25 Inspirational Quotes That Will Inspire You to Be Successful


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Inspirational quotes have motivated many to be the best, and live the life they have always dreamed. 

As entrepreneurs, leaders in our own right, and bosses, we must realize that everything we think about, we are. We tend to project our thoughts into the future. It all begins with a thought, followed by words that eventually determine our make or break actions – and ultimately, how we live our lives. This is probably why these mantras have become a celebrated part of society’s lexicon, as the power of language moves us to build self-efficacy in a personal dialogue with ourselves.

Read on to tap into the abysmal overflowing stream of African wisdom, and find a pithy saying that really speaks to your soul, motivating you to build your dream life, creating success, overcoming fear and achieving those goals.

Let’s go.


1. ‘‘I think there are a lot of people with family connections but who are actually nowhere. If you are hardworking and determined, you will make it and that’s the bottom line.’’ – Isabel Dos Santos, Angola (Source: Ventures Africa)

2. ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get’’ — Mike Adenuga, Nigeria (Source: Ventures Africa)

3. “To build a successful business, you must start small and dream big. In the journey of entrepreneurship, tenacity of purpose is supreme.” — Aliko Dangote, Nigeria (Source: Vanguard Media)

4. “The first lesson I learned was that patience and perseverance overcome mountains. What truly defines success in challenging markets is the ability to recreate oneself from one failure to another.” – Rohan Garg, Niger (Source: How We Made It In Africa)

5. “Life is about having something to give in order for you to receive. So the first capital that you need, more than money, is intellectual capital.” – Lufefe Nomjana, South Africa (Source: Abacus)

6. “Everyone has the freedom to become what they want to become. It’s up to you to build your confidence and work hard to get where you want to be.” – Chris Kirubi, Kenya (Source: Capital FM)

7. “If you have the right vision, and you take the right steps, then success is inevitable.” – Bob Collymore, Kenya (Source: Youth Village)

8. “Prepare for opportunities that don’t exist because you have the capacity for more. You accomplish this by constantly developing yourself – read and learn something daily.” – James Mworia, Kenya (Source: Nation)

9. “No matter how good a product you have, still in Africa it is your reputation that counts.” – Ivan Mbowa, Kenya (Source: How We Made It In Africa)

10.  “There will be a lot of obstacles on the way. But I never look at failure as failure – I look at it as: ‘What have I learnt from what happened – so that next time I can do things better?’” – Alfredo Jones, Equatorial Guinea ( Source: How We Made It In Africa)

11. “A man cannot sit down alone to plan for prosperity.” – Nigerian Proverb (Source: Black Enterprise)

12. “In today’s world, paradoxically, it is the boldest action that is often the safest. Remaining where you are in a world that is changing so rapidly is, in fact, the most dangerous of all places to be in.” – Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Nigeria (Source: Forbes)

13. “Whether you’re a farmer, builder or engineer, the opportunities are equal: Just add a little‪ innovation.” – Strive Masiyiwa, Zimbabwe (Source: Forbes)

14. “It’s essential to draw up a “things to do” list on a daily basis and set priorities in executing them, making sure that any unfinished task gets posted to the next day’s list.” – Folorunsho Alakija, Nigeria (Source: Forbes)

15. “I grew up in poverty, but I always saw it as a challenge. The good thing is that you can surmount a challenge if you are willing to pay the price. The price is hard work.” – Reginald Mengi, Tanzania (Source: Forbes)

African Diaspora

1. “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that’s where it’s at.” — Jesse Owens, USA (Source: Wikiquote)

2. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Frederick Douglass, USA (Source: Mental Floss)

3. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” — Lena Horne, USA (Source: Wisdom for the Soul compiled & edited by Lary Chang)

4. “We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.” – Ethel Waters, USA (Source: Happy Black Woman )

5. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” — Booker T. Washington, USA (Source: Quote Catalog)

6. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” — Muhammad Ali, USA (Source: International Business Times)

7. “Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.” – Susan L. Taylor, USA (Source: Happy Black Woman)

8. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou, USA (Source: Business Insider)

9. “You’re only the boss if you put up your own money. If you don’t put up your own money…I don’t care how much they offer you, you’re nothing but a supervisor. It’s not yours.”— Damon Dash, USA (Source: Exclusive Motivation)

10. “There is no magic to achievement, it’s really about hard work, choices, and persistence. ” – Michelle Obama, USA (Source: Awaken The Greatness Within)

To Sum Up…

In this article, you’ve got a chance to gain some inspiration and insight from these inspirational quotes gleaned from various African leaders and entrepreneurs across the globe. I hope this has helped you not only learn but also celebrate the abysmal knowledge we have within our community as presented by these amazing sayings to help you move forward.

Be Inspired! 

Meanwhile, You can click on the following links to read more inspirational quotes:

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Irene Makanga
Irene has an MBA in Finance and is an avid businesswoman, passionate about financial literacy.


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