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December 31, 2015 // 8:30 AM

50 Motivational Quotes to Ignite Your Sales Drive in 2016

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Salespeople have to deal with more negativity than almost any other professional. For every deal signed, there's bound to be countless unanswered calls, emails that fell into an abyss, and prospects that sharply demand to know, "What's this about anyway?" It can be hard to power through all the "nos" that necessarily dot the path to a "yes."

But you know who else dealt with rejection? Some of the greatest thinkers, leaders, and businesspeople of our time. And they didn't just persevere through the hard times -- failure is what made them succeed. The next time you feel like you just can't deal with your obstacles for one more minute, read through this list and internalize the quote that resonates the most with you. Draw on the speaker's strength and know that they're rooting for you. 

1) "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." - Thomas Edison

2) "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." - Og Mandino

3) "Become the person who would attract the results you seek.” - Jim Cathcart

4) "Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going." - Sam Levenson

5) "Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear." - George Addair

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

7) "Quality performance starts with a positive attitude." - Jeffrey Gitomer

8) "Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." - Thomas Jefferson

9) "Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." - Tony Robbins

10) "The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." - Thomas Paine

11) "We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way." - George S. Patton

12) "Motivation will almost always beat mere talent." - Norman Ralph Augustine

13) "Change before you have to." - Jack Welch

14) “Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.” - Daniel Pink

15) "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse." - Florence Nightengale

16) "Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude." - Zig Ziglar

17) "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

18) "You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take." - Wayne Gretzky

19) "I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance?" - Jill Konrath

20) "There is always room at the top." - Daniel Webster

21) "It ain't over 'til it's over." - Yogi Berra

22) “It’s not about having the right opportunities. It’s about handling the opportunities right.” - Mark Hunter

23) "A goal is a dream with a deadline." - Napolean Hill

24) "Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is." - Vince Lombardi

25) "Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting." - Christopher Morley

26) "If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on." - Sheryl Sandberg

27) "Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission." - Zig Ziglar

28) "You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do." - Henry Ford

29) "Trying is winning in the moment." - Dan Waldschmidt

30) "Fall down seven times and stand up eight." - Proverb

31) “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” - Joe Namath

32) "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." - William James

33) "You just can't beat the person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth

34) "Lean in, speak out, have a voice in your organization, and never use the word 'sorry.'" - Trish Bertuzzi

35) "Whatever you are, be a good one." - Abraham Lincoln

36) “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” - John Madden

37) “Fortune favors the bold.” - Virgil

38) “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.” - Winston Churchill

39) "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." - John D. Rockefeller

40) "High expectations are the key to everything." - Sam Walton

41) "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt

42) "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John R. Wooden

43) "There is little success where there is little laughter." - Andrew Carnegie

44) "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

45) "What we dwell on is who we become." - Oprah Winfrey

46) "It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results." - Warren Buffett

47) "Nothing is impossible; the word itself says 'I'm possible!'" - Audrey Hepburn

48) "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve Jobs

49) "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." Bruce Lee

50) "Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." - Wayne Dyer

Editor's note: This post was originally published in December 2014 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

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