One thing all successful people have in common is a growth mindset. The way we think about things literally determines the results we get, meaning that our thoughts create our reality. With the right attitude, we can reach our goals, follow and achieve our dreams, and positively impact the world.

Once you truly understand the power of the mind, you’ll feel inspired to learn how to reprogram your mindset to one of positivity and success. Even so, creating a growth mindset requires you to embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal development.

Many tools can help you improve your perspective. However, one thing that will get you started is reading mindset quotes from the most successful, respected, and influential people of all time.

If you want to be successful, you have to think like a successful person. This is why reading and studying quotes can have a powerful impact on your thinking in a short space of time. These words of wisdom will give you an insight into the minds of the most remarkable people throughout history.

1. If you can build a muscle, you can build a mindset. – Jay Shetty

2. It is hard to fail. But it is worse never to have tried to succeed. – Theodore Roosevelt

3. My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people. Mindsets play strange tricks on us. We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see. – Muhammad Yunus

4. Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. – Erich Fromm

5. There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy. – Albert Ellis

6. 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. – Pelé

7. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time. – Thomas Edison

8. Vowing, even intense vowing, is often useless. The next day comes and the next day goes. What works is making a vivid, concrete plan. – Carol Dweck

9. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

10. Work hard now. Don’t wait. If you work hard enough you’ll be given what you deserve. – Shaquille O’Neal

11. If you don’t give anything don’t expect anything. Success is not coming to you. You must come to it. – Marva Collins

12. I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. – Muhammad Ali

13. Failure is not fatal, but failing to change might be. – John Wooden

14. Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. – Maria Robinson

15. Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have. – Margaret Mead

16. The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. – Captain Jack Sparrow

17. Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. But it is the ability to resist or use failure that often leads to greater success. – JK Rowling

18. The problem human beings face is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed. – Michelangelo

19. Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. – Winston Churchill

20. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

21. When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. – Confucius

22. We must get our hearts broken sometimes. This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something. – Elizabeth Gilbert

23. Sometimes in life, when bad things happen to us, or things aren’t going our way, or we’re faced with a challenge or a problem, it’s how you look at the problem; it’s how you do it to change your mindset, to dilute the negativity. – Alesha Dixon

24. The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year. – John Foster Dulles

25. Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

26. Success is not an accident. Success is a choice. – Stephen Curry

27. A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep. – Vernon Howard

28. We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary. – Carol Dweck

29. I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process. – Oprah Winfrey

30. What you get by reaching your goals is not nearly so important as what you become by reaching them. – Zig Ziglar

31. When entire companies embrace a growth mindset, their employees report feeling far more empowered and committed; they also receive far greater organizational support for collaboration and innovation. – Carol S. Dweck

32. After living with their dysfunctional behavior for so many years, people become invested in defending their dysfunctions rather than changing them. – Marshall Goldsmith

33. Don’t be too squeamish or timid about your actions. All life is an experiment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

34. You can never predict a hit or a flop, but it’s about what you are happy doing as an actor. Every actor comes with his or her own mindset. – Yami Gautam

35. Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain. – William Shakespeare

36. It’s sort of a mental attitude about critical thinking and curiosity. It’s about mindset of looking at the world in a playful and curious and creative way. – Adam Savage

37. Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. – Thomas Watson

38. If you don’t give anything, don’t expect anything. Success is not coming to you, you must come to it. – Marva Collins

39. Don’t tell me how talented you are. Tell me how hard you work. – Artur Rubenstein

40. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all. – Dale Carnegie

41. As a football team, you head into the season the same way with confidence and a positive mindset that you are going to win a bunch of football games. – Matthew Stafford

42. Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, for all the people you can, as long as ever you can. – John Wesley

43. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

44. Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. – Sherman Finesilver

45. There’s no such thing as failure. Only results. – Tony Robbins

46. Being a player that plays multiple positions, that’s my mindset every single day because I don’t have the luxury of just being really good at one thing. – Crystal Dunn

47. It’s not that I’m so smart. It’s just that I stay with problems longer. – Albert Einstein

48. It’s not that I’m so smart. It’s just that I stay with problems longer. – Albert Einstein

49. Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. – Dr. Samuel Johnson

50. Success is really about your mindset. – F. Gary Gray

You may find that just reading these mindset quotes once is enough to spark some motivation within you. However, if you want to see results in your life, commit to studying these sayings every day until you 100% believe them. Then, whenever you feel negativity arising, return to these nuggets of insight.

Of course, it takes time and effort. But, anyone can turn a fixed mindset of limitations into a growth mindset of possibilities. Without continuous learning and growing, we will never achieve the things we most desire.


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