Sales Motivation: The Very best 100 Quotes for Inspiring Sales Greatness

Content Marketing ‌• February 17, 2017

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Some of the greatest innovators, leaders and businesspeople have encountered rejection at some point in their life. But, they persevered through trials and tribulations, countless cold calls, emails, and “no” after “no”. They succeeded in the face of fear and failure.

You too can succeed to rank high among the sales greats. All you need is a little insight, inspiration and motivation to get you started. Here are 100 sales motivation quotes that will help you be the best salesperson possible.

The sales motivation quotes for inspiring greatness

  1. “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
  2. “There’s no lotion or potion that will make sales faster and easier for you – unless your potion is hard work.” -Jeffrey Gitomer
  3. “The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!” -Marvin Phillips
  4. “Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.” -Zig Ziglar
  5. “The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.” -Henry Ford
  6. “There is only one way to make money: sell something. You’re either selling your time or a product. The secret? Productize your time. That’s freedom.” -Richie Norton
  7. “You’re rich if you are working around people you like. You will make money if you are energetic and intelligent. This society let’s smart people with drive earn a very good living. You will be no exception. -Warren Buffett
  8. “The reason it seems that price is all your customers care about is that you haven’t given them anything else to care about.” -Seth Godin
  9. “Keep yourself positive, cheerful and goal-oriented. Sales success is 80 percent attitude and only 20 percent aptitude.” -Brian Tracy
  10. “Make a customer, not a sale.” -Katherine Barchetti
  11. “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
  12. “Become the person who would attract the results you seek.” -Jim Cathcart
  13. “If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will.” -Bob Hooey
  14. “Internalize the Golden Rule of sales that says: All things being equal, people will do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like and trust.” -Bob Burg
  15. “People in business are uniquely unqualified to see their own companies and product objectively. Too much product knowledge causes them to instinctively answer questions no one is asking.”  -Roy H. Williams
  16. “When a consumer derives value – especially from something that was given to him for free – he becomes the best kind of evangelist.” -Mitch Joel
  17. “Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman, not the attitude of the prospect.” -W. Clement Stone
  18. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. -Beverly Sills
  19. “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” -Abraham Lincoln
  20. “The most unprofitable item ever manufactured is an excuse.” – John Mason
  21. There is no prize in sales for second place. It’s win or nothing. The masters know this and strive for – they fight for – that winning edge.” -Jeffrey Gitomer
  22. “Sales success comes after you stretch yourself past your limits on a daily basis.” -Omar Periu
  23. “Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods.” -Unknown
  24. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” -Og Mandino
  25. “You don’t need a big close, as many sales reps believe. You risk losing your customer when you save all the good stuff for the end. Keep the customer actively involved throughout your presentation, and watch your results improve.” -Harvey Mackay
  26. “You don’t close a sale; you open a relationship if you want to build a long-term, successful enterprise.” -Patricia Fripp
  27. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” -Sam Levenson
  28. “You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” -Babe Ruth
  29. “Best way to sell something: don’t sell anything. Earn the awareness, respect, and trust of those who might buy.” -Rand Fishkin
  30. “Remember, you only have to succeed the last time.” -Brian Tracy
  31. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” -George Addair
  32. “If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will.” -Bob Hooey
  33. “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” -Stephen R. Covey
  34. “Quality performance starts with a positive attitude.” -Jeffrey Gitomer
  35. “Consistent action creates consistent results.” -Christine Kane
  36. “Nobody is going to buy from you because you have a quota to meet. They are going to buy from you because they see value in doing so.” -Bob Burg
  37. “A salesman minus enthusiasm is just another clerk.” -Harry F. Banks
  38. “You sleep like you’re rich. I’m up like I’m broke.” -Grant Cardone
  39. “Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.” -George Van Valkenburg
  40. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” -Jim Rohn
  41. “Develop your dreams, advertise your goals, execute your plan, close the sale.” -Michael Dooley
  42. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” -John Wooden
  43. “Keep your sales pipeline full by prospecting continuously. Always have more people to see than you have time to see them.” -Brian Tracy
  44. “Most people think selling is the same as talking. But the most effective salespeople know that listening is the most important part of their job.” -Roy Bartell
  45. “You don’t need a big close, as many sales reps believe. You risk losing your customer when you save all the good stuff for the end. Keep the customer actively involved throughout your presentation, and watch your results improve.” -Harvey MacKay
  46. “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.” -Zig Ziglar
