16 Inspirational Quotes For Growing Your Business In 2016

If there’s anything we know about small businesses, it’s that they are always focused on growth. And the good news for 2016 is that small business growth is predicted to thrive throughout the new year.

“Small businesses are investing in the future by buying new equipment and real estate, hiring new employees, and increasing inventory, as well as refinancing debt to get lower payments.” – Evan Singer, general manager, SmartBiz

So, as 2016 begins, we wanted to give SMBs everywhere a little inspiration. Here are 16 of our favorite inspirational quotes to help you motivate your workforce and jumpstart your business in the coming year (and many years to come).


  1. “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” -James Cash Penney, founder, JC Penney
  2. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” – Thomas Watson, Sr., former CEO, IBM
  3. “Employees want to feel inspired by their leaders…hire individuals who will lead by example.” – Jody Kohner, VP of Employee Marketing & Management, Salesforce
  4. “Play by the rules, but be ferocious.” – Phil Knight, founder, Nike
  5. “Every problem is a gift – without problems, we would not grow.” – Anthony Robbins, motivational speaker and writer
  6. “It’s very easy to be different but very difficult to be better.” – Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer, Apple
  7. “The only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg, founder, Facebook
  8. “Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying in space.” – Chris Hadfield, astronaut
  9. “Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” – William Durant, co-founder, General Motors
  10. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” -Henry Ford, founder, Ford Motor Company
  11. “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America
  12. “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.”  – Arnold H. Glasgow, writer
  13. “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” – Dhirubhai Ambani, founder, Reliance Industries
  14. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney, co-founder, The Walt Disney Company
  15. “I find that the harder I work the, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America
  16. “Motivation is the catalyzing ingredient for every successful innovation.” – Clayton Christensen, economist and Harvard Professor


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