13 Quotes That Will Remind You Why You're Working Hard To Achieve Your Goals

by Jason Parks

Staying motivated when it comes to your profession can sometimes be a daunting task.

According to, in the US, 85.8 percent of males and 66.5 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week. Being on top of your game each and every day takes concentration and commitment.

Many Americans desire to shine in their line of work. According to, failure is the number one overall fear. Fear of failure is just one of the reasons why people want to desperately succeed.

Michael Jordan put failure into perspective with one of his famous quotes: “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.”

Every now and then, looking to other successful leaders for inspiration can help fuel your fire and allow you to shine amongst the competition.

Whether you are looking for motivation on an early Monday morning or seeking confidence before a big presentation, these 13 inspirational business quotes will put positive thoughts into your mind and steer you in the right direction.

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

Ziglar is one of the greatest motivational speakers of our time. He hones in on the importance of preparation and positive mental thinking to succeed in life.

 “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure." – Abraham Lincoln

Honest Abe led the United States through its civil war. He preserved the union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government and modernized the economy. As one of the greatest leaders, Lincoln points out that if you failed, hopefully you tried your hardest in doing so.

 “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” – Warren Buffett

Buffet is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century and is one of the wealthiest people in the world. His quote on focus and doing a few things right can be interpreted as finding your niche and excelling at it.

 “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight Eisenhower

Eisenhower had unarguably one of the longest and most taxing leadership roles in American history. His quote on leadership and getting things done shouldn’t be taken lightly based on his extraordinary experience.

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

As a real estate mogul with some of the largest buildings in the country, Trump clearly thinks big. His quote on thinking outside of the box shows that the larger you think, the more you’ll be able to accomplish.

 “A business has to be involving, it has to be fun and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” – Richard Branson

Branson is best known as the founder of Virgin, which comprises more than 400 companies. He believes that if you have fun with your job, you’ll be more likely to reap the benefits.

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

The French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand proved with her successful line that she didn’t even consider failure throughout her journey. Having positive thoughts like Chanel can lead to positive results.

 “I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” – Oprah Winfrey

Having to prepare for tens of thousands of interviews, Oprah clearly knows the importance of preparation. She feels the more you prepare, the luckier you’ll be. Plain and simple.

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

The American author and poet demonstrates in this powerful quote the importance of self-confidence. If you believe in yourself, you are already on the right path to success.

 “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” -- Helen Keller

Keller wasn’t dealt the greatest deck of cards in life, battling conflicting disabilities. That being said, optimism led to Keller being one of the most iconic figures in the world.

 “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” -- Henry Ford

The founder of the Ford Motor Company had to practice what he preached with this quote. In building one of the most iconic brands in American history, Henry Ford clearly conducted work in the right type of way. This isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

 “Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.” – Albert Einstein

Einstein was clearly one of the greatest geniuses of all time. It would have been easy to get bigheaded with all of the fame and notoriety that he received. The Nobel Prize winner demonstrated that regardless of your accomplishments, you should always stay humble.

 “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 founder of McDonald’s clearly enjoyed seeing families happily eating together at his fast-food restaurant. Kroc loved what he was doing and built the largest fast food restaurant chain in the world while loving every day of work.

From businessmen and women to poets and presidents, all of the quotes from these historic figures are inspirational for anyone striving for a successful career path. When you are looking for an extra push in business, remember these quotes to get back on track.

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