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101 Business Quotes

So in that spirit, here are 101 quotes that will motivate you to push forward.
These are compiled by Neil Pattel from

  1. The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. – Nolan Bushnell

  2. My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner

  3. Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. – Norman Schwarzkopf

  4. The golden rule for every business man is this: “Put yourself in your customer’s place. – Orison Swett Marden

  5. I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them! – C.J. Walker

  6. The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it. – Debbi Fields

  7. Life is too complicated not to be orderly. – Martha Stewart

  8. The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do. – Dennis Waitley

  9. Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. – Richard Branson

  10. Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. – George Van Valkenburg

  11. There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard. – C.J. Walker

  12. Business is more exciting than any game. – Lord Beaverbrook

  13. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. – Albert Einstein

  14. We are currently not planning on conquering the world. – Sergey Brin

  15. If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained, and otherwise dubiously brained individuals quitting their day jobs and hanging out their own shingles. Nobody would be left to round out the workforce and execute the business plan. – Bill Rancic

  16. It takes more than capital to swing business. You’ve got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by — Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics. – Ren Mulford Jr.

  17. For all of its faults, it gives most hardworking people a chance to improve themselves economically, even as the deck is stacked in favor of the privileged few. Here are the choices most of us face in such a system: Get bitter or get busy. – Bill O’ Reilly

  18. A man should never neglect his family for business. – Walt Disney

  19. The only limits are, as always, those of vision. – James Broughton

  20. To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth

  21. I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. – Donald Trump

  22. Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling. – Anita Roddick

  23. To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully. – Tryon Edwards

  24. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates

  25. Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco Chanel

  26. The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time. – Henry Ford

  27. The good or ill of a man lies within his own will. – Epictetus

  28. I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day to day affairs that they had no time for friend making. – B.C. Forbes

  29. The cynic says, “One man can’t do anything”. I say, “Only one man can do anything.” – John W. Gardner

  30. I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. – Oprah Winfrey

  31. If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. – Ingvar Kamprad

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

  33. You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance. – Lee Iacocca

  34. The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it. – Laurence Sterne

  35. Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were. – David Rockefeller

  36. Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman. – George Soros

  37. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight Eisenhower

  38. If you did not look after today’s business then you might as well forget about tomorrow. – Isaac Mophatlane

  39. The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm. – Thomas J. Watson

  40. Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. – Babe Ruth

  41. Being able to touch so many people through my businesses and make money while doing it, is a huge blessing. – Magic Johnson

  42. Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. – James Thurber

  43. The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. – Carlos Castaneda
  44. The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players. – Blaine Lee

  45. To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. – George Kneller

  46. To the degree we’re not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves. – Peter McWilliams

  47. The enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth-persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. – John F. Kennedy

  48. Long-range planning works best in the short term. – Doug Evelyn

  49. The NBA is never just a business. It’s always business. It’s always personal. All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal. – Mark Cuban

  50. You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough. – Joseph E. Levine

  51. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. – Richard Branson

  52. The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. – Peter F. Drucker

  53. No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others.. or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. – Calvin Coolidge

  54. Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you. – Henry J. Kaiser

  55. Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. – Vince Lombardi

  56. In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential. It’s no different in the financial realm. – Suze Orman

  57. The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. – Confucius

  58. The first one gets the oyster the second gets the shell. – Andrew Carnegie

  59. Hire character. Train skill. – Peter Schutz

  60. The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. – Bill Gates

  61. Look well to this day. Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day. – Francis Gray

  62. Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools.. but they must be kept to a minimum. – Jeffrey Immelt

  63. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches. – Napoleon Hill

  64. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin

  65. Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity. – Charles Dickens

  66. I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages. – Robert Bosch

  67. People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps. – Mary Kay Ash

  68. In business, I’ve discovered that my purpose is to do my best to my utmost ability every day. That’s my standard. I learned early in my life that I had high standards. – Donald Trump

  69. In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. – Harold Geneen

  70. To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. – Thomas Watson, Sr.

  71. The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers. – John Egan

  72. There are a lot of things that go into creating success. I don’t like to do just the things I like to do. I like to do things that cause the company to succeed. I don’t spend a lot of time doing my favorite activities. – Michael Dell

  73. I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well. – Alan Greenspan

  74. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

  75. Let’s be honest. There’s not a business anywhere that is without problems. Business is complicated and imperfect. Every business everywhere is staffed with imperfect human beings and exists by providing a product or service to other imperfect human beings. – Bob Parsons

  76. You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins. – Jim Stovall

  77. The only way around is through. – Robert Frost

  78. You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong. – Warren Buffett

  79. The noblest search is the search for excellence – Lyndon B. Johnson

  80. The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to neither make money nor find much fun in life. – Charles M. Schwab

