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71 Inspirational Quotes

Be inspired by these inspirational quotes to positively influence your day and your life. Inspiring quotes that have motivational and uplifting words of wisdom that can make a positive impact on your life. Be encouraged by them.

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    Best Inspirational Quotes

    There are so many great inspirational quotes it is difficult to pick out the best quotes. However, here are some that we consider to be top notch. We hope they inspire you to be the best that you can be!

  1. You only have one life, and if it is not going in the direction you want it to, now is the time to make changes. Joyce Meyer, Seize the Day
    Wise words! Let these words inspire you to make changes if you are not moving in the direction you want to go!




  2. Success isn't easy, and that's a good thing - at least in business. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it and your competition would be outrageous! David Fairweather, Winning Mindset
    While these inspiring words may make you smile, be thankful that success is not easy. Next time you feel face difficulties - remember this inspirational quote!



  3. Never let your past decisions determine your future outcome. Mark Dudley, Morning Inspirations I




  4. Our character is not defined in the good times, but in the hard times. Paul Brodie
    Adversity, challenges, life issues that is where our character is built!



  5. Words can inspire, thoughts can provoke, but only action truly brings you closer to your dreams. Brad Sugars
    Motivational words and thoughts can be inspiring, but until you take the first step, you must motivate yourself, otherwise, your dream will just remain a dream.




  6. If you want something out of life you have to go out there and get it, because it is not just going to be given to you. Kelvin Waites, Hit'em Before They Hit You
    No one is going to climb the stairs for you, you must start one stair at a time. None of us are entitled, we all must work for what we want in life.



  7. No one can give you your goals. No one can dig for you. This is your journey. Warren Philip Gates, Success and the Powerful Introvert




  8. Having a specific meaning and purpose in your life helps to encourage you towards living a fulfilling and inspired life. Vic Johnson, Goal Setting
    If life has no meaning then what is the purpose?



  9. Hold the words and intentions gently with you as you go about your day, take action as it's called for and as it feels right for you and then simply watch as life unfolds and opens up for you. Cat O'Connor, 30 Days Of Inspiration




  10. I'll never forget the advice my father gave me as I prepared to go outside and play one day: "There are good and bad kids in this place, so make sure you pick the right ones." Sonny West, Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business


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    Inspirational Quotes for Success in Life

    You may be surprised by the thoughts of the authors of these inspirational quotes about what determines success in life. Wise quotes to reflect on and apply to life.


  12. Inspiration is a message from your unconscious wisdom telling you to go out there and be the fullest, most positive expression of you who you REALLY are. Paul Dalton
    Being inspired allows you to do things that perhaps you once thought were not possible. Be yourself, have confidence in your abilities, and when faced with setbacks don't give up find a way, look for the positive solution - it is there! Your attitude plays such an important part in your life, always keep it positive.



  13. Success is inevitable if you keep moving. The only thing that matters is that you keep going. The only way to truly fail at a marathon is to stop taking the next step. Tim Grahl, Running Down a Dream
    The key phrase in this quote is "keep moving." Far to often people stop when faced with obstacles or failure. Sometimes we have to take a step back to be able to step forward and succeed.




  14. Determine what motivates you and you can find your path to love, happiness and influence and that which you seek to make your life complete. Louis Howard, Inside The Minds of Champions
    To find success, you need to find what motivates you, what you have a passion for.



  15. Quitters never win. Winners never quit! Dr. Irene C. Kassorla
    It goes without saying that you will never win if you give up. Have a winning attitude, be determined.



  16. Everyone has the potential to live a fulfilling life. The difference lies in how we look at things. Vishal Pandey, Positive Thinking
    Are you living to your full potential? Keep your attitude positive and find solutions that are stopping you from finding success.




  17. There's no such thing as lack of time, only lack of focus. We can all do the things we really want to do. Robyn Pearce, Getting a Grip on Time Management
    Why do some people seem to accomplish more than others? The difference is there ability to stay focused. Each of us has the same hours in a day, but the biggest difference is how we use each hour - do we sleep in or are we inspired and get up an hour early?




  18. "In the business world, you might remember leaders who inspired you to develop your own skills and possibly to take chances." Michael A. Pitcher, Seven eLements of Leadership for a New Breed of Leader




  19. Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. Peter F Drucker
    Peter Drucker has been providing inspiration through education and business advice for years. Starting a business is a risk and it takes courage but this is rarely thought about when the business is successful. May this quote be a reminder that life will bring you rewards if you have courage in making your decisions.




  20. Life without purpose is meaningless. Amy Torres, Sweet Dreams of Awakening
    Imagine getting up in the morning and having no purpose, having nothing to do. Imagine how boring life would be. Everyone has a purpose and we need to discover to fulfill our purpose for being.



