Let’s face it, entrepreneurship can be frustrating, overwhelming and even downright depressing at times. So, since we can all use some extra motivation during those down times, we have asked our inspirational CarolRoth.com contributor network of business owners, experts, advisors and entrepreneurs to share their own favorite motivational quotes. Their answers are presented below in no particular order.
1. Best Motivational Quote
"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."
2. The Value of Being Innovative
"The first candle in a dark room makes the most difference."
-My Dad (and probably someone else too).
My Dad always reminded me that it's important not only to do things well, but also to do them first. Particularly in pursuit of creative or business success, innovation is key. Of course, being "first" requires courage and confidence -- which, conveniently, are two of the other main ingredients of success.
3. Charm, Do You Have it?
"Charm is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are wonderful." -Edgar Magnin, Rabbi & Spiritual Leader
4. Paddle Your Own Canoe
"Love everyone, trust a few and paddle your own canoe." -Unknown
5. Face Up to Fear
"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 which you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
I love this quote because it is timeless. Every one of us has experienced fear; the fear of trying something new, the fear of not being our best self, the fear of failure. This quote reminds me that I need to face up to the fear and do something.
6. Get On the Twain
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."
7. Yes, You Can Change the World!
"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
8. Hard Work Pays Off
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -Thomas Jefferson
9. A Quote for Social Media Fans
"You never become a howling success by just howling." -Bob Harrington
10. Impossible's a DARE Not a Fact
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
This quote inspired me to write my 10th book, Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World.
11. "No matter where you go..."
"...there you are." -Buckaroo Banzai from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
What we need in business is to be mindful and in the present moment, flexible and adaptable and to stop taking ourselves so seriously. This quote reminds me to consider the consequences of my decisions, and at the same time, is light-hearted enough to keep me from getting sucked into a vortex of unproductive perfectionism.
12. The Obvious at Times Eludes Us
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." -Peter Drucker
13. Think Different
The quote that is the most motivational for me is from the Apple "Think Different" Ad campaign. Although the full version is really long, the last sentence really sums it up. It has always given me strength to do things which others around me would not dare to. Make decisions which people are generally scared to make.
"...Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Apple
It has been a constant fuel for me since I started my company.
14. Quote About Difficult Tasks
"If it were easy, everyone would do it." -Unknown
This quote of unknown origin strongly relates to the products I regularly design as an electrical engineer.
We generally do the hard jobs that other companies can’t/won’t do. I use this quote to motivate myself and my team, and to remind customers of the reason they selected our company to build the product.
15. Don't Be First
My favorite business quote is, "The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese." It is an unattributed quote that originated on Usenet in the 1990s. And it is an important lesson - you are much more likely to succeed by following business ideas and models that already work.
16. Quote That I Live By
"God alone knows the secret plan
Of the things he will do for the world, Using my hand."-Toyohiko Kagawa
Kathleen Anderson of ONCI
17. Up, Up and Away?
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
18. Take Care of Your People
"If you take care of your people, they will take care of your customers and your business will take care of itself." -JW Marriott
19. Good Old Ralph
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
20. Can't Find Yourself?
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." -George Bernard Shaw
21. Having Time
My favorite quote and the only motivational quote I can remember all the way through is the only one I think any of us need. It's from the great 6th century Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. He said “Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time' is like saying, 'I don't want to.”
I think of this quote when the voice in my head says "don't workout today" or "you can do that tomorrow" or during the numerous times each day I hear a friend or colleague say "I didn't have time for that".
22. My Favorite Unusual Quote
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, chocolate in one hand, latte in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming .... WOW what a ride.”
-Originally by Mark Frost, tweaked by anonymous
23. Rocket Rides!
"If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on."
24. Are You Pregnant?
"Sometimes the best laid plans get pregnant!"
25. Optimism, Creativity & Systems
Tom Ziglar says, “There’s a sequence to change. Not just a random turn of events and not just something that we happen upon, change takes three steps. Optimism, creativity and systems. You cannot have success without having the other three pieces of the puzzle.” This is called Three Steps to Success!
