24 Inspiring Business Quotes from 2011

You know how much I love quotes, especially ones that touch me deeply and inspire me to do bigger and greater things in my business. One of my favorites from 2011 is, “Champions have the courage to keep turning the pages because they know a better chapter lies ahead.” – Paula White

Last week I wanted to what words have motivated you in your business this year and asked -

If you could pick one quote from 2011 that has been most inspirational to your business, what would it be?

Thank you to the 24 entrepreneurs who shared their favorite quotes from 2011! Being a kid at heart, my favorite from the list is from Pooh’s Grand Adventure submitted by Holly Hanna (see #13), but I was touched by every single quote from the list below. As we prepare to venture forth into a brand new year, I hope you will find courage, motivation, comfort, and possibilities in this week’s submissions. If you are looking for even more, check out my post – 89 Famous Quotes that Will Rock Your World. Enjoy!


1. Things That Have Never Been

I begin each new year by giving considerable thought to the inspiration offered by Ranier Maria Rilke:

“And now let us believe in the long year that is given to us–clean, untouched, full of things that have never been.”

As I look back over the things that came to fruition in 2011, I find vocational-gratification in having opened several new accounts. And, on the avocational -side, there was gratification in having been one of 100 artist selected to decorate the White House this year. What are some of the things that have not yet been in your life, things that you hope to see reified in 2012?

Thanks to Dr. Marlene Caroselli of Center For Professional Development

2. Success Is Yours

I have 2 quotes for success that inspired and motivated me for 2011:

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

#2: “Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?”

Thanks to Jonathan Kennedy Jr of Endeavor Capital, LLC

3. Risky ATTITUDE!

-Risk-
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
—T.S. Elliot

It has never failed—when I’ve dared to go beyond my self-limiting fears, I find whole new worlds to explore.

Thanks to Randy Morrow of Keller Williams Realty–Divorce Specialist

4. Ever-Inspiring Oprah!

My favourite business quote comes from Oprah Winfrey -

“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”

I find this quote inspirational because it is nice to know that working hard in business will eventually pay off!

Thanks to Christy Cook of Teach My

5. Innovate Or Die

My favorite quote from 2011 has been “Innovate or Die” or as my business partner puts it, “Adapt or Die”.

As an adventure tourism business that funds our nonprofit sled dog rescue, we watch the industry and constantly see that the businesses failing are the one that remain stagnant following the adage, “Take what is working and keep doing it”.

In today’s economy and with today’s changing expectations from our guests… it’s important to constantly innovate by offering new adventures every season for our repeat guests and to adapt by creating new, creative things (like rolling dogsled rides) when global warming throws different weather patterns our way. For 2011 that has been my quote to live by and has served me well!

Thanks to Karen Tolin of Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel, LLP

6. Let Us All Be “Inspiring Teachers”

My favorite quote for 2011 is:
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William A. Ward

Being a teacher myself, this has become my motto in 2011. However, this does not just apply for us professional teachers – because we all are teachers each and every day. Every encounter, every conversation with our loved ones, colleagues, friends, family, and especially our children, holds the opportunity to inspire them. Besides giving them unconditional love, to inspire another person is the most valuable gift we can give them. – So let us all be ‘inspiring teachers’ for one another. The world is in dire need of more inspired people who follow their dreams.

Thanks to Connie Merk of Heal Your Back Pain

7. It’s Not Just The Money

“If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.” – Ray Kroc

Thanks to Barbara Goldberg of Back On Track Solutions

8. ON Power

“The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many.” John Naisbitt

ClearCause aspires to be the number one GO TO place to keep America’s children and students safe on programs abroad. We aspire to provide information to protect them that cannot be found anywhere else. We aspire to empower America’s next generation of world leaders with ‘wisdom’ at their fingertips in a SafeTY app – Safe Traveling Youth.

We aspire to get much needed information into the hands of many to keep them safe in a $17 billion federally unregulated youth travel, foreign exchange and study abroad industry.

Help us keep kids safe abroad – with your financial support.

Thanks to Sheryl Hill of ClearCause Foundation

9. Mystery As The Bridge To Faith

“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.” – Brene Brown

Thanks to Maureen Daniek of Radiance Coaching And Consulting

10. Responsibility

“Some people want all of the privileges and none of the work.” – Derrick M. Guest, CEO of Griot’s Roll Film Production & Services Inc.

Thanks to Eula M. Young, COO of Griot’s Roll Film Production & Services Inc.

11. Our Job Is To Make It EASY

“With practice, we can make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant, until what we once thought impossible becomes so effortless that to others, it looks like magic.” – Andrea J. Lee – Wealthy Thought Leader

Thanks to Erin Ferree of BrandStyle Design

12. Faith?

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…” – God (Holy Bible, Hebrews 11.1)

It takes faith (whether you believe in God or not) to get up every morning and fight the battle that is business.

Faith you’ll get the business, faith you’ll GET PAID (that is the point, right?) and faith you’ll be smart enough to out fox the wolves tomorrow.

How’s your faith?

Thanks to Michael Bremmer of Telecomquotes.com

13. We Can Learn A Lot From Children…

I love this quote from Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin,

“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

At times we all experience self-doubt, and this quote reminds us that we’re so much more than we give ourselves credit for.

