40 BEST INSPIRATIONAL BUSINESS QUOTES that Will Pump Up Your Business Almost Instantly

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Starting a business is tough. And not just practically, or financially — emotionally, too. Which is why these top inspirational business quotes are so valuable.

Each of these business business quotes is a bite-sized morsel of wisdom, capable of injecting that much-needed hit of inspiration, encouragement, and motivation.

So, when you’re exhausted, frustrated, anxious, worried, or just plain freaking out, read these motivational business quotes.

But don’t just scan through these business quotes.

Try to think about how each one applies to your business.

Read. Re-read. Reflect. Apply.

1. “The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.”

Socrates, father of Western philosophy

2. “Always deliver more than expected.”

— Larry Page, co-founder of Google

Inspirational business quotes - Larry Page

3. “Don’t take too much advice. Most people who have a lot of advice to give — with a few exceptions — generalize whatever they did. Don’t over-analyze everything.  I myself have been guilty of over-thinking problems. Just build things and find out if they work.”

Ben Silbermann, founder of Pinterest

4.“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States 

5. “Every time we launch a feature, people yell at us.”

— Angelo Sotira, co-founder of deviantART

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

Anthony Volodkin, founder of Hype Machine 

Anthony Volodkin - inspirational Business Quotes

7. “What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.”

Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy’s

8. “If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.”

Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon

9. “If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

Zig Ziglar, author, salesman, and motivational speaker

10. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”

Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn

11. “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

Thomas Edison, co-founder of General Electric

12. “The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way.”

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week

13. “Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.”

Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter

14. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc.

15. “Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.”

Mark Cuban, AXS TV Chairman and entrepreneur

16. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

Bill Gates - Inspirational Business Quotes

17. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook

18. “If you define yourself by how you differ from the competition, you’re probably in trouble.”

Omar Hamoui, co-founder of AdMob

19. “Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.”

Lisa Stone, co-founder and CEO of BlogHer

20. “When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.”

Josh James, CEO and co-founder of Omniture

Are these business quotes inspiring you yet? No? Then keep reading…!

21. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”

Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance

22. “Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

Golda Meir, fourth Prime Minister of Israel

23. “There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.”

Jason Fried, 37signals founder and co-author of Rework

24. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”

Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder

25. “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.”

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

Tony Hsieh - Inspirational Business Quotes

26. “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.”

Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA

27. “Nothing works better than just improving your product.”

Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Stack Overflow

28. “Get five or six of your smartest friends in a room and ask them to rate your idea.”

Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga

29. “Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.”

Tim O’Reilly, founder, and CEO of O’Reilly Media

30. “Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.”

Chris Dixon, an investor at Andreessen Horowitz

31. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. 

32. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

Helen Keller, American author, political activist and lecturer

33. “Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.”

Paul Rand, Graphic Designer

34. “Always think outside the box and embrace opportunities that appear, wherever they might be.”

Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman & CEO of ArcelorMittal

35. “Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.”

Jeffrey Zeldman, entrepreneur and web designer

These inspirational business quotes have some pretty sound advice.

36. “The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.”

Rob Kalin, founder of Etsy

37. “If you’re interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them.”

Ryan Freitas, co-founder of About.me

38. “Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.”

Michael Arrington, founder and co-editor of TechCrunch

39. “Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.”

Wayne Huizenga, prolific American business person, owner of Blockbuster Video and the Miami Dolphins.

Wayne Huizenga - Inspirational Business Quotes

40. “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.”

Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneur and co-founder of Alltop


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A trained Diplomat turned online entrepreneur since 2009. Founder of Invest Online Africa Inc: A social enterprise connecting Africans to legitimate income opportunities online. A great believer in passive income and advocate of Entrepreneurship. Aside online stuff, I am a caring father, Humanitarian and soccer fan... Oh! And I cry when I see a child cry😖

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