Sometimes, entrepreneurs and small business owners can get so discouraged, frustrated or bogged down in the day-to-day tasks of running a business that their mindset might need a boost of positivity to keep moving forward. With that in mind, we reached out to the motivational contributor network of business owners, experts, advisors and entrepreneurs and asked them to share their favorite quotes for cultivating a positive mindset in business. Their quotes are presented below in no particular order.

*Please note that the quotes and attributions are written in the words of the submitter and may not be portrayed exactly or as originally stated.

1. Determination & Hope

"If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward." - Martin Luther King Jr.

For me personally, this quote always brings a sense of determination and hope that even on the toughest of days, I can find some form of progress in my day. Keeping this quote at heart helps drive my positive mindset, which in turn keeps me motivated to keep striving for success.
Thanks to: Kellie Middleton of Kellie K. Middleton.

2. It All Matters

"How you do anything is how you do everything. It all matters." - Derek Sivers

This quote is one of my favorite quotes that help cultivate a positive mindset in small businesses. I think it resonates with many entrepreneurs because it speaks to the importance of taking pride in all aspects of running a business, even the most mundane tasks. It encourages us to take ownership of every detail and believe that it all matters and that, in turn, everything we do can make a difference.
Thanks to: Will Yang of Instrumentl.

3. Make the Best of What You Have

My favorite quote is by John Wooden: "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."

Challenges, obstacles, and even failures are inevitable parts of every business. If you focus on them, you will never be able to keep moving your business forward. But if you see every challenge as a new opportunity, it drastically changes your perspective and mindset.
Thanks to: Laura Adams of Happiest Camper.

4. Focus on What You Can Control

"Work ethic is important because, unlike intelligence, athleticism, charisma, or any other natural attribute, it's a choice." - Mike Rowe

I love this quote because it reminds me to focus on what I can control, which is how much effort I put in. These words by Mike Rowe inspire me to maximize my potential and not worry about what I'm lacking.
Thanks to: Kyle Frazier of Frazier Roofs and Gutters.

5. Never Lose Enthusiasm

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Entrepreneurship is undeniably about maintaining a forward stride and momentum despite obstacles. This quote is a great reminder to continue despite the pitfalls and challenges that come with the entrepreneur’s journey.
Thanks to: Asma Hafejee of CMR Surgical.

6. Small Things in Great Ways

Anita Roddick's quote, "If you think you're too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito," serves as a strong reminder of the impact even small entrepreneurs can have on society. In her life, Anita Roddick used her entrepreneurial skills to turn The Body Shop into one of the most successful beauty chains worldwide. Hers is an example of how great things can be achieved through hard work and dedication – no matter your size or resources – which encourages me to dream.
Thanks to: Bella Williams of Skincell.

7. From Hockey to The Office

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky
Let me start by saying that I am not a sports fan. However, this is a quote I feel that everyone should live by. It encourages us to both take risks and not be afraid of failure. If we stand still and don't take action, we will lose, and even if we lose some of the shots we take, at least we have a chance now, and knowing and believing we have that chance can help to cultivate a positive mindset.
Thanks to: Stuart Conover of Applications Administrator.

8. Shoot For The Moon!

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars" - Norman Vincent Peale

Rarely when I have set a goal in my life or business did it turn out exactly like I planned from the beginning. Goals shift and change as do the circumstances we find ourselves in. But that doesn't mean we should set lower goals. Aspire to great things and even if it turns out differently than you first thought, if you really put in the effort, you'll probably land somewhere still pretty cool.
Thanks to: Erik Wright of New Horizon Home Buyers.

9. Just Keep Swimming...

My favorite positive quote is:
"Just Keep Swimming" sung by Dory, the irrepressible sidekick in Finding Nemo. It may be a kid's movie, but Dory's positive attitude and refusal to give up keeps Nemo going when he's ready to quit. Plus, she's hilarious and oh-so lovable. Dory may have short-term memory loss but she never forgets to stay positive. A great lesson for us all.
Thanks to: Joanie Wynn of Kona Earth Coffee.

10. Be A Champion!

"Champions keep playing until they get it right." - Billie Jean King

In life, and especially entrepreneurship, there will always be setbacks, discouragements, and failures. What we do when those things happen determines whether or not we will be successful. Champions don't settle for mediocre and don't give up when it gets tough. We keep going until we get it right.
Thanks to: Jessica Wright of Dream Team Fundraising.

11. The Glass

"The glass is neither half-full nor is it half-empty.

It is instead. . . REFILLABLE!"

- Ben Baker
Thanks to: Ben Baker of Your Brand Marketing.

12. Get Tough

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert Schuller

Entrepreneurship is not for everyone. It is guaranteed that there will be times that are very difficult. So make sure you have a clear goal and a reason why it's so important for you to persevere. This "why" is what will help you be tough enough to persevere through the difficult times.
Thanks to: Jeremy Resmer of Value Land Buyers.

13. Yes You Can!

My mantra since childhood has always been "I think I can!" from my favorite book, The Little Engine That Could.
The story teaches children the value of optimism and hard work; whenever I need a boost, I can still hear that powerful phase in my head helping me find the strength to push ahead. If I can stay focused and positive, it helps me be creative so I can channel my energy to get the job done. I am a big believer in the power of positive thinking.
Thanks to: Paige Arnof-Fenn of Mavens & Moguls.

14. Believe, Become, Empower!

"Believe, Become, Empower" -Elinor Stutz
A near-death experience due to an 'irreparable broken neck' brought two visions to me while on a stretcher awaiting admittance to the hospital. The first vision presented me with becoming a speaker, which I wholeheartedly embraced. The second pointed to a high-life report card, but 'community service' was blank. Instantly, I pledged to begin giving back. Service became my life differentiator; accordingly, I achieved far more than ever imagined. 'Believe, Become, Empower' - to serve well.
Thanks to: Elinor Stutz of Smooth Sale.

15. Work from Joy!

"That which is seeded in joy can only result in joy." - Randy Peyser

I found so much joy in the process of writing my first book, I had the realization that anything I did from a place of joy could only result in greater joy. Guess what? My first book, Crappy to Happy, wound up being featured in the movie, Eat Pray Love. Julia Roberts holds it up and buys it in a bookstore scene!
Thanks to: Randy Peyser of Author One Stop, Inc.

16. Starting Over Again

"Don't be afraid to start over again. This time, you are not starting from scratch, you are starting from experience." - Unknown
Every past mistake has a positive spot when you start something new. Keep it going. And look up when you are down. See the sky not the limits.
Thanks to: Roz Wolf of Roz Wolf PR.

17. Positive Mindset: Let's Go

"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better." – Jim Rohn

This simple but powerful phrase captures how success often boils down to hard work, dedication, and perseverance in the face of adversity. It reminds us that there is always room for self-improvement and that we must be willing to make sacrifices if we’re chasing after something meaningful.
Thanks to: Rajesh Namase of TechRT.

18. Desk Buddy

I have a sign that reminds me every day why I do what I do. It says, "Who can I serve today?" - Unknown

It reminds me to always go above and beyond for someone. To that one person, it could make their day.
Thanks to: Cathy Mitchell of WPBarista.

19. We Create Our Tomorrows By...

"We create our tomorrows by what we dream today!" - Unknown

In the 1970s, I found a yearly wall calendar with those words. The quote still motivates me to dream and vision no matter what.

It's simple, easy to remember, and gets the heart of things, that visioning is so important to our mindset and growth.
Thanks to: Maria Marsala of Elevating Your Business.

20. Your Reputation is a Magnet!

"The way to attract good luck is to be reliable in a valuable area.

The more you repeatedly deliver value, the more people seek you out for that value.

Your reputation is a magnet. Once you become known for something, relevant opportunities come to you.”

- James Clear
Thanks to: Gregory Ostrowski of Scarborough Capital Management.

21. A Nobody Can’t Run a Business

I woke up every day feeling like an irrelevant, nobody’s nothing. That is, until I started my business. That’s when I realized that my negative self talk was sabotaging how I was showing up in the world. One day, when I was about to quit… again, I met my "Inner Winner.” It was the first time I had ever heard positive words coming from inside my mind, in my own voice say: “If not you, then who.” It was in that moment that I realized, not only am I relevant, I AM NECESSARY.
Thanks to: Natalie Fikes of Greater Purpose Society.