26. Work Like Hell and Advertise
My favorite motivational quote is from Ted Turner. He was talking about the secret to success. He said "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell and advertise!"
27. Why You Must ALWAYS Try
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
28. Shoot for the Moon
"Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars."
29. Do Better
"Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better."
30. Motivational, Yoda Speaks
"Do or do not. There is no try." —Yoda
Ever "try" to pick up a glass of water? Ever try to take a "selfie?" When you use stronger thoughts about your capabilities, you actually "do" what you want rather than think about it.
31. Don't Have to Stop
"You can always smell the roses if you're running with them in your hand." -Garth Brooks
32. "Run Your Own Race, Baby!"
As Marlo Thomas related in many interviews, as a young actress sharing disappointment in the slow progress of her acting career, she received a florist’s box from her father, famed comedian/St. Jude’s founder Danny Thomas. It contained a pair of horse blinders and a note: “Run your own race, Baby.” A thoroughbred wears blinders to only see ahead without distraction. This never fails to motivate me.
33. Success = Breath
“When you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
AKA E.T. The Hip Hop Preacher
34. A Great Definition of Success
"Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal." -Earl Nightingale. As long as you're working your way toward something that's important, that's success. It's not measuring yourself against other people, your capabilities, or even your past self.
I find this quote so impactful because it affects everyone, regardless of what they're doing with their lives. Entrepreneurs, corporate employees, and retirees can all create a worthy ideal and make continual progress toward it.
35. The Nature of Reality Revealed
"Consciousness and energy create the nature of reality." -Ramtha, through J.Z. Knight
36. Master in the Art of Living
"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both."
- L.P. Jacks
37. Motivation to Be Yourself
My favorite quote of all time is from my favorite singer of all time:
"Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else."- Judy Garland
The only way to be truly successful in anything is to be yourself - anything less isn't real success.
38. Don't Settle for Mediocrity
"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." - John D. Rockefeller
39. Passionate Pursuit
"Don't ever let somebody tell you... You can't do something. Not even me. All right?
You got a dream. You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period."
-Chris Gardener, The Pursuit of Happyness Movie
40. Playing Small Doesn't Serve
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? ... And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
41. Get Back Up!
"If you're flat on your back, you're looking up. And if you're looking up, then you can get up! So, get up and keep on going." - Les Brown
42. Motivational Quote
This was something I accidentally said, but made sense in the film The Opus.
"Top achievers are not perfectionists, they are improvisers. Don't worry about getting it perfect. Just get it started." - Douglas Vermeeren
43. You Gotta Drive the Train!
From "Train of Life", by Marv Harding. The final verse goes:
Tried and Failed? Then try again!
Never, ever, from that refrain.
If you will have a Great Life,
You really must drive the Train!
If you ride in the last car, you only see what's gone and is past. Be the Engineer and sit up front. You see it first and you're in charge! I used to work for others and was a part of what they were doing. Now, I run my own business, and I've never been richer or happier!
44. Manage and Change Yourself
Rhoda Olsen, CEO of Great Clips, spoke at a conference I attended. One of her quotes has stuck with me ever since: "The role of a leader is not to manage and change others; it is to manage and change themselves.”
As leaders grow, we see the sort of environment we want our team to work in, but the only way to create that environment is to become that person ourselves. When we change our own behavior, our surroundings will automatically evolve to match.
45. Best Advice Ever
"It's easier to ride the horse in the direction it's going." -Werner Erhardt
46. This Above All
My favorite quote, which I have had up on various social profiles and websites over the years, is from Shakespeare. In Hamlet, Polonius offers some parting advice to his son:
"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
The first line of that advice is my favorite quote.
47. Make That Change
"If you want world peace, first you must find inner peace. For world peace is just inner peace on a world scale."
