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100+ Inspirational Business Success Quotes

You'll find plenty of inspiration and motivation with these hand-picked business success quotes (organized by category). Enjoy!

Inspirational Quotes About Business Success:

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. - Mark Caine

Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined and connected to one another. And, when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives. - Daniel Pink

One day or day one, you decide.

If you improve by 1% every day within a year you'll have improved by 365%.

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If people like you, they'll listen to you, but if they trust you, they'll do business with you. - Zig Ziglar

Work hard in silence, let success make the noise. - Frank Ocean

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

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To succeed, you need to find something to hold onto, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. - Tony Dorsett

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

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure. It is: Try to please everybody. - Herbert Bayard Swope

There's no luck in business. There's only drive, determination, and more drive. - Sophie Kinsella

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. - Albert Schweitzer

Don't stop when you're tired; stop when you're done. - David Goggins

To move the world we must first move ourselves. - Socrates

Good marketing makes the company look smart. Great marketing makes the customer feel smart. -  Joe Chernov

Having a goal is a state of happiness. - F.J. Barrek

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. - Tim Notke 

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. -  Arthur Ashe

Anything in life worth having is worth working for. - Andrew Carnegie

There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs. - Zig Ziglar

Success is a journey, not a destination. - Arthur Ashe

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art. - Andy Warhol

The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your relationships. The quality of your business is no different. - Harvey Mackay

Inspirational Quotes About Leadership:

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-Exupery

Leadership is action, not position. - Donald H. McGannon

Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work. - Seth Godin

Leaders who don't listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say. - Andy Stanley

When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts. - Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle Corporation

The true price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above your own. - Simon Sinek

If serving is below you, then leadership is beyond you

To lead people, walk behind them. - Lao Tsu

Inspirational Quotes About Optimism:

What consumes your mind controls your life.

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself. - Christine Bovee

"Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure." Anonymous

"Every problem has a gift for you in its hands." Richard Bach

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty." Winston Churchill

"Believe you can and you're halfway there." Theodore Roosevelt

"Persistence can look a lot like stupid." Kristen Lamb

"Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it." Charles R. Swindoll

"It's supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it." Tom Hanks

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

"When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” Theodore Roosevelt

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?" L.M. Montgomery

Inspirational Quotes About Goal Setting:

The rear view mirror is always clearer than the windshield. - Warren Buffett

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

Everybody's a self-made man, only the successful ones admit it. - Anonymous

"Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals." LL Cool J

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” Leonardo da Vinci

"The starting point of all achievement is desire." Napoleon Hill

"Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small." Sun Tzu

“Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." —John F. Kennedy

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

"Old ways won't open new doors."

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

Inspirational Quotes About Motivation:

It’s much easier to double your business by doubling your conversion rate than by doubling your traffic. - Jeff Eisenberg

The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting. Walt Disney

"Money coming in says I’ve made the right marketing decisions." Adam Osborne

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

“If you can't fly then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains.” Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

“I firmly believe that writers must take full accountability for their careers. It’s a business, and part of business is marketing. You wouldn’t slap an OPEN sign on the window of your new barber shop, go home, and wait for the money to start rolling in.” Alistair Cross

“Passion without purpose leads to frustration. Purpose without passion leads to procrastination. Passion with purpose leads to success.” Valerie J. Lewis Coleman

“Timid salesmen have skinny kids.” Zig Ziglar

"A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large." Henry Ford

"The best lessons are usually learned from failure. You must not get too dispirited. Just get back up and try again." Richard Branson

"Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect." Alan Cohen

"Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something." Thomas A. Edison

Inspirational Quotes About Courage:

Courage is grace under pressure. ― Ernest Hemingway

“Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.” ― P. T. Barnum

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." John F. Kennedy

“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” Golda Meir

"Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back." Babe Ruth

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is." Jimmy Carter

"The world is like a reverse casino. In a casino, if you gamble long enough, you're certainly going to lose. But in the real world, where the only thing you're gambling is, say, your time or your embarrassment, then the more stuff you do, the more you give luck a chance to find you." Scott Adams

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” Richard Yates

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." Thomas A. Edison

“The best way out is always through.”- Robert Frost

“Don’t get discouraged; it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”- Unknown

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” – Picabo Street

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both.” ― Brené Brown

Inspirational Quotes About Change:

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." Winston Churchill

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." George Bernard Shaw

“It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin

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

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” Taylor Swift

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” Socrates

"Change before you have to." Jack Welch

"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” Rumi

"It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” Roy T. Bennett

"Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.”  Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” Wayne W. Dyer

"Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.” Stephen King, The Green Mile

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Winston S. Churchill

"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." ― Arnold Bennett

“Don’t confuse poor decision-making with destiny. Own your mistakes. It’s ok; we all make them. Learn from them so they can empower you!” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free