Advice for Achieving Your Goals from Remarkably Accomplished People

How did J.K. Rowling, Michael Bloomberg, Jeffrey Bezos, and David Sedaris get where they are today - and how can you get the same edge?


Success is a collection of insights from more than 400 remarkably successful people in all fields - including business, politics, entertainment, and the arts. Here are quotes and passages from J.K. Rowling and Federico Fellini on getting started, and Steve Jobs and Tiger Woods on passion; George Lucas and Bill Clinton on goals, Katie Couric and George Foreman on competition, and Edmund Hillary and Carly Fiorina on leadership. They share one crucial belief: Success is possible as long as there's passion.

Can success change the human mechanism so completely between one dawn and another? Can it make one feel taller, more alive, handsomer, uncommonly gifted and indomitably secure with the certainty that this is the way life will always be? It can and it does!—

Moss Hart, playwright

Whatever success I have I owe, as does anyone, to a combination of luck, genetics, ambition, and perhaps a slight admixture of application.

David Mamet, author and playwright

I’d rather be a failure at something I enjoy than be a success at something I hate

George Burns, actor and comedian

The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.

Mark Twain, writer, journalist, and humorist

As a final incentive before giving up a difficult task, try to imagine it successfully accomplished by someone you violently dislike.

K. Zenios, aphorist

One must change one’s tactics every ten years.

Napoleon Bonaparte, general and emperor of France