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40 Inspirational Business Quotes for Any Professional

40 Inspirational Business Quotes for Any Professional

We have put together quotes for you to jot in your journal, print for your mantra, plonk on a presentation, or create a post for your team. These quotes will travel with you on your journey as an entrepreneur, business owner, manager, or individual.

We’ve also included a few extra at the end, just to remind you that a little laughter can go a long way in the world of business.

Keep reading to see our list of the top 40 inspirational business quotes!

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Business quotes to inspire you

Waking up and being positive to your team can be a challenge. You have to find the energy and inspiration every day to lead them into the corporate battle and the success of quarterly goals for both themselves and the business.

Here are 10 quotes to inspire you in the right business mindset.

  1. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”
    -Sir Richard Branson, Entrepreneur and co-founder of Virgin Group

Richard Branson Quote

  1. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
    -Walt Disney, Animator and film producer
  2. “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
    -Peter F. Drucker, Management consultant, educator, and author
  3. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
    -Mark Twain, Writer, publisher, and lecturer
  4. “In order to succeed. We must first believe that we can.”
    -Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek writer
  5. “The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.”
    -Aristotle, Greek philosopher
  6. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart.”
    -Thomas J. Watson, Chairman and CEO of IBM
  7. “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.”
    -Michael Korda, Editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster
  8. “Action is the foundational key to all success.”
    -Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter and sculptor
  9. “The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.”
    -Hasidic Proverb

Business quotes to motivate your day

A great way to start your day is with a dose of motivation. Here are quotes from some of  the most successful people, and their words of encouragement. We’ve handpicked them based on their ability to energize, fuel, and push you to your fullest potential.

  1. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
    -Winston Churchill, Former prime minister of Britain
  2. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
    -Will Rodgers, Actor and comedian
  3. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
    -John D. Rockefeller, Industrialist and philanthropist
  4. “First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.”
    -Walt Disney, Animator and film producer

walt disney quote

  1. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
    -Robert H. Schuller, Motivational speaker, and author
  2. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
    -Lao Tzu, Ancient Chinese philosopher and writer
  3. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
    -Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist
  4. “Don’t give up, the beginning is always the hardest.”
    -Kemmy Nola, Motivational speaker
  5. “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great achievements.”
    -Demosthenes, Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens
  6. “Always give your best effort even when the odds are against you.”
    -Arnold Palmer, Professional golfer

Business quotes for professional growth

If your goals are to understand and advance into the business world, these insights can help guide you. Each quote is a nugget of wisdom from previous business giants. Reflect on them and let them inspire you to grab every opportunity for growth.

  1. “Play by the rules, but be ferocious.”
    -Phil Knight, Co-founder of Nike, Inc.
  2. “There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.”
    -Seth Godin, Author and business executive
  3. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!”
    -Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company
  4. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
    -Albert Schweitzer, Alsatian polymath and theologian
  5. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”
    -Estée Lauder, Businesswoman and co-founder of cosmetics company

Estee Lauder Quotation

  1. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
    -Vidal Sassoon, Hairstylist, businessman, and philanthropist
  2. “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”
    H. Jackson Brown, Jr., American author
  3. “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
    -Antoine De Saint-Exupery, Writer, poet, aristocrat and journalist
  4. “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”
    -Margaret Thatcher, British stateswoman and former British prime minister
  5. “The heart and soul of a company is creativity and innovation.”
    -Robert Iger, CEO of Walt Disney

Business quotes for your team

These quotes were selected due to their underlying message of teamwork. Working together and inspiring each other is often the most effective way to achieve a goal.

Share these words with your team to boost morale and enhance cooperation:

  1. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”
    -Steve Jobs, Former CEO of Apple
  2. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
    -Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist
  3. The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.”
    -Margaret Carty, Author and executive director of MLA
  4. “Great things in business are never done by one person.”
    -Steve Jobs, Former CEO of Apple
  5. Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
    -Ryunosuke Satoro, Japanese author
  6. One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”
    -Kareem Abdul-Jabber, American former professional basketball player
  7. The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
    -Phil Jackson, Former NBA basketball player and coach
  8. “There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.”
    -Jason Fried, Founder & CEO at Basecamp
  9. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
    -Helen Keller, American author, activist and educator
  10. “A company is only as good as the people it keeps.”
    – Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman and founder

An extra 5 business quotes to make you smile

Of course, we know that laughter is often the best medicine or be the factor that makes your presentation or poster memorable. We’ve included these quotes as a little bonus to this article to share the lighter side of business:

  1. “Don’t take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”
    -Elbert Hubbard, Writer and publisher
  2. “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
    -Douglas Adams, Writer, screenwriter and humorist
  3. “Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.”
    -Mallory Hopkins, Writer and author
  4. “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because, a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
    -Bill Gates, Former CEO of Microsoft
  5. “Please note that I am self-employed. If you see me talking to myself, please do not disturb. I am having a staff meeting.”
    -Unknown

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The message that connects them all

We’ve looked at inspirational business quotes, motivational ones, and professional quotes for your team. What do they all have in common? You have to be in the right mindset and strive to be:

  • Positive
  • Innovative
  • Diligent
  • Tenacious

You also have to be surrounded by people with similar mindsets to bring strengths and resources together. At WebFX know all about that.

For six years in a row, we’ve been named the #1 Best Place to Work due to our efforts to build a positive company work culture. We find that it fosters creativity, innovation, and determination that drivesr top-tier results for our clients.

Want to learn more about how we empower our team to drive results for our clients? Get a glimpse into the WebFX culture by checking out our POSITIVE company values!

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