Behind every driven business owner, there are usually some words of wisdom that have helped propel them along in their journey. Whether it’s a piece of advice that was imparted on them by a well-meaning friend or mentor, a motivational quote that they work to emulate, or a song lyric that keeps them striving to do the best that they can each and every day, wise words can go a long way in keeping spirits high and efforts chugging right along.

We asked a few small business owners to share their favorite quote with us for some inspiration. Read on for what they had to say about the most inspiring phrases, and how the meaning behind them has helped impact their business for the better.

“The way we do one thing is the way we do everything.” -Toby Atkins

Claudia Matles, certified yoga instructor and founder of says this quote speaks to the way she teaches class. “It’s a great quote I use because it awakens diligence, steady effort and faith in practice on and off the mat!” she says.

“Working out is the modern couture.” -Rock Owens

“We can, and do, have anything we want,” says Janis Isaman, owner of My Body Couture. “Couture is about having something completely tailor-made and exquisite. So we can have an exquisite, hand-crafted body if we work out.”

“Being a professional is doing the things you love to do on the days you don’t feel like doing them.” – Julius Irving

“Even when you are highly passionate about your work, there are many days when for one reason or another you don’t feel up to doing it,” says Adam Mendler, CEO of The Veloz Group. “Achieving success requires consistent excellence and the ability to fight and grind through the more challenging days.”

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” -Gandhi

“I realize this is an extremely common quote, but it is also true for me,” says Kristi Porter, owner of Signify Solutions. “It has been in the signature of my personal email for many years, and it was the first quote I shared through my business’ social media account. I consider it core to my mission, and words to live by. I do not want to be a person who sits back and complains. I want to be a person of action, who responds to needs and helps make the world better. It is a driving force for the foundation of my business.”

“You’ll do it when you are ready.” -Dave White

“These words helped me understand patience, passion, tenacity, drive and work ethic which I use in coaching Kettlebell Sport,” says Moses Dungca, owner of Kettlebell Sanctuary in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” -Steve Jobs

“This quote inspires me because a billionaire reaffirms my belief that money isn’t the deciding factor in happiness,” says Avidan Edelsberg, owner of Fitbox Method. “It’s the exploration, invention, and creative process we choose to take in life.”

“We workout because we love our bodies, not because we hate them.” -Anonymous

“JoyRide promotes body positivity, and it’s very welcoming to all people,” says Becky Cerroni, owner of JoyRide. “It’s not a place where only perfectly toned bodies come in to show off. It’s a place to just be active and healthy, and to find joy in that.”

“I work out because I’m in my body 100% of the day.” -Anonymous

“It’s true. I am not in my house, car, the office etc. 100% of the day, but I am in my body,” says Branch Whitney, creator of the 52 Peak Club, a team hiking experience that leads challenging group hikes around Las Vegas, NV.