The 101+ best secrets of success for you

Success is an endless journey. Becoming successful or attaining what you think of as success is a lifelong journey.

Many people struggle with the question: What are the secrets of success?

This question arises from many people who have the view that other people are successful but they are not.  Therefore the question arises: What are the secrets of their success?

Kin Hubbard said: “There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it?” I agree.

Why do we keep on asking this question?

The reality is that most people see success as a once off happening. Whereas in actual fact it is a lifelong journey.

Like any journey there are some rules or principles that are important to observe, in order to reach the planned destination.

One of the important principles of our success journey is to have a destination or goal in life.

The other — so often neglected— principle is that we need beacons (or signposts) on this journey, to guide and help us to stay on track to reach our goals.

Different people need different beacons at different times on this journey to success.

See this list as beacons to guide you on your journey. Different situations, problems or challenges you may be facing on this journey will require a different practical guideline to assist you in making progress.

Keep this guide of the best secrets of success and refer to it whenever you feel stuck or uncertain on your journey. Different snippets of support or guiding beacons will encourage and sustain you at different stages of your journey.

Some true and lasting Secrets of Success

The 101+ best Secrets of Success for you

Here are some real Secrets of Success diamonds that will never change and be the same for everyone:

  • Enjoy and never bemoan whatever effort your work requires.
  • Do things – not merely because they are popular, but because you deeply believe in them.
  • Enthusiasm; without it, nothing worthwhile was ever achieved.
  • Seeing your work primarily as a service to others, and not as a means of personal gain.
  • Blame no one when things go wrong, but do whatever you can to improve matters.
  • Be crystal clear as to your purpose and directions, and have the courage to act
  •  See obstacles  that may confront you as opportunities
  • See every setback as a steppingstone to ultimate achievement.
  • Develop your willpower by setting yourself increasingly difficult goals and Persevere until each of them has been achieved.
  • Dare to step outside the boundaries of conventional wisdom.
  • View every day as a fresh beginning, bright with promise, and never define yourself in terms of past accomplishments.
  • Don’t limit your self-identity to existing realities, but expand it to include your highest potential.
  • Ensure that the outcome of everything you do is harmonious, by always acting with a positive, harmonious attitude.
  •  In anything you do, ask yourself not merely, “What would people like to have?” but, “What would I feel happy giving them?”
  • Be open to the truth, no matter who utters it.
  • Choose the truth over opinion – even if the opinion is your own.
  • Consult your inner feeling before making decisions; never do a thing, whatever reason tells you, unless your heart concurs.
  • Never make emotional decisions, but follow the feeling of your heart with a calm state of reason.
  • Be solution-oriented, not problem-oriented, and have faith that, for every problem, an inherent solution exists.
  • Be grateful for what you have, however little, and don’t resent life for what it hasn’t given you.
  • Humility; realise that pride is the death of wisdom, and the paralysis of every worthwhile endeavour.

Secrets of success for entrepreneurs  

The 101+ best Secrets of Success for you

The majority of the beacons for the entrepreneur on his success journey are the same as for anybody else.  Although there are some that may be more specific. Here are some of those.

Successful entrepreneurs:

  • are obsessed with action and implementation.
  • engineer four, five, six plans and execute them in tandem, wagering that at least one plan will get traction.
  • willingly risk making fools of them, knowing that long-term success is a good trade for short-term loss of dignity.
  • expose their ideas to harsh scrutiny as soon as reasonably possible.
  • do original research and determine what paths have  already been trod.
  • do what they’re gifted at and delegate the rest.
  • think in terms of IS and CAN BE.
  • raise more money than they think they need.
  • prepare for change and keep on innovating.
  • provide customers with amazing service.
  • know themselves and understand their inner world, their bright and dark sides, personal strengths and weakness.
  • do not waste energy on things they cannot change, nor do they waste resources and energy on things they cannot control.
  • always embrace the truth, always encourage candid criticism, and are skeptical of flattering appraisals.
  • always evaluate information with a critical mindset; they do not rely upon old premises, assertions, and theories
  • never underestimate the power of personal integrity; they would rather “fail with honour than win by cheating.”

