Oprah Winfrey at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2015.
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October 16, 2015 11:27 AM EDT

All you want in life is one little thing—and that’s to reach all your goals. Well, here’s the secret to doing that: You need to work hard to improve yourself every single day, both professionally and personally. After all, that’s how successful people do it. And if you want to get on their level, you’re going to have to do the same.

Now, before you break out in a sweat trying to figure out how exactly to do that, we’ve made it easy for you by compiling 16 quotes straight from the mouths of some of the most accomplished people you know, love, and admire.


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