280 Powerful Business Quotes That Will Attract You Success

Here are 280 of the best business quotes. Hope you’ll find the inspiration and motivation to take your life and business to the next level. Good luck!

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Quality is the best business plan. John Lasseter (Disney/Pixar)

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Don’t try to beat the competitors at their own game. You have to invent a new game — and master it. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

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My rules of business: Build shit people want, never give up, avoid assholes, question assumptions, learn new ideas and always reward ambition. Anthony Pompliano

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Surprise and delight your customers. There is nothing like that in business. If you delight your customers, you’re a long way home. Warren Buffett

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Build something 100 people love, not something 1 million people kind of like. Brian Chesky (AirBnb)

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We didn’t set out to build a product. We set out to solve a problem. Naval Ravikant

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If you create it for yourself, it’s art. If you create it for others, it’s business. Naval Ravikant

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A company becomes the people it hires, not the plan it makes. Sam Altman

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Almost everyone underestimates the value of fast movers, in almost every context. Work with them. Be one yourself. Sam Altman

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The companies that succeed are mistake fixing machines. Brian Norgard

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When you combine extreme focus and great teams, magic happens. Sam Altman

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There is no skill called “business.” Avoid business magazines and business classes. Naval Ravikant

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To succeed in business you must learn the art of saying no. Barbara Corcoran

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If you are here for rewards, fame and money, you will ultimately fail. If you are for love, meaning and people, you will ultimately win. Maxime Lagacé

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I could either watch it happen or be a part of it. Elon Musk

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The Best Business Quotes

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Escape competition through authenticity. Naval Ravikant

If you can’t see yourself working with someone for life, don’t work with them for a day. Naval Ravikant

In a world where almost no one takes a truly long-term view, the market richly rewards those who do. Sam Altman

It is much more important to work on the right thing than it is to work many hours. Most people waste most of their time on stuff that doesn’t matter. Sam Altman

Once you have figured out what to do, be unstoppable about getting your small handful of priorities accomplished quickly. I have yet to meet a slow-moving person who is very successful. Sam Altman

When you make a business, you get to make a little universe where you control all the laws. Derek Sivers

Reasons your product will fail: Too complex. Can’t easily be described. Didn’t iterate fast enough. Bland. Failed to launch into a community. Doesn’t save time/money. Poor design. Does too much. Didn’t take a feature risk. Listened to wrong the customers. Brian Norgard

In your actions, don’t procrastinate. In your conversations, don’t confuse. In your thoughts, don’t wander. In your soul, don’t be passive or aggressive. In your life, don’t be all about business. Marcus Aurelius

We must learn what customers really want, not what they say they want or what we think they should want. Eric Ries

On the formula to build a billion-dollar Internet company: Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time… identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps. Ev Williams (Twitter, Blogger, Medium)

Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust. Zig Ziglar

Today’s “best practices” lead to dead ends; the best paths are new and untried. Peter Thiel (Zero to One, Amazon book)

The person in the meeting that challenges the status quo is often the most valuable person in the room. Shane Parrish

To the extent possible, ruthlessly shave away the unnecessary tasks, priorities, meetings, and BS. Put all your effort into the projects that really matter. Shane Parrish

The more honest and unique a person is, the more that person attracts people. It’s the same for businesses. Maxime Lagacé

Choose your colleagues carefully; you will end up caring what they care about. Sam Altman

You want to be world class at some narrow and important intersection, not decently good at a lot of things. Sam Altman

The essential principle of business – of occupation in the world – is this: figure out some way in which you get paid for playing. Alan Watts

You can worry about the competition…or you can focus on what’s ahead of you and drive fast. Jack Dorsey (Twitter)

There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. Jack Welch

The quickest way to ruin the productivity of a small company is to have it adopt the practices of a large company. David Heinemeir Hansson (DHH, Ruby on Rails, Basecamp)

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)

Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers. Seth Godin

There is no sport as competitive as business. It’s 24 by 7 by 365 by forever. Mark Cuban

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Part 2. Business Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Business Quotes (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, etc.)

