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Hasse Jansen, 24 Nov '16

Turn Success Quotes Into Concrete Action - Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Famous quotes inspire but they don’t tell you how to create your own success. Here’s a list of 19 great quotes and which concrete tasks to perform to succeed.

We all know the overly polished tiles on Facebook and Twitter showing famous quotes against a background of sunsets, stacked pebbles or American Eagles. Excitement increases as you browse through the things Gandhi and Einstein have said about making a mark on the world, and how everyone has the talent to achieve the same success if you’re willing to dream big and put in effort.

On Monday morning you’re all fired up and ready to become the next Steve Jobs, starting with transforming your team right here, right now. This is going to be the start of something huge. Second moon landing by the end of the month! Raise your hand if you’re with me!

Come on guys, raise your hand.

…hands anyone? No?

How to get Elon to Mars

The problem is that it is not always easy to know what the road to an exciting destination looks like. You may be profoundly inspired to make things happen after reading famous quotes, but translating ambition into concrete tasks can be difficult.

So we’ve listed the most inspiring quotes and formulated tasks and routines you can perform right away, to actually get you closer to achieving something remarkable with your company by the day. 

“An inspiring quote is just letters in a specific order unless you take action and make things happen” - the author of this blog 

Feel inspired yet? Let’s take action!

Team autonomy and coordination 

A true leader is not the one with the most followers but one who creates the most leaders - Neale Donald Walsch

  • Supply your team with the right information to have them set their own goals in line with strategy.


Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will - Nelson Mandela

  • Don’t micromanage your team, but allow them the freedom to determine their own priorities.


If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself - Henry Ford

  • Create goal transparency, so teams can tune their own goals to align with other goals.


Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success - Henry Ford

  • Set goals in collaboration with others, and adjust to new insights while keeping focus.


You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime - Babe Ruth

  • Make sure every task contributes to achieving a bigger commercial goal, aligning teams and departments.

Focus and prioritization

If you can’t explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough - Albert Einstein

  • Define what you want to achieve and show how small goals add up to achieving the bigger goal.


Either you run the day or the day runs you - Jim Rohn

  • Act to achieve a certain goal, or you will drown in ad hoc tasks.


Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value - Albert Einstein

  • Don’t go for superficial quick wins but gradually work towards achieving a substantial goal.


A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success - Joyce Brothers

  • Show team members how they can add value working towards a bigger goal, to boost their confidence and engagement.


The starting point of all achievement is desire - Napoleon Hill

  • Get your team/department together to agree on an inspiring company mission.


If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent you will keep it - Unknown

  • Grow success by consistently scaling what works and removing what doesn’t.

Agility and learning

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day - Jim Rohn

  • Create routines to structure operations, like daily stand-ups and retrospectives.


If you aren't sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better - John Carmack

  • Run experiments and roll out minimal viable products to find a product/market fit.


Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm - Winston Churchill

  • Expect to iterate and adjust goals on a monthly or weekly basis.


Success is not a destination, but the road that you're on - Marlon Wayans

  • Create agile team habits and routines rather than to plan ahead far into the future.


The road to success is always under construction - Arnold Palmer

  • A strategy is merely a series of hypotheses that continuously needs to be validated, adjusted and tweaked.


Failure is success if we learn from it - Malcolm Forbes

  • Schedule periodic sessions to list disappointing results and think about possible adjustments.


The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow - William Pollard

  • Reflect on what went well last time to expand and scale up in future endeavors.


Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something - Morihei Ueshiba

  • Identify where things went wrong last time to do it right next time.