75 Quotes to Invigorate the Success of Your Business

5 Feb 2014


A big part of what we do here at the Corridor is to help entrepreneurs and start-up companies. Starting a business can be a bumpy ride, and it can easily leave you feeling discouraged in a matter of minutes. It’s fun, exciting, scary, frustrating, and ranges anywhere in between.

There will be days when you may want to throw in the towel and call it quits. Quotes help me in my personal life all the time (I have many of them taped on my desk as daily reminders). So, I thought I’d share the most influential and motivational quotes I have found to help you stay focused and positive in your professional life, as well. Times will get tough, but keep pushing forward. Have a success mindset.  Enjoy! :)


1. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. – Milton Berle

2. Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. – John Wayne

3. If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six sharpening my ax. – Abraham Lincoln

4. Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. – George Van Valkenburg

5. Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco Chanel

6. The value of an idea lies in the using of it. – Thomas Edison

7. Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career. – Ryan Freitas

8. If you don’t make things happen then things will happen to you. – Robert Collier

9. They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. – Andy Warhol

10. A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. – Henry Ford

11. You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance. – Lee Iacocca

12. Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you. – Mark Cuban

13. Entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create. – David Karp


14. The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%. – Rob Kalin

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

16. Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. – Napoleon Hill

17. Judge a man by his questions, not by his answers. – Voltaire

18. If you are going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

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

20. I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. – Oprah Winfrey

21. The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world. – Marc Benioff

22. Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. – Norman Schwarzkopf

23. A true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. – Nolan Bushnell

24. Speed is useful only if you are running in the right direction. – Joel Barker

25. It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. – Scott Belsky

26. The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be. – Reid Hoffman


27. As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big. – Donald Trump

28. Life is too complicated not to be orderly. – Martha Stewart

29. The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. – Peter F. Drucker

30. Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. – Babe Ruth

31. Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. – Drew Houston

32. The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do. – Dennis Waitley

33. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. – Maya Angelou


34. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. – Jimmy Johnson

35. The only thing worse than starting something and failing…is not starting something. – Seth Godin

36. A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader. – Fred Wilson

37. The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time. – Henry Ford

38. To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth

39. I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. – Herbert B. Swope

40. Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. – Frederick B. Wilcox

41. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon


42. Capital isn’t scarce; vision is. – Sam Walton

43. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight Eisenhower

44. I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement. – Donald Trump

45. Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else. – Sara Blakely

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

47. Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were. – David Rockefeller

48. I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages. – Robert Bosch

49. If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. – Ingvar Komprad

50. Hire character. Train skill. – Peter Schutz


51. The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to neither make money nor find much fun in life. – Charles Schwab

52. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills

53. What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone. Know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed. – Dave Thomas

54. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself. – Oprah Winfrey

55. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. – Steve Jobs

56. When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue. – Josh James

57. To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. – Thomas Watson, Sr.

58. The only way around is through. – Robert Frost

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

60. Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell. – Lisa Stone

61. Winners take the time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating. – Denis Waitley

62. Your most unhappy customers are the greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates


63. I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying. – Jeff Bezos

64. High expectations are the key to everything. – Sam Walton

65. Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – having put forth the best within you. – Henry Kaiser

66. If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business. – Ray Kroc

67. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin

68. Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. – Vince Lombardi

69. Management is nothing more than motivating other people. – Le Iacocca

70. You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions. – Steve Case

71. The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question. – Peter Drucker


72. Trust your instincts. – Estee Lauder

73. There are lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world. – Phil Libin

74. Sustaining a successful business is a hell of a lot of work, and staying hungry is half the battle. – Wendy Tan White

75. Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right. – Henry Ford


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