Quotes on Success

See also: Micah 6:8

We’re not expected to be successful in all things, just faithful in all things. — Mother Teresa

If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.  — John D. Rockefeller Sr.

Success comes from good judgment, good judgment comes from experience, experience comes from learning, learning comes from failing; therefore learning from failure is the key to success. — Brent A. Barlow, BYU Education Week, August 1992

I remember my great mission president, Matthew Cowley (later to become an apostle of the Lord), who said, “You don’t have to worry about really being successful.  All you have to do is serve the people, and the people will make you famous.”  Have you ever thought about that?  Serve the people, and the people will make you great.  They love you, and they put you upon their shoulders.  That is how people really become exalted in this world, not by locking themselves in a closet and deciding how they are going to do it, in and of themselves, but through the forgetting of self and through service to others. — Elder Robert L. Simpson, “Organizing for Eternity,” BYU Speeches of the Year, April 20, 1965, pp. 5-6

I believe with all my heart that the true value of a man is not in the man who can do the work of ten men, but rather in that man who can get ten men to work. — Elder Robert L. Simpson, “Organizing for Eternity,” BYU Speeches of the Year, April 20, 1965, p. 6

Success is not how high up the ladder you climb, but how often you pause to help those you meet along the way,” Elder John K. Carmack of the Seventy told LDS Business College graduates at last week’s commencement exercises.  “If our life consists in merely gathering in our fruits, our bank accounts, and our stocks and bonds, of what value is our life?” he asked.  “We should never forget the poor and those of our fellow men that we can help,” he said. — Elder John Carmack, Deseret News, May 2001

What is success?  Is it money?  Is it achievement?  Is it fame?  Is it position?  Is it dominion?  The prophet Micah defined success as follows: “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”  (Micah 6:8) — President James E. Faust, Ensign, May 1982, p. 48

Man’s success or failure, happiness or misery, depends upon what he seeks and what he chooses.  What a man is, what a nation is, may largely be determined by his or its dominant quest.  It is a tragic thing to carry through life a low concept of it. – President David O. McKay, Gospel Ideals, p. 491