Running a business takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and even inspiration. One of the best ways to find inspiration is to gather it from your predecessors and associates in the professional world. Being inspired professionally will also bleed into your personal life, as these are often connected. The proper inspiration will guide you in becoming a better professional, a harder worker, and a well-rounded human being. So, here are twelve business-related quotes to inspire you to continue doing business and doing it well.
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
“Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.” – Zig Ziglar
“All lasting business is built on friendship.” – Alfred A. Montapert
“A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.” – Henry Ford
“A project is complete when it starts working for you, rather than you working for it.” – Scott Allen
“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” – Peter F. Drucker
“In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product and profits. Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two.” – Lee Iacocca
“A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.” – Michael Leboeuf
“Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.” – Al Lopez
“It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welch
“I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.” – Henry Ford
As one of the best innovators and business owners in history, it’s no wonder that Henry Ford has three of the twelve quotes above. He and all of the others quoted have been the source of professional and personal inspiration for many years. Aligning yourself with these people and their professional beliefs will only make you and your business stronger – not a bad place to be.