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Quotes from Business Leaders to Inspire You for 2021 

by Kim Jaso

If 2020 has left you feeling a bit depleted, you’re certainly not alone. Whether you’re experiencing burnout or just a lack of inspiration, the end of the year can be a good time to pause and reflect on your priorities for the new year to come. Perhaps you have business goals you’re looking to achieve in 2021, or you want to work on your personal skill set to become a better leader or more effective manager. During this time of reflection, we turned to some of our favorite quotes from business and thought leaders to help you align your priorities and prepare for the future.

Quotes about Building Your Business

  • “Many companies have forgotten they sell to actual people. Humans care about the entire experience, not just the marketing or sales or service. To really win in the modern age, you must solve for humans.” ― Dharmesh Shah, CTO & Co-Founder, HubSpot
  • “The buyer journey is nothing more than a series of questions that must be answered.” ― Analyst Firm IDC
  • “The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.” ― Seth Godin
  • “Getting the Like is easy. It’s a light action. Anything else requires trust.” ― Jon Loomer
  • “Never confuse movement with action.” ― Ernest Hemingway
  • “Done is better than perfect.” ― Sheryl Sandberg
  • “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” ― Warren Buffett

Quotes about Leadership and Teamwork

  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ― William James
  • “Leadership is knowing when to lean on others and let them step up and shine.” ― Michelle Peluso, CEO Gilt
  • “If we win the hearts and minds of employees, we’re going to have better business success.” ― Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors
  • “If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don’t particularly like.” ― Soichiro Honda, Founder, Honda
  • “Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.”― Roy T. Bennett
  • “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” ― Phil Jackson
  • “Trust is earned in the smallest of moments. It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening, and gestures of genuine care and connection.” ― Brene Brown

Quotes about Perseverance

  • “The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley
  • “Life is a balanced system of learning and evolution. Whether pleasure or pain; every situation in your life serves a purpose. It is up to us to recognize what that purpose could be.” ― Steve Maraboli
  • “The road to success, for 99% of people, isn’t a jump. It’s a steady incline from one successful project to the next.” ― Lee Morris
  • “Success seems to be connected to action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” ―
    Conrad Hilton
  • “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  • “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs
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