20 Epic CEO Quotes to Help You Conquer the World | Motivational Quotes for Work

When you wake up in the morning, are you excited to begin another workday? Are you striving to achieve more, to sell your idea or create something that’s never been created before? Or are you frustrated, hitting the wall to find out what your professional passion truly is?

Sometimes, a little motivation goes a long way, and some of the world’s most innovative CEOs are a great source of that motivation.

These 20 epic quotes from these motivational CEOs will give you the fuel you need to take that one extra step on your way to achieving your goals.

Which quote is your favorite? Did we miss including your favorite CEO quote? Share your favorites in the comments!
“If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning.”

—     Larry Page, Google

“Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves—and by which they are willing to be judged.”

—     Frederick W. Smith, FedEx

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow.”

—     Marissa Mayer, Yahoo

“When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.”

—     Larry Ellison, Oracle

“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world … if you do so, you are insulting yourself.”

—     Bill Gates, Microsoft

“In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart.”

—     Howard Schultz, Starbucks

“The term ‘too big to fail’ must be excised from our vocabulary.”

—     Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase

“To me, business isn’t about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It’s about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.”

—     Richard Branson, Virgin Group

“Don’t just let your career happen to you. You need to be strategic about how you define your leadership journey and where that takes you.”

—     Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company

“Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you.”

—     Tony Hsieh, Zappos

“At the end of the day, don’t forget that you’re a person.”

—     Indra Nooyi, Pepsi Co.

“Don’t worry about failure. You only have to be right once.”

—     Drew Houston, Dropbox

“Find your passion, and it’s no longer work.”

—     L.A. Reid, Epic Records

“The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.”

—     Marc Benioff, Salesforce

“Even a mediocre idea created and presented with passion can change the world.”

—     Boland T. Jones, PGi

“Not everything needs changing. Some things need protecting. And that can be just as important, challenging and rewarding as changing the world.”

—     Mary Barra, General Motors

“Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.”

—     Lisa Stone, BlogHer

“You don’t need to be a genius or a visionary, or even a college graduate for that matter, to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.”

—     Michael Dell, Dell Inc.

“Pessimists may be right in the end, but an optimist has a much better time getting there.”

—     Samuel R. Allen, Deere

“There is no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving success.”

—     Heather Bresch, Mylan


About Blakely T.

Blakely is a work-life juggler with three little monsters, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book-a-holic, Atlanta transplant and PR/social/content strategist (and presentations nerd) for PGi.

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