140 Sales Motivational Quotes to Boost Performance

Ever feel like you need a little pep talk in sales? We all do sometimes!  Sales can be a challenging but rewarding career, and a bit of motivation can go a long way.

When you’re trying to lift everyone’s mood, a little inspirational sales quote can do wonders. It’s amazing how just a few words can help salespeople get back on track, whether they need motivation to boost their numbers or the courage to make important calls.

This blog post is packed with inspirational & sales motivational quotes to help you stay on top of your game, from dealing with tough clients to reaching your goals. Let’s jump in and get motivated!

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Sales Motivational Quotes

Sales motivational quotes are like fuel for your team’s engine, igniting passion and drive to surpass targets. They serve as guiding lights, inspiring perseverance, resilience, and excellence in every sales endeavor.

  1. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” —Henry David Thoreau
  2. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” -Thomas Edison
  3. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” -Og Mandino
  4. “Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.” -Daniel Pink
  5. “Become the person who would attract the results you seek.” -Jim Cathcart
  6. “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” -Madam C.J. Walker
  7. “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work … there are no limits.” —Michael Phelps
  8. “There’s always something to suggest that you’ll never be who you wanted to be. Your choice is to take it or keep on moving.” -Phylicia Rashad
  9. “90 percent of selling is conviction and 10 percent is persuasion.” – Shiv Khera“You have to drop your sales mentality and start working with your prospects as if they’ve already hired you.” – Jill Konrath
  10. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” -Jennifer Lopez
  11. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” -Sam Levenson
  12. “The way you ask a question—and how you follow through in the conversation—has an impact on the result you get. It might not change the outcome, but it can take a lot of the sting out of hearing no.” —Jia Jiang
  13. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” -Tony Robbins
  14. “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance — and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” –Oprah Winfrey
  15. “Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.” -Norman Ralph Augustine
  16. “Change before you have to.” -Jack Welch
  17. “If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.” – Zig Ziglar
  18. “If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will.” – Bob Hooey
  19. “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh
  20. “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
  21. “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
  22. “Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.” – Seth Godin
  23. “Companies should be selling ideas more than benefits. Sell Ideas. Not stuff.” – Aaron Ross
  24. “When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars, people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.” —Elon Musk
  25. “Make a customer, not a sale.” – Katherine Barchetti
  26. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” -Sam Levenson
  27. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” -George Addair
  28. “You’re only as good as your last sale, so you put your all into something and just hope that from that you can get your next job.” –Josh Peck
  29. “Honest and transparent content is the best sales tool in the world. Period.” – Marcus Sheridan
  30. “Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman, not the attitude of the prospect.” – William Clement Stone
  31. “The sales compensation plan is Batman, the sales contest is Robin.” – Mark Roberge
  32. “To me, job titles don’t matter. Everyone is in sales. It’s the only way we stay in business.” – Harvey Mackay
  33. “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.” —Zig Ziglar
  34. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” —Oprah Winfrey
  35. “Do not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best.” -Cassey Ho
  36. “In sales, a referral is the key to the door of resistance.” – Bo Bennett
  37. “Things never go as planned, so you need to always be ready to think on the fly. Always know that if you have a certain plan, it most likely won’t end up that way.” —Blaise Bevilacqua, UserGems
  38. “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” —Barack Obama
  39. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
  40. “The worst troll is the one that lives in your head.” —Austin Kleon
  41. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” —Zig Ziglar
  42. “Finally, I learned rejection is a compass. It teaches you what you don’t want so you can learn what you do.” —Cam Adair
  43. “A-B-C. Always Be Closing.” – Blake in Glengarry Glen Ross
  44. “Rejection is one of life’s most painful experiences, especially if you are used to being successful. It doesn’t have to be debilitating. Underneath rejection’s disappointment, there are lessons and growth awaiting us if we have the courage and humility to uncover them.” —Ron Carucci

