40 Employee motivation quotes

40 Amazing Motivational Quotes for Employees

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.

Motivational quotes can give a quick boost… but our Complete Leadership Guide will help you inspire your team long-term.

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

  1. Sheryl Sandberg

    If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.Sheryl Sandberg

  2. Doug Conant

    To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.Doug Conant

  3. Simon Sinek

    When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.Simon Sinek

  4. Benjamin Franklin

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.Benjamin Franklin

  5. Marissa Mayer

    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

  6. Babe Ruth

    Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.Babe Ruth

  7. Tony Hsieh

    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

  8. Audrey Hepburn

    Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!”Audrey Hepburn

  9. Stephen R Covey

    Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.Stephen R. Covey

  10. Zig Ziglar

    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

  11. Malcolm X

    If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.Malcolm X

  12. Vincent Van Gogh

    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

  13. Lao Tzu

    When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.Lao Tzu

  14. Henry Ford

    When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.Henry Ford

  15. Tyra Banks

    You can have all the potential in world, but unless you have confidence, you have nothing.Tyra Banks

  16. Abraham Lincoln

    It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln

  17. Sam Walton

    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

  18. Mary Kay Ash

    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

  19. Phil Jackson

    The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.Phil Jackson

  20. Jack Welch

    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

  21. Barack Obama

    You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.Barack Obama

  22. Bob Kelleher

    Some companies don’t have an engagement problem, they have a hiring problem.Bob Kelleher

  23. Thomas Edison

    Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.Thomas Edison

  24. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    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

  25. Richard Branson

    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

  26. Seth Godin

    If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.Seth Godin

  27. Indra Nooyi

    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

  28. Steve Jobs

    The only way to do great work is to love what you do.Steve Jobs

  29. Mark Twain

    Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.Mark Twain

  30. Michael Jordan

    Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.Michael Jordan

  31. Albert Einstein

    In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.Albert Einstein

  32. Bill Gates

    Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.Bill Gates

  33. Winston Churchill

    A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.Winston Churchill

  34. Chloe Kim

    The one thing I learned is to just give everything a shot. You don’t want to live in regret.Chloe Kim

  35. Ben Horowitz

    Often any decision, even the wrong decision, is better than no decision.Ben Horowitz

  36. Daniel H Pink

    The three things that motivate creative people – autonomy, mastery, purpose!Daniel H. Pink

  37. Maya Angelou

    You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.Maya Angelou

  38. Jim Rohn

    Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.Jim Rohn

  39. Ed Catmull

    Getting the right people and the right chemistry is more important than the right idea.Ed Catmull

  40. Ellen Degeneres

    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

before you go….

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This article was originally published by Jacob Shriar on October 25, 2016.

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