm ready for 2018. With a new year, we are presented with an opportunity to make a success plan which will help us achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. A new year gives us a chance to renew our commitment to our business and to working hard at being our best selves. One of the ways I start out each day is with positive affirmations, but I also look for a quote from others that can help me start my day in the right way and the right frame of mind. These are some of my favorites that will help you get the year started in a positive way.

  1. "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." - Alexander Graham Bell
  2. "The road to success is always under construction." - Lily Tomlin
  3. "If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done." - Ludwig Wittgenstein
  4. "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." - Harriet Tubman
  5. "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." - Thomas Jefferson
  6. "If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." - Jim Rohn
  7. "Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the 'someday I'll' philosophy." - Denis Waitley
  8. "Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning." - Robert Kiyosaki
  9. "Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted." - David Bly
  10. "Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve." - Wilfred Peterson
  11. "Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them." - Vaibhav Shah
  12. "For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you're not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness." - Andy Rooney
  13. "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in, and day-out." - Robert Collier
  14. "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan
  15. "The best revenge is massive success." - Frank Sinatra
  16. "Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in." - Napoleon Bonaparte
  17. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
  18. "Success comes in cans; failure in can'ts." - Unknown
  19. "Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success." - Napoleon Hill
  20. "Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy." - Milton Erickson
  21. "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand
  22. "If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut." - Albert Einstein
  23. "If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax." - Abraham Lincoln
  24. "If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." - Jim Rohn
  25. "The best way to succeed in this world is to act on the advice you give to others." - Unknown
  26. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
  27. "You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  28. "We become what we think about most of the time, and that's the strangest secret." - Earl Nightingale
  29. "Our greatest fear should not be of failure ... but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter." - Francis Chan
  30. "A year from now you may wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb
  31. "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children... to leave the world a better place... to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  32. "Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be." - Zig Ziglar
  33. "Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again." - Richard Branson
  34. "Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time." - Arnold H. Glasgow
  35. "Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat." - Malcolm S. Forbes
  36. "Action is the foundational key to all success." - Pablo Picasso
  37. "The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny." - Albert Ellis
  38. "I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure which is: Try to please everybody." - Herbert B. Swope
  39. "You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction." - George Lorimer
  40. "Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill
  41. "If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it." - Olin Miller
  42. "The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do." - Roy L. Smith
  43. "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." - Lucille Ball
  44. "Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds." - Orison Swett Marden
  45. "Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." - George Bernard Shaw
  46. "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse." - Florence Nightingale
  47. "Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well." - Vincent Van Gogh
  48. "Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action." - Peter Drucker
  49. "You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else." - Albert Einstein
  50. "Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work." - Stephen King
  51. "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." - Abraham Lincoln
  52. "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John R. Wooden
  53. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw
  54. "Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much." - Erich Fromm
  55. "Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday." - Brian Tracy
  56. "If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail." - Abraham Maslow
  57. "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." - Charles F. Kettering
  58. "The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success." - Bruce Feirstein
  59. "Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be." - George Sheehan
  60. "Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination." - Mae Jemison
  61. "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced." - Swami Vivekananda
  62. "The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes." - Benjamin Disraeli
  63. "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." - Ray Goforth
  64. "Don't wait. The time will never be just right." - Napoleon Hill
  65. "You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives." - Clay P. Bedford
  66. "After every difficulty, ask yourself two questions: "What did I do right?" and "What would I do differently?" - Brian Tracy
  67. "Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever." - Leo Buscaglia
  68. "Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." - Oprah Winfrey
  69. "Life's real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you quit." - Rhett Power
  70. "If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill
  71. "Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." - Wayne Dyer
  72. "The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself." - Mark Caine
  73. "In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." - Theodore Roosevelt
  74. "Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don't over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. " - Leo F. Buscaglia
  75. "For success, attitude is equally as important as ability." - Harry F. Banks
  76. "Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent." - Calvin Coolidge
  77. "Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it." - Dalai Lama
  78. "Your work is discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it." - Buddha
  79. "People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy." - Tony Robbins
  80. "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." - Henry David Thoreau
  81. "You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you." - Dale Carnegie
  82. "Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go and given up." - Rhett Power
  83. "Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism." - David M. Burns
  84. "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe
  85. "Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." - Conrad Hilton
  86. "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will." - Vince Lombardi
  87. "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." - Mark Twain
  88. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." - George S. Patton
  89. "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." - Samuel Beckett
  90. "What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." - Oscar Wilde
  91. "Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful." - Mark Victor Hansen
  92. "Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude." - Zig Ziglar
  93. "If you don't value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know and start charging for it." - Kim Garst
  94. "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." - Bruce Lee
  95. "Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they're trying to find someone who's going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take." - Anthony Robbins
  96. "Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all." - Peter Drucker
  97. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi
  98. "Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." - Albert Einstein
  99. "It is not what happens to you that matters, but what you do about it that makes the difference. - Rhett Power
  100. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. - Booker T. Washington
  101. What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. - Bob Dylan

If you want some help in making it a better year `my latest book can help. The Entrepreneur's Book of Actions: Essential Daily Exercises and Habits for Becoming Wealthier, Smarter, and More Successful (McGraw-Hill; hardcover; January 6, 2017), a 53-week reader that helps entrepreneurs to take action daily to break old habits, think in new ways and can help transform yourself and business. Are you going to make 2018 your year?

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