There are many lessons around us, if we but take the time to BE instead of DO. Many of these lessons we can learn from successful people, many who are further along the path that we are traveling, or have already completed the journey.

Have you ever wondered what makes a highly accomplished individual tick? I have! I have also wondered what motivates them and how they stay motivated. Over the past five years, I have interviewed over a hundred successful people, and one of the many questions that I ask them is "What is your favorite quotation and why?"

These individuals love a good quote, and they have that special one which resonates with them down to their core. They often use that quote for inspiration, and have it in plain sight where they can readily see it. One individual indicated that he has been using the same quote for inspiration for over 20 years. Quotes are very important to these people and serve many functions in their lives.

Over the years I have learned from these very successful interviewees, and I would like to share some of what I have learned with you. I have culled 10 powerful quotes, and have also included the reasons why they resonate with the interviewees.

After you have read the quotes, you will better understand these people, and I am sure you will agree that the quotes will also add a touch of brilliance to your communications.

Stephanie MacKendrick's Favorite Quote and Why

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Meade

The quote says that change can happen from every one of us, from small groups. It doesn't have to be a big project, a big organization with a big mission or mandate. We can all contribute to changing.

Maria Nemeth's Favorite Quote and Why

"Miracles rest not so much upon healing power coming suddenly near us from afar, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for the moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what has been there around us always." Willa Cather

It's a wonderful quote about miracles. People think that miracles are things that happen to us suddenly from on high. I like this quote because it's hopeful, it says that I do not have to do anything extraordinary. All I need to do is wake up and see what's been here waiting for me all the time.

Jim Rohn's Favorite Quote and Why

"Nothing can resist a human will that will stake even its existence on the extent of its purpose." Benjamin Disraeli

This quote challenges the human spirit to ultimate possibility - give it all you've got. Become all you were designed to become. It simply means do or die.

Suzanne Gibson's Favorite Quote and Why

"What stirs the mind or touches the heart, will undoubtedly move the feet." Donald Murphy

I feel an affinity to the quote because I am overwhelmed by all that's going on in the world, and I often wonder what I can do as one person. This quote tells me that if we can inspire others and feed their hearts and stimulate their minds we can motivate action for positive change.

Gail Blanke's Favorite Quote and Why

"There is no way it is, there is only the way you say it is. The universe hasn't made up its mind about you. It only knows what you show it today. You are the Inventor; your life is the invention. You get to make it up, so make it up good." Gail Blanke, Between Trapezes

This is my favorite quote because I'm passionate about persuading people that they get to decide how good their life will be!

Gabriel Draven's Favorite Quote and Why

"To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence." Mark Twain

"There are two things you need for success: courage and ignorance." Gabriel Draven (Inspired by Mark Twain)

This modified quote has kept on coming back to me over the past couple of years, and it's pretty dead on.

Claire Hoy's Favorite Quotes and Why

"Worrying about something is like paying interest on a debt that you don't even know if you owe." Mark Twain

"It ain't over till it's over." Yogi Berra

I view both quotes as great life lessons. In Mark Twain's case he is saying that if you are going around and worrying and fretting how badly something is going to turn out, almost all the time it never turns out as badly as you perceived. In Berra's case, if you don't throw up your hands when things go wrong, but think it ain't over and that you still have a chance, anything is possible.

Amelia Kassel's Favorite Quote and Why

"There is nothing to fear but fear itself." Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is so easy to feel fear when you are starting a business or taking risks. In life, you face many situations where it's easy to feel fearful. This quote reminds me that I can do things that I wouldn't otherwise try.

These quotes are not only instructive, but inspiring as well. What lessons might you learn from the quotes and the interviewees? And, in what ways might you use them?

Author's Bio: 

Avil Beckford, Chief Invisible Mentor, writer and researcher with over 15 years of experience, is the published author of Tales of People Who Get It and its companion workbook Journey to Getting It. Subscribe to the Invisible Mentor Blog for great interviews of successful people, book reviews, how-tos, articles and tips to mentor yourself and ignite your hidden genius. Explore the Resources page for free white papers, presentations and an e-book.