Quotes for Personal and Professional Growth
Read positive quotes for motivation, inspiration, and success from world-renowned authors. These positive sayings are a great way to get you inspired at the start of the day, or as a prompt for your personal or professional journal.
“The power to create belongs to each of us.”
“When you hear no, it’s rarely personal – don’t take it that way. Rejection is a tool that teaches us, guides us, and sometimes redirects us to a path more aligned with our passion.”
“Creating your yes is about living your best life.”
“Stop waiting for the phone to ring with your next opportunity.”
“To create means to bring into existence or to produce something that would not naturally evolve.”
“There is no precise road map to success, but you can be 100% confident that rejection will undoubtedly find a path to you. Just don’t let it block the intersection of your dreams taking flight.”
—From the inspirational book Create Your Yes! by Angela Marie Hutchinson.
“We want meaning in our work as employees, and we want a story we can believe in as consumers.”
“Change captures imaginations and shifts behavior.”
“The most successful companies...use their brands to shift the market in a way that makes life better for buyers and favors what they do best.”
“People like brands with a bigger change mission, and they want that mission to be more than words.”
“You possess the power to be courageously curious. So think for yourself. Explore. Imagine. Be Unconventional.”
—From the inspirational book The Unconventionals by Mike O'Toole & Hugh Kennedy.
“If the customer comes first, there is a good chance the customer will come back.”
“Most people will use your service once. The key is to get them to use your service forever.”
“When you take care of customers, they will be loyal forever.”
“If you can't find the time to do it right, you will never find the time to do it over.”
“The more you know about the people you serve, the better you serve the people you know.”
“You are the architect of your client's happiness.”
—From the inspirational book The 10 Golden Rules of Customer Service by Deb Duncan and Todd Duncan.
“Perserverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” -George Washington
“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth.” -Thomas Jefferson
“In a multitude of counselors there is the best chance for honesty, if not wisdom.” -James Madison
“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written...by the hand of the Dininity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” -Alexander Hamilton
—From the inspirational book The Leadership Secrets of Hamilton by Gordon Leidner.
“A shared fate is the engine of every team. Without it, no team will function under pressure, and its members have little to no chance of ever being an accountable team.”
“Trust is the foundation of all teams.”
“What makes a team accountable is that they choose to work together on the issues that are getting in the way of them delivering on the desired results.”
—From the inspirational book Revolutionize Teamwork by Eric Coryell.
“Things will always change. We don't have a choice about that, but we do have a choice for how we react to change.”
“Whatever we accept and believe determines how we behave...and how we behave determines what we achieve (or don't achieve).”
“Getting your team to believe it can be done is the most important thing you can do.”
“To change any culture, in any company, the people at the top have to show it! Because words without deeds mean nothing.”
“Like the gardener, the effective leader recognizes that change takes time to take root.”
“To get people to follow you through the unpredictable twists and turns, you must not only sell your vision, you must show that you care.”
—From the inspirational book Change Is Good...You Go First by Mac Anderson and Tom Feltenstein.
“None of us chose to be born, but we all get to choose how to live.”
“Our words, our actions, and our thoughts all matter and have lasting ripple effects.”
“There are endless opportunities to be better at being human.”
“Everyone has a story, and everyone's story is unique.”
“Kindness alone can change the world.”
—From the inspirational book Every Monday Matters by Matthew Emerzian.
“Focus means clarity. Clarity means knowing what is most important.”
“Successful people have the ability to make the complicated simple. That's one of the main reasons for their success.”
“In business, if you can win on the basics, you win it all.”
“Our work is like the sun. It doesn't burn bright until brought to a focus.”
“We may not always control circumstances around us, but we always have total control over our perceptions of those circumstances.”
—From the inspirational book Keep It Simple by Joe Calloway.
“The one thing your competition can't take away from you is the relationship your people have with your customers.”
“Great service is not an accident. It starts with a clear vision around the kind of experience you want your customers to have.”
“Truly great service will bring customers back again and again.”
“Great service comes from the heart.”
“Profit is the applause you get for taking care of your customers and creating a motivating environment for your people.”
—From the inspirational book The Simple Truths of Service by Ken Blanchard and Barbara Glanz.
“All achievement, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.”
“Those who are afraid of new ideas are doomed before they start.”
“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.”
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve with positive mental attitude.”
“We are the masters of our fate, the captains of our souls, because we have the power to control our thoughts.”
“Most people have achieved their greatest success just one step behind their greatest failure.”
—From the inspirational book The 5 Essential Principles of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
“Making sure that everyone knows what values are important and then helping everyone turn those good beliefs into everyday behaviors is how leaders create a great place to work.”
“Plans provide us with the direction, focus, and organization we need to stay on task.”
“Don't just teach them how to do their jobs. Also teach them how to be successful!”
“Nothing motivates employees more than knowing they're making a difference.”
“Getting big things done all year long isn't about magic. It's about leadership.”
—From the inspirational book The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus by Eric Harvey.
“You were given your genes, but what you do with them is up to you.”
“Your brain, including all your cognitive strengths and weaknesses, is changeable.”
“The most effective way to exercise your brain is to exercise your body.”
“Your brain is like a seed; nourish and care for it, and it will blossom.”
—From the inspirational book Smarter Next Year by David Bardsley.
“To achieve exponential results requires additonal effort.”
