14 Quotes Series: “Inspiration”

Note from Coach O: So far in the 14 Quotes series I have chosen a topic to share related quotes. For this edition of “14 Quotes”, I have chosen 14 quotes to simply inspire you this week! Enjoy…


“One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.”  ~Sidney Howard 

“The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible.  That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit.”  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.”  ~Zig Ziglar 

“The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle.”  ~Author Unknown
“How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?”  ~Anthony Robbins
“Sometimes the path you’re on is not as important as the direction you’re heading.”  ~Kevin Smith
 “The impossible is often the untried.”  ~Jim Goodwin
“The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.”  ~Vance Havner  

“Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.”  ~Author Unknown
 “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.”  ~Jack Penn
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”  ~Beverly Sills  

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”  ~David Lloyd George

 “Know your limits, but never stop trying to exceed them.”  ~Author Unknown  

 “Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that’s one of the hardest things to do because you don’t always know exactly where you’re going, and you shouldn’t.”  ~George Lucas


Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

14 Quotes Series: Orison Swett Marden

Mr. Orison Swett Marden, founder, Success Magazine

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

Note from Coach O: Orison Swett Marden, founder of Success Magazine, is also considered to be the founder of the modern success movement in America. He certainly bridged the gap between the old, narrow notions of success and the new, more comprehensive models made popular by best-selling authors such as Napoleon Hill, Clement Stone, Dale Carnegie, Og Mandino, Earl Nightingale, Norman Vincent Peale, and today’s authors Stephen R. Covey, Anthony Robbins, and Brian Tracy.

So, this week, my “14 Quotes Series” will take a different direction and highlight my 14 favorite quotes from Mr. Marden. I hope you read something that inspires you to pursue excellence!!

“A will finds a way.”

“Achievement is not always success while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.”

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”

“Obstacles will look large or small to you according to whether you are large or small. “

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”

“The Creator has not given you a longing to do what you have no ability to do.“

A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires. 

“Be larger than your task”

“Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.”

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.”

“Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.”

“Unless you have prepared yourself to profit by your chance, the opportunity will only make you ridiculous. A great occasion is valuable to you just in proportion as you have educated yourself to make use of it.”

“Begin where you are; work where you are; the hour which you are now wasting, dreaming of some far off success may be crowded with grand possibilities.”

“You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them.”

11 Ways To Go From Average To Exceptional (via Brian Dodd On Leadership)

This is a great post from Brian Dodd, who has a fantastic blog! Enjoy the read, but also grab something to apply to YOUR life!

11 Ways To Go From Average To Exceptional Do you feel average?  Is your organization just treading water?  On a personal level, do you feel like you are “stuck in the mud”?  We have all been there. In the October 11th edition of The Sporting News, Stan McNeal takes a look at four MLB play-off teams who were not expected to be there – the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, and Texas Rangers. As leaders looking to improve our performance, we can apply the following key … Read More

via Brian Dodd On Leadership

14 Quotes Series: “Confidence”

Rex Ryan, NY Jets Head Coach (known for his confidence)

Confidence defined: full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing: We have every confidence in their ability to succeed.

 Self-confidence defined: belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance: His lack of confidence defeated him.

Note from Coach O: I happen to think that self-confidence is one of the important keys to reaching your goals, as we continue on our journey to success. I think reading about leadership and ways to motivate people, and inspirational quotes all have their place — BUT — if you don’t believe in yourself and your team; success will be elusive; at best!

I think confidence is something you have to build up every day through motivation and achievement. Our confidence can be temporarily affected by circumstances, but we have to work intentionally and DAILY to build it up! Then each time you reach a goal (achievement) or successfully overcome one of life’s “speed bumps” (adversity), it builds our confidence exponentially. If we continue this progression, there is nothing that can hold us back!!!

I offer you “14 Quotes” (for motivation) that I hope helps build your confidence and keeps you focused on YOUR path.

Please feel free to comment on the “14 Quotes series” & make suggestions on the next topic I can “quote-ify”…. 🙂


“The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch” ~Jim Rohn

“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.” ~ Anna Freud

“Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people’s criticisms — carry out your plan.” ~ Paul J. Meyer

“Accept yourself as you are. Otherwise you will never see opportunity. You will not feel free to move toward it; you will feel you are not deserving.” ~ Maxwell Maltz

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”  ~ Norman Vincent Peale

“Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.”  ~ Joe Paterno

“Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” ~ Samuel Johnson

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.” ~ Muhammad Ali

 “Confidence can get you where you want to go, and getting there is a daily process. It’s so much easier when you feel good about yourself, your abilities and talents.” ~ Donald Trump

 “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence”.  ~ Helen Keller

 “A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.”  ~ David Brinkley

 “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”  ~ Michael Jordan

 “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.”   ~ Bruce Barton

 “Always act like you’re wearing an invisible crown.”  ~ Unknown


Only as high as I reach can I grow,

Only as far as I seek can I go,

Only as deep as I look can I see,

Only as much as I dream can I be.

~ Karen Ravn



Anthony Robbins, awesome motivational speaker & author

I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment,

and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate

a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve.

This level of resolve can move mountains,

but it must be constant and consistent.

As simplistic as this may sound,

it is still the common denominator separating those

who live their dreams from those who live in regret.

~ Anthony Robbins

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