50 Business Motivational Quotes to Help Inspire Your Small Company

Everyone needs a pep talk every now and then, even if that pep talk comes in the form of some motivational quotations found on the internet. Here are some of my favorite quotations for businesses - for those who created the business and those amazing workers who keep them running.

1. You are not your resume, you are your work. ~ Seth Godin

2. If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. ~Anonymous

3. 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. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

4. Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the troublemaking individual. ~ Natalie Clifford Barney

5. The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do. ~ Roy L. Smith

6. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill

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8. Successful entrepreneurs are givers and not takers of positive energy. ~Anonymous

9. Nothing will work unless you do. ~ Maya Angelou

10. If you don't value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents- start charging for it. ~ Kim Garst

11. I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. ~ Oprah Winfrey

12. Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day. ~ Gary Vaynerchuck

13. Surviving a failure gives you more self–confidence. Failures are great learning tools… but they must be kept to a minimum. ~Jeffrey Immelt

14. Don't raise your voice, improve your argument. ~Anonymous

15. The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ~Anonymous

16. And my aim in my life is to make pictures and drawings, as many and as well as I can; then, at the end of my life, I hope to pass away, looking back with love and tender regret, and thinking, 'Oh, the pictures I might have made.' ~Vincent Van Gogh

17. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker. ~Helen Keller 

18. Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad. ~Thomas Paine

19. The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. ~Ralph Nader

20. A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them. ~Henry Kravis

21. Hire character. Train skill. ~ Peter Schutz

22. The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things. ~Ronald Reagan

23.Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. ~George Patton

24. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. ~Bruce Lee

25. Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. ~ John C. Maxwell

26. A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be. ~Rosalynn Carter

27. For maximum attention, nothing beats a good mistake. ~ Unknown

28. You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. ~Michael Jordan

29. If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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31. To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can't just accept the ones you like. ~Mike Gafka

32. A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor. ~ Unknown

33. Your time is precious, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. ~ Steve Jobs

34. You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals. ~Booker T. Washington

35. Leadership is an action, not a position. ~ Donald McGannon

36. Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar. ~ Orrin Woodward

37. The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place. ~ Orison Swett Marden

38.  Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. ~Truman Capote

39. Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. ~Peter F. Drucker

40. A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. ~ Max Lucado

41. Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it. ~ Chinese Proverb

42. Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~John R. Wooden

43. You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. ~Margaret Thatcher

44. My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better. ~Steve Jobs

45. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. ~Lao Tzu

46. Give them QUALITY. That’s the best kind of advertising. ~Milton Hershey

47. Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can. ~ Arthur Ashe 

48. A man who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn’t been asleep. ~Dave Thomas

49. Embrace bad news to learn where you need the most improvement. ~ Bill Gates

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