I came across this quotations and I thought I'd share it here
The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success.
Henry Ward Beecher
The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business--or almost anywhere else for that matter.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
In everything the ends well defined are the secret of durable success.
Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.
Failures do what is tension relieving,
while winners do what is goal achieving.
(as quoted in Brian Tracy's book, Eat That Frog)
A man should have any number of little aims about which he should be conscious and for which he should have names, but he should have neither name for, nor consciousness concerning, the main aim of his life.
Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog
The great and glorious masterpiece of
man is to know how to live to purpose.
Michel de Montaigne
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
or what's a heaven for?
The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain.
Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.
If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up someplace else.
Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.
Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.
The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.
Richard Monckton Milnes
To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift.
There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.
It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; who aims at mediocrity will be far short of it.
In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.
Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.
There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the second.
Logan Pearsall Smith