Quotes to Inspire Success in Business and Life

Being successful in business involves setting goals, having the courage to take risks, and overcoming the inevitable obstacles and failures. Here are 14 inspirational quotes from people who’ve been there and done that.

Quotes about goals

Setting and pursuing goals is essential to keep you motivated and focused on achieving what you want in business as well as in life.

If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.
Les Brown

If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.
Brian Tracy

No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.
W. Clement Stone

Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.
John D. Rockefeller



What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
Zig Ziglar



Quotes about the courage to take risks

Having a goal is great, but accomplishing what you desire often involves overcoming fear and taking risks to pursue your dreams.

Most women I know who have been successful in business, it’s because they’ve been willing to take on the risky challenge that other people would say, ‘Oh, I’m not sure I want to do that.’
Sandra E. Peterson

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
Dale Carnegie

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
Muhammad Ali



Quotes about overcoming failure

Everyone makes mistakes and fails along the way. It’s how you respond and persevere in the face of failure that determines your success in the end.

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
Napoleon Hill

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.
C. S. Lewis

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
J. K. Rowling

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
Steve Jobs

The grim reality is that most start-ups fail. Most new products are not successful. Yet the story of perseverance, creative genius, and hard work persists.
Eric Ries