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12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

Motivation is the backbone of success.
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Without motivation, you can forget about success. In fact, motivation and hard work are crucial elements to achieving your dreams -- they're what push you towards the top and help you stand out from the rest.

Related: 10 Leadership Quotes From the World's Most Influential Leaders

And motivation isn't just important in business, it applies to every aspect of life. To be successful professionally, socially, mentally, even physically, it is the driving force that will take you there.

Without motivation, some of today's most successful entrepreneurs and leaders wouldn't be where they are. Just look at Mark Zuckerberg or Barbara Corcoran -- it took motivation to learn new skills and launch extremely successful businesses. It took motivation for J.K. Rowling to write her Harry Potter series, and it took motivation for Barack Obama to run for president.

Related: 8 Quotes on Success From Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and More

Whether you're in high school or you're well into your career, motivation is the backbone to your success. And if you're not sure where to get started, check out these 12 quotes on motivation from today's most influential leaders.  

 
 

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

1. Barack Obama

"Progress will come in fits and starts. It's not always a straight line. It's not always a smooth path." -- Barack Obama

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

2. Barbara Corcoran

"Don't you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct." -- Barbara Corcoran

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

3. Thomas Edison

"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits." -- Thomas Edison

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12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

4. Sheryl Sandberg

"Sharing emotions builds deeper relationships. Motivation comes from working on things we care about." -- Sheryl Sandberg

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

5. Jeff Bezos

"When it's tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?" -- Jeff Bezos

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

6. J.K. Rowling

"The discipline involved in finishing a piece of creative work is something on which you can truly pride yourself." -- J.K. Rowling 

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

7. Thomas Jefferson

"Determine never to be idle. No person will have the occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any." -- Thomas Jefferson

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12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

8. Mark Zuckerberg

"Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough." -- Mark Zuckerberg 

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

9. Donald Trump

"Think big and make it happen." -- Donald Trump

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

10. Larry Page

"If you're changing the world, you're working on important things, you're excited to get up in the morning." -- Larry Page

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

11. Albert Einstein

"If you want to live a happy life tie it to a goal, not to people or things." -- Albert Einstein

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

12. Steve Jobs

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." -- Steve Jobs