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Hundred motivational quotes for success

Evergreen quotes to keep you inspired and take you towards success

What do you mean by success in business? Is it just about the idea? How important are interpersonal skills? Have you craved for something inspirational to keep you going? Further, isn’t persistence an enviable quality given the enormous challenges of the entrepreneurial life.

An entrepreneur is a person who brings in a new business idea to the table. But, an idea doesn’t manifest itself into success overnight. It requires sheer grit, hard work, perseverance and above all unflinching hope to make it a success.

In pursuance of this, we can learn a lot from seasoned entrepreneurs. Most importantly, tracing their growth journey is crucial to learn about the challenges of entrepreneurship.


Hundred motivational quotes for success

In this blog, I will take you through a hundred quotes given by successful people. These quotes relate to different qualities of an entrepreneur in particular and successful people in general. I am sure, these quotes will handhold you both in your entrepreneurship as well as non-entrepreneurship journey.

1.Leadership quotes for success

  • “You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.” – Henry Ford
  • “True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  • “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.” – Tom Landry
  • “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
  • “A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.” – Joe DiMaggio
  • “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter
  • “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – President John Quincy Adams
  • “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower



  • The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness – Joan Miró
  • “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
    ― Rumi
  • If you’re not doing some things that are crazy, then you’re doing the wrong things – Larry Page
  • Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion – Jack Kerouac
  • You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have – Maya Angelou
  • If it doesn’t sell; it isn’t creative – David Ogilvy
  • The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers – Arthur Koestler
  • “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”
    ― Henry Thomas Buckle
  • “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
    ― Pablo Picasso
  • “Creativity takes courage. ”
    ― Henri Matisse



  • Few ideas work on the first try. Iteration is key to innovation – Sebastian Thrun
  • Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth – Peter Drucker
  • Collaboration and augmentation are the foundational principles of innovation – Vaclav Smil
  • Innovation comes out of great human ingenuity and very personal passions – Megan Smith
  • I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out – Jeff Bezos
  • Innovation requires an experimental mindset – Denise Morrison
  • Innovation is like looking for pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. You have to find a lot of pieces that don’t match to find the one or two pieces that match. – – Edward Conard
  • The history of innovation is the story of ideas that seemed dumb at the time – Andy Dunn
  • Innovation comes from the producer – not from the customer – W. Edwards Deming
  • Innovation is serendipity, so you don’t know what people will make – Tim Berners-Lee


4.Confidence Quotes for success

  • “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller
  • Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.- Theodore Roosevelt
  • One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.- Arthur Ashe
  • With the realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. – Dalai Lama
  • Self-confidence is the memory of success. – David Storey
  • Confidence is preparation.  Everything else is beyond your control. – Richard Kline
  • It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures — Oprah Winfrey
  • Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong — Peter T. Mcintyre
  • The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence — Blake Lively
  • Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will – Suzy Kassem



  • There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living – Nelson Mandela
  • Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head – A. R. Rahman
  • Without vision, even the most focused passion is a battery without a device – Ken Auletta
    Find your passion, set a goal, go to work, evaluate, reassess, and repeat – Elana Meyers
  • If you have passion, there is no need for excuses because your enthusiasm will trump any negative reasoning you might come up with. Enthusiasm makes excuses a nonissue – Wayne Dyer
  • Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason – Thomas Browne
    But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion – Sylvia Plath
  • “Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.” —Jon Bon Jovi
  • “Passion is the genesis of genius.” —Tony Robbins


6.Perseverance quotes for success

  • No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance – Ramana Maharshi
  • Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th – Julie Andrews
  • Perseverance and perspective until victory – Lincoln Diaz-Balart
  • In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world, all rests on perseverance. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Perseverance – a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success – Ambrose Bierce
  • Perseverance is also key to success in any endeavor, but without perseverance in combat, there can be no victory – Jocko Willink
  • Everything that I’ve ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance – Scott Hamilton
  • The king knows with what ardor and perseverance I have at all times been devoted to the cause of liberty and to the principles of humanity, equality, and justice – Marquis de Lafeyette
  • Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little – Plutarch
  • Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do – Pele