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A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. Henry Ford

I learned to go into business only with people whom I like, trust, and admire. Warren Buffett

We don’t do unnecessary things at Berkshire. And there are many things at big companies that are unnecessary. Warren Buffett

I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. Warren Buffett

When you work on something, if you fall in love with it, that’s a good sign. If you do, others will. Elon Musk

You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out. Steve Jobs

If you are willing to work hard and ask lots of questions, you can learn business pretty fast. Steve Jobs

My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people. Steve Jobs

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. Michael Jordan

All business depends upon men fulfilling their responsibilities. Mahatma Gandhi

Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day. Gary Vaynerchuk

I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man. Jay Z

There is only one boss: the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company, from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. Sam Walton (Walmart)

Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility. Ambrose Bierce

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn

Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room. Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies. Walt Disney

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Short Business Quotes

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Product is king. Jack Butcher

Serve, don’t lead. Kobe Bryant

To dominate, iterate. Jack Butcher

Screw it. Let’s do it. Richard Branson (Virgin)

Think big. Start small. Seth Godin

Be honest, not flawless. Maxime Lagacé

Great products are personal. Brian Norgard

Done is better than perfect. Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)

90% of strategy is execution. 90% of execution is people. Thibaut

Luck is not a business model. Anthony Bourdain

Easy paths, crowded destinations. Scott Belsky

Big results require big ambitions. Heraclitus

Always deliver more than expected. Larry Page (Google)

Focus on what matters. Cut all the BS. Sam Altman

Build for the obsessed, not the casual. Brian Norgard

Whatever you’re thinking, think bigger. Tony Hsieh (Zappos)

If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. Seth Godin

Prioritizing is the most important thing in business. Noah Kagan

It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. Scott Belsky

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection. Mark Twain

Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. Drew Houston (Dropbox)

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Inspirational And Motivational Business Quotes

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I’m after a legacy, not the most followers. Gary Vaynerchuk

Progress is almost never linear. Ups and downs and bursts. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The best way to get the attention and respect of exceptional people is to do exceptional work. James Clear

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. Nora Roberts

Sketch. Prototype. Build. Action over theory. Brian Norgard (See also: motivation quotes)

You will become impressive the day to stop trying. You will become successful the day you stop being busy. Maxime Lagacé

The goal is not to do business with everybody who needs what you have. The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe. Simon Sinek

Everyone knows that you need a great team, great execution, and a great idea. Less obvious is that you have to have great endurance. Sam Altman

It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because… All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are. Mark Cuban

Rebelliousness is an economic tool in the same category as network effects and economies of scale. Nivi Babak

Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them. Peter Thiel (Zero to One)

The fastest way to become exceptional is to work with exceptional people. If you want to be a great engineer, work at a company with great engineers. Want to start a company? Work for an early-stage startup with extraordinary founders. Watch them work, and learn by osmosis. Sahil Lavingia

Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you. Tony Hsieh (Zappos)

You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety. Abraham Maslow

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Funny Business Quotes

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Search your parks in all your cities, you’ll find no statues of committees. David Ogilvy

Advertising is legalized lying. H.G. Wells

If you think it’s expensive to hire a talented employee, wait till you hire an untalented one. Shane Parrish

You can be certain that the head of a corporation has a lot to worry about when he announces publicly that “there is nothing to worry about”. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes, Amazon book)

Anyone who likes meetings should be banned from attending meetings. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings”. Dave Barry

If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

In the business world, the rear-view mirror is always clearer than the windshield. Warren Buffett

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Deep Business Quotes

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If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete. Jack Welch

In science you need to understand the world; in business you need others to misunderstand it. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

You become whatever metric you choose to measure yourself by. Brian Norgard

Products that work in a big group first worked in a tiny group. Small town before the big city. A thriving local population leads to a booming global trend. Brian Norgard

