100+ Quotes About Business Growth, Success and Failure

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Problems are just a part of life and business. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. What if we handled life’s challenges with as much delight as life’s gifts…?

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Okay, so maybe that’s a stretch. It’s definitely hard to face challenges with as much joy as the good things. But we can at least aspire not to lament and anguish over them… to look at them as puzzles to solve and opportunities to grow.

Toward that, we’ve compiled 60 business growth quotes to help us stay in a solution-oriented mindset.

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We grow more quickly through seeking the learnings in the lessons, both personally and professionally.

Response vs. Reaction

In the news, reporters will ask guests with opposing views, “So what’s your reaction to that?” They never say, “What’s your thoughtful reflective response to that?”

The media thrives on conflict because it attracts viewers. That undoubtedly contributes to societal negativity, but it also sets in motion the habit of reactivity. But we, don’t have to participate. None of that serves our goals and our purpose.

Negativity and reactivity cannot serve your purpose.

Reactions are inflammation, and the more we react to circumstances in our lives, the more we may contribute to inflammation in our attitudes, our business, our relationships and in our bodies. And inflammation leads to disease. A healthy mindset leads to a healthier body, healthier business and healthier life.

So relax. Get into the journey of being a student of life, and seeing each challenge as a puzzle to solve and a opportunity to grow. 

Easier said than done? Yes, of course! But as with anything else, the more we practice, the better we get at it.

Struggles are Normal

If you are struggling in your business endeavors, know that you’re not alone. Struggle is normal. That’s how we grow stronger and better.

The more you learn to retrain and reframe, the less failure feels like pain, and it’s all just growth.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Struggle Makes us Stronger

The seedling struggles to push aside the soil and grow. The new mom pushes through pain and a baby is born. The butterfly beats its wings against the cocoon to grow strong enough to fly. The car moves because of the friction of the tire against the road. Our bodies stay healthier the more we push against gravity and move.

We can retrain our brains to embrace the struggle… to face the fears… to view the failures as what they are: opportunities to learn, grow and improve. We can actually rewire our brains to adapt and thrive from struggle rather than shut down. It’s about consciously engaging our minds, taking ownership and pushing through.

To help and inspire you in your journey, we’ve pulled together some quotes about business growth and personal growth to boost you when you’re down and fortify you when you’re in the arena. Remember…

“Every challenge you encounter can make you stronger or weaker. Choose strong… and you will be.”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

If you are struggling, know that you're not alone. We've pulled together some quotes about business growth to boost you when your down and fortify you when you're in the arena. Remember... #quotes #change #butterfly #

Quotes About Business Growth

“All growth is—by definition—a struggle. At first. But bringing light into dark places is what we’re here to do.”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

“Growth is the only evidence of life.”
~John Henry Newman, Leader of the Oxford Movement, Catholic Cardinal

“Failure makes you stronger if you learn from it and weaker if you run from it.”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

“When we no longer have to strive to succeed… when it’s all easy, then we’re not growing. If we’re not growing, we’re not as fully alive.”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

“Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping.” 
~Julia Margaret Cameron, British Photographer

“To fear failure keeps you from trying… it holds you back. Better to fear the fear of failure.
It is fear that holds you back, not failure.”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

“There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.”
~Ronald Reagan, Actor and 40th President of the United States

“When you learn the lesson, it’s not failure.”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

“The more you welcome failure the less it hurts.”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

“Sometimes we need a push and a little help from our friends. Find friends who will support your aspirations, and together, you will go farther.”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” 
~John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

“Success is like mining for gold. You have to dig through some dirt to get to the gold.”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

“Fail forward fast.”
~Multiple authors

“If ‘failure is the road to success’, then the more we face failure… dance with it… dine with it… make friends with it and learn from it, the more we will succeed.”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” 
~Harvey S. Firestone, Fonder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company

“What doesn’t work leads to what does.”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

“Growth is the only evidence of life.”
~John Henry Newman, Leader of the Oxford Movement, Catholic Cardinal

“What if failure was your friend?”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

“Genius is not a possession of the limited few, but exists in some degree in everyone. Where there is natural growth, a full and free play of faculties, genius will manifest itself.”
~Robert Henri, American Artist, Teacher at the Art Students League of New York

“It is impossible to progress without change, and those who do not change their minds can not change anything.”
~George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, 1856-195

What will you paint on the canvas of your day?
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

“I’ve long believed that if you’re not embarrassed by your first product release, you’ve released too late.”
~Reid Hoffman, cofounder-LinkedIn1)https://www.businessinsider.com/linkedin-reid-hoffman-explains-product-advice-2017-6

Building a business is like being a parent. You give your ‘child’ structure and principles, while remaining open to whatever it is to become.
~LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, cofounder-iCreateDaily