22. What Will YOU Decide to Be?

"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." - Janet Champ and Charlotte Moore, 1991 Nike Advertisement

Mindset drives success in business. You don't succeed unless you shrug off the naysayers and take control of your own destiny. This quote appeared in Bet on You, an amazing book on How to Win with Risk by Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch. Risk is not something to fear, it's the second essential key to success. By managing both it and your mindset, you win.
Thanks to: Trish Stukbauer of ie marketing, llc.

23. Keep Your Perspective

In business as in life, there is so much out of our control. You can either let that totally throw you off balance or have a sense of humor and roll with the punches. My favorite quote is by John Lennon where he says that, "life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." In other words, realize not you or anyone can control everything so relax, take a breath, and learn to see the bigger picture. Works for us here!
Thanks to: Craig Wolfe of CelebriDucks.

24. Keep Moving Forward!

Teddy Roosevelt said "Do what you can, with what you've got, where you are."

Although this quote is widely attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, he credits it, in his Autobiography, Chapter IX, to Squire Bill Widener of Widener’s Valley, Virginia.

This keeps me from becoming discouraged when things don't work out as planned after a ton of work. It was a godsend during the pandemic as well. I try to focus on what I CAN do in my business, not what I can't.
Thanks to: Elene Cafasso of Enerpace Leadership Development.

25. Success is Linked to Thoughts

"Your success is linked to your thoughts" - Unknown

I saw this quote on a sign in an office many years ago and it has stayed with me ever since. Looking online, I can't even find a specific person to attribute this quote to, but it really made an impression on me.

Our mind controls all, including our perspective on things and I truly believe that our personal successes (and failures) can be traced directly back to how we think. That's what makes this quote so powerful for me.
Thanks to: Greg Barnett of Brazil Counsel.

26. Fail Greatly

Starting a small business requires getting past your fear of failure and this is great quote that explains it:

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." - Robert Kennedy
Thanks to: Lou Haverty of Tank Retailer.

27. My Positive Mindset Quote

My favorite quote for cultivating a positive mindset in small business is "The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today" by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

This quote resonates with me because it reminds me that the only thing that can hold me back from achieving my goals is my own doubt and lack of confidence. It encourages me to push through any self-doubt and believe in the possibilities that the future holds.
Thanks to: Rohan Kadam of Biking Know How.

28. This Above All

I rely on a quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet to keep me focused on what's really important and why I do the business that I do: "This above all, to thine own self be true." Business without purpose would be a sad existence.
Thanks to: David Leonhardt of THGM Writers.

29. 90% is Perfect

As a writer, one of my favorite quotes to get me going, but not just related to writing, is by New York bestselling author Jon Acuff:

“90 percent perfect and shared with the world always changes more lives than 100 percent perfect and stuck in your head.”

It relates to everything in business. Perfect is holding you back - just get it done!
Thanks to: Jennifer Park of AmerinoteXchange.

30. Risks Are Success Triggers

Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, once said: “Where there is no risk, there can be no pride in achievement and, consequently, no happiness.” Being one of my favorite quotes, it helps me build a positive mindset around my business and infuses in me the passion that lifts me up and helps me keep moving my business forward by taking risks to try new things that my competitors are afraid of. It especially boosts me when I apprehend the “Pride” associated with the risky achievement.
Thanks to: Sam Chan of PiPiADS.

31. Make Money While You Sleep

The quote is: “If you don't find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.” - Warren Buffett

Why it motivates me: This quote serves as a powerful reminder that success in business requires hard work, dedication, and innovation.
I'm motivated by this message because it encourages me to think outside the box when creating new sources of income. It also highlights the importance of diversifying my revenue stream to achieve greater financial security and freedom.
Thanks to: Oran Yehiel of Startup Geek.

32. Road With No Obstacles

“Every problem is a gift — without problems, we would not grow.” – Anthony Robbins

It's ridiculous to expect a problem-free existence in this world. Some may imagine a road with no obstacles or challenges as the ideal, yet without opposition, development is impossible. These challenges help us mature as people, force us to think outside the box, and teach us to take things in stride.
Thanks to: Dayna Carlin of NovoPath.

33. Opportunities Are Like Buses

"Business opportunities are like buses. There's always another one coming."- Richard Branson

This quote motivates me because I have learned that as an entrepreneur, you should never be passive. An entrepreneur should never give up when you miss an opportunity. Instead, continue working hard and look for other ways. It may not be what you expected, but what's important is there are other paths to success. Don't lose your fire and continue moving forward.
Thanks to: Bill Bradley of Mediterranean Living.

34. Planning Beforehand

“You only have to do a few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” – Warren Buffett

Of all, right and wrong are concepts we've created; it may seem simplistic to say that avoiding bad decisions and focusing on good ones will pave the way to a better future. However, in business, avoiding a bad choice is just as crucial as choosing the correct one. Planning beforehand can help you avoid making poor choices.
Thanks to: Jake Smith of Absolute Reg.

35. Plans Are Meant For Change

President Eisenhower's quote, "Plans are worthless, but planning is everything," keeps me optimistic in business. It's a reminder that things will always change, and it's your job to be prepared for that. Even though the plan you create is bound to become worthless in the face of change, having done the planning makes you so much better prepared.
Thanks to: Jói Sigurdsson of CrankWheel.

36. Quitting - An Unknown Word

“I don’t know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it.” – Susan Butcher

Every person reaches a point in their lives where giving up seems like the better option. You've been going nonstop for days. The challenges appear overwhelming at this time. Those who are able to push past the temptation to give up and draw on an inner resource of strength, however, are the ones who ultimately succeed.
Thanks to: Ethan Bull of ProAssisting.

37. Money Shouldn't Be Your Driver

Chase the vision, not the money, and the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

Many small businesses and startups primarily focus on financial gain from the beginning. This approach often leads to failure.

Don't let the pursuit of financial gain be the primary motivation for your business. Instead, follow your passions and let financial success come as a result of doing what you love.
Thanks to: Mudassir Ahmed of Blogging Explained.

38. Complacency

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rodgers

This quote drives home the point that the gravest sin is one in which one allows themselves to get complacent. Doing the right thing isn't enough; you still need to constantly push yourself to grow and learn, which can be challenging at times. Should you fail to do so, your competitors will eventually triumph over you.
Thanks to: Matt Janaway of Marketing Labs.

39. Take Action, Build Your Future

"The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln and Peter Drucker

This quote emphasizes that, as entrepreneurs, we need to take control of our own destinies by setting goals and taking actionable steps toward achieving them. It also encourages us to think critically about our business and take risks in order to make progress. By staying focused on what we want to achieve and taking responsibility for our actions, we can build a successful future for our businesses.
Thanks to: Erik Emanuelli of

40. There's No Overnight Success

I am motivated by the quote, "If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time." – Steve Jobs

When there's a success story, people only look at the success and the glamour that comes with it. They don't know about the sleepless nights, exhausting days, and countless mistakes. As an entrepreneur, you should stay determined to work harder even during the toughest times because those who don't give up reach the finish line.
Thanks to: Josef Carmeli of If-so.

41. Take Courage

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

This quote motivates me because it tells us that no matter how impossible we think our dreams are, they will be possible as long as we are willing to go for them. We should take action to turn our dreams into reality. There will always be obstacles along your way, but you'll never know what you can achieve if you never try.
Thanks to: Giovanni Scippo of 3D Lines.

42. Positivity Requires Purpose!

It's hard to imagine anyone authentically positive without purpose. Ask yourself my quote, "what is my organization doing to make the world a better place?" You will require mental gymnastics to feel OK if you cannot answer that.

Money and prestige are not enough; rich and famous sad people are common. At CPR Education, we train people to save lives in an emergency through CPR and first aid.

Would you prefer to be a cleaner in a hospital or the CEO of an irrelevant or damaging organization?
Thanks to: Josh Sauberman of CPR Education.

43. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

"Teamwork makes the dream work" - John C. Maxwell

Leadership is a team effort. You are not alone and cannot lead alone. Business is not about ‘I’ it is about ‘we’ -a group of people with a shared purpose. Today’s leaders are those who take their people with them into the future by empowering them to realize their full potential. Teamwork makes the dream work after all.
Thanks to: Joanna Swash, CEO of Moneypenny.

44. Just Keep Going!

"You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days you feel good" - Jerry West
Thanks to: Simon Royston of The Recruitment Lab.

45. Intensity Vs Consistency

"Intensity makes a good story, consistency makes progress" - James Clear

James Clear's book 'Atomic Habits' really helped me to see the value of being consistent.

Sometimes running a business stresses me out; I take on too much and try to do everything all at once.

