Top 100 Quotes To Motivate, Inspire And Support Business Founders

November 11th, 2019

To tie in with the launch of my new website, I have collated the top 100 quotes I have used within my blogs over the last 315 days. This includes the quotes I published in summaries in May and October.

I have closed with a quote to recognise the significance of 11 November as Remembrance Day. Be motivated, inspired and supported.

1 “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference”. Serenity Prayer

2 “An expert knows all the right answers if you ask the right questions”. Levi Strauss

3 “We all understand the importance of asking for help, those who achieve big things are the ones who accept it when offered”. Simon Sinek

4 “I am not afraid. I was born to do this”. Joan of Arc

5 “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”.

6 “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress, working hard for something we love is called passion”. Simon Sinek

7 “Failure is an event, not a person. Failure does not identify who you are as a person, it only gives you experience and wisdom”. Zig Ziglar

8 “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently”. Henry Ford

9 “Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new”. Barack Obama

10 “The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they — at some distant point in the future — will take over the reins. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely… because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile”. Alvin Toffler

11 “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can”. Neil Gaiman

12 “Starting a successful business is not tricky. Starting a successful business does not require above average intelligence. Starting a successful business does require having a pig-headed, purpose-driven tenacity about achieving your life goals and fulfilling your life’s vision through providing products and services that offer uncompromising quality in a scalable and duplicable way.” Clay Clark

13 “Just slow down. Slow down your speech. Slow down your breathing. Slow down your walking. Slow down your eating. And let this slower, steadier pace perfume your mind. Just slow down”. Doko

14 “Creatively, it’s always better to take a break when something’s not working. When we try to push through, it often gets worse. Better to leave it for fresh eyes another day”. Alison Porter

15 “Rejection doesn’t have to mean you aren’t good enough; it often just means the other person failed to notice what you have to offer”. Ash Sweeney

16 “Rejection can disappoint you, depress you and may even stop you in your tracks… learn not to take rejection so personally… if you’re honest with yourself and believe in your work, others will too”. Bev Jozwiak

17 “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change”. Wayne W. Dyer

18 “Don’t Take Anything Personally: Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering”. Don Miguel Ruiz

19 “Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead”. Nelson Mandela

20 “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”. Maya Angelou

21 “Creativity is the use of our imagination to create something. It’s like a muscle, the more we engage it the more it develops. We need to fuel it and nurture it.”

22 “The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear”. Ram Dass

23 “The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of wellbeing becomes”. Dalai Lama

24 “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new”. Dalai Lama

25 “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up”. Oliver Wendell Holmes

26 “Find A Group Of People Who Challenge And Inspire You, Spend A Lot Of Time With Them, And It Will Change Your Life”. Amy Poehler

27 “Take Risks in Your Life. If you win you can lead, if you lose you can guide”. Swami Vivekananda

28 “Misunderstanding – A ‘Missed Understanding’ because of the human preference to Assumption over Clarification”. Drishti Bablani

29 “By the time it came to the edge of the Forest, the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved more slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, “There is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” But all the little streams higher up in the Forest went this way and that, quickly, eagerly, having so much to find out before it was too late”. AA Milne

30 “Be unapologetically you…..Don’t apologize for who you are or what you are. Just be YOU and those that matter will be drawn to you and those that aren’t will not matter”. Nanette Mathews

31 “People often complain about lack of time when lack of direction is the real problem”. Zig Ziglar

32 “It’s a tsunami of content. We’re just a drop in the ocean. But we can make sure our drop is crystal clear”. Alison Porter.

33 “It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal”. Steve Maraboli

34 “If you define the problem correctly, you almost have the solution”. Steve Jobs

35 “If you don’t know what you want, you’ll never find it. If you don’t know what you deserve, you’ll always settle for less. You will wander aimlessly, uncomfortably numb in your comfort zone, wondering how life has ended up here”. Rob Liano

36 “Deal with the facts”. David Miles

37 “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength”. Corrie Ten Boom

38 “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create”. Roy T. Bennett

39 “The first step toward discarding a scarcity mentality involves giving thanks for everything that you have”. Wayne Dyer

40 “As our awareness of the world and who we are increases, we will grow to replace our needs with service, fear with love and scarcity with abundance”. Joseph Rain

41 “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud”. Coco Chanel

42 “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any”. Alice Walker

43 “I think the hardest part to get to is that point of asking for help or reaching out to other people and being honest with yourself”. Mary-Kate Olsen

44 “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction”. Alvin Toffler

45 “Small nations have no time for small goals – they have to think big in order to become contributors”. Kersti Kaljulaid

46 “When in doubt, throw doubt out and have a little faith….” E.A. Bucchianeri

47 “If your habits don’t line up with your dream, then you need to either change your habits or change your dream”. John C. Maxwell

48 “Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do”. Sean Covey

49 “If you pick the right small behavior and sequence it right, then you won’t have to motivate yourself to have it grow. It will just happen naturally, like a good seed planted in a good spot”. BJ Fogg

50 “Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character”. Stephen Covey

51 “An individual can’t create anything itself. All of our dreams come true with the cooperation and co-creation of other souls”.

