Adversity often produces the unexpected opportunity. Look for it. Appreciate and utilize it.
— John Wooden
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
— Bruce Lee
Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
— Victor Kiam
The opportunity of a lifetime is seldom so labeled.
— American proverb
In everybody’s lifetime there will come a time when one door will close on you. If you’re so concerned with the one that closes, you’ll never find the one that’s open.
— Tommy Lasorda, on retiring from the Dodgers
Few destinations have one point of access. The same is true of your vision. If your initial approach is blocked, look for alternatives.
— Andy Stanley
We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again.
— George Washington
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
You can always take what you have and make it better.
— Ted Williams
I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair products.
— C.J. Walker
A new position of responsibility will usually show a man to be a far stronger creature than was supposed.
— William James
When a leader takes responsibility for his own actions and mistakes, he not only sets a good example, he shows a healthy respect for people on his team.
— Mike Krzyzewski
Commit to taking total responsibility for everything that happens to you. This one change in thinking has the power to launch you to the world-class level faster than any other single idea.
— Steve Siebold
We have no choice of what color we’re born or who our parents are or whether we’re rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we’re here.
— Mildred Taylor
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
It is pleasing to God whenever you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.
— Martin Luther
To enhance my performance, I laugh a lot. I think laughter is the best remedy for everything.
— Tracia Byrnes
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.
— Henry Ward Beecher
Trouble knocked at the door, but hearing a laugh within, hurried away.
— Benjamin Franklin
Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough.
— Red Skelton
It is by those who have suffered that the world has been advanced.
— Leo Tolstoy
Everything costs. No accomplishment comes without suffering.
— Joe Paterno
The best way to escape our sufferings is to be willing they should endure as long as God pleases.
— John Wesley
Being myself no stranger to suffering, I have learned to relieve the suffering of others.
Do not give up when you find that you have to suffer greatly in order to get results. Never forget that the winners are the ones who can suffer best. It’s the no-hopers who cannot suffer. The inability to suffer is almost always the real reason riders do not succeed in our sport. He who can suffer best has the best chance to get to the top.
— Charles Ruys
Call the roll in your memory of conspicuously successful business giants and you will be struck by the fact that almost every one of them encountered inordinate difficulties sufficient to crush all but the gamest of spirits. Edison went hungry many times before he became famous.
— B.C. Forbes
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
— Reginna Brett
Most of the significant things done in the world were done by people who were either too busy or too sick. There are few ideal and leisurely settings for the disciplines of growth.
— Robert Henderson
Lord, don’t remove my stumbling blocks – just give me strength.
— Earl Campbell
A workable and effective way to meet and overcome difficulties is to take on someone else’s problems. It is a strange fact, but you can often handle two difficulties – your own and somebody else’s – better than you can handle your own alone. That truth is based on a subtle law of self-giving or outgoingness whereby you develop a self-strengthening in the process.
— Norman Vincent Peale
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
— John Wooden
Nothing will be attempted if all possible obstacles must first be removed.
— Samuel Johnson
To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have.
— Ken Keyes, Jr.
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do.
— D.L. Moody
Don’t wait for something big to occur. Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater.
— Mary Morrissey