This quote from James summarizes how consistency over a prolonged period of time is of far more value than a short burst of intense work; it also makes for a far healthier relationship with work.
Thanks to: Dan R of

46. Quote That Inspires

Mark Twain was an amazing man in many ways. He lived life just the way he wanted and passed on many words of wisdom in the process. Here is a quote from him that I always keep in my head:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Thanks to: Peter Erlandsson of All Guitar Stuff.

47. Complacence That Inspires

The below line is paradoxically inspiring for non-conformist, disruptive small businesses in all ages. It was part of a joke (mistakenly attributed to Charles H Duell) in the Punch magazine (Vol 116, Issue 17):

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

Enterprising small-business owners have thankfully disregarded such observations. Their indomitable spirit has brought innovative and exciting products to humankind.
Thanks to: Mayank Batavia of QuickEmailVerification.

48. Profit Is a Habit

“Profit is not an event. It's a habit.” - Mike Michalowicz
Thanks to: Morshed Alam of Savvy Programmer.

49. Only One

Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, fondly known as "Thay", died on Jan 22/22, age 95.

"One word, one action, or one thought can reduce another person's suffering and bring him joy. One word can give comfort and confidence, destroy doubt, help someone avoid a mistake, reconcile a conflict, or open the door to liberation. One action can save a person's life or help him take advantage of a rare opportunity. One thought can do the same, because thoughts always lead to words and actions."
Thanks to: Jean Chow of MsBizWiz.

50. Build Your Dream

“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” - Dhirubhai Ambani

If you are confident in your ability to create a successful business, assisting someone else to do the same is a very kind act. However, it won't enable you to achieve your own goals. One of those motivational business quotations that make you consider your priorities is this one.
Thanks to: William Drow of Starlinkhow.

51. Fire Comes From Passion

“Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.” - Meg Whitman

There are many business statements that encourage you to pursue your passions. If you aren't having fun doing what you're doing, how can you really thrive? Don't be one of the employees who constantly checks the time. Your work will show if you are passionate about what you are doing.
Thanks to: Matthew Phifer of Matt Phifer Coaching.

52. Quality Entails Performing

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” - Henry Ford

The above business quotation serves as an excellent reminder to keep things in check. You should put your attention on surprising and satisfying your customers. Your firm is built to have a top-rated product, and having one will inspire you to succeed. But also take joy in those unimportant, minor accomplishments. Strive for excellence in all facets of your business, not just the obvious ones.
Thanks to: Sai Blackbyrn of Coach Foundation.

53. Martin Luther King Jr.- Wisdom

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well'." - Martin Luther King Jr.
Thanks to: Rick Canale of EXOTIC FLOWERS.

54. Get Moving!

"Success will not come to you; you must go to it." - John Wooden

This is my favorite quote because it tells us that life doesn't come to us, but rather, if we want something to happen, we must take action. It's really that simple.
Thanks to: Kristin Marquet of Marquet Media, LLC.

55. Of Course You Can!

"Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can." — Paul Tournier
Thanks to: Lisa Porter of PawPurity.

56. How I Stay Focused & Present

"Run the mile you're in." - Unknown

This is a pretty popular running mantra that I have adapted to all areas of my life, including my business.

As an entrepreneur, it can be easy to get caught up in doing "all the things" or chasing the next idea. Just like when I run a marathon, I know the full distance but I get there one mile at a time. In business, you know the goals you have but you get there one task, one day and one project at a time. This helps me focus to ALWAYS be moving forward.
Thanks to: Channing Muller of DCM Communications.

57. Use Creativity to Fight Worry

“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create,” by Roy T. Bennett inspires me to move forward when I’ve hit a roadblock. You can’t control everything around you, but you can make a difference in the world by creating something new. Our company has personally been a leader within the clean beauty industry by creating new technology that protects the planet rather than hurt it.
Thanks to: Kim Walls of Furtuna Skin.

58. Positivity From Harvey Mackay

“People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.” - Harvey Mackay

Once you take your life into your own hands, see things positively, and pledge to do something about it, you'll have endless possibilities. The world owes you nothing and you should never feel like you're owed anything.

The moment you decide to see an opportunity and do something about it is the day your life begins.
Thanks to: Joe Davies of FATJOE.

59. Positivity Leads to Innovation

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." - Winston Churchill

This quote encourages me to change my mindset when I’m stuck in a rut. Positivity leads to innovation. When you’re in a negative headspace, you can’t create and innovate. But when you let positivity flow through you, you’re able to achieve things you wouldn’t have thought possible.
Thanks to: Jesse DeBear of Renew.

60. Keep Trying Something New

“If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done” - Thomas Jefferson

This quote has been my motto since I started my filmmaking business. It motivates me to take chances, try new methods and take risks that I wouldn’t have taken before. Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed, I look at this quote and it gives me the motivation to keep going.
Thanks to: Khurram Suhrwardy of Caption Easy.

61. Action Destroys Fear!

“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” ― Norman Vincent Peale

If I second guess myself or allow fear to enter my mind, I recall this and other inspirational words from my Dad's favorite book the "Power of Positive Thinking", by Norman Vincent Peale.
Thanks to: Angel Mary of Star Trak Investments LLC.

62. Don't Settle

"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. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." - Steve Jobs

This quote resonates with me because it emphasizes the importance of passion in one's work. When you truly love what you do, it becomes more than just a job.
Thanks to: Harry Boxhall of Boxhall Marketing.

63. Perseverance Means Success

"I'm convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance." - Steve Jobs

This quote is extremely poignant for me as an entrepreneur, because it has legitimacy to it. I too believe that in order to succeed as a business professional, the biggest thing you need is constant self-motivation. It's what sets you apart from other entrepreneurs, as if you keep pushing, you eventually will get what you want.
Thanks to: Daniel Climans of StickerYou.

64. Turning a Loss Into a Win

"I never lose. I either win or learn." - Nelson Mandela

In business, you never really lose, but instead learn valuable lessons along the way. This is a very important mindset to have when going into any business venture, because you will experience a lot of obstacles that can cause some setbacks. However, if you think of these obstacles as learning opportunities, you will never be disappointed and always be ready for the next challenge and you will use what you learned along the way.
Thanks to: Catherine Brock of Budget Fashionista.

65. Reaching For the Stars

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

Risk taking and dreaming big are two characteristics of a business professional that all entrepreneurs should strive for. When you do these things, you are more likely to get more than you even imagined because you are willing to go big. Risks and big dreams might be scary, but they reap the most rewards at the end of the day.
Thanks to: Duncan Malcolm of Skippers.

66. Unleash Magic in Your Kingdom

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." - Walt Disney

As a small business owner, we know a lot about "impossible". From the moment we are inspired to take a risk, people tell us every step is impossible. But we press on anyway. We ignore the naysayers, creating opportunity from a vision uniquely our own. We dream big and that means sometimes moving impossible mountains. I have this quote hanging in my office. It's a reminder that Walt had it right - it IS fun to do what others won't attempt.
Thanks to: Ryan Novak of Chocolate Pizza Company.

67. Love This quote From Jim Rohn

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” - Jim Rohn

This quote is something that connects me with me and really means a lot to me for a variety of reasons.

The quote speaks for itself in its ability to evoke positivity, the ability to do the work, and the importance of putting in the work to be successful.

Don't hang onto negatives. Do the work and create your own positivity and success.
Thanks to: Brent Thurman of Bear River Mutual Insurance.

68. Listen to Your Own Wisdom

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein

You have to be your own cheerleader many times when you own a business. Not everyone will have your back, or want you to succeed, but you can't let that stop you. You can't listen to all the negative comments and opinions from other people because they don't live in your shoes. Nobody knows you better than yourself and you simply need to do what's right for you.
Thanks to: Allen King of Aqua Surf.

69. Wisdom Comes From Effort

According to Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, an Indian yoga teacher and ayurvedic healer, “No one is wise by birth, for wisdom results from one’s own efforts.” As a yoga therapist and yoga training company founder, this quote always motivates me and I think it could inspire others. If you make a mistake or realize something you didn’t know, it’s easy to be hard on yourself. But knowledge and wisdom come from effort and experience. Treat these incidents as opportunities to grow.
Thanks to: Brandt Passalacqua of Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy.

70. Luck Favors Hard Workers

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

We've had incredible luck over the last 25+ years, but we couldn't have accepted those projects or opportunities had we not built the foundation of the business on hard work and preparation. Working 16 hour days towards your vision is hard, but eventually, things just POP! and next thing you know business is booming and you're simply along for the ride! Keep your eye on the prize!
Thanks to: Joe Palumbo of Landscape Guys.

