The world’s wealthiest people didn’t get that way by accident.

Whenever you need a motivational boost, or a mindset change, check out these words of wisdom from some of the most successful and impactful people in the world.

  1. “Success unshared is failure.” – John Paul DeJoria
  2. “Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” – Anthony Robbins
  3. “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” – Steve Jobs
  4. I learned from my dad that change and experimentation are constants and important. You have to keep trying new things. — S. Robson Walton
  5. “Success is how well you do what you do, and how you continue to do better, when nobody is watching you.” – John Paul DeJoria
  6. You know, once you’ve stood up to cancer, everything else feels like a pretty easy fight. — David Koch
  7. Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. — George Soros
  8. Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world. — Jack Ma
  9. To do what you wanna do, to leave a mark — in a way that you think is important and lasting — that’s a life well-lived. — Laurene Powell Jobs
  10. It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours, and you’ll drift in that direction. — Warren Buffett
  11. Vision is perhaps our greatest strength…it has kept us alive to the power and continuity of thought through the centuries, it makes us peer into the future and lends shape to the unknown. — Li Ka-shing
  12. If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning. — Larry Page
  13. There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success. — Phil Knight
  14. Don’t ally your personal interests with the development of the company. — Wang Jianlin
  15. I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out. — Jeff Bezos
  16. One of the great responsibilities that I have is to manage my assets wisely, so that they create value. — Alice Walton
  17. When you deal with change, you have a couple choices: You can lead it and make the rules, or you can be a fast follower, or you can be a slow follower. — Charles Ergen
  18. The three short years I spent at Harvard, where I lived with excellent people, taught me not only that I must know how to choose my partners but also that choosing excellent partners is a skill you can learn. Obviously, when you spend time with the best, you learn how to choose among them. — Jorge Paulo Lemann
  19. All of us, in a sense, struggle continuously all the time, because we never get what we want. The important thing which I’ve really learned is, how do you not give up, because you never succeed in the first attempt. — Mukesh Ambani
  20. The biggest risk is not taking any risk…. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. — Mark Zuckerberg
  21. Great companies, in the way they work, start with great leaders. — Steve Ballmer
  22. I have had all of the disadvantages required for success. — Larry Ellison
  23. When you are on the management side, you still have to understand the artistic sensibility so that there is a dialogue with the creative side. — Bernard Arnault
  24. Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical, and ultimately making a big difference in the world. — Sergey Brin
  25. I enjoy the hunt much more than the “good life” after the victory. — Carl Icahn

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