11 Examples of Personal Vision Statements

11 Examples of Personal Vision Statements


Personal vision statements are just that—personal—some focus on individual issues, and others on career or spiritual issues. No two are the same, and many might not even be recognizable as examples of the same thing. 

The one thing they all have in common is a deep focus on creating a life of purpose for the people who hold them. Most people only share their personal vision statements with a few trusted people, such as a spouse or advisor. Others make them public.

If you’re wondering why you should have a personal vision statement, our previous post will help you. You can check it out here.

11 Examples of Personal Vision Statements

With that said, here are some personal vision statements of famous, successful, or ordinary people who have been willing to share:

Oprah Winfrey

“To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.” 

Richard Branson

“To have fun in my journey through life and learn from my mistakes.” 

Denise Morrison

“To serve as a leader, live a balanced life, and apply ethical principles to make a significant difference.” 

Mahatma Gandhi

“I shall not fear anyone on Earth. I shall fear only God. I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”

Maya Angelou

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. 

Amanda Steinberg

“To use my gifts of intelligence, charisma, and serial optimism to cultivate the self-worth and net-worth of women around the world.”

Joel Mandy

“I define personal success as being consistent to my own personal mission statement: to love God and love others.”

Anonymous Catholic Priest

“My purpose in life is to dedicate myself solely to God and the performance of good works in His image. I want to heal the broken, feed the hungry, and bring justice out of injustice. May my every decision reflect these goals.” 

Anonymous Startup founder

“My vision is to create a company that will balance my three core principles of people, planet, and profit and leave behind a lasting legacy.”

Anonymous Stand-up Comedian

“My vision is to have as much fun as I can in life and make as many people smile as possible.”


Keep these examples close as you go through the steps to create your vision statement, which we will discuss in our next post. Refer to them when you need inspiration. Your vision statement might be shorter or longer than these and more or less detailed. It’s your vision statement, after all! It’s up to you.

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