Every great achievement is the story of a flaming heart. Every great achievement is the story of tremendous passion.
— Mary Lou Retton
— Anita Roddick
If you follow your passion, the money will follow. But if you chase the almighty dollar, you can easily lose that and end up with nothing.
— Elizabeth MacKay
Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they’re great because of their passion.
— Martha Graham
I owe so much of my success as a hockey player to what I have learned from my father. The passion he shows in his daily life has taught me to always love what I am doing. In loving my pursuits, I learned the value of working hard and enjoying the benefits that sacrifice and dedication bring.
— A.J. Mleczko
If there’s one characteristic all winners share, it’s that they care more than anyone else. No detail is too small to sweat or too large to dream.
— Jack Welch
Even if it’s just for 15 minutes, pursue one of your passions every day. Watch your health and esteem grow as you feed your soul through regular exercise of passionate interest.
— Dr. Ellen McGrath
The most successful people are the ones who have a passion for what they do. They never get bored, they still look forward to their work, and that’s what keeps them going.
— Yogi Berra
Passion is the key to success. Every achiever I’ve met is quick to admit that the passion for his or her dream made it happen.
— Robert Schuller
The more excited you are about accomplishing something that is important to you, the more excited others will be about helping you do it. Emotions are contagious. The more passion you have for your life and your activities, the more charisma you will have, and the more cooperation you will gain from others.
— Andrew Wood and Brian Tracy
Strengthen your commitment to improvement by rewarding yourself for achieving a goal.
— Patrick Cohn
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
— Franz Kafka
By itself, no goal is compelling. No matter how good the idea, no one will go through the inevitable – and often painful – ups and downs of making it happen unless they really care. Those who reach their goals must have a passion driving them, a personal fervor.
— Marilyn Tam
Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.
— Johann von Goethe
One secret to success I’ve learned the hard way is incredibly basic: Write everything down. Leave nothing to memory. Memory gets you in trouble. Memory ultimately betrays you. Memory allows you to be unfocused. Memory gives you an easy excuse when you fail. Writing down your day’s purpose simply makes you better organized.
— Rick Pitino
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
— Charles Kingsley
Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a passion.
— Leo Buscaglia
To have a passion for life is not only to wake up in the morning and hear birds singing, but it is taking the time to open the window to see where they are perched on the tree. That is one of the side benefits of passion. You pay attention to details. And it is the details that determine the quality of life.
— Neil Simon
A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.
— William Hazlitt
If we are involved in doing what we were put on earth to do, a joyful heart is almost guaranteed – even in the midst of deepest difficulties. Consistent and durable joy is generated when we pursue a passion that is strong enough to carry us past pain, something so meaningful and absorbing that we can ignore unhappy circumstances.
— Thomas Kinkade
Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
— George Hegel
Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
— Denis Diderot
Extraordinary accomplishments only happen when your passion produces extraordinary effort. If it doesn’t consume you, be ready to accept mediocre results.
— John Rennie
One person with passion is better than forty who are merely interested.
— Tom Connellan
I have seen more talented and gifted people fail to attain their aspirations because of a lack of passion, which I can only describe as a flame that burns within us with such intense heat that it glows with a pure white light and cannot be extinguished by despair, misfortune or infirmity. Passion is the Super Bowl of enthusiasm.
— Neil Simon
The key to your impact as a leader is your own sincerity. Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe.
— Sir Winston Churchill
I don’t base my actions on popularity. If you’re in a position of leadership, you can’t wait to determine how it’s going to affect you in terms of good or bad. You have to lead and do what you think is good.
— Douglas Wilder
I learned from my dad what true leadership is. He taught me that in politics everybody is not going to support me in everything I do. “What’s important,” he said, “is that you stick to your core values.” If people don’t support you, then so be it. It goes back to being true to yourself.
— Christine Todd Whitman
If you are looking for leaders, how can you identify people who are motivated by the drive to achieve rather than by external rewards? The first sign is passion for the work itself – such people seek out creative challenges, love to learn and take great pride in a job well done. They also display an unflagging energy to do things better.
— Daniel Goleman
Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
— Dale Carnegie
Anything can happen if you keep working.
— Andre Agassi
The longer you wait to decide what you want to do, the more time you’re wasting. It’s up to you to want something so badly that your passion shows through in your actions. Your actions, not your words, will do the shouting for you.
— Derek Jeter
Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
— Dan Gable
There exists the Law of the Fallow Field. Simply stated, this Law holds that if nothing positive is planted in the garden, it will always revert to weeds. So, we have to continually plant each growing season exactly what it is we expect to grow. If nothing of value is planted, nothing of value will be harvested.
— Brian Cavanaugh