48. This Has Kept Me Afloat
I have heard so many quotes from so many speakers. And yet one speaks loudest to me. It has kept me afloat in bad times and desperate times, and has also grounded me in abundant and flourishing times. What is it? It's from Proverbs 3:5-6 and says: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
49. Impossible says I'M Possible
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" -Audrey Hepburn
I came across this quote when I was in school and found it to be pertinent and highly motivational. It's quite ironic that words are spelled this way and motivates us to say that everything is possible and the only thing one needs is belief in themselves and a strong desire to succeed. Things don't come easy and look impossible many times, but it is important to carve out your path and set your eyes on the goal.
50. How to Start Your Day
"Go forth, and set the world on fire."
-Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)
51. Keeping Things in Perspective
"Deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex." -Fred Rogers
52. Lou Holtz Motivational Quote
"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."
53. Do It Now!
As the author of the personal development book "The Success Formula for Personal Growth" and the founder of LetsGetDivorced.com, my best advice for anyone to be able to develop unstoppable motivation to take action to achieve any goal and improve their life is to always remember the following quote from my book:
"To change your life is really very simple; all you have to do is ask yourself: 'What can I do right now to improve my life?' And then start to do it -- NOW!"
54. It Doesn't Matter
"Every morning, in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows, it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning, in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows, it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will be starved.
It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. But when the sun comes up, you better be running!" -Quora
55. Be a Fearless Rule-breaker
"No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed." -Erma Bombeck
56. Do It No Matter What
"Maybe it's for nothing, but we gotta try," -Dee Snider, Twisted Sister. Though I was a teenager, this quote had a huge positive impact on how I looked at life's challenges. I have held on to these words through the years and attribute them to the success I have enjoyed in business.
57. Replace Hope With Intention
"We can live reactively and any road will do, or we can live on purpose, design our future, and become intentional about getting somewhere. We get what we intend, not what we hope for.”
-Chuck Blakeman, Founder/Chief Transformation Officer at Crankset Group
58. One Reason to Do What You Want
"Some men (women) have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can" - Willis R. Whitney
59. Choose Happiness
“Happiness is a choice." - Aeschylus
Happiness is one of the main drivers for business success. Remembering that the keys to this all-powerful emotional state of being lie within the reach of our own capable grasp is what I see as being the ultimate inspiration.
60. Always Evolving!
"Finished Never Is!"
-by Greg Provenzano
61. Lead with Confidence
“Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
I turn to this quote when faced with business challenges that seem insurmountable or frightening. When employees sense that I have the confidence to take on new challenges, they follow me to the depths of uncertainty with enthusiasm and optimism. That one quote has served me and my employees so many times, it's become a mantra for the teams I lead, as well as our competitive advantage.
62. Change it Up
"If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten." –Mark Twain
Throughout my life, this quote has pushed me to go outside my comfort zone and grow, whether in my personal life or in my freelancing career. When I’m unhappy with my situation, I change my approach so I can see the results I want, rather than the lack of results I’d continue to see if I were too stubborn or fearful to change my ways.
63. Fake it 'Til...
I've always heard the saying Fake it 'til you make it. A week ago, I had a revelation when I saw Amy Cuddy's Ted Talk about how body language shapes you. Her talk & more importantly her quote has begun to reshape me! She said "Fake it 'til you become it". As a woman business owner, this had a powerful message because so many times as an entrepreneur, I have doubts about "making it". "Fake it 'til you become it" resonated with me because I will do whatever it takes enough times until I become it.
64. Be Fully Self-expressed
"In a world full of copies, here's to the originals." -Unknown
Be creative and embrace your personality to differentiate yourself. Don't deprive the world of your unique gifts.
65. Motivational Quote
"It’s not how far you fall, it’s how high you bounce." - Sheila Wellington
66. What Does It Matter?
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." -William James
67. Message From The Sioux
"I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man (woman) to depend simply upon himself (herself) Lone Man." -Teton Sioux
How true this is, especially with the impact speakers have had on me in business and Native American music has had on me in relaxation.
“The one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention.”
-Diane Sawyer, Iconic Television Journalist
69. Faith is...
This quote by Mother Angelica is one of my favorites of all time: "Faith is one foot on the ground, one foot in the air, and a queasy feeling in the stomach."
