Success Iceberg Poster (PDF)


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A Printable PDF File of the Poster

The poster size is 8.5'' x 11'' (22 x 28 cm), it will print on a regular A4 size paper. 

It is perfect for printing at home using a non-commercial printer. 


Each license is valid for one educator/classroom with 1-35 students, one practitioner, or one family. These printables are for non-commercial use only. This PDF file may not be distributed for free or for any form of compensation. 

A Great Visual Reminder

This poster is a great visual reminder that every accomplished or successful person had to invest a lot of effort, work, and many other things until they achieved their goals.

It shows there are no shortcuts and there are no overnight successes. 

Success means effort, grit, failures, frustrations, rejections. It also means kindness towards others and taking care of yourself. 

An Important Conversation Tool 

This poster is an important conversation tool to spark the discussion about success:

  • Ask your child to imagine they're on the ship in the sea and they see an iceberg (just like in this poster). Ask which part of the iceberg they can see from their ship.
  • Explain an iceberg has two parts: what people see (above the water line) and what people don’t see (beneath the water). Only a small part of an iceberg is visible, whereas the larger part of an iceberg is hidden beneath the water.
  • Explain that this is similar to when they see a successful person. They can only see the outcome of this person's actions and most of their accomplishments (the visible part of the iceberg). Whereas the efforts that were necessary to achieve such an outcome remain hidden and unnoticed (the invisible part of an iceberg that is beneath the water line).
  • Ask what they think they need to do to achieve success and fulfill their dreams (put forth effort, accept their failures, learn from mistakes, be kind and help others, etc.).
  • Expand the conversation by talking about your own successes and what it took you to achieve them.
  • Give an example of a famous person like Thomas Edison who went through ten thousand experiments before he invented his light bulb. 


This printable is for non-commercial use only. It may not be distributed online for free or for any form of compensation. Title and ownership of all printables on this website remain exclusively with Big Life Journal. 


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Tracie G.
United States

Success Iceberg

Our first shipment had a bit of damage and it was quickly rectified. Customer service is fantastic. The poster is beautiful. We have framed it and put it - along with another Growth Mindset poster - at the bottom of the stairs our kids walk down each and every morning! Perfect!

Jen Shoutta
Englewood, CO

Great Poster!

My only downside is I was expecting it to be a little larger. Other than that, I love it!

Elise Constantine
Anchorage Alaska

Love love love


Nina S.
New Zealand

Love this website!

So glad I discovered this company, amazing products!

Mary Palmer
Minneapolis Minnesota

Fantastic visual!

I have this hanging up in my room and I have used it quite a few times in lessons to show my students how failing and trying again is a large part of finding success. Great poster!