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By: Margo Kleman
The daily work grind can sometimes drag a person down and lower their productivity. How do you remain motivated to do your best at all times? Sometimes we all need a little reality check and an inspirational quote can be just that. Here is a collection of some quotes from successful entrepreneurs that should help you get your gears turning once again:

1. “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” —Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO
2. “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, Apple Inc. co-founder, chairman and CEO
3. “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.” —Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA founder
4. “Fail often so you can succeed sooner.” —Tom Kelley, Ideo partner
5. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” —Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder
6. “Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.” —Michael Dell, Dell chairman and CEO
7. “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” —Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder
8. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” —Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder
9. “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, SPANX founder
10. “Behold the turtle, he makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” —Bruce Levin
11. “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 Huffington Post Media Group president and EIC
12. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” —Mary Kay Ash, Mary Kay Cosmetics founder
13. “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself” —Oprah Winfrey, Harpo Productions, OWN founder
14. “So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” —Caterina Fake, Flickr co-founder
15. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” —Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder


Whether you take a mental note of these inspirational quotes or write it down on a post-it as a reminder, keep these in mind and allow them to drive you to further success. As these quotes highlight, sometimes you need that extra push from somebody to get you through the rough times. By networking with organizations like the National Association of Distinguished Professionals, connect with others that have the same ambitious drive and motivate each other to garner higher achievements in your career.

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