Every new salesperson needs the motivation to stay hungry, and what better way to get inspired than reading through an awesome list of some of the most inspirational quotes ever spoken. From many different walks of life, the greatest of all time have given us wisdom and inspiration to help guide us in our own lives and sales careers. This is my personal top ten most inspirational quotes I put together for new salespeople to get their mindset right, and to find some motivation to give their best every day. I hope reading through these will inspire great thoughts and motivation in you to do great things with your life, and your sales career.

Here are my personal top ten most inspirational quotes for salespeople, in no particular order…

One of the very first motivational speakers and sales trainers I listened to and learned from was the great Zig Ziglar. One day I decided to buy some sales training CD’s to listen to while I commuted to work. I had a solid one hour drive to and from work each day, 5-6 days a week. So, I started beginning my days with a cup of coffee and an hour of Zig preaching to me through the speakers in my car in his southern drawl. He was a good salesman, and he was a great man. Ziglar has some of my all-time favorite quotes, but this one is perfect to kick us off…

“Failure is an event, not a person.”

– Zig Ziglar

How about this reminder from Jim Rohn to be more than we currently are…

“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.”

– Jim Rohn

It’s absolutely true in sales, and in life that the person who is willing to persist towards their goal even after multiple failures is the person who becomes successful.

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill

Don’t sweat the small stuff, and remember, IT’S ALL SMALL STUFF! This is so true, and it’s important to remember this life is just a dress rehearsal. Be more concerned with things that have an eternal effect, not a short-term effect such as some discomfort in life.

Put your focus on Major things, don’t sweat all the small details, and you will succeed in life!

“Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.”

– Tony Robbins

I always say be careful following the Masses, sometimes the “M” is Silent. Pastor Rick Warren puts it this way…

“Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.”

– Pastor Rick Warren

Les Brown is one of the best motivational speakers of the last 30 years, and he has many quotes that inspire you and motivate you to want to take action. This one here for me gets right to the point, and sometimes all you need is a reminder!

“Life has no limitations except the ones you make.”

– Les Brown

I mean, c’mon it wouldn’t be a great list without a quote from master motivator himself Rocky Balboa. I love this one, many people have used it many motivational videos etc. This is all the motivation you need all in 28 words!

“It ain’t how hard you hit… It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s about how much you can take and keep moving forward.”

– Rocky Balboa

Not only was Lincoln brilliantly book smart, but he also had an unmatched level of simple common sense. This seems like good advice and common sense to me, and it serves as a reminder that sometimes in life you just have to hold on for a new season.

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Michael Jordan expected great things from himself his entire life, and he became the greatest basketball player of all time in his career. He is a successful businessman, motivator, and no-one is harder on themselves than Michael Jordan. He has many great quotes, but this one reminds me that I have to be my biggest fan, and if I don’t believe in myself, I will never reach my full potential in life.

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”

– Michael Jordan

Grant Cardone is a man who walks his talk, and this one reminds me to do the same every single day!

“Let the rest do whatever while you do whatever it takes!”

– Grant Cardone

Wrapping it all up!

There you go, my top ten most inspirational quotes for salespeople. Refer back to this list whenever you are looking for some motivation, or a jump start to your day. Try to understand the lesson in each of these quotes. I would highly recommend you read, listen to, or watch inspirational material at least once a day to help keep yourself motivated. We all need to plug into a source of motivation each and every day in order to succeed at high levels in such a highly competitive world.


Matt's Mom · January 18, 2017 at 9:42 pm

I have tried various sales jobs over the years (personal selling type) and have found that I suck at it. I needed these quotes! Maybe if I used these and gave myself a pep talk, I would have done better. I like the very last one the best by Grant Cardone, “Let the rest do whatever while you do whatever it takes!” So true in life in general, we all have to do what ever it takes to get things done, to get what we want, to accomplish our goals.

    Scott · January 18, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you very much for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed them. I posted the quotes to inspire salespeople, and yes it is a great idea to give yourself pep talks. Any motivational material that you can find to inspire you and get you going is a good thing. Just remember one thing though, we are ALL salespeople. It doesn’t have to be your job title. Every day we are selling our ideas, what we want, how we want it, persuading others to take action. We are all selling, so I guess I really made this list for everyone! I wish you success : )

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