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25 Inspirational Quotes By The Highest Performing CEO’s

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Inspiration can come to us from a number of different sources, in a variety of different forms. Inspiration can be vital to us. It is what makes our visions and ideas stand out from the competition. Yet if we are not cautious, in a blink of an eye, the inspiration can vanish like the sun descending on the day, giving way to the vast nothingness of the black of night.

There are a number of different ways of finding inspiration. They could be, taking a walk, talking to a friend, reading a book, or even by reading some inspirational words of wisdom and advice from others.

That is where we come in, if you are struggling to find your mojo, then why not take a look at some of these quotes to live by, given by famous CEO’s of multi million dollar fortune 500 companies.

In this article, we will give you 25 of the most awe inspiring, moving, and motivational quotes by famous CEO’s and business leaders, as a way of motivating you to go out and better yourself, and maximise your full potential. Every single one of the millionaire’s, or even billionaire’s that we are quoting in this article, had to start from somewhere, and who knows, with a little motivation and inspiration, maybe you can too. Here we go:

 

 

The Most Memorable CEO Quotes

 

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo

Marissa Mayer CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“I always did something that I was a little not ready to do. I think that, that is how you grow. When there’s a moment of ‘Wow, I’m not so sure that I can do this, and you push through those moments, it’s then that you have a breakthrough. Sometimes that’s a sign that something really great is about to happen. You’re about to grow and learn a lot more about yourself.”

 

 

Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup

Denise Morrison CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“Balance suggests a perfect equilibrium. There is no such thing. That is a false expectation…. There are going to be priorities and dimensions of your life, how you integrate them is how you find true happiness.”

 

 

Pete Cashmore, CEO of Mashable

Pete Cashmore CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.”

 

 

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“The question I ask myself like almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?’… Unless I feel like I’m working on the most important problem that I can help with, then I’m not going to feel good about how I’m spending my time. And that’s what this company is.”

 

 

Sam Walton, CEO of Walmart

Sam Walton CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“High expectations are the key to absolutely everything.”

 

 

Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour

Kevin Plank CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“There’s an entrepreneur right now, scared to death, making excuses, saying, ‘It’s not the right time just yet.’ There’s no such thing as a good time. I started an apparel-manufacturing business in the tech-boom years. I mean, come on. Get out of your garage and go take a chance, and start your business.”

 

 

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

Tim Cook CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got.”

 

 

Donald Trump, CEO of the Trump Organization

Donald Trump CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“Without passion, you don’t have any energy, and without energy, you simply have nothing”

 

 

Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“Rule No. 1: Never lose money; Rule No. 2: Don’t forget Rule No. 1.”

 

 

David Sarnoff, CEO of RCA

David Sarnoff CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“No man can be successful, unless he first loves his work.”

 

 

Ellen Kullman, CEO of Dupont

Ellen Kullman, CEO of Dupont CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“It’s not about having a specific set time; both personal and professional lives are 24/7. It’s simply, more about making the right allocation to each one and recognizing that it’s going to be different every single day”

 

 

Michael Dell, CEO of DELL

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“You don’t need to be a genius or a visionary, or even a college graduate for that matter, to be successful. You just need framework and a dream.”

 

 

L.A Reid, LAFACE records co-founder & CEO of Epic Records

L.A Reid CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“Find your passion, and it’s no longer work.”

 

 

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

Jeff Bezos CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“In business, what’s dangerous is not to evolve.”

 

 

Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon

Andrew Mason CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“I’ve been very lucky, from the beginning. I’ve found that as long as you’re fundamentally good – as long as you’re not being bad to people – people give you a lot of room to be yourself, because being yourself is being honest. And that’s what people want to see.”

 

 

Robert Iger, CEO of Walt Disney

Robert Iger Disney CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“The heart and soul of a company is creativity and innovation.”

 

 

Frederick W Smith, CEO of Fedex

Frederick W Smith, Fedex CEO CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves – and by which they are willing to be judged.”

 

 

Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO of Yelp

Jeremy Stoppelman CEO Yelp Quotes

 

 

 

“You have to be very nimble and very open minded. Your success is going to be very dependent on how your adapt.”

 

 

Larry Page, CEO of Google

Larry Page Google CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning.”

 

 

Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric

Jeffrey Immelt GE CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“Surviving a failure allows you more self confidence. Failing is a great learning tool, but it must be kept to an absolute minimum.”

 

 

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft

Steve Ballmer CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“Great companies with the way they work, first start with great leaders.”

 

 

Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle

Larry Ellison Oracle CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“When you innovate, you must prepare yourself for everybody to tell you that you’re nuts.”

 

 

Samuel R Allen, CEO of Deere

Samuel R Allen, CEO of Deere CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“Pessimists may be right in the end, but an optimist has a much better time getting there.”

 

 

Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO of Alcoa

Klaus Kleinfeld CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“Only successful businesses can create and secure jobs.”

 

 

Steve Case, CEO of America Online

Steve Case CEO Quotes

 

 

 

“It’s not about how to get started; it’s about how to get noticed.”

 

 

So there you have it, certain people have been known to say that these are quotes to live by, not just to be inspired by. Why not have a read and see what you make of them. Hopefully they will be just what you need to have you leaping out of bed in a morning, ready to tackle whatever lies ahead of you head on. Good luck with whatever your goals and aims are for the future, and until next time.

Thanks for checking out these Unforgettable CEO quotes.

