These famous business quotes are helpful incentives to boosting your professional endeavours, and fuelling your inner fire.

5 Famous business quotes from wildly successful industry leaders

1. Oprah Winfrey – Founder, Oprah Winfrey Network

“I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.”

Born into poverty and sexually abused during her childhood, Oprah Winfrey represents the dream of unbridled success regardless of daunting circumstances. TIME has repeatedly featured her in its TIME 100, an annual list of the most influential people in the world. Furthermore, Forbes ranked her as number two on its list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women.

2. Andrew Houston – Founder, Dropbox

“You only have to be right once.”

With a net worth of over $1bn (roughly over £800mn), Andrew Houston is an Internet entrepreneur of unconstrained élan. CEO and founder of cloud storage service Dropbox, Houston’s name is also the stuff of start-up legend. He turned down an offer by Steve Jobs to buy Dropbox when it was in its infantile stages.

3. Arianna Huffington  - Co-founder, The Huffington Post

“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”

Arianna Huffington is an accomplished author and co-founder of the online news platform Huffington Post. Through creativity and unyielding drive she is also the CEO and founder of Thrive Global, and has authored 15 books.

5.Sir Richard Branson – Founder, Virgin Group

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. Your learn by doing, and by falling over.”

Business magnate Sir Richard Branson is a force of multifaceted talent and staggering accomplishment. He founded Virgin Group Ltd, a growth capital investor conglomerate of over 200 companies.

5. Indra Nooyi – CEO, PepsiCo

“Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a good leader.”

Business executive Indra Nooyi is the CEO and Chairperson of PepsiCo, and a formidable presence in the business arena. Continually featured in Forbes’ ranking of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, she is a driving force for PepsiCo’s expansion.

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