Resilience & Success

"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. "

ANON, ANON -

"The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success."

ANON, ANON -

"Be true to the strength within your own heart then you can never go wrong."

DAINERE, ANTHONEY -

"The wind blows in a certain direction which I can't change but I can adjust my own sails to reach the destination that I am hoping for. "

DAINERE, ANTHONEY -

"There are two ways you can get yourself revved up - fear of failure and love of success. Personally, I like both things to be working in you, the same as you can win a game at one end of the ground and save it at the other. "

RON, BARASSI -

"We should be able to find the bigger part of ourselves."

ROSIE, BATTY -

"You've always got to be aware of why you don't win; otherwise you'll keep losing. Every mistake is a learning experience and, hopefully, you won't make the same mistake again."

LAYNE, BEACHLEY -

"You have to perform to the best of your ability, and if you have to argue stringently, if you have to persist and to state your case strongly, then you do it. "

BRONWYN, BISHOP -

"The most enjoyable professional experience and challenge in my life has been to achieve those things many critics said couldn't be done. I am not satisfied with second best. "

WOLF, BLASS -

"As we weep for what we have lost, and as we grieve for family and friends and we confront the challenge that is before us, I want us to remember who we are. We are Queenslanders. We're the people that they breed tough, north of the border. We're the ones that they knock down, and we get up again. "

ANNA, BLIGH -

"Only a loser finds it impossible to accept a temporary setback. A winner asks why."

ITA, BUTTROSE -

"I played to win. When I was a child, my brothers and I played cowboys and Indians in the park, and I was always an Indian who got captured. That was a learning experience; they were showing me that as a woman I was going to be captured. But in a metaphorical sense, I think I did eventually become a cowboy."

ITA, BUTTROSE - on competitiveness

"No dreamer is ever too small. No dream ever too big."

DR JON, CARNEGIE & JIM STYNES - Finding Heroes

"Be true to yourself, fight for what you believe in, care for others and our land, venture without fear into new territory, and never give up, even in the face of apparently insurmountable odds."

MARGARET, CARROLL - Ordinary People Extraordinary Lives

"I have found life highly competitive. I accept it. It is useless, merely a hypocritical humbug, to sincerely wish your opponent to win. If you are out to win you are better not wanting to know your opponent, much less grow to like him - and wish him, honestly success over you. I have never functioned that way."

PERCY, CERUTTY -

"Anyone to succeed in the colonies must take with him a quantity of self-reliance, energy and perseverance; this is the best capital a man can have."

ELLEN, CLACY -

"I think what drives scientists is this tremendous intellectual adventure - pushing the boundaries of knowledge, walking down a track that nobody has walked down before, not knowing what's around the corner and then seeing a landscape that is so extraordinarily beautiful and complex, being part of the community that is driving the boundaries of knowledge and giving us insight into the amazing process of life. "

SUZANNE, CORY -

"It is crucial to understand the value of opportunities: when a door shuts this is almost certainly followed by another door opening."

REVEREND TIM, COSTELLO -

"Never give up and never lose sight of your goals."

REVEREND TIM, COSTELLO -

"True success is not about winning every post. It's actually the wisdom of discovering that there are many different paths to your goals and reaching your potential."

REVEREND TIM, COSTELLO -

"I never had a doubt in my mind that I wouldn't make it."

KAY, COTTEE -

"You're a winner going somewhere to happen! "

REVEREND MARGARET , COURT -

"I always look on the bright side of everything. If you keep aiming for some goal, you usually get there if you don't give up. "

BART, CUMMINGS -

"It is a good life, if you're doing what you like doing. "

PETER, CUNDALL -

"The integral part of being a star is having the will to win. All the champions have it. "

BETTY, CUTHBERT -

"Once you know what you've got to do you will succeed, you will succeed. "

BETTY, CUTHBERT -

"You've got to stick at a thing, a particular thing, until you succeed. I feel that's the only way to succeed - by concentrating on something in particular. "

BETTY, CUTHBERT -

"Give it a crack and see what happens. And if you fail... celebrate, because at least you know you're sailing near the edge of your capacity! "

ANH, DO -

"Where there is tragedy or injustice there is always resilience. There will be deep anger, grief and despair but there will always be a way forward, a constructive way to turn away from bitterness and embrace the future with dignity...
Brick by brick the Prime Minister said - we'll rebuild those devastated towns in Victoria brick by brick, school by school, community centre by community centre. We need to do the same with reconciliation. Each little step creates a platform for more success - a little more self esteem, a little more sense of what's possible."

