Motivating Words for a Brighter January


It’s that time of year again. Dragging yourself through cold weather and back into work after the Christmas break. We thought we might help all you hard working January people with some motivational – and sometimes cynical- business quotations. If nothing else, they should make you smile on your first day back.


The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers. – John Egan
You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough. – Joseph E. Levine
Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business. – Zig Ziglar
The golden rule for every business man is this: “Put yourself in your customer’s place.” – Orison Swett Marden
People rarely buy what they need. They buy what they want. Seth Godin



Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. – Napoleon Bonaparte
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 first one gets the oyster; the second gets the shell. – Andrew Carnegie
The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do. – Roy L. Smith


Your Business Team

Hire character. Train skill. – Peter Schutz
People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps. – Mary Kay Ash
I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages. – Robert Bosch
Fire the committee. No great website in history has been conceived of by more than three people. Not one. This is a deal breaker. – Seth Godin



Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling. – Anita Roddick
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. – Peter F. Drucker
My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner



In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. – Harold Geneen
You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills. – Jim Rohn
To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business. – J. Paul Getty


Risk- taking

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take Wayne Gretzky
To win without risk is to triumph without glory. – Pierre Corneille
I have a million dollars in the stock market, because if I lose a million dollars, I don’t personally care. Suze Orman



Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. – George Van Valkenburg
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. – Norman Schwarzkopf
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight Eisenhower
The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players. – Blaine Lee



If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late. James Goldsmith
Business opportunities are like buses: there’s always another one coming. – Richard Branson
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
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison 



I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. – Donald Trump
An ambitious horse will never return to its old stable.Chinese Proverbs
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.  Oscar Wilde


Loving what you do

Business is more exciting than any game.Lord Beaverbrook
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt
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



The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. Vidal Sassoon
The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you. Bette Midler
Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco Chanel



The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question. – Peter Drucker
For maximum attention, nothing beats a good mistake.Unknown
Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions or that only senior executives’ decisions matter. This is a dangerous mistake.   Peter Drucker



The only way around is through. – Robert Frost
When we can identify a problem and face the problem with confidence and enthusiasm, the solution is on the way. Zig Ziglar
The believer is happy; the doubter is wise. – Hungarian proverb


A man should never neglect his family for business. – Walt Disney 
Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman. – George Soros
The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is likely to neither make money nor find much fun in life. – Charles M. Schwab
I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day to day affairs that they had no time for friend making. – B.C. Forbes


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