40 Amazing motivational quotes for employees

Written by: Nora St-Aubin
Published on June 26, 2018 | Reading time: 4m

Inspiration doesn’t always come naturally, and even the most motivated employees occasionally need a boost.

Sometimes all we need is to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. A little bit of perspective can go a long way, and quotes from inspirational figures can be just the thing to bring it.

Whether you want to enhance an email or make your next presentation more impactful, we’ve got a quote for you. Set the tone and get your employees motivated with this diverse selection of inspirational quotes for any occasion.

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Here are 40 quotes that you can share with your team.

  1. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. – Sheryl Sandberg
    Sheryl Sandberg
  2. To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace. – Doug Conant
    Doug Conant
  3. When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute. – Simon Sinek
    Simon Sinek
  4. Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin
  5. I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough. – Marissa Mayer
    Marissa Mayer
  6. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. – Babe Ruth
    Babe Ruth
  7. We must all learn not only to not fear change, but to embrace it enthusiastically and, perhaps even more important, encourage and drive it. – Tony Hsieh
    Tony Hsieh
  8. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn
    Audrey Hepburn
  9. Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers. – Stephen R Covey
    Stephen R Covey
  10. Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company. – Zig Ziglar
    Zig Ziglar
  11. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. – Malcolm X
    Malcolm X
  12. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. – Vincent Van Gogh
    Vincent Van Gogh
  13. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu
    Lao Tzu
  14. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford
    Henry Ford
  15. You can have all the potential in world, but unless you have confidence, you have nothing. – Tyra Banks
    Tyra Banks
  16. It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham Lincoln
  17. Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune. – Sam Walton
    Sam Walton
  18. Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. – Mary Kay Ash
    Mary Kay Ash
  19. The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. – Phil Jackson
    Phil Jackson
  20. There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. – Jack Welch
    Jack Welch
  21. You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you. – Barack Obama
    Barack Obama
  22. Some companies don’t have an engagement problem, they have a hiring problem. – Bob Kelleher
    Bob Kelleher
  23. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison
    Thomas Edison
  24. If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It’s easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen some more. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  25. The first thing that has to be recognized is that one cannot train someone to be passionate–it’s either in their DNA or it’s not. – Richard Branson
    Richard Branson
  26. If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. – Seth Godin
    Seth Godin
  27. If you don’t give people a chance to fail, you won’t innovate. If you want to be an innovative company, allow people to make mistakes.– Indra Nooyi
    Indra Nooyi
  28. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs
    Steve Jobs
  29. Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection. – Mark Twain
    Mark Twain
  30. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. – Michael Jordan
    Michael Jordan
  31. In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not. – Albert Einstein
    Albert Einstein
  32. Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. – Bill Gates
    Bill Gates
  33. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill
  34. The one thing I learned is to just give everything a shot. You don’t want to live in regret. – Chloe Kim
    Chloe Kim
  35. Often any decision, even the wrong decision, is better than no decision.– Ben Horowitz
    Ben Horowitz
  36. The three things that motivate creative people – autonomy, mastery, purpose!
    Daniel H Pink
  37. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou
    Maya Angelou
  38. Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.– Jim Rohn
    Jim Rohn
  39. Getting the right people and the right chemistry is more important than the right idea.– Ed Catmull
    Ed Catmull
  40. You just have to keep driving down the road. It’s going to bend and curve and you’ll speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going. – Ellen Degeneres
    Ellen Degeneres
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This article was originally published by Jacob Shriar on October 25, 2016.