We try to provide business owners like you with relevant information to help you succeed in today’s modern retail landscape. And while knowledge can be empowering, sometimes what you need is inspiration instead of information.

So we’ve combed the internet in search of inpirational advice from some of life’s greatest innovators, business moguls, entrepreneuers, and other iconic leaders who have cultivated an attitude of success through countless ups and downs to achieve their dreams and personal ambitions.

Here are 22 motivational quotes we found on lifehealthpro.com, fivestars.com, and addicted2success—oh, and we through in a few of our own favorites—to inspire you on your own road to success:

“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.”  — Biz Stone

Albert Einstein

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value.” — Albert Einstein, 

“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”— Debbie Fields

“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

“There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.”— C.J. Walker

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

“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” – Tony Robbins

“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters—one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.”— John F. Kennedy

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”— Robert Collier

John F. Kennedy

“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”— Arthur C. Clarke

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  — John Quincy Adams

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.”— Henry Ward Beecher

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” — Sir Richard Branson

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” — Bill Gates

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”  — Abraham Lincoln

“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” — Tony Hsieh

“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

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”  — Mark Zuckerberg

Tony Robbins, via addicted2success

“Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.”— Charles De Gaulle

“I discovered a long time ago that if I helped enough people get what they wanted, I would always get what I wanted and I would never have to worry.” – Tony Robbins

“Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” — Arianna Huffington

“You don’t build a business, you build people; and then people build the business.”— Zig  Ziglar

About Author

Sherene Funk

Sherene Funk is a voracious reader who owns more books than she can ever read in this lifetime (but that doesn't stop her from collecting more). A graduate of Brigham Young University, she has published several humorous non-fiction articles and worked in advertising for many years before moving to her current position as a writer on modern retailing at Rain Retail Software. She researches non-stop to see what successful retailers do and loves to share what she learns with other small business owners through informative articles that address their unique needs.

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