The best businesses are very personal. Mark Cuban

The best entrepreneurs are obsessed about one thing. Maxime Lagacé (See also: The One Thing by Gary Keller, Amazon book)

The least effective people always seem to care the most about credentials. Sam Altman

No one person leaving a good company kills it, but sometimes one person staying can. Sam Altman

Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution. Clay Shirky

We don’t do business with companies. We do business with people. Simon Sinek

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Wise Business Quotes (Words of Wisdom)

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Creating space to think is a competitive advantage. Greg McKeown

Pick an industry where you can play long term games with long term people. Naval Ravikant

My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions. Peter Drucker

“Build something you yourself want” is to startups what “Write what you know” is to writing. Paul Graham

The faster the feedback, the faster you learn. The faster you learn, the more you can adapt and improve. Maxime Lagacé

The biggest risk is working on the wrong thing. The second biggest is being unreliable when working on the right thing. James Clear (See also: discipline quotes, focus quotes)

Career advice: Don’t sell shit you don’t want to buy. Don’t work for people you don’t want to become. Create win-win relationships for all. Shane Parrish

Tolstoy opens Anna Karenina by observing: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Business is the opposite. All happy companies are different: each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem. All failed companies are the same: they failed to escape competition. Peter Thiel (Zero to One)

Paradoxically, the best networking advice is to not spend much time networking, and instead be so good at something that everyone wants you in their network, on your terms. Some people have big networks w/o spending much time networking. Erik Torenberg

The difference between a good business and a bad business is that good businesses throw up one easy decision after another. The bad businesses throw up painful decisions time after time. Charlie Munger

Sometimes an organization doesn’t need a solution; it just needs clarity. Ben Horowitz (The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Amazon book)

I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. Warren Buffett

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. Confucius

It is better to act too quickly than it is to wait too long. Jack Welch

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See also: 11 Important Business Lessons from Successful Entrepreneurs (careeraddict.com)

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Business Quotes About Success, Hard Work

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High expectations are the key to everything. Sam Walton (Walmart)

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

Don’t mistake activity with achievement. John Wooden

Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. Guy Kawasaki

Fools work while the wise play. Maxime Lagacé

If you can’t be world class in an existing market, build a more specific market. Jack Butcher

To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. Thomas Watson Sr

Successful people create companies. More successful people create countries. The most successful people create religions. Unknown

Sell solutions or sell entertainment. There is no other business model that works long term. @LifeMathMoney

When people pursue their own success at the expense of their colleagues, teams become less than the sum of their parts. When people care as much about their colleagues’ success as their own, teams become more than the sum of their parts. Adam Grant

Where you apply your effort matters more than how much effort you apply. You might be able to work 10% harder, but working on the right thing can deliver 100x results. Unfortunately, most days we are too busy working on the next thing to ask if we are working on the best thing. James Clear

It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality. Harold Geneen

In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love. Warren Buffett

What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: Know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed. Dave Thomas

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. Andy Rooney

Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that. Anthony Volodkin

You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for. Ted Turner

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford

Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. Biz Stone (Twitter)

Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep. Denis Waitley

Don’t wish it was easier. Wish you were better. Jim Rohn

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See also: The 7 Business Lessons You Should Learn by 30 (entrepreneur.com)

Business Quotes About Customers, Selling

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Forget about your competitors, just focus on your customers. Jack Ma

The more complicated the message, the smaller the audience. Jack Butcher

Obsess over making it easier to do business with you. Scott McKain

Don’t tell prospective customers what you can do. Tell your customers what they will be able to do once they have your help. Sahil Lavingia

The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer. Peter Drucker

Focus on what your customer wants, not just on the service you provide. Gary Vaynerchuk

A customer won on price will be lost on price. Tobias Van Schneider

Amateurs focus on building the best solution. Professionals focus on the customer’s problem. Maxime Lagacé

