30 Of The Best Motivational Sales Quotes (7 and 21 Might Surprise You)

Chris Sutton
Digital Copywriter
Motivated businessman

Thousands of the best Sales speakers, media personalities and business experts make up our roster of talent here at The Motivational Speakers Agency. We have collected a few of their great motivational sales quotes that can motivate you and your team to sales success.

Whether you are new to business or have a big team to keep on-side, here are 30 motivational sales quotes that can help inspire you to new heights.

1. “Your unhappiest customers are your greatest sources of learning.”

Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft  

2. "I pick up the details that drive the organization insane. But sweating the details is more important than anything else."

- Indra Nooyi, Amazon Director Ranked Among the World's 100 Most Powerful Women  

3. "Don't try to blame the rest of the world. The blame only lies with you. Recognize that immediately."

- Lord Alan Sugar, Founder of Amstrad and former Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur FC  

4. "In sales, it's not what you say; it's how they perceive what you say."

- Jeffrey Gitomer, American Business Author & Speaker  

5. “It should now be considered a basic law of commerce: Simplicity attracts.”

- Ken Segall, Creative Force Behind Apple's "Think Different" Campaign  

6. "I knew how to write the songs and how to create the sauce and all the recipes, but to run a bloody restaurant? I must admit that I didn't know f*** all about that."

- Levi Roots, British Entrepreneur Behind Reggae Reggae Sauce  

7. "By putting the employee first, the customer effectively comes first by default, and in the end, the shareholder comes first by default as well."

- Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group 

Sir Richard Branson

8. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it.”

- Jordan Belfort, The Real "Wolf of Wall Street"  

9. "Set goals for yourself and put actionable steps in place to ensure that you achieve them. Whether you aim to get a promotion at work or set up your very own business, these ideas will only remain dreams until you write plan out how you are going to reach them by writing down realistic steps towards hitting your targets."

- Kellie Hoppen, Interior Design Entrepreneur & Former Dragons' Den Investor  

10. "If you don’t have faith in yourself, then nobody else will have faith in you."

- Hilary Devey, CEO of Pall-Ex  

11. “You have to make your own chances.”

- Duncan Bannatyne, Business Angel on BBC's Dragons' Den  

12. "Hire salespeople who are really smart problem solvers, but lack courage, hunger and competitiveness, and your company will go out of business."

- Ben Horowitz, US Businessman, Author & Co-Founder of Andreessen Horowitz  

13. "Don't be afraid of things going wrong. Before you achieve success you nearly always face temporary defeat – sometimes total failure – and the easiest thing in the world is to just walk away, or simply not bother. Those who succeed find a way through. West Ham has been a good example."

- Baroness Karren Brady, Football's First Female MD  

14. "Too often, sales reps simply regurgitate their presentations and expect to land the sale. It doesn't work."

- Harvey Mackay, Author of 7x New York Times' Bestsellers  

15. "I have always shouted from the rooftops about my businesses but I had never ever spoken about my personal life."

- Baroness Michelle Mone, Founder of MJM International & Parliamentarian  

16. "We’re not just juggling a lot of balls. We’re juggling knives and chainsaws and burning things. We have to catch every one of them, and we have to catch them by their handles."

- Martin Eberhard, Co-Founder of Tesla  

17. "I have always had self-belief and never really worried about the future. I have never been afraid of risk."

- Piers Linney, British Business Bank Director & Former Dragons' Den Angel  

18. “Because, you know, resilience – if you think of it in terms of the Gold Rush, then you’d be pretty depressed right now because the last nugget of gold would be gone. But the good thing is, with innovation, there isn’t a last nugget. Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.”

- Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon  

19. “Approach each customer with the idea of helping him or her to solve a problem or achieve a goal, not of selling a product or service.”

– Brian Tracy, Best-selling Self-Development Author

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20. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

- Thomas Edison, One of the Greatest Inventors in History  

21. “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

- Steve Jobs, Co-Founded Apple  

Steve Jobs

22. “The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.”

– Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister  

23. "Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, 'Make me feel important.' Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life."

- Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics  

24. "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."

- Walt Disney, Pioneer of Animation & Founder of Walt Disney  

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25. "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react. There are some things we can't control and some things that do happen to us that we can't take back, but how we deal with it afterwards is our future... I think anybody can do anything they want if they stay positive and determined."

- Katie Piper, British Activist, Writer & Motivational Speaker  

26. "The war is always in your head"

- Ant Middleton, Lead Star of SAS: Who Dares Wins  

27. "You've got no chance of reaching the top if you're just playing for money."

- Gary Lineker, Former England International Footballer turned Match of the Day Host  

28. "I don't do this for the money, I don't do it for record sales, I don't really care about that, I just want to make beats."

- David Guetta, International Multi-Platinum-Selling DJ  

29. "I was 12 when I started and 34 before I achieved my dream, that should give people hope."

- Dame Kelly Holmes, Double Olympic Gold Medallist  

30. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”

– Michael John Bobak, Digital Artist from Philadelphia  

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We hope you enjoyed 30 of the best motivational quotes for sales teams and are now in a position to better inspire your team.

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