30 Motivational Sales Quotes to Inspire Success

Here are 30 motivational sales quotes to keep your head up and power through any rejections.

But first, what is it that separates good salespeople from great salespeople?

Salespeople have one of the hardest jobs in the world to do. They deal with rejection on a daily basis. Making a sale comes down to powering through call after call, email after email, and ‘no’ after ‘no’.

But, the greatest salespeople, thinkers, and leaders have also dealt with rejection, fear and hard times. They stepped out of their comfort zones and took a chance, succeeding in the face of failure.

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1) “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

Brian Tracy motivational sales quote, approach customers with idea of helping

2) “If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will.” – Bob Hooey

sales motivation quote by Bob Hooey, take care of your customer

3) “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

Havey Mackay motivational sales quote, don't save your best for presentation close
Take a moment to read through some of the greatest motivational sales quotes ever spoken. Keep them in mind on your next call for a little extra drive.

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4) “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

This classic sales quote references the importance of time management when running a business or making sales.  It relies heavily on the 80 20 rule, which is also known as the pareto principle, which states that most of your results (up to 80%) come from a small amount of your effort (around 20%).  Be sure to check out my time management training resources for techniques and strategies that will keep you in charge of your daily schedule and activities.  This is even more important as you plan for closing the sales year strong.


5) “Make a customer, not a sale.” – Katherine Barchetti


6) “Keep your sales pipeline full by prospecting continuously. Always have more people to see than you have time to see them.” – Brian Tracy


7) “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill

One of the earliest self-help authors, Napoleon Hill, realized the important difference between goals and dreams. Today, we use SMART Goals to make sure all of our dreams are converted to goals by making them specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.


8) “Your attitude not your aptitude will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar was a brilliant man who believed in the power of positive thinking. His business and sales success were largely due in part to his uplifting attitude and optimistic spirit.


9) “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

If you don’t have time to write a motivational speech for your sales team, at least tell them this Vince Lombardi quote and send them a link to my blog post about how to believe in yourself and boost your confidence.


10) “Your life can only get better when you do. Do something every day to improve your key skill areas.” – Brian Tracy


11) “If you are not moving closer to what you want in sales (or in life), you probably aren’t doing enough asking.” – Jack Canfield


12) “To build a long-term, successful enterprise, when you don’t close a sale, open a relationship.” – Patricia Fripp


13) “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn

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Jim Rohn was a wise man and pointed out this unique relationship between motivation and habit. Once you’ve found your sales motivation, keep the momentum by learning how to create successful habits in 7-steps with my free Ebook, The Power of Habit.


14) “Begin always expecting good things to happen.” – Tom Hopkins


15) “Timid salesmen have skinny kids.” – Zig Ziglar


16) “Dream big! There are no limitations to how good you can become or how high you can rise except the limits you put on yourself.” – Brian Tracy


17) “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins


18) “Sales success comes after you stretch yourself past your limits on a daily basis.” – Omar Periu


19) “Expect the best, prepare for the worst, capitalize on what comes.” – Zig Ziglar


20) “Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman – not the attitude of the prospect.” – W. Clement Stone


21) “Value the relationship more than the quota.” – Jeff Gitomer


22) “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” – Henry Ford


23) Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.” – Zig Ziglar


24) “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison


25) “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair


26) “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” – Jack Canfield


27) “There’s no lotion or potion that will make sales faster and easier for you – unless your potion is hard work.” – Jeffery Gitomer


28) “Always do your best. What you plant now, will harvest later.” – Og Mandino


29) “Keep yourself positive, cheerful and goal-oriented. Sales Success is 80% attitude and only 20% aptitude.” – Brian Tracy


30) “Develop and attitude of gratitude. Say ‘Thank you’ to everyone you meet for everything they do for you.” – Brian Tracy



Did I miss any of your favorite motivational sales quotes? Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite. Here are my favorite inspirational success quotes for more motivation!

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30 Motivational Sales Quotes to Inspire Success
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30 Motivational Sales Quotes to Inspire Success
30 of the greatest sales quotes ever said to help fuel your sales drive and create success. Use them when you need extra sales inspiration.
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About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

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