5 Smart People Quotes that Confirm it Pays Keep it Real in Business

Whatever you do for a living and whether you’ve already landed your dream gig or are working towards your ultimate career goal, how often have you heard ‘success’ motivators along the lines of:

  • You’ve got to be ruthless in business
  • It’s all about the money
  • What’s in it for me?
  • My role is more important than theirs

Time for a reality check.  You might succeed in the end but prepare for a bumpy ride and a plethora of awkward moments while you need your memory jogged on who you’re no longer speaking to, who’s still waiting on your overdue response or who you owe money to that you’re conveniently out of the office for every time they call.  

Here’s the good news!  Many of the most successful business brains in the creative field surround themselves with nice, kind people who understand that respect and communication are key in helping you achieve your career ambitions.

We’ve selected five of our favourite quotes that will inspire you to keep it real, be true to your core values and keep your business reputation pristine.  


The secret to business success is lots of patience. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s also so important to treat everyone as an equal. Success is a team effort - I can’t take the credit alone. If it wasn’t for the help and effort of those around me, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
— Melissa Odabash - Swimwear Designer | fabulousmag.co.uk
Don’t expect anything from anybody, work hard, put your head down, be good at what you do and good stuff will happen.
— Deborah Meaden - British Entrepreneur & Dragon on BBC2’s Dragon’s Den | AZQuotes.com
Doing good is good for business…if businesses are purely about profit and amassing bonuses, screwing people and the world in the process, then they will not be around for long, and don’t deserve to be.
— Richard Branson - Virgin Founder | The Telegraph
Never get too big for your boots. We have 200 staff and 5,000 partners, but it’s important to keep it real. Help staff personally, hold Friday night drinks and don’t take yourself too seriously.
— Holly Tucker - notonthehghstreet.com Founder | Fabulousmag.co.uk
I don’t like people who are hypocritical, who pretend to be nice, particularly in show business when they’re nice on camera, and then off camera they’re absolutely appalling to the makeup people, or the waitress in a restaurant, you know? I don’t like it - I can’t bear those kind of people. So I like people who are, you know, up front in your face.
— Simon Cowell - British Entrepreneur and Television Personality | AZQuotes.com
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