November 22, 2017

10 Motivational Sales Quotes from Famous Athletes

Becoming a great athlete requires passion, perseverance, and hard work. And just like sales, sometimes in sports you need to fail before you can succeed. These motivational sales quotes from some of the world’s best athletes show that attitude and perspective are key when it comes to achieving your goals. Because whether you’re playing shortstop in MLB or working in sales, being out in the field can be thrilling and challenging. These motivational sales quotes can help you out along the way!


Here are 10 famous athlete quotes to inspire you:

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10 Motivational Sales Quotes from Famous Athletes
  1. “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth

When you’re in sales, the prospect of striking out with a potential buyer can be intimidating. However, don’t allow fear of failure stop you from going out there and giving it your all. Believing in yourself is the first step when it comes to succeeding in sales.

Sales requires talent, but even the most talented people in the world are nothing without their team! Click To Tweet
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Motivational words from Michael Jordan, basketball superstar.

2. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan

Without a doubt, being a great salesperson requires talent. But even the most talented individuals in the world are nothing without their team! Here at Cydcor, we support each other and work together in order to achieve great things.

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Bo Jackson’s inspiring words of wisdom.

3. “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson

Never underestimate what you can accomplish. The higher you set your goals, the more you will achieve in the long run. With hard work and determination, you can do anything.

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Motivational words from soccer star, Mia Hamm. Image by Johnmaxmena2 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

4. “Celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.” – Mia Hamm

Accomplishing your goals is an amazing feeling. It’s a sign of hard work paying off! Every time you reach one of your goals, set a new one, and always strive for improvement.

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King Click To Tweet
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Words from Billie Jean King photographed by ©Lynn Gilbert 1978, New York.

5. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

As the old adage goes, practice makes perfect. In sales, you might make mistakes from time to time. Instead of getting down on yourself, learn from what you did wrong, and get ready to hit the field again with more knowledge and experience than before.

Wayne Gretzky playing hockey.
Motivational words from Wayne Gretzky. By Rick Dikeman (Image:Wayne Gretzky 1997.jpg) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
6. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretsky

Sales is all about putting yourself out there. If you don’t try, you’ll have no idea of what you’re capable of. When you see an opportunity for a potential client, go for it, and you’ll end up scoring in no time.

The U.S. Ski Team's Lindsey Vonn shows off her hardware, including Olympic medals and three years of Audi FIS World Cup crystal globes at the World Cup Finals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Vonn won her third straight overall title, along with crystal globes for the downhill, super G and super combined. (U.S. Ski Team/Doug Haney)
Motivational quote from Linsey Vonn. By U.S. Ski Team/Doug Haney ( [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
7. “When you fall, get right back up. Just keep going, keep pushing.” – Lindsey Vonn

The best salespeople are individuals with exceptional drive. You may come across bumps in the road, but don’t sweat it! Challenges can be an excellent learning opportunity. Just maintain a strong mental attitude and keep going.

Serena Williams playing tennis.
Words from Serena Williams. By Александр Осипов from Ukraine (Serena Williams Uploaded by Flickrworker) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
8. “I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger.” – Serena Williams

Sales attracts strong, passionate individuals. Combat your doubts with your desire to succeed, and you’ll be on your way to achieving your very best.

Derek Jeter playing ball.
Motivational quote from Derek Jeter. By Keith Allison – Original version from Flickr; description page is here, CC BY-SA 2.0,

9. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

Some things in your career aren’t under your control, but one thing that is under your control is your work ethic. Putting in 100% effort is what makes people great at what they do, and giving it your all until the very last minute will give you amazing results.

Michael Phelps swimming.
Words from Michael Phelps. By Karen Blaha (Flickr profile) (Original webpage:[1] Website publisher: Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
10. “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps
Always dream big. Strong aspirations will transform your career from ordinary to extraordinary. If you believe you can do great things, then you will.

These famous athletes know that it takes more than just hard work to be your best; it takes passion and grit to overcome setbacks, fight through pain, and believe in yourself no matter what! Hopefully, these motivational sales quotes will help inspire your own drive to push through challenges and reach your dreams.

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