Not every day feels like a walk in the park for salespeople. Working hard and winning new customers feels incredible; but, when calls aren’t returned and end of quarter quotas seem out of reach, even the healthiest sales motivation can suffer. Am I just off my game? Why can’t I close a deal? That swaggering confidence can quickly turn into bad news for employee engagement, and nobody needs that!

Sometimes all it takes to get sales motivation back on track is a little pep talk! We’ve taken quotes from 25 successful figures in history that will light the way to stellar levels of engagement for your sales team. This cast of artists, musicians, spiritual leaders, inventors, activists, and business role models share a common successful behavior: even on their hardest days, they made a choice to persevere, again and again, towards the direction of their dreams. Are you ready for this inspiration fest?!


  • “Everyone said to Vincent van Gogh, ‘You can’t be a great painter, you only have one ear.’ And you know what he said? ‘I can’t hear you.’”   Steven Carell, actor


  • “What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it—would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.”  Ralph Marston, author


  • “‘No’ just means ‘No, not right now.’”  Jaime Kalman Chipko, Business Coach


  • “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”   Walt Disney, founder of Walt Disney


  • “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”  Steve Jobs, founder of Apple


  • “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.”   Thomas A. Edison, inventor


  • “If you want the world to pay for projects, you have to be able to display why you’re worthy.”   Amanda Palmer, musician


  • “When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.”   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer


  • “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”   Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and philanthropist


  • “You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.”   Henry Ford, industrialist


  • “If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”   Zig Ziglar, business mogul


  • “Because you are alive, everything is possible.”   Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk


  • “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”   Martin Luther King, Jr., Equal Rights peace activist


  • “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”   Eleanor Roosevelt, Women’s Rights activist


  • “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”   Harriet Beecher Stowe, author


  • “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”   Lao Tzu, Taoist


  • “I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”   J. K. Rowling, author


  • “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”   Nelson Mandela, Equal Rights peace activist


  • “I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”   Miles Davis, musician


  • “‘Breathe, believe, and battle.’ My former coach, Troy Tanner, told us that before each match. Breathe—be in the moment. Believe—have faith that you can rise above it. Battle—you gotta be prepared to go for as long as it takes.”   Kerri Walsh, Olympic gold medalist


  • “The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.”  The Wright Brothers, inventors, pilots


  • “Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.”  Audrey Hepburn, actress


  • “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”  Pablo Picasso, painter


  • “You’ve got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.”  Ray Bradbury, author.


  • “There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.”  Bob Ross, painter, painting instructor

That last one is definitely our favorite. Paint happy trees!