100 Motivational Quotes for Business Success


Motivation helps drive us to success both in business and in life. It can be hard at times to stay motivated when times are tough and you are second guessing yourself. One of the biggest hurdles to conquer is in our minds and I find that motivational quotes help me get going and drive that nagging self doubt away. Here are 100 of my favorites in alphabetical order. If you know of any other good quotes please add them in the comments.

  1. I like to pride myself on thinking pretty long term, but not that long term.” —Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder
  2. I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know. —Harland Sanders, KFC founder
  3. I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.” —Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder
  4. I pay good wages. – Robert Bosch
  5. I try not to make any decisions that I’m not excited about. —Jake Nickell, Threadless founder and CEO
  6. I would rather die of passion than of boredom. –Vincent van Gogh
  7. I’ve always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success. ~ Gloria Vanderbilt
  8. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou
  9. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ~ Micheal Jordan
  10. Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not. —Michael Dell, Dell chairman and CEO
  11. Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. —Guy Kawasaki, Alltop co-founder and entrepreneur
  12. Ideas in secret die. They need light and air or they starve to death. – Seth Godin
  13. Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. – Tony Robbins
  14. If it really was a no–brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no–brained, harebrained, and otherwise dubiously brained individuals quitting their day jobs and hanging out their own shingles. Nobody would be left to round out the workforce and execute the business plan. – Bill Rancic
  15. If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse. – Jim Rohn
  16. If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small. – Azim Premji
  17. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb
  18. If there’s something you want to build, but the tech isn’t there yet, just find the closest possible way to make it happen. —Dennis Crowley, Foursquare co-founder
  19. If you are going through hell, keep going. ~ Winston Churchill
  20. If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late. —Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder
  21. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. –Zig Ziglar
  22. If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” —Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO
  23. If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” – Chinese Proverb
  24. If you define yourself by how you differ from the competition, you’re probably in trouble. —Omar Hamoui, AdMob co-founder
  25. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins
  26. If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying.”
    Coleman Hawkins, Jazz Musician
  27. If you don’t make things happen then things will happen to you. ~ Robert Collier
  28. If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know and start charging for it. ~ Kim Garst
  29. If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it – teach yourself to be impatient. ~ Gurbaksh Chahal
  30. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh
  31. If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.” – Simon Sinek
  32. If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” —Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder
  33. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. –Oprah Winfrey
  34. If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late. – James Goldsmith
  35. If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate. – Thomas J. Watson
  36. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. –Booker T. Washington
  37. If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. –Abigail Van Buren
  38. 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
  39. If you would like to know the value of money, try to borrow some. – Benjamin Franklin
  40. If you’re going to put your product in beta – put your business model in beta with it.”—Joe Kraus, Google Ventures partne
  41. If you’re interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them.” —Ryan Freitas, About.me co-founder
  42. If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business. —Ray Kroc, McDonald’s founder
  43. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. –Sheryl Sandberg
  44. If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful.—Pierre Omidyar, Ebay founder and chairman
  45. If you’re good at something, never do it for free. – The Joker
  46. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy
  47. Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. – Albert Einstein
  48. In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing. – Theodore Roosevelt
  49. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. –Bill Cosby
  50. In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. – Harold Geneen
  51. In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination. —Steve Case, AOL co-founder
  52. In the end, what we regret most are the chances we never took. – Frasier Krane
  53. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon
  54. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. –Grandma Moses
  55. Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. –Kevin Kruse
  56. Life isn’t worth living unless you’re willing to take some big chances and go for broke. ~ Eliot Wiggington
  57. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. –Anais Nin
  58. Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. ~ Bernice Johnson Reagon
  59. Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti
  60. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ― Mahatma Gandhi
  61. Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you. – Henry J. Kaiser
  62. Long–range planning works best in the short term. – Doug Evelyn
  63. Look well to this day. Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well thereforeto this day. – Francis Gray
  64. Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect. —Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder
  65. Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.”—Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media founder and CEO
  66. My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job.” – Ted Turner
  67. Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. – Napoleon Bonaparte
  68. Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether. – Unknown
  69. Never tell your problems to anyone… 20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them.” – Lou Holtz
  70. No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team. —Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder
  71. No more romanticizing about how cool it is to be an entrepreneur. It’s a struggle to save your company’s life – and your own skin – every day of the week. —Spencer Fry, CarbonMade co-founder
  72. No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. ~ Buddha
  73. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  74. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! – Audrey Hepburn
  75. Nothing works better than just improving your product. —Joel Spolsky, Stack Overflow co-founder
  76. Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. The only one who can stop you, is YOU. – Jeffery Gitomer
  77. Once you free yourself from the need for perfect acceptance, it’s a lot easier to launch work that matters. – Seth Godin
  78. Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. ~ Henry Ford
  79. Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.” – Chanakya
  80. People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves, they have the first secret of success. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
  81. People don’t believe what you tell them. They rarely believe what you show them.
  82. People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.” – Zig Ziglar
  83. People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.” – Simon Sinek
  84. People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.” – Cass, Lewis
  85. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar
  86. People rarely buy what they need. They buy what they want. – Seth Godin
  87. People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going. – Earl Nightingale
  88. Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day. – Gary Vaynerchuck
  89. Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. ~ Frederick B Wilcox
  90. Succeeding is one thing. Maintaining that success is another. It is during your success that you are most susceptible to failure. – Unknown
  91. Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were. – David Rockefeller
  92. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. ~ Maya Angelou
  93. Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco
  94. Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
  95. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill
  96. Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. ~ Zig Ziglar
  97. Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me? – Brian Tracy
  98. Successful people are the ones who are breaking the rules. – Seth Godin
  99. Surviving a failure gives you more self–confidence. Failures are great learning tools… but they must be kept to a minimum. – Jeffrey Immelt
  100. Sustaining a successful business is a hell of a lot of work, and staying hungry is half the battle. —Wendy Tan White, MoonFruit co-founder and CEO


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