When a sales career survey states that only about 17.6% of salespeople would rate their job satisfaction as “outstanding,” a little encouragement in the form of sales quotes could help you and your team get that fire back.
After all, even the most veteran sales representatives need a little motivational boost from time to time.
To that end, we’ve compiled a list of sales inspirational quotes your team can read if they’re ever feeling a little worn down. Oh, and at the end, you’ll learn about two nifty tools that can keep the motivation going day-in and day-out.
General quotes to boost your motivation
“For me, life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The Governator is the definition of “hungry.” He won Mr. Universe at the age of 20 and became a bodybuilding icon. He went on to become a Hollywood star in films like Predator and the Terminator series and even became governor of California, earning him the title “Governator.”
“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions — in a way that serves the world and you.” — Richard Branson.
Business magnate Richard Branson has it right: you have to enjoy what you’re doing but also serve others. Salespeople do that by connecting customers with products and services that solve their problems.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson.
In other words, don’t get down on yourself for not closing a potential customer right away. You may have planted the seeds in their mind that later grows into a desire to buy.
“Without passion, you don’t have energy. Without energy, you have nothing.” — Warren Buffet.
So, in a nutshell, find passion in your work, and you’ll have the energy to succeed.
Quotes about prospecting
“Prospecting — find the man with the problem.” — Benjamin Friedman.
Finding someone with a problem and showing them how you can solve it is the key to a successful sales strategy.
“The key is not to call the decision-maker. The key is to have the decision maker call you.” — Jeffrey Gitomer.
Prospecting is great, but if you can build a strong enough brand, people who make the buying decisions will come to you and be eager to hand you money.
“Start working with your prospects as if they’ve already hired you.” — Jill Konrath.
Customer service is paramount, even before the prospective customer has paid you. They’ll remember you for how easy you made the process.
“Approach each customer with the idea of helping him or her solve a problem or achieve a goal, not of selling a product or service.” — Brian Tracy.
Your main goal as a salesperson is to help your customers. If you demonstrate how your product solves their problem, they’ll buy.
Quotes about closing deals
“Treat objections as requests for further information.” — Brian Tracy.
When a customer objects, that simply means you haven’t provided enough information. For example, “I don’t have the money” might mean, “you haven’t demonstrated this product has enough value to warrant a purchase from me.”
“The story is the heart of the sale.” — Matthew Pollard.
Humans are wired for story. Interweave your brand story into your selling, and you’ll be more compelling.
“Customers don’t care at all whether you close the deal or not. They care about improving their business.” — Aaron Ross.
Understand your customer’s deepest problems and pain points. Aim to help them solve those pain points, not to simply close the deal.
“Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.” — Zig Ziglar.
These are the five key objections most customers present to sales reps. Understand and address these objections to dramatically boost sales success.
Quotes to further your sales career
“The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” — Walt Disney.
You can talk about how successful a sales rep you’ll be all you want, but you won’t get anywhere without actually doing anything.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain.
Most people never even start. As long as you start and keep at it, you’ll be ahead of much of the competition.
“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” — Henry Ford.
Henry Ford was all about productivity, as he was largely responsible for many aspects of mass production. According to Ford, the key to getting ahead is simply to work hard with the time you’re given instead of wasting it.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” — Tony Robbins.
Goals put a hard number and date to what you want to accomplish. With a goal in place, you can see what you want to achieve.
Quotes about overcoming failure
“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.” — Henry David Thoreau.
Don’t let your past failures or potential future struggles define you. Thoreau advises you to seek strength from inside yourself.“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” — James Cameron.
Another take on “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill.
Failing is a natural part of sales. As long as you keep your enthusiasm, you won’t give up. You’ll get past those no’s until you get a yes.
“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” — George S. Patton.
Patton reiterates that success is about how hard you work to recover from your worst failures.
Quotes to maintain a positive attitude
“What we dwell on is who we become.” — Oprah Winfrey.
It’s crucial to evaluate failures, but don’t dwell on them. By learning from them and staying positive, you’ll weather failures and come out stronger.
“Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman — not the attitude of the prospect.” — William Clement Stone.
One of the many great sales quotes we can learn from; stay positive throughout your sales conversation, and be genuine in your desire to help the prospect.
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” — Vince Lombardi.
Successful people aren’t always the strongest or smartest. Rather, they’re often those who are willing to keep trying despite failures and setbacks.
“When a team takes ownership of its problem, problems get solved.” — Jocko Willink.
As a decorated former Navy SEAL commander, Jocko Willink knows a thing or two about leadership and teamwork. His advice here is that the whole team — in this case, your sales team or your entire organization — should take responsibility for problems that arise. When united, you can more easily solve these problems.
Now that we’ve gone through our favorite motivational quotes for sales, we’ll talk about some of the practical ways you can become more energized and crush your goals. Let’s start with our favorite software: monday.com.
Get more done with monday.com
We all have parts of the job that are more manual and repetitive. For sales teams, this could be:
- Task delegation
- Lead generation and management
- Marketing and sales personalization
- Website integrations
- And more
On monday.com Work OS, any sales team can automate those tasks (plus any others they want!) easily. With our automations tool, you can create a recipe that alerts you when a lead shows intent. For instance, you could create an automation that notifies a specific Slack channel every time a new lead fills out a form on your website.
Or when outreach feels daunting, you can automate personalized messages and easily meet your goals. Here’s what Kyle Dorman, the Operations Department Manager at Ray White had to say about monday.com:
“Our business development team can now send hundreds of emails a day directly (and automatically) from our CRM without lifting a finger. monday.com CRM has opened countless doors of opportunities that we never had before.”
Use our widgets to get that extra push you need
Many people like to hang inspirational quotes around their workspace. But what if every time you logged into your digital workspace, you were fed a new quote?
Well, over here at monday.com we implemented a Quote of the Day widget for those instances where you or your team need to get fired up.
Setting up the widget in your board is as easy as a few clicks.
First, go to your dashboard, click “Add Widget” at the top left, and click “More” from the dropdown menu.
Then, either search for the widget in the search bar or click on the Motivation tab, and you’ll find it there.
Click the Quote of the Day widget, and monday.com will automatically add it to your dashboard. You can then resize the widget as needed.
For further editing, click the “Edit” button at the top of the widget. You can then fully customize the text and background color. That’s it, that’s all you need to supercharge your motivation with monday.com’s sales quote of the day.
A sale quote of the day can keep the blues away
Reading motivational quotes all day may make you feel good, but without action, you won’t accomplish much. Still, we can all use some positive sales quotes every so often. If you or your team need that extra push, sign up for monday.com today to get our Sales Process template, access our daily sales quotes, and turn the repetitive tasks into time-saving automations.