45 Inspiring Quotes from Thought Leaders

One of the things I like the most doing is learning from other people’s experiences, and reading inspiring quotes from thought leaders is one of the best ways to learn more about the niches and industries that I am passionate about.

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If you are like me and would like to get some pearls of wisdom from these inspiring quotes then sit tight, and check out our list of 45 quotes from thought leaders.

You will find inspiring quotes, motivational quotes, success quotes, overcome challenges quotes, and life quotes. Additionally, you get stunning images with the quotes to share with your network.

Follow Your Vision Quotes (Love what you do)


“Once you free yourself from the need for perfect acceptance, it’s a lot easier to launch work that matters.” Seth Godin

We find ourselves looking for people’s approval all the time. Be it family or relatives, friends, loved ones; we want them to support our goals and ambitions.

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However, when that becomes a condition for us to take that first step and keep pushing toward our dreams, passion, and projects, then it becomes a hindrance. Don’t stop, keep pushing


“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” 
— Howard Schultz

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Being afraid of taking risks is a known feeling for most of us mortals, and overcoming that fear and striving to do a lot more than ‘usual’ can be extremely rewarding.


“Don’t let others tell you what you can’t do. Don’t let the limitations of others limit your vision. If you can remove your self-doubt and believe in yourself, you can achieve what you never thought possible.” 
― Roy T. Bennett

I love this quote! We should not allow other peoples’ opinions to be the sole criteria for measuring our success or failures.

Most successful leaders or influencers would not have gone far if they focused on their limits, the said ‘limits’ are surpassed time after time, and they reach the pinnacle of their business/careers.


“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.” 
― Helen Kelle

How many times were you told that you needed to see and think more about the world, your career, your business, your personal life, and so many other things?

Thinking deeply about the reason why you are alive, what are you working for, and hoping to achieve, what are your passions and the perfect outcome for your endeavors is the way to go.


“Create a vision for the life you really want and then work relentlessly towards making it a reality.” 
― Roy T. Bennett

When you come up with the answers to the questions asked in the fourth quote comments, then you craft your vision, one that will drive you and inspire you never to give up.

Never Give Up Quotes (Resilience)

What you do in those situations will separate you from the rest, and let me be clear there are only two groups of people here:

(1) The ones who give up, and (2) the ones who find a way to jump, get around, or break that wall and continue moving forward. Which would you like to be?

Check out a few quotes on resilience, overcoming challenges, and fear down below, and get inspired!


“Resilience is not about being able to bounce back like nothing has happened. Resilience is your consistent resistance to give up.” 
― Janna Cachola

There are times where we hit a wall in life when it seems like we can no longer move forward.

What you do in those situations will separate you from the rest, and let me be clear there are only two groups of people here:

(1) The ones who give up, and (2) the ones who find a way to jump, get around, or break that wall and continue moving forward. Which would you like to be?


“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.”
— Biz Stone


“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” 
— Arianna Huffington


The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.
— Barack Obama


“It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down. All that matters is you get up one more time than you were knocked down.” 
― Roy T. Bennett

Overcome Challenges Quotes

Being able to overcome challenges is a great trait to have. We can either get overwhelmed by challenges or learn to slowly but steadily overcome them and become much stronger than we were before them.

In order to do that, we need to start from somewhere, give that important first step, and not look back. Check out the quotes below:


“S.T.O.P. = Start To Open Possibilities” 
― Richie Norton


“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.“—Charles Darwin


“As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin


“One who conquers the sea today is ready to conquer the ocean tomorrow.”
– Matshona Dhliwayo


We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
– Barbara De Angelis

Motivational Quotes

Motivational quotes have a way of lifting up our spirits and give us that much-needed inspiration to keep pushing forward.

Check out some motivational and inspirational quotes below.


“Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.” John C. Maxwell


“You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.” – Jessica Herrin


“If you’re starting something on your own, you better have a passion for it, because this is hard work.”– Sallie Krawcheck


“Remain self-funded as long as possible.”  – Garrett Camp


“If something is important enough, or you believe something is important enough, even if you are scared, you will keep going.” – Elon Musk

Inspiring Quotes

We get inspired by other people’s experiences, from our mistakes, and strangely enough even from our biggest fears.

Inspiration can come from unexpected places as well; the important thing is to keep an open mind.


