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.”