The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers. John Egan

People that pay for things never complain. It’s the guy you give something to that you can’t please. Will Rogers

The only certain way to stay close to the customer is to be the customer. Brian Norgard

Every brand is selling one less thing to think about. The customer is paying to not think about something. What is it? Sina Motamedi

The 20% gap between 80% done and 100% done takes 80% of the time but often represents 100% of the value to the customer. Shane Parrish

Business happens over years and years. Value is measured in the total upside of a business relationship, not by how much you squeezed out in any one deal. Mark Cuban

Customers won’t care about any particular technology unless it solves a particular problem in a superior way. And if you can’t monopolize a unique solution for a small market, you’ll be stuck with vicious competition. Peter Thiel (Zero to One)

Like acting, sales works best when hidden. Peter Thiel (Zero to One)

My father taught me to always do more than you get paid for as an investment in your future. Jim Rohn

One customer, well taken care of, could be more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising. Jim Rohn

A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them. Steve Jobs

Customers don’t care about your solution. They care about their problems. Dave McClure

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Quotes About Leadership, Management

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Management is telling other people what to do. Leadership is making them want to do it. Naval Ravikant

You should be more willing to believe strategies are good if they can be explained briefly. Sam Altman

True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection. Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)

There is a difference between a collection of all-stars and a team. This is very obvious in basketball but not as obvious in business. You need to help your team learn to become a team. That means investing in a foundation of trust, care for each other, and empathy. Justin Kan

Talking is overrated. Showing the example is underrated. Maxime Lagacé

Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed. Mwai Kibaki

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. John C. Maxwell

The true measure of leaders is not the number of people who serve them but the number of people they serve. John C. Maxwell

When assholes get ahead, it’s because we let them get away with it. It’s time to stop promoting people who produce short-term results but do long-term damage. Leaders don’t undermine their teams. They elevate them. Adam Grant

As a leader, you need to be a master storyteller. You need to craft a compelling narrative that engages your employees and your customers, builds a community and infuses people with purpose. And you also have to recognize when it’s time for the story to evolve. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. Jack Welch

Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers. Stephen R. Covey

Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves. Stephen R. Covey

A weak leader likes to tell us how many people work for them. A great leader is humbled to tell us how many people they work for. Simon Sinek

To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace. Doug Conant

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See also: 10 Lessons on Leadership (neilpatel.com)

Business Quotes About Encouragement, Motivation, Employees

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No matter what you do, your job is to tell your story. Gary Vaynerchuk

“Make something people want” includes making a company people want to work for. Sahil Lavingia

You don’t build a business – you build people – and then people build the business. Zig Ziglar

The best employees generally quit because they hate their manager or they stopped learning. Shane Parrish

The ordinary man gets motivation from power and fame. The superior finds motivation in meaning and work itself. Maxime Lagacé (See also: the most powerful quotes)

Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company. Zig Ziglar

Organizing and motivating teams of people over a long period of time is one of the few things that separates good founders from great founders. Michael Seibel

I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages. Robert Bosch

Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune. Sam Walton (Walmart)

If you want employees to feel appreciated, you need to celebrate their achievements regularly and publicly. Logan Green (Lyft)

The three things that motivate creative people – autonomy, mastery, purpose. Daniel Pink

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz

When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute. Simon Sinek

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Business Quotes About Culture, Diversity

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Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion. Brian Chesky (AirBnb)

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities. Stephen R. Covey

Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs. Thomas Wolfe

Getting the right people and the right chemistry is more important than the right idea. Ed Catmull

The best teams and the best minds are curious and weird. Dull teams and dull minds are indifferent. They achieve nothing. Maxime Lagacé

Shaping your culture is more than half done when you hire your team. Jessica Herrin

The strongest teams have a lot of diversity of thought but do not have much diversity of values or goals. Sam Altman

In healthy cultures, people rise by elevating others and fall by undermining others. In toxic cultures, people are forced to choose between helping others and achieving success. Choose the workplace where success comes from making others successful. Adam Grant