  21. It is life's principle and you have to accept it as it comes; nothing happens when nothing is done. Israelmore Ayivor, Let's go to the Next Level
    Let this inspirational quote encourage you to take action. Unless you take action nothing changes!



  22. Being confident with what you do drives you to achieve your goals, work at your best and overcome any challenges that come your way.
    Matt Morris, CPCC, Positive Thinking
    This inspirational quote truly captures a key to success, let it remind you to be confident, to do your best, and to not give up when you face challenges!




  23. Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen. Wayne Huizenga
    Motivational quotes on achieving success are many, but these words will make the difference in achieving success or just wishing for success. Which are you - the dreamer or the doer? Be the doer and succeed!



  24. Whether in athletics, business, government, or in the context of one's own family, the best leaders inspire others to harness their utmost potential to benefit the common good. Peter Tormey, The Thursday Speeches




  25. Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. Bill Bradley
    You can have lots of ambition but if you don't persist when the going gets tough then you will never reach success.



  26. ...goals allow you to take control. Instead of living life by chance, you live by choice. Kam Knight, Goal Setting
    Set your goals, take your life in the direction you want to see your future unfold.



  27. If you've set goals and you want to achieve them, you have to think positively and achieving those goals will be a lot easier. Becca Earl, Positive Thinking
    To succeed in achieving your goals you must first believe that your goals are possible!



  28. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Steve Jobs
    This quote has been said many ways but it comes down to loving the work that you are doing. When you find that you will find that what you are doing is no longer work.



  29. Remember to focus on goals that are within your control. Tony Dungy, The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge


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  31. The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have. Yiddish Proverb
    The first time I read this inspirational proverb it made me stop and realize how rich I could be if I just changed my thinking. Rather than wanting we need to focus and appreciate what we have. We may be more successful in life than we realize if we adopt these words.



  32. You gotta stay hungry! Stay focused! And you better have heart! The heart of a champion! Eric Thomas




  33. For every dream that you have, your week needs to match that dream. Eric Thomas
    These inspirational words by Eric Thomas holds a secret to success. We all have dreams but are you taking the action each and every week to move you in the direction of your dream. Or, are you just dreaming or wishing? To achieve success in life you need goals and action plans but most importantly you have to take action.




  34. Whether you think you can or think you can't you're right. Henry Ford
    This is one of the many famous quotes said many years ago by Henry Ford, but it still holds true. It may seem funny, but your attitude, your thinking will determine your success.



Get inspired by these wise words and make the very best out of your life.

Motivational Words of Wisdom

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I adore inspirational quotations– and I’ll admit that I have a rather silly habit of keeping long lists of my favorites.  After spending a considerable amount of time weeding through the bunch, I’m pleased to present 41 tidbits of advice from famous folks who know/knew a thing or two about leadership, determination, and putting your heart into something you’re just crazy about.

Please comment with your own favorite quotations to add to the list. I’d love to hear what gets you up and running, and doing what you do best!

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
– Albert Einstein

“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”
– Albert Einstein

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
– Anne Frank

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”
-Barack Obama

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”
-Barack Obama

“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.”
– Betty Bender

“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.”
– Betty Reese

“If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.”
– Charles M. Schulz

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”
– Dr. Seuss

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
– e. e. cummings

“The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.”
– Elaine Agather

“Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.”
– Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.”
– Ella Williams

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen”
– Frank Lloyd Wright

”The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.”
– George Eliot

“I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.”
– Harry S. Truman

“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“If the laborer gets no more than the wages which his employer pays him, he is cheated, he cheats himself.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“When a dog runs at you, whistle for him”
– Henry David Thoreau

“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
– John Quincy Adams

“Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another.”
– Kenny Ausubel

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

“A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
– Mark Twain

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.”
– Maya Angelou

“The world belongs to the energetic.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your reactions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
– Robert F. Kennedy

“Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.”
– Ronald Reagan

“Find a need and fill it.”
– Ruth Stafford Peale

“We can always live on less when we have more to live for.”
– S. Stephen McKenney

“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.”
– Sonia Johnson

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
-Thomas Edison

“I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.”
– Warren G. Bennis


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In business, inspiration and experience often leads to wisdom and success. With nine of 10 businesses failing in the first year, it's almost natural for founders and CEOs to do just about everything possible to improve their performance. 

A great way for any entrepreneur to improve the chances at becoming a success is to study the habits and consider the advice given from other successful founders and CEOs.

Below are 52 inspirational pearls of wisdom taken from founders and CEOs from different trade backgrounds and verticals.

Take a look and let us know if your favorite quote about success made this list.

