Great Thoughts on Sales, Business and Success 8Need a bit of inspiration? A fresh insight? Or just a good laugh? Check out these powerful quotations. And feel free to share them!

“Each failure to sell will increase your chances for success at your next attempt.” —Og Mandino

“The key to a successful business is not necessarily being the best, but having customers who think you are.” —Susan Palmquist

“Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.” —Al Bernstein

“Don’t let things that could have been, get in the way of things that still can be.” —Elder Maxwell

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” —Katharine Hepburn

“Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction.”       —Kenichi Ohmae

“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?” —W. Clement Stone

“Every time you step outside of your comfort zone, you strengthen your courage muscle.” —Donna Amos

“Selling more of what you sell has nothing to do with what you sell. It has everything to do with your prospect’s wants, needs, fears, goals, values and priorities.” —Don Cooper

“I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened of old ones.” —John Cage

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” —William Faulkner

“You can’t operate a company by fear, because the way to eliminate fear is to avoid criticism. And the way to avoid criticism is to do nothing.” —Steve Ross

“Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good –on your mirror!”    —Susan Jeffers

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t as all. You can be discouraged by failure – or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember, that’s where you will find success.” —Thomas J. Watson

“An ounce of emotion is equal to a ton of facts.” —John Juno

“There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination & wonder.” —Ronald Reagan

“Making money isn’t the backbone of our guiding purpose; it is the by-product of our guiding purpose.” —Warren Buffett

“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That’s what makes you a winner.” —Venus Williams

“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.” —John Foster Dulles

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” —Milton Berle

“Samson killed a thousand men with the jaw bone of an ass. That many sales are killed every day with the same weapon.” —Anonymous

“Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do.” —Elbert Hubbard

“Some of the best ideas sounded crazy at first. Don’t dismiss yours!” —Cindy Helgason

“Everything about business comes down to PEOPLE. Where in business can we escape the impact of human care, human creativity, human commitment, human frustration, and human despair? There is no reason for anything in business to exist if it does not serve the needs of people.” —Bruce Cryer

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” —Auguste Rodin

“Action is the biggest middle finger to doubt.” —John Haydon

“Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.” —Lou Erickson

“Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.” —Anais Nin

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” —Steve Jobs

“Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” —Winston Churchill

“We don’t get what we deserve. We get what we BELIEVE we deserve.” —Don Cooper

For more of my favorite quotations, check out Great Thoughts on Sales, Business and Success Volume I, Volume II, Volume III, Volume IV, Volume V, Volume VI and Volume VII.

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