35 Motivational Sales Quotes to Inspire Your Sales Team

For many of us, April heralds the start of a brand new Financial Year. The sales heroes of last year have been reset to zero and we begin the relentless pursuit of our revenue target all over again.

Any new sales year throws up additional challenges that can unsettle. Territories change size or shape, targets head north while the general business climate is taking a little bit of a sigh. One thing is for sure, there will be factors that will challenge the motivation of your sales teams as we bravely head into the new year.

Motivational Sales QuotesSuccessful sales professionals are typically self-motivated and require little nurturing in that sense. After all, they deal with ample amounts of negativity daily. For every deal they close, they face countless unanswered calls and emails, not to mention uninterested or even hostile prospects. It can be hard to power through the “no thanks” and stay on the road to a “yes please”.

As a result, we can all benefit from hearing the inspirational thoughts of leaders that have overcome adversity; thoughts that will drive us to achieve greater heights.

The sun is shining, we are already two months into a new sales year so what better time to share a few motivational sales quotes you can sprinkle into your team meetings and presentations to drive your team onwards towards their target?

There are many thought-provoking quotes out there, but we thought we would assemble the ones that really inspired us from some of the world’s greatest leaders, thinkers and sports coaches. Enjoy.

Before we get started, let’s dwell on a Japanese proverb that is as powerful as it is simple and lends itself nicely to a typical sales journey:

“Fall down seven times and stand up eight” – A Japanese Proverb


35 Motivational Sales Quotes to Inspire Your Sales Team 

  1. If we learn from losing, we become winners in the end.
    – Anonymous


  1. In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
    – Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist


  1. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
    – Winston Churchill, Politician


  1. How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
    – G.K. Chesterton, Writer


  1. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
    – Franklin D. Roosevelt, Founding Father


  1. The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
    – Thomas Paine, Founding Father


  1. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.
    – David Brinkley, Broadcaster


  1. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
    – Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father


  1. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
    – Edison, Inventor & Businessman


  1. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
    – Walt Disney, Entrepreneur, Animator & Film Producer


  1. I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.
    – Estée Lauder, Businesswoman


  1. Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.
    – Steve Jobs, Entrepreneur, Businessman, Inventor & Industrial Designer


  1. What I’ve learned from running is that the time to push hard is when you’re hurting like crazy and you want to give up. Success is often just around the corner.
    – Sir James Dyson, Inventor & Industrial Designer


  1. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
    Thomas Edison, Inventor and Businessman


  1. The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
    – Mark Twain, Writer, Humourist, Entrepreneur, Publisher & Lecturer


  1. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
    Wayne Gretzky, Former Professional Ice Hockey Player & Head Coach


  1. It ain’t over ’til it’s over.
    Yogi Berra, Former Professional Baseball Catcher, Manager & Coach


  1. The starting point of all achievement is desire.
    Napolean Hill, Author


  1. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.
    Vince Lombardi, Former Football Player, Coach & Executive


  1. Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission.
    Zig Ziglar, Author, Salesman & Motivational Speaker


  1. You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
    Henry Ford, Industrialist


  1. If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?
    Joe Namath, Former American Football Quarterback & Actor


  1. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
    William James, Philosopher & Psychologist


  1. You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.
    Babe Ruth, Former Professional Baseball Player


  1. They can because they think they can.
    Virgil, Ancient Roman Poet of the Augustan Period


  1. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
    John R. Wooden, Former Basketball Player & Head Coach 


  1. It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.
    Warren Buffett, Business Magnet, Investor & Philanthropist


  1. If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.
    – Zig Ziglar, Author, Salesman & Motivational Speaker


  1. The most unprofitable item ever manufactured is an excuse.
    – John Mason, Author


  1. Success is the culmination of failures, mistakes, false starts, confusion, and the determination to keep going anyway.
    – Nick Gleason, Activist and Entrepreneur


  1. He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
    – Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father


  1. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
    – Beverly Sills, Operatic Soprano


  1. Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest or fastest; sooner or later those who win are those who think they can.
    – Richard Bach, Writer


  1. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
    – Dale Carnegie, Writer


  1. If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
    – Josh Billings, Author and Lecturer


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