All growth is a leap in the dark, an act without the benefit of experience.
— Henry Miller
It is by extending oneself, by exercising some capacity previously unused that you come to a better knowledge of your own potential.
— Harold Bloom
God never puts anyone in a place too small to grow.
Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
— Ronald Osborn
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all he can do.
— Henry Drummond
Everyone has in him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be. How much you can love. What you can accomplish. And what your potential is.
— Anne Frank
To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.
— Picabo Street
Within us all there are wells of thought and dynamos of energy which are not suspected until emergencies arise. Then oftentimes we find that it is comparatively simple to double or triple our former capacities and to amaze ourselves by the results achieved.
— Thomas Watson
No man ever progressed to greatness but through great mistakes.
— Frederick Robertson
Failure jolts us out of our routines and forces us to look for fresh approaches.
— Roger von Oech
You really don’t know what your true potential is until you’ve pushed yourself beyond your limits. You have to fail a couple of times to really find out how far you can go.
— Debi Thomas
Have you had little else than defeat? This is the way to success. You will pave the road with the rough flints of your failure.
— Charles Haddon Spurgeon
We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t. Success often lies just the other side of failure.
— Leo Buscaglia
Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
— Robert Schuller
Your life is all about progress, not perfection. You’ll never be perfect, but you can and will make progress.
— Todd Duncan
None of us will ever achieve perfection. We also will never achieve our full potential if we don’t constantly strive for perfection.
— Greg Quinn
The maxim “Nothing avails but perfection” spells paralysis.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Understand that you won’t actually ever become the best of which you are capable. That’s perfection. We can’t obtain perfection as I understand it. But we can work, and work hard, toward obtaining it. If you do that, you will never lose, in sports or in life.
— John Wooden
Dedication requires fulfilling commitments long after the sentiment in which they were made is gone.
— Phil Gramm
Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.
— Irving Stone
Many, many times, the kids with less talent become the better athletes because they’re more dedicated to achieving their full potential.
— Red Auerbach
A lot of people don’t realize that about 98 percent of the running I put in is anything but glamorous: 2 percent joyful participation, 98 percent dedication. It’s a tough formula. Getting out in the forest in the biting cold and the flattening heat, and putting in kilometer after kilometer.
— Rob de Castella
At some point, you say to yourself, “I want to be the best.” But when you honestly make that commitment, you have to realize all the dedication and time that it takes.
— Raymond Floyd
Personally, I have never received a promotion in my life that I could not trace directly to recognition that I had gained by rendering more service and better service than that for which I was paid.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Take responsibility for your own career. Don’t assume that others are aware of the good work you are doing.
— Sharon Allen
Executives who get there and stay suggest solutions when they present problems.
— Malcolm Forbes
The way to douse a firing is to use what you learned for an even better hiring.
— Harvey Mackay
The biggest mistake in life is to think that you work for someone else. True, you may have a boss and you may collect a paycheck from a company but ultimately, you are the master of your own destiny. You decide what potential you reach in your career and what you will eventually accomplish in your life.
— Bob Nelson
Think big; start small.
— Patricia Fripp
Beware of undertaking too much at the start. Be content with quite a little. Allow for accidents. Allow for human nature, especially your own.
— Arnold Bennett
You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.
— Steve Covey
Set your goals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you.
The mistake many people make is setting their expectations too low. Then they fail to mobilize all their talents and resources – which, in turn, lowers their self-regard and level of achievement. Resilient people access their full potential by setting clear goals that will expand their expectations.
— Roger Crawford