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Business Success Quotes

Updated: Jun 24, 2022

Dreams, Financial Stability, Independence. We are all in business for different reasons. Equally, what keeps us motivated and moving forward is different for each of us. Here are some quotes to keep you inspired to take that next step in business!


I never dreamed about success; I worked for it – Estée Lauder


A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts – Richard Branson


Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods – Anonymous


A successful business requires one simple thing: Passion – Teresa Collins


A dream doesn’t become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination and hard work – Colin Powell


Do one thing every day that scares you – Eleanor Roosevelt


A goal is a dream with a deadline – Napoleon Hill


The key to success is to start before you are ready – Marie Porleo


A great business success was probably never attained by chasing the dollar but is due to pride in one’s work. The pride that makes business an art – Henry L. Doherty


Dare to be remarkable – Jane Gentry


A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all – Michael LeBoeuf


Option A is not available. So let’s kick the SH** OUT of option B – Sheryl Sandberg


A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him – David Brinkley


If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room — Anita Roddick


Action is the foundational key to all success – Pablo Picasso


Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live — Anne Sweeney


All progress takes place outside the comfort zone – Michael John Bobak



Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain – Anonymous


Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that, so it goes on flying anyway – Mary Kay Ash


Always deliver more than expected – Larry Page


Repetition makes reputation, and reputation makes customers — Elizabeth Arden


Believe you can, and you’re halfway there – Theodore Roosevelt


I like to say it’s an attitude of not just thinking outside the box but not even seeing the box ― Safra A. Catz


Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation – Milan Kundera


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


Change is not a threat; it’s an opportunity. Survival is not the goal; transformative success is – Seth Godin


Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly – Proverb


Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again – Richard Branson


Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great – John D. Rockefeller


Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit – Napoleon Hill


Every effective winning strategy is mapped out by focusing on the desired end goal – Wayne Chirisa


Fail often so you can succeed sooner – Tom Kelley


Failure defeats losers; failure inspires winners – Robert T. Kiyosaki


If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they will do business with you – Zig Ziglar


If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will – Bob Hooey


If you can dream it, you can do it – Walt Disney



Market rewards you as per your perception – Vijay Kedia


Opportunities don’t happen. You create them – Chris Grosser


I never lose. I either win or learn – Nelson Mandela


You will be defined not just by what you achieve but by how you survive ― Sheryl Sandberg


Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it – Henry David Thoreau


Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day, I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t – Gertrude B. Elion


I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have – Thomas Jefferson


Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. It's the mastery of fear. It's about getting up one more time than we fall down – Arianna Huffington


Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion – Tony Hsieh

It’s time for you to move, realizing that the thing you are seeking is also seeking you – Iyanla Vanzant


People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self–fulfilling prophecy – Tony Robbins


Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning – Robert T. Kiyosaki


You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end – Jessica Herrin


If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary – Jim Rohn


If you don't love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion – Mia Hamm


All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them – Walt Disney


Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them – Anonymous


We must believe in ourselves, or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage and determination to succeed – Rosalyn Yalow


If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got – Albert Einstein


Nobody … took me seriously. they wondered why in the world I wanted to be a chemist when no women were doing that. The world was not waiting for me – Gertrude B. Elion


Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm – Winston Churchill


Successful entrepreneurs are givers and not takers of positive energy – Anonymous


Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value – Albert Einstein


Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people – Eleanor Roosevelt


If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents – start charging for it – Kim Garst


You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them – Michael Jordan



It adds to the joy of discovery to know that your work may make a difference in people’s lives – Flossie Wong-Staal


People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing – Dale Carnegie


I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams – Oprah Winfrey


What would you do if you weren’t afraid – Spencer Johnson


If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off ... no matter what they say — Barbara McClintock


Don’t let what you can not do interfere with what you can do – John R. Wooden


Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them – Madam C.J. Walker


If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs – Dhirubhai Ambani


What would you do if you weren’t afraid? – Sheryl Sandberg


You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out – Steve Jobs


Do what you love, and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career – Meg Whitman


Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning – Bill Gates


Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live — Mae Jemison


Take risks. Failure is a stepping stone to success – Arianna Huffington



It always seems impossible until it is done – Nelson Mandela


What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make — Jane Goodall


Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude – Zig Ziglar


The road to success is always under construction – Lily Tomlin


I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six 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 – Michael Jordan


If you push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking risks, really amazing things can happen – Marissa Mayer


The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty – Winston Churchill


All sorts of things can happen when you’re open to new ideas and playing around with things — Stephanie Kwolek


When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it – Henry Ford


When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are – Oprah Winfrey


The thing that motivates me is a very common form of motivation. And that is, with other folks counting on me, it’s so easy to be motivated – Jeff Bezos


The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing – Walt Disney



Don’t try to have it all. Aim for what matters most and what you’re willing to consistently work for. Don’t judge yourself, and don’t judge others. – Jessica Herrin


It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed. You only have to be right once – Mark Cuban


Whatever you do, be different—that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out – Anita Roddick


Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going – Jim Rohn


Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. just find a new way to stand – Oprah Winfrey


The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling but in rising again after you fall – Vince Lombardi


Life need not be easy, provided only that it is not empty — Lise Meitner


Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young – Henry Ford


People don't take opportunities because the timing is bad, the financial side unsecure.