Secrets of Success – ask these vital questions

The 101+ best Secrets of Success for you

Asking questions is one of the most important instruments we   can use to  get more clarity about ourselves and   is a guiding beacon on our journey to success.

Some useful questions we can ask ourselves are:

  • Am I making progress in achieving my goals?
  • What (where and how ) progress am I making in my business, personal and social life?
  • Why am I doing what I am doing?  E.g. my work, my hobby, etc.
  • Am I optimizing the use of my time every day?
  • How much time and resources am I spending in self-development?
  • Am I continuously developing my untapped talents?
  • What new ideas have I generated today?
  • Do I have a balance between enjoyment and achievement in my life?
  • What Hard Thing am I Not Doing Enough Of?
  • What Easy Thing am I Doing Too Much Of?
  • How am I Going to Implement the Changes That Need to Be Made?
  • Have I offered help to someone worse off than myself?
  • Has my private life been consistent with my public exhibition of integrity?
  • Have I conditioned my body to be more strong, flexible and resilient?
  • Am I grateful enough for the incredible privileges in my life?
  • Have I taken the needed action today to keep me on track, on my success journey?
  • Do I tend to see more opportunities than problems in difficult situations?
  • Am I willing to make decisive decisions and take responsibility for the outcome?

Secrets of Success – Habits that will promote your success

The 101+ best Secrets of Success for you

A habit is something that we do regularly and repeat so often that we tend not to realise that we do it.  Consequently, it becomes an unconscious pattern of behaviour.

The problem is that because we do not realise that we have this habit, it can be a stumbling block on our success journey.

The purpose of this section is to make you aware of your habits and the fact that it is an important beacon on the journey to success. The next step will be to change “bad” habits, which is outside the scope of this list.
To what extend are you focused on achieving your goals in life?

  • My self-control is in a crises situation.
  • My persistence is unwavering, irrespective of the situation.
  • Am I decisive when making decisions?
  • Do I tend to gather all the relevant information before reaching a conclusion?
  • Do I tend to blame others for problems or mistakes? Or do I take responsibility for my decisions?
  • To what extend do I procrastinate and look for reasons not to take action?
  • Am I action orientated and decisive?
  • Can I control my emotions?
  • Am I aware of the importance of my time and do I make optimum use of it every day?
  • Do I plan my days methodically?
  • Is my communication and interaction with other people friendly and respectful?
  • What are my habits with regards to my body and health?  (eg.  eating, drinking, exercise and good healthy routines?)
  • Do I keep on innovating and looking for improvements in whatever I am involved in?


Sound advice about your Secrets of Successᵃ

The 101+ best Secrets of Success for you

Due to the valuable lesson from Chesterton we have to include this section.

 “I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.”— G. K. Chesterton


  • Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway:

Berkshire Hathaway board of directors member Thomas Murphy told him: “Never forget Warren, you can tell a guy to go to hell tomorrow — you don’t give up the right. So just keep your mouth shut today, and see if you feel the same way tomorrow.”


  • Marissa Mayer, president and CEO, Yahoo!: “My friend Andre said to me, ‘You know, Marissa, you’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself to pick the right choice, and I’ve gotta be honest: That’s not what I see here. I see a bunch of good choices, and there’s the one that you pick and make great.‘ I think that’s one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten.


  • Richard Branson, founder and chairman, Virgin Group: “My mother always taught me never to look back in regret but to move on to the next thing. The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me. I have fun running ALL the Virgin businesses — so a setback is never a bad experience, just a learning curve.”


  • Terry J. Lundgren, CEO, Macy’s. Gene Ross, the man who recruited Lundgren at Bullock, told him: “You’re not going to do this forever. There’s a finite amount of time you’re going to be doing this. Do this really, really well. And if you do this really, really well, everybody will see that, and they’ll move you onto the next thing. And you do that well, and then you’ll move.


