50 Top Inspirational Business Quotes for a Motivating Kick

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50 Top Inspirational Business Quotes for a Motivating Kick

It’s easy to read inspirational business quotes and think “Okay, I’m motivated, let’s do this!” 

… and then not actually do anything with them.

So, with each of these inspirational quotes, consider how they impact you and your business. Whether you’re just starting out as a solopreneur, or working towards your next success, it’s all about taking action.

If Seth Godin says “The secret to being wrong isn’t to avoid being wrong. The secret is to be willing to be wrong” how will you apply that?

When Richard Branson says “Screw it, let’s do it!” will you just jump into any business opportunity? Or will you assess the situation, then “do it!”?

Consider success stories like Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, and Henry Ford. These are people who have built their own businesses or companies and were met with failures and huge successes along the way.

While their quotes are inspirational and will give you the business motivation you need, they’re only really useful when you apply them to your every day.

Failure Quotes

You’ll never succeed if you don’t fail at some point.

Take these quotes on failing and apply them to whatever position you may be in… you might learn a thing or two about how to get back on track!

motivational business quotes steve jobs

“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”Steve Jobs

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”Henry Ford

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”Richard Branson

“By seeking and blundering we learn.”Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”Walt Disney

“Reward worthy failure — experimentation.”Bill Gates

Bill Gates Motivational Business Quote

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”Thomas Edison

“The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting.”Walt Disney

“The only thing worse than starting something and failing is not starting something.”Seth Godin

Business Success Thomas Edison

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”Thomas Edison

Success Quotes

While failure is natural for getting ahead in business, entrepreneurship, and life in general, achieving success is also natural and should be equally celebrated.

Here we’ll hear from visionaries like Oprah to Zig Ziglar and Jim Rohn as they share key business success factors with these quotes…

Seth Godin inspirational quotes

“If failure is not an option, then neither is success.”Seth Godin

“About half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”Steve Jobs

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”Warren Buffett

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”Bill Gates

“Don’t worry about being successful, but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.”Oprah

inspirational quotes for business owners oprah winfrey

“The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting.”Walt Disney

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

“Whatever your goal is you will never succeed unless you let go of your fears and fly.”Richard Branson

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”Winston Churchill

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“Success comes when opportunity meets preparation.”Zig Ziglar

Business Quotes

These business quotes, from Steve Jobs to Henry Ford to Warren Buffett, will give you that extra dose of “I can do this” motivation that everyone needs at some point.

business leaders quote by steve jobs

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”Steve Jobs

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”Oprah

“Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”Steve Jobs

“Stop selling. Start helping.”Zig Ziglar

inspirational business quotes henry ford

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”Henry Ford

“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.”Warren Buffett

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”Bill Gates

“People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories and magic.”Seth Godin

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

business success quote by richard branson

“One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes.”Richard Branson

Inspirational Quotes

When you’re feeling down and simply uninspired, sometimes you just need to hear from inspired thinkers to get you back on the horse.

These inspirational quotes, from Thomas Edison to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, will make you grab your saddle and get back to it.

inspirational business quotes oprah winfrey

“Listen to the rhythm of your own calling, and follow that.”Oprah

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”Thomas Edison

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”Warren Buffett

“If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will willfully ignore the future that is likely.”Seth Godin

motivational business quotes walt disney

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”Walt Disney

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.”Zig Ziglar

“At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.”Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

“To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.”Winston Churchill

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“Don’t say, ‘If I could, I would.’ Say, ‘If I can, I will.'”Jim Rohn

Entrepreneurship Quotes

Quit saying, “Someday, I’ll be my own boss” and make that “someday” today.

From Bill Gates to Seth Godin and Walt Disney’s entrepreneurship quotes will give you the motivation you need to realize, “Yeah, I can completely do this.”

Entrepreneurship offers the personal freedom to do what you love, and get paid doing it.

entrepreneurship motivational quotes bill gates

“To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.”Bill Gates

“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.”Oprah

“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.”Steve Jobs

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

business success quote by seth godin

“Be genuine. Be remarkable. Be worth connecting with.”Seth Godin

“First, think. Second, dream. Third, believe. And finally, dare.”Walt Disney

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”Zig Ziglar

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If it can’t fit onto the back of an envelope, it’s probably a bad idea. Keep it short, sharp, and picture-perfect.”Richard Branson

inspirational quotes for business owners by winston churchill

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”Winston Churchill

What Did You Take Away From These Inspirational Business Quotes?

Which of these inspirational business quotes resonated the most with you?

When you ask yourself that question, it’s more likely that the quote won’t just be something you read and keep scrolling. 

You’ll learn more about how to make the most out of your entrepreneurship if you take the time to really digest the quote.

Our free printable PDF calendar can help you do that.

With a quote a month, from Bill Gates to Oprah Winfrey, their wise words will sink in to your everyday life… and keep your business and day-to-day organized. 😊

Yuki Evoy
Yuki Evoy is the Social Media Coordinator at SiteSell. She handles the Social Media calendar and posts interesting stuff about solopreneurs, blogging and online business building. Between balancing her SBI! for WordPress blog and work for SiteSell, her motto is "if you really love what you’re doing, you can always find time."
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