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Sermon Illustrations: Success


On 10th May, 1996, Jon Krakauer finally reached the summit of Mt Everest. Several of his fellow climbers had died on the way. Later he wrote, "I understood on some dim, detached level that [it] was a spectacular sight. I'd been fantasising about this moment, and the release of emotion that would accompany it, for many months. But now that I was finally here, standing on the summit of Mt Everest, I just couldn't summon the energy to care."

Einstein was once asked for his formula for success. "If A is success, I should say the formula is A = X + Y + Z, X being work and Y being play." "And what is Z?" "Keeping your mouth shut."

A successful man is one who can make more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find this man.


The worst thing that can happen to a man is to succeed before he is ready. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Everything I know at the top, I learned at the bottom. - Dexter Iago

The higher a monkey climbs, the more you can see of his behind. General Stilwell

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like? Jean Costeau

Build on your hopes, not your hurts. Kong Hee

My Collection of Jokes, Quotes & Anecdotes

I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer. Jim Carrey

Success does not consist of never making mistakes, but in not making the same ones twice. Henry Wheeler Shaw

I've missed more than 9000 shots. I've lost almost 300 games. I've failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

Success is the willingness to bear pain. Peter Daniels

You can't soar like an eagle if you hang around turkeys. Kong Hee

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