Inspirational Sales Quotes

sales motivational quotes
  1. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You surely can’t live long enough to make them yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  2. “If you work just for money, you’ll never make it. But if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.” —Ray Kroc
  3. “Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all deadly sins.”- Edith Wharton
  4. “Become the person who would attract the results you seek.”- Jim Cathcart
  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. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”- Walt Disney
  7. “I stopped caring so much whether I got a yes or a no. Which meant, I supposed, that I was starting to care a bit less about what other people thought about me. And it felt liberating.” —Jia Jiang
  8. “Either run the day or the day runs you.”- Jim Rohn
  9. “Advertising works most effectively when it’s in line with what people are already trying to do.” —Mark Zuckerberg
  10. “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
  11. “Don’t watch the clock. Rather do what it does. Keep going.”- Sam Levenson
  12. “What differentiates sellers today is their ability to bring fresh ideas.”- Jill Konrath

Closing sales quotes

sales motivational quotes
  1. “This is not hard sell—it’s heart sell. Good questions get to the heart of the problem or the need very quickly, and the buyer doesn’t feel like he or she is being pushed.” —Jeffrey Gitomer
  2. “Never ever chase money. You should chase success, because with success money follows.” -Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones
  3. “The only way I can get you to do anything is by giving you what you want.” —Dale Carnegie.
  4. “Don’t try to do everything by yourself, but try to connect with people and resources. Having that discipline and perseverance is really important.” -Chieu Cao
  5. “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.” —Zig Ziglar
  6. “Be passionate and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal.” -Ava DuVernay
  7. “Don’t celebrate closing a sale; celebrate opening a relationship.” —Patricia Fripp
  8. “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” -Oprah Winfrey
  9. “If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.” —Zig Ziglar
  10. “There have been so many people who have said to me, ‘You can’t do that,’ but I’ve had an innate belief that they were wrong. Be unwavering and relentless in your approach.” –Halle Berry
  11. “Goals aren’t enough. You need goals plus deadlines: goals big enough to get excited about and deadlines to make you run. One isn’t much good without the other, but together they can be tremendous.” —Ben Feldman
  12. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” -Napoleon Hill
  13. “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
  14. “No matter how many customers you have, each is an individual. The day you start thinking of them as this amorphous ‘collection’ and stop thinking of them as people is the day you start going out of business.” -Dharmesh Shah
  15. “Confidence and enthusiasm are the greatest sales producers in any kind of economy.” —O.B. Smith
  16. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” -Vince Lombardi
  17. “You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.” -Diana Ross
  18. “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.” —Vince Lombardi

Prospecting sales quotes

sales motivational quotes
  1. “Until you contact the customer, you haven’t done anything.” – Mike Hunting 
  2. “The key is not to call the decision-maker. The key is to have the decision maker call you.” — Jeffrey Gitomer
  3. “It’s not about having the right opportunities. It’s about handling the opportunities right.” -Mark Hunter
  4. “A salesperson tells, a good salesperson explains, and a great salesperson demonstrates.” —Harvey Mackay
  5. “Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” -Rosa Parks
  6. “Always deliver more than expected.” —Larry Page
  7. “I have stood on a mountain of no’s for one yes.” -B. Smith
  8. “Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” -Ella Fitzgerald
  9. “Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman, not the attitude of the prospect.” —William Clement Stone
  10. “Solve customer problems and make sure that the customer is representative of a large market and then you will have a pretty good formula.” -Melanie Perkins
  11. “People don’t ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts.” —Robert Keith Leavitt
  12. “If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” -Erica Jong
  13. “Forget about the business outlook … be on the outlook for business.” —Paul J. Meyer
  14. “High expectations are the key to everything.” -Sam Walton
  15. “Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude.” —Ralph Marston
  16. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
  17. “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” —Zig Ziglar

Productivity sales quota

  1. “Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” –Caterina Fake 
  2. “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days.” —Zig Ziglar
  3. “Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.” –Peter Drucker
  4. “One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that needs not to be done at all.” —Brian Tracy
  5. “Where your attention goes, your time goes.” –Idowu Koyenikan
  6. “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” —Theodore Roosevelt
  7. “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” –Michael Jordan
  8. “The first part of success is ‘Get-to-it-iveness’; the second part of success is ‘Stick-to-it-iveness.’” —Orison Swett Marden
  9. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” –Bruce Lee
  10. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.” —Florence Nightingale
  11. “If you don’t give up on something you truly believe in, you will find a way.” -Roy T. Bennett
  12. “You cannot fail if you resolutely determine that you will not.” —Abraham Lincoln
  13. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” -Og Mandino
  14. “Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is home because she figured out a faster way.” —Jason Fried

Funny sales quotes

sales motivational quotes
  1. “The difference between ‘try’ and ‘triumph’ is just a little ‘umph.’” —Marvin Phillips
  2. “Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet.” –Sadie Delany
  3. “‘If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.’ This is another way of saying that if you have two important tasks before you, start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first.” —Brian Tracy
  4. “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” -John Madden
  5. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” —Richard Branson
  6.  “Whatever you are, be a good one.” -Abraham Lincoln
  7. “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” —Napoleon Bonaparte
  8. “Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible!'” -Audrey Hepburn
  9. “My sales objective is to get my prospects to look at my products the same way I look at bacon.” —Kurt Mortensen
  10. “Cherish forever what makes you unique, cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.” -Bette Midler
  11. “When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.” —Walter Payton
  12. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” -Winston Churchill
  13. “I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have in sales.” – Thomas Jefferson
  14. “There’s never any guarantee that anyone will like you. So if anyone likes you at all, you’ve already won.” -Chelsea Handler
  15. “Customers are like teeth. Ignore them and they’ll go away.” —Jerry Flanagan
  16. “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” -Sheryl Sandberg
  17. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary… and in a sales seminar run by a motivational speaker.” – Zig Ziglar
  18. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” -Bruce Lee
  19. “The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay… and keep making sales calls.” – Zig Ziglar
  20. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” – Vince Lombardi
  21. “If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will.” – Bob Hooey
  22. “The best salespeople are invisible. They make it about the customer, not about them.” – Jeffrey Gitomer
  23. “You don’t close a sale; you open a relationship if you want to build a long-term, successful enterprise.” – Patricia Fripp
  24. “Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman – not the attitude of the prospect.” – W. Clement Stone
  25. “The golden rule for every businessman is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place.” – Orison Swett Marden

Positive sales quotes

sales motivational quotes
  1. “The way you think about yourself determines your reality. You are not a salesperson; you are a problem solver.” – Brian Tracy
  2. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer
  3. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar
  4. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
  5. “The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack in will.” – Vince Lombardi
  6. “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” – Chris Grosser
  7. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar
  8. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson
  9. “In sales, a referral is the key to the door of resistance.” – Bo Bennett
  10. “Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust. ” – Zig Ziglar

Final thoughts on sales motivational quotes

Sales can be tough, but sales motivational quotes can help you stay positive and focused on achieving your goals. Sharing inspirational messages with your sales team can boost their morale and lead to better performance. So why not give it a try?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a sales quote?

A sales quote is a brief statement or phrase often used to motivate, inspire, or provide insights into the world of sales and business, typically authored by sales experts, entrepreneurs, or successful business figures.

How do you close sales quotes?

  • “The art of closing a sale lies in knowing when to stop talking and start listening.” – Brian Tracy
  • “Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.” – Seth Godin
  • “Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.” – Zig Ziglar

How do you write a sales quote?

To write a compelling sales quote, focus on addressing the customer’s needs or pain points, emphasize the benefits of your product or service, and include a call to action to prompt action. Keep it concise, engaging, and tailored to resonate with your target audience.

What is an attitude quote for sales?

  • “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude in sales.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “Sales is not about selling; it’s about serving with the right attitude.” – Jeffrey Gitomer
  • “A positive attitude can turn a ‘no’ into a ‘yes’ quicker than any sales technique.” – Jeffrey Gitomer

How to motivate a sales team when sales are down quotes?

  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  • “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” – Henry Ford
  • “Every setback is a setup for a comeback. Let’s use this moment to come back stronger than ever before.” – Joel Osteen

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