Thomas Jefferson once said, “Every generation needs a new revolution.” If it’s time for a revolution in your industry, business, employees, or community, use these ten quotes about change for inspiration.
Sometimes change needs a kick-start. Use these ten motivational workplace quotes about change to inspire buy-in and action.
If it’s true – as Thomas Jefferson asserts – that “Every generation needs a new revolution,” then our challenge to today’s small business leaders would be to instigate that revolution in such a way that you create a brave new world for your staff, customers and business – and in so doing, for yourself! These quotes about change can help inspire action in business leaders and employees.
Inspirational Quotes About Change for Business Leaders
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Andy Warhol, American artist
Renowned artist Andy Warhol had it partly right, but perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the changes time brings about (age, wear and tear) are not likely to be those that you want in your business. When it comes to changing things in ways that will help your business grow, you must be the catalyst.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Ronald Reagan once said that, “All change begins at the dinner table.” Whether you initiate change from the dinner table or the conference room table, it’s important to understand that big results come from small changes, and these changes are often the result of a small group of people (or even just one) who had the courage to begin.
“If you do not change the direction, you may end up where you are heading.” Lao Tzu
Allowing ourselves or others to do things the wrong way is a disservice to all involved. As soon as you know that things need to change for the better, change them!
“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change, often.” Winston Churchill
One aspect of changing for the better is that it is a never-ending pursuit of “the best.” Create a culture of continuous improvement within your organization and enjoy the ride!
“I’ll go anywhere – as long as its forward.” David Livingstone
Sometimes we have to get into forward motion – even without having a clear vision of our destination. When you know you are making changes in your business that will take it forward, don’t be afraid to trust the process and let things play out.
“The most successful businessman is the man who holds onto the old just as long as it is good, and grabs the new just as soon as it is better.” Robert P. Vanderpoel
Often, we have to let go of something – even something good – in order to be free to gain something better. Even entrepreneurs can become complacent or content with what seems good enough. But truly great business leaders understand that they must always be looking for what is better!
“The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered, there is opportunity for growth.” Unattributed
It’s only human nature to avoid pain; but the catalysts that create change are often accompanied by pain – or you may find that you need to make it more painful for some within your organization to not change than to accept the change you want to occur. Pressing on through this type of “pain” makes us stronger, makes our employees stronger, and makes our businesses stronger.
“Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything’s different.” Bill Watterson
Too often we give up on new habits, processes, behaviors and other changes because we fail to see immediate results. As they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” If you are doing the right thing, keep on doing it, and the changes will follow.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
You can’t expect everyone to embrace change or even understand why you want changes to occur. Don’t underestimate the power of education when it comes to equipping and inspiring those around you to come along for the ride!
“Your success in life isn’t based on your ability to simply change; it is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers and business.” Mark Sanborn