73 Inspiring Business Quotes To Give You A Nudge Forward

Inspiring business quotesMillions of people dream of starting their own business. They are in luck. There has never been a better time than now to open one. The reason, of course, is the Internet. Even the smallest of companies can gain exposure to vast audiences, which makes the prospect of success much more attainable.

Still, it certainly isn’t all glory. Running a business is a practical, financial and legal challenge. It can be easy to lose the forest for the trees and fall into a rut. If you are in such a position, reading the experiences of others can often act as the nudge you need to get moving forward again. The following quotes are designed to give you just that nudge.

Before we get to the quotes, take this bit of free advice. Everyone goes through rough patches in business and life. After all, no less than Steve Jobs was fired by Apple. Not only did he bounce back, he ended up running the company again and taking it to almost unimaginable heights.


“You have to come to your closed doors before you get to your open doors… What if you knew you had to go through 32 closed doors before you got to your open door? Well, then you’d come to closed door number eight and you’d think, ‘Great, I got another one out of the way’… Keep moving forward.”

– Joel Osteen

“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You have to die a few times before you can really live.”

– Charles Bukowski

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

– Steve Jobs

“Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.”

– Frederick B Wilcox

“It is hard to beat somebody when they don’t give up.”

– Babe Ruth

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

– Bruce Lee

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”

– Bernice Johnson Reagon

“It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.”

– Steve Jobs

“If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know and start charging for it.”

– Kim Garst

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”

– Henry Ford

“Life isn’t worth living unless you’re willing to take some big chances and go for broke.”

– Eliot Wiggington

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

– Buddha

“If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.”

– Ray Kroc

“This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident or temptation is a test of your inner strength. Therefore nil desperandum. March forward hero!”

– Swami Sivananda

“Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

– Steve Jobs

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.”

– Herbert B. Swope

“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.”

– Confucius

“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

– Steve Jobs

“If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.”

– Charles Kettering

“I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.”

– Donald Trump

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

– Bill Gates

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

– Coco Chanel

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

– Maya Angelou

“The minute you’re satisfied with where you are, you aren’t there anymore.”

– Tony Gwynn

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

– Steve Jobs

“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.”

– Dennis Waitley

“We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

– Charles Bukowski

“An organization becomes bewildered rather than energized when it’s asked to do too much at once.”

– Michael Hammer

“The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.”

– Henry Ford

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Carlos Castaneda

“You learn nothing form your successes except to think too much of yourself. It is from failure that all growth comes, provided you can recognize it, admit it, learn from it, rise above it, and then try again.”

– Dee Hock

“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”

– Steve Jobs

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– C.J. Walker

“If you don’t make things happen then things will happen to you.”

– Robert Collier

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell

“To the degree we’re not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves.”

– Peter McWilliams

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

– Steve Jobs

“Those who say it cannot be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it.”

– Anonymous

“To fly, we have to have resistance.”

– Maya Lin

“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

– Zig Ziglar

“The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out.”

– Dee Hock, Founder of Visa

“The NBA is never just a business. It’s always business. It’s always personal. All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal.”

– Mark Cuban

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”

– Steve Jobs

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”

– Henry Ford

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

– Pablo Picasso

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

– Steve Jobs

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”

– Zig Ziglar

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

– Thomas Edison

“Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.”

– David Rockefeller

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

“If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it – teach yourself to be impatient.”

– Gurbaksh Chahal

“Failure is success if we learn from it.”

– Malcom Forbes

“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

“You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance.”

– Lee Iacocca

“Speed is useful only if you are running in the right direction.”

– Joel Barker

“Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

– Albert Einstein

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

– Winston Churchill

“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.”

– Earl Nightingale

“If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.”

– Steve Jobs

“If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention.”

– Tom Peters

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”

– William Durant

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

– Thomas A. Edison

“Ultimately, it comes down to taste. It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things into what you’re doing. Picasso had a saying: good artists copy, great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas, and I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.”

– Steve Jobs

“Life is an ever-flowing process and somewhere on the path some unpleasant things will pop up – it might leave a scar, but then life is flowing, and like running water, when it stops it grows stale. Go bravely on, my friend, because each experience teaches us a lesson. Keep blasting because life is such that sometimes it is nice and sometimes it is not.”

– Bruce Lee

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”

– Swami Vivekananda

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

– Harriet Tubman

“People get into a rhythm that makes them resistant to change. To understand the mind-set, try switching hands when you brush your teeth in the morning.”

– Gary Gesme, Deere & Co.

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”

– Sven Goran Eriksson

“It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.”

– Tenzin Gyatso

“Greatness is won, not awarded.”

– Guy Kawasaki

“There’s only one thing more painful than than learning from experience, and that is not learning from experience.”

– Archibald MacLeish

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”

– Charles Bukowski

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

– Anonymous

…and there you are.

Richard A. Chapo, Esq.