75 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Elevate Your Business in 2022

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With a new year comes new goals, aims and strategies, and in 2022 your main aspiration might be to level up your business – whatever that may be – as best you can.

And who better to take inspiration from? Those who have worked difficult jobs or situations, smashed their own careers and created multi-million pound companies.

Quotes provide us with food for thought that we can interpret how we see fit and can even help us to see circumstances in a different light. Below, we’ve cherry-picked 75 brilliant quotes that touch on leadership, being an employer, growing your brand, motivation and more.

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Here are 75 inspirational and thought-provoking quotes that will inspire you to elevate your business this year:

  1. Michelle Obama: “Becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”
  2. Jonathan Ive: “It’s very easy to be different but very difficult to be better.”
  3. John C Maxwell: “Leaders develop daily, not in a day.”
  4. Sigmund Freud: “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”
  5. Brené Brown: “It’s not fear that gets in the way of daring leadership. It’s our armour.”
  6. John D Rockefeller: “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”
  7. Mary K Ash: “The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.”
  8. Jack Welch: “It’s about growing your people, not you. You grow from the reflected glory of your people.”
  9. Simon Sinek: “When you give people a circle of safety, they will naturally take care of each other, the customer and the company. When you force them to fear, they will naturally take care of themselves.”
  10. Vaughn Aust: “Happy employees lead to happy customers, which leads to more profits.”
  11. Michael Jordan: “Earn your leadership every day.”
  12. Winston Churchill: “When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter.”
  13. George Patton: “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”
  14. Napoleon Bonaparte: “A leader is a dealer in hope.”
  15. Jack Weatherford: “The first key to leadership is self-control.”
  16. Bill Gates: “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
  17. Tony Robbins: “Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow.”
  18. Harvey Firestone: “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”
  19. Jody Kohner: “Employees want to feel inspired by their leaders…hire individuals who will lead by example.”
  20. Seth Godin: “We think that leadership is just a fancy way of saying management, but it’s not. They’re not alike at all.”
  21. Jesse Jackson: “Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.”
  22. Phil Knight: “Play by the rules, but be ferocious.”
  23. Thomas Edison: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.”
  24. Lao Tzu: “To lead people, walk behind them.”
  25. Herb Kelleher: “A company is stronger if it is bound by love rather than by fear.”
  26. Anaïs Nin: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
  27. John C Maxwell: “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”
  28. Steve Jobs: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
  29. Tiffani Bova: “Many companies get trapped by the paradox of hitting numbers ‘now’ versus improving sales for future quarters or years ahead.”
  30. Tony Blair: “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”
  31. Bill Bradley: “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.”
  32. Fuchan Yuan: “There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage.”
  33. Vidal Sassoon: “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
  34. Jamie Paolinetti: “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”
  35. Nancy D Solomon: “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”
  36. Randi Zuckerberg: “Leaders have to just embrace getting uncomfortable. In fact, it is a necessary life skill, if you’re going to be innovating, pivoting, and changing with the times.”
  37. Jonathan Sack: “No great achiever – even those who made it seem easy – ever succeeded without hard work.”
  38. Patrick Suskind: “Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”
  39. Robin S Sharma: “Leave your ego at the door every morning, and just do some truly great work. Few things will make you feel better than a job brilliantly done.”
  40. John F Kennedy: “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”
  41. Woodrow Wilson: “Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.”
  42. Andy Rooney: “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”
  43. Mark Twain: “Synergy — the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.”
  44. Leon Bridges: “I’ve always had a great work ethic, even when I was washing dishes.”
  45. William George Jordan: “Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.”
  46. T S Elliot: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
  47. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe: “A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.”
  48. Dale Carnegie: “Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all you heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”
  49. Dhirubhai Ambani: “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.”
  50. Albert Shweitzer: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
  51. John Seaman Garns: “Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determinations.”
  52. Thomas Watson: “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.”
  53. Kenneth Blanchard: The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”
  54. Henry Ford: “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
  55. St Francis of Assisi: “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
  56. Fred Allen: “Treat employees like partners, and they act like partners.” 
  57. Pamela Stroko: “People want to know they matter, and they want to be treated as people. That’s the new talent contract.”
  58. Tracy Streckenbach: “Culture is about performance, and making people feel good about how they contribute to the whole.”
  59. Emily Voyles: “It doesn’t take strength to win. It takes the true heart of the team to win.”
  60. Richard Branson: “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”
  61. Robert Kiyosaki: “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.”
  62. Albert Einstein: “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
  63. William Durant: “Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”
  64. Henry David Thoreau: “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
  65. Coco Chanel: “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
  66. Will Rodgers: “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
  67. Barack Obama: “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”
  68. Walt Disney: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
  69. Colin Powell: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.”
  70. Oprah Winfrey: “I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.”
  71. Estee Lauder: “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”
  72. Robert Frost: “The only way around is through.”
  73. Kim Garst: “If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know and start charging for it.”
  74. Florence Nightingale: “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.”
  75. Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”