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37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Motivation is the backbone of success.
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders
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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 37 quotes on motivation from the world's most influential leaders, past and present.  

37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Barack Obama

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
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran
"Don't you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct." -- Barbara Corcoran
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison

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

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37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg
"Sharing emotions builds deeper relationships. Motivation comes from working on things we care about." -- Sheryl Sandberg
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos
"When it's tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?" -- Jeff Bezos
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

J.K. Rowling

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 
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Thomas Jefferson

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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37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg
"Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough." -- Mark Zuckerberg 
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Donald Trump

Donald Trump
"Think big and make it happen." -- Donald Trump
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Larry Page

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
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein
"If you want to live a happy life tie it to a goal, not to people or things." -- Albert Einstein
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Steve Jobs

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
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Paul Allen

Paul Allen
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"Any crusade requires optimism and the ambition to aim high." -- Paul Allen
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Richard Branson

Richard Branson
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"For a startup, if your idea doesn't work, not many people will have noticed. Keep pushing on to the next idea." -- Richard Branson 
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Steve Case

Steve Case
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"You shouldn't focus on why you can't do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions." -- Steve Case
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin
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"Any conversation I have about innovation starts with the ultimate goal." -- Sergey Brin
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga
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"Even if the whole world turns their back on you, you still have yourself." -- Lady Gaga
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett
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"Predicting rain doesn't count. Building arks do." -- Warren Buffett
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Tim Cook

Tim Cook
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"Be the best, not the first." -- Tim Cook
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban
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"If you're prepared and you know what it takes, it's not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there." -- Mark Cuban 
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel
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"My life didn't please me, so I created my life." -- Coco Chanel 
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Michael Dell

Michael Dell
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"Whether you've found your calling, or if you're still searching, passion should be the fire that drives your life's work." -- Michael Dell 
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Ellen Degeneres

Ellen Degeneres
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"When I go hiking and I get over the hill, that means I'm past the hard part and there's a snack in my future. That's a good thing as far as I'm concerned." -- Ellen Degeneres

37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey
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"Success is never accidental." -- Jack Dorsey
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss
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"Life punishes the vague wish and rewards the specific ask." -- Tim Ferriss
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart
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"Sometimes, I shake if I have to do something that I have never done before -- maybe not noticeably, but inside. But I'll do it because I know it's not an insurmountable task." -- Martha Stewart
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Bill Gates

Bill Gates
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"Find others with the same interests, see the barriers, and find ways to cut through them." -- Bill Gates
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock
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"Do you remember the fun we had when we started all those years ago? We didn't have any money then, did we? We didn't have any time either. But we took risks." -- Alfred Hitchcock
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Daymond John

Daymond John
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"Be inspired by the success of others but don't be intimidated by it." -- Daymond John
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Elon Musk

Elon Musk
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"If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it." -- Elon Musk
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

LeBron James

LeBron James
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"There's a moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not?" -- LeBron James
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk
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"Your legacy is being written by yourself. Make the right decisions." -- Gary Vaynerchuk
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins
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"Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions." -- Tony Robbins
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Daniel Lubetzky

Daniel Lubetzky
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"Pursuing what you believe in already constitutes success regardless of the outcome." -- Daniel Lubetzky 
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol
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"The idea is not to live forever. It is to create something that will." -- Andy Warhol
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg
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"Don't turn away from what's painful. Examine it. Challenge it." -- Steven Spielberg
37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
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"I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity." -- Oprah Winfrey
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  • 37 Quotes on Motivation from the World's Most Influential Leaders
  • 1. Barack Obama
  • 2. Barbara Corcoran
  • 3. Thomas Edison
  • 4. Sheryl Sandberg
  • 5. Jeff Bezos
  • 6. J.K. Rowling
  • 7. Thomas Jefferson
  • 8. Mark Zuckerberg
  • 9. Donald Trump
  • 10. Larry Page
  • 11. Albert Einstein
  • 12. Steve Jobs
  • 13. Paul Allen
  • 14. Richard Branson
  • 15. Steve Case
  • 16. Sergey Brin
  • 17. Lady Gaga
  • 18. Warren Buffett
  • 19. Tim Cook
  • 20. Mark Cuban
  • 21. Coco Chanel
  • 22. Michael Dell
  • 23. Ellen Degeneres
  • 24. Jack Dorsey
  • 25. Tim Ferriss
  • 26. Martha Stewart
  • 27. Bill Gates
  • 28. Alfred Hitchcock
  • 29. Daymond John
  • 30. Elon Musk
  • 31. LeBron James
  • 32. Gary Vaynerchuk
  • 33. Tony Robbins
  • 34. Daniel Lubetzky
  • 35. Andy Warhol
  • 36. Steven Spielberg
  • 37. Oprah Winfrey
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