10 great quotes to motivate you

I don’t know about you, but I love a good quote. It helps me focus on the task at hand and motivates me to be the best I can be.

In today’s post, I would like to share ten of my favorites for this year. It is my hope that they will give you good food for thought and inspire your weekend.

  • “The productivity of a work group seems to depend on how the group members see their own goals in relation to the goals of the organization.” – Ken Blanchard (author and management expert)

Ken Blanchard

  • “Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss.” – Lee Iacocca (automobile executive, former President and CEO of Chrysler)

Lee Iacocca

  • “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs (former co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple)

Steve Jobs

  • “Luck is not chance, it’s toil; Fortune’s expensive smile is earned.” – Emily Dickinson (poet)

Emily Dickinson

  • “I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” ~ Oprah Winfrey (talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist)

Oprah Winfrey

  • “Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people.” – Mary Kay Ash (businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)

Mary Kay Ash

  • “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” ― Paul J. Meyer (founder of Success Motivation Institute)

Paul J Meyer

  • “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey (author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People)

Stephen Covey

  • “Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.” ~ Peter Drucker (management consultant, educator, and author)

Peter Drucker

  • “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.” – Joe Girard (Guinness Book of World Records’ greatest salesman in the world)

Joe Girard

What are your favorite quotes? Share them in the comment section below.

Cendrine Marrouat
Paper.li Blog Staff Writer, Cendrine Marrouat is a French-born social media coach, curator, and author. She is the founder of Social Media Slant and the #smslantchat Twitter chat. Her latest e-book release, "The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences: Build Yours, Keep It and Win", is a comprehensive guide focusing on the four pillars of audience building. Follow her on Google+.

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6 Responses to “10 Great Quotes to Motivate You”

  1. Rohan Chaubey

    Hi Cendrine,

    This is such a great list of quotes. Thank you for compiling it. 🙂

    I particularly loved Oprah’s and Mary Kay Ash’s quotes. These ladies always say the truth.

    I’ve read Mary Kay Ash’s others quotes and the one which I love the most is —

    “Sandwich every bit of criticism between two heavy layers of praise.”

    The other quotes which you’ve shared too are very motivating.

    Signing off from Mumbai,
    Rohan.

    Reply
    • Cendrine Marrouat

      Hello Rohan,

      Happy you like the selection of quotes.

      The one you are referring to is what is called the Sandwich Method. It’s used widely in the US and Canada to deliver constructive criticism.

      Mary Kay Ash is great, isn’t she?

      Reply
  2. Inmaculada

    Mary Kay Ash, acierta al decir lo motivante que es hacer importante a la gente.
    Esta es la cita que eligo para traerla la práctica.

    Reply

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