Too many people are overanalyzing. Sometimes you just have to go for it – Michelle Zatlyn


People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing—that's why we recommend it daily – Zig Ziglar


I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you – Oprah Winfrey


I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work – Thomas Edison

We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work instead of the quality of time we put in – Arianna Huffington


Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with. In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are – Richard Branson


I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist – Virginia Rometty


It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure – Bill Gates


Failures are life's way of nudging you and letting you know you are off course. Trying new things and not being afraid to fail along the way are more important than what you learn in school – Sara Blakely


In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love – Warren Buffett


No matter what, expect the unexpected. And whenever possible, be the unexpected – Lynda Barry


Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals – Jim Rohn


Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts – Winston Churchill


It's important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable – Sara Blakely


The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds – Mark Twain


As a CEO, I am finding that I have to become a learning CEO. I have to go to school all the time because I am learning new skills that I need to run this company, and I am realising that I am not equipped to just coast. I have to constantly renew my skills – Indra Nooyi


Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves—their strengths, their values, and how they best perform – Peter Drucker


Making the decision to not follow a system or someone else’s rules has allowed me to really dig into what my own strengths and gifts are without spending time feeling jaded or wasteful – Ishita Gupta


When you build technology, it's not just a matter of "what" in most cases, the success ends up determined by "how" you build it—which foundations you used, how simple and scalable it is – Tobi Lütke


The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud – Coco Chanel



There's a silly notion that failure's not an option at NASA. Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough – Elon Musk


Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble–making individual – Natalie Clifford Barney


The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand – Vince Lombardi


Life–fulfilling work is never about the money⁠—when you feel true passion for something, you instinctively find ways to nurture it – Eileen Fisher


There are two types of people who will tell you that you can not make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed – Ray Goforth


Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you – Oprah Winfrey


Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations – Mae Jemison

Business opportunities are like buses: there’s always another one coming – Richard Branson


I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough – Marissa Mayer


The best customer service is if the customer doesn't need to call you, doesn't need to talk to you. It just works – Jeff Bezos


So often, people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard – Caterina Fake


Management is about human beings. Its task is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant – Peter Drucker


You are on the eve of a complete victory. You can’t go wrong. The world is behind you – Josephine Baker



If you broke a lot of rules as a kid, you’d probably make a great entrepreneur – Harley Finkelstein


Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide – Marva Collins


I definitely see a correlation between how many things a company gets right and how fast a company grows – Garrett Camp


Be passionate and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal – Ava DuVernay


Whatever you do, don’t play it safe. Don’t do things the way they’ve always been done. Don't try to fit the system. If you do what's expected of you, you’ll never accomplish more than others expect – Howard Schultz


Embrace those things that make you unique – Janelle Monáe


In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks – Mark Zuckerberg


You can and should set your own limits and clearly articulate them. This takes courage, but it is also liberating and empowering and often earns you new respect – Rosalind Brewer


If you wake up deciding what you want to give versus what you’re going to get, you become a more successful person. In other words, if you want to make money, you have to help someone else make money – Russell Simmons


Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it – Steve Jobs


I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world – Albert Einstein


I dream, I test my dreams against my beliefs, I dare to take risks, and I execute my vision to make those dreams come true – Walt Disney


Importantly, in a great team, you argue about ideas totally independent of ego. IN great teams, the success of your idea is independent from your success. Just helping to find the best idea matters – Tobi Lütke


Don’t start a business unless it’s an obsession and something you love. IF you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession – Mark Cuban


If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started – Drew Houston


Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from – Seth Godin


When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor – Elon Musk


I think it is often easier to make progress on mega–ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition – Larry Page


It's stunning to me what kind of an impact even one person can have if they have the right passion, perspective and are able to align the interest of a great team – Steve Case


The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do – Steve Jobs


Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle – Napoleon Hill


If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader – Simon Sinek


One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you – Jeff Bezos


I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious – Albert Einstein



Startups are the truest passion projects – Vinay Kanchan


Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything – Napoleon Hill


Vision without action is a daydream – Karthik Shankar


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work – Thomas Edison


Everything in life has some risk, and what you have to actually learn to do is how to navigate it – Reid Hoffman


Don’t pass up something that’s attractive today because you think you will find something better tomorrow – Warren Buffett


There’s this joy that comes from sitting down to solve a problem and standing up when it’s done and good. Building a company or managing people is never just done – Drew Houston


Today, not starting is far, far worse than being wrong. IF you start, you’ve got a shot at evolving and adjusting to turn your wrong into a right. But if you don’t start, you never get a chance – Seth Godin


People think innovation is just having a good idea, but a lot of it is just moving quickly and trying a lot of things – Mark Zuckerberg


An idea can only become a reality once it is broken down into organized, actionable elements – Scott Belsky


My advice for anyone thinking of starting their own business is, above all, don’t wait. IF you get an idea in the shower in the morning, try to make it the next day – Harley Finkelstein


If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning – Larry Page


I think it's your mental attitude. So many of us start dreading age in high school, and that's a waste of a lovely life. Oh, I’m 30, oh, I’m 40, oh, I’m 50. Make the most of it – Betty White

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