Motivational quotes to get you pumped for the workday
Starting a business can be challenging at the best of times—there’s the juggling of finances, product rollouts, social media calendars, customer retention—and that’s all before Monday morning is over.
These motivational quotes and words of wisdom from those who have walked the walk will give you a hit of inspiration when you need it most.
Every single one of these quotes will nourish your mind and get you in the right headspace to tackle the day with positivity and enthusiasm.
Quotes about success
A successful business starts with a successful mindset.
Here are some quotes about success that will get you ready to tackle every day with a pep in your step.
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” — Herman Melville
"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." — Vidal Sassoon
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau
"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out." — Robert Collier, American author
Quotes for entrepreneurs
Looking for quotes about being an effective, productive entrepreneur?
These quotes will help you see that there is always light at the end of the tunnel—even if it doesn’t feel like it right now.
“An entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.” — David Karp, founder, and CEO of Tumblr
“All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” — Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr., American author
Positive, inspiring quotes from authors, leaders, and artists can be applied to your business or your life—perfect for revisiting when you’re feeling jaded or unsure of why you started in the first place.
“Be a positive energy trampoline – absorb what you need and rebound more back.” — Dave Carolan
“If you’re not positive energy, you’re negative energy.” — Mark Cuban
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right.” — Henry Ford
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe." — Anatole France, French poet
“Opportunities don't happen, you create them.” — Chris Grosser, Tesla
“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” — Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney
"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." — Pablo Picasso
“You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.” — George Lorimer, American writer
Words of wisdom from Bill Gates
We found these quotes from Bill Gates that will boost your spirits and help drive you towards success.
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others."
Motivational quotes from Richard Branson
Looking for eCommerce inspiration or just motivation to get through your day?
Richard Branson has overseen over 50 companies, launched a record label (and a spaceship), and broken world records—but his motivational spirit is his most inspiring feat.
“You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
“To be successful you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running.”
Entrepreneurial quotes from Seth Godin
Seth Godin is a serial entrepreneur, a prolific author, and has a popular business podcast that featured on our list of the 20 best podcasts for small business owners.
Picking the best of Seth’s top motivational business quotes was a challenge—and now we’re inspired up to our eyeballs!
“The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.”
“Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person.”
“The art of moving forward lies in understanding what to leave behind.”
“It’s easier to love a brand when the brand loves you back.”
“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”
Quotes from inspirational women
These encouraging quotes from successful women will put you in good stead to tackle the world.
"Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do." — Sheryl Sanberg, COO of Facebook
“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” — Oprah Winfrey
“Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.” — Lisa Stone, CEO of Blogher
“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” — Estee Lauder
“Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.” — Sara Blakely, founder of SPANX
"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." — Maya Angelou
Funny quotes for lighthearted motivation
After some quotes that aren’t so serious?
Funny quotes about motivation can really brighten up your day—meaning you’ll be in the mood to talk to customers, suppliers, and employees with a smile on your face.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar
“I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” — Benjamin Franklin
“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.” — Joe Girard
Motivational movie quotes
It’s not just about quotes from CEOs and founders—we also found a bunch of inspirational messages and positivity in these movies.
”Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” — Rocky, Rocky Balboa (2006)
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” — John Keating, Dead Poets Society (1989)
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” — Gandalf, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
“Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something, not even me. Alright? You dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” – Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)
Quotes about failure
Overcoming failures with hard work, determination, and vitality is what makes eCommerce business owners successful. It’s all about your mindset.
“The real test is not whether you avoid this failure because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” — Barack Obama
“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” — Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox
“Always deliver more than expected.” — Larry Page, co-founder of Google
“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” — Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” — Thomas Jefferson
Are you next?
What we learned from putting together this list of quotes and positive affirmations is that the combo of self-belief and hard work will never let you down. With the right attitude and mentality, you can become successful.
Make sure you bookmark this page of motivational business quotes so that when you’re having an afternoon slump filled with nothing but bags of self-doubt, you can head back here and get your inspiration fix.
Who knows… maybe you’ll be on our next list of inspirational quotes?