Whether you’re starting a business or a side hustle, you’ll no doubt enter a period where you’re in need of some extra motivation and oomph. Well, one of the best things to help get you back on track and motivate you is reading some inspirational business quotes.

That’s where we’ve come in handy.

We’ve included 101 of the very best inspirational business quotes to give you that extra bit of motivation to achieve your dreams and work hard. Which is your favourite quote? – let us know in the comments!

The Best Inspirational Business Quotes

1 – “Always deliver more than expected.” — Larry Page, co-founder of Google [CLICK TO TWEET]

2 – “Every time we launch a feature, people yell at us.” — Angelo Sotira, co-founder of deviantART [CLICK TO TWEET]

3 – “If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” — Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon [CLICK TO TWEET]

4 – “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” — Thomas Edison, co-founder of General Electric [CLICK TO TWEET]

5 – “Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” — Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter [CLICK TO TWEET]

6 – “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” — Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft [CLICK TO TWEET]

7 – “Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.” — Lisa Stone, co-founder and CEO of BlogHer [CLICK TO TWEET]

8 – “Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” — Golda Meir, fourth Prime Minister of Israel [CLICK TO TWEET]

9 – “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” — Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder [CLICK TO TWEET]

10 – “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 [CLICK TO TWEET]

11 – “Nothing works better than just improving your product.” — Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Stack Overflow [CLICK TO TWEET]

12 – “Get five or six of your smartest friends in a room and ask them to rate your idea.” — Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga [CLICK TO TWEET]

13 – “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” — Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. [CLICK TO TWEET]

14 – “Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” — Paul Rand, Graphic Designer [CLICK TO TWEET]

15 – “The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.” — Rob Kalin, founder of Etsy [CLICK TO TWEET]

16 – “Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.” — Michael Arrington, founder and co-editor of TechCrunch [CLICK TO TWEET]

17 – “An entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.” — David Karp, founder, and CEO of Tumblr [CLICK TO TWEET]

18 – “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” — Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneur and co-founder of Alltop [CLICK TO TWEET]

19 – “Stay self-funded as long as possible.” — Garrett Camp, founder of Expa, Uber, and StumbleUpon [CLICK TO TWEET]

20 – “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” — Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter [CLICK TO TWEET]

21 – “If you’re interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them.” — Ryan Freitas, co-founder of About.me [CLICK TO TWEET]

22 – “Always think outside the box and embrace opportunities that appear, wherever they might be.” — Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman & CEO of ArcelorMittal [CLICK TO TWEET]

23 – “Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.” — Chris Dixon, an investor at Andreessen Horowitz [CLICK TO TWEET]

24 – “Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.” — Tim O’Reilly, founder, and CEO of O’Reilly Media [CLICK TO TWEET]

25 – “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” — Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos [CLICK TO TWEET]

26 – “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” — Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook [CLICK TO TWEET]

27 – “Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.” — Mark Cuban, AXS TV Chairman and entrepreneur [CLICK TO TWEET]

28 – “Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.” — Jeffrey Zeldman, entrepreneur and web designer [CLICK TO TWEET]

29 – “Get a mentor in the applicable field if you’re at all unsure of what you’re looking for.” — Kyle Bragger, founder of Forrst, and co-founder of Exposure [CLICK TO TWEET]

30 – “Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.” — Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos [CLICK TO TWEET]

31 – “It’s more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you.” — Jason Cohen, founder of Smartbear Software [CLICK TO TWEET]

32 – “No more romanticizing about how cool it is to be an entrepreneur. It’s a struggle to save your company’s life – and your own skin – every day of the week.” — Spencer Fry, co-founder of CarbonMade [CLICK TO TWEET]

33 – “Data beats emotions.” — Sean Rad, founder of Tinder [CLICK TO TWEET]

34 – “If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.” – Steve Jobs [CLICK TO TWEET]

35 – “You can’t make anything viral, but you can make something good.” — Peter Shankman, founder of HARO [CLICK TO TWEET]

36 – “People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do.” – Rob Siltanen [CLICK TO TWEET]

37 – “What You Lack In Talent Can Be Made Up With Desire, Hustle And Giving 110% All The Time.” – Don Zimmer [CLICK TO TWEET]

38 – “Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.” — Noah Everett, founder of Twitpic [CLICK TO TWEET]

39 – “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” — Estee Lauder, founder of Estee Lauder Cosmetics [CLICK TO TWEET]

40 – “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.” — Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company [CLICK TO TWEET]

41 – “I try not to make any decisions that I’m not excited about.” — Jake Nickell, founder and CEO of Threadless [CLICK TO TWEET]

42 – “You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.” — Larry Page, co-founder of Google [CLICK TO TWEET]

43 – “See things in the present, even if they are in the future.” — Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle [CLICK TO TWEET]

