50 motivational sales quotes to get you pumped up

On your journey to sales greatness, a little inspiration is sometimes necessary. Whether you’re a sales rep needing extra motivation or a manager looking to amp up your team, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve assembled 50 of our favorite sales quotes from greats like Zig Ziglar, Jeffrey Gitomer, Richard Branson, Jill Konrath, and more, all categorized by common sales concerns.

  • Productivity quotes for knocking out sales tasks
  • Thoughtful quotes for turning your attention toward the customer
  • Supportive quotes for handling lost deals
  • Motivational quotes for meeting sales goals

After reading these quotes, you should be motivated to complete your daily sales tasks, build strong relationships with potential customers, confidently tackle lost deals, and knock your sales goals out of the park.

Productivity quotes for knocking out sales tasks

It’s not always easy to be productive in sales since there are so many tasks to juggle—finding leads, following up with prospects, scheduling demos, just to name a few. Here are 7 quotes on sales productivity that will help you complete your sales tasks.

quotes on sales: zig ziglar

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”– Zig Ziglar

“Today is always the most productive day of your week.”
– Mark Hunter

“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

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
– John Wooden

“Every choice you make has an end result.”
– Zig Ziglar

“The first part of success is ‘Get-to-it-iveness’; the second part of success is ‘Stick-to-it-iveness.’”
– Orison Swett Marden

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”
– Paul J. Meyer

The more productive you are, the more deals you’re able to close. With these quotes as your guide, find ways to be more efficient with your time. For example, you could use tools to organize and manage sales data, automate follow-up emails, and work closely with marketing to find quality leads.

Thoughtful quotes for turning your attention toward the customer

When trying to make a sale, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the customer’s needs and push too hard. You then risk losing the potential customer because you aren’t delivering what they want. Work on becoming a customer-centric sales rep by taking inspiration from these 14 quotes.

quotes on sales: roy bartell
“Most people think ‘selling’ is the same as ‘talking.’ But the most effective salespeople know that listening is the most important part of their job.”– Roy Bartell

“Stop selling. Start helping.”
– Zig Ziglar

“If you work just for money, you’ll never make it. But if you love what you are doing and always put the customer first, success will be yours.”
– Ray Kroc

“Your competition is EVERYTHING else your prospect could conceivably spend their money on.”
– Don Cooper

“The best sales questions have your expertise wrapped into them.”
– Jill Konrath

“A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.”
– Harvey Mackay

“Talk to unhappy customers.”
– Linda Sanford

“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

“People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.”
– Zig Ziglar

“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

“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”
– Zig Ziglar

“It’s not hard sell, it’s heart sell. Good questions get to the heart of the problem/need/situation very quickly – without the buyer feeling like he or she is being pushed.”
– Jeffrey Gitomer

“You don’t close a sale; you open a relationship if you want to build a long-term, successful enterprise.”
– Patricia Fripp

“You have to drop your sales mentality and start working with your prospects as if they’ve already hired you.”
– Jill Konrath

In SaaS, potential customers want to know that you care about the success of their business—not that you’re concerned with just making a buck. Use these quotes to keep the customer and their needs top of mind.

Supportive quotes for handling lost deals

Prospects can be vocal about why they can’t purchase your product or service. “It’s too expensive” and “Our company needs X, Y, and Z features” are two particularly common sales objections.

And sometimes, no matter what you say to prospects, an objection can turn into a rejection, adding another deal to your “Lost” pile. Here are 12 sales quotes to help you move past these discouraging deals.

sales quotes: richard branson
“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”– Richard Branson

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
– Zig Ziglar

“Managing objections head on is dead on.”
– Kraig Kleeman

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.”
– Zig Ziglar

“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

“Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.”
– Zig Ziglar

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
– Og Mandino

“If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.”
– Zig Ziglar

“When customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity of more business.”
– Zig Ziglar

“If we learn from losing, we become winners in the end.”
– Anonymous

“Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman, not the attitude of the prospect.”
– William Clement Stone

“In sales there are going to be times when you can’t make everyone happy. Don’t expect to and you won’t be disappointed. Just do your best for each client in each situation as it arises. Then learn from each situation how to do it better the next time.”
– Tom Hopkins

Lost deals are a part of life for any sales rep—but that doesn’t always mean they’re easy to swallow. As these quotes imply, learn from sales objections and apply these lessons to future customer conversations.

Motivational quotes for meeting sales goals

Crunching to meet your quota this quarter? Breaking down your sales goals into smaller, manageable tasks is an effective strategy for hitting targets. For an added push, here are 17 motivational sales quotes to help you crush your sales goals.

sales quote: jill konrath
“Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest or fastest; sooner or later those who win are those who think they can.”– Jill Konrath

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“Forget about the business outlook…be on the outlook for business.”
– Paul J. Meyer

“Excellence is not a skill. It’s an attitude.”
– Ralph Marston

“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”
– Zig Ziglar

“Always be closing…That doesn’t mean you’re always closing the deal, but it does mean that you need to be always closing on the next step in the process.”
– Shane Gibson

“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

“Fear is the destroyer of dreams and the killer of ambitions.”
– Jeffrey Benjamin

“Take more chances than you dare. You’ll make more sales than you expect. That’s the formula.”
– Jeffrey Gitomer

“Confidence and enthusiasm are the greatest sales producers in any kind of economy.”
– O.B. Smith

“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.”
– Zig Ziglar

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excited you.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“Take risks. If you win, you’ll be happy; if you lose, you’ll be wise.”
– Anonymous

“Your business is never really good or bad ‘out there.’ Your business is either good or bad right between your own two ears.”
– Vince Lombardi

“Success is the culmination of failures, mistakes, false starts, confusion, and the determination to keep going anyway.”
– Nick Gleason

“If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.”
– Zig Ziglar

“The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!”
– Marvin Phillips

Meeting sales quotas is often overwhelming, especially when you’re on a tight deadline. Whether you’re trying to complete weekly, monthly, or quarterly goals, take motivation from the above quotes…you’ve got this!

Embrace your sales career with these motivational sales quotes

Sales is a rewarding career, but it isn’t without obstacles or periods of feeling overwhelmed. Potential customers won’t always want what you’re selling, major deals will fall through, and you might not meet your quota every quarter.

Use these quotes on sales to help push through when the going gets tough. Whether you’re trying to reach a sales goal or mourning a lost deal, the above quotes can provide much-needed inspiration.

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