-Mother M. Angelica, Television personality and Founder, Eternal Word Television Network
70. Believe in Yourself!
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -Eleanor Roosevelt
71. My Definition of Excellence
One of the most memorable motivational quotes I have embraced is:
"Excellence is the eloquent execution of the basics."
I learned this from my mentor and former supervisor at KeyBank, Mr. Herb Knoll in 1997. He also taught me about the value of understated elegance as means of differentiation.
Teams that execute the right behaviors well will reduce variability in their performance and desired outcomes.
72. Favorite Motivational Quote
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
Photographer: Wonwoo Lee © All rights reserved.
73. Embrace Failure
"Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners." –Robert T. Kiyosaki, author, entrepreneur, investor
Lori Cheek of Cheekd
74. Kaizen Every Day
My favorite business quote is "Where there is no standard, there is no Kaizen", by Taiichi Ohno. I love this quote because, as a growing business, it reminds me that in order to grow, I must align people, process, and systems or else things will break internally in the company and the customer will be impacted. And, I love the concept of Kaizen, for it motivates me to always improve a little bit, every day.
75. Make $, Help People, Have Fun!
My favorite motivational quote is by, well, ME. It brought me, then a young geek, from my dad's basement to being traded on NASDAQ, and retired before Tech Crash 1.0. It's "The best work allows you to make money, help people and have fun" by Jonathan Kendall. And it did! We served education and healthcare clients with converged networks before it was cool. We enabled smarter and healthier kids, and it was a BALL! I'm still at it, helping Millennials with the secret skill of success... sales.
76. Stop Dreaming, Start Being!
"Don't dream it, be it" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been my motivational quote since I was a teenager. Though "dreaming" carries a lot of value in our culture (i.e. "never stop dreaming"), it can also keep us waiting for permission and perfect circumstances which may never come. "Don't dream it, be it" is an actionable commandment for a Creative who, by nature and profession, spends a lot of time imagining things as they could be, but must still deliver what they can be.
77. It's All About Your Habits
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” - John C. Maxwell
78. Which Person Will You Be?
"There are those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those that wake up and say... what happened?"
-Adapted from Jim Lovell
79. Never Stop Learning
“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”
This quote motivates me to never stop learning – my trade, my passions, my hobbies – anything. It also reminds me that I can be an inspiration to others if I take opportunities to teach those who are willing in my field and in my personal life.
80. Success Really Can Be Simple
"In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways." -Edith Wharton.
Whenever work or life or even my thoughts start to get out of hand, I'm grounded by this brilliant quote. It's a bona fide recipe for a contented soul.
81. Favorite Motivational Quote
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
82. Beware of Inconsistencies
"Active minds detect opportunities because stable values connect them to their environment. In contrast, those with shifting views cannot tell the blur from the colours. Without distinct goals, there are no workable plans. Inconsistent convictions lead to wasteful contradictions."
83. Be Inspirational!
"Be strong, you never know who you are inspiring."
Our actions can inspire many others.
For example, our video that shows a Korean boy being surprised by a foreign Korean speaker inspired 1500 likes, 70K views, 1000 shares on Facebook, 100K views on Youtube, a willingness to learn a new language & share experiences.
This is why it is a favorite of mine.
84. Seize the Moment
"There is no security on the earth, there is only opportunity." – General Douglas MacArthur
Explanation: I think this rings so true with people who are apprehensive about ideas and execution based on risk. Once you realize that simply walking down the street carries risk, you realize that building a business, investing earnings and rapid expansion are the only way to truly seize opportunities and that security just doesn't deliver results.
85. Don't Play It Safe
"The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you're walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That's the moment you may be starting to get it right."
- Neil Gaiman
Starting and growing a business will push you outside of your comfort zone. This quote reminds me not to shrink from those moments, but to embrace them.
86. Drink the Wine of Life
“It is not the critic that counts, the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood … who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end of the triumph of high achievement, and … if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt
87. Quote by Bill Gates
"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." - Bill Gates
Listen to your customers all the time. As the CEO of a fast-growing tech company, I still read our incoming support tickets on a daily basis.
