We all need a little pep in our step sometimes and the best way to motivate us into living the life we want to live is emulating what we find inspiring. When it comes to our drive in business, it’s all the same; we aspire to be like the icons, our idols who might have led us to the path we’re on today.
The business leaders of tech, marketing, content creation, real estate, fashion, art and other highly coveted jobs are inspiring because of their work ethic, their dynamic approach to problem solving and of course their success. A quick reminder of the brilliant words they once shared can instantly trigger theat hunger and ignite that burning fire to keep us working hard at our goals.
Here are the 7 quotes that we remind ourselves of at 4Sight, the words of wisdom that fuel us to keep bringing our A game every single day. Read on to get some 2023 inspiration from the motivating quotes of highly innovative and successful business leaders:
When you’re building your business, either from the ground up, taking over your legacy or even giving your brand the revamp it needs to succeed in this dog-eat-dog world, you need to be reminded of your goals and your dreams for the business you’re nurturing.
Revamp your confidence with these 3 inspiring quotes:
We often beat ourselves up for not completing something perfectly. It might be our over ambitious characters or maybe even the influence of social media that makes life seem infallible. But as Sherly Sandberg once said; “Done is better than perfect.” And she might know a thing or two about long to-do lists and impending pressure, given her role as COO at Facebook.
The market is oversaturated, whether you’re selling luxury cars, hats or watches, there’s a competitor in every field and with a great niche, the lower price is generally the winner. But you get what you pay for; it’s not about the price tag at times but rather the value – as explained by CEO at Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett: “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
When you’re wrong you risk the price of fixing your problems and improving your service. But when you’re late, you risk the price of revenue, the price of reputation, the price of social standing in an industry – missing the boat can cost you your business’ success and as Seth Godin, American author and former business executive; “The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.”, also teaching us that sometimes being bold and taking action is much more valuable than allowing fear or indifference to take over.
In business money makes the world go round, but in leadership respect is what allows your team to rotate around the sun: i.e. the duties and responsibilities of your business. When respect is a core ingredient of your leadership methods, you can assure your team that their time, effort and energy is worth the extra hours they put in. Leading your team with respect will gain you respect and motivate your staff to dig deep and give it their all.
Check out these 3 motivational quotes to pump some juice into your team:
1. If we win the hearts and minds of employees, we’re going to have better business success. ~ Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors
As business owners, it’s easy to forget that the gems of the team you are moulding are human. They’re the driving forces of knowledge, character and personality; that your business could make use of. With every individual on your team comes a fountain of information and experience that can help to make your business shine. Winning your employees over doesn’t take much, just an understanding ear, a relatable heart and a firm backbone to guide and mentor. Mary Barra said it right: “If we win the hearts and minds of employees, we’re going to have better business success.”
2. Leadership is knowing when to lean on others and let them step up and shine. ~ Michelle Peluso, CEO Gilt
As a leader in a business or industry, it’s easy to get the job done exactly how you want it and to the deadline you desire, but what’s the point in being a leader if you’re also going to be the doer in the team? Your job as a leader is to inspire your team and encourage them to peak in their potential under your guidance. “Leadership is knowing when to lean on others and let them step up and shine.” Micro-managing wasn’t in Gilt Learning’s CEO, Michelle Peluso vocabulary.
3. The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. ~ Phil Jackson, NBA Champion
If an NBA Champion Phil Jackson knows about one thing, it’s winning. Winning for his team as a team and not as a lone ranger. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” Teamwork is what drives a company to succeed as a family, the excitement of winning in ‘togetherness’ is what makes the win that much sweeter. Whether it’s a client pitch or a big company tender, celebrate each win like it’s a championship!
All in all, what we need to remember as motivated business leaders of the future is that every step we take and every effort we put into our business is what will make our company shine brighter than the rest. The blood, sweat and tears that go into making a business succeed are real – and there’s a whole lot of pride and confidence that should come with that.
Finding your way is part of the learning curve, succeeding is the joy of the effort you put in. And as Conrad Hilton, Founder of Hilton Hotels once said,
4. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. ~ Conrad Hilton, Founder of Hilton Hotels
So lift your head high, get back on that horse and show the world what you’re here to achieve. Be a business leader that strives to succeed honestly and with ethics, commitment and innovation – you never know, you might be a clever quote one day too.