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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