71. Reframing Your Mindset

I love the quote, "What does better look like?" - Unknown

In business, a lot of people get fixated on the negatives in their current circumstances. Reframing that view with "What does better look like", causes us to identify the real sources of those negatives, and the opportunities to improve upon them.
Thanks to: Jordan Brannon of Coalition Technologies.

72. Changing Perspective

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." - Wayne Dyer

I apply this advice to my career daily. It serves as a reminder that our biases affect our thoughts about the world - for better or worse. If we’re unaware of these biases in our individual perspectives, they limit us. When we push outside what we think is possible, it's surprising what we can achieve.
Thanks to: Maximilian Wühr of FINN.

73. Outlook Affects Performance

"Quality performance starts with a positive attitude." - Business Trainer Jeffrey Gitomer

Running a business and thriving alongside challenging competition sometimes makes me doubt whether the company will succeed and sustain itself in the market. Yet, reflecting on what Jeffrey Gitomer said, our outlook affects our performance. The quote reminds me that positivity begets positivity. I try to be optimistic about business performance and spread positivity when working with the employees.
Thanks to: Dr. Linden Leadbetter of JennyCo.

74. Apply What You Know

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

This quote uplifts me every time I am faced with hesitations. It always reminds me that whatever knowledge I have, I must not keep them in my head but instead use it to be advantageous in the industry. Also, the quote reminds me that clients do not come flying toward our door. We must work hard to find clients and eventually earn their loyalty.
Thanks to: Dr. Michael May of Wimpole Clinic.

75. Don’t Worry About Success

“Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant, and success will naturally follow.” - Oprah Winfrey

This quote has always helped me to cultivate a positive mindset during my business. When you start your business, there are so many limitations and barriers, e.g., money, time, and energy. It can be easy to feel like your dreams and desires will never be realized. This quote reminds me that I should not worry about success but do my best, and success will follow me.
Thanks to: Bozlu Rehman of bikesadvisor.

76. The Road to Success is Bumpy

My favorite business positive mindset quote is, "The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer." - John Madden

Despite the difficult days of running the business and the challenges of hitting targets, thinking about the quote keeps me going. It reminds me that if I want to drive the company towards success, I must traverse through a tough road full of bumps and trials.
Thanks to: Matthew Roberts of My Choice.

77. Refine Your Thought Pattern

Buddha Said: “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” This is my favorite quote, which always gives me positive vibes to have a positive mindset by scraping my “thought pattern”. Whenever I face difficulties in business, I analyze my thought pattern and try to find any negativity in my thoughts. It especially helps refine my thought pattern to move forward and believe me, it happens the way I tune my mind. In addition, it helps me focus on things that otherwise I would skip.
Thanks to: Dan Moav of Vapecapsules.

78. Why We Started

“Remember why you started...”- Ralph Marston

There will be times when we want to give up and forget everything, especially when dealing with difficult challenges in business. This quote serves as a good reminder and energy booster because it reminds us of why we began in the first place. Nobody forced us to start a business; we did it because we wanted to, and the challenges are only there to make us stronger and better entrepreneurs.
Thanks to: Roman Zrazhevskiy of Mira Safety.

79. Focus on the Long-term Goals

One of my favorite quotes for cultivating a positive mindset in small business is from author Stephen Covey, who said, “The key is in not spending time, but investing it.” This quote resonates with me because it challenges me to think beyond the immediate and to focus on the long-term goals I have for my business. It reminds me that no matter how difficult the task or challenge, I can make a lasting impact with my actions.
Thanks to: Thomas Niemczewski of Dream Chasers.

80. Dream It, Do It

My favorite quote for cultivating a positive mindset in small business comes from the American entrepreneur, Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” This quote has been an inspiration to many entrepreneurs, including myself. It helps me keep pushing forward, even when the going gets tough. This quote gives me hope and inspiration every time I feel like I’m stuck or overwhelmed. It helps me refocus my energy and shift my mindset so I can stay on track and keep moving forward.
Thanks to: Aaron Rice of Stayyy.

81. Having a Positive Mindset

When it comes to cultivating a positive mindset in small business, there’s one quote in particular that always helps to lift me up and keep me moving forward: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” attributed by some to Winston Churchill. Having a positive mindset while running a small business is essential, and this quote helps to remind me of that. This quote helps me to stay focused, positive and determined to keep pushing forward.
Thanks to: Jensen Lee of bidetsPLUS.

82. Consistent in our Efforts

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” - Robert Collier

This is a great reminder that success is something we can reach if we stay consistent and persistent in our efforts, no matter how small. It helps me to stay focused on the present and stay motivated to reach my goals. This quote helps to boost my positivity when I’m feeling overwhelmed or discouraged.
Thanks to: Cary Goldstein of Goldstein Dental Center.

83. Quote by Lou Holtz

“Things have a way of working themselves out if we just remain positive.” – Lou Holtz

I find that, especially if you keep moving forward, things work themselves out. If you keep working and put in an honest effort every day, things will work themselves out for the better.

Is it always the path you had envisioned? No, but things always end up the way they should be. Just keep moving - and keep moving FORWARD.
Thanks to: David Curtis of Blue Pig Media.

84. Positive Thoughts

"Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change." - Unknown

I love this quote as it relates to business and personal. It is all about letting your mind lead the way, and using it the right way to ensure you are on the positive side of things - and not the negative. Positivity is crucial to success and can contribute to different levels of success in many ways. Your mind is an asset of yours, but only if you can fill it with positive thoughts.
Thanks to: Aaron Winston of Express Legal Funding.

85. Never Dim Your Light

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint — and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” - Oprah Winfrey

Following the path that is my unique fingerprint is something Oprah reminds me of every day. It isn't always comfortable or easy, but I love to inspire and motivate others.
Thanks to: Galit Ventura-Rozen of Everyday Woman TV.

86. Positive Money Thoughts

Since I work with money in my everyday life and spend a lot of time focusing on money-making ventures, the best way to save, and other things related to making smart money decisions, I'll go with a quote related to that:

"Your income can grow only to the extent that you do" - T. Harv Eker

A positive mindset and hard work with your sights set forward will help you achieve success, personally, professionally, and in your bank account.
Thanks to: Donny Gamble of Retirement Investments.

87. Effort: The Path to Success

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon

Although this perspective is humorous, it overlooks the fact that success is not a given but rather something that we must work for. We have to make an effort in that direction. It's not in the genes to do well. What we do with tremendous fortune, power, and prestige is what ultimately matters, not whether or not it is bestowed on us.
Thanks to: Nigel Clarke of AirExperiences.

88. Seizing Opportunity

“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” – Oprah Winfrey

There will always be certain forces that are outside of our control, but there will also always be some forces that we can exert some control over. This quote, in my opinion, highlights the idea that, if opportunities are few, one must be well-prepared to take advantage of them when they do arise. Even while something doesn't technically qualify as luck, it sure seems like a lucky break.
Thanks to: Kim Leary of squibble.

89. Positive Vs. Negative Thoughts

This quote is all about changing your mindset from a negative to a positive one:

“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.” – Robert H. Schuller

In my experience, I've seen what a positive mindset can do for you when you're too busy focusing on the negative. An immediate shift in focus can change everything for you, especially when faced with challenging business decisions and goals.
Thanks to: Tim Woda of White Peak.

90. Slow Down

My favorite business positivity quote is "Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint." - Unknown
Entrepreneurs need to hone in on using strategies that bring them closer to meeting their goals. Slowing down in order to analyze allows this focus.
Thanks to: Janice Wald of Mostly Blogging.

91. Make Your Own Rules

“Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind.” - Douglas MacArthur

As a designer, there’s a fine line between what’s trending and how to give a space your own touch. You don’t need to follow the rules, you can make your own, add your own touches and be the trend setter rather than the follower. This applies to how we do business, how we come up with new ideas and how we stand out from the competition.
Thanks to: Peyton Robinson of Foter.

92. Everything is an Opportunity

This one is not exactly a popular quote, but it comes from one of my business partners and it always resonated with me and helped boost my motivation for business:

"Everything is an opportunity in business. There is no such thing as good times or bad times to do business things, there are just different kinds of opportunities to capitalize on. So make sure you do exactly that."

Thank you, James!
Thanks to: Jeremy Clifford of RouterCtrl.