We have a culture where we are incredibly self-critical, we don’t get comfortable with our success. Mark Parker (Nike)

Life is a team sport, not an individual sport. Once you start thinking that way, everything goes a lot better. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

The key isn’t to put together a group of people who look alike, or even act alike. The key is to put people together who believe in a shared purpose. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

And it’s worth saying it outright: Smart founders make sure their team is diverse from the beginning. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

It’s important for us to create a culture of innovation — one that both values and rewards risk. Barbara Landes

It’s about getting the best people, retaining them, nurturing a creative environment and helping to find a way to innovate. Marissa Mayer

Corporate culture is the only sustainable competitive advantage that is completely within the control of the entrepreneur. David Cummings

Build a culture that rewards — not punishes — people for getting problems into the open where they can be solved. Ben Horowitz (The Hard Thing About Hard Things)

Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first. Simon Sinek

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Business Quotes About Change, Growth

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If you hit the target every time, it’s too near or too big. Tom Hirshfield

We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change. Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)

If you try to avoid risk, you’re actually risking total failure. Or worse: mediocrity. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

We must all learn not only to not fear change, but to embrace it enthusiastically and, perhaps even more important, encourage and drive it. Tony Hsieh (Zappos)

All learning is dependent on feedback. The faster the feedback, the faster you can learn. Thus, in many domains, the individual, team, or organization with the fastest feedback cycle is the one that wins. James Clear

Business is about transforming customers. From complicated to simple, busy to free, poor to rich, slow to fast, big to small or small to big.

Growth companies are as much about destruction as they are growth. Every step along the ladder of growth firms must destroy process, destroy design, destroy product, destroy teams, destroy cultural norms, destroy narrative. Destruction is an integral function of growth. Brian Norgard

Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops. Thomas Watson

If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near. Jack Welch

Change before you have to. Jack Welch

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Business Quotes About Innovation, Ideas, Products

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If you need an innovation committee, odds are you’re doing it wrong. Shane Parrish

The best way to have valuable ideas is to understand the entire landscape of a field and figure out what can emerge now that couldn’t before. Sam Altman

The secret sauce behind nearly every world-changing software product: Make the inconvenient, convenient. How? Make the illegible, legible. James Clear

Productivity comes from making habits of doing. Creativity comes from breaking habits of thinking. Innovation comes from toggling between novel ideas and familiar routines. Adam Grant

Innovation is about combinations. The more data points you have, the better. So get curious, read, explore, get inspired, get outdoors, meditate, doodle, experiment. Maxime Lagacé

Business is the marketplace of ideas. Mark Cuban

There is an inverse correlation between how many times the word innovation is used and how innovative your organization really is. Shane Parrish

Companies with a culture of being right have a terrible time innovating. Shane Parrish

Organizations want near instant payoffs but real innovation rarely results in instant gratification. Shane Parrish

If your product requires advertising or salespeople to sell it, it’s not good enough: technology is primarily about product development, not distribution. Peter Thiel (Zero to One)

Every practice has a set of rules which governs it. Mastery occurs with the realization of these rules. Innovation occurs at the point of intelligent and creative rebellion against them. Fiel Valdez

Not every idea is going to succeed. But every idea should be treated like it could. You can only know in retrospect which ideas go the distance. But even if your first idea doesn’t take flight, it may land you at the doorstep of your next big idea. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

If you don’t give people a chance to fail, you won’t innovate. If you want to be an innovative company, allow people to make mistakes. Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo)

Big companies have trouble with innovation. Innovation is about bad ideas, or ideas that look like bad ideas. That’s the fundamental thing. Ben Horowitz

When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts. Larry Ellison (Oracle)

If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

Organization is the enemy of innovation. Naval Ravikant

Innovation drives outsized returns. Anthony Pompliano

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See also: 10 Good Habits to Develop an Innovative Mind (hongkiat.com)

