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15 Secrets To Success: Advice From The Pros

The top dogs know a thing or two about reaching and surpassing your goals.

Here are a few words of advice from the best of the best on how to get ahead:

1. “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”

– Oprah Winfrey, host of The Oprah Winfrey Show and creator of O Magazine

Oprah Winfrey, Success Secrets

2. “My new motto is: When you’re through changing, you’re through.”

– Martha Stewart, host of The Martha Stewart Show

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3. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

– Warren Buffet, investor, company owner, and third-richest person in the world.

4. “Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”

– Donald Trump, entrepreneur and national icon, from his book Trump: the Art of the Deal (editor’s note…and now, US president)

5. “I have failed many times, and that’s why I am a success.”

– Michael Jordan, retired NBA player and winner of five MVP awards


6. “I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see and pursuing that vision.”

– Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks

7. “You don’t need to have a 100 person company to develop that idea.”

– Larry Page, co-founder of Google

Larry Page

8. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

– Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, from his book Business @ The Speed of Thought

9. “In life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.”

– Anthony Robbins, life coach and author of Unlimited Power

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10. “To have passion, to have a dream, to have purpose in life…there are three components to that purpose, one is to find out who you really are, to discover God, the second is to serve other human beings, because we are here to do that and the third is to express your unique talents and when you are expressing your unique talents you lose track of time.”

– Deepak Chopra, spiritual leader and author of Grow Younger, Live Longer

11. “We have devoted ourselves to our task with all the passion, energy, and talent that we had to give.”

– Jann S. Wenner, owner of Wenner Media and founder and publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine

12. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

– Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky, retired NHL player, winner of nine MVP Awards and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes

Wayne Gretzky

13. “I was lucky. I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz [Stephan Gary Wozniak] and I started Apple in my parents’ garage when I was 20. We worked hard and in 10 years, Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4,000 employees.”

– Steve Jobs, Co-founder Apple Computers and Pixar Animation Studios

Steve Jobs Oprah Winfrey, Success Secrets

14. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”

– Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Group

VIRGIN CEO Richard Branson and Lorraine Zander in Toronto
Virgin founder Richard Branson and Faze founder Lorraine Zander

15. “High expectations are the key to everything.”

– Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club

Sam Walton Walmart


Compiled by Jillian Ennis for Faze Magazine

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