“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” — Steve Jobs


“I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t fail a lot. The good, the bad, it’s all part of the success equation.” — Mark Cuban


“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


“Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world. Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow. So, set yourself manageable targets.”  – Jas Bagniewski


 “Only the paranoid survive.”  – Andy Grove

How to Treat Your Team Quotes

As a leader, there are certain things that you can do that will not only motivate your team but also improve their collaboration and performance.

We all had our experiences with great bosses, lousy ones, and with average ones. The one thing that great bosses (leaders) stand out for is being able to treat their teams in a way that most don’t even think of. Check our inspiring quotes from top leaders on how you should be treating your team.


“First get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats, and then they can figure out where to drive it.” 
— Jim Collins


“Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss.” —Lee Iacocca


“Management is about telling people what to do, and leadership is about allowing people to do what they’re capable of doing.” Bob Chapman


“Hire character. Train skill.” —Peter Schutz


“You’ve got to get your team to not only understand your company brand, but also to understand their personal brand.” – Amber Hurdle

How to Build Your Brand Quotes

Building your brand is as critical as providing exceptional value to your customers or coming up with amazing products. I delve more on that on the article suggested below, for now please relish on the inspiring quotes from leaders on how critical branding is, and the many forms it can take.

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“ Disruptive innovation is entrepreneurs changing their industry with unique creativity.” 
― Onyi Anyado


“Happy Employees Develop Happy Customers” Aaron 


“Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” 
— Jack Dorsey


 “People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.” — Mary Kay Ash


“It’s important to realize that brand is much more than a logo and slogan. A brand is who your company is: how you function and make decisions.”  – Joanna McFarland

Success Quotes

Everyone wants to succeed in their projects. As an entrepreneur, or a professional growing your career in the corporate world, check out below inspiring quotes on how thought leaders achieve and define success, and how you too can do it.


“A visionary is a leader of excellence who sees what others do not see, who achieves for now and plans for the future, who positively impacts different generations and raises up other visionaries.” 
― Onyi Anyado


“To become distinguished in your industry, you have to constantly manage, master and maximize your time.” ― Onyi Anyado


“You have to be very nimble and very open minded. Your success is going to be very dependent on how you adapt.” 
— Jeremy Stoppelman


“The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.”Aristotle Onassis


“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.”

— Peter Drucker

Life Lessons Quotes

Life is this colossal school course that all of us go through. There are many ways to succeed at it, and there are many definitions of what success looks like, depending on what’s important to each individual.

In essence, one needs to realize their reason for being alive, their passions, their dreams, and what drives them. Having done that, pursue all your goals with everything you got is what makes for a fulfilling life. Check out the life lessons inspiring quotes below:


“Your motive influences your motion.” 
― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha


“Through the absence of what we think we have to have we can discover our wholeness.” 
― Renae A.Sauter


“Life is like business, 20% of what happens to you is 80% of how you react.” 
— Daymond John


 “Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got.” 
— Tim Cook


“Fall in love with the habit of learning from the great successful people who came before you, so that you don’t spend the rest of your life as a stranger to success.” Edmond Mbiaka


Hopefully, by reading some or all of the inspiring quotes in this article, you got some inspiration or motivation to pursue your goals, to overcome the different challenges that life throws at you, and become a fantastic leader.

Please like and share your favorite inspiring quotes.


Here’s a list of great resources where you can read many more inspiring quotes from leaders of all ages. Check them out.

GoodReads. Thought Leaders Quotes. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/thought-leader. Accessed on 04/08/2019.

MavenLink. 42 Motivational Business Quotes from 21st Century Thought Leaders. https://blog.mavenlink.com/42-motivational-business-quotes-from-21st-century-thought-leaders. Accessed on 04/08/2019.

Mike Michalowicz. The Best 25 Business Quotes from Thought Leaders. https://www.americanexpress.com/en-us/business/trends-and-insights/articles/the-best-25-business-quotes-from-thought-leaders/. Accessed on 04/08/2019.

Rebbecca Twomey. The Best Business Quotes From Thought Leaders https://criteriaforsuccess.com/best-business-quotes-thought-leaders/. Accessed on 04/08/2019.

Emidio Amadebai

For the past 2 years, I have been working as the head of Customer Experience, Sales, Marketing, and Customer Finance at an international pay as you go solar home system company working in rural areas in Africa. After my previous 7 years working in B2B, IT&Telecoms industry, as a Service Delivery and Project Manager, having worked with Vodacom, Huawei, and other multinational companies. My job is to make sure we improve the lives of thousands of families, with access to electricity, utilities (radio, TV, lights), doing our very best so that they get the best-in-class customer experience, and succeed in acquiring the products for themselves.

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