MICHAEL, DODSON - National Press Club Luncheon, February 2009

"I like to count success as the number of times I can pick myself up from the floor!"

DIMITY, DORNAN -

"I have a conviction that it's only when you are put at full stretch that you can realise your full potential. "

EDWARD Weary, DUNLOP -

"What rugby league teaches you is that everything is temporary. The dead-set certainty is that there's adversity coming as well as success. You may as well make the most of it while you can."

MATTHEW, ELLIOTT -

"I think people underestimate the power that they have within themselves, I really do, and I think these kinds of challenges, they force you to look that little bit deeper and see what you're really made of. I always knew I was pretty strong. I've always been pretty gutsy and pretty ballsy, but I think I surprised myself this time around."

BELINDA, EMMETT -

"If we keep faith with science, and thinking things through, and keeping ourselves alert, we will find new things, and new solutions. As humans, we do find answers to problems. Some things are harder than others. But that just means you have to work harder."

TIM, ENTWISTLE -

"If you want to do something, anything, with all your heart, you will find a way. "

PAT, FARMER -

"I know what obstacles they (rural women) have to overcome to achieve their goals, such as the tyranny of distance, isolation and lack of services - government agencies, closure of financial institutions, limited educational opportunities, and the need to live away from home for medical treatment, often without any family members to support them. Many of our rural women are achieving great things but to them it is in the ordinariness of their day-to-day living. They do not see the obstacles; they see only the challenges and solutions."

ANNE, FINLAYSON -

"It looks like a miracle. This is the sort of thing that only happens to you once in a lifetime. "

LORD HOWARD, FLOREY - upon seeing that mice infected with virulent streptococci survived when treated with penicillin

"When you're completely defeated in every other direction, you have to go straight ahead. "

ANDREW, FORREST -

"He taught me the power of encouragement. He taught me the reward of having a go, where there seems to be no way up but if you persevere, if you don't ever give up, then you can achieve things which others think are impossible. "

ANDREW, FORREST - of Scotty Black, aboriginal stockman and mentor

"I've always believed that the desire must come from within, not as a result of being driven by coaches or parents. "

DAWN, FRASER -

"I was just totally overwhelmed. I could feel the crowd totally over me, all around me; I felt everyone's emotions being absorbed into every pore of my body. "

CATHY, FREEMAN -

"Disappointment and adversity can be catalysts for greatness. There's something particularly exciting about being the hunter, as opposed to the hunted. And that can make for powerful energy."

CATHY, FREEMAN -

"Some people are born with the necessary gift, and some work hard to build on the few gifts they have."

PETER, GARRETT -

"Mum always taught us that compassion and kindness were the most important things in life, that it was better to be kind than right. "

REBECCA, GIBNEY -

"Try harder every day to be better than the day before. "

JULIA, GILLARD -

"Winning is euphoric, but it lasts a short time. You've got to lap it up, then move on to the next thing. I think I've kept winning because I haven't attached myself to past successes."

STEPHANIE, GILMORE -

"I've always had a determination to perfect whatever I'm doing. If I can't do something, I work on it until I figure it out."

STEPHANIE, GILMORE -

"I never allow of any difficulties. The great secret of being useful and successful is to admit of no difficulties."

SIR GEORGE, GIPPS -

"I love the pain tolerance. I love the mental challenge of having to push yourself to the absolute extremes. "

GRANT, HACKETT -

"One thing I've learned from my short time trying to be a farmer is that our farmers have to be the bravest, most optimistic people in the world. To go back to the land year after year, after what nature throws at them and the world economy does to their income, takes a special kind of person. "

SARA, HENDERSON - The Strength In Us All

"People say to us how brave we are, fighting the wilderness, braving the isolation of the Outback. But these are easy opponents, compared with drought. To watch your land shrivel and die, year in and year out, to see beautiful fields turn to dust bowls, to watch your animals starve and die. To suffer all this, only to be then washed away in a flood, your home and your family treasures lost and destroyed. And then to pick up the pieces and start again. The farmers of the South are brave! "

SARA, HENDERSON - From Strength to Strength

"Sometimes I think, you know, you're not human if (a negative voice) doesn't a little bit enter your mind now and then. I think the quicker you're able to block it out and get on with the next point, then the better off you're going to be. So that's something that I've tried to work on since being a junior, basically, trying to block out the negative thoughts. "

LLEIGHTON, HEWITT -

"I don't think success arrives and you're suddenly happy. It's not like that. If people think that they'll be very disappointed."