Building a business is like being a parent. You give your 'child' structure and principles, while remaining open to whatever it is to become. ~LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, cofounder-iCreateDaily #lifegoals #Dreams #Motivation #BucketLists #Ideas #Quotes #Money #IWant #Happy #ThingsToDo #Inspiration #Thoughts #Travel #Adventure #Fun #Friends #Awesome #People #Families #Heavens #RoadTrips #Wanderlust #Mottos #icreatedaily

“I planned my success. I knew it was going to happen.”
~Erykah Badu

Don’t let fear of failure hold you back. Fear of failure inhibits your travel on the road to success.
~LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, cofounder-iCreateDaily

“People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
~Tony Robbins

“It is consciousness that drives us. Best to man the wheel.”
~LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, cofounder-iCreateDaily

“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

"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 #AchievementQuotes #Goal #Inspiration #Inspirational #Proud #WorkHard #Mottos #Dream #YouAre #HardWork #Learning #Words #Believe #People #SoTrue #Thoughts #Wisdom #Heart #Keys #Business #Happiness #Strength #Entrepreneur #Mantra #Perspective #Beautiful #Passion #Determination

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
~Peter Drucker, Management Consultant and Author

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
~Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple, Inc.

“I learned to never kick someone when they’re down. Everyone makes mistakes, and some are real whoppers. But that makes them whopping opportunities, too.”
~Jack Welch, entrepreneur

Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.”
~Zig Ziglar, speaker, author, entrepreneur

“Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.”
~Sara Blakely, American billionaire businesswoman 

“Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.” ~Sara Blakely, American billionair businesswoman #focus #Quotes #Tips #Improve #Ford #Funny #Photography #Motivation #Inspiration #Art #Illustration #Goals #Meme #Background #OnYourGoals #Work #OnWhatMatters #Icon

I let go of my fear so that I wouldn’t die a thousand imagined deaths.
~LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, cofounder-iCreateDaily

“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.”
~Howard Schultz, entrepreneur, author

“It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.”
~ Mark Cuban, entrepreneur, investor

It’s in pushing against the gravity of resistance, that we grow stronger.
~LeAura Alderson, founder-MyTrainerFitness.com

“Belief system creates your perspective… your perspective is all that matters.”
~Tom Bilyeu, co-founder Quest Nutrition, founder Impact Theory

“Belief system creates your perspective… your perspective is all that matters.” ~Tom Bilyeu, co-founder Quest Nutrition, founder Impact Theory #lifegoals #Dreams #Motivation #BucketLists #Ideas #Quotes #Money #IWant #Happy #ThingsToDo #Inspiration #Thoughts #Travel #Adventure #Fun #Friends #Awesome #People #Families #Heavens #RoadTrips #Wanderlust #Mottos #icreatedaily

“You have a choice: you’re either going to repeat what you’re doing, or you’re going to evolve it.”
~Mel Robbins, American commentator, author, speaker

“Habits make up 50% of our daily actions. 80% of our thoughts are the same thoughts circling around.”
~Liz Josefsberg author of Target 100, exercise & nutrition expert

Overcoming resistance is far more important than talent.
~Steven Pressfield, author of historical fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays

We gain belief the more we take action on something… because we develop skills in that action taking.
~Lewis Howes, entrepreneur, podcaster, author

Creativity and innovation are fueled by curiosity and a willingness to fail.
~Chip Conley, American hotelier, hospitality entrepreneur, author and speaker

Creativity and innovation are fueled by curiosity and a willingness to fail. ~Chip Conley, American hotelier, hospitality entrepreneur, author and speaker #Quotes #Inspiration #Ideas #Art #Writing #Photography #Design #Projects #Drawings #Exercises #Business #Aesthetic #Lettering #Thinking #Journal #Gifts #Decor #Illustration #Home #icreatedaily #Poster #Images #Marketing #Portfolio #poetry

The only thing between you and the results that you want are the habits that you practice on a regular basis.
~Ryan Daniel Moran, entrepreneur, investor, podcaster

Anything that creates resistance, builds power… builds character.
~ Todd White, Dry Farm Wines

“Success is like mining for gold. You have to dig through some dirt to get to the gold.”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Get into your zone and do the things which ignite you.
~ Caspar Craven, businessman, creator, author

It’s never the big things… it’s all the little changes you can make in your life that make the difference.
~Dean Graziosi, on Impact Theory

It’s never the big things… it’s all the little changes you can make in your life that make the difference. ~Dean Graziosi, on Impact Theory

Sitting on the bench will only result in splinters. Life is a contact sport, and you’ll never know unless you try.
~LeVar Burton, American actor, presenter, director and author

To give in to cravings, impulses and reactions, is to be ruled by your lizard brain. To master yourself requires that you level up to your best expectations.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Structure creates freedom.
~Erik Wahl, artist, author, speaker

Revisit the unknown every single day until it becomes a known.
~Dr. Joe Dispenza, Author, educator, researcher

Never let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
~John Wooden, American basketball player and head coach

Never let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~John Wooden, American basketball player and head coach #Quotes #Design #Inspiration #Art #Photography #Motivation #Background #Wallpaper #Ideas #Project #Typography #Film #Photos #Create

“Every second you spend thinking about what somebody else has, is taking away time that you could create something for yourself.”
~Gary Vaynerchuk, entrepreneur, visionary

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”
~ Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, interior designer, writer, educator

“What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.”
~Margaret Thatcher, Former British Prime Minister

Most people are not yet ready to change… to do the work necessary to achieve what they need to achieve.  Are you? What’s one thing within your control, that if you but changed it, your life would be better?”
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Most people are not yet ready to change… to do the work necessary to achieve what they need to achieve. Are you? What’s one thing within your control, that if you but changed it, your life would be better?” ~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com #writing #Tips #Prompts #Inspiration #Motivation #Creative #Ideas #Quotes #ABook #creating #authors #fiction #quotes

“To love what you do and feel like it matters, how could anything be more fun?”
~Katharine Graham, first American female Fortune 500 CEO.

“My best successes came on the heels of failures.” 
~Barbara Corcoran, American businesswoman, investor, speaker

“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”
~Jack Welch, American business executive, author, & chemical engineer

“Every successful business professional I know is constantly learning, reading, growing in their field.”
~Rachel Hollis, American author, motivational speaker & blogger

“The road to success and greatness is always paved with consistent hard work. Outwork your competitors, be authentic, and above all else, chase your greatness.” 
~Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, American actor, producer, & former professional wrestler

“Always remember if you can’t be happy for someone else’s success you won’t be blessed with any of your own.”
~Charlamagne Tha God, American radio presenter, television personality, & author

“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s every been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.’ You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.” 
~Will Smith, American actor, rapper and media personality

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”
~Anne Sweeney, American business woman

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”
~Sara Blakely, American billionaire businesswoman & founder of Spanx

“Where do you put the fear when you choose to innovate? The fear is there, but you have to find a place to put it.”
~Seth Godin, entrepreneur, author, and public speaker

“My view is there’s no bad time to innovate.”
~Jeff Bezos, American technology entrepreneur, investor, & philanthropist

“I want to be investing in the future and not the present.”
~Chris Sacca

“For an entrepreneur, sometimes the smallest step in the right direction, ends up being the best step of your life. Stick in your little to first if you must, but take the step.”
~Lori Greiner

“In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.”
~Peter F. Drucker, management consultant, educator, and author

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
~Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple

“When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.”
~Josh James, co-founder and CEO of Omniture, founder, and CEO of Domo

“Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.”
~Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

“We used to write this down by saying, ‘Move fast and break things.’ And the idea was, unless you are breaking some stuff, you are not moving fast enough.”
~Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Facebook

“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had—every day I’m learning something new.”
~Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
~Tony Robbins, businessman, author, and philanthropist.

“‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way.”
~Timothy Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Work Week”

“Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.”
~Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”
~Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance

“It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.”
~Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx Inc.

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
~Vince Lombardi, executive, head coach, and NFL player

“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”
~Arianna Huffington, founder, The Huffington Post

“When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.”
~Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

If you want to grow a successful creative business in the world, it’s critical to learn to focus on productivity, efficiency and expanding your capacity. Your business growth is in your hands.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Create What You Want

Each day is a new beginning, a new opportunity to strive for excellence.  Don’t let the pitfalls of the past weigh you down. Getting up from failure makes us stronger. Failure is not a bad word; It’s how we learn.

Many of the “great” creatives, from past and present, attribute their success to daily habits.  Showing up even when the going gets tough, and instead of “waiting” for the flow to arrive, they create it. Daily. And this… becomes their flow. They create it through daily practice.

What Makes all the Difference

It does not have to be the next big master piece. Perhaps you’ve heard the story of the pottery teacher who separated his students into two categories. One group was told to work on just one project, making it perfect.  The other group was told to produce quantity (not focusing on quality).  Can you guess who produced the best AND most work?

Yep. The second group.

You can find that story online, or in the book where it may have originated: Art & Fear.

It’s the process of showing up each day to do your work that makes all the difference. Each step towards your goal, even if it’s 15 minutes organizing your space, helps you create your artistic flow. It’s the daily intent, focus and momentum that will see you to your goal.

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
~Pablo Picasso, Spanish multidisciplinary artist, poet, playwright, 1881-1773

For more quotes to rev your resolve, you may also enjoy:

The Road to Success
Quotes on positive mindset
Growth mindset quotes

Create the life you want to live, one day at a time.

The Day is the Way.

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