  • Maureen Chiquet, Global CEO, Chanel. Mickey Drexler, CEO of Gap at the time, told Chiquet: “I’m going to give you some important advice. You’re a terrific merchant. But you’ve gotta learn to listen!”
The 101+ best Secrets of Success for you
  • Shafqat Islam, CEO and cofounder, Newscred. “If you’re not getting told ‘no’ enough times a day, you’re probably not doing it right or you’re probably not pushing yourself hard enough. “I think that’s a good piece of advice for anyone building a company because you hear ‘no’ so many times and I think that’s normal, I think that’s a good thing, that means you’re trying to do something that’s disruptive, that’s ground-breaking.”


  • Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, Google. “Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids.”


  • Tory Burch, cofounder and CEO, Tory Burch. “When I started my company, many people said I shouldn’t launch it as a retail concept because it was too big a risk. They told me to launch as a wholesaler to test the waters — because that was the traditional way. “But Glen Senk, [then] CEO of Urban Outfitters and a mentor of mine … told me to follow my instincts and take the risk. I wanted to create a new way of looking at retail.”


  • Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn. “As a child, I can’t recall a day that went by without my dad telling me I could do anything I set my mind to. He said it so often, I stopped hearing it. Along with lines like ‘eat your vegetables,’ I just assumed it was one of those bromides that parents repeated endlessly to their kids. “It wasn’t until decades later that I fully appreciated the importance of those words and the impact they had on me.”


  • Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor-in-chief, The Huffington Post. “Whenever I’d complain or was upset about something in my own life, my mother had the same advice: ‘Darling, just change the channel. You are in control of the clicker. Don’t replay the bad, scary movie.’ “We don’t have to wait until we move or change jobs to change our lives. Nor do we have to wait for large-scale, upstream change. We can initiate change right now.There are endless starting points.”


  • Brian Chesky, CEO and cofounder, Airbnb. When Airbnb was going through Paul Graham’s Y Combinator program, the legendary programmer and startup mentor told Chesky: “Build something 100 people love, not something 1 million people kind of like.”


  • Bill Gates, cofounder and chairman, Microsoft.”I’ve gotten a lot of great advice from Warren [Buffett]. I’d say one of the most interesting is how he keeps things simple. “You look at his calendar, it’s pretty simple. You talk to him about a case where he thinks a business is attractive, and he knows a few basic numbers and facts about it. And [if] it gets less complicated, he feels like then it’s something he’ll choose to invest in. He picks the things that he’s got a model of, a model that really is predictive and that’s going to continue to work over a long-term period. And so his ability to boil things down, to just work on the things that really count,to think through the basics — it’s so amazing that he can do that. It’s a special form of genius.”


  • Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook. When Sandberg was thinking she wouldn’t accept an offer to be Google’s general manager, Eric Schmidt told her, “Stop being an idiot; all that matters is growth.”


  • Richard Parsons, former chairman, Citigroup. Steve Ross, the former CEO of Time Warner, told him: “Just remember, it’s a small business and a long life. You’re going to see all these people again.”


  • Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors Company. “The best advice I ever received came from my parents, who encouraged me to work hard and pursue my early love of math. This was great advice for two reasons. “First, it led me to do something I really loved. In my experience, in work and in life, there are lots of smart, talented people out there. But talent alone is never enough. One of the things that distinguish those who truly make a difference is passion and hard work. There is truth in the expression that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. And the passion that drives hard work comes from doing something you really love. “The second reason this was great advice is that it steered me toward a career in engineering at a time when few women were pursuing work in science, technology, engineering or math – fields that, collectively, we now call STEM.”


  • Mohamed El-Erian, former CEO, PIMCO. “I remember asking my father, ‘Why do we need four newspapers?’ He said to me, ‘Unless you read different points of view, your mind will eventually close, and you’ll become a prisoner to a certain point of viewthat you’ll never question.'”


  • Kenneth Burdick, president and COO, WellCare Health Plans. Burdick received this message from various successful people he has met: “Surround you with good people. And part of that is surrounding yourself with people who think differently than you. Surrounding yourself with people who have different experiences than you. In business, it’s all about the team.”


