Motivation without a doubt is the key to success. Combined with hard work, talent and determination you get the formula that will make your dreams come true. Motivation is not only crucial when it comes to achieving your business goals but it is also important in every aspect of life and can improve it and direct it to a better future.

Today’s most influential leaders and entrepreneurs wouldn’t be where they are without the strong force that motivation is. Check out our list of 21 motivational quotes from the world’s most influential leaders past and present.

1. Barak Obama

“Progress will come in fits and starts. It’s not always a straight line. It’s not always a smooth path.” — Barack Obama


2. Barbara Corcoran

“Don’t you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct.” — Barbara Corcoran


3. Thomas Edison

“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” — Thomas Edison


4. Sheryl Sandberg

“Sharing emotions build deeper relationships. Motivation comes from working on things we care about.” — Sheryl Sandberg


5. Jeff Bezos

“When it’s tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?” — Jeff Bezos


6. J.K. Rowling

“The discipline involved in finishing a piece of creative work is something on which you can truly pride yourself.” — J.K. Rowling


7. Thomas Jefferson

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have the occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any.” — Thomas Jefferson


8. Mark Zuckerberg

“Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.” — Mark Zuckerberg


9. Donald Trump

“Think big and make it happen.” — Donald Trump


10.Larry Page

“If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things, you’re excited to get up in the morning.” — Larry Page


11. Albert Einstein


“If you want to live a happy life tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” — Albert Einstein


12. Steve Jobs

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” — Steve Jobs

13.Paul Allen

 “Any crusade requires optimism and the ambition to aim high.” — Paul Allen

14.Richard Branson

“For a startup, if your idea doesn’t work, not many people will have noticed. Keep pushing on to the next idea.” — Richard Branson


15. Steve Case

“You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” — Steve Case


16. Sergey Brin

 “Any conversation I have about innovation starts with the ultimate goal.” — Sergey Brin

17. Lady Gaga

“Even if the whole world turns their back on you, you still have yourself.” — Lady Gaga

18. Warren Buffett

 “Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks do.” — Warren Buffett

19. Tim Cook

“Be the best, not the first.” — Tim Cook

20. Mark Cuban

“If you’re prepared and you know what it takes, it’s not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there.” — Mark Cuban


21. Ellen Degeneres

“When I go hiking and I get over the hill, that means I’m past the hard part and there’s a snack in my future. That’s a good thing as far as I’m concerned.” — Ellen Degeneres