My 10 Favorite Mike Litman Quotes

MikeLitmanAnyone who’s been around me for any length of time has undoubtedly  heard me throw a Mike Litman quote out. Why? Because Mike has a way with words; he’s quite the showman and his observations on success have had a huge impact on my mindset.


I don’t know if all of these quotes originated with Mike, but for the purposes of this blog post he gets full credit, because I haven’t heard them anywhere else. So without further adieu, here are

My 10 Favorite Quotes from Mike Litman


1. You Don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.

Procrastination is the silent killer. It keeps so many people from starting on their dreams. One of the biggest keys to success is getting started. Overcoming the inertia of inaction is the most difficult part. Give yourself permission to improve as you go, but first get going.

2. Greatness starts by saying “Yes” to an opportunity

So many people fail to take advantage of opportunities that could change the course of their lives because they’re afraid. Courage is taking action in spite of fear. Saying yes to something new and exciting can propel your life to a new level. Say, YES to new things that can move you forward.

3. If P.T. Barnum is not in your town, then this is the greatest show on earth

Mike opens all of his shows with this quote and it makes me smile because listening to Mike is always a great show.

4. For once in your life give yourself the gift of focus

I’m currently using this quote as the mantra for  building my communications company, Platform Giant. I’m doing a deep dive on the topic of personal branding. I’ve been reading, blogging and studying it almost exclusively to build my expertise. You can use this same idea to build your authority on any topic, if you’ll focus exclusively  on that topic.

5. The way to go BIG is to go small

Sometimes we think we have to arrive at our dreams tomorrow and when we don’t get there, we give up and quit. Mike reminds us that the key to achieving our dreams is to improve  just a little each day. He asks the question,

“What would your life look like in a year if you improved just 1% per day?”

6. Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated

You have to find your audience. You’re not going appeal to everyone. Quit trying to sell yourself to people who don’t appreciate you. Find or build a core group to build a community around your message.

7. You’re not here for everyone, but you’re here for someone

It is a crime and a travesty for you to keep your gifts to yourself.  Not everyone is going to appreciate what you have to offer but someone will. Don’t worry about the 99 who aren’t into your message, focus on the one that is.

8. You have to vote yourself in.

This is crucial to all success. No one is going to tap you on the shoulder and tell you it’s your time. You have to vote yourself in to your dream. If you sit on the bench and wait, you’ll never get in the game. Stand up, put your helmet on and get in there.

9. Never go to bed the same person you were when you woke up

Learn something new everyday. Read something, extract a life lesson from something.  Do something to move your life forward everyday.

10. Every level of income demands a different YOU

The person you were at $7/hr and the person you need to be at $50/hr or $100/hr are not the same. The skills, the mindset and the actions you must take are completely different. If you’re not happy with your income then go to work on becoming the kind of person who makes the income you want to have. You must study the mindsets of the people who are at the top levels of your industry or profession in order to have a shot of being where they are. Don’t hate the rich if you want to be rich, emulate them and how they think.

Bonus Quotes


  • You can’t surpass the level of mediocrity you accept

If you are willing to accept mediocrity in any area of your life, then you will never surpass mediocrity in that area. If you want to be excellent, then only accept excellence.


  • You can’t attract what you don’t respect

Whether it’s a million dollars or the love of your life, you must have respect and take care of whatever it is you want more of.  If you don’t respect the money, I doubt more will show up in your life. If it does, it probably won’t stay.


Each one of these quotes have had a huge impact on my life. They are a constant reminder to me of how I need to approach my business, my career and my personal life.  If you’d like to Find out more about Mike Litman visit his website

Do you have a favorite Mike Litman Quote? I invite you to share your favorite quote in the comment section below. Leaving comments really helps us and it helps build the community.


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