Quotes About Entrepreneurship, Starting A Business, Startups

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The best way to predict your future is to create it. Peter Drucker

The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. Peter Drucker

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. Farrah Gray

It takes building a business to learn how to build a business. Sahil Lavingia

A valuable business must start by finding a niche and dominating a small market. Peter Thiel (Zero to One)

Always err on the side of starting too small. The reason is simple: it’s easier to dominate a small market than a large one. If you think your initial market might be too big, it almost certainly is. Peter Thiel (Zero to One)

The most valuable businesses of coming decades will be built by entrepreneurs who seek to empower people rather than try to make them obsolete. Peter Thiel (Zero to One)

If you love to write, start a blog. If you love to talk, start a podcast. If you love to solve problems, start a business. If you love freedom, do what you love. Maxime Lagacé

When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue. Josh James

Networking is overrated. Become first and foremost a person of value and the network will be available whenever you need it. Naval Ravikant

You should be working on your product, getting product-market fit, exercising, and eating healthy. That’s it. That’s kind of all you have time for while you’re on this mission. Paul Graham

Pick out industries that don’t have celebrities — then become the first one. Big ponds are overrated. Scott Ginsberg

Starting a business is like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. In mid air, the entrepreneur begins building a parachute and hopes it opens before hitting the ground. Robert Kiyosaki

Entrepreneurial business favours the open mind. It favours people whose optimism drives them to prepare for many possible futures, pretty much purely for the joy of doing so. Richard Branson (Virgin)

A bigger business is like a cruise ship: There are lots of amenities and you can go a lot further, but it’s harder to turn quickly. Tony Hsieh (Zappos)

The greatest product and project ideas are born from some sense of frustration. Scott Belsky

When launching something new, you have to go for it—“playing not to lose” can never be an option. Jack Welch

The time to go into a new business is when it’s badly run by others. Richard Branson (Virgin)

Business is a spiritual pursuit. Your business will not grow unless you grow as a person. Tony Robbins

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Business Quotes About Hiring

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Hire character. Train skill. Peter Schutz

Don’t hire the most qualified, hire the craziest. Jack Ma

Everybody wants to hire the best. Nobody wants to pay them the best. Naval Ravikant

Qualities of the person first, always. Skills can be trained. Values cannot. Kamal Ravikant

In the long run, those who hire too fast lose their money, and most importantly, their time. Maxime Lagacé.

One of the best ways to attract great talent is to work on hard problems. Anthony Pompliano

Never hire an A student unless it is to take exams. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Before you make an offer to someone, think about whether you’d like to have 10 times as many people like them in your company. Patrick Collison (Stripe)

You don’t hire talented people to tell them what to do. You hire talented people to tell you what to do. Brian Norgard

Hire people who can figure things out, not people who know everything. Hire people who can work alone and with others. Hire people for where they are going, not where they are. That means hiring for the ability and desire to grow and learn and improve. This is compounding. Farbood

I’m a large believer in hiring the right people and giving them unbelievable amounts of power and autonomy. Blake Mycoskie (TOMS Shoes)

When you fire someone you feel terrible for about a day, then you say to yourself that you should have done it sooner. Bill Campbell

Don’t hire or promote the person who works the longest hours. Hire and promote the person who finds a creative way to get the same work done in shorter hours. Adam Grant

Don’t hire for talent, knowledge, or skill. Hire for the motivation and ability to learn. As the world changes, betting on experience can leave you stuck in the past. Investing in agility sets you up to shape the future. Adam Grant

You want fast learning people who have a little bit of experience, but are not necessarily seriously experienced in what they’re doing. If they have serious experience, great, but it’s that fast learning curve of something new that matters. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

Be insanely picky about the people you hire in the first year of business. Brian Norgard (AirBnb)

Hire great people and give them freedom to be awesome. Andrew Mason (Groupon)

