113 Motivational Real Estate Investing Quotes for 2013

by | BiggerPockets.com

Real estate investing is like a roller coaster at times.

As a full time real estate investor, although I really love what I do, there are times when I just need a little motivation. I think it’s only natural, because no matter how positive and motivated you are, there will be times when you’ll be scared and feel your motivation and drive is waning.

However, when you feel like quitting, I’ve found that’s the best time to double your efforts, get off your butt and get to work. Just keep pushing forward. In many cases, motion creates emotion.

As my wife said when I was first starting my full time real estate investing career and right after having suffered my first failed house flip, she reminded me of that old Verizon commercial from a few years ago and just “Make Progress Every Day”. And I’ve found that if you do that consistently, you will succeed.

So in that spirit, here are 113 quotes to motivate you to continue to “make progress every day” in 2013.

113 Inspirational Quotes for Real Estate Investors

1.    A kite flies highest against the wind – Winston Churchill

2.    Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

3.    Believe you will be successful and you will. – Dale Carnegie

4.    Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure it’s because you started to think of failure. – Tommy Lasorda

5.    Success is going from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm -Unknown

6.    Ask not that the journey be easy; ask instead that it be worth it. -John F Kennedy

7.    To get what we’ve never had, we must do what we’ve never done. – Anonymous

8.    He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. – Friedrich Nietzsche

9.    Self image sets the boundaries of all individual achievement. – Dr. Maxwell Maltz

10.    Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations can never affect a reform – Susan B Anthony

11.    You don’t have to see the top of the staircase to take the first step. – Martin Luther King

12.    Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security. Unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively, unless you can choose a challenge instead of the competence. – Eleanor Roosevelt

13.    I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious. -Vince Lombardi

14.    Continuous, unflagging effort, persistence and determination will win. Let not the man be discouraged who has these. -James Whitcomb Riley

15.    I was scared, I won’t lie. I had nerves and I faked it as best as I could, and I think it all the way to the Stanley Cup – Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins goaltender
16.    Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable. – B.C. Forbes

17.    Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco Chanel

18.    Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. -Brian Tracy

19.    Press on; nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. – Calvin Coolidge

20.    The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time. – Henry Ford

21.    The person who makes the success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. – Cecil B DeMille

22.    The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers; he’s one who asks the right questions. – Claude Lévi-Strauss

23.    I am seeking; I am striving; I am in it with all my heart. – Vincent van Gogh

24.    Long-range planning works best in the short term. – Doug Evelyn
25.    Do your best every day, and your life will gradually expand into satisfying fullness. – Alexander Graham Bell

26.    The NBA is never just a business. It’s always business. It’s always personal. All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal. – Mark Cuban

27.    The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking – A.A. Milne

28.    Albert Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read. Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school. A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he had “no good ideas”. Werner Von Braun failed ninth-grade algebra. If these people can overcome these obstacles, can’t you do the same with yours? – Alan McGinnis

29.    A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. – Richard Branson

30.    The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. – Peter F. Drucker

31.    When you’re playing against a stacked deck – compete even harder. Show the world how much you’ll fight for the winner’s circle. If you do, someday the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack, one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor. -Pat Riley

32.    Those who are blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform everyone else. It’s the people with follow through who excel. – Mary Kay Ash

33.    No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others… or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. – Calvin Coolidge

34.    Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you. – Henry J. Kaiser

35.    Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. – Vince Lombardi

36.    Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

37.    In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential. It’s no different in the financial realm. – Suze Orman

38.    The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. – Confucius

39.    The first one gets the oyster the second gets the shell. – Andrew Carnegie

40.    We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. – May Sarton

41.    Just because things are not going perfectly does not mean they are going well. – Al Groh

42.    Look well to this day. Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day. – Francis Gray

43.    Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools… but they must be kept to a minimum. – Jeffrey Immelt

44.    Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches. – Napoleon Hill

45.    Don’t believe the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing – it was here first. – Robert Jones Burdette

46.    It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin

47.    Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge

48.    Procrastination is the thief of production. – Jim Bartoli

49.    Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity. – Charles Dickens

50.    I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages. – Robert Bosch

51.    People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps. – Mary Kay Ash

52.    In business, I’ve discovered that my purpose is to do my best to my utmost ability every day. That’s my standard. I learned early in my life that I had high standards. – Donald Trump

53.    In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. – Harold Geneen

54.    Our mistakes won’t irreparably damage our lives unless we let them. – James E Sweeney

55.    To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. – Thomas Watson, Sr.

56.    There are a lot of things that go into creating success. I don’t like to do just the things I like to do. I like to do things that cause the company to succeed. I don’t spend a lot of time doing my favorite activities. – Michael Dell

