Life is hard and work is tough. Sometimes we all just need a little bit of inspiration. Here are 20 powerful statements or thoughtful pieces of advice from 20 paramount and remarkable businesspeople. We hope something here adds a little pep in your step and a little sparkle and shine to your day!


  1. Warren Buffett

    • “In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.”
  2. Sir Richard Branson

    • “Being a good listener is absolutely critical to being a good leader; you have to listen to the people who are on the front line.”
  3. Larry Page

    • “You know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream? And you know that if you don’t have a pencil and pad by the bed, it will be completely gone by the next morning. Sometimes it’s important to wake up and stop dreaming. When a really great dream shows up, grab it.”
  4. Indra Nooyi

    • “The distance between number one and number two is always a constant. If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you. That is a big lesson. I cannot just expect the organization to improve if I don’t improve myself and lift the organization, because that distance is a constant.”
  5. Jeff Bezos

    • “I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.”
  6. Howard Schultz

    • “Expect more than others think possible.”
  7. Melinda Gates

    • “But we also believe in taking risks, because that’s how you move things along.”
  8. Jeff Weiner 

    • “Prioritization sounds like such a simple thing, but true prioritization starts with a very difficult question to answer, especially at a company with a portfolio approach: If you could only do one thing, what would it be? And you can’t rationalize the answer, and you can’t attach the one thing to some other things. It’s just the one thing.”
  9. Sheryl Sandberg

    • “I think we build resilience to prepare for whatever adversity we’ll face. And we all face some adversity – we’re all living some form of Option B.”
  10. Frank Gehry

    • “Each project, I suffer like I’m starting over again in life. There’s a lot of healthy insecurity that fuels this stuff.”
  11. Sara Blakely

    • “I think failure is nothing more than life’s way of nudging you that you are off course. My attitude to failure is not attached to outcome, but in not trying. It is liberating. Most people attach failure to something not working out or how people perceive you. This way, it is about answering to yourself.”
  12. Giorgio Armani

    • “I don’t have a formula to pass on. I always did it my own way. Even today, I hold my independence close. It’s what’s most precious to me. Passion. Risk. Tenacity. Consistency. This is my professional history.”
  13. Ratan Tata

    • “I have been constantly telling people to encourage people, to question the unquestioned and not to be ashamed to bring up new ideas, new processes to get things done.”
  14. Gary Vaynerchuk

    • “You have to understand your own personal DNA. Don’t do things because I do them or Steve Jobs or Mark Cuban tried it. You need to know your personal brand and stay true to it.”
  15. Serena Williams

    • “You can be whatever size you are, and you can be beautiful both inside and out. We’re always told what’s beautiful and what’s not, and that’s not right.”
  16. Martha Stewart

    • “If you learn something new every day, you can teach something new every day.”
  17. Beth Ford

    • “It’s critically important as part of good career success to move the ball forward.”
  18. Reese Witherspoon

    • “Lord knows, every day is not a success, every year is not a success. You have to celebrate the good.”
  19. David Chang

    • “Life’s too short to just breeze on by.”
  20. Ashton Kutcher

    • “I’m continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone. As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.”


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