Workforce Development

31 Inspirational Quotes from Titans of Industry

To break out of a rut I had this morning, I took to Google and started reading inspirational quotes to get my brain straightened out.

This morning, I woke up in a rut. There wasn’t anything wrong. Nothing I could put my finger on that was particularly irking me, but there was a pessimistic shade of gray pulled over the world.

Everything on my twitter feed was negative. My coffee tasted horrible. I was unhappy with the position of my desk lamp and after seven adjustments it still bothered me. I couldn’t find my laptop charger. All the blogs I had outlined over the weekend seemed stupid and I had nothing to write about.

I’m sure, everyone has had rough mornings when they just couldn’t get into the spirit of work...even if they have their dream job. To break out of this I took to Google and started reading inspirational quotes to get my brain straightened out. 

So, if you ever find yourself in a rut or needed inspiration here are 31 quotes from Titans of Industry to get you going. 

  1. “You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” - Babe Ruth
  2. “It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.” - Warren Buffett
  3. “It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change.” - Charles Darwin
  4. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” - John R. Wooden
  5. “‘Make something people want, including making a company that people want to work for.” - Sahil Lavingia
  6. “The leader is who brings a little bit of magic to the moment.” - Denise Morrison
  7. “Success if often achieved by those who don’t know failure is inevitable.” - Coco Chanel
  8. “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  9. “There is no royal road; you’ve got to work a great deal harder than most people want to work.” - Charles Wilson
  10. “Life is too short to spend your time avoiding failure.” - Michael Bloomberg
  11. “Dollars have never been known to produce character, and character will never be produced by money. I’ll invest my money in people.” - W.K. Kellogg
  12. “You only have to be right once.” Drew Houston
  13. “A man must take advantage of any opportunity that comes along.” - Ray Kroc
  14. “Success is best when it’s shared.” - Howard Shultz
  15. “The minute you start compromising for the sake of massaging somebody’s ego, that’s it, game over.” - Gordon Ramsay
  16. “Train yourself to let go of the things you fear to lose.” - George Lucas
  17. “When the ideas are coming, I don’t stop until the ideas stop because that train does come along all the time.” Dr. Dre
  18. “We think mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of the time we put in.” - Arianna Huffington
  19. “I learned that you don’t get anywhere by sitting comfortably in a chair.” - Conrad Hilton
  20. “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘a faster horse!’” - Henry Ford
  21. “Someone once told me growth and comfort do not coexist. And I think it’s a really good thing to remember.” - Ginny Rometty
  22. “It is during the bad times that the skilled manager lays firm foundations for future growth.” - Konosuke Matsushita
  23. “I’m not afraid to take a swing and miss.” - Fred Smith
  24. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” - Bill Gates
  25. “It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.” - Sara Blakely
  26. “You don’t learn to walk by following the rules. You learn by doing, and falling over.” - Richard Branson
  27. “Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” - Jack Ma
  28. “The client is not always right.” - Enzo Ferrari 
  29. “When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts.” - Larry Ellison
  30. “The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.” - J.K. Rowling
  31. “A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” - Jeff Bezos


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