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Let’s take a look at how high achievers think, to see what we can learn from them about cultivating a mindset for success and keeping ourselves focused and motivated.  

Here are some examples of beliefs held by high achieving individuals and quotes to inspire you…  

1- Persistence pays!  

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Bille Jean King 

“Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” – Thomas Edison  

Don’t stop when you’re tired; stop when you’re done.” – Marilyn Monroe 

2- Don’t fear failure  

“I’ve not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison 

“Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who has never achieved much.” – Joan Collins 

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho 

3 – Challenges bring opportunity to grow and improve 

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill 

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi 

 “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou 

“I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.” – Marie Curie 








4 – Striving for our goals is worthwhile and enjoyable 

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney  

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs  

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

Check out this video about how successful people think for more inspiration about staying focused to achieve your goals ( 4 mins)



 Take some time to think about what new habits, practices or arrangements you can put in place to harness the power of achievement motivation at work. Which of the achievement mindsets above can you imagine putting into practice and how might they make a difference?