He who builds to every man’s advice will have a crooked house.
— Danish proverb
He is bad that will not take advice, but he is a thousand times worse who takes every advice.
— Irish proverb
Though you are a prudent old man, do not despise counsel.
— Spanish proverb
Few things lead to defeat more quickly than the feeling that you are fighting alone. Seek counsel with others who fight the same battle. They will often be seeking you.
— Greg Quinn
Don’t be afraid to take advice. There’s always something new to learn.
— Babe Ruth
All we need to be really and truly happy is to have something to be enthusiastic about.
— Kemmons Wilson
Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes.
— Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Enthusiasm for one’s goal lessons the disagreeableness of working toward it.
— Thomas Eakins
People can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.
— Charles Schwab
The only reason I majored in psychology was that my first psych professor was full of energy and enthusiasm. I know now you can’t accomplish anything without those things.
— Jerry Glanville
Work is love made visible.
— Kahlil Gibran
The cure for boredom is not diversion, it is to find some work to do, something to care about.
— John Gardner
Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
— James Allen
The road to success is paved with sweat and calluses.
— Tiger Woods
As kids, sports energized us; it was a great outlet, and our success or failure was pretty much up to us. I always tell kids they can do anything they want as long as they’re willing to work for it.
— Yogi Berra
The reward goes to him who plods along unruffled, refusing to become angry with himself or the results of his efforts.
— Bobby Jones
They say the breaks even up in the long run, and the trick is to be a long distance runner.
— Chuck Knox
Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered, and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
— Charles Lindbergh
The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that precedes the victory.
— Karen Livingston
It’s the people who stop to consider their hurt and heartache who usually fall short of their goals. Some even drop out altogether just because they experience a little disappointment or sorrow. You’ve got to play through your pain if you want to make it where you’re going.
— George Foreman
People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.
— Earl Nightingale
A goal gives you confidence – it turns the meek to bold.
— Don Decker
The man with average mentality, but with control, a definite goal and a clear conception of how it can be gained and, above all, with the power of application and labor, wins in the end.
— William Howard Taft
Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.
— Fitzhugh Dodson
The overarching goal is important for its motivational properties. Most people need to believe in something that is larger than their day-to-day, often mundane, tasks. They are more likely to become committed to making things happen right if they believe in the significance of the unit’s goal.
— David Bradford and Allan Cohen
Great opportunities often disguise themselves in small tasks.
— Rick Warren
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
— Sir Winston Churchill
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
— Helen Keller
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.
— Ann Landers
Among the humble and great alike, those who achieve success do so not because fate and circumstance are especially kind to them. Often the reverse is true. They succeed because they take whatever has been given to them and go on to make the most of their best.
— Sidney Greenberg
The vision of things to be done may come a long time before the way of doing them becomes clear, but woe to him who distrusts the vision.
— Jenkin Jones
Winners bring reality up to their vision. Losers bring their vision down to reality.
— Chuck Knox
A clear vision, along with the courage to follow through, dramatically increases your chances of coming to the end of your life, looking back with a deep abiding satisfaction, and thinking, I did it. I succeeded. I finished well. My life counted.
— Andy Stanley
Develop a vision. People want to follow someone who knows where he or she is going.
— Kenneth Labich
I noticed an almost universal trait among Super Achievers. These people knew what they wanted out of life, and they could sense it multidimensionally before they ever had it. They could not only see it, but also taste it, smell it and imagine the sounds and emotions associated with it. They prelived it before they had it. And that sharp sensory vision became a powerful driving force in their lives.
— Steve DeVore