100 Quotes to Inspire, Motivate and Encourage You [Part I]

by | May 5, 2016 | Leadership, Professional Development, Quotes

The right quote at just the right time can have the power to inspire, motivate and encourage.

For me, studying the lives and lessons of others has been an instrumental part of my personal and professional development.  It’s reflected in the life that I live and in the business that I’ve had the honor of building with others.

I’m a firm believer that what we focus on today will determine our future.  And the quality of that which we allow into our minds will reproduce itself in our actions, deeds, in the lives of others and ultimately in the legacy that we will leave.

So, here are 100 quotes to help you refocus; hopefully a few will speak to you at just the right time!


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

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” -Pablo Picasso

“We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths.” -Philip James Bailey

“Consider it pure joy, whenever u face trials of many kinds, because u know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” -Jame 1:2

“If you’re bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.” -Lou Holtz

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” — Jim Rohn

“It takes no effort to be ordinary. Ordinary is not even a challenge. You can do nothing and be ordinary.” – Bernard Hopkins

“Try not to become a person of success. Rather become a person of value.” — Albert Einstein

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn

“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” –Steve Jobs

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” –Henry Ford

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” –David Brinkley

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

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” –Chris Grosser

“Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” –Vaibhav Shah

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” –Winston Churchill

“If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” –Jim Rohn

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” -Steve Jobs

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” –Ayn Rand

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” –Roger Staubach

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” –Christopher Columbus

“There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” -Derek Jeter

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘what’s in it for me?'” -Brian Tracy

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is who you really are while your reputation is merely who others think you are.” -John Wooden

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” – Vernon Law

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” – Jim Rohn

“The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing.” -Ben Franklin

“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” -E. M. Forster

“The best teams are made up of a bunch of nobodies who love everybody & serve anybody & don’t care about becoming a somebody.” -Phil Dooley

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

“Good leaders inspire people to have confidence in the leader. Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves.” ~E Roosevelt

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” ~Zig Ziglar

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame & a little less than his share of the credit.” ~John Maxwell

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” ~Norman Peale

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” ~Corrie Ten Boom

“You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” ~J.Rohn

“If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.”

“The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear.” — Brian Tracy

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” ― Francis Chan

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” -Seneca

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” –- Stephen Covey

“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.” — Dale Carnegie

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. ” — John C. Maxwell

“The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear.” — Brian Tracy

“Be so good that they can’t ignore you.” -Steve Martin


100 Quotes to Inspire, Motivate and Encourage You [Part I] This is the first in a two part series. You can see Part II here.

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I am the President & CEO of Service Express, a National Best & Brightest Company to Work For. Service Express has averaged double digit growth every year since 2001.

We attribute our success to a unique corporate culture that we call The Service Express Way. I am a member of the Young President Organization and sit on the Board of the Spectrum Health Foundation.