Popular Business Quotes for Motivation, Inspiration and More

Published: 31st August 2012
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Walking by a coworker's desk, you may discover they have a quote or two well in sight. Whether it is their screen saver, in an attractive plaque or simply taped to an index card, this business quote can be a great help during the day. No matter what industry or field you work in, business quotes are useful to motivate, inspire and to remind you of what you think is most important.

Let's look at two popular business quotes:

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." - Henry Ford

"Do or no do. There is no try." - Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back)

As you can see, each of these quotes talks about having confidence in yourself. But the style and tone of the quotes is different. One of the quotes is from Henry Ford, a well known inventor. The other quote is from Yoda, a character in The Empire Strikes Back movie. Either of these quotes could be an ideal one to choose. But the professional in a creative industry might choose the Yoda quote to prefer that connection with the entertainment industry. There are many reasons to choose your favorite quote and only you can choose which one is "best" for you.

Some choose business quotes that show what they value most in a work ethic. Or they choose a business quote that shows their ultimate goal. Or they choose a funny business quote that helps them get through the every day with a smile on their face. Each business quote is perfect for each person because it strikes a chord in them. There is no "perfect" single business quote; in fact there are probably thousands if not hundreds of thousands. The very best business quote to choose is the one where you find yourself nodding your head, or it gets you excited about your goals or it makes you laugh out loud about your work day.

There are many ways to display your business quote. Always keep in mind the corporate culture you reside in. Some business environments frown on having excess clutter on one's desk. Other companies don't mind if you have a few personal knick knacks, or may even seem to encourage it! Choose to display your quote so it fits in with your company's corporate culture. A discrete way to display your quote is to have it as your screen saver. The only reason not to choose this is if your company prefers everyone to have the company logo or other image as their screen saver. Another way to keep it easily at hand is to keep it in your Rolodex right in the front so you can turn to it when you need a little extra inspiration. This is an ideal choice because you can easily see it when you'd like to, and it won't be in public view - preferable for corporate climates where personal items are not welcomed.

Some Great Business Quotes

"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd." - Max Lucado

"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." - Steve Jobs

"Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them." - W. Clement Stone

"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." - John D. Rockerfeller

"Don't find fault, find a remedy." - Henry Ford

"Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out." - Stephen Covey

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." - William James

"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." - Thomas Jefferson

"Either you run the day or the day runs you." - Jim Rohn

As you can see, there are many great business quotes from top and well respected business leaders and captains of industry. Pick one or pick several to find inspiration from. When you select your business quote and begin to put it into use, you may be surprised to discover just how many - just like you - have their favorite business quote they turn to. Share your favorite business quote with others and they'll share theirs with you!


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Article written by Lawrence Reaves, on behalf of Galorath - offering businesses the latest in manufacturing estimation tools for complex project planning.

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