5 quotes to get you through the workweek

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Good news. You don't have to dread Mondays anymore!

The successful business trailblazers didn't become successful overnight. They continued to chase a dream until it came true.

Now, some of them are here to share some inspirational mantras on perseverance and success. In the words of that cat hanging on the tree branch, "Hang in there, baby!"

— By CNBC's Josh Weiss
Posted 11 April 2016

Sam Dhillon, USC basketball player and CEO of Quest Investment Firm

Sam Dhillon
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Whether shooting baskets or investing millions of dollars, Sam Dhillon strives for excellence in every field he occupies.

"I want to be the greatest at whatever I do," he said.

Dhillon not only excels at basketball, but he also has $3.5 million under management as CEO of Quest Investment Firm.

Tilman J. Fertitta, Fertitta Entertainment CEO and ‘Billion Dollar Buyer’ host

Tilman Fertitta, star of "Billion Dollar Buyer"
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Fertitta Entertainment specializes in a number of different fields from hospitality to casino management to marketing. Just like you do at the roulette wheel, Tilman J. Fertitta believes you need to take a risk in life by changing.

"If you're not willing to change, change, change, you are not going to be successful in this world today, because it is such a fast-moving world," he said.

Rick Springfield, rock star, writer and actor

Musician Rick Springfield
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As "Jessie's Girl" taught us, wishing for something doesn't make it come true. You have to be willing to persevere for what you want in this world.

"Persistence will beat out talent. It will beat out anything," Rick Springfield said.

Greg Glassman, founder and CEO of CrossFit

Greg Glassman, Crossfit Founder & CEO, at the iConic:Seattle conference on April 5, 2016.
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It's fitting that the founder of Crossfit believes in putting in some physical effort to achieve success. Excellent word choice, Mr. Glassman.

"Chase excellence — that's the route to money and success," he said.

Mary Lou Retton, former Olympic gymnast

In this Aug. 3, 1984, file photo, Mary Lou Retton, of the United States, performs on the balance beam during the women's gymnastics individual all-around finals at the XXIII Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
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Mary Lou Retton proved her critics wrong when she became the first American woman to win an individual all-around gold medal in the sport at the 1984 Olympics.

"Don't find just a job. Find a career and just put everything into it. 100 percent. Don't go half into anything," she said.