Success Sermon Illustrations

Success Sermon Illustrations

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"I think I can" are four magic words that create success; four magic words that when woven into the fiber of our human thoughts can make all the difference in the world as to whether we succeed or fail.—Gertrude Cramer Williams, You


Patient meditation plus information equals triumph.


Happiness and success include the seven absolutes of life: health, beauty, wisdom, love, friendship, goodness and God.—Rev. Bob Richards


Successful men are all good "mixers"—of high-grade intelligence with unremitting energy.—Facts and Fancies


To attain greatness a man must excel. And to hold his position he must keep right on excelling. When a man does a job superbly well, he sets a standard for himself that people expect him to live up to. They expect a Babe Ruth to knock home runs, a Joe Louis to score knockouts, a Red Grange to make touchdowns, a Hemingway to write masterpieces, a Caruso to sing his heart out.


There is a four word recipe for success that applies equally well to organizations or individuals—make yourself more useful.—Megiddo Message


To succeed in this modem age of the atom, the jet, and the satellite, you need also a big charge of gumption, guts and go. Even then, the only way you can avoid losing your shirt is to keep your sleeves rolled up.—Eugene Bertin, Pennsylvania School Journal


75 years ago a young grocery clerk had $372 and an idea. He founded a little store on the Cincinnati riverfront. Today that one store has grown into a system operating some 2,000 stores in 19 midwestern and southern states. His name was Bernard H. Kroger.

He helped foster a merchandising revolution based on the premise that if a large enough volume of goods could be sold at a very small unit profit, a satisfactory total profit would be earned.

We bet there were plenty of folks standing around telling him it couldn't be done.


56 years ago a courageous man and a not-very-dashing horse became partners—and started what was to grow into one of America's largest food processing companies. The man was a young grocery clerk who had conceived the idea of selling cheese from store to store by horse and wagon. This combination of man with an idea and a horse with plenty of endurance was the genesis of one of the most fascinating modem day sales stories. J. L. Kraft started with Paddy the horse and $85 capital.


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest! if you must—but never quit.

Life is queer, with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns;
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won if he'd stuck it out.
Stick to your task, though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tints of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are—
It may be near when it seems afar—
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit;
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.—Author Unknown, The Lookout


If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.—Sunshine Magazine


A youth entered the University of Wisconsin in 1953 with $5,000. He put money as down payment on a rooming house, bought 47 acres of land with profit from rooming house; the land he cut into three plots and sold separately. He made enough money from the first two plots to buy another rooming house. By 1956 he had accumulated $30,000, enough to buy a farm and home for his bride. The only sour note in his career was a near-failing D in a real estate course.—Dr. Galen Starr Ross, president, Capitol College of Oratory and Music, Columbus, Ohio


Those at the top have reached their positions by tackling uphill jobs.—Friendly Chat


This is an age of specialization. The secret of success is to make an extraordinary use of the talent that sets you apart as an expert. Work and personality are the two priceless ingredients in happy living; Dedication to some honorable task that serves other people. Then nothing can hurt you, except your own folly or laziness.—Friendly Chat


Make good! Don't complain! Do the things you are expected to do—and more. Don't waste time in giving reasons why you didn't, or couldn't, or wouldn't, or shouldn't. The less you do, the more you complain. Efficiency—keep that word in your heart. Get to saying that word in your sleep. Do your work a little better than anyone else does it. That is the margin of success.—The Craftsman


This is success: To be able to carry money without spending it; to be able to bear an injustice without retaliating; to be able to keep on the job until it is finished; to be able to do one's duty even when one is not watched; to be able to accept criticism without letting it whip you.—The Uplift, Stonewall Jackson Manual Training School, Concord, N. C.


One of the most important lessons of life is that success must continually be won and is never finally achieved.—Charles Evans Hughes

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