21 Powerful Quotes on Success and Creativity (with Images)

//21 Powerful Quotes on Success and Creativity (with Images)

Every week, we release a #MondayMotivation quote on our social channels in hopes of inspiring success through the words of heroes, leaders, and thinkers. We pull words of wisdom from the mouths of celebrities, entrepreneurs, and niche speakers. We look to an array of industries, because each informs the other.

Personal and professional motivation comes in many forms from family, friends, coworkers, or managers. It can resonate in our hearts with fervor. It can take root in our thoughts and help mold our dreams. With each piece of wisdom, we’re prompted to ask ourselves how we can improve something around us, or more importantly, how we can better ourselves.

Visualizations ignite inspiration like no other. Our graphic designers thoughtfully communicate the essence of these quotations using illustration, pictures, layout, and typography. We hope our ongoing roundup of powerful quotes on success, leadership, and creativity continues to light a fire within you.

1. Jay Z quote on entrepreneurship and change

“One of the biggest things in business is to open yourself up for change. We don’t have to change who we are, we have to change the way we go about it.”

Jay Z picture quote advising on entrepreneurship and business leadership.

2. George Takei on popularity and leadership

“Pioneering is never done in front of cheerleaders urging on a roaring grandstand of popular approval.”

George Takei quote on pioneering in pride colors and with "Star Trek" symbol.

3. Frank Cooper, CMO of BuzzFeed, on winning

“Every day, everybody, every company, whether you’re a startup or an established company, has to fight for its position.”

Frank Cooper, CMO of BuzzFeed, on fighting for your company's position.

4. Estée Lauder on customer engagement and experience

“Whatever you give comes back to you.”

A visual picture quote by Estée Lauder on delighting customers.


5. Milan Kundera on business

“Business has only two functions — marketing and innovation.”

Author Milan Kundera quote on business, marketing, and innovation.


6. Roald Dahl on trusting yourself

“I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.”

Roald Dahl "Fantastic Mr. Fox" animated GIF quote.


7. Sahil Lavingia on company culture and transparency

“‘Make something people want’ includes making a company that people want to work for.”

Sahil Lavingia, CEO of Gumroad, quote on business and company culture.


8. Former President Theodore Roosevelt on leadership and empathy

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Theodore Roosevelt quote on leadership with a stag in background and beautiful typography.


9. Melinda Chung, director of product management and marketing at GoDaddy, on leaning in

“Oftentimes, we hesitate to lead because we don’t have the actual ‘title’ or the ‘official responsibilities’ to lead. But in many cases, no one is going to give you permission to lead — you just have to take it.”

Melinda Chung picture quote on leaning in and leadership.


10. Business genius Clayton M. Christensen on planning

“You can talk all you want about having a clear purpose and strategy for your life, but ultimately this means nothing if you are not investing the resources you have in a way that is consistent with your strategy. In the end, a strategy is nothing but good intentions unless it’s effectively implemented.”

Clayton M. Christensen, professor at Harvard Business School, picture quote on strategy.


11. Susan Credle on mindful inspiration

“It’s important to take the time to make room for the quiet inspiration.”

A visual quote on quiet inspiration by Susan Credle, former CCO of Leo Burnett USA.


12. Marie Curie quote on curiosity

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”

Marie Curie picture quote on curiosity and fear nothing.


13. Michelle Peluso, CEO of Gilt, on collaboration

“Leadership is knowing when to lean on others and let them step up and shine.”

Michelle Peluso, CEO of Gilt, quote on collaboration.


14. Kevin Spacey on content creation and audience engagement

“Anyone with an Internet connection and an idea can develop an audience.”

A Kevin Spacey visual profile quote on Internet, ideas, and content creation.


15. Seth Godin on customers first and product design

“You don’t find customers for your products. You find products for your customers.”

Seth Godin quote on product marketing and customers.


16. Lady Gaga on business strategy

“I’m not as goal obsessed as I am process obsessed.”

A visual Lady Gaga quote on career and strategy process.


17. Charles Darwin on change

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Charles Darwin's quote on survival and change is inspiration for both startups and enterprises.


18. Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt on innovation

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

Eleanor Roosevelt picture quote on great minds and innovation.


19. Indra Nooyi on design thinking

“Design leads to innovation and innovation demands design.”

Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo's CEO, quote on design thinking and innovation.


20. Anna Wintour on taking risks and being fearless

“It’s very important to take risks. I think that research is very important, but in the end you have to work from your instinct and feeling and take those risks and be fearless.”

A visual Anna Wintour quote on taking risks and being fearless.


21. Branding legend Walter Landor on design and creativity

“Products are made in the factory, but brands are created in the mind.”

Walter Landor visual quote on branding and product creativity.


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  1. Yanglish October 31, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Those are great quotes, that I really enjoyed reading.
    My favorite is: – “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
    I have one more quote: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy

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