  81. You must remain focused on your journey to greatness. – Les Brown

  82. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt

  83. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier. – Charles F. Kettering

  84. Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right! – Henry Ford

  85. You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills. – Jim Rohn

  86. Who likes not his business, his business likes not him. – William Hazlitt

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

  88. The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. – Henry Ford

  89. It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference. – Michael Dell

  90. 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

  91. Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating. – Denis Waitley

  92. Management is nothing more than motivating other people. – Le Iacocca

  93. Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

  94. The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question. – Peter Drucker

  95. Why did I want to win? Because I didn’t want to lose! – Max Schmelling

  96. To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business. – J. Paul Getty

  97. To win without risk is to triumph without glory. – Pierre Corneille

  98. To succeed… You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. – Tony Dorsett

  99. Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business. – Zig Ziglar

  100. I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement. – Donald Trump

  101. Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes. – Bill Gates

Do you know of any other good motivational business quotes?

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Word of Mouth Marketing- Worth It! (3 Steps) by Anita Boyer

Word-of-mouth marketing is an excellent way for getting more potential customers coming into your business or for getting visitors landing on your website’s pages. In fact, word-of-mouth marketing is still the number one way to spread the news about your company even in this highly techno-laced era.

The basic idea for this type of marketing is to create a campaign that’s designed to get people to pass along information about your company whether it’s expressing the great experience they’ve had with you, your service, or your product; or, perhaps sharing the great web content you have produced such as articles, videos, free reports, etc.

You will generally have to “think outside the box” on this one in order to get people interested enough to pass the word along.

Although, in this day and time with the growth of the Internet, it’s now much easier to pass information along when you’re simply pointing and clicking in order to share.

Creating the campaign

To make your word-of-mouth campaign successful you must have an objective – think about what the ultimate goal is you want to achieve through this marketing venue – then write out your plan of action to bring your objective to life.

Here are a few tips to help you along the way:

Tip #1 – Be a fly on the wall

Study other companies to see what they have done to successfully “spread the word.”  You’re not copying exactly what they’re doing, but there’s no need to reinvent the wheel either.  Your purpose for using this exercise is to “learn and glean,” and to “reconstruct or customize” a successful marketing campaign for your business.

Tip #2 – Give something away for free

One of the most important components of your word-of-mouth campaign is the “give away.” People love free stuff!

Your freebie can be a CD or DVD, a PDF document, an audio, or a free taste of your product or service.  It can be almost anything – be creative!

This is very exciting because, as soon as you start to give things away for free, you’ll notice an increase in people walking into the doors of your business, or you’ll see a spike in traffic activity on your web analytic logs.

The surge in walk-in traffic and website traffic not only comes from those spreading the word about you and from those passing your link along, it’s also a result coming from people who are returning to see what else you have to offer.

The free give away also makes it easier than ever to sell things to people down the line because they’ve learned from experience that your interest is not to sell to them only, but that you genuinely are about helping them based on the quality information, products, or services you’ve provided to them for free.

Tip #3 – Make sure people know they have your permission to pass your content along

The number one mistake many marketers make when giving away things for free is not making it very clear to people that they can pass the free item along to others, especially the free information given that is located on the Internet.

By clearly spelling things out for them that this practice is allowed, the higher the probability they will pass it along. (See end of article for an example.)

This serves a couple of purposes.

First, it clearly lets people know they have permission to share the information, and that they’re not going to get in trouble for doing so.

Second, it has a call to action –“pass this along.” It’s telling them exactly what you’d like them to do with the information other than use it for them- selves.

View more articles from Anita Boyer and Upsurg Consultancy.

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STUDENT QUESTION: Should I Use a Paid Service to Submit My Website to Search Engines?

This is more like spam and will annoy the search engines.
Submit to:, google and yahoo (yahoo will submit it to all their partner sites which are tons!).  And go for (MSN’s site.)
ONLY DO IT ONCE. And trust me, it is no easy task to find out how to submit so get comfy before you begin the process. It isnot easy enough that I cannot even direct others on how to do it….good luck- YOU CAN DO IT!! 

~ Professional Coach Mackenzie Pearce

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WEBSITE QUESTION: Do I Really Need a Website?

As a coach you most definitely need a site.


Think of your website as your online brochure or phone book listing.

When someone searches online for a coach in your area you need your contact information to pop up.

At the very least your website should contain your name, phone number and the type of coaching you do.

And not to worry, through your training we walk you step by step through how to set up a professional looking website that potential clients will be drawn to.

From how to set up a basic site to an interactive site, we are here to help.

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WEBSITE QUESTION: What Pages Should My Coaching Website Have?

Building your website is probably the most time consuming aspect of setting up your coaching practice. Be patient with yourself as you are learning a new skill and know that your classes and mentor will help you through this process.

The first step we recommend when setting up your website is to visit other sites and jot down what you like about them. What pages and links do they have? What colors stand out to you?

