Running a business can be the most rewarding job in the world, yet there are times when you feel out of energy and need a push to keep moving forward. So in the spirit of all the great leaders and successful entrepreneurs, here are 112 quotes that will inspire and motivate you to push forward.
The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to neither make money nor find much fun in life.
The noblest search is the search for excellence
You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.
The only way around is through.
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.
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.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well.
There are a lot of things that go into creating success. I don’t like to do just the things I like to do. I like to do things that cause the company to succeed. I don’t spend a lot of time doing my favorite activities.
When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.
To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.
The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers.
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.
Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.
My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job.
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!
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
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.
The golden rule for every business man is this: “Put yourself in your customer’s place.
Not only in business but also in real life, once you get to know who you are, the doors of success open one after another.
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.
Business is more exciting than any game.
Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.
We are currently not planning on conquering the world.
For all of its faults, it gives most hardworking people a chance to improve themselves economically, even as the deck is stacked in favor of the privileged few. Here are the choices most of us face in such a system: Get bitter or get busy.
A man should never neglect his family for business.
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.
Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.
Life is too complicated not to be orderly.
The only limits are, as always, those of vision.
Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling
To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.
Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.
The cynic says, “One man can’t do anything”. I say, “Only one man can do anything.”
I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day to day affairs that they had no time for friend making.
The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.
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.
If you did not look after today’s business then you might as well forget about tomorrow.
Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman.
If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example.
Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.
In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential. It’s no different in the financial realm.
No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others.. or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist.
To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.
Who likes not his business, his business likes not him.
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.
The enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth-persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
Hire character. Train skill.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
The good or ill of a man lies within his own will.
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.
Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.
I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.
Long-range planning works best in the short term.
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
To the degree we’re not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves.
Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you.
The NBA is never just a business. It’s always business. It’s always personal. All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal.
The first one gets the oyster the second gets the shell.
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 therefore to this day.
Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity.
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.
Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools.. but they must be kept to a minimum.
Being able to touch so many people through my businesses and make money while doing it, is a huge blessing.
The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
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.
Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.
The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
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.
A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.
People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.
In business, I’ve discovered that my purpose is to do my best to my utmost ability every day. That’s my standard. I learned early in my life that I had high standards.
You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.
It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference.
To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.
You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.
Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.
Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating.
Why did I want to win? Because I didn’t want to lose!
To succeed… You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
I want to put a ding in the universe.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.
Failure deosn't mean you failed. It means you just got an education.
When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.
The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government
One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.
If you're an entrepreneur and you think that the president makes a difference to your business, you should stay at your current job.
The odds of me coming into the rocket business, not knowing anything about rockets, not having ever built anything, I mean, I would have to be insane if I thought the odds were in my favor.