79+ Business Coaching Quotes That’ll Inspire Instantly

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Are you a business coach who wants to empower his clients with the ultimate motivation? If so, you must use the best business quotes from the most successful entrepreneurs on the planet.

Quotes are a fantastic way to communicate your values, mindset and energy. They are short pieces of information that can strike like thunder if used in the right place and at the right time.

Every successful coach should use some amount of famous quotes to back up his philosophy and creditability. In this article, we are going to cover over 79 business coaching quotes from the old and modern ages that teach about entrepreneurship, leadership, successes, risks, and failures.

We are going to feature successful innovators and entrepreneurs like Henry Ford, Gary Vaynerchuk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and many other business people.

Let’s get into it!

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1. “Always deliver more than expected.” – Larry Page

2. “Be brutally honest about the short term, and optimistic and confident about the long term.” – Reed Hastings

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

4. “Work 9-to-5, spend a couple of hours with your family, 7 to 2 am is plenty of time to do damage.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

5. “Many companies get trapped by the paradox of hitting numbers ‘now’ versus improving sales for future quarters or years ahead.” – Tiffani Bova

6. “If you make a sale, you can make a living. If you make an investment of time and good service in a customer, you can make a fortune.” – Jim Rohn

7. “If the head man in a company is not working 12 hours a day, doing things, taking risks, but also standing with his people in the trenches at the most difficult of times, then the company loses something.” – Rupert Murdoch

8. “I don’t know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it.” – Susan Butcher

9. “When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.’”
– Tom Preston-Werner

10. “Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying into space.” – Chris Hadfield

11. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

12. “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

13 “Whatever you do, be different—that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick

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14.  “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

15. “They tell you: Follow your dreams… Dream and dream big. I think that’s crap. I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, powerful, engaged people? Are busy doing.” – Shonda Rhimes

16. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson

17. “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” – Dhirubhai Ambani

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

19. “If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.” – Elon Musk

20. “If you wake up deciding what you want to give versus what you’re going to get, you become a more successful person. In other words, if you want to make money, you have to help someone else make money.” – Russell Simmons

21. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” – Thomas Watson

22. “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.” – Mahatma Gandhi

23. “If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.” – B. C. Forbes

24. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

25. “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” – Peter F. Drucker

26. “You know, you don’t have to have money to be a successful businessperson. You don’t need a college degree, you just need a lot of common sense backed up by a willingness to work hard.” – Farrah Gray

27. “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with dust and sweat; who strives valiantly, who errs and may fall again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming.” – Theodore Roosevelt

28. “You don’t build a business, you build people, then people build the business.” – Zig Ziglar

29. “Your income is directly related to your philosophy, NOT the economy.” – Jim Rohn

30. “Don’t be addicted to money. Work to learn. don’t work for money. Work for knowledge.” – Robert Kiyosaki

31. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember – the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar

32. “Feeling confident—or pretending that you feel confident—is necessary to reach for opportunities. It’s a cliché, but opportunities are rarely offered; they’re seized.” – Sheryl Sandberg

33. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

34. “Brands mature over time, like a marriage. The bond you feel with your spouse is different than when you first met each other. Excitement and discovery are replaced by comfort and depth.” – Gary Vaynerchuck

35. “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” – Arianna Huffington

36. “The Golden Rule for Every Business is this: Put Yourself in your Customer’s Place.” – Orison Swett Marden

37. “So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” – Caterina Fake

38. “If you keep your eye on the profit, you’re going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow.” – Steve Jobs

39. “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

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door" - Ben Francia

40. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” – Ben Francia

41. “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” – Jeff Bezos

42. “To be successful, you must act big, think big, and talk big.” – Aristotle Onassis

43. “Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.” – Zig Ziglar

44. “A big business starts small.” – Richard Branson

45. “I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.” – Mark Zuckerberg

46. “There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” – Jason Fried

47. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

48. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson

49. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson

50. “Often, the more money you make the more money you spend; that’s why more money doesn’t make you rich – assets make you rich.” – Robert Kiyosaki

51. “Failure is not to be feared. It is from failure that most growth comes.” – Dee Hock

52. “Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day.” – Gary Vaynerchuck

53. “There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.” – Seth Godin

54. “In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.” – Steve Case

55. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi

56. “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” – Nolan Bushnell

57. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napoleon Hill

58. “When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.’” – Tom Preston-Werner

59. “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk

60. “You just have to pay attention to what people need and what has not been done.” – Russell Simmons

61. “In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible.” – Seth Godin

62. “The only place where success comes before labor is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon

63. “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” – Oprah Winfrey

64. “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” – John D. Rockefeller

65. “People don’t take opportunities because the timing is bad, the financial side unsecure. Too many people are overanalyzing. Sometimes you just have to go for it.” – Michelle Zatlyn

"Eighty percent of success is showing up." - woody allen

58. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen

66. “The secret of success in every field is redefining what success means to you. It can’t be your parent’s definition, the media’s definition, or your neighbor’s definition. Otherwise, success will never satisfy you.” – RuPaul

67. “Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready.” – Johnny Carson

68. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford

69. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

70. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin

71. “There’s a silly notion that failure’s not an option at NASA. Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” – Elon Musk

72. “The best customer service is if the customer doesn’t need to call you, doesn’t need to talk to you. It just works.” – Jeff Bezos

73. “Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.” – Henry Ford

75. “You renew yourself every day. Sometimes you’re successful, sometimes you’re not, but it’s the average that counts.” – Satya Nadella

76. “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

77. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

78. “The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can’t learn anything from being perfect” – Adam Osborne

79. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

80. “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” – Richard Branson

81. “You reach a point where you don’t work for money.” – Walt Disney

82. “Every problem is a gift — without problems we would not grow.” – Anthony Robbins

83. “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” – Sheryl Sandberg

84. “Success is very much the intersection of luck and hard work.” – Dustin Moskovitz

85. “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” – Don Alden Adams

Final Words:

Here we have covered a list of motivational business quotes from the best of the best. Feel free to grab the ones you find inspiring and recite them to your coaching clients. There’s no doubt these quotes from all ages, will inspire them to seek business opportunities and ventures, as well as perform better in the current business.

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