Inspiring Quotes About Business Growth — and Tips for Success

1. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” – Thomas Watson, Sr., former CEO, IBM

2. “The only way you are going to have success is to have lots of failures first.” – Sergey Brin, co-founder, Google

3. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

4. “The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer/statesman

5. “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill, author

6. “Play by the rules, but be ferocious.” – Phil Knight, founder, Nike

7. “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” – Sigmund Freud, neurologist

8. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot, author

9. “Motivation is the catalyzing ingredient for every successful innovation.” – Clayton Christensen, economist and Harvard professor

10. “Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.” – William George Jordan, writer/editor

11. “Many companies get trapped by the paradox of hitting numbers ‘now’ versus improving sales for future quarters or years ahead.” – Tiffani Bova, Salesforce Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist

12. “It’s very easy to be different but very difficult to be better.” – Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer, Apple

13. “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” – Dhirubhai Ambani, founder, Reliance Industries

14. “I do not know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it.” – Susan Butcher, sled dog racer

15. “Happy employees lead to happy customers, which leads to more profits.” – Vaughn Aust, EVP of Integrated Solutions, MarketStar

16. “Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” – William Durant, co-founder, General Motors

17. “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” – Andy Rooney, journalist

18. “Every problem is a gift — without problems we would not grow.” – Anthony Robbins, motivational speaker and writer

19. “Employees want to feel inspired by their leaders…hire individuals who will lead by example.” – Jody Kohner, VP of Employee Marketing & Engagement, Salesforce

20. “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States of America

21. “Becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” – Michelle Obama, from Becoming

22. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin, writer

23. “Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying in space.” – Chris Hadfield, astronaut

24. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

25. “You need to spend all of your time and energy on creating something that actually brings value to the people you’re asking for money!” – Gary Vaynerchuk

26. “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.” – Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

27. “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

28. “There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” – Ronald Reagan

29. “Study successful people and businesses, then do what they did to become successful while making slight modifications to fit your life style, your values, your business model & your goals.” – Clay Clark

30. “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 duplicatable way.” – Clay Clark, The Wheel of Wealth

31. “Risk is essential. There is not growth of inspiration in staying within what is safe and comfortable. Once you find out what you do best, why not try something else?” – Alex Noble

32. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

33. “My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: forget about making mistakes, just do it.” – Ajaero Tony Martins

34. “How many people are completely successful in every department of life? Not one. The most successful people are the ones who learn from their mistakes and turn their failures into opportunities.” – Zig Ziglar

35. “Here is the simple but powerful rule… always give people more than they expect to get.” – Nelson Boswell

36. “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” – James Cash Penney, Founder of JCPenney

37. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” – Drew Houston

38. “Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.” – Oprah Winfrey

39. “Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.” – Dennis Waitley

40. “Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationship.” – Henry Ross Perot

41. “A business absolutely devoted to service will have one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.” – Henry Ford

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