57.    When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. – Franklin D Roosevelt

58.    Remember, if you try to go it alone, an offense that shuts others out shuts you in. – Unknown

59.    Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. – Dale Carnegie

60.    Of all the passions, fear weakens judgment most. – Cardinal DeRets
61.    The only way around is through. – Robert Frost

62.    You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong. – Warren Buffett

63.    The noblest search is the search for excellence – Lyndon B. Johnson

64.    The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to neither make money nor find much fun in life. – Charles M. Schwab

65.    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. – Franklin D Roosevelt

66.    Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight Eisenhower

67.    Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. – Babe Ruth

68.    Being able to touch so many people through my businesses and make money while doing it, is a huge blessing. – Magic Johnson

69.    I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. – Donald Trump

70.    Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt

71.    Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. – Dale Carnegie

72.    Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right! – Henry Ford

73.    You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills. – Jim Rohn

74.    Success is not final, failure is not final: it is the Kurds to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

75.    The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and the unknown, who is afraid of failure, will succeed. – Gordon Parks

76.    Getting up in the morning and having work you love is what makes life different for people. And if you get into a position where you really don’t love what you’re doing, get off it. It’s easy to be on someone else’s track or something that sounds like a safety play. – Bob Woodward
77.    If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. – Dale Carnegie

78.    The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. – Henry Ford

79.    It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference. – Michael Dell

80.    If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours. – Ray Kroc

81.    Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating. – Denis Waitley

82.    Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. – Benjamin Disraeli

83.    Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

84.    The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question. – Peter Drucker

85.    If you can’t sleep, get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. – Dale Carnegie

86.    To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business. – J. Paul Getty

87.    To win without risk is to triumph without glory. – Pierre Corneille

88.    To succeed… You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. – Tony Dorsett

89.    A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited in boozy as him. – Charles Schwab

90.    For the past 33 years, I looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “if today were the last day of my life, what I want to do what I’m about to do today?” And, whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. – Steve Jobs

91.    Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes. – Bill Gates

92.    The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. – Nolan Bushnell

93.    Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It’s best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. – Steve Jobs

94.    Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. – Norman Schwarzkopf
95.    I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. – Benjamin Disraeli

96.    Remembering that you’re going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. – Steve Jobs

97.    Either you run the day or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn

98.    The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it. – Debbi Fields

99.    The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own. – Benjamin Disraeli

100.    The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do. – Dennis Waitley

101.    Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. – Richard Branson

102.    Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. – George Van Valkenburg

103.    Man is only great when he acts from passion. – Benjamin Disraeli

104.    Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you. –Jim Rohn

105.    Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. – Albert Einstein

106.    The good or ill of a man lies within his own will. – Epictetus

107.    I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day to day affairs that they had no time for friend making. – B.C. Forbes

108.    The cynic says, “One man can’t do anything”. I say, “Only one man can do anything.” – John W. Gardner

109.    I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. – Oprah Winfrey

110.    If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. – Ingvar Kamprad

111.    Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations. – Steve Jobs

112.    You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance. – Lee Iacocca

113.    If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

Do you know of any other good business or real estate investing motivational quotes?

Please leave a comment below and leave your favorite motivational quote!

Wishing you a highly motivated and successful 2013.

Photo: Ian Sane, Rennett Stowe, Paul Bica, Paul Bica 2, DigitalPim, & Vinoth Chandar

About Author

Mike LaCava

Michael LaCava is a full time real estate investor, house flipping coach and the President of Hold Em Realty located in Wareham, MA. He runs the website House Flipping School to teach new real estate investors how to flip houses and is the author of "How to Flip a House in 5 Simple Steps".


  1. Mike,

    Thanks for such an excellent compilation of so many great quotes. To be honest with you, I was having a lazy Sunday afternoon, and after reading all the 113 quotes I’m just fire up!

    Happy New Year and keep up the good work!

  2. My favorite: “Nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race!” -Calvin Coolidge

    Great list!

  3. Great read, thanks for the new quotes. I like this one by Benjamin Franklin, it helps me remember every expense counts no matter the size.

    “Beware of little expenses, a small leak can sink a great ship.” Benjamin Franklin

  4. Rob, so true, I was way too light on the Ben Franklin quotes here so thanks! My favorite (non motivational quote) of his is “Fish and visitors both stink after 3 days” – Ive flipped houses that smell far worse than that. Thanks for the comment! Mike

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