“Customer service is not a department...it's an attitude.”
“The only thing that stands between a person and what he or she wants in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it possible.”
“They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
“You cannot get what you've never had unless you're willing to do what you've never done.”
—From the inspirational book 212° The Extra Degree by Mac Anderson and Sam Parker.
“The honor is in finding something worthwhile and fully committing to whatever you've chosen to pursue - win or lose.”
“Winning is a habit. So is losing. Winners don't make a habit of losing.”
“Do not wait for Monday. Do not wait for the first of the month. Do not wait for January 1. Start now.”
“It's time to give yourself permission to be everything you were meant to be.”
“Goal setting that focuses on outcome instead of process and behavior is why people lose.”
—From the inspirational book 88 Days to Any Goal by Dr. Rollan Roberts.
“If you want what you've never had...you have got to do what you have never done before.”
“What works is doing, not thinking about doing.”
“Choose to reinvest your free time into expanding your future, not spending it in ways you can never get back.”
“Everything your mind acts on is guided by your beliefs.”
“Either you're committed or just interested. If you want to succeed, you need to upgrade.”
“If you tolerate mediocrity, that's exactly what you'll get.”
“When it comes to improving, world-class winners are fanatical about always getting better...they know they are never done.”
—From the inspirational book What Extraordinary People Know by Anthony Moore.
“Every great leader is a great storyteller.”
“The most important part of being a great storyteller is knowing what stories to tell.”
“Stories are uniquely effective at helping leaders get ideas across in a way that will move people to action.”
“Convincing people to change is hard work. Fortunately, storytelling is one of the best change agents leaders have at their disposal.”
—From the inspirational book The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell by Paul Smith.
"Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling."
"Take a second. Think whatever you want. It's your brain. Make yourself at home in it."
"What many of us mistake for depression is actually a need to be understood, or to see desires come to fruition."
"Mastering your mind is about…clearing away the noise and working with your brain to move through challenges and resistence."
"Knowing why you're doing something is a big step toward deciding what you want to do and how."
"See [resistance] for what it is: not a dead end, but a roadblock you can get around."
—From the inspirational book The Happiness Hack by Ellen Petry Leanse.
"It's not how well you start. What matters is how well you finish."
"Every moment you're blessed with on this Earth is, in fact, the perfect moment for action and activity."
"Everyone has to get older. That doesn't mean you have to be old."
"Find joy in your work, and you'll discover the fountain of youth."
"To feel the freedom that comes from being able to do new things and accomplish new goals is wonderful and magical."
—From the inspirational book Your Best is Next by Ira Blumenthal.
“Inspiration is valuable, but it's not enough to affect real change. That requires follow-through and commitment.” -Robert Glazer
“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It's precisely that simple, and it's also that difficult.” -Warren Bennis
“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.” -John Foster Dulles
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” -Jim Rohn
“The greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” -Joyce Meyer
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” -Marianne Williamson
“It's easier and more convenient to make excuses. It's more difficult - and far more rewarding - to believe you are fully in control of your own destiny.” -Robert Glazer
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” -Oliver Goldsmith
“Be the person you needed when you were younger.” -Ayesha Siddiqi
—From the inspirational book Elevate by Robert Glazer.
“A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.” -Johnathan Swift
“The only thing that money gives you is the freedom of not worrying about money.” -Johnny Carson
“Wealth flows from energy and ideas.” -William Feather “Every person who gets rich by creation opens a way for thousands to follow - and inspires them to do so.” -Wallace D. Wattles
“There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.” -Calvin Coolidge
“Wealth is largely a result of habit.” -John Jacob Astor
—From the inspirational book How Rich People Think by Steve Siebold.
“The most effective salespeople use both the art and the science behind sales to close deals much faster.”
“Many salespeople think the only necessary requirement to get the sale is to offer great products and services...but that is not enough. You must also have a great relationship with the buyer.”
“The best salespeople are not the great talkers - they are the great listeners.”
—From the inspirational book The Neuroscience of Selling by John Asher.
“You cannot inspire unless you're inspired yourself.”
“People crave direction, and they're more than willing to take the road less traveled as long as they know why they're taking that road.”
“Leaders on the front lines of any industry must strive for simplicity and clarity if they hope to inspire and motivate employees, customers, or shareholders.”
“It's our fear of extinction, our fear of elimination, our fear of not being important that leads us to communicate things in a more complex way than we need to.”
“[When speaking] your voice should rise and fall, curve, twist, and turn. It'll mesmerize your listeners and leave them with a sense of awe.”
“When you change the way you see yourself as a speaker, the speaker your audience sees will change.”
—From the inspirational book 10 Simple Secrets of the World’s Greatest Business Communicators by Carmine Gallo.
“If we don't decide what is most important to us, the world will decide for us.” -Molly Fletcher
“Make everyday your masterpiece.“ -John Wooden
”There's no better decision than to align your energy with your present moment. It's the only moment any of us have.” -Molly Fletcher
“Speak to yourself like you would speak to someone you loved and respected.” -Molly Fletcher
“Begin with the end in mind.“ -Stephen Covey
“Great systems are actually great habits. A system doesn't just solve a problem. It keeps a good habit going.” -Molly Fletcher
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Dan Millman
—From the inspirational book The Energy Clock by Molly Fletcher.