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Inspirational Quotes for Product Managers: Favorites from Inventors, Scientists, Entrepreneurs and Leaders

Author: Stefan Stalgren Apr 19, 2016 Posted in: Blog > News

Project Management, Raleigh - Durham, N.C.The world of developing and managing new products is full of ambiguity and challenge. For those of us who face this world daily, it can be helpful to remember others who have ‘been there’ and overcome the obstacles. Their inspiration and time-tested wisdom can point us forward as we navigate the ups and downs of our careers. In this post, we have compiled many of our favorite quotes from inventors, scientists and entrepreneurs — words that can inspire all of us to keep forging ahead.

On Perseverance:

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

“We always want to create something new out of nothing, and without research, and without long hard hours of effort. But there is no such things as a quantum leap. There is only dogged persistence—and in the end you make it look like a quantum leap.”  – Sir James Dyson

”Genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs


“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki, AllTop

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson

Product Management, Raleigh - Durham, N.C.“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“The short successes that can be gained in a brief time and without difficulty are not worth much.” – Henry Ford

“All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed–only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.” – Nicola Tesla

“The key to success is failure… Success is made of 99 percent failure.” – Sir James Dyson

“We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” -Marie Curie

On Imagination and Innovation

“I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.” – Steve Jobs

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein


“If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn

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

Product Management, Raleigh - Durham, N.C. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

“You are just as likely to solve a problem by being unconventional and determined as by being brilliant.”  – Sir James Dyson

“All sorts of things can happen when you’re open to new ideas and playing around with things.” – Stephanie Kwolek

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” – Thomas Edison

On Continuous Learning:

“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had — everyday I’m learning something new.” – Richard Branson

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”  – Albert Einstein


“Basically, I have been compelled by curiosity.” – Mary Leakey

“Enjoy failure and learn from it. You can never learn from success.” – Sir James Dyson

On Risk-Taking:

A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.  – Grace Hopper

Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” – Howard Schultz

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain 

On Focus:

“If you keep your eye on the profit, you’re going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow.” – Steve Jobs

“There are no rules here — we’re trying to accomplish something.” – Thomas Edison


“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison

On Listening to the Customer:

“When we create stuff, we do it because we listen to the customer, get their inputs and also throw in what we’d like to see, too. We cook up new products. You never really know if people will love them as much as you do.” – Steve Jobs

“If I had asked the public what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” – Henry Ford

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

On Building a Team:

“The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.” – Marc Benioff, Salesforce

A Few Final Thoughts Worth Sharing:

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” – Thomas Edison

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”  – Napoleon Hill 


“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

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