44 – “Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.” — Michael Dell, chairman, and CEO of Dell [CLICK TO TWEET]

45 – “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”– Charles R. Swindoll, author, educator, and radio preacher [CLICK TO TWEET]

46 – “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” — Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks [CLICK TO TWEET]

47 – “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” — Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn [CLICK TO TWEET]

48 – “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” — Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor [CLICK TO TWEET]

49 – “In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.” — Steve Case, co-founder of AOL [CLICK TO TWEET]

50 – “Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you.” — Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos [CLICK TO TWEET]

51 – “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist [CLICK TO TWEET]

52 – “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II [CLICK TO TWEET]

53 – “If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney, founder of the Disney Brother Studio and Disneyland [CLICK TO TWEET]

54 – “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis, British writer [CLICK TO TWEET]

55 – “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau, essayist, poet, and philosopher [CLICK TO TWEET]

56 – “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” ― Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor [CLICK TO TWEET]

57 – “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”– Michael Jordan, American former professional basketball player [CLICK TO TWEET]

58 – “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” — Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author [CLICK TO TWEET]

59 – “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ― Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor [CLICK TO TWEET]

60 – “When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.’” — Tom Preston-Werner, co-founder of Github [CLICK TO TWEET]

61 – “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” — Drew Houston, founder and CEO of Dropbox [CLICK TO TWEET]

62 – “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”— Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker [CLICK TO TWEET]

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, founder, and CEO of Amazon [CLICK TO TWEET]

64 – “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” — Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company [CLICK TO TWEET]

65 – “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” — Michael Jordan, former professional basketball player [CLICK TO TWEET]

66 – “If you can push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking a risk, really amazing things can happen.” — Marissa Mayer, president & CEO of Yahoo! [CLICK TO TWEET]

67 – “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group [CLICK TO TWEET]

68 – “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa, political leader, and philanthropist [CLICK TO TWEET]

69 – “The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” — Seth Godin, author, entrepreneur, and blogger [CLICK TO TWEET]

70 – “There is no substitute for hard work.” — Thomas Edison, entrepreneur and inventor [CLICK TO TWEET]

71 – “Formal education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn [CLICK TO TWEET]

72 – “Someday is not a day of the week.” — Janet Dailey, author [CLICK TO TWEET]

73 – “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” — Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. [CLICK TO TWEET]

74 – “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali, American professional boxer [CLICK TO TWEET]

75 – “Failure is success if we learn from it.” – Malcolm Forbes, American entrepreneur and publisher of Forbes magazine [CLICK TO TWEET]

76 – ”Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” – Rocky, Rocky Balboa [CLICK TO TWEET]

77 – “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison, entrepreneur and inventor [CLICK TO TWEET]

78 – “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar, American author [CLICK TO TWEET]

79 – “They that will not be counselled cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason, she will rap you on the knuckles.” — Benjamin Franklin, author, politician, scientist, inventor [CLICK TO TWEET]

80 – “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” — Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the U.S. [CLICK TO TWEET]

81 – “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!” – Jonathan Winters [CLICK TO TWEET]

82 – “Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping your watch to save time.” – Henry Ford [CLICK TO TWEET]

83 – “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill [CLICK TO TWEET]

84 – “Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.” – Tony Robbin [CLICK TO TWEET]

85 – “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill [CLICK TO TWEET]

86 – “Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki [CLICK TO TWEET]

87 – “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs [CLICK TO TWEET]

88 – “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” – Zig Ziglar [CLICK TO TWEET]

89 – “Have the end in mind and every day make sure your working towards it” – Ryan Allis [CLICK TO TWEET]

90 – “Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich.” – Henry Ford [CLICK TO TWEET]

91 – “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” — Howard Schultz [CLICK TO TWEET]

92 – “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 [CLICK TO TWEET]

93 – “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” — Mark Zuckerberg [CLICK TO TWEET]

94 – “Have the end in mind and every day make sure your working towards it” – Ryan Allis [CLICK TO TWEET]

95 – “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” — Zig Ziglar [CLICK TO TWEET]

96 – “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart [CLICK TO TWEET]

97 – “I learned to never kick someone when they’re down. Everyone makes mistakes, and some are real whoppers. But that makes them whopping opportunities, too.” — Jack Welsh [CLICK TO TWEET]

98 – “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group [CLICK TO TWEET]

99 – “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn [CLICK TO TWEET]

100 – “If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.” — Zig Ziglar [CLICK TO TWEET]

101 – “Choose a job that you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius [CLICK TO TWEET]

Wow, that was a lot of quotes!

These inspirational business quotes should definitely help you and keep you inspired, working hard to achieve your goals!


Gareth is the Content Marketing Manager at SkillsLab. He's a versatile digital marketer with experience on various platforms. When Gareth's not working he's usually jetting off around the world sharing his experiences on his blog and Instagram. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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