It’s true — motivational quotes have incredible power to change the way business owners feel about their companies and life. By reading over them and applying them, they can help point people in the right direction. Since many of these quotes come from well-known people from the past and present, what’s their secret? Well, it turns out that way business owners think about themselves, including their expectations about what is going to happen in the future, determines what will take place. That’s why it’s essential to think positively and work on a business feeling confident. We offer many tips in our free webinar training that discuss how new business owners can stay positive and how they can make their company succeed. Are you ready to check out some pretty rad quotes?
For starters, Inc. has nine amazing quotes below that should inspire you to succeed in the face setbacks. It’s hard to pick out which ones are the best and most motivational!
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”
— Winston S. Churchill
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
— Herman Melville
“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.”
— Colin R. Davis
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
— Henry David Thoreau
“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.”
— Chris Grosser
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
–John D. Rockefeller
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
— Thomas Jefferson
“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
“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.”
— Jim Rohn
The quotes that Inc. outlined in their article above are from well-known people that most of us know all about. The quotes below from Digital.com are from a variety of professionals in your field that you may or may not be able to identify with based on your business experiences.
“We think success is a one-way street. So we do everything that leads up to success, but then we get there. We figure we’ve made it, we sit back in our comfort zone, and we actually stop doing everything that made us successful. And it doesn’t take long to go downhill. Success isn’t a one-way street…it’s a continuous journey.”
– Richard St. John, entrepreneur and success analyst, in a 2009 TED Talk
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”
– Anne Sweeney, an American businesswoman, co-chair of Disney Media, and President of Disney Channel from 1996-2014.
“Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That is why it satisfies nobody.”
–Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman philosopher, and dramatist.
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”
– Arianna Huffington, co-founder, and EIC of The Huffington Post.
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”
– Thomas J. Watson, American businessman, and industrialist.
“What you do today matters. What you do every day matters. Successful people just do the things that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them and they do them over and over and over until the compound effect kicks in.”
― Jeff Olson, author, founder and CEO of Nerium Internationa, in The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life
“Success is a lousy teacher; it seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
― Bill Gates, an American businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, and founder of Microsoft Corporation.
Brian Tracy offers up some incredible quotes as well as explanations as to why the quotes made a list and how business owners can apply them.
“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
When it comes to success quotes by famous people, Winston Churchill’s inspirational words of wisdom always make the list.
“You Learn More From Failure Than From Success. Don’t Let It Stop You. Failure Builds Character.” – Unknown
When you replace ‘lose’ with ‘learn’ in your vocabulary, the thought of failure becomes less daunting and lets you focus on growth.
“It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up.” – Inspirational Quote By Vince Lombardi
Vince Lombardi was an American football hero who’s uplifting words frequently make it onto Top 10 Inspirational Quotes lists.
“People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do.” – Rob Siltanen
I believe this is one of the best quotes to live by because it reminds me to think without limits and never doubt my wildest thoughts.
“Entrepreneurs Are Great At Dealing With Uncertainty And Also Very Good At Minimizing Risk. That’s The Classic Entrepreneur.” – Mohnish Pabrai
This line always puts a smile on my face because it alludes to the excitement of not knowing what to expect but seeing a possible life-changing outcome.
“Imagine Your Life Is Perfect In Every Respect; What Would It Look Like?” – Brian Tracy
The exercise mentioned in this excerpt of my personal development philosophy is one of the keys to gaining clarity for what you really want in life. Start with a clear vision of your ideal life and happiness, then work backward to achieve it.
Effective Business Ideas has more inspirational business quotes – want to hear them? Read below to soak up more motivational quotes that’ll push you in the right direction.
“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had — everyday I’m learning something new.” – Richard Branson
“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs
”Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently… A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.” – Henry Ford
“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” – Napoleon Hill
“Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark, you know what you are doing but nobody else does.” – Ed Howe
“What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.” – Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
Entrepreneur also has a few more quotes about success you can read over. They’re very motivational!
Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week.
“The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way.”
Eleanor Roosevelt, known as “First Lady of the World” for her human rights advocacy.
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Whenever you need some motivation, read over these quotes again. Quotes about success can lead to powerful change and give you new ideas on life. Want to know what else can give you new ideas? Our free webinar training! Join us as we motivate and inspire others to follow their dreams and make their hobby into a profitable business!