Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.
— Aldous Huxley
There is no quick way to learn; the only teacher is experience.
— Forrest Gregg
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
— Harold Geneen
If experience was so important, we’d never have had anyone walk on the moon.
— Doug Rader
If you are not in a lifelong learning situation then you are the person who has 35 years in business and one year’s experience 35 times.
— Sir Graham Day
What is important to recognize is that you are totally in control of your success – not your opponent, not the judges, critics, media or anyone else. It’s up to you.
— John Wooden
List those areas in your job where you have control, and those where you do not. Pay close attention, so that you do everything you can to seize control when possible, and let go in areas where control is not possible.
— Joe Torre
Steadfastly refuse to upset yourself over something you can’t control.
— Jim Walter
The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control.
— John Wooden
If you get caught up in things over which you have no control, it will adversely affect those things over which you have control.
— Joshua Wooden, Coach John Wooden’s dad
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except for those who dare to believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
— Bruce Barton
If you can’t see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.
I have had more than half a century of such happiness. A great deal of worry and sorrow, too, but never a worry or sorrow that was not offset by a purple iris, a lark, a bluebird or a dewy morning glory.
— Mary Bethune
I am not ashamed to confess that twenty-five years ago I was a hired laborer, hauling rails, at work on a flatboat.
— Abraham Lincoln
One great technique to deal with your fears in the face of adversity is to recount past challenges that you have successfully overcome. Your ability to manage present circumstances is improved when you recall past fears that were never ultimately realized.
— Art Berg
The way to get ahead in this world is to do whatever work you are doing well, then you will be picked to do some other job that is not being done well.
— Samuel Vauclair
Be so good they can’t ignore you.
— Jerry Dunn
All successful employers are stalking men who will do the unusual, men who think, men who attract attention by performing more than is expected of them.
— Charles Schwab
Do a good job. You don’t have to worry about the money; it will take care of itself. Just do your best work – then try to trump it.
— Walt Disney
The only means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. This is a habit followed by all successful people since the beginning of time. Therefore, I say the surest way to doom yourself to mediocrity is to perform only the work for which you are paid.
— Og Mandino
The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try. I would never promote into a top-level job a man who was not making mistakes, otherwise he is sure to be mediocre.
— Peter Drucker
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.
— Thomas Edison
You’ll make a lot of mistakes in your life, Susan, but if you learn from every mistake, you really didn’t make a mistake.
— Vince Lombardi, to his daughter
In losing, we learn a lot of football.
— Bill Alexander
It is defeat that turns bone to flint, and gristle to muscle, and makes people invincible, and formed those heroic natures that are now in ascendancy in the world. Do not, then, be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.
— Henry Ward Beecher
Think enthusiastically about everything, especially your job. If you do, you’ll put a touch of glory in your life. If you love your job with enthusiasm, you’ll shake it to pieces. You’ll love it into greatness, you’ll upgrade it, you’ll fill it with prestige and power.
— Norman Vincent Peale
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
— Dale Carnegie
I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.
— George Burns
I’m a firm believer in the theory that people only do their best at things they truly enjoy. It is difficult to excel at something you don’t enjoy.
— Jack Nicklaus
Success is built by doing everything the best possible way. If you really want to be happy in your life, you must learn to enjoy and even love your work.
— Kemmons Wilson
You will probably get a larger position than you expect when you begin to do larger things than your firm expects.
— George Hobbs
If you want to get ahead, get your boss promoted.
— William George
The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.
— Napoleon Hill
Remember that the quickest way to get a raise is to raise your commitment to the company.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
H.P. Davison, who became the number one Morgan partner and was widely recognized as among the ablest bankers America ever produced, modestly explained to me how he went about qualifying for promotion. Briefly, he always taught whoever was immediately below him to do his (Davison’s) work; next he learned all he could about the job immediately ahead.
— B.C. Forbes