50 Motivational Quotes To Live By

Written by: Chloe Corona Yan

When you’re working on a new idea, it’s more than excitement. You’re ready to take on the world. But there’s one problem: changing the world takes years.

It’s time to get real. No matter how excited we are to develop an idea, there are times when we want to give up. Days when our drive is defined by our daily caffeine intake. Hustling is exhausting and motivating yourself can get difficult. Here’s the good news. Motivation is knowing that you’re working for the greater good. You are accomplishing something that no one else can - your ideas. 

So, if you’ve been feeling the winter blues of burnout, we’ve put together a list of motivating and inspiring quotes to keep you on the right path.

1. “The key to success is to start before you are ready.” - Marie Forleo, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker 

2. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” - Nora Roberts, Author 

3. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill, Politician & Author 

4. “In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” - Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook 

5. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” - Jim Ryun, Politician & Athlete 

6. “Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” - Barry Finlay, Author 

7. “Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.” - Jay Danzie, Speaker & Author 

8. “Always deliver more than expected.” - Larry Page, Co-founder of Google 

9. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” - Jim Rohn, Entrepreneur & Author 

10. “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company

11. “I never dreamt of success. I worked for it.” - Estée Lauder, Co-founder of Estée Lauder, Inc. & Businesswoman 

12. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” - Bill Gates, Co-founder of Microsoft Corporation 

13. “People don’t care about your business. They care about their problems. Be the solution that they’re looking for.” - Melonie Dodaro, Social Media Expert & Entrepreneur 

14. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” - Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple, Inc. & Entrepreneur 

15. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” - Unknown 

16. “Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.” - Marva Collins, Educator & Activist 

17. “Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.” - Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host & Philanthropist 

 18. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” - Albert Einstein, Physicist 

19. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” - Mark Twain, Writer & Entrepreneur 

20. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” - Pablo Picasso, Painter & Poet 

21. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” - Maya Angelou, Poet & Civil Rights Activist 

22. “We become what we repeatedly do.” - Sean Covey, Author & Motivational Speaker 

23. “Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.” - Eric Thomas, Motivational Speaker 

24. “Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.” - Jon Sinclair, Poet 

25. “Quality is the best business plan.” - John Lasseter, Animator & Filmmaker 

26. “Nothing will work unless you do.” - Maya Angelou, Poet & Civil Rights Activist 

27. “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” - Henry Kissinger, Diplomat & Political Scientist 

28. “Be a resource, not a sales pitch.” - Unknown 

29. “You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.” - Stephen C. Hogan, Politician 

30. “Some entrepreneurs think ‘How can I make a lot of money?’ But the better way is to think ‘How can I make peoples’ lives a lot better?’ If you get it right, the money will come.” - Richard Branson, Investor & Philanthropist

31.“Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.” - Unknown 

32. “Entrepreneurs must be willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time.” - Jeff Bezos, CEO & Founder of Amazon 

33. “If you push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking risk, really amazing things can happen.” - Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo 

34. “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” - Ellen Degeneres, Comedian & Talk Show Host 

35. “If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you’ll see obstacles.” - Wayne Dyer, Author & Philosopher 

36. “The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.” - Seth Godin, Founder of Squidoo 

37. “I didn’t go to Harvard...but the people that work for me did.” - 50 Cent, Rapper & Businessman 

38. “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” - George Bernard Shaw, Playwright & Critic 

39. “The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” - Nolan Bushnell, Engineer & Businessman 

40. “An entrepreneur isn’t someone who owns a business. It’s someone who makes things happen.” - Tim Ferris, Author & Entrepreneur 

41. “Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow.” - Caroline Myss, Author 

42. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” - Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx 

43. “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” - Jim Rohn, Entrepreneur & Author 

44. “What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” - Simon Sinek, Author & Motivational Speaker 

45. “Stop being afraid of what can go wrong, and start being excited of what could go right.” - Tony Robbins, Life Coach & Philanthropist 

46. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” - Stephen King, Author 

47. “It’s always about how we can evolve this and make this better.” - Evan Spiegel, Co-founder of Snap, Inc. 

48. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” - Socrates, Philosopher 

49. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” - Alan Kay, Computer Scientist 

50. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” - Coco Chanel, Founder of Chanel