Quotations and mottos oftentimes become our mantra in going through life. From elementary to university, we use familiar phrases to get us going. When we become part of the workforce, these group of words prove still to be useful. Even highly successful people and their work experience can prove that some quotations and mottos do have value to help you achieve your goals.
Here are some quotes to live by as proven by highly successful people:
“Patience is a virtue.”
Success may happen overnight for some but it’s not the same story for everyone else. Oftentimes, people who become highly successful people in the end went through a slow and steady process of rising, stumbling and falling again until they eventually rise and reach the top.
Federica Marchionni, the current CEO of retail company Lands’ End, can be a proof of the line “patience is a virtue.” According to an article on Lifehack about highly successful people, she insisted that being patient is a must before you can reach the top. She shared that at 25 she already wanted to reach the top of the ladder. But then she learned the importance of experience to get to the top. She worked for Samsung, Phillips, Ericsson and Ferrari. Fast forward 15 years later, she became the president of the luxurious Dolce & Gabbana until just this year, she became CEO of Lands’ End.
“Carpe diem” or “Seize the day.”
Taking a risk is the ultimate road to success. If you wouldn’t try and dive into something, you won’t know the ending of that chapter in your life.
In Forbes’ The Greatest Risks They Ever Took in 2010, Dr. Phil McGraw or more popularly known as just Dr. Phil was cited as one of the people to took a chance and succeeded. During the 1990s, he was a clinical psychologist living a private life with his family and then became a co-founder of Courtroom Sciences, Inc. that advises Fortune 500 companies. He met Oprah at this time and got him into television. Then, he was offered his own show in 2002. He told Forbes that getting into TV was a big risk for him, much more for his family. Years later, his show Dr. Phil remains on air. His marriage is still strong and his family is doing great.
“Time is gold.”
Yes, you can’t take back time. Sometimes, it passes by and you won’t notice it. Thus, many people just starting up with their careers just go and seize every opportunity. That is good but work-life balance also matters.
In Huffington Post’s What 8 Highly Successful People Wish They Had Done Differently in 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama was cited about regretting always letting work eat his time when his kids were younger. He cited in his essay Being the Father I Never Had how important it is to spend time with your children despite having a career.
American singer Usher also regrets choosing work over time with family as told in the Huffington Post article. He said when his father was sick, he was busy working. It was too late when he realized that he should have spent time with his father in his last days.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”
Succeeding in your chosen field is one big trial and error process. There are times the world will be on your side and every try comes with positive results. But there would be times (and it would be a lot) that your efforts will end in failure. These failures though should not stop you. It should just keep you going instead. As they say, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Never giving up pays off.
Take for example one of the greatest authors of this age who introduced us to the world of wizards, witches and muggles. The website, The Muse, cited Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling as one of nine famous people that will inspire people to not give up. Before she became a best-selling author, she was struggling. In 1994, she relied on government aid for her and her baby’s needs. At that time, she had to manually type and photocopy manuscripts of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to get a literary agent and get published. She was rejected multiple times but she still tried until in 1997 she got the book out and the rest is history.
She was not the only author who had to go through so much rejection but never surrendered until they got published. Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl took 15 tries before getting picked up, according to Buzzfeed’s 20 Brilliant Authors Whose Work Was Initially Rejected. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind went through 38 rejections before getting published.
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, as reported by The Muse’s When Getting Rejected Pays Off Big Time, is another living proof of never giving up after rejections. He worked for Yahoo! from 1998 to 2007. In 2009, he applied to Facebook only to be rejected. Nevertheless, he moved forward and with friend Jan Koum founded instant messaging app Whatsapp. Facebook bought Whatsapp for $19 billion in 2014.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Passion is the key in any endeavor. It is also the key to reaching your dreams the easy way.
Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, according to a Business Insider article, is one of those people who live by “doing something you love.” He shared that when he founded TOMS, it was for the reason and passion of doing something good for others. He just focused on doing something he loved. Now, he continues to enjoy being passionate about helping others. It doesn’t hurt that, on the side, his company is also making money.