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Inspiring quotes to help you finish the year strong

Nov 1, 2017

success-mountain-463806-edited.jpegWe’re well into the final quarter of the year, and if you don’t anticipate a strong finish, there’s still time to turn things around.

Whether things are going swimmingly and you’re on track to meet your goals, or you’re finding yourself falling short, a little inspiration never hurt! We’ve curated a list of quotes aimed at motivating CRE professionals to do their best.


“Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
- Lou Holtz

“Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.”
- Drake

“Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
- Mark Twain

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
- Jim Ryun

Persuasion and Salesmanship

“90% of selling is conviction, and 10% is persuasion.”
- Shiv Khera

“Selling is a natural skill. It's developed as a child. You may know it as persuasion.”
- Jeffrey Gitomer

“I like to think of sales as the ability to gracefully persuade, not manipulate, a person or persons into a win-win situation.”
- Bo Bennett

“Salesmanship, too, is an art; the perfection of its technique requires study and practice.”
- James Cash Penney

Achieving Success

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
- Pele

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
- Winston Churchill

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
- Winston Churchill

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
- Albert Schweitzer

“The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it's possible to achieve the American dream.”
- Tommy Hilfiger


“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
- Thomas A. Edison

“You have to be able to accept failure to get better.”
- LeBron James

“It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
- Bill Gates

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”
- Brene Brown


“There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak.” - Simon Sinek

“The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.”
- Fran Lebowitz

“You can't fake listening. It shows.”
- Raquel Welch

“Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.”
- Mohsin Hamid

“In a high-IQ job pool, soft skills like discipline, drive and empathy mark those who emerge as outstanding.”
- Daniel Goleman


“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
- Marie Curie

“Limits, like fear, are often an illusion.”
- Michael Jordan

“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.”
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

“The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.”
- Brian Tracy


“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
- Zig Ziglar

“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.”
- LL Cool J

“Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them.”
- Eminem

“Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.”
- Les Brown

Honesty and Integrity

“Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.”
- James Altucher

“Personal relationships are always the key to good business. You can buy networking; you can't buy friendships.”
- Lindsay Fox

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
- Thomas Jefferson

“The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.”
- Zig Ziglar

“Many people resented my impatience and honesty, but I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect.”
- Jackie Robinson


“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
- Maya Angelou

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
- Winston Churchill

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”
- Albert Einstein

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
- Zig Ziglar

“Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude.”
- Lou Holtz

“There is nothing permanent except change.”
- Heraclitus

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
- George Bernard Shaw

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
- Frederick Douglass


“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.”
- Harold S. Geneen

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
- Peter Drucker

“Don't find fault, find a remedy.”
- Henry Ford

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”
- Ken Blanchard

Next: The 11 Psychological Secrets of Power Brokers

Nell Gable

Written by Nell Gable

Nell Gable is a freelance writer who specializes in creating compelling content for CRE companies and startups.

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