The motivation behind 10 of the most successful people


Ever wondered what motivates most successful people? Money, fame and glamour? These might be motivators for some people but when it comes to people who achieved huge success and were able to maintain it, I highly doubt it.

While most people get inspired by the temporal things, these people were driven by the inspiration that was rooted deep within them.   Their motivation was not only immortal but it serves to inspire millions people today.


So let’s learn the values from these people who not only tasted huge success but were able to sustain it.









  • Cristiano Ronaldo – Haters


‘I actually need my haters; they have helped me achieve all I have achieved.’


Speaking in an interview,  Cristiano revealed that his greatest source of motivation is the hate that he receive from his ‘ enemy fans’.  He convert this hate into gasoline and fuel his fire that keeps him going. Also he is inspired by many great footballers when he was a kid, but he himself is his greatest inspiration.  Talking in an interview he said,


‘But my biggest inspiration has always been myself; nobody puts bigger demands on me than me.’


  • Lionel Messi  – Passion


Despite his height issues and many failures he have gone through, it was his passion and love for the game which made him one of the biggest sensations in the football.

“Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn’t thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I’m just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn’t paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing.”



  • MS Dhoni – Love for what you do.


Most successful Indian cricket team captain India has ever witnessed.  In 2013 Champions Trophy Dhoni has won the Champions Trophy which made Dhoni have all three ICC trophies in his kitty. In the Champions Trophy India was the only team who were unbeaten. In the final, India defeated England by 5 runs.


2008 and 2009 Dhoni was awarded the ICC Player of the Year trophy. Most popularly known as “Captain Cool”  because of his phenomenal calmness during intense pressure matches.

Dhoni’s philosophy in life has been to stay focused, have short-term goals and not look too much in future. Channeling your time, energy and efforts into things that really matter comes easy when you Love What You Do.


  • Michael Jordan – Failure

“I know that fear is an obstacle for some people, but for me it is just an illusion….. Failure always makes me try harder on the next opportunity.


Michael Jordan is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. In fact, he’s arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time. He was a four-time gold medalist with USA Basketball, including winning two Olympic gold, and was twice named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. For more than a decade, he was the face of the NBA.



  • Steve Jobs- Death and Mortality.


“I saw my life as an arc and that it would end, and compared to that nothing mattered,” Jobs told him in one recorded interview. “You’re born alone, you’re going to die alone. And does anything else really matter? I mean, what is it exactly is it that you have to lose, Steve? You know? There’s nothing.”

He is the founder of  Apple Inc, Pixar Animation Studios, Next Computer, Inc

DISCOVERIES / INVENTIONS iPod, iPhone, iPad, Macintosh.

Nor was this man different from all of us but also his motivation is unique and maybe that’s what makes him the ‘ Guru’ of all young entrepreneurs.  It’s anticipated that he would have been biggest billionaire history have ever witnessed if he was alive.


  • Bill Gates – Passion and Impact


Bill gates is the richest person alive with net worth of $ 84 billion which is even bigger than GDP of some countries. Founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Corbis, bgC3, Cascade Investment, Microsoft Research, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Bill’s passion for his work and concern for what impact his actions will make serves as the biggest motivation that keeps him going.

As he says and strongly believes in


“Change the world, or go home.”


  • Walt Disney- Strong beliefs in his dream


Founder of Walt Disney Company has struggled a lot. From getting rejected to going bankrupt,  he has faced it all. But a strong belief in his dream and vision and courage to pursue it is what made his name registered in golden letters in history.  He always said that in tough times he always remembered that

“ It all started with a mouse”   His quote still serves to be the greatest inspiration for young entrepreneurs  “ If you can dream it, you can do it”



  • Elon Musk – Strong vision and Future plans


Elon musk has witnessed toughest times a person may face in his life. From a ugly and very public divorce to being almost bankrupt, he has faced and fight all dark days.   He is a far sighted person who has strong plans and visions for future technology and society and belief in that vision is what keeps him going.


“You want to have a future where you’re expecting things to be better, not one where you’re expecting things to be worse.” “I’m just trying to think about the future,” says Musk, “and not be sad.”

Founder of PayPal, SpaceX, Zip2,, Musk Foundation, Tesla Motors with

NET WORTH $ 8.3 Billion. He is one of the remarkable entrepreneurs.



  • Oprah Winfrey – Taking responsibility for her better life.


Being honest, being black in America that also in 1954, completely odds were not in her favor.

But she never accepted her reality, or we may say imposed reality.  Once her grandma was washing and drying clothes and while doing that she said to Oprah “See this and try to learn this, because one day you will need this”.

Oprah in an interview said that “That day, I somewhere deep within, knew that, I will be better than this, I have to be better my slot, not for others but for myself”

“It’s not that I’ve always known who I would be. It was just very clear to me from an early age who I wouldn’t be.”

Now she is founder of Oprah’s Angel Network, Family for Better Lives, Harpo Productions, Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, Oxygen, Oprah Winfrey Foundation

NET WORTH 3 billion USD (2015)


  • Jim Carrey – Dream and Belief in Himself.


Jim Carrey is one of the finest actors and one of the most successful Standup comedian. Surprisingly,  Jim, suffered from dyslexia in his childhood,  faced extreme poverty in his teens and never had any friends because he was afraid that he might feel embarrassed of his poverty In front of his friends.


“My focus is to forget the pain of life. Forget the pain, mock the pain, reduce it. And laugh.”

He made fun of his plight and made others laugh,  he figured out that to make people laugh is the best way to connect with them. Despite all odds he never lost his faith in his dream and belief that he deserves better and he will have it.


“It is better to risk starving to death than surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?”






The most successful people aren’t successful because they were chasing money, power, or fame.  They are successful because they have something deep within motivating them to succeed.


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