7 Quotes to Inspire Success

Let’s face it – we all want to be successful. Sometimes we just need a bit of inspiration to get us to where we want to be.

Here are 7 quotes about success that will inspire you to reach new heights, and achieve more than you ever thought was possible. Let’s start off the weekend on a positive note. Remember – you can do ANYTHING that you put your mind to!


  1. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself” – Mark Caine

This quote is about wanting more for your life. Don’t simply accept the life that you were given – we are free to change it at any time. You may live in a poverty-stricken area that is rife with crime. But are you stuck there? No! You can improve your life. Study, get a good job, and refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you find yourself.


  1. “If you want to SUCCEED as bad as you want to BREATHE, then you will be SUCCESSFUL” – Eric Thomas

How badly do you want to be successful? If you really want something – so much so that you are willing to fight for it and work consistently hard for it – then you are sure to get it!


  1. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” – Thomas Edison

Don’t give up! The most successful people got to where they are because they persisted. You are so very close to seeing your dreams come true – so keep at it!


  1. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill

Whether you succeed or fail in your endeavours – keep working hard. You can’t simply sit back and do nothing once you have reached your goals. You need to make sure that you don’t lose what you have achieved – otherwise what was the point in all of your hard work?


  1. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

Some people fail over and over again before they eventually succeed. The secret is to not let these failures get the better of you. You need to remain positive, and never lose hope. Believe in yourself and believe in your dreams – you will get there!


  1. “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things” – Leonardo da Vinci

It is very tempting to take the easy way out of situations. We want to be successful, but sometimes we are not willing to work hard to get it. Success is not something that can just fall into your lap. We need to decide what we want from life, and MAKE IT HAPPEN!


  1. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will” – Vince Lombardi

Successful people are not stronger than us, nor are they smarter than us. So what then sets them apart? How do they become successful? It is quite simple really – they have a WILL to succeed. They WANT to succeed, and so they will! Be determined to reach your goals, and you will.


Students of College SA, we believe in you! Now you just need to believe in yourself. Go out there and show the world what you are made of!


“Never never never give up.” – Winston Churchill

Try again

When we hear or see the word ‘invictus’, most of us will immediately think of the film about the 1995 Rugby World Cup where South Africa was crowned world champions.

I must confess, I have not seen the movie, but I vaguely remember watching the rugby match on television with my dad. I was six-years-old at the time, and did not fully comprehend the significance of a “free South Africa” winning the world cup. Furthermore, I never really enjoyed watching sports – not even as I grew older.

I did, however, fall in love with literature. I found my inspiration in poetry, and I spent hours pondering over the tortured, wonderful, sad and marvellous words of poets.

William Ernest Henley wrote a poem titled Invictus, which is Latin for ‘unconquered’ – hence the name of the film. But this poem is not about rugby. It is about life. The poem has so much depth, meaning, and an incomparable manner of encouragement. The speaker in the poem proclaims his strength and perseverance in spite of adversity.

This reminds me of the hardships that each and every one of us have to face every day, and how we all find the strength to keep smiling, to love, to be hopeful, and to believe in a better tomorrow.

Today I want to dedicate this poem to all of our students at College SA. Never give up, and always strive for your dreams and goals. You should remain unafraid and be courageous in your daily lives. Be unconquered! College SA students, this is for you…



William Ernest Henley


Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.


In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.


Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.


It matters not how straight the gate,

How charged with punishment the scroll,

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.


I truly hope that you found some inspiration in this poem. Maybe you are not so fanatic about poetry and you would rather watch a sports game. If this is the case, I encourage you to watch the film Invictus, to be reminded again of how our nation rose from the ashes, and how all its children stood together as heroes.

And remember, we should stand strong and remain unconquered!