  47. “You should do the job you love whether or not you are getting paid for it. Do the job you love. Know that the money will follow.” -Warren Buffett
  48. “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” -Joshua J. Marine
  49. “I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.” -John D. Rockefeller
  50. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” -Winston Churchill
  51. To me, job titles don’t matter. Everyone is in sales. It’s the only way we stay in business.” -Harvey Mackay
  52. “Someone told me that each equation I included in the book would halve the sales.” -Stephen Hawking
  53. “Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman – not the attitude of the prospect.” -W. Clement Stone
  54. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” -Robert Kiyosaki
  55. “The sales department isn’t the whole company, but the whole company better be the sales department.” -Philip Kotler
  56. “In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words; people, product and profits. Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two.” -Lee Iacocca
  57. “It is not your customer’s job to remember you. It is your obligation and responsibility to make sure they don’t have the chance to forget you.” -Patricia Fripp
  58. “Good salespeople are not born. They’re trained.” -Dave Kurlan
  59. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” -Colin Powell
  60. “I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard.” -Estée Lauder
  61. “We never know when the next phone call made will open the door to the biggest sale made” -Mark Hunter
  62. “Selling is like dating: you do not attract someone by talking about yourself, but by being genuinely interested in the other person. So stop talking and start asking!” -Patrick Valtin
  63. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” -Will Rogers
  64. “Confidence and enthusiasm are the greatest sales producers in any kind of economy.” -O.B. Smith
  65. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” -Bruce Lee
  66. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” -Richard Branson
  67. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m Possible!’” -Audrey Hepburn
  68. “Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.” -Karl Marx
  69. “Subliminal influence, is the constant drive to the change in consumer choices.” -Wayne Chirisa
  70. “In the South, we tell stories. We tell stories if you’re in a sales position, if you’re in a retail position, you lure your customer by telling a story. You just do.” -Tate Taylor
  71. “Managing objections head on is dead on.” -Kraig Kleeman
  72. “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” -Abraham Lincoln
  73. “Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest or fastest; sooner or later those who win are those who think they can.” -Vince Lombardi
  74. “Today is always the most productive day of your week.” -Mark Hunter
  75. “Most people think “selling” is the same as “talking”. But the most effective salespeople know that listening is the most important part of their job.” -Roy Bartell
  76. “Success is the culmination of failures, mistakes, false starts, confusion and the determination to keep going anyway.” -Nick Gleason
  77. “The best sales questions have your expertise wrapped into them.” -Jill Konrath
  78. “Fear is the destroyer of dreams and the killer of ambitions.” -Jeffrey Benjamin
  79. “It’s not hard sell, it’s heart sell. Good questions get to the heart of the problem/ need/situation very quickly – without the buyer feeling like he or she is being pushed.” -Jeffrey Gitomer
  80. “Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.” -Napoleon Bonaparte
  81. “A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.” -Harvey Mackay
  82. “The first part of success is ‘Get-to-it-iveness’; the second part of success is ‘Stick-to-it-iveness’.” -Orison Marden
  83. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” -Steve Jobs
  84. “Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.” -Dale Carnegie
  85. “Be so good that they can’t ignore you.” -Steve Martin
  86. “We must all suffer from one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” -Unknown
  87. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
  88. “If the first thing people see is an unkempt person walking in with a sloppy presentation and unorganized material, then they will automatically think that everything else you have to offer is the same.” -Unknown
  89. “Sell me a fish and get your dollar, but sell me an idea of fishing and get a fortune.” -Oleg Smirnov
  90. “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” -Japanese proverb
  91. “Innovation is rewarded.  Execution is worshipped.” -Dan Gilbert
  92. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” -Mark Twain
  93. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” -Conrad Hilton
  94. “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” -Jack Canfield
  95. “If we learn from losing, we become winners in the end.” -Anonymous
  96. “The only thing that’s keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself.” -Tony Robbins
  97. “Success is the culmination of failures, mistakes, false starts, confusion, and the determination to keep going anyway.” -Nick Gleason
  98. “We must focus on purposes instead of just setting goals, for long-term vision is what keeps us from being frustrated by short-term failure.” -Dan Clark
  99. “In sales, it’s not what you say; it’s how they perceive what you say.” -Jeffrey Gitomer
  100. Be unforgettable. The more memorable you make yourself to clients, the easier the sales process will be.” -Timi Nadela


Thank you for taking the time to check out these excellent sales motivation quotes – for inspiring effective salespeople!

Sam McCue
Inbound Marketing guru, avid fisherman, and all-around backcountry enthusiast.

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