Top Ten Quotes for Sales People

My Personal Top Ten Quotes for Sales People

Written by Scott Larrabee on 06/04/2017


Every sales person needs some motivation to stay hungry from time to time, and what better way to get inspired than reading through an awesome list of some of the most inspirational quotes ever spoken. From many different walks of life, the greatest of all time have given us wisdom and inspiration to help guide us in our own lives and sales careers.

This is my personal top ten most inspirational quotes I put together for sales people to get their mindset right, and to find some motivation to give their best every day. I hope reading through these quotes will inspire great thoughts and motivate you to do great things with your life, and your sales career.

Here are my personal top ten most inspirational quotes for salespeople, in no particular order…

One of the very first motivational speakers and sales trainers I listened to and learned from was the great Zig Ziglar. One day I decided to buy some sales training CD’s to listen to while I commuted to work. I had a solid one hour drive to and from work each day, 5-6 days a week.

So, I started my days with a cup of coffee and hour of Zig preaching to me through the speakers in my car. He was a great salesman, and he was a great man.

Ziglar has some of my all-time favorite quotes, but this one is perfect to kick us off…


“Failure is an event, not a person.”

– Zig Ziglar


How about this reminder from Jim Rohn to be more than we currently are…

“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.”

– Jim Rohn


It’s absolutely true in sales, and in life that the person who is willing to persist towards their goal even after multiple failures, is the person who becomes successful. No-one knows this better than someone who’s found success in the car business. 


“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill


This can be something that really takes your career to the next level when you get it. Make sure you put your focus where you want it, so you accomplish the things you want. Also, make sure you are focusing on the big things you want and going for them, don’t get caught up in all the tiny details!


“Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.”

– Tony Robbins


In the car business, you want to create your own brand, get attention and get out of obscurity. With everyone selling a good product, you need to find a way to make yourself, or your dealership stand out above all the noise. Don’t follow the path of least resistance, go for big things even when others tell you it’s not possible!


“Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.”

– Pastor Rick Warren


Les Brown is one of the best motivational speakers of the last 30 years, and he has many quotes that inspire you, and motive you to want to take action. This one here for me gets right to the point, and sometimes all you need is a reminder!


“Life has no limitations except the ones you make.”

– Les Brown


I mean, c’mon it wouldn’t be a great list without a quote from master motivator himself Rocky Balboa. I love this one, many people have used it it many motivational videos etc. This is all the motivation you need for a sales meeting, all in 28 words!


“It ain’t how hard you hit… It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s about how much you can take and keep moving forward.”

– Rocky Balboa


Not only was Lincoln brilliantly book smart, but he also had an unmatched level of simple common sense. This seems like good advice and common sense to me, and it serves as a reminder that sometimes in life and car sales, you just have to hold on for a new season.


“When you reach the end of your rope, tie and knot and hang on.”

– Abraham Lincoln


Michael Jordan expected great things from himself his entire life, and he became the greatest basketball player of all time in his career. He is a successful businessman, motivator, and no-one is harder on themselves than Michael Jordan. He has many great quotes, but this one reminds me that I have to be my biggest fan, and if I don’t believe in myself, I will never reach my full potential in life or sales.


“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”

– Michael Jordan


If you’re in the car business you’ve heard of Grant Cardone, either that or you’ve been living under a rock. Cardone is a man who walks his talk, and this one reminds me to do the same every single day out on the lot!


“Let the rest do whatever while you do whatever it takes!”

– Grant Cardone


There you go, my top ten most inspirational quotes for car sales people. I refer back to this list whenever I am looking for some motivation, or a jump start to my day. We all need to plug into a source of motivation each and every day in order to succeed at high levels in such a highly competitive world like the Car Business.


About Scott Larrabee 
Sales at Darling’s Auto Group