52 “Human beings are not meant to live alone. There is a fundamental biological imperative that propels you and every organism on this planet to be in a community, to be in relationship with other organisms”. Bruce H. Lipton, Biologist.

53 “The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now”. Leo Babauta

54 “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself”. Eleanor Roosevelt

55 “Surround yourself with good people; surround yourself with positivity and people who are going to challenge you to make you better”. Ali Krieger

56 “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” Dalai Lama

57 “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” James Cash Penney (The Must Dos For Growing Your Business)

58 “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment”. Jim Rohn

59 “One common thing about great achievers is that, they keep asking useful questions every day. They ask questions like; “What do I want and what do I need to do to get it?”. Israelmore Ayivor

60 “Moving along the upward spiral requires us to learn, commit, and do on increasingly higher planes. We deceive ourselves if we think that any one of these is sufficient. To keep progressing, we must learn, commit, and do—learn, commit, and do—and learn, commit, and do again.” Stephen R Covey
(Enjoy the Upward Spiral)

61 “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” Tom Bodett

62 “Accept who you are; and revel in it.” Mitch Albom

63 “Fall in love with the problem, not the solution.” Uri Levine

64 “Go for good enough. Worrying is often triggered by wanting to make the perfect choice or by trying to maximize everything.” Alex Korb

65 “Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined and connected to one another. And, when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.” Daniel Pink

66 “The whole point of collaboration is that you give and take from each other, and that’s how you create things that are totally new.” Virgil Abloh
“Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing by ourselves.” Paul Solarz

67 “I have started to think that the great, decisive moments that broadly govern our lives are far less conscious at the time than they seem later when we are reminiscing and taking stock.” Sándor Márai

68 “Genius is in the idea. Impact, however, comes from action.” Simon Sinek

69 “Assumptions close doors. Intrigue opens them.” Sam Owen

70 “Let’s make it a habit to ask questions before making assumptions.” Izey Victoria Odiase

71 “Progress, of the best kind, is comparatively slow. Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step.” Samuel Smiles

72 “The underlying principles of strategy are enduring, regardless of technology or the pace of change.” Michael Porter

73 “As all entrepreneurs know, you live and die by your ability to prioritize. You must focus on the most important, mission-critical tasks each day and night, and then share, delegate, delay or skip the rest.” Jessica Jackley

74” Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston S. Churchill

75” The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” Colin R. Davis

76” Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” Thomas J. Watson

77 These are the people I seek to work with and I encourage you to do this same. Look beyond those people that only have the talk. “A lot of people are all talk, what they say and what they do are two different things. As the saying goes, talk is cheap. Without actions behind the talk, it is all useless.” Catherine Pulsifer

78 “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw

79 “Life is neither static nor unchanging. With no individuality, there can be no change, no adaptation and, in an inherently changing world, any species unable to adapt is also doomed.” Jean M. Auel

80 “If we can fall in love with serving people, creating value, solving problems, building valuable connections and doing work that matters, it makes it far more likely we’re going to do important work”. Seth Godin

81 “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” George Eliot

82 “Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.” Booker T. Washington

83 “One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.” – Jean Vanier

84 “Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.” Orrin Woodward

85 “Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience.” Denis Waitley

86 “You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” Paulo Coelho

87 “Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.” George S Patten

88 “You don’t stumble upon your heritage. It’s there, just waiting to be explored and shared.” Robbie Robertson

89 “There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.” Harry Crews

90 “Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” Cyril Connolly

91 “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” Paulo Coelho

92 “Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.” Eckhart Tolle

93 “The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.” Dean Ornish

94 “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath

95 “Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.” Greg Anderson“

96 Legacy is not what I did for myself. It’s what I’m doing for the next generation.” Vitor Belfort

97 “You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.”
Richard Bach

98 “Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” John Kenneth Galbraith

99 “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt

and 100 selected for today, on Remembrance Day

“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow we gave our today.” Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue


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