 

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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  4. Success Magazine

    Aug 12, 2014 at 2:58 am

    I really like these quotes, Donald Trumps especially. For some reason I’ve always looked up to him, even though he might not be the best influence. Haha

  5. Antony Mungai

    Mar 6, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    it is better choose to live a meaningful life. one that’ ll make the world move forward touching the lives of others in positive way.

  6. Muhammad Amin

    Dec 1, 2013 at 3:45 am

    I agree with Mr. David Sarnoof CEO of RCA as of his quotation “No man can be successful, unless he first loves his work.” I want to add here one thing “loves” means involvement, without involvment result will be reverse.

  7. Captain Technology (@capttechnology)

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Personally I would like to see some inspirational quotes from those who didn’t make it to the top.

  8. Suhel (@Foxute)

    Aug 11, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Take the idiot Donald Trump out and put it Elon Musk

  9. aryanbd1

    Jul 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    wow its great information thanks for sharing bro

  10. Andy

    Jul 22, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    All a bit dull for me. My favorite CEO quote as anonymous and probably one best bits of advice I ever heard: “I wanted to create a happy working atmosphere so I sacked anybody who wasn’t happy”

  11. Hal Edwards

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Frequent quote from Southwest Airlines Founder, and CEO Herbert D. Kelleher
    “Take care of your Employees and they will take care of the Customers”

  12. Rachel Hunter (TraderRach)

    Jul 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Joel. Thanks for providing wise words from some truly inspirational people. L.A. Reid’s got it right with “Find your passion, and it’s no longer work”. Cheers Rachel

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The original “Queen of Comedy” Lucille “Lucy” Ball, continues to be an icon of fiery sass and humor for every generation. Her timeless comedic talent still sets the standard for those desiring to follow in her celebrated entertainment footsteps.

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1. “One of the things I learned the hard way, was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”

In business and our personal lives, we are bombarded daily by outward criticism and inward self-doubt. In order to realise the success we strive for and attain the goals we hope to achieve, it’s important to practice a strong positive outlook.

Although Ball was known for being an inherently shy girl, when she was 15 years old, she convinced her mom to allow her to attend New York Drama School. The administrator of the school, unable to see the talent hidden behind the shyness, wrote to her mother telling her not to “waste her money and the school’s time with this shy, awkward young lady.”

Refusing to be deterred by the shortsighted criticism, Ball dug in her heels, overcame her shyness, and went on to become the talented comedic actress and icon we know and love today. Just imagine how unfortunate it would have been if she had taken the negative criticism to heart and decided to give up her passion.

2. “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work—and realising what is opportunity and what isn’t.”

Today, we are very much conditioned to expect instant gratification in all areas of life. It’s important to remember, however, that true personal and professional success is achieved through tenacity and hard work. Very seldom does “luck” play a substantial role in building a solid and promising future.

Few people may realise that beyond the laughter and crazy shenanigans that Ball is so well known for, she was a trailblazing businesswoman who mapped out her professional path and keenly took advantage of opportunities that came her way.

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Being a female owner of a film production company in the 1960s was unprecedented. But, Ball didn’t stop there. Instead, she would eventually buy out Desi and become the first female CEO of a major television and movie production company. Her hard work and perseverance created a legacy to last for generations.

3. “I’d rather regret the things I have done than the things that I haven’t.”

Regrets are a fact of life both personally and professionally. However, most of us would probably admit that we learned some valuable things about ourselves from past mistakes and mishaps. Most would agree that our biggest regrets are related to the opportunities and experiences that we didn’t seize when we had the chance.

Ball’s career in the entertainment world was full of various ups and downs that included many B movies and lackluster performances. However, she continued to forge ahead learning from each and every experience. She was forty years old when she finally hit her stride and began her journey with I Love Lucy. Ball didn’t let the fact that Hollywood considered her to be “old” to stop her from fulfilling her dreams.

Instead of letting the long road of disappointments and closed doors discourage her, Ball refused to give up and found a way to create her own destiny and achieve the success that she had worked so hard for.

4. “I dyed my hair this crazy red to bid for attention. It has become a trademark, and I’ve got to keep it this way.”

We live in a culture where most of us just want to fit in. There is a pressure to conform to a set of expectations in both our professional and personal lives. However, it’s often when we take a risk to set ourselves apart, that doors of opportunities and experiences open for us.

For example, Ball’s natural hair colour was a light to medium brown with reddish tones. Early in her career, she bleached it blonde in hopes of being able to compete with the plethora of bombshell blondes of the era. She eventually realised, however, she needed to stand out, not blend in!

In a past interview, Ball is quoted stating, “Not being a beauty, I hated any part in a picture which depended on beauty. I resented work where looks were that important. There are so many glamour girls that I felt it was silly for me to try to compete with them.”

Dyeing her natural brown hair the colour red was one of the greatest risks Ball took early in her career, but it became one of the late comedian’s most beautiful physical features that helped her stand out and succeed in Hollywood. She shared, “I had to learn to concentrate on developing my personality—to have an individual approach. The way you feel about yourself has a lot to do with the impression you make.”

5. “The more things you do, the more you can do.”

We should never stop striving to learn new skills and grow in knowledge. Taking the steps to constantly evolve in our understanding of our professional and personal life—as well as the world around us—helps build a firm foundation for our present and future.

Ball was a true pioneer for the women of her time. She was not afraid to tackle new things or learn more about the production and business side of her career even though she was encroaching on a man’s world at the time. She knew that any knowledge she gained about the entertainment business would help ensure her future success.

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6. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

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