93. Bumblebees and Business

“Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary Kay Ash

Who wouldn’t bee positive after reading this quote layered with motivation? Bees are a magical gift from God. Bees work together for the common good of the community. Bees are well-organized. Thinking about these clunky flyers who defy the typical models for flight like winged superheroes is inspiring.
Thanks to: Melissa Whiteford St. Clair of White Girl Advocacy LLC.

94. Thoughts are the Power

"All of our energy is first made manifest in our thoughts. Our life depends on the kinds of thoughts we nurture." - Elder Thaddeus

Hearing this was the first time I realized the influence my mind had on my actions. It helped me see the power of my thoughts. Better thoughts = better actions = better results.

Since then, I've worked hard to maintain a positive mindset. I'm careful about what I read, what I watch, and who I listen to. My mindset is the most valuable asset of my business.
Thanks to: Jennifer Ayling of The Mulberry Pen.

95. Turn Frustration on Its Head

"You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination." - Ralph Marston

I love that Ralph asks us to change any negative energy/thoughts into determination. Business can be frustrating and taking a pause to see the positive works for me.
Thanks to: Julie Brown of I Am Julie Brown.

96. Get Up, Get Started!

The quote that lifts me up and helps keep my business moving forward is: "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" by Mark Twain.

This quote really resonates with me because it serves as a reminder to take action, no matter how small. Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed or unsure about the direction I want to take my business in, this quote helps me find the motivation to keep going. It's a simple yet powerful reminder that progress can only come from action.
Thanks to: Emma Williams of HIGH5TEST.

97. Keep Striving for Success

To help cultivate a positive mindset, one of my favorite quotes is from Maya Angelou: “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

In essence, this quote teaches me that I am the author of my own story and that I have the power to define the outcome. It gives me the courage to keep striving for success and never give up. It is this type of positive mindset that is essential for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Thanks to: Joyce Kahng of Joyce The Dentist.

98. Don't Let Others Ignore You

"Be so good they can't ignore you." - Steve Martin

If you want to be taken seriously and to stand out apart from your competition, then be the best you can be. You should never diminish your own capabilities and always strive to be your best self to help you and your business be a success. If you do this, people will notice you and become much more familiar with your brand.
Thanks to: Sean Gilbert of Select Wealth.

99. “If We Are Going to Be..."

“If we are going to be part of the solution, we have to engage the problems.” - Majora Carter

No businessperson has achieved success or notched wins without their share of fights. In meeting challenges head-on, you find solutions, even leaving lessons behind for others. The quote reveals just how important it is to have a positive mindset in business, even when you’re up against a problem. Engage and eradicate it once and for all, so you can move forward with lessons learned.
Thanks to: Riley Beam of Douglas R. Beam, P.A..

100. “Life’s Too Short to Learn..."

“Life’s too short to learn from your own mistakes; so learn from others.” - Anonymous

These words don’t just apply to the mistakes an entrepreneur or leader can avoid if they have gained enough knowledge from those who have walked these paths before them. It also applies to learning from the wrong moves, operational missteps, and even developmental errors that competitors and other teams have made, and deriving your own successful formulae to steer clear of these pitfalls.
Thanks to: Brendan McGreevy of Affinda.

101. Be Undeniably Good

“Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” - Anthony Volodkin

Being undeniably good, whether in life or business, indeed pays off. For one, when you’re a good person doing good things, you don’t really need any other advertising or marketing to sell your entity. Secondly, the approval of a good product is far more impactful than any traction a marketing campaign or social media effort can bring.
Thanks to: Azmaira Maker, Ph.D. of Aspiring Families.

102. No Matter How Brilliant..."

"No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a game alone, you’ll always lose out to a team.” - Reid Hoffman

A team can keep you going even in the toughest of times. Even as a solo entrepreneur, you must build a structure of people you can depend on. Whether it is those offering your business support services, connections in your network, or even your well-wishers, leveraging all that a great support team can provide you is the best way to achieve business success.
Thanks to: Neil Platt of Emerald Home Improvements.

103. Stumbling Blocks

“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” - Unknown

Who knows, maybe a hurdle in front of you can act as a launchpad for your success. Every challenge can serve as a lesson for you - there's always a rainbow at the end of a rainstorm.

If you see something challenging in front of you, do what you can to get the most out of it.
Thanks to: Jason L. Arthur of LookupAPlate.

104. Sow Seeds for a Better Future

Warren Buffet once said "Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long ago."

Running a small business is tough and takes a lot of sacrifice, and reminding yourself that the short term hardship will bring about a better future can keep you positive. Whether it's setting up your kids for financial stability or improving your community, work hard now to enjoy the shade later.
Thanks to: Gates Little of altLine Sobanco.

105. Always Bring Your Own Sunshine

"Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your sunshine." – Anthony J. D'Angelo

Radiating good energy is contagious. Being happy is a choice. So no matter the circumstances, I try to seek happiness and bring my sunshine wherever I am. This quote has helped me cultivate a positive mindset and move my business forward.
Thanks to: Vincent Luca of On Demand Pest Control.

106. Winning Vs. Losing

"The difference in winning and losing is most often... not quitting." – Walt Disney

This quote has always inspired me. No matter how difficult it is, hard work always pays off. You have to keep trying and do what you genuinely love. I have this quote framed in my office, and it's a tremendous uplifting reminder for a positive mindset.
Thanks to: Roland Alexander of DomainConvo.

107. 10/90 Rule

"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." – Dennis P. Kimbro

This is my favorite quote for creating a positive mindset. You can't control some things. But you can change how you react to things not going the way you expect them to be. Changing my mindset and cultivating a positive attitude has been a game changer not just for me but also for my business.
Thanks to: Charles Cridland of YourParkingSpace.

108. Be Led By Dreams in Your Heart

A quote that lifts me and helps with cultivating a positive mindset is by Roy T. Bennett: "Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart." I love this saying because it perfectly describes the mindset I want to create and nurture—nothing is impossible if you are passionate enough about it.
Thanks to: Alex Croucher of B2B Marketing Consultant.

109. Success Vs. Greatness

Chef Marco Pierre White says: "Success is born out of arrogance, but greatness comes from humility."

Most of the negativity I've encountered before becoming a business owner was from leadership that was more concerned with their own power and authority. To stay positive and cultivate a positive workplace, be humble and helpful instead!
Thanks to: Paul Kushner of My Bartender.

110. An Uplifting Call to Action

“All for one, and one for all.” Alexandre Dumas’ call to action in “The Three Musketeers” became popular because it’s not only fun to say, but it’s also meaningful in several ways.

It’s perfect for a small business because it’s a quick rallying cry symbolizing how loyalty, positivity, solidarity, and teamwork can succeed in the face of any challenge. There’s a greater chance of small business success when employees and management work together to reach common goals.
Thanks to: Karen Condor of

111. The Secret to Great Deals...

One of my favorite quotes, particularly for real estate, is "Great deals are made, not found," by Lori Greymont from the TV show, Funding Faceoff.

This resonates with me because if I had learned it earlier in my career, it would have helped me achieve a lot more, a lot faster.

The reality is, we rarely find an amazing deal just sitting there, so if we want to build a truly successful business, we have to learn how to take a poor or average deal, and make it great.
Thanks to: Brett McCollum of The Family Home Buyers.

112. Be Different. Be Valuable!

The quote that lifts me up and helps me keep moving my business forward is: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” This quote is originally from Albert Einstein, and I appreciate it because it reminds me of the importance of adding value to my product, my team and the world. It serves as a reminder that success is not only about achieving goals or hitting targets, but also about making an impact and leaving a lasting impression.
Thanks to: Antoni Singger of Breezer Freezer.

113. Richard Branson - Motivation

"My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had - every day I’m learning something new." - Richard Branson

This positive mindset quote encourages me to keep moving forward and challenging myself to continue learning. I am never satisfied and I understand that I have to set new goals for myself to keep working toward.
Thanks to: Sara Robertson of The Arbors Assisted Living.

114. Fortune Befriends the Bold

“Fortune befriends the bold.” – Emily Dickinson

Although luck is seen as a crucial part of the entrepreneur’s journey, it helps to remember that the leaps of faith one takes go a long way. This quote reminds us of just that and encourages entrepreneurs to take more risks and be bolder to tap into their fortune and luck which will work hand-in-hand with their hard work to produce impactful results.
Thanks to: Guy Sharp of Andorra Guides.

115. Create Endless Opportunities

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

More often than not, budding entrepreneurs rely on opportunities that come their way to move ahead. While patience can be an excellent quality to hone, this quote reminds us that it’s crucial to create the opportunities you wish to encounter. When in doubt, this quote can give an entrepreneur the motivation to go that extra mile and accomplish what they set out to.
Thanks to: Peter Monkhouse of ICL SA.

