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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.

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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.

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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

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

2. Barbara Corcoran

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

3. Thomas Edison

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12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

4. Sheryl Sandberg

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

5. Jeff Bezos

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

6. J.K. Rowling

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

7. Thomas Jefferson

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12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

8. Mark Zuckerberg

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

9. Donald Trump

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

10. Larry Page

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

11. Albert Einstein

12 Quotes on Motivation from Today's Thought Leaders

12. Steve Jobs