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The words of someone we’ve never met can literally change our lives. But who are the people behind the words, and are their words really worth listening to? Here we have listed some of our favourite inspiring quotes about business success, and some information about the people behind the quote.

“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser

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Chris Grosser Photography was founded and launched in 2007. Chris was 18 years of age while simultaneously launching his company and completing his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida, studying Business & Marketing. His work has since been viewed by millions of fans in over 85 countries worldwide. Chris is an individual driven to succeed and, as well as continuing with this photography business, is currently working in partnership with Tesla in their Naples, Florida store.

We like these words because reminds us not to just sit back and wait for moments to happen, but that we should strive to make those opportunities for ourselves.


“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” – Charles F. Kettering

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Charles F. Kettering was an American inventor. His accomplishments in the field of science earned him the role of Head of Research at General Motors spanning three decades. At the time of his death he held 186 patents for his inventions and made many strides forward in automotive developments and was also responsible for inventing air conditioning, something we can all be thankful for.

We like these words because it reminds us to persevere and that if we keep trying, we could discover something amazing, something that would not happen if we did not strive.


“So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” – Caterina Fake, Co-founder, Flickr

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Caterina started her career working in one of the first website development companies at the birth of the internet. She helped develop websites for some of the most influential companies including MacDonalds and Nike. Caterina co-founded a company that under her leadership created a photo sharing website called Flickr. She has since gone on to work for other influential companies.

We like these words because it reminds us to focus our creativity along the correct channels. It’s no point working hard at the wrong thing so find your passion and go for it!


“The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” – John D. Rockefeller Jr.

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John D Rockefeller Jr. was influential in working for fair working conditions for both men and women and believed that happy workers were productive workers so therefore should be looked after. He donated much of his wealth to causes he valued, such as educational, medical, and other charitable projects. Alongside other accomplishments, it should also be noted that he donated the land in Manhattan that the United Nations was built on, for that purpose.

We like these words because it reminds us that there is opportunity all around us, we just need to recognise the ‘thing’ that is essential in our lives and strive our hardest to be the best at providing that. Not always easy to recognise but hey, someone invented the Chuckit ball launcher for dog owners, so opportunities are out there. Genius!


“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney


Walt Disney’s legacy really does speak for itself. A leader in animation innovation, he holds the record for the number of Academy Awards earned by an individual and his influence is still felt all over the world, even over 5 decades after his death.

We like these words because it reminds us not to be disheartened by failure. That a failure often opens up new pathways to success that you may not have thought about before. Consider the story of WD40, 40th attempt to create the perfect formula. If the inventor, John S. Barry, hadn’t persevered after the 39th failure, we wouldn’t find that product in almost every home in the UK.


“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” – Marissa Mayer, former CEO of Yahoo

06 Marissa Meyer

After working for Google from 1999 to oversee development of the search engine and the physical look of the homepage. She also worked on the team that developed Adwords. Marissa then served as the president and chief executive officer of Yahoo!, a position she held from 2012 until 2017.

We like these words because it reminds us to push our boundaries. To push ourselves to try harder outside of our comfort zone and that is when the magic happens.


“The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” – President Barack Obama

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What can we say about the life and achievements of President Obama that haven’t already been said by many others. We believe that his qualifications and successes speak for themselves and that his words are well worth listening to.

We like these words, mostly because we like President Obama, he’s the coolest, but also because it reminds us to embrace failure, that it tests our character and that we should learn from it and not let it beat us into submission.


“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

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Mary Anne is an author of inspirational books and provides workshops that help inspire people to be creative and to ind their inner artist. She is also an innovative artist herself, working to find creative ways to express herself, and counts herself lucky to be engaged in the work that she loves.

We like these words because it reminds us to listen to our instinct and that we can achieve amazing things if we close our eyes, take a breath and then take a leap of faith.


“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs

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And from the man himself, truer words have never been spoken. Again, we present someone who to world knows so much about, not least because he was the face and drive of Apple before his death in 2011. Steve is a professional who encounters many obstacles on his path to success and never stopped trying to find new ways to succeed and create innovative designs and concepts that have forever changes the way we interact with the world today.

We like these words because Steve Jobs was just the coolest, and because it reminds us that success is usually the result of a lot of really hard work and a lot of time. People usually don’t see or appreciate that and give up too easily, but if you persevere, put in the time, grow your business over time, then the results will be worth the wait.


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For more of our ‘Favourite’ lists see our list of favourite street art, or our list of beautiful workspaces

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