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1. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”  - Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

2. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”  - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

3. “To me, business isn’t about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It’s about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.” - Sir Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Group

4. “Every time you make the hard, correct decision you become a bit more courageous, and every time you make the easy, wrong decision you become a bit more cowardly. If you are CEO, these choices will lead to a courageous or cowardly company.” - Ben Horowitz, CEO of Opsware

5. “Don't bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of immortals.” - David Ogilvy, Founder of Ogilvy & Mather

6. “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” - Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

7. “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.”  - Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple

8. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” - Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

9. “Any time is a good time to start a company.” - Ron Conway, Founder of Angel Investors

Getting priorities straight

10. “The question I ask myself like almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?’… Unless I feel like I’m working on the most important problem that I can help with, then I’m not going to feel good about how I’m spending my time. And that’s what this company is.” -Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

11. “High expectations are the key to absolutely everything.” - Sam Walton, Founder of Wal-Mart

12. “Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got.” - Tim Cooke, CEO of Apple

13. “Without passion, you don’t have any energy, and without energy, you simply have nothing” - Donald Trump, CEO of the Trump Organization

14. “Rule No. 1: Never lose money; Rule No. 2: Don’t forget Rule No. 1.” - Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

15. “No man can be successful, unless he first loves his work.” - David Sarnoff, CEO of RCA

16. “It’s not about having a specific set time; both personal and professional lives are 24/7. It’s simply, more about making the right allocation to each one and recognizing that it’s going to be different every single day” - Ellen Kullman, CEO of Dupont

17. “You don’t need to be a genius or a visionary, or even a college graduate for that matter, to be successful. You just need framework and a dream.” - Michael Dell, CEO of DELL

18. “The heart and soul of a company is creativity and innovation.” - Robert Iger, CEO of Walt Disney

Getting to the heart of the matter

19. “You have to be very nimble and very open minded. Your success is going to be very dependent on how you adapt.” - Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO of Yelp

20. “It’s not about how to get started; it’s about how to get noticed.” - Steve Case, CEO of America Online

21. “Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.” - Ryan Freitas, Co-Founder of About.me 

22. “Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” - Anthony Volodkin, Founder of Hype Machine

23. “If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” - Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO of Amazon

24. “Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.” - Jeffrey Zeldman, Founder of A List Apart Magazine

25. “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” - Thomas Edison, Co-Founder of General Electric

26. “Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” - Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder and CEO of Twitter

27. “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.” - Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of IKEA 

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28. “Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.” - Mark Cuban, Owner of Dallas Mavericks

29. “There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” - Jason Fried, Founder of 37signals  

30. “Fail often so you can succeed sooner.” - Tom Kelley, Founder of Ideo

31. “Nothing works better than just improving your product.” - Joel Spolsky, Co-Founder of Stack Overflow

32. “Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.” - Chris Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO of Hunch

33. “An entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.” - David Karp, Founder of Tumblr

Digging down deep

34. “Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.” - Tony Hsieh, Founder and CEO of Zappos

35. “Stay self-funded as long as possible.” - Garrett Camp, Founder of Expa, Uber and StumbleUpon

36. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” - Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter  

37. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” - Seth Godin, Founder of Squidoo

38. “Anything that is measured and watched, improves.” - Bob Parsons, Founder of GoDaddy

39. “The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.“ - Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce

40. “Data beats emotions.” - Sean Rad, Founder of Adly and Tinder

41. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” - Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn

42. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” - Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn

43. “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, Founder of SPANX

44. “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.”  - Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company

45. “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” -Arianna Huffington,  Co-Founder of The Huffington Post Media Group

46. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” - Howard Schultz, Founder and CEO of Starbucks

47. “Always deliver more than expected.” - Larry Page, CoFounder of Google

48. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” - Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics 

49. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” - Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group 

50. “I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.” - Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft

51. “Don’t take too much advice. Most people who have a lot of advice to give with a few exceptions generalize whatever they did. Don’t over-analyze everything. I myself have been guilty of over-thinking problems. Just build things and find out if they work.” - Ben Silbermann, Founder of Pinterest

52. "Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. [This] improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40-hour work weeks and you're putting in 100 hour workweeks, then even if you're doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve."  - Elon Musk, Founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors

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Summary

And there you have it. 52 quotes about success taken from famous founders and CEOs, all offer pearls of insight on what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. If you think we missed out on your favorite quote about success from your favorite founder or CEO let us know, and float us note in the comments section below. Until next post.

If you love quotes, that's great because this post is made just for you. We offer the top 100 most inspirational quotes about life.

100 Inspirational Quotes to Make You Feel Better About Life

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Take time to laugh
It is the music of the soul.

Take time to think
It is the source of power.

Take time to play
It is the source of perpetual youth.

Take time to read
It is the fountain of wisdom.

Take time to pray
It is the greatest power on earth.

Take time to love and be loved
It is a God-given privilege.

I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure - which is: Try to please everybody

Herbert Bayard Swope

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.

Socrates

To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.

Pat Riley

True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.

Bill Owens

We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity.

Marco Rubio

Whatever you are, be a good one.

Abraham Lincoln

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.

John J Pershing

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.

John Maxwell

I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet

Arabic proverb


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