Thanks to Holly Hanna of The Work At Home Woman

14. Inspired International Success

“We may have different backgrounds, but we believe in the same dream that says this is a country where anything’s possible. No matter who you are. No matter where you come from.” – Barack Obama.

This quote means a lot to me because both me and my business partner came from a communist country and made a profitable and growing business that employs folks around the world—all of whom are an integral part of our success.

Thanks to Michael Pesochinsky of GovernmentAuctions.org

15. Timid Adventurers Need Not Apply

Entrepreneurs all have one thing in common (ok, guys have 2) and that’s balls. They don’t always have a clear idea of where they are going, or how to get there. What they do have is the gumption and the drive to finish what they started. And that means standing up to their fears, beard and all.

“When a resolute young fellow (lady) steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanks to Linda Pond of Linda Lee Pond

16. Remembering Steve Jobs

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” Steve Jobs

Boy did he ever! He touched almost everyone on every continent with his creativity and innovative products that were beautifully designed and fun to use. What a wonderful legacy he left for all of us.

Thanks to Paige Arnof-Fenn of Mavens & Moguls

17. Do One Thing Well

“We’re focused on doing one thing incredibly well. If you look at other companies, all of these companies are doing a lot of different things but we’re still, as we grow, doing exactly one thing,” – Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg.

This quote was exactly how our mentality was this year. We focus on getting people the best deals on the web. We don’t try to do anything flashy and we don’t step way out of our boundary—but what we do with our daily content is top-notch.

Thanks to Elik Aaron of SaleRacks

18. It Is What You See

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

Henry David Thoreau’s quote was a guiding force for iMADdu (I make a difference, do you?) operations in 2011. A canvas with this quote hangs in the office—a hanging reminder for us to refine our vision with each operational step that we take as a growing nonprofit. As ideas were brought to the table by new participants in the 12-week Student Apprenticeship Program, we were able to embrace change and innovation by appreciating the multiple perspectives on our team. In situations and opportunities in 2011, we became aware that our sight drove our vision. Thoreau’s quote inspires us to continually look for the bigger picture as we make a difference—to empower, inspire, and motivate more broadly than what we currently see.

Thanks to Mona Anita Olsen of iMADdu (I make a difference, do you?)

19. This Is My Thanksgiving

“The trouble with you and me my friend, is the trouble with this nation, too many blessings, too little Appreciation” – Don Henley from his song My Thanksgiving!

This past year I put Appreciation into practice in my business. It started with a willing partnership who united with me in this practice. The value I created for myself, our partnership and my well-being was extraordinary. I am happy. I have exciting profitable projects, and I am making a difference with women’s lives. I am Confidence, Beauty & Joy!

Appreciation is how I begin my day, a team meeting, or when I meet someone to be with. It brings so much warmth and love to everything you do, and it escalates the value of everything you do, people you meet and events you attend.

Thanks to Beverly Dombroski of BeverlyD Luxe Organic Hair

20. To Laugh Often

“And much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by healthy child. a garden patch or a deemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because YOU have lived. This is to have succeeded…” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success is measured by much more than the bottom line. This is when I know I am ALIVE, PLAYFUL,PROSPEROUS & LOVE!

Thanks to Maggie Love of Women’s Bedtime Stories

21. One Word

“Winning” – Charlie Sheen

This quote meant the world to the country and to our business. We have only been around for a few months, and in that time, we have managed to have a handful of megaprize giveaways, pump out multiple freebies for the public on a daily basis, and have generated close to 6,000 likes/followers on Facebook. And in that sense, we are really ‘Winning’.

Thanks to I. Aronovich of Awardable

22. We’re All On The Same Page

“Everyone is on the same page and putting their best foot forward.” – Wes Welker, New England Patriots.

Our office is one large cohesive unit. When we work together on any project, the outcome is always incredible. Like this quote says, we all seem to be on the same page—especially this year.

Thanks to Max Aronson of Government-Auctions-Guide

23. A Quote That Certainly Holds True

“You can never say all the tricks have been done. Someone always shows you something you didn’t know. Every year you think, ‘Gee, I didn’t think you could do that.” – Landon Curt Noll, a founder of the International Obfuscated C Code Contest.

This quote holds true for our business because we used to be one-dimensional during the first couple of months after we launched. Ever since then, we have constantly implemented new aspects to our business. Society is always changing and so are we.

Thanks to Eli Israel of Foreclosure Magic

24. One That Touched My Heart

“When the world says ‘Give up.’
Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.'”

Thanks to Sheila Duncan of Trouble The Dog




Thanks so much again to all our wonderful contributors for sharing your favorite quotes from 2011! We hope to hear from you again. And to all our readers, if you have an innovative idea to share, we hope you will leave it in the comments below.

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  1. […]  Our sincere gratitude to the 89 entrepreneurs who were kind enough to post their stories. Openly sharing your expertise and experiences is a huge asset to this blog and the readership. I wish you all a wonderful week and hope to see you here again. If you’d like to see even more quotes, be sure to check out my post – 24 Inspiring Business Quotes from 2011. […]

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