MICHAEL, HUTCHENCE -

"I love the fact I'm working with my hands and producing something, but you've got to be mentally fit to survive it... Rural Victoria is slowly dying, communities are getting smaller, support is getting less. But every day the sun comes up. You just get back into it and do it."

DAVID, JOCHINKE - of country life

"Life's battle doesn't always go to the biggest or strongest or fastest man. But sooner or later the fellow who wins is the fellow who thinks he can win. "

ALAN, JONES -

"If one takes pride in one's craft, you won't let a good thing die. Risking it through not pushing hard enough is not a humility. "

PAUL, KEATING -

"I'm not sure what the future holds but I do know that I'm going to be positive and not wake up feeling desperate. As my dad said, "Nic, it is what it is, it's not what it should have been, not what it could have been, it is what it is". "

NICOLE, KIDMAN -

"The hardest part of your journey to success will be telling people your crazy dreams and ideas. But I've found as soon as you say your dreams aloud, many people will come to your side and help guide your journey in the right direction. During my 30 year journey with my disease I have discovered that you will always be surrounded by help, support and light if you stay positive in spite of hardships."

KARNI, LIDDELL -

"We're all gifted with the opportunity to succeed. But you get further if you extend the hand of friendship."

JIMMY, LITTLE -

"Money is misunderstood. The fact is if you want to be successful the money will follow you. If you are a doctor, something else will follow you. If you are successful there is an accompaniment. If your goal is just to make money you won't succeed. Money is a commodity to use, not to be dictated by. "

FRANK, LOWY -

"For every mountain there is another one. The big question is if you reach the top of the mountain, what then? What do you do then? I suppose you die. "

FRANK, LOWY -

"The idea of man as the dominant mammal of the earth whose whole behaviour tends to be dominated by his own desire for dominance gripped me. It seemed to explain almost everything, and I applied it to everything. "

SIR FRANK , MACFARLANE BURNET -

"I know I can do anything I set out to do... It depends on your definition of failure. Do you fail if you attempt something and learn from the experience? It's about the way you look at challenge - you either see the opportunities or you see the problems. It's only the unknown that's scary. "

JESSE, MARTIN -

"I'm planted in rural Australia, and it's my choice whether I bloom or not."

CATHY, MCGOWAN -

"It is important to bloom where you are planted. As women you may not get a choice about where you live, but you can choose what your life is like. Your responsibility is to do the best you can wherever you are. "

CATHY, MCGOWAN'S MOTHER -

"I'm the same person I use to be, but I'm totally different. I have a completely different outlook on life and the planet. I've learnt not to take life for granted... I wish someone had told me I wasn't invincible."

GRAYDEN, MOORE -

"My philosophy since the accident is to live my life as though I'm looking through the windscreen, not the rear-view mirror. It's easier to say it than to do it. "

GRAYDEN, MOORE -

"Change is bloody hard and it takes generations but you have to take steps. The sign of success is when the momentum does not rely on the leader."

LIEUTENANT-GENERAL DAVID, MORRISON -

"The strongest and most dangerous enemy you will ever face is a negative attitude. Learn to recognize when it is trying to invade your body and mind, then simply refuse it entry. "

JOHN, NEWCOMBE -

"My biggest mistake was my best lesson... you don't learn anything when everything is going perfectly."

OLIVIA, NEWTON-JOHN - Women's Words, Karen Phillips

"I always wanted to be the best I could be at whatever I did. I didn't want to be the number one golfer in the world. I just wanted to be as good as I could be. I work hard, I push myself hard, and I probably even expect too much of myself."

