Simon Sinek is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people.
Let this list of 133 quotations by the English author Simon Sinek lead you to an inspirational day. Recharge yourself with motivational people, leaders, reason sayings, and satisfy your hunger for a better life.
What are the best Simon Sinek quotes?
We've made this hand-picked collection of quotes to show you what is Simon Sinek truly willing to say and leave for generations. Whether an inspirational quote or a motivational message about giving your best, we can all benefit from the wisdom, captured within these words.
People don't buy what you do; people buy why you do it.
There is no decision that we can make that doesn't come with some sort of balance or sacrifice.
Mergers are like marriages. They are the bringing together of two individuals. If you wouldn't marry someone for the 'operational efficiencies' they offer in the running of a household, then why would you combine two companies with unique cultures and identities for that reason?
Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.
Remaining calm in times of desperation makes way for opportunity.
The big picture doesn't just come from distance; it also comes from time.
The goal is not to be perfect by the end. The goal is to be better today.
A boss wants to pay for results, an employee wants recognition for effort.
If a boss recognizes effort, they will get even better results.
To spend more money, you have to have more money, but time is fixed and we all have the same amount to spare. How we choose to spend it can make a significant difference on the impact we have in our careers or in the world.
A leader is the one who speaks last and acts first.
What I thought I developed all of those years ago was a pattern to understand communication.
Focus on where you're going and you'll know what steps to take.
Focus on the steps you're taking and you won't know where you're going.
A sour corporate culture can actually make an entire society unhappy.
This means that a strong corporate culture can have a positive impact on a society.
People don't buy what you do; they buy what you stand for.
I'm pretty confident the why works now.
When it first began, somebody said to me: "Will this work in big business?" I said, "I don't know. Let's try." Somebody said will this work in entrepreneurs, relationships or government and military. I said, "I don't know. Let's try." I kept applying the scientific method. I had a theory. I kept applying that theory, looking for opportunities to fail and it kept working.
We invest in things like the future, like our children, like education.
In other words, we invest in things that we understand we will not see an immediate return of investment but everybody knows it will have a positive impact and you can easily measure it over the course of time. Your why is exactly the same thing.
When people are financially invested, they want a return.
When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.
There are leaders, and there are those who lead.
Leaders are those who hold a position of power or authority. But those who lead are those who inspire us. And it's those who start with why, that have the ability to inspire those around them or find others who inspire them.
Most years, if you were to ask me how much I make, the genuine answer is that I have no clue. I usually find out the answer to that question once a year, at tax time, when my accountant tells me.
It doesn't matter how much we know, it matters how clearly others can understand what we know.
We think that we all have to like each other before we trust each other and that necessarily is not the case.
A boss who micromanages is like a coach who wants to get in the game.
Leaders guide and support and then sit back to cheer from the sidelines.
I can't stand those people, speakers in a room, they say this all the time, "If I can just help one person in this room, I've done my job." You have an audience of 500 people and your standard of success is one person? That's terrible. If you help one person in the room, you're an abject failure. You have to change something.
If everything goes right, we get a good experience. If everything goes wrong, we get a good story.
Though there are lessons that can be learned about becoming a great leader, most exist inherently in the bellies of those who lead.
We last longer if we compete against ourselves for the good of others instead of competing against others for the good of ourselves.
The irony is that the best thing we can do is, well one option, is to quit job we don't like. You don't always have to quit, and quite frankly, option two is to try to help others solve the problem that you are struggling with.
Entrepreneurs must be practical experts.
They needn't set out to be subject matter experts in what they do; they must set out to solve a problem or pursue some cause or purpose greater than themselves.
Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them. People are either motivated or they are not. Unless you give motivated people something to believe in, something bigger than their job to work toward, they will motivate themselves to find a new job and you’ll be stuck with whoever’s left.
Customers will never love a company until its employees love it first.
Work requires effort. Things we love to do feel effortless. Only do the things you love and you'll never have to work again.
Good leadership is hard to measure on a daily basis which is why so many default to doing what's easy to measure instead.
No matter how many or how few people you have reporting to you, you must remember that as you climb higher in the ranks, your words will be taken as commands even if you're just thinking out loud.
When a player has a slump, we do not trade them, we coach them. It is the same with our employees.
When leaders care less about their people, their people will be careless.
The ability for a group of people to do remarkable things hinges on how well those people can pull together as a team.
Look down from as high as possible. Look ahead as far as you can see. Then decide what to do.
A company and leaders of the company have the responsibility of the precious lives of all the human beings that work there.
The most important thing to do before you die is live.
Our courage comes from the courage of others.
What we do for others has a direct impact on how we feel about ourselves.
Academic experts may not be good at doing what they are experts in themselves, but they are good at explaining the subject matter to others. They write books, teach courses and offer lessons and give steps others can follow.
Great leaders don't need to act tough.
Their confidence and humility serve to underscore their toughness.
When you explain to people what you're trying to do, as opposed to just making demands or delegating tasks, you can build instant trust, even if it's just for that short time you're on the phone.