20 Lessons in Success from Andrew Carnegie

Life can be a struggle at times, finding the motivation and determination to keep going after that dream that you have can be difficult. That’s why, today, we have decided to bring you this post: “20 lessons in success from Andrew Carnegie” to help you get back on track. 

Andrew Carnegie is one of the richest men in American history. He was an industrialist and a philanthropist who led the expansion of the American steel industry. Read his lessons and watch your motivation and determination soar once more!


20 Lessons in Success from Andrew Carnegie

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.

He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.

And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!

The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.

There is little success where there is little laughter.

The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.

Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.

You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best.

I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.

Concentrate your energies, your thoughts, and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.

The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.

No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.

There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.

Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.

Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.

Aim for the highest.

You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb a little himself.

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