88. Mastering Time
"The biggest waste of time is to do perfectly what need not be done at all."
I'm sure it's paraphrased from someone, but I heard/read it in a book by Roger Seip.
89. Can You Make People Great?
My favorite motivational quote is from Mark Twain: “Great people make you feel that you too can become great,”
That certainly motivates me and believe me, if you make people feel they can become great—or at least very good—you might not be a great person, but you’ll certainly get great results.
90. How To Find Inspiration? Be...
...Happy! Andy Warhol said, “We have to be willing to get happy about nothing." That's commitment to presence. If you're happy about nothing, you know success comes from within. And you know you can get happy about anything -- anything worth doing with all your heart, even through the tough times and the good times. Acknowledging and accepting these natural highs and lows is what life is about -- and my book, too.
91. Motivational Quote
My favorite quote: "A year from now you will wish you had started today."
- Karen Lamb
92. Master of Vision Helen Keller
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” -Keller
Helen Keller is an inspiration for many reasons. A world-famous speaker and author, she is remembered for advocating women’s rights, for peace and for those with disabilities. With Presidential awards, friendships with Charlie Chaplin, Mark Twain and having met every President during her life, Keller was a superstar. Despite her handicap, Keller is one of the most inspirational human beings in history.
93. Favorite Motivational Quote
"The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one."
- Maxwell Maltz
94. Rise Early, Conquer the World!
"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." -Benjamin Franklin
I have become so much more productive since I started waking up earlier. My day starts with a run, a swim, and a good breakfast after which I feel ready to conquer the world! Going to bed early gives me plenty of time to read and relax, which also helps productivity.
95. My Favorite Motivational Quote
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will." - Vince Lombardi
If I've found any success in business, it is not because I'm a genius, or because I'm a phenomenal marketer (I am neither), but rather because I am willing to work tirelessly to improve my businesses. And, so, based on my experience, I must agree with coach Lombardi in that success is determined more by sheer will than by any individual talent.
96. Favorite Quote
This Michael Jordan quote neatly sums up this seeming paradox to success:
“I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed….”
97. Do the Impossible
My favorite motivational quote is by Francis of Assisi. "Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and then suddenly you are doing the impossible."
Often, the fear of starting something unknown inhibits the ability to take action. This quote is a great reminder to start with what you know and build on it. The results will compound and you will be doing what once seemed impossible.
98. Sum of Small Efforts = Success
As a small business owner and someone who has been dealing with depression for a long time, there is one quote that has helped me keep going when it comes to doing everyday tasks that don't give me instant results but are for the long term success of my business, and that quote is:
"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." Robert Collier
99. Owner & President
Don't copy the world, be a different person with a fresh newness in all you do & think! -Adapted from Romans 12:2
100. Are You a Giver?
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."
-Sir Winston Churchill
101. Yours or Theirs?
Posted in my bedroom so I can see it first thing in the morning and last thing before I go to bed
If you don't build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs. -T. Gaskins
102. Kill Negative Self-Talk
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
People often get so wrapped up in the roadblocks that they procrastinate and fail to take action.
103. Your Passion is Your Calling
In college, I found my calling to enter the financial planning field because I love helping people find solutions and reach their financial goals. As with any business, there are ups and downs, so I often go to my favorite quote to keep me going. When I see this quote I feel empowered, because no matter what comes my way, I find comfort in the fact that I am exactly where I should be.
"The things that you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling." - Fabienne Fredrickson
104. Motivational Quote
"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary lives."
105. True to Plan
No-one expects a business quote from a poet like Emily Dickinson, yet this is one of the most inspiring quotes I've come across.
I've used it sparingly to great effect in a few presentations:
"We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise
And then, if we are true to plan
Our statures touch the skies."
106. "Do it, Afraid!" - Joyce Meyer
"Do it Afraid!" was what propelled me into accepting the career change of my dreams offered to me after a two-year layoff as a single mom years ago, over remaining in the same lame meaningless job I'd been doing for years because at least I knew I could do it.
