Since time in history we have witnessed many black people who have made great and remarkable strides in business. We thought it to be noble to tap into some of the words of wisdom that black business leaders have shared via quotes. These black business leaders quotes should motivate and inspire you to do the unimaginable and perhaps lead your own successful business. Below are the black business quotes.

  1. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
  2. “Belief in oneself and knowing who you are, I mean, that’s the foundation for everything great.” – Jay-Z
  3. “People from all walks of life and all over the world look at me and know my humble beginnings and know that everything I’ve done has been through hard work. People respect me as a marketer and brand builder.” – Sean Combs
  4. “I built a conglomerate and emerged the richest black man in the world in 2008 but it didn’t happen overnight. It took me 30 years to get to where I am today. Youths of today aspire to be like me but they want to achieve it overnight. It’s not going to work. To build a successful business, you must start small and dream big. In the journey of entrepreneurship, tenacity of purpose is supreme.” – Aliko Dangote
  5. “Don’t let anyone convince you that your dream, your vision to be an entrepreneur, is something that you shouldn’t do. What often happens is that people who are well meaning, who really care for us, are afraid for us and talk us out of it.” – Cathy Hughes
  6. “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” — Madam C.J. Walker
  7. “I realized I was more convincing to myself and to the people who were listening when I actually said what I thought, versus what I thought people wanted to hear me say.” – Ursula Burns
  8. “To have a successful career, you have to approach it as an entrepreneur, even if you are working for someone else. Your career is your own private business. You have to market yourself and your abilities and knowledge just as you would a product or service.” – Black Enterprise
  9. “If you don’t believe your story ain’t nobody else going to.” -Unkown
  10. “Success depends on employees. For me knowing and connecting with my employees is very important.” – Divine Ndhlukula
  11. “I always make sure I hire people smarter than me.” — Aliko Dangote
  12. “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that’s where it’s at.” — Jesse Owens
  13. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” — Booker T. Washington
  14. “If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.” – Beyonce Knowles
  15. “If we are going to be part of the solution, we have to engage the problems.” — Majora Carter
  16. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” — Muhammad Ali
  17. “Never ever chase money. You should chase success, because with success money follows.” — Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones
  18. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Frederick Douglass
  19. “The road back may not be as short as we wish,… But there are solid reasons to feel confident about the future.” – Richard Parsons
  20. “You can and should set your own limits and clearly articulate them. This takes courage, but it is also liberating and empowering, and often earns you new respect.” – Rosalind Brewer
  21. “One of the challenges associated with a company becoming large is that companies become hierarchical. They become bureaucratic. They become slow. They become risk averse.” – Kenneth C. Frazier
  22. “There is nothing a woman can’t do. Men might think they do things all by themselves but a woman is always there guiding them or helping them.” – Marjorie Joyner
  23. “If you approach 100 people for seed capital, 99 of them may say no, you just need that one.” William Packard
  24. “If you have a dream and you have a job. That’s amazing! You can learn how to navigate both. Your employer, or as I like to call it your “investor”, gives you the money to invest in your dream, and pay your bills while you chase your dreams.” – Lisa Nicholas
  25. “You are where you are today because you stand on somebody’s shoulders. And wherever you are heading, you cannot get there by yourself. If you stand on the shoulders of others, you have a reciprocal responsibility to live your life so that others may stand on your shoulders. It’s the quid pro quo of life. We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give.” – Vernon Jordan
  26. “You can and should set your own limits and clearly articulate them. This takes courage, but it is also liberating and empowering, and often earns you new respect.” – Rosalind Brewer
  27. “Many people don’t focus enough on execution. If you make a commitment to get something done, you need to follow through on that commitment.” – Kenneth Chenault
  28. “Dreams do come true, but not without the help of others, a good education, a strong work ethic, and the courage to lean in.” – Ursula Burns
  29. “Every now and then you have to nudge your partners. You have to speak up and speak out. And I try to use my platform for that. I try to set an example.” – Rosalind Brewer
  30. “It would be racist of me to expect less from you because you are black” -Vusi Thembekwayo

We hope you are inspired by these black business leaders quotes.