Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

“What is Success?”

“Too often, we try to fit in with the crowd.  We play it safe.  But innovation is about taking risks while being true to you.  This takes confidence.  And it takes the belief that your “style” is what the world needs and wants.  Yes, taking this risk may help you stand out.  More importantly, it may be the ticket to your success.”     (Stephen Shapiro, Be Outrageous, It’s the Only Place That’s Not Crowded)



“A young man wanted to know how to be successful.  He was sent to a wise man who made him promise to follow his instructions very carefully.  He agreed and the wise man took him to a body of water.  The wise man asked him to kneel down in the water and submerge his head.  Once under the water, the wise man grabbed his head so he couldn’t come up for a breath.  After the young man flailed and fought for a minute, the wise man released him, threw him up on the bank, and started walking away.  ‘You crazy old man!!  How did THAT teach me how to be successful?!’

The wise man turned and said, ‘You will be successful if you want something as bad as you wanted that breath of air.’”     (Author Unknown)



“To succeed in this new world, we will have to learn, first, who we are.  Few people, even highly successful people, can answer the questions, ‘Do you know what you’re good at?’  ‘Do you know what you need to learn so that you get the full benefit of your strengths?’  Few have even asked themselves these questions.”    (Peter F. Drucker)



“Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable.”     (Coach John Wooden)



“Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”      (Albert Schweitzer)



“God doesn’t require us to succeed; He only requires us to try.”    (Mother Theresa)



“If when you are dead someone can think about you and smile, then you have lived a successful life.”    (Author Unknown)


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