Although you might have all the drive and energy in the world, sometimes you need a little pick-me-up in the form of inspirational and motivational quotes from leaders, entrepreneurs and shining lights who have made their mark on business and life.
In this post, I have gathered 25 quotes that I love. I have also included my take away on each. You might derive something else from them, but regardless of your interpretation, they are sure to inspire and motivate.
“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”
– Napoleon Hill
“A big business starts small.”
– Richard Branson
Take Away: You have to start at the beginning, have patience, and remember Rome wasn’t built in a day.
“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”
– Roy T. Bennett
Take Away: Don’t be afraid to challenge and push yourself. That’s when you really start to learn about yourself.
“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”
– Farrah Gray
Take Away: Do you want to work for someone else, or be your own boss.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
– Thomas Edison
Take Away: Don’t look at failure as a negative. Instead, view each failure as a positive learning experience.
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”
Take Away: At times, running a business is super-stressful. You will face challenges and setbacks. However, it’s up to you how you deal with these situations. You can either sink or swim – it’s all about your mindset.
“Whether You Think You Can Or Think You Can’t, You’re Right.”
– Henry Ford
Take Away: Your beliefs shape your reality.
“When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.”
– Robert Kiyosaki
Take Away: Real entrepreneurs don’t give up when the tough gets going. They find a way to overcome.
“If you are working on something that you really care about you don’t have to be pushed.”
– Steve Jobs
Take Away: If you do what you love, you will have all the motivation you need.
“The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.”
– Ingvar Kamprad
“Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.”
– Sara Blakely
Take Away: Don’t let a lack of knowledge hold you back. It can actually be a benefit.
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
Take Away: Don’t listen to your doubts.
“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
– Vidal Sassoon
Take Away: If you want success, you have to work for it. You can’t have one without the other.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Elliot
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Take Away: Building a business, is a marathon, not a sprint. If you keep going, you will eventually reach the finish line.
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
– Mark Twain
“In the real world, the smartest people are people who make mistakes and learn. In school, the smartest people don’t make mistakes.”
– Robert Kiyosaki
Take Away: Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, embrace them. Because, in business (the real world) that’s how you gain knowledge and learn.
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Take Away: When you work hard, opportunities present themselves.
Quote # 19
“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.”
– Zig Ziglar
Take Away: There will always be people who will try and bring you down because they resent your ambition and success. Don’t listen to them.
“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had — every day I’m learning something new.”
– Richard Branson
Take Away: Don’t sit back, constantly challenge yourself. Every new challenge is a chance to learn and grow.
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
– Steve Jobs
Take Away: Never give up, keep going, and you will eventually succeed.
“You can’t be successful in business without taking risks. It’s really that simple.”
– Adena Friedman
Take Away: To build a successful business, you are going to have to take chances along the way. Best, get used to the idea!
“The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”
– Reid Hoffman
Take Away: Surround yourself with people who inspire you to be the best you can be.
“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.”
“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.”
Take Away: Don’t spread yourself thin, dedicate all your focus into achieving one goal at a time.
Be inspired, be motivated…
I hope these quotes have put a little spring in your step and have helped inspire and motivate you to be the best you can be in business and life.
If you have any other good quotes, please feel free to leave them in the comments, and I will add them to the list.