  • Maynard Webb, chairman, Yahoo!. “I reflected back to a conversation I had with my dear friend Gay Hendricks, who was a trusted advisor and one of my coaches at eBay. Some years before, when I was thinking about leaving eBay, he offered some sage advice: ‘Your 50s are a decade of creativity or stagnation — so be searching for what you are intended to do.’ “Gay certainly was a case study of that advice. He was running an organization that helped people have better lives, had written dozens of books with his wife and even appeared on Oprah. Now at 69 years old, he has started writing detective novels and is producing his first movie. Amazing.”

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Secrets of Success videos

The 101+ best Secrets of Success for you

These videos from various experts add to our arsenal of beacons on our journey to success. They have valuable lessons and secrets of success worth watching and applying in our life.

Embrace the near win by Sarah Lewis

At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. Her secrets of success is:

In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?

Success is a continuous journey  by  Richard St. John

In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business’ rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson, his secrets of success — when we stop trying, we fail.

A kinder, gentler philosophy of success  by Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

Success, failure and the drive to keep creating by Elizabeth Gibert

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an “unpublished diner waitress,” devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes. Learn these valuable lessons of the secrets of success  form Elizabeth.

The difference between winning and succeeding by John Wooden

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom. The secrets of success from the remarkable John have unforgettable lessons for each.

Measuring what makes life worthwhile by Chip Conley

When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count. Find  what counts in your life – that will be the cornerstone of your secrets of success.

8 secrets of success by Richard St. John

Why do people succeed? Is it because they’re smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.

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People like to read quotes, because these are concise sentences, expressing wisdom, and awakening motivation, inspiration and happiness. You will find very valuable secret of success lessons in these and other quotes.

Secrets of Success Quotes

The 101+ best Secrets of Success for you

Quotes must be an integral part of the beacons because it is such a concise sentence, expressing wisdom, awakening motivation and inspiration. In many cases it is the wisdom from an icon or role model that  have valuable lessons that we can learn from and apply in our own life. Therefore it must be a valuable beacon for everyone on his success journey.

  •  “Before everything else, getting ready is the secrets of success” – Henry Ford
  • “The secrets of success is consistency of purpose.” –  Benjamin Disraeli
  • “The secrets of your success is hidden in your daily habits.” –  Mike Murdock
  • “The secrets of success is making your vocation your vacation.” –  Mark Twain
  • “The secrets to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching.”  – Dennis Green
  • “The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.” – Jean Giraudoux
  • “The secrets of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  • “A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.” – Albert Schweitzer
  •  “The secrets of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” – Anthony Robbins
  • “People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” – Eric Thomas,
  • “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen” – Michael Jordan”
  • “The only way to get out of mediocrity is to keep shooting for excellence.” –  Eric Thomas
  • “I wanted to surround myself with the kind of people who could help me turn my life around; people whom I could rub up against like iron and be sharpened.” –  Eric Thomas
  • “Can you honestly say the environment(s) you are in will yield the kind of harvest you are expecting?”  – Eric Thomas
  •  “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston S. Churchill
  •  “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” –  Colin R. Davis
  •  “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” –  Albert Einstein
  •   “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” –  Winston Churchill
  • “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
  • “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
  • “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  • “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” –  Steve Jobs
  • “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do.” – Unknown
  • “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” –  Japanese Proverb
  • “Some people dream of success while others wake up and work.” – Unknown
  • “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney
  • “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” – Unknown
  • “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” –  Bill Cosby
  • “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” –  Nikos Kazantzakis
  •  “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
  • “The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” – John D. Rockefeller Jr.
  • “I failed my way to success.” – Thomas Edison
  • “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” – Estee Lauder
    “Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.” –  Denis Waitley
  • “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.” –  Denis Waitley
  • “To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it.” –  Bunker Hunt
  • “Successful people are simply those with success habits.” –  Brian Tracy
    “Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” –  Bernard M. Baruch
    “The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration.” –  Babe Didrikson Zaharias
  • “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” –  Arthur Ashe
  • “No one has a corner on success. It is his who pays the price.” –  Orison Swett Marden
    “Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake somebody.” –  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow