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20 Motivational Quotes for Appraisers and Small Business Owners


To achieve your goals as an appraiser or small business owner, you’re going to need to stay motivated. What business goals do you plan to pursue this year? What appraisal skills do you want to focus on improving? We’ve curated a collection of motivational quotes to help you keep your eye on the prize as you work to grow your appraisal business.

Quotes about productivity and business growth

If you can increase your productivity, your business will grow, along with your income. Here are some motivational quotes to inspire you to work better, faster, and smarter to achieve the level of growth you desire:

“We overestimate how much we can accomplish in a day, and we underestimate how much we can do in a year.” – Unknown

“Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferriss

“It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” – Nathan W. Morris

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

“It’s not just about being better. It’s about being different. You need to give people a reason to choose your business.” – Tom Abbott

“Here is the simple but powerful rule…always give people more than they expect to get.” – Nelson Boswell

“One of the marks of successful people is they are action oriented. One of the marks of average people is they are talk oriented.” – Brian Tracy

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Picasso

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Motivational quotes about overcoming obstacles

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all faced obstacles this year, whether in our personal lives, our careers, or both. Here are some quotes to inspire hope and perseverance when the going gets tough:

“There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.” – Stephen Hawking

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes

“A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances, instead of your circumstances having power over you.” – Joyce Meyer

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

“Without being willing to fail and continually get back up again, I would never have been able to find the right market and establish my product within it.” – Kelly Manthey

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

Motivational quotes about leadership and teamwork

Are you a business owner with a team of employees? Here are some quotes designed to inspire successful leadership and collaboration:

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” – John Maxwell

“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin

“The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.” – Iyanla Vanzant

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.” – Dolly Parton

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