Random Success Thoughts

Are you familiar with the writer/businessman/speaker Harvey MacKay?  He’s awesome.

In his books he often uses short little quotes and calls them “MacKay’s Morals”.  A lot of them are really good ones you’ve heard before.

Here’s a bunch all thrown together; I’m sure you’ll like them.  And I’ve re-named them “Random Success Thoughts“:

Big shots are only little shots who just keep shooting.

You don’t quit trying when you lose; you lose because you quit trying.

One mistake will never kill you.  The same mistake over and over will.

Minds are like parachutes –not much good unless they are open.

It takes a lot of spectacular preparation to produce spectacular results.

Anyone too busy to say thank you will get fewer and fewer chances to say it.

The person who wants to do something finds a way; the person who doesn’t finds an excuse.

Bad service saves money and loses customers; good service costs money and saves customers.

Good companies make good on mistakes; bad companies just make bad mistakes.

The human body is the only machine that wears out faster if it is not used.

For real winners there are no finish lines.

Make the second effort your second nature.

The greatest of all weaknesses is to be conscious of none.

Do what you do best — it’s generally what you like best.

Unless you work in demolition, don’t burn bridges.

Stay on your toes, or else you’ll be on your knees, begging to keep your job.

Do what you are expected to do and you survive. Do more than you are expected to do and you will thrive.

Anyone can steer a ship when the sea is calm.

Believe in yourself, even when no one else does.

If you keep thinking what you’ve always thought, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.


How are those?  Which ones do you like the most?  Please let me know below.


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    • Minakshi
    • January 12, 2010

    Big shots are only little shots who just keep shooting.

    • adnan
    • January 13, 2010

    Dear Shawn,
    The best one is
    “Big shots are only little shots who just keep shooting”.
    I loved it

    • Laurie Vowels
    • January 13, 2010

    These are all wise but this one stands out to me:

    Anyone can steer a ship when the sea is calm.

    • January 13, 2010

    love your thoughts thank you and happy 2010 god bless

    • Esmeralda
    • January 13, 2010

    I love these!

    • Colleen
    • January 13, 2010

    Thanks, Shawn. Like these; like the idea of a page entitled “Success Thoughts.” Find a little more inspiration this morning, thanks to these.
    My fav…Minds are like parachutes –not much good unless they are open.
    We always hear about the importance of an open mind, this is a fun twist to that thought. A open mind is a great mind…growing and thriving. 🙂

    • Mike
    • January 13, 2010

    I don’t have a particular favorite quote but I really do enjoy all of these. I recently signed up to your website after looking for some inspiration for being lost in my life. You know how everyone gets those down times, well mine occurred after a big break up.

    Ever since reading these quotes, I have felt a self come alive. More focus at work, being more open with my friends, taking on new activities, and spending more time with my family (I’m single and 26). Your quotes have been a big help in putting me back together and keeping me together. Thanks for everything Shawn!

    • Haydee Canapi
    • January 13, 2010

    on minds are parachute… God really gave us an infinite mind, it’s up for us to use it the best way we can. i love all your quotes, they are all reassuring. you’re helping people by giving direction because sometimes we just cant help but experience really feeling down. bot god is good, He makes all things work together for good. Thanks and more power.

    • Eddie
    • January 14, 2010

    I love them all Shawn and I appreciate the effort you put into sharing them with me on email.Have a lovely year!

    • Terry
    • January 14, 2010

    These are great. Thanks Shawn. The organization likes to stop at my office door to view these every week. This will start a lot of conversations.

    • Elizabeth
    • January 14, 2010

    I like the spectacular results from spectacular preparation! These are nice – thanks!

    • Lee
    • January 14, 2010

    Great thought’s Shawn, I did enjoy reading all of them.

    My favourite is:
    Do what you are expected to do and you survive. Do more than you are expected to do and you will thrive.

    Wishing you every success for 20010.

    • Ingrid
    • January 15, 2010

    Hi Shawn,

    This page is very inspiring. I usually share your quotes via intra-mail at the office. Thanks for the effort you put in.

    Have a fruitful and blessed 2010.

  1. Reply

    Thanks Everyone!

    Mike: glad you hear you’re doing so well. Keep me posted. I’d like to hear some updates on your progress!

    Terry: thanks for passing on the inspiration! Do you actually print out these blog posts and post them on your door…every day?

    Ingrid: thanks to you too for passing on the quotes.

    Thanks again to all!

    • Jonathan
    • January 16, 2010

    Wow, some of these are excellent. They’re some of the best quotes I’ve heard.

    • Nolufefe
    • January 19, 2010

    I love your successfull qoutes thanks for taking time to share these inspiring and motivating thoughts with us.

    Greatelly appreciatted.

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    Ilove this new page. They are all awesome…..
    Great work!
    Keep em coming!

    • Chris
    • January 27, 2010

    Your quotes are highly inspiring. cannot but advice that you furnish me with more of these. it is, to say the least, a kick starter.

    • manita
    • April 29, 2010

    hey i read these thoughts.These thoughts are amazing i like it very much.muahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jack
    • June 30, 2010

    These are very meaningful thoughts, I’ve not read

    • jack
    • June 30, 2010


    • Himani
    • July 12, 2010

    These thoughts are really really meaningful….I admire the person who published them….Keep up the good work….

    • navjiwan
    • July 12, 2010

    dese 1’s r very nice like dem alot…….dey inspired me to work more harder n never quit….thnxzzz aloTTT!!!

    • Charu
    • July 13, 2010

    I have only 1 word……

    • kshitij
    • December 6, 2010

    I,like it

    • alwin
    • February 27, 2011

    i dont know what to say they were astonishing

      • Rachael K. Watson
      • April 26, 2011

      True. They were all very inspiring! I most especially like the one about you not quitting when you lose but instead losing when you quit!

    • Laurie
    • March 1, 2011

    Shawn, the best of the best as always. I really liked: Anyone can steer a ship when the sea is calm.

    • Jatin
    • March 15, 2011


    • Anuj
    • April 8, 2011

    Sucess is a story not a destinationSucess is a story not a destination ensure that you are in right direction.

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    nice dear…………….”

    • Dave S
    • October 19, 2016

    Thanks for this collection. I related to:

    Make the second effort second nature.

    I think many of the differences in my life have come from raw persistence. Probably why this one resonates loudly with me. Thanks!!!

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