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7 Inspiring Success Lessons

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Today I want to talk about seven inspiring success lessons.  If you’re going to succeed you must first master the lessons of success.  You must pass the test and qualify for success.  Marva Collins said, “Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.”  With that, here are seven lessons to help you “go to” success.

7 Inspiring Success Lessons:

1. Work

“The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won’t work – if you won’t.”

– Zig Ziglar

 

You can listen to and read all of the self-development in the world, but if you don’t put what you’re learning into action, things won’t change.  There’s a Swedish proverb that goes, “God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.”  You have the potential to succeed, but you’re going to have to work the principles that you know.

 

2. Change

Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got.”

– Jim Rohn

 

In order for your life to change, you must change.  To the degree that you change your thoughts, will be to the degree that your life changes.  Don’t expect anything to change if you’re not changing.  Don’t expect your marriage to get any better, if you’re not changing.  Don’t expect your health to get any better if you’re not changing.  If you want massive change, you must make massive change.

 

3. Stumble

“A stumble may prevent a fall.”

–English Proverb

 

It’s okay to stumble.  When you reach for great things you will stumble; just be sure to learn from the stumble.  A stumble could be the best thing that ever happened to you.  A stumble may prevent total chaos in your life, if you learn from it.  Learn to value stumbles and to learn from the stumbles.

 

4. Become

Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are.”

– Jim Rohn

 

Success does not come from what you attain, but from who you become.  Success is not a big car; success is you being big on the inside.  When you’re big on the inside, you can attract a big car, but the car does not make you, you make the car.  If you decide to grow up, you will succeed.  Jim Rohn said, “We can have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.”
5. Take Charge

“Possession of the ball is the key to winning in football, basketball, and the game of life.”
–Laing Burns, Jr.

 

The good news is you always have possession of the ball in the game of life.  Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that they have possession of the ball.  They’re waiting around for someone to pass them the ball, and they already have it.  Take charge of your life, you got the ball, it’s in your court, what are you going to do?

 

6. Push

 

It is easy to get to the top after you get through the crowd at the bottom. – Zig Ziglar

 

The hard part is always the beginning, the push through the crowd.  But if you make it through the crowd, you can make it to the top.  I said, “If you can make it through the crowd, you can make it to the top.”  Commit today, to push through the crowd.

 

7. Vision

“Success often comes to those who have the aptitude to see way down the road.”

–Laing Burns, Jr.

 

Vision is your ability to see down the road.  Use your imagination to see all the way down the road.  I like what Robert Collier said, he said, “The great successful men of the world have used their imagination, they think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building – steadily building.”

Keep on building, and your vision will become your reality.  Keep on building and success will be yours.

Thank you for reading and be sure to pass this article along!

Mr. Self Development is an author who teaches a motivational and practical guide to success. Please visit him at Mr. Self Development.com.

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  • http://www.tohami.com M. A. Tohami

    Hi,

    I don’t agree with Marva Collins quote: “Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.” I agree more with Jim Rohn’s quote in lesson #4, “We can have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.”

    I believe that success is attracted to you by the person you become. You just need to listen to your heart, do what you love and leverage your strengths. Success is a result of self knowledge and passionate living, not a destination to go to.

    I very much like the Swedish proverb that says, “God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.”

    It is critical to understand Jim Rohn’s quote: “Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got.”

    He said “change HOW you are” not “change WHO you are”.
    Don’t change who you are. Instead change how you are.

    This means that you need to change how you use your strengths, how you manage your weaknesses and how you think & act. You must believe that you are the best as you are and you have inborn talents that matches with your purpose in life. It is all about changing how you’re making use of your gifts.

    Thanks for the great post and quotes you shared.

    Regards,
    M. A. Tohami
    Bestselling author of “The Pharaohs’ Code: Creating a Joyful Life and a Lasting Legacy”

  • http://www.tohami.com M. A. Tohami

    Hi,

    I don’t agree with Marva Collins quote: “Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.” I agree more with Jim Rohn’s quote in lesson #4, “We can have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.”

    Thanks for the great post and quotes you shared.

    Regards,
    M. A. Tohami
    Bestselling author of “The Pharaohs’ Code: Creating a Joyful Life and a Lasting Legacy”

  • http://www.glimpsesindia.com Glimpses India

    There are inspiring tales of this sort of change happening every day, across the world,

  • http://budurl.com/jhcj Kirstine Vergara

    “It is easy to get to the top after you get through the crowd at the bottom.”

    I especially like this one. I believe that success is about working your way up. Positions do not matter. What’s important is that you know you’re not where you were 5 years ago. You may not be the vice-president in your department, as long as you know what you’ve improved, then that’s success. Do not wait for success to happen, do something to make it happen. Let me share with you an interesting article about Turning Your Dreams Into Reality. Hope you’ll like it. :)

  • http://step2more.wordpress.com/ sanjay

    Thanks for the good collection of quotes!
    Inspiring as it is.

  • http://www.3smartcubes.com/ Tasneem R

    Wow what an article ! The points which I liked the most are ‘ change’ and ‘ stumble’. If I want others to change or if I want something to get changed , I must change . Thanks for this message :) Also what you said about stumbling , I liked the quote . A stumble may prevent falling.Success according to me does not mean to have achieved all what was desired but the way you’ve achieved your goals.

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  • http://improvedenergy.squarespace.com/ Ace

    I love this article. I like this quote by zig
    “The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won’t work – if you won’t.”

  • http://enlightr.com Craig Thomas

    Interesting post. :) Although, I’d say there’s a lot more people with quotes other than the select few that seem to have been focused on :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/felix.scott2 Felix Scott

    Where is Marva Collins now? I knew that mess that she was teaching was nothing but a flash in the pan success story that was a fad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/felix.scott2 Felix Scott

    Where is Marva Collins now? I knew that mess that she was teaching was nothing but a flash in the pan success story that was a fad.

  • leonard K..Thika,Kenya

    Thanks for the post.  A great eye opener,  informative and totally inspirational

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