The role of a sales representative is arguably one of the professions that most influences state of mind and self-motivation. So we’ve compiled a list of 12 motivational quotes, dedicated specifically to sales reps, that’ll get you energized and help you overcome any personal obstacles that stand between you and your sales.
We often have the tendency to think that people’s abilities remain fixed and unalterable. For example, if someone is efficient in their work, we assume that they’ll always be that way. Similarly, if someone has shown less talent or skill in their work, we assume that the opposite is true. We often forget the importance of being motivated to perform well and reach our professional goals.
Angela Lee Duckworth, a well-known psychologist from the University of Pennsylvania, carried out an experiment in 2011 that suggested there’s a correlation between motivation and intellectual performance. Researchers knew that not everyone pushes themselves to the same extent in IQ tests, and so they decided to economically reward participants with varying amounts of money to see how well they’d perform. In her report, Angela Lee noted that participants who were promised a reward of 10 dollars improved their results by up to 20 points. Whereas, those who were promised a smaller monetary reward only improved their results by up to 2 points. The test proved the extent to which being motivated can influence someone’s abilities to perform well, especially on something we believe to be as fixed as intellect.
One profession where it certainly pays to be motivated is that of a sales representative. Below is a list of 12 motivational quotes we’ve compiled and grouped by topic to help you go out and sell more.
The fear of failure is your worst enemy!
There are few things as petrifying as failure. However, we all know by now that fearing it will only prove detrimental to your success.
#1. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
- Coco Chanel, French fashion designer and businesswoman
#2. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”
- Wayne Gretzky, Canadian former professional ice hockey player
#3. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
- Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist
Success and hard work
Success is something that everyone strives for but only few are lucky enough to achieve. Hard work is a part of the process and soon enough you’ll see the results pay off.
#4. “The only place where success comes before work is in a dictionary.”
- Vidal Sassoon, British and American hairstylist, businessman, philanthropist
#5. “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”
- Ray Kroc, American business and founder of McDonald’s
#6. “Successful people are simply those with successful habits.”
- Brian Tracy, Canadian sales trainer and coach
The importance of focusing on a goal
Hard work is great, but you must also remember the importance of setting yourself targets or “goals.”
#7. “Goals are dreams with deadlines.”
- Diana Scharf-Hunt, author
You must become a dreamer, because as writer and radio presenter said:
#8. “People with goals succeed because they know where they're going.”
- Earl Nightingale, American radio presenter and writer
#9. “It takes a person with a mission to succeed.”
- Clarence Thomas, American judge, lawyer and government official
Perseverence, the base of everything
All that’s missing now is patience and perseverance in order to reach your goals. When it comes to sales, don’t accept no as an answer.
#10. “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”
- Clement Stone, author of ‘The Success System that Never Fails’
#11. “Sales people should take lessons from their kids. What does the word ‘no’ mean to a child? Almost nothing.”
- Jim Rohn, businessman and motivational speaker
Remember, No limits!
Don’t make excuses, setting limits only holds you back.
Because as Nelson Mandela said:
#12. “It always seems impossible until it's done.”
- Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and former President of South Africa
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