25 Quotes about business from the best business books

Here are motivating 25 business quotes from some of the best books about business.

1. “The type of person you are is usually reflected in your business. To improve your business, first improve yourself.”
Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

2. “Live your passion. What does that mean, anyway? It means that when you get up for work every morning, every single morning, you are pumped because you get to talk about or work with or do the thing that interests you the most in the world. You don’t live for vacations because you don’t need a break from what you’re doing—working, playing, and relaxing are one and the same. You don’t even pay attention to how many hours you’re working because to you, it’s not really work. You’re making money, but you’d do whatever it is you’re doing for free.”
Gary Vaynerchuk, Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

3. “A business is not being competitive if it undertakes the same activities and grows at the same pace as its competitors. It must create something new, and this is why strategic intuition is needed.”
Paul A. Sacco, Strategy Quest: The Executive Guide to Finding Business Opportunities

4. “Salespeople are the most vital people in any business. Without sales, the biggest and most sophisticated companies shut down. Sales are the spark plug in the engine of free enterprise. There is a direct relationship between the success of the sales community and the success of the entire country.”
Brian Tracy, The Psychology of Selling

5. “If you truly desire money so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to be so determined to have it that you convince yourself that you will have it.”
Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

6. “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do, we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”
Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs: His Own Words and Wisdom

7. “The easiest way to come up with a business idea is to look for a problem to solve. And if it matches up with your passion, skill set or experience, that is even better.”
Victor Kwegyir, Pitch Your Business Like a Pro: Mastering The Art of Winning Investor Support For Business Success: Six Key Steps

8. “For the most part, the best opportunities now lie where your competitors have yet to establish themselves, not where they’re already entrenched. Microsoft is struggling to adapt to that new reality.”
Paul G Allen, Idea Man

9. “All I had done was to improve on their strategy, and it was the beginning of a very important lesson in life – that anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you’re both engaged in the same business – you know they’re doing something that you aren’t.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

10. “A good businessman must have nose for business the same way a journalist has nose for news. In places where people see a lot of obstacles, I see a lot of opportunities. A good businessman sees where others don’t see.”
Orji Uzor Kalu, Nigerian Foreign Policy and the June 12 Crisis

11. “If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you’re going to be that much more likely to quit when shit’s hard.”
― Gary Vaynerchuk, Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too

12. “Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.”
Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking

13. “After nearly 6,000 years of evidence on the subject, one thing stands clear: the people who end up as leaders in any organization, large or small, are often the craziest guys around.”
Stanley Bing, Crazy Bosses

14. “I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive then I believe you are better off not doing it. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”
Richard Branson, Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

15. “Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people.”
― Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs: His Own Words and Wisdom

16. “Achievers rarely, if ever, see a problem as permanent, while those who fail see even the smallest problems as permanent.”
Tony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

17. “For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation–the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing–is essential for high levels of creativity.”
Daniel H. Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

18. “He looked at business the way a grand master might look at a chessboard: ‘There’s nothing you can do about where the pieces are, it’s only your next move that matters’.”
Lawrence Levy, To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History

19. “Remember: we all get what we tolerate. So stop tolerating excuses within yourself, limiting beliefs of the past, or half-assed or fearful states. Use your body as a tool to snap yourself into a place of sheer will, determination, and commitment. Face your challenges head on with the core belief that problems are just speed bumps on the road to your dreams. And from that place, when you take massive action—with an effective and proven strategy—you will rewrite your history.”
― Tony Robbins, MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

20. “Being unafraid of making mistakes makes everything easy for me. Not worrying about what people think frees you to do things, and doing things allows you to win or learn from your loss—which means you win either way. Hear me now: you are better off being wrong ten times and being right three than you are if you try only three times and always get it right.”
― Gary Vaynerchuk, Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too

21. “Success doesn’t demand a price. Every step forward pays a dividend.”
David Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big

22. “Guerrilla marketing requires you to comprehend every facet of marketing, experiment with many of them, winnow out the losers, double up on the winners, and then use the marketing tactics that prove themselves to you in the battleground of real life.”
Jay Conrad Levinson, Guerrilla Marketing: Cutting-edge strategies for the 21st century

23. “Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing but nobody else does.”
Steuart Henderson Britt, Marketing Management and Administrative Action

24. “Positioning is not what you do to a product. Positioning is what you do to the mind of the prospect.”
Al Ries and Jack Trout, Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind: How to Be Seen and Heard in the Overcrowded Marketplace

25. “Someone may have all the technical knowledge, scientific intellect and business know-how but when he/she decides to choose laziness, excuses, procrastination, complaining and other bad attitudes, his/her relevance is meaningless.”
Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

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