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People's initiatives help them build character and change things.

Taking initiative is what leaders do. Success comes to those who are willing to change things, especially perspectives on work and life.

Some people lack the motivation to focus on important things with the hectic life schedule they maintain. In such cases, these quotes might be of great help. When you understand what needs to be changed, it is easy for you to attain success.

The initiative is also essential because it is a sign of strength. People who display initiative are confident and capable, and they are not afraid to seize the opportunity when it presents itself and they have the potential to reach success in whatever they may want.

Here, we are providing you with quotes on taking an initiative that will want you to take any action to fulfill your dreams.

Interesting Take Initiative Quotes

These interesting take initiative quotes can inspire and motivate you to move forward in your life to achieve success. Be motivated with these take initiative quotes and taste success in life.

"The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and the "Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit."

— Conrad Hilton.

"The right man is the one who seizes the moment."

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

"Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader. Don't fall victim to what I call the ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome. You must be willing to fire."

— T. Boone Pickens.

"A man who has to be convinced to act before he acts is not a man of action. You must act as you breathe."

— Georges Clemmanceau.

"I would rather regret the things I have done than the things I have not."

— Lucille Ball.

"Their comes a moment when you have to stop revving up the car and shove it into gear."

— David Mahoney.

"If you don't make dust, you eat dust."

— Motto of Jack A. MacAllister.

"Do not lie in a ditch, and say God help me; use the lawful tools He hath lent thee."

— Unknown*

"If there is a trait which does characterize leaders it is opportunism. Successful people are very often those who steadfastly refuse to be daunted by disadvantage and have the ability to turn disadvantage to good effect. They are people who seize opportunity and take risks. Leadership then seems to be a matter of personality and character."

— John Viney.

"Most people spend more time planning their grocery shopping than designing their future. The basic difference between people who live their dreams and those who only dream about how they would live, are the accuracy of their plans, their ability to generate new ideas, and their ability to take action."

— Unknown*

"Eagles don't flock."

— Ross Perot.

"Luck comes to a man who puts himself in the way of it. You went where something might be found and you found something, simple as that."

— Louis L'Amour.

"A good plan implemented today is better than a perfect plan implemented tomorrow."

— George Patton.

"Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world."

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

"Things may come to those who wait, but only things left by those who hustle."

— Abraham Lincoln.

"What we think or what we know or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence, The only consequence is what we do."

— John Ruskin.

"An idea is worthless unless you use it."

— John Maxwell.

"Even if you're on the right track you'll get run over if you just sit there."

— Will Rogers.

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."

— William Jennings Bryan.

"If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to meet it."

— Jonathan Winters.

"No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye."

— Winston Churchill.

"Success comes to the person who does today what you were thinking about doing tomorrow."

— Unknown*

"Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference."

— Nolan Bushnell.

"You can't cross a sea by merely staring into the water."

— Rabindranath Tagore.

"Anything worth doing is worth doing now!"

— Ralph Stayer.

"There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures."

— William Shakespeare.

"You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there."

— Edwin Louis Cole.

"If opportunity doesn't knock - build a door."

— Milton Berle.

"Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory."

— General George S. Patton, Jr.

"You have to recognize that every 'out front' maneuver you make is going to be lonely, but if you feel entirely comfortable, then you're not far enough ahead to do any good. That warm sense of everything going well is usually the body temperature at the center of the herd."

— John Masters.

"Let's make a dent in the universe."

— Steve Jobs.

"The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one."

— Mark Twain.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

— Mark Twain.

Famous Take Initiative Quotes

Sometimes, a little bit of encouragement is what we need to get started on the right track. Here are some famous take-initiative quotes for you. 

"You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."

-Abraham Lincoln.

“A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.”

― Banksy, Wall and Piece.

"You create opportunities by performing, not complaining."

— Muriel Siebert.

“People who end up with the good jobs are the proactive ones who are solutions to problems.”

― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change.

"Take stands, take risks, take responsibility."

— Muriel Siebert.

“My belief in life is that you need only three things to get to the top- Talent, Ambition and Initiative.”

― Ankit Patni.

"Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone."

— Robert Allen.

"If I had to sum up in a word what makes a good manager, I'd say decisiveness. You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act."

— Lee J. Iacocca.

"If you can't feed 1,000 people, then feed one."

— Mother Teresa.

"Do not wait for life. Do not long for it. Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now."

— Marcel Proust.

"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it."

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

"There is only one time that is important - NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time we have any power over."

— Leo Tolstoy.

“Luck is what we make it, not what is thrust upon us. You've shown initiative and it has nothing to do with luck.”

― George Bellairs, Devious Murder.

"One today is worth two tomorrows."

— Ben Franklin.

“Many a times, we undermine ourselves because we do not take the initiative in forwarding our own interests.”

― Abhishek Ratna, ‘Small Wins BIG SUCCESS: A Handbook For Exemplary Success In Post Covid19 Outbreak Era’.

"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."

— Leonardo Da Vinci.

"Opportunity does not knock. You have to find it."

— Sumner Redstone.

(Leaders don't pause for someone to advise them what to do; instead, they figure out what needs to be done and then take action.)

Take Initiative Quotes For Students

As the name suggests, these take-initiative quotes for students can inspire them to take the initiative in their studies and become more proactive in their learning. Leaders with initiative are proactive and take charge when necessary to achieve success. Success becomes an easier goal with these take initiative quotes.

“A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.”

– Henrik Ibsen.

“Action is the foundational key for all success.”

– Pablo Picasso.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

– Mother Teresa.

“Knowing is not enough. We must apply. Willing is not enough. We must do.”

– Bruce Lee.

"Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value."

— Jim Rohn.

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”

– Mother Teresa.

“The fact is that in order to do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand shivering on the bank thinking of the cold and the danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.”

– Sydney Smith.

“The proactive ones who are solutions to problems, not problems themselves, seize the initiative to do whatever is necessary to get the job done.”

– Stephen R. Covey.

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.”

– George Eliot.

"Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

– William Hutchison Murray.

“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do”

– Elbert Hubbard.

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”

– Barack Obama.

“The future depends on what you do today.”

– Mahatma Gandhi.

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”

– C.G. Jung.

“Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”

– Mitch Albom.

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”

– William James.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

– Joseph Campbell.

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

– Theodore Roosevelt.

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”

– Muhammad Ali.

“Do what matters, now.”

– Leo Babauta.

Take Initiative Quotes For Work

These Take Initiative Quotes for Work can provide people with motivation and encouragement, especially when they feel down or discouraged at work. 

“Forever is composed of nows.”

– Emily Dickinson.

“Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

– Anne Frank.

“It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.”

– Honore de Balzac.

“Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.”

– Edith Wharton.

“So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.”

– Malcolm X.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”

– Khalil Gibran.

“Action expresses priorities.”

– Mahatma Gandhi.

“Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.”

— Dwayne Johnson.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”

— Aristotle.

“Work hard and be kind and amazing things will happen.”

— Conan O’Brien.

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

— Tim Notke.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

— Colin Powell.

“Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves. Some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”

— Sam Ewing.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

— Thomas Edison.

“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but its persistence.”

— Jim Watkins.

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”

— Newt Gingrich.

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

— Maya Angelou.

“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.”

— Frank Ocean.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

— Unknown*

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

— Steve Jobs.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

— Amelia Earhart.

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress: Working hard for something we love is called passion.”

— Simon Sinek.

“I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

— Socrates.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

— Barack Obama.

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”

— William Faulkner.

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Written By
Joan Agie

<p>With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.</p>

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