116. Overcoming Fear

“What would you do if you weren't afraid?” -Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese?

Entrepreneurship is about creating new things and taking risks. Often, the obstacle to putting them into action is fear. But if you remove fear from the equation, you can achieve greater things. At first, you won’t know what will work. You’ll just have to try everything. I’ve found that out of every 10 things our team tries, only 1 thing might benefit us. But that 1 thing is all you’ll need to make a breakthrough.
Thanks to: Aidan King of House of Debt.

117. Wish first, Work Second

"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however." - Richard Bach

This quote is part of The Messiah's Handbook, which is part of the book Illusions. I read it and reread it and reread it again while in college and have never forgotten that quote.

It reminds me to keep mentally reaching, but never stop putting in the time. That is my definition of success.
Thanks to: Roberta Perry of ScrubzBody Skin Care Products.

118. Napoleon Hill Quote

"No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality." -Napoleon Hill in "Think and Grow Rich"

When running a small business, you'll encounter many challenges, some of which will make you feel like giving up. But you've got to keep on going. One defeat plants a seed for equivalent success. So, you've got to take the lessons from every failure and have faith that you'll do better next time. Keep your focus on your main goal because failure is only temporary as long as you don't give up.
Thanks to: Mark Damsgaard of Global Residence Index.

119. Think Positive, Take Action

"Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success." - Shiv Khera

This quote highlights the importance of taking action and being proactive in achieving success, rather than simply having a positive attitude alone. It encourages individuals to not only think positively but to also take positive actions towards their goals. A positive mindset can be a powerful tool for achieving success, but it must be combined with action in order to truly make an impact.
Thanks to: Nina Neuschuetz of BOSTONtec.

120. Keep Track of KPIs

"If you can't measure it, you can't manage it." - Peter Drucker

This quote is so powerful because it helps me with the financial growth of my business. Using data and metrics to manage operations well is one of the hardest things to do in business. If you can't keep track of your company's revenue and expenditures, you will be in business for a short time. Many company owners ignore the KPIs that may give them an instant read on how well things are going, which leads to a loss.
Thanks to: Michael Springer of Opportunity Green.

121. Mind Your Mindset

"Keep a long fuse and a short memory." - Ken Cockroft

Growing up, my family lived across the street from Ken Cockroft, a retired news photographer. When I took my first job out of college, that was the advice he gave me -- to keep a long fuse and a short memory. Nearly 20 years later, I still stand by those words! If you want to succeed in the working world, you have to be willing to work hard daily. And while you're at it, don't hold grudges. Be quick to deal with problems and forgive.
Thanks to: Vickie Pierre of ExpertInsuranceReviews.

122. Energy and Persistence

"Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin

You never know what challenges you'll face in a week as a small business owner. Instead of letting the unexpected make me feel defeated, I like to tell myself that with energy and persistence, I'll work it out and be better off in the end.

Knowing that good things take time and effort to accomplish helps me not to get tired. Hard work is worth it and no obstacle is too powerful to stop me.
Thanks to: Melanie Musson of

123. Don't Stop Until You Take Off

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” - Henry Ford

This quote inspires me and reminds me that when I face troubles and problems in driving my business forward, that's normal and how it's supposed to be. It's part of the journey.

Then I realize that as long as I keep going on that runway, eventually and just in time, my business will take off and I'll be glad I persisted.
Thanks to: Nikola Roza of SEO for the Poor and Determined.

124. Criticism Helps You Learn

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” - Bill Gates

This quote helps me understand that criticism is crucial for the growth of business. We get scared, especially when we face unhappy customers, even though these are the customers who play an important role in improving our product. This quote also helps me deal with tough clients because whenever I deal with them, I think what they are doing is just giving me feedback, and feedback isn’t always positive.
Thanks to: Danny Peng of zxmedppe.

125. Believe In Yourself

"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." - Christian D. Larson

This quote is a powerful reminder to believe in ourselves and tap into our inner strength to overcome challenges in our small business. Trust your abilities and have a positive attitude to make better decisions, solve problems effectively and achieve success. Embrace the power within you to overcome obstacles and reach your goals.
Thanks to: Asim Ahmed of eSaleKnives.

126. Be an Empowerer

“Girls compete with one another. Women empower each other.” — Unknown
Thanks to: Kelli Komondor of K2 Creative, LLC.

127. Helen Keller Is Timeless

Helen Keller once said, "Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows." This is the perfect inspiration to always look to the future and the prospects that it holds, rather than stressing over challenges from the past. It's a great way to maintain positivity in all that you do.
Thanks to: Victor Mathieux of Miracle Brand.

128. Positivity Can Be Simple

Hulk Hogan once said, "I woke up and realized life is great and people are awesome and life is worth living." It can really be as simple as that. If we change the way we view the world as a whole, then we can begin to feel a shift toward a more positive outlook.
Thanks to: David Hatfield of Body and Soul Personal Training.

129. Do the Important

My favorite quote that keeps me moving forward is "Do the important, not the impressive."

This is a quote from my pastor, Pastor Lia. This is to remind us to do things that will last and not do the impressive things that do not matter or do not bring results in the long run.
Thanks to: Cyrus Yung of Painting Guy.

130. Find Joy in the Journey

When it comes to a positive mindset, the quote that lifts me up is “Success is a journey, not a destination” by Arthur Ashe. It is a fragrant reminder that progress in and of itself is always a work in progress. The work of improving my business to better serve my customers is the blueprint of success. It is the dedication to always providing an exceptional experience that helps me keep my business moving forward.
Thanks to: Erma Williams of The Pomade Shop.

131. Make Personal Connection

"If a problem can be solved by writing a check, it's not a problem, it's an expense." - Ziad K. Abdelnour

This quote helps me maintain good relationships with my customers. First, I used to give gifts and incentives to convert my temporary clients into regular customers. After reading this quote, I started to make a personal connection with them; as a result, they prefer my services, and I consistently earn with them. It also relieves me of the time-consuming task of recruiting new customers.
Thanks to: Krystyna Trushyna of Doves-of-Love.

132. Failure is a Part of Life

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

It reminds me that failure is a part of life, but it should never be a reason to give up. When things are tough and you are feeling discouraged, it also serves as a reminder of the importance of perseverance and hard work.
Thanks to: Finn Wheatley of Xtrium.

133. Keep Trying

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” - Thomas Edison

This quote is incredibly inspiring and motivating because it reminds us that no matter how difficult things may seem, there is always the possibility of success if we just keep trying. It is a reminder that we should never give up and that if we just keep trying, eventually we will achieve success.
Thanks to: Kyle Marquardt of Lori Wall Beds.

134. Focus On Your Systems

“If you want better results, then forget about setting goals. Focus on your system instead.” - James Clear

Through launching my company, I quickly learned the importance of systems - especially when delivering streamlined care for patients. Healthcare is clunky and messy, so anything that removes friction, especially when your end user is not feeling well, is ideal. Whenever I’m developing a new service, I now focus on how this process simplifies life for patients and doctors.
Thanks to: Dr. Andy Minhas of Walk In Telehealth BC.

135. Do It Right Now

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” - Arthur Ashe.

This quote serves as a great reminder that you don't have to wait until you have it all figured out before you can take action. It helps me to focus on what I can do right now, instead of worrying about what I can't do or what might happen in the future.
Thanks to: Jimmie Hamilton of HiHomePicks.

136. Opportunity to Orow

One of the most powerful quotes for entrepreneurs is, "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." by Fred DeVito. When running a business, there will be challenges that arise and can be difficult to navigate. This quote serves as a reminder that even though the challenges may feel insurmountable, they are an opportunity to grow. This can help to give you the necessary motivation to keep going and embrace the obstacles that come your way.
Thanks to: Jimmy Huh of ThinkWave.

137. Ability to Work Hard

"To be successful, you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can't just accept the ones you like." - Mike Gafka

This quote reminds entrepreneurs that success isn't a consequence of favorable circumstances, but rather the ability to work hard and persist even when things get tough. It also encourages you to step outside of your comfort zone and take risks in order to reach the next level in your business.
Thanks to: Raymond Neil of TD Kitchen.

138. Dedication to Reach Your Goals

"There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs" by Zig Ziglar is a popular quote that can help to keep your spirits up. It serves as a reminder that success doesn't happen overnight, and that it takes hard work and dedication to reach your goals. It encourages you to take the necessary steps and persist in the face of adversity in order to get to where you want to be.
Thanks to: Raquel Baldelomar of Quaintise.

