30 Of The Best Sales Quotes to Motivate Your Team

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A salesperson may be driven and focused now, but unenthusiastic the following week. As a leader, you may find yourself wondering how you can share inspiration when your team is having motivation slumps.


Here are 30 of the best sales quotes to help sales managers and leaders who are looking to give their team a productivity boost:


1. “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation, there is sure to be failure.” – Confucius (Philosopher, Political Figure, and Teacher)


2. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison (Inventor)


3. “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein (Physicist)


4. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James (Philosopher and Psychologist)


5. “Great things are done by a series of small things done together.” – Vincent van Gogh (Painter)


6. “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – William Faulkner (Writer and Nobel Prize Laureate)


7. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain (Writer and Publisher)


8. “Success is a science, if you have the conditions, you get the result.” – Oscar Wilde (Poet and Playwright)


9. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino (Author)


10.  “I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou (Poet, Memorist, and Civil Rights Activist)


11.  “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier (Self-Help Author)


12.  “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S.President)


13.  “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill (Former U.K. Prime Minister)


14.  “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt (Political Figure, Diplomat, and Activist)


15.  “If you work just for money, you’ll never make it. But if you love what you are doing, and always put the customer first, success will be yours.” – Ray Kroc (Entrepreneur and Founder of McDonald’s)


16.  “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan (Former Professional Basketball Player and a Businessman)


17.  “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi (Former American Football Coach and NFL Executive)


18.  “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you will start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson (Musician, Actor, and Activist)


19.  “Do not bother telling the world you are ready. Show it. Do it.” – Peter Dinklage (Actor and Producer)


20.  “Practice is just as valuable as a sale. The sale will make you a living; the skill will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn (Author, Entrepreneur, and Motivational Speaker)


21.  “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar (Author, Salesman, and Motivational Speaker)


22.  “Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.” – Seth Godin (Author and Founder/CEO of Seth Godin Productions)


23.  “Success looks a lot like failure up until the moment you break through the finish line.” – Dan Waldschimdt (Author, Speaker, Business Strategist, and Co-CEO of Edgy Inc.)

24.  “It is not your customer’s job to remember you. It is your obligation and responsibility to make sure they don’t have the chance to forget you.” – Patricia Fripp (Presentation Skills Expert, Award-winning Speaker, and Speech Coach)


25.  “Most people think ‘selling’ is the same as ‘talking’. But the most effective salespeople know that listening is the most important part of their job.” – Roy Bartell (Online Business and Sales Thought Leader)


26.  “A salesperson’s ethics and values contribute more to sales success than do techniques or strategies.” – Ron Willingham (CEO of LifeScript Learning, Founder and CEO of Integrity Systems, Inc., Author, and Speaker)

27.  “There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.” – Brian Tracy (Chairman/CEO of Brian Tracy International, Speaker, Business Development Coach, and Author )


28.  Selling is really about having conversations with people and helping improve their company or their life – Lori Richardson (Host of Conversations with Women in Sales Podcast and Founder/CEO of Score More Sales)


29.  “If you do not believe in what you’re selling, neither will your prospect.” – Frank Bettger (Author,


30.  “Filter everything you’re doing, saying and pitching through the customer point of view, and you’ll improve just about every metric you care about today.” Matt Heinz (Author, Speaker, and President/Founder of Heinz Marketing)


Being in the sales industry can be challenging. One has to remain motivated to reach targets and goals. However, there are moments when it gets hard to keep a positive attitude. Sharing motivational quotes and serving as an example may help your team.

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