How important is the right attitude in the pursuit of success? These popular Blacks share their thoughts on why attitude counts.

But there are a number of attitudes that should not be emotionally or psychologically ingested by young people.
Stanley Crouch, Stanley Crouch Interview

Every time you state what you want or believe, you're the first to hear it. It's a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don't put a ceiling on yourself.
Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine

I always knew I was destined for greatness.
Oprah Winfrey

I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.
Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine

I did take the blows [of life], but I took them with my chin up, in dignity, because I so profoundly love and respect humanity.
Josephine Baker

I don't have a lot of "I can't" inside me.
Oprah Winfrey

I have incredible stamina-- the what-do-I-got-that-they-ain't-got kind of stamina.
Oprah Winfrey

I have never had much patience with the multitudes of people who are always ready to explain why one cannot succeed. I have always had high regard for the man who could tell me how to succeed.
Booker T. Washington

I honestly believe that if I decided to be the president of the United States, I could do it. That might sound foolish to some. But in my mind, if Ronald Reagan can become president, why not Will Smith?
Will Smith

I knew there was a way out. I knew there was another kind of life because I had read about it. I knew there were other places, and there was another way of being.
Oprah Winfrey

I will not take "but" for an answer.
Langston Hughes

I'll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it's sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.
Kobe Bryant

I've never been afraid to fail.
Michael Jordan

If it was something that I really committed myself to, I don't think there's anything that could stop me becoming President of the United States.
Will Smith

If somebody says no to you, or if you get cut, Michael Jordan was cut his first year, but he came back and he was the best ever. That is what you have to have. The attitude that I'm going to show everybody, I'm going to work hard to get better and better.
Earvin Magic Johnson

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
Maya Angelou

If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.
Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine

Impossibilities are merely things of which we have not learned, or which we do not wish to happen.
Charles W. Chesnutt

In my mind, I've always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y'all just didn't know yet.
Will Smith

My attitude going into training camp as a rookie was to impress. I wanted to impress my teammates, my coaches, the owners, everybody. I wanted them to say, ?This kid is special. This kid has the right mind, the right skills, the right motivation?.
Michael Jordan

My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.
Michael Jordan

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
George Washington Carver

No matter how good you get you can always get better and that's the exciting part.
Tiger Woods

Nothing is easy to the unwilling.
Nikki Giovanni

Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, ?Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary?.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.
Oprah Winfrey

Today's students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but their attitude that will determine their altitude.
Jesse Jackson

You are what you are by what you believe!
Oprah Winfrey

?I can't? are two words that have never been in my vocabulary. I believe in me more than anything in this world.
Wilma Rudolph