As a general rule your website should have the following pages(more details provided through your training):

  • privacy policy
  • contact us
  • testimonials (your mentor will gladly start you off with a testimonial)
  • services you offer
  • fees for your services
  • your story (How did you come to be a coach?)
  • your credentials

Both the Become a Certified Coach program and the Open Your Own Academy program have website training for both the novice and the intermediate.

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WEBSITE QUESTION: Where should I register my domain name? What website company should I use?

Student question:

“I want to register my domain name and start my website, where should I go?”


It is suggested that you register for your website as soon as possible to begin to familiarize yourself with how building a website works.

We recommend using one of the two providers mentioned below for your website.

Both are easy to use if you have no experience with websites and are professional in design.

For the novice we recommend using the first link below. The smallest package will include your website name, an email address and enough pages for you to get started.

For the first website provider link below you can have an HTML site or pick a site already designed, personalize it and go. Your site will come with an email address, a website address (domain name), business listings, easy support if you have questions and you can easily add PayPal buttons to the pages.

For a free trial, click below: – Get a website for $9.95 a month.

For another easy template option or a WordPress site (like use the company below:

Blue Host is really great for support with novices or experts. Click here.

This account also comes with a domain name, WordPress access, a template site for the website novice and a money-back guarantee.

Please note that this is better than using the free sites at (no domain name or email comes with the free hosting). You have more options, more templates, no advertising banners, an easy email address and the domain name you choose.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed when designing and setting up your website. Do not fret! Just take it one step at a time and remember that through your training with us we will walk you though every single page and paragraph

More information on this the topic of domain names and website hosting is available during your coach training here at Coach Academy Inc.

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NEW COACH QUESTION: Would you please define what a goal/ goal attainment is?

A goal is a desired outcome that the client has decided will improve (change) at least one area of their life.

Goal attainment means to head toward this desired outcome, while avoiding anything that hinders the possibility of attaining the goal.

Through your lessons you will learn why people fail to get to their goals and what you, as their coach, can do about it.

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Can I use Skype to attend classes and talk with clients?

100%, yes!!

To attend classes you can use Skype, your cell phone (you can add the conference call number to your friends and family plan), your home phone or an internet phone. (You can also download the classes after they have been recorded in MP3 format.)

More information about using Skype:

You can call into the phone line for the class using Skype and you can even have video chats with other students who have Skype!

All you need to use Skype is a PC or Mac computer, and internet connection and (only if you want to make video calls) a web cam.

International businesses are also enjoying the Skype’s advance features, such as video conferencing, voice mail, and multiple user conference calls.

For more information on Skype visit their download page:

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STUDENT QUESTION: What Are The Most Common Questions a Potential Client Will Have?

So you have your first session with a potential new client scheduled? How do you get prepared?

Step 1 is to have answers ready for the following questions a potential new client is likely to ask:

1. Where were you trained?

2. How much are your fees?

3. How does the process of coaching work?

4. What is coaching exactly?

5. What is your refund policy?

6. Do you have any references?

7. How much experience do you have?

The good news about these questions is that through your program we answer all of them for you so you know how to answer your clients without losing their interest.

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STUDENT QUESTION: What is the fastest way to generate income in the coaching profession?

By far the fastest way to generate additional income in the coaching profession is by training and certifying others as coaches.

“Life coaches are part of a growing profession. The International Coach Federation (ICF) says it has more than 12,000 members worldwide, or double the amount just five years ago.”Karen S. Peterson, USA TODAY

According to the ICF, in the past 5 years their membership rate has doubled which tells us the more people then ever want to become coaches.

But do not pursue this avenue only for the money.  We caution you that you must have the passion and desire to see this through.

How do you know if you have the passion?

Ask yourself this: Would you teach others how to change their lives and the lives of others even if you never made a penny?

Then you will have your answer.

If this looks like something you might be interested in pursuing, access the program details for more information.

As a life coach trainer you will be provided curriculum you can modify and tons of resources you can sell from your website for additional income.

Items such as ebooks, ecourses, manuals, guides, software (Create Your Own Password Protected eBook software for example) can be listed online and sold to your web visitors. (And we show you how to do this so if you have no experience-worry not!)

To take the Open Your Own Coach Training Company program you do not need anymore experience than your basic coaching experience- and of course a passion for helping others as a teacher and leader.

Essentially, within a matter of 2 months you can have your company up and ready to begin training others and you will be able to run this company right from your own home. For a very, very low monthly overhead (think internet fees and a phone line).

And aside from your tuition you owe us nothing. You make all the decisions and keep all the profits.

“The Coaching Academy of North America with Director Mackenzie Pearce at the helm is among the premier coach training schools around. “

Anita Boyer

Director of Internet Marketing

Upsurge Consultancy

View the Open Your Own Academy program outline.