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60 Inspiring Quotes to Motivate You in Business, Sales, and Life

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Michelle Farnsworth

We’ve all had those days. You know, the ones where you feel discouraged and down in the dumps with little to no desire to accomplish anything for yourself, let alone anyone else. Some days it just seems nearly impossible to climb out of the hole you’ve found yourself in. And while tough days are unavoidable, the way we choose to handle them is within our control.

We all seek an escape or some means to help us better cope with the stresses of daily living. One of the best antidotes out there is hearing (or in this case, reading) words of wisdom from others who have found themselves in similar situations.

Whether you are nervous to take the plunge to start a new business, cringe at the thought of being rejected on a sales call, struggling to stay motived in sales, or feel inadequate about your abilities in general, these are quotes that will inspire you in those times.

From the business world to the sales realm, or even to life in general, one of our 60 quotes is sure to uplift, inspire, and motivate you to get back on your journey of success.

Business Quotes That Will Inspire

  1. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” -Farrah Gray
  2. “Time is the friend of the wonderful business, the enemy of the mediocre.” -Warren Buffett
  3. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” -Will Rogers
  4. “80% of success is showing up.” -Woody Allen
  5. “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” -Winston Churchill
  6. Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.” -Unknown
  7. “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” -Zig Ziglar
  8. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” -Wayne Gretzky
  9. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” -Jim Rohn
  10.  “There is always room at the top.” -Daniel Webster  
  11.  “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill
  12.  “The expert in anything was once a beginner.” -Helen Hayes
  13.  “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” -Steve Martin
  14.  “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” -Jim Rohn
  15.  “It’s not about having the right opportunities. It’s about handling the opportunities right.” -Mark Hunter
  16.  “Take risks. If you win, you’ll be happy; if you lose, you’ll be wise.” -Anonymous
  17.  “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” -Milton Berle
  18.  “Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.” -Unknown
  19. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” -Jim Rohn
  20.  “One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.” -Unknown
  21.  “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”  -Zig Ziglar
  22. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill
  23. “The best revenge is massive success.” -Frank Sinatra
  24. “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” -Tony Hsieh

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Sales Quotes That Will Inspire

  1.  “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” -Jack Canfield
  2.  “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” -Thomas Edison
  3. “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill
  4.  “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” -Zig Ziglar
  5.  “If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will.” -Bob Hooey
  6.  “Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.” -Seth Godin
  7.  “Begin by always expecting good things to happen.” -Tom Hopkins
  8.  “Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.” -Norman Ralph Augustine
  9.  “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” -Bill Gates
  10.  “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” -Zig Ziglar
  11.  “Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.” -Mary Kay Ash
  12.  “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” -Vince Lombardi
  13.  “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” -Winston Churchill
  14.  “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” -Thomas Paine
  15.  “We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” -George S. Patton
  16.  “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” -Zig Ziglar
  17. “I like to think of sales as the ability to gracefully persuade, not manipulate, a person or persons into a win-win situation.” -Bo Bennett

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Life Quotes That Will Inspire

  1.  “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” -Jim Rohn
  2.  “A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” -Muhammed Ali
  3.  “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” -Winston Churchill
  4.  “Whatever you are, be a good one.” -Abraham Lincoln
  5.  “There are two types of pain you will go through in life: the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces, while regret weighs tons.” -Jim Rohn
  6.  “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” -Winston Churchill
  7.  “Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible!'” -Audrey Hepburn
  8.  “Today’s pain is tomorrow’s power. The more you suffer today, the stronger you are tomorrow.” -Unknown
  9.   “Dont be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone.” -Andy Biersack
  10.  “The man who has no imagination has no wings.”  -Muhammed Ali
  11.  “Do it or not. There is no try.” -Yoda
  12.  “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” -Jim Rohn
  13.  “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” -Robert Schuller
  14.  “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost
  15.  “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” -Zig Ziglar
  16.  “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” -Vince Lombardi
  17.  “The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” -Joel Brown
  18.  “I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.” -Muhammed Ali

There you have it. 59 thought provoking quotes to motivate and inspire you in all of business, sales, and life’s endeavors. Oh, and I’ve saved the best for last…

60. “The biggest failure you can have in life is making the mistake of never trying at all.” -Unknown  

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