As a small business owner, you're expected to be the motivating force behind your business operation and employees.

But sometimes you also need a little inspiration to get you going, especially at the beginning of the week. So we've gathered some motivational quotes from visionaries and business leaders to inspire you to get work done, stay on course, lead your team, and overcome setbacks.


Quotes on productivity.

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” - Stephen King, celebrated author.

"Happen to things, don't let things happen to you." Stephen Covey, author, businessman, educator, and speaker.

“Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” - Peter Drucker, management consultant, educator, and author.

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”- Napoleon Hill, revered author.

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney, businessman, cartoonist, animator and film producer.

"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not."  - Oprah Winfrey, media mogul, talk show host, philanthropist, and actress.

Quotes on perseverance.

"You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out."- Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., entrepreneur, and inventor.

"In a battle between two ideas, the best one doesn't necessarily win. No, the idea that wins is the one with the most fearless heretic behind it." - Seth Godin, entrepreneur, author, and public speaker.

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." - Colin Powell retired four-star general.

"Don't quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can't see it. Listen to your drum and your drum only. It's the one that makes the sweetest sound." - Simon Sinek, author, and public speaker.

"I never dreamed about success, I worked for it." - Estée Lauder, businesswoman, and co-founder of Estée Lauder Companies.

Quotes on leadership.

"A like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind." - Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid revolutionary, philanthropist, and politician.

"Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people." - John D. Rockefeller, businessman, and philanthropist.

"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." - Ronald Reagan, actor and politician.

"Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish." - Sam Walton, entrepreneur and founder of Walmart.

"Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can't miss." - Lee Iacocca, businessman, and automotive industry leader.

Quotes on setbacks and failure.

“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.” - Robert T. Kiyosaki, investor, businessman, speaker, and financial literacy activist.

"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless." - Thomas Edison, businessman, and inventor.

"Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill, British politician, and Prime Minister.

"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, businessman, and pioneer of accounting and computing equipment.

"One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes." - Richard Branson, investor, businessman, and founder of Virgin Group.

“When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.” - Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics.

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