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Looking for motivation as a business person? We asked some Nigerian entrepreneurs about the quotes that inspire them, and we’re bringing you their responses. Whether you’ve been in business for a while or you’re just starting out, these quotes are sure to inspire you to entrepreneurial excellence.

Ogochukwu Agu, Beddings ‘n’ Beyond (

“When one door closes, another opens; but often we look so long so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.” ~Helen Keller

“We would never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” ~Helen Keller

Stanley Uduemo, Barows 21 (

“Nothing happens in business until something gets sold.” ~ Thomas J. Watson.

Kene Rapu, Slippers by Kene (

“I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned, but time and chance happen to them all.”~ Ecclesiastes 9:11

Rita Okoye, Majestically Rare (

“If it’s to be, it’s up to me” ~ William H. Johnsen.

“Sooner or later those who win are those who think they can.” ~ Richard Bach.

Jaffar Inegbedion, Pandora Souvenirs (

“If there is a way to do it better…find it.”~ Thomas Edison

Ijeoma Okeagwu, White Rabbit Favours (

“Your time is precious so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ~ Steve Jobs

“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest. How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?” ~ Proverbs 6:6-9

Ugonma Chiori, McCreamyz Cakes (

“Take your business seriously, and others will do same.” ~ Anonymous

“Do it till you’re no longer a face in the crowd, then do it some more.” ~ Anonymous

Steve Harris, EdgeEcution (

“Insight and drive are all the skills you need. Everything else can be hired.” ~ Jay Samit

“It doesn’t have to be perfect to be done, it has to be done to be perfect.” ~ Steve Harris

These are truly motivating, right? My personal favourite is one that inspires me to treat each client and each member of my audience as special.

“Play for one as though for one million; soon you will play for one million as though for one.” ~ Johnson Abbaly

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This article was first published on 11th July 2016


Joy Ehonwa is an editor and a writer who is passionate about relationships and personal development. She runs Pinpoint Creatives, a proofreading, editing, transcription and ghostwriting service. Email: pinpointcreatives [at]

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  • Fantastic, exceptional but very true.

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