139. Believe in Ourselves

“The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment”. This quote, originally said by Tony Robbins, is a great reminder that our own dreams and ideas are only limited by our own imagination and dedication. By believing in ourselves and our capabilities, we can make an impact and reach the goals that we set for our business.
Thanks to: Kristina Davis of Letti & Co.

140. Success Begins With Belief

“To be an overachiever, you have to be an over-believer.” – Dabo Swinney

Massive success won’t fall into your lap. It doesn’t just happen to you. You must decide to go for it. Well-meaning naysayers will constantly tell you to be more realistic with your goals, but top achievers have always recognized that the size of your belief determines the size of your success.
Thanks to: Nickolas Brandrup of Neurogan.

141. A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

I'd have to say one of my favorite quotes is "You may win when you make money, but you succeed when you help others achieve their goals along the way." - Dr. Adam Leffler

I think this is a powerful quote because too often, entrepreneurs focus on what they get out of their relationships, and not enough on what they put into them. This quote reframes it to focus on creating win/win scenarios for everyone, and that's something I'm passionate about and it's how I run my business.
Thanks to: Nathan Payne of Investor Thrive.

142. Dont Put a Ceiling on Yourself

“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself” – Oprah Winfrey.

This quote is a gentle reminder never to make excuses for your dreams or doubt them, just like Oprah, in the face of any obstacles you face. She demonstrated that anything can be achieved with passion, determination, and hard work.
Thanks to: Katie Boudreau of Spread Great Ideas, LLC.

143. Dream and Ask - Why Not!

"Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not" – George Bernard Shaw.

This celebration of an idealist visionary kind of thinking allows entrepreneurs to visualize, dream and go where nobody else has ventured before. I love how this quote inspires us to question existing paradigms and lay a foundation for what could be! I believe that is where true innovation happens.
Thanks to: Brian David Crane of Caller Smart Inc.

144. Small Things Matter!

"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way" – Napoleon Hill.

I have always used this quote as an inspiration when overwhelmed with complex projects or the drudgery of everyday hustle. This quote has taught me the wisdom of taking small steps, focusing on continuous improvements, and moving forward, however long and distant the goals look. Doing small things can go a long way when you are focused on moving forward.
Thanks to: Coty Perry of Anglers LLC.

145. A Postive Chain of Results

"A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results." - Wade Boggs

This quote speaks a very simple truth — positivity is like a domino effect, creating a chain of good things happening. What we think influences our thoughts, behaviors, and interactions with others. Needless to say, if you're acting from a place of optimism and resilience, it bleeds into everything you do.
Thanks to: Harry Morton of Lower Street.

146. You Only Fail When Stop Trying

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

This is essentially true when it comes to marketing your small business. Google Ads not generating enough revenue? Try SEO or grassroots marketing or networking organizations like the Chamber of Commerce. There are hundreds of ways to market your business, keep searching for the right one that will help you grow!
Thanks to: Luke Hancock of Bin There Dump That.

147. Habits Enhance Motivation

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” - Jim Rohn

Motivation fades after the initial boost of momentum to start whatever is in front of you. What keeps you grinding away and serves as the fuel for the marathon of running a business comes from dedication to healthy habits and accountability. That muscle memory you develop or the 10,000 hours honing your expertise. That's what will distinguish your business from competitors and standout among customers.
Thanks to: Adam Paddock of Westlake Dermatology in Houston.

148. Leaving a Legacy

"To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart." - Sr. Thomas Watson

The quote highlights the importance of having a deep personal connection and passion for one's work, which lifts me up and motivates me to create a lasting impact and legacy. When I have my heart in my business and my business in my heart, I am likely to put in the effort and dedication necessary to make a meaningful contribution to the industry and community.
Thanks to: Jordan Cullen of Cullen Jewellery.

149. Growth Comes From Discomfort

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” — Virginia Rometty

This quote by Virginia Rometty, the former CEO of IBM, inspires me to step outside my comfort zone. This becomes harder as we get older, which is why it's critical to be mindful of. It's easy to fall into the daily routine and stay within your sphere of knowledge, but the best learning opportunities come from exposing yourself to novel ideas and experiences.
Thanks to: Kori Robinson of Bay Heating & Air Conditioning.

150. Don't Hope, Believe

“Remove the words hope, wish and luck from your vocabulary. Replace those with 'believe'. If you truly believe in something, then you know in your mind, you’ve got to execute.” - JT McCormick

This is one of my favorite positive mindset quotes because it's a good reminder that we're in the driver's seat. Our individual and collective group actions and ability to execute will play a big role in determining how far our company will go.
Thanks to: Tim Payne of Advanced Roofing Solutions.

151. Make It Happen!

“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” - Theodore Roosevelt
Thanks to: Lisa Porter of Porter PR and Marketing.

152. The Power of Authenticity

"The best marketing doesn't feel like marketing." - Tom Fishburne

Embrace the Power of Authenticity in Marketing: A Moscova Enterprises, INC Perspective
Thanks to: Vickens Moscova of Moscova Enterprises INC.

153. I Am Unstoppable

“I show up and take decisive action daily, which creates abundance and success. I am unstoppable and always find a way to win.” - Unknown
Thanks to: Jennnifer Dawn of Jennifer Dawn Coaching.

154. Peele Shows Us Our Power

There are many factors and issues that are out of our control, but we can control how we think about them, and this is why my favorite positive mindset quote is “Change your thoughts and change your world” by Norman Vincent Peale. So often, we allow outside events to control our thoughts and thus our emotions, giving us a sense of futility. But Peale shows us we do have the power in how we think about situations, giving us the ability to dictate our outlook on how we approach our world.
Thanks to: Matt Miller of Embroker.

155. Positivity Can Beat Them All

There will always be people who are more talented or smarter than you but that does not mean they will always be the one who finishes on top, and this is why my favorite positive mindset quote is “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.” by Vince Lombardi. In the business world, others may have advantages, but having a positive attitude can often be the factor that leads to success.
Thanks to: Cody Candee of Bounce.

156. Success Requires Hard Work

"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do." - Eric Thomas

Success requires hard work and determination. You have to be willing to put in the effort and make sacrifices that others are not willing to make. It takes discipline and drive to achieve success.
Thanks to: Leonidas Sfyris of Need A Fixer.

157. Believe You Can

"Believe you can and you’re halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt

Positive thinking is a powerful tool in achieving success. When you believe in yourself and your abilities, you are more likely to put in the effort and make the decisions that will lead to success.
Thanks to: Olivia Tonks of Fleet Education.

158. Make a Positive Impact

"Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world." - Roy T. Bennett

Make a positive impact in the world. Success is not just about personal achievement, it's about making a difference in the lives of others. Focus on making a positive impact, and success will follow.
Thanks to: Rene Delgado of Shop Indoor Golf.

159. Happiness Is the Key

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success." - Albert Schweitzer

Happiness leads to success. When you are happy, you are more motivated, productive, and creative. Pursue happiness, and success will naturally follow.
Thanks to: Alice Hall of Rown Homes.

160. Don’t Watch the Clock

"Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going." - Sam Levenson

Keep pushing forward, no matter what. Don't let time dictate your progress. Keep pushing and working towards your goals, even when it feels like the finish line is far away.
Thanks to: Samantha Dunton of Oakhurst Blinds.

161. Only Thing Between Success:

"The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself that you can’t achieve it." - Jordan Belfort

Don’t let self-doubt hold you back. Your thoughts and beliefs have a powerful impact on your actions and outcomes. If you believe you can't achieve your goals, you won't. But if you believe you can, you will find a way.
Thanks to: Hamza Usmani of Believe Money.

162. Decision to Try

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try." - John F. Kennedy

Make the decision to take action. Success starts with taking action. It's not enough to simply have a goal or a dream. You must take the first step and make the decision to try and achieve it.
Thanks to: Mark Lindquist of Community Phone.

163. Take Risks to Get Success

"The biggest risk is not taking any risk." - Mark Zuckerberg

Take risks to achieve success. Taking risks can be scary, but it's often necessary to achieve success. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. The reward of success can be worth it.
Thanks to: Alan Perkins of RadialZone.

164. Stay Positive and Focused

"Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them." - Jack Canfield

Stay positive and focused. Success requires a positive attitude and a laser-sharp focus on your goals. No matter what is happening around you, stay positive and focused on what you want to achieve.
Thanks to: Jonathan Rogers of Credexel.

