I love good business motivational quotes and from what I’ve seen so do many others, the internet is full of them, and just about all business owners use some kind of quote in their marketing and social media strategy, because they are so relatable.

It’s time for an update though. As an avid reader, I come across many quotes that have never seen the outside of the book they are printed in and I feel the need to share. Business motivational quotes have such a great way of resonating with us and helping us to see things in a different way.

In this blog post, I am unpacking 25 of my favourite business motivational quotes that are less mainstream. I’d love to know which ones resonated with you and whether you have some of your own favourites you’d love to share?

A blog post is like a miniskirt … it needs to be long enough to cover the essentials but short enough to keep it interesting.” Joe Pulizzi (Click to Tweet) 


It’s not about getting more done, it’s about having less to do – Jackie Appleby  (Click to  Tweet)

Create Value before you try to extract it – Dharmesh Shah, Hubspot founder (Click to Tweet)

The first element of Marketing strategy is your target market, or “The List”. Identifying your target market involves defining your ideal customers. Who are they? Where are they? What are they? – Gino Wickman, Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business (Click to tweet)

If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires – Malcolm Gladwell (Click to tweet)

We all have an impact, whether we like it or not – Jamie Davidoff (Click to tweet)

The bulk of my problems are a result of indigestion and greed, not starvation – Keith J. Cunningham (Click to tweet)

Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think of big goals and win big success – David Joseph Schwartz (Click to tweet)

Create the grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe – Oprah Winfrey (Click to tweet)

You need to hear this loud and clear: No one is coming. It is up to you – Mel Robbins (Click to tweet)

If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it – Thomas Mann (Click to tweet)

Everything’s in the mind. That’s where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it – Mae West (Click to tweet)

Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare – Angela Duckworth (Click to tweet)

Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress –  James Clear (Click to tweet)

Excuses are barriers between dreams and actions –  Zach Friedman (Click to tweet)

Only you can master your mind, which is what it takes to live a bold life filled with accomplishments most people consider beyond their capability – David Goggins (Click to tweet)

The choices you make from this day forward will lead you, step by step, to the future you deserve – Chris Murray (Click to tweet

Skills are cheap, passion is priceless – Gary Vaynerchuk (Click to tweet)

Profit is not an event. It’s a habit – Mike Michalowicz (Click to tweet)

Profit is not an event. It's a habit

Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own – Michelle Obama (Click to tweet)

“Remember – humans once believed the world was flat, that margarine was better than butter, and that an ice-pick lobotomy cured mental illness. Aren’t you glad those days are over?” –  Marie Forleo (Click to tweet)

“There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.”- Don Miguel Ruiz (Click to tweet)

How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable? – Seth Godin (Click to tweet)

“Life is struggle.” I believe that within that quote lies the most important lesson in entrepreneurship: Embrace the struggle – Ben Horowitz (Click to tweet)

Charge What You Are Worth, And Don’t Apologize – Chris Ducker (Click to tweet)

Charge what you are worth, and don't apologize

 Which of these business motivational quotes resonated with you the most? Did you have any a-ha moments? Do you have a favourite of your own that we haven’t included? Let us know in the comments below,

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