I pole-vaulted into the biggest leap of faith in my life in taking the new job, so afraid I couldn't do it because I had no college degree, formal training, "foot in the door" and no mentor.
But I had faith and now, courage. I did it!
107. Strive to Be an Optimist
"When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It's all a matter of perspective." - Harvey Mackay
As a business owner, I strive to be an optimist, because an optimist knows that even though he will get knocked down sometimes, he will always find his way up again. This optimism motivates me to take the risks necessary to build up my business.
108. It's Never Too Late!
With my high school dropout past, I have always been a late bloomer. This is why, “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” by George Eliot resonates. There are many successful late bloomers from the recent late Alan Rickman to Colonel Sanders. They could have given up and settled. People who stay the course will find the most success and happiness.
109. Chains of Habit Weigh Heavy
"The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken." -Samuel Johnson
110. Start With What You Have!
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." -Theodore Roosevelt
I am a local business owner in Scottsdale, AZ age 25 and at that time of my life, I was 20 and I had a dream of owning my own taco shop. So, at the time I could only afford a hot dog cart and started with that, then 3 years later after having 3 taco stands, I eventually opened my first walk up taco shop, Wadaa!
The quote was insane from dreaming to making it happen with the little I could afford. It's not where you start, but where the VISION IS!
"Success is ... knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others." -John C. Maxwell
112. Favorite Motivational Quote
Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune. -Jim Rohn
113. Prioritize and Work Smart
One of my favorite motivational quotes is from Tim Ferris, author, entrepreneur and speaker.
"If you don't have time, the truth is, you don't have priorities. Think harder; don't work harder."
Given that we have a limited number of hours in a day, entrepreneurs need to prioritize and execute well to reach their goals. Time is of the essence as startups have a limited lifespan to conquer their market.
Nirupama Mallavarupu of MobileArq
114. Freedom Waiting for You
"What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?" is part of a poem written by 19 year old Erin Hanson. She lives in Australia and has a passion for writing and crafting. The quote is about putting doubt in the dirt and spreading your wings for endless possibilities and freedom. There is no time like now, tomorrow is not guaranteed, kick doubt to the curb and take off!
115. Don't Aim Too Low!
The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
People get so caught up in negative self-talk and doubt that they often make less lofty goals than are in their hearts.
116. Going All the Way
As a lawyer, professor, entrepreneur, runner and mom, my favorite motivational quote by far is "If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?" - Joe Namath
I think of this quote in my everyday life and it helps me maintain my focus and be in the present moment. If I'm wearing my lawyer, professor, entrepreneur, runner, or mom hat that day, I'm going to be the best damn one I can be!
117. Motivational Quote
"Winners do daily what others do occasionally."
118. Be Passionate About Your Work
“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.
119. Self-imposed Limitations
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
This nugget of truth resonates so strongly with me, because it's true that the only thing holding most people back from doing great things are their own perceived weaknesses— what others say can only bring you down if you let their words affect you.
120. You Are My Sunshine
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." - Sir James Barrie
As a career consultant, I am privileged to support individuals in their job search and career. However, as a mom, wife, AND entrepreneur, life is hectic. I ask myself why I am doing this. But when you give, you receive. It is rewarding to encourage and renew confidence along the career journey. This quote brings me joy and reminds me that “what I do” is just an extension of “who I am”.
121. My Own Motivational Quote
"The true reward in work is bringing your passion to communities who then find the inspiration to succeed. The bonus becomes being launched into the status of 'expert' that then attracts larger audiences to fuel sales." - Elinor Stutz
122. Try, Try, Try Again
"The very first company I started failed with a great bang.
The second one failed a little bit less, but still failed.
The third one, you know, proper failed, but it was kind of okay. I recovered quickly.
Number four almost didn’t fail. It still didn’t really feel great, but it did okay.
Number five was PayPal."
- Max Levchin, PayPal Co-founder
Do you have a great motivational quote that wasn’t included? If you do, please share it below. And as always, many thanks to everyone that contributed to this article!