You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you. Jim Rohn

Hiring: values first, aptitude second, specific skills third. Sam Altman

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See also: 13 Pro Tips For Hiring Great Employees (jobmonkey.com) or 15 Simple Recruiting Tips You’ll Be Happy You Learned (blog.bonus.ly)

Quotes About Teamwork, Collaboration, Communication

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Work with people that make arguing enjoyable. Brian Norgard

Meetings are the death of productivity. Naval Ravikant

Unnecessary meetings (and most are) are a mutually-assured-destruction of time. Learning how to avoid them is a prerequisite of doing anything great. Naval Ravikant

A bad employee makes simple problems more complex. A good employee makes complex problems simpler. A wise employee asks questions. Maxime Lagacé

Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent. Robert Greene

It takes years to become a great engineer, designer, writer, painter. But it only takes days to become communicative, reliable, and nice to be around – which will put you above 90% of your peers. Sahil Lavingia

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. Phil Jackson

Business, after all, is nothing more than a bunch of human relationships. Lee Iacocca

Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Henry Ford

A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other. Simon Sinek

If someone’s assessment of their own ability is wildly higher than their actual ability, aggressively avoid working with them. Sam Altman

Every job is a sales job, especially as you move up the ladder. Sam Altman

The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them. Benjamin Jowett

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Businesss Quotes About Trust, Integrity

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Earn trust, earn trust, earn trust. Then you can worry about the rest. Seth Godin

Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work. Warren Bennis

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. Warren Buffett

Truth builds trust. Marilyn Suttle

Trust builds confidence. Confidence builds momentum. Momentum builds unstoppable teams. Maxime Lagacé

Integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus

In the end you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard. Nicholas Sparks

Trust is the one thing that changes everything. It’s not a nice-to-have; it’s a must-have. Without it, every part of your organization can fall, literally, into disrepair. With trust, all things are possible. Stephen R. Covey

Don’t underestimate trust as a necessary foundation to getting sh*t done. I use to think skills were all that was important. But trust is a coefficient on your team’s productivity. Justin Kan

Trust is built slowly. Trust is destroyed quickly. Trust can make complex things possible. The absence of trust can make simple things impossible. Trust powers relationships, businesses, nations. Trust is as precious as it is fragile. @TheStoicEmperor

If you don’t have trust inside your company, then you can’t transfer it to your customers. Roger Staubach

If people like you they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you they’ll do business with you. Zig Ziglar

Accountability means sticking your neck out. You get credit, and increased leverage, when things go well, and blame when things go poorly. In well-functioning teams, each individual has high accountability for their part. Naval Ravikant

Pick business partners with high intelligence, energy, and, above all, integrity. Naval Ravikant

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. Oprah Winfrey

Business is about people, and your reputation is built on how you treat people. Bruce Rauner

You must trust and believe in people, or life becomes impossible. Anton Chekhov

If you make your business about helping others, you’ll always have plenty of work. Chris Guillebeau

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See also: 7 Trust-Building Tips To Use In Your Business (entrepreneur.com)

Part 4. Conclusion

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You just have to keep driving down the road. It’s going to bend and curve and you’ll speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going. Ellen DeGeneres

There is a formula for success in business, and it goes like this: You set out to find the very best talent in the marketplace, and then give them a compelling and inspirational vision of what you want them to achieve for you and the company. Then you empower them to achieve those goals using their own skills and talents in any way they choose. If, at the same time, you demonstrate how enormously you value them, not just through compensation, but also verbally, every single day, and if you enable that talent to share in the profit that they help create for you, you’ll be successful. It’s so simple, and virtually nobody does it, because it requires a high-trust working environment, and most business environments are low-trust. In order to own the future of your business, you have to design it around trust. Cindy Gallop

Call to action: Read 7 Steps to Starting a Small Business Online (entrepreneur.com) or 50 Small Business Ideas for Anyone Who Wants to Run Their Own Business (blog.hubspot.com)