Man turning the word "Impossible" into "Possible"

If you have ever looked for really good inspirational and motivational quotes, there is a bounty of websites with long lists of quotes from classical and modern sources.

In my opinion, I think quite a few of them have quotes that really miss the mark, and lack the right kind of inspirational or motivational quality.

Below I have put together 20 quotes that I think really help set a tone.

They address the importance of determination, forming positive habits, and the belief that you can shape your attitude and dictate your level of positive energy, or alternatively, be defeatist and negative.

There are quotes that address the need for individual achievement, and taking the responsibility for doing into one’s own hands.

And there are quotes that also recognize we never succeed alone – and that helping others achieve their goals is part of our own path to success.

Overall, so much of life is what we make of it.

We have control of our destiny, no matter how difficult our environment, or the obstacles in our path.

Too many people don’t believe in themselves, or find ways to sabotage their personal and professional success by succumbing to limiting or defeatist thoughts.

These quotes are one way we can start to change that attitude and habit.

20 Inspirational and Motivational Quotes For Entrepreneurs And Business Leaders

“If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.” – J.M. Power

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” – Napoleon Hill

“Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” – Tony Robbins

“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

“Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.” – Donald Trump

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey

“You see, it’s never the environment; it’s never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events – how we interpret them – that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow.” –  Tony Robbins

Have a motivational quote that you want to share?

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