165. Just Work Hard

"Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose." - G.K. Nielson

Success is not just luck. It takes hard work, dedication, and purposeful action to achieve success. Don't wait for success to come to you; make it happen through consistent effort and determination.
Thanks to: Jessica Shee of iBoysoft.

166. Ask Better Questions

"Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers." - Tony Robbins

Ask better questions to get better answers. Successful people don't settle for mediocrity. They ask better questions, which leads to better answers and better results. Always strive to ask better questions to improve your outcomes.
Thanks to: Jay Soni of Yorkshire Fabric Shop.

167. Have a Sense of Urgency

Successful people have a sense of urgency in everything they do." - Tony Robbins

Have a sense of urgency. Successful people know that time is precious and they don't waste it. They have a sense of urgency in everything they do and are always taking action to achieve their goals.
Thanks to: Nely Mihaylova of Scooter Guide.

168. Be a Lifelong Learner

"Successful people are lifelong learners, always seeking to expand their knowledge and skills." - John Maxwell

Be a lifelong learner. Successful people never stop learning. They are constantly seeking new knowledge, skills, and experiences to improve themselves and reach their goals. Embrace a lifelong learning mentality to achieve success.
Thanks to: Joanne King of ICMP.

169. Focus On The Solution

"Successful people focus on the solution, not the problem." - John Maxwell

Focus on the solution. Successful people understand that problems and challenges are inevitable. But instead of dwelling on the problem, they focus their energy and attention on finding a solution. This mindset is key to achieving success.
Thanks to: Paul Somerville of Electric Scooter Guide.

170. Don't Give Up

"Successful people never give up on their goals, even in the face of adversity." - John Maxwell

Don't give up on your goals. Successful people have the persistence and determination to keep going, even when things get tough. Don't let adversity or setbacks get in the way of your goals. Keep pushing forward.
Thanks to: Dean Lee of Sealions.

171. Focus On Your Strength

Successful people focus on their strengths, not their weaknesses.” - John Maxwell

Focus on your strengths. Successful people understand their strengths and they focus on developing and utilizing them. Instead of wasting time and energy trying to fix their weaknesses, they work to become the best they can be in their areas of strength.
Thanks to: Tiffany Payne of Replace Your Docs.

172. Take Calculated Risks

"Successful people take calculated risks to get what they want." - Brian Tracy

Take calculated risks. Successful people know that success requires taking risks. But they don't take unnecessary or foolish risks. They carefully consider their options and make calculated decisions that will bring them closer to their goals.
Thanks to: Alex Constantinou of The Fitness Circle.

173. Have Confidence

"Successful people are confident and have a positive self-image." - Brian Tracy

Have confidence and a positive self-image. Successful people believe in themselves and their abilities. They have a positive self-image and are confident in their decisions and actions. Cultivate confidence and a positive self-image to achieve success.
Thanks to: Anthony Mixides of Bond Media.

174. Have a Strong Work Ethic

"Successful people have a strong work ethic and are willing to put in the time and effort required to achieve their goals." - John Maxwell

Have a strong work ethic. Successful people don't wait for opportunities to come to them. They work hard, consistently and tirelessly, to achieve their goals and make their dreams a reality.
Thanks to: Daniel Carter of Sybarite.

175. The Power of Our Words

“Your words control your life, your progress, your results, even your mental and physical health. You cannot talk like a failure and expect to be successful.” ― Germany Kent

This is a nice quote that was told to me years ago in a presentation that stuck with me. Words are more than wind. Never limit the effect and value of your words!
Thanks to: Mitch Fraser of Flashdrive Australia.

176. What Would Michael Jordan Do?

This quote motivates me to have a positive mindset because it reminds me that even if life throws difficult things at me, I can use those obstacles as an opportunity. While there are a ton of M.J quotes to choose from, this one in particular, has helped me take a good look at myself as a leader and do a better job of keeping a positive attitude and open mind when things don't go as planned. Just like M.J., I can find the good in any situation, instead of giving up.
Thanks to: Pete Brichka of Pete's Moving Services.

177. Always Look Forward

“Realize that if a door closed, it's because what was behind it wasn't meant for you.” by Mandy Hale

This quote is a great reminder to maintain a positive mindset. It reminds you to accept that sometimes things may not work out as planned and to view the closure of a door as an opportunity for growth and new possibilities. By embracing this mindset, you can release negative thoughts and emotions associated with failure and redirect your energy toward finding the right path.
Thanks to: Logan Mallory of Motivosity.

178. Focus On the Positives

“Focus on an ocean of positives, not a puddle of negatives.” – Kevin Ansbro

This quote promotes a positive mindset by urging people to concentrate on their many positive experiences and outcomes, rather than dwelling on the negatives. This shift in perspective can lead to increased happiness, motivation, and success as people focus their energy on what they have, rather than what they lack.
Thanks to: Tom Golubovich of Ninja Transfers.

179. Communication is Key

Jack Welch said it best, "Talk until your tongue hurts."

Though it requires massive resources and energy, communication keeps your business moving forward and drives a positive outlook. Welch’s quote is a great reminder that communication can never stop. There is always someone who needs to hear the message. By mastering communication, you drive employee motivation through purpose and a sense of belonging and a positive mindset because you let them know you care—about them and the business.
Thanks to: Jimmy Kinley of Kinley Construction.

180. Voice Within You

One of my favorite quotes to help me stay motivated and have a positive mindset is from renowned artist Vincent van Gogh - "If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."

This phrase has been especially helpful when I've encountered imposter syndrome in my leadership journey.
Thanks to: Thomas Simon of Monitask.

181. Learning Along the Way

My favorite quote to help cultivate a positive mindset in small businesses is, "Success isn't about the end result. It's about what you learn along the way." Originally said by Steve Backley, an Olympic javelin champion from England, this phrase provides a powerful reminder that success is not achieved in one moment. Rather, it is acquired through trial and error and facing challenges with courage. This philosophy helps me approach my business endeavors with enthusiasm rather than fear.
Thanks to: Daniel Chabert of PurpleFire.

182. Attitude Determines Altitude

A quote that I always lean on when it comes to cultivating a positive mindset is "Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude." - Zig Ziglar

It serves as a reminder to me that no matter the odds against success and how difficult things can get, so long as you remain positive and motivated, you'll be able to rise above any obstacle. Whenever stress and worry start to creep in, this quote come to mind serving as an integral part of maintaining my upbeat attitude in life.
Thanks to: Marcus Fernandez of KFB Law.

183. Reach Out of Comfort Zone

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for," - John A. Shedd

Being in the business for 40 years, this quote encourages me to stay ambitious so I can carry out my plans even when times become difficult. It serves as a daily reminder that though there remains potential for peril associated with venturing into unfamiliar waters, greater prospects await those who are brave enough to explore its depths.
Thanks to: Bruce Kramer of Buttercup Venues.

184. Excellence is a Habit

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle

I find this quote particularly inspiring since it reminds me that excellence does not require extraordinary moments but rather continuing to strive for and implement small successes into my daily working life. This quote encourages me to continue striving for excellence in all aspects of my practice so that I can ensure that my patients are getting the best care possible.
Thanks to: Besty Jacob of True Eye Experts.

185. Motivation and Innovation

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - Buckminster Fuller

This resonates with me as it emphasizes the importance of finding new and innovative approaches to fast-track business growth, no matter the challenges. Acknowledging that long-lasting, sustainable progress necessitates replacing old doctrines with fresh ideas to usher in progress has been tremendously helpful in staying motivated.
Thanks to: Ryan Mckenzie of Tru Earth.

186. Conceive and Believe

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

This quote helps me with motivation and moving my business forward. There were times when I was about to give up—nothing seemed to be working. But even on the hardest days, you shouldn’t forget about the mission of your business. And if you fail, just keep trying, and eventually, you will achieve everything you believe in.
Thanks to: Vikas Chaudhary of Nihal Fashions.

187. Don't Look Now!

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” - Henry David Thoreau, philosopher
Thanks to: Steve Wiideman of Wiideman Consulting Group.

188. "Hire Character. Train Skill."

This quote by Peter G. Schultz shows us the value of a strong character. This focuses on the fundamental part of hiring in a small business. You can always train people to learn skills but if they don't have the right character, you'll have a hard time getting things done efficiently. Especially in a small business where everything is dependent on a few people, hiring someone who doesn't have the right character traits or work ethic can be a huge barrier in the growth of the business.
Thanks to: Arsh Sanwarwala of ThrillX.

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