7. Determination quotes for success

  • What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win – Patty Berg
  • The determination to win is the better part of winning – Daisaku Ikeda
  • Victory is the child of preparation and determination – Sean Hampton
  • You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. – George Horace Lorimer
  • Determination becomes an obsession and then it becomes all that matters – Jeremy Irvine
  • Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man – Iain Duncan Smith
  • Change is hard and requires constant struggle and determination – Sadiq Khan
  • A determined person will do more with a pen and paper than a lazy person will accomplish with a personal computer.  – Catherine Pulsifer
  • A vow is fixed and unalterable determination to do a thing when such a determination is related to something noble which can only uplift the man who makes the resolve.–Mahatma Gandhi
  • Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek. –  Mario Andretti


8. Discipline quotes for success

  • To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him – Buddha
  • It was the character that got us out of bed, the commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through – Zig Ziglar
  • It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline. – Harvey Mackay
  • Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.   -Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. – George Washington
  • There is one thing that gets you out of bed in the morning, and that is discipline. Because your dreams and your goals are not there waking up for you in the morning – Jocko Willink
  • Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone’s watching or not – Michael J. Fox
  • Even as you make progress, you need the discipline to keep from backtracking and sabotaging the success as it’s happening – Nipsey Hussle
  • The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline – Bum Phillips
  • Discipline strengthens the mind so that it becomes impervious to the corroding influence of fear.    – Bernard Law Montgomery


9.Decisiveness quotes for success

  • The one word that makes a good manager – decisiveness. – Lee Iacocca
  • The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face. -Napoleon Hill
  • “Decisiveness is often the art of timely cruelty.” – Henry Becque
  • “Direct threats require decisive  action”  – Dick Cheney
  • “Clarity and decisiveness come from the willingness to slow down, to listen and look at what’s happening.” – Pema Chodron
  • “Decisiveness is the number one quality of a dynamic leader: his ability to communicate a decision with passion and integrity is an art form.” – Farshad Asi
  • “Energy, confidence and decisiveness is 90% of the battle.” –  Craig Cackowski
  • “Your decisiveness is your determination. Your chase is your goal and your joy is your life.”  – Ruturaj Uttarwar
  • “Be decisive. A wrong decision is generally less disastrous than indecision.” Bernhard Langer
  • “All the paths kneel before the decisive minds!”  – Mehmet Murat Ildan



  • The older I get, the more open-minded I get, the less judgmental I get – Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success – Martha Stewart
  • One of the best paradoxes of leadership is a leader’s need to be both stubborn and open-minded. A leader must insist on sticking to the vision and stay on course to the destination. But he must be open-minded during the process – Simon Sinek
  • Stay open-minded; stay focused. Train hard and train smart. For me, the older I get, the smarter I have to train also because the recovery time is longer. Work on everything: become a well-rounded fighter – don’t just be good at one thing; be good at everything – Brock Lesnar
  • I think when you’re young, you’re a lot more open-minded, and sometimes you’re a lot more perceptive about what’s going on in the world – Zendaya
  • You have to be open-minded, and you have to be critical, and you have to let go of your predispositions about what you’ve been told that doesn’t have foundations in evidence – Carl Hart
  • If you are open-minded and you let the universe come in, you never know where things might go – Adam Neumann
  • “It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.”
    ― George Eliot, MiddleMarch
  • “Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.”
    ― Buddha
  • “Renewal requires opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and feeling”
    ― Deborah Day

Overall, these quotes are applicable to any profession per se. Irrespective of your background, these quotes have valuable takeaways for every person. For example, perseverance and determination in the face of failure is the hallmark of any successful person. Challenges are an essential ingredient for growth and development. Hence, the best use of the quotes is by putting it into diligent practice.

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