111 Motivational Business Quotes

Running a business is hard work and often emotional. It’s easy to lose motivation and feel the urge to give up. Remember that nothing worth having comes easy and, in the end, it may be the most rewarding thing in the world. I’ve compiled

  1. The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. – Carlos Castaneda
  2. My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner
  3. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky
  4. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas A. Edison
  5. Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it. – Chinese Proverb
  6. The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. – Nolan Bushnell
  7. There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them. – Seth Godin
  8. Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right! – Henry Ford
  9. We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action. Fear is nature’s way of warning us to get busy. – Dr. Henry Link
  10. You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong. – Warren Buffett
  11. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
  12. I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. – Donald Trump
  13. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. Jim Rohn
  14. To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth
  15. “Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.” Anonymous
  16. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches. – Napoleon Hill
  17. Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. – Vince Lombardi
  18. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. – Steve Jobs
  19. Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether. – Unknown
  20. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin
  21. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison
  22. The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it. – Debbi Fields
  23. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. Norman Vincent Peale
  24.  “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Napoleon Hill
  25. If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours. – Ray Kroc
  26. The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon
  27. Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. – Babe Ruth
  28. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates
  29. The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do. – Dennis Waitley
  30. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” Vince Lombardi
  31. There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” Ray Goforth
  32. Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. – Albert Einstein
  33. One finds limits by pushing them. – Herbert Simon
  34. Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try. – Unknown
  35. “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” John D. Rockefeller
  36. To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. – Sr. Thomas Watson
  37. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from. – Seth Godin
  38. Surviving a failure gives you more self–confidence. Failures are great learning tools… but they must be kept to a minimum. – Jeffrey Immelt
  39. Saying no to loud people gives you the resources to say yes to important opportunities. – Seth Godin
  40. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose. – Dr. Seuss
  41. The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. – Henry Ford
  42. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations. – Steve Jobs
  43. The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do. – Roy L. Smith
  44. Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers
  45. You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills. – Jim Rohn
  46. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight Eisenhower
  47. Ideas in secret die. They need light and air or they starve to death. – Seth Godin
  48. A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor. – Unknown
  49. What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? Robert Schuller
  50. Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Henry David Thoreau
  51. You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough, I can have it. It’s called perseverance. – Lee Iacocca
  52. If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it! – Jonathan Winters
  53. People don’t believe what you tell them. They rarely believe what you show them. They often believe what their friends tell them. They always believe what they tell themselves. – Seth Godin
  54. Long–range planning works best in the short term. – Doug Evelyn
  55. Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety–nine percent perspiration. – Thomas A. Edison
  56. To the degree we’re not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves. – Peter McWilliams
  57. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar
  58. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” –Winston Churchill
  59. “The secret of success is consistency of purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  60. Once you free yourself from the need for perfect acceptance, it’s a lot easier to launch work that matters. – Seth Godin
  61. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley
  62. I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them! – C.J. Walker
  63. There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard. – C.J. Walker
  64. The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. – Confucius
  65. The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. – Bill Gates
  66. The cynic says, One man can’t do anything. I say, Only one man can do anything. – John W. Gardner
  67. If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn
  68. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell
  69. The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers. – John Egan
  70. Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed. – Abraham Lincoln
  71. You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins. – Jim Stovall
  72. The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is likely to neither make money nor find much fun in life. –Charles M. Schwab
  73. The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question. –Peter Drucker
  74. Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. –Tony Robbins
  75. Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. – John Wooden
  76. When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch. – Anonymous
  77. You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. – Ruth E. Renkl
  78. The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. – Peter F. Drucker
  79. Hire character. Train skill. – Peter Schutz
  80. I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages. – Robert Bosch
  81. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein
  82. Let’s be honest. There’s not a business anywhere that is without problems. Business is complicated and imperfect. Every business everywhere is staffed with imperfect human beings and exists by providing a product or service to other imperfect human beings. –Bob Parsons
  83. You must remain focused on your journey to greatness. – Les Brown
  84. Why did I want to win? Because I didn’t want to lose! – Max Schmelling
  85. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. – Les Brown
  86. Capital isn’t scarce; vision is. – Sam Walton
  87. “Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki
  88. Poor people have big TV. Rich people have big library.” Jim Rohn
  89. “Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is.” Anita Roddick
  90. “I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.”Martha Stewart
  91. “Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” Tony Hsieh
  92. “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”   Mario Andretti
  93. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” –  Steve Jobs
  94. Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” –  Robert Kiyosaki
  95. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
  96.  “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee
  97. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” –  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  98. “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” – Unknown
  99. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
  100. Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston S. Churchill
  101. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” – Nikos Kazantzakis
  102. “I failed my way to success.” – Thomas Edison
  103. “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” – Barack Obama
  104. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–It is: Try to please everybody.” – Herbert Bayard Swope
  105. Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. –  Frederick B Wilcox
  106. “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb
  107. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. –  Mark Twain
  108. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. –  Jimmy Johnson
  109. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  110.  “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn
  111. “The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.” – Anonymous