Have you ever wondered what makes successful people so good at what they do?
Turns out, it’s not intelligence, educational attainment— not even talent.
Experts now believe that there is only one thing that defines how well you succeed in life:
It’s a thing called the growth mindset.
Carol Dweck, the leading expert on the subject, defines the growth mindset as:
“In this mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting point for development. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts.
“Although people may differ in every which way — in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments — everyone can change and grow through application and exercise.”
The good thing is you can develop the growth mindset.
A growth mindset is not something you just happen to have. That’s not the point.
A growth mindset is something you develop and continually work on.
“You will see exactly how one thing leads to another—how a belief that your qualities are carved in stone leads to a host of thoughts and actions, and how a belief that your qualities can be cultivated leads to a host of different thoughts and actions, taking you down an entirely different road.”
Through unnerving grit and determination not to quit, you can develop the belief that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Here are 70+ inspiring quotes to motivate you towards having a growth mindset:
“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow” –
“There are five important things for living a successful and fulfilling life: never stop dreaming, never stop believing, never give up, never stop trying, and never stop learning.” – Roy Bennett
“Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson
“There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Elbert Hubbard
“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” – Winston Churchill
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
“If you don’t give up on something you truly believe in, you will find a way.” – Roy T. Bennett
“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to learn.” – Pema Chödrön
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
“Struggle for your art. Die for your art. But you can never give up on your art!” ― Avijeet Das
“One of the most powerful lessons in life is to recognize that no one can give you power, and many people don’t want you to have it. You have to find the courage to seize it, own it and hold on!” – Shannon L. Alder
“No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them.” – Maeve Greyson
“You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don’t give up.” – Chuck Yeager
“If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.” – Jesse
“Never give up your desire to be what you want to be. Stay focused, persistent and relentless.” – Debasish Mridha MDJackson
“There is no substitute for hard work. Never give up. Never stop believing. Never stop fighting.” – Hope Hicks
“How long should you try? Until.” – Jim Rohn
“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”- Henry Ford
“When it comes to fighting for your dreams, be a dragon. Breathe fire.” – Richelle E. Goodrich
“Hold yourself back, or heal yourself back together. You decide.” – Brittany Burgunder
“Try again; you have millions of alternatives. Fill yourself with the bullets of hope and you will kill failure with one shot.” – Israelmore Ayivor
“Great achievement requires personal force, determined spirit and self-confidence.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
“If you never give up, you’ll be successful.” – Dan O’Brien
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale
“You have to conquer every obstacle, before you can reach the top of the mountain.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
“Sometimes you must give up on certain people, but it should be mandatory that you will never ever give up on yourself.” – Ben Tolosa
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher
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“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.” – Richelle E. Goodrich
“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” -Newt Gingrich
“You know that if you want to become a master, you have to spend hours every day working on the same movements.” – Dr Prem Jagyasi
“When you are told ‘you cannot change the world’, is because you are already doing it.” – Rodolfo Peon
“When things don’t go according to plan, plan according to how things go.”- Kayambila Mpulamasaka
“It’s better to be insane & fight till the end rather than allowing sanity to presume the strength of your opponent & dictate a withdrawal from the battlefield, what if your opponent is also feeling the same. Remember – the winner is always the last man standing.” – Shahenshah Hafeez Khan
“Let them ridicule you, laugh at you, hurt you & ignore you but never let them stop you.” Apoorve Dubey
“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.” – Victor Hugo
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” Calvin Coolidge
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele
“Feeling tired? Learn to rest, not to quit.” Dido Stargaze
“He conquers who endures.” – Persius
“Let us accept our struggles, embrace them, and forge ahead.” – Avijeet Das
“The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.” – David Sarnoff
“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua Marine
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews
“Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.” – Gillian Anderson
“Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.” – Lord Chesterfield
“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.” – Confucius
“To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.” T.F. Hodge
“My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn’t have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Sara Blakely
“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Unknown
“Effort only fully releases its rewards after a person refuses to quit.” – Napoleon Hill
“Nature is a constant reminder of the beauty of consistence, the utility of patience and persistence, the vanity of arrogance, and the necessity of impermanence.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that life can change unexpectedly and instantaneously. Regardless, you have to keep putting one foot in front of the other, so that when life unexpectedly changes for the better -you already know how to walk and can seize it.” – Brittany Burgunder
“Vision is not enough. It must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must also step up the stairs.” – Vaclav Havel
“Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
“The most essential factor is persistence – the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.” – James Whitcomb Riley
“When taken in the right direction, even a step that is only half a centimeter long is progress.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Don’t quit because you are not good enough, keep going because you are not good enough yet. You don’t quit driving halfway to your destination because you are not there, you keep driving because you are not there yet. You keep driving until you get there. You keep trying until you are good enough.” – Richelle E. Goodrich
“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” – Elbert Hubbard”
“Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what.” – Mohsin Jameel
“Decide carefully, exactly what you want in life, then work like mad to make sure you get it!” – Hector Crawford
“Impatience is even more unfortunate in the talented.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.” – Benjamin Disraeli
“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather
“Positivity, confidence, and persistence are key in life, so never give up on yourself.” – Khalid
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