GREG, NORMAN -

"The thrill of medical research is amazing. Prising out of nature her jealously guarded secrets combines with the humanitarian goal of better health to provide powerful twin motivations. The challenge of competing with the world's best is fantastic. I shall forever be grateful that The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research has given me the chance of spending forty years in this world. I can think of no better life. "

SIR GUSTAV, NOSSAL -

"Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves. It has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity and the determination never to be shifted from your goals. "

KIEREN, PERKINS -

"Just be true to yourself and don't do anything that doesn't feel right. "

MATT, PRESTON -

"You should never settle for what you think is just good. You should drive the editors and writers and everybody nuts until it's great. And if you don't go for great, you won't end up with good. You've got to go beyond your wildest dreams because the exigencies of film making are going to smash you into the ordinary. "

FRED, SCHEPISI -

"I would rather have to rein in the stallions than waste time and effort flogging the donkeys."

SAS, SERGEANT -

"You have to have a goal. You need desire, dedication and determination. It's up to you to do the hard work. We all have the potential; we all need to learn to go further, higher than before. We have to do more than take on the hills ... we have to learn to love them. That's what makes a difference. "

JANINE, SHEPHERD - Never Tell Me Never

"If I could give a message to young Australians, it would be that success comes from being able to place yourself in a position where you have the freedom to do what you want to do. There is a greater chance of this happening in Australia than virtually any other country in the world..."

DICK, SMITH - 1960-2010 Australians of the Year, Wendy Lewis

"To be successful you must surround yourself with capable people and ask lots of advice. "

DICK, SMITH -

"I would have been really good in whatever I had chosen because I am a workaholic. I don't do things fifty per cent. I do them one hundred per cent or not at all."

MIMA, STOJANOVIC -

"I wouldn't have been what you'd call a champion if I had accepted failure when it first came, if I had looked at it and said, 'Well, that's it.' "

SHIRLEY, STRICKLAND -

"Young people need to be inspired, told they can achieve anything they set their minds to."

JIM, STYNES -

"Attitude is tremendously important in chasing success - in any field of endeavour. That's why I believe talent alone will get you very little in this world. "

JIM, STYNES - Heroes: A Guide to Realising Your Dreams

"Life is 10 per cent what happens and 90 per cent how you deal with it. "

JIM, STYNES -

"It's not what life does to you but what you do to life that counts. "

JIM, STYNES -

"Failure is never final. "

JIM, STYNES -

"Whenever you fail a test you can bury your head in the sand and pretend it never happened. Or you can get up and try to do something about it. At the time, it might seem like the worst thing that ever happened to you, but the harder you work the more sense the challenge you faced seems to make. I got up after a big fall and I've never looked back. "

JIM, STYNES -

"I am a fairly optimistic person... If everything that I'm involved in now suddenly fell away, I know I would cope because I've coped before."

MAGGIE, TABBERER -

"My greatest reward is doing something that will last a long time. "

JOHN, THOMPSON - tree grower

"When I go out and race, I'm not trying to beat opponents, I'm trying to beat what I have done ... to beat myself, basically. People find that hard to believe because we've had such a bias to always strive to win things. If you win something and you haven't put everything into it, you haven't actually achieved anything at all. When you've had to work hard for something and you've got the best you can out of yourself on that given day, that's where you get satisfaction from. "

IAN, THORPE -

"My father Big Max told me many years ago that 'anything you are good at will contribute to your happiness'. Great advice. "

MAX, WALKER -

"What is success? Is it the world's applause
Sometimes the world applauds with little cause
Is it then, titles gained and money made?
No! It means something more than trade.
Success is always something others grudge
And so it follows you must be your judge.
You've won success if, when you've run your race
You leave the world a slightly better place;
If looking back through years of toil and strife
You feel you've really made the most of life..."

ERNEST, WATT -

"We need to take our ideas and aspirations, act on them, see them through to success and not give up when the quest gets challenging."

KEN, WYATT -

"These are challenging and exciting times. No previous generation of Australians has ever had such an opportunity. No other country in the world has such an opportunity now. So long as we retain faith in ourselves, practise tolerance and reward initiative, we should be in no doubt about succeeding."

DR JOHN, YU - on accepting his Australian of the Year award, 1996