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Motivational Quotations for Business

Craig Middleton Dec 13, 2019
Setting up a business venture takes courage and perseverance and a little encouragement once in a while will not hurt especially when things don't happen as planned. Everyone in the team could use a little motivation from the owner, salesperson to the bookkeeper. So here is a list of the most motivating quotations for business.


Having positive self-esteem is a foundation for a healthy outlook in life no matter what you do. This quotation from Maya Angelou, an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist applies to business as well.
Maya says, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

If you have a knack for business, and you enjoy the thrills and ups and downs of maintaining one, by first liking yourself you will most likely encounter success.
Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s restaurant chain encourages every business owner to keep in mind this precious nugget of information.

He has been quoted to say, “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.”


Showing appreciation to anyone who has done you a favor is always a good gesture to maintain a good relationship. Employees are the most essential resources of a company and a successful organization knows how to build employee loyalty.
You can customize your employee appreciation quotes, have them printed on company stationery to give out in the next company outing.

John F. Kennedy said it best, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."


Team leaders, project managers, and CEOs of a company are also in need of inspiration.

John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States used to say, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
The late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, may he rest in peace, had said, "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

Born leaders have innovative skills and when paired with the right team, can execute the company mission to produce quality products.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American transcendentalist poet and philosopher was quoted as saying, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

This quotation should motivate young leaders-to-be in leadership training programs to blaze their own trails of success.
This quotation, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." by John F. Kennedy is manifested by modern-day leaders including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. Both are avid readers and seekers of knowledge and are the living proofs of this precept.

Food for Thought

A quotation is as good as the paper it is printed on. Motivational quotations are not just something that decks the halls of our offices; they are something to live by.