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100 inspirational quotes from self-made billionaire Christians

Here are lists of inspirational quotes from highly successful entrepreneurs who have given their lives to Christ.

Pat Robertson – Founder of Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)

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1. If you give to God, He gives back thirty, sixty and one hundredfold. – Pat Robertson

2. When we started, there was no money available for us. I bought a bag of soybeans — 70 pounds for two dollars — and we literally lived on soybeans. We just didn’t have any money to spend. Everything was devoted to getting the Christian Broadcasting Network underway. My first year, total income was $8,000 for the whole enterprise. Second year it was $20,000. And now our income is in the $600 to $700 million range. So it does grow. You bet. – Pat Robertson

3. Tithing is giving the first 10 percent of your income to the poor, benevolent projects and in Biblical times, to the Temple of the Lord. In the Old Testament, people actually tithed three times, to give 25 to 30 percent of their income. While the churches may get upset, I don’t think it has to go to the church.- Pat Robertson

4. The most important virtue is humility, to have a servant’s heart, to listen to what people are saying, and to be empathetic to employees. I think that pride and arrogance are killers.- Pat Robertson

5. Hire the very best people possible and give them a strategic vision of where you want to go and give maximum freedom to employees to carry out the vision. – Pat Robertson

6. A good leader delegates. I get up early, to pray, read and think. If I didn’t have that time to myself, I would lose my mind! I do play golf and I have horses. I go out to the country. I’m not as busy as I used to be. As they say in the television industry, “I paid my dues.” They used to call me day and night, though. – Pat Robertson

Do Won Chang – Founder of Forever 21

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7. Many people would expect I would be praying for something big. But that's not the case. I pray for my personal life, my business. And I just talk to God like a friend. - Do Won Chang

8. When I was in LA, I used to always go to church at 5 am to pray and start my day.- Do Won Chang

9. When I first immigrated to the United States, there were not many jobs that stood out. So I worked at a gas station, cleaning. Whenever drivers drove nice cars, I'd ask them what job they had. They all said it was in the garment business. At the time, I didn't even know what "garment" meant. I later learned that it was the clothing business. And that is how I went on to start my clothing store.- Do Won Chang

10. In the beginning of our first year, the shop had sold only $100 worth of products per day. Predicted to make $30,000 a year. But, by the end of the year, we had total sales worth $700,000. So that's when I realized, if I kept going like this, I would have a good business.- Do Won Chang

11. This year, we are probably close to $4 billion. - Do Won Chang

12. I have never once thought of myself as a billionaire. Even today, I got here on a bus. I think it's better for me to challenge myself and work harder instead of going for a comfortable life. - Do Won Chang

13. If you look at Jewish people, there are many cases where families work in a company together. And boost its growth. I would like to follow that example and become a better company. - Do Won Chang

14. I want to ask you whether you have read that verse (John 3:16)? It shows us how much God loves us. The love he gave us, by giving us his only son, Jesus, was so unbelievable to me. I hoped others would learn of God's love. So that's why I put it there. - Do Won Chang

Sam Walton founder of Walmart

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15. There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. - Sam Walton

16. We're all working together; that's the secret. - Sam Walton

17. If you want a successful business, your people must feel that you are working for them—not that they are working for you. - Sam Walton

Colonel Sanders – Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken

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18. I still believe in the importance of charity, which means giving to God his just measure of goods he has seen fit to bestow on you in the form of material gain. When I started out in the franchise business, I didn’t know exactly what I was doing by promising God his part if he helped make my enterprise a success, but I now think that that is the reason for my success ever since. - Colonel Sanders

19. Lots of nights I would sleep in the back of my car so I would have enough money to buy cookers the next day if someone took a franchise. - Colonel Sanders

20. It (KFC) took about two years. I made only about a nickel on every chicken that they sold. And they got three dinners out of it. But I got one nickel for the whole meal. But you’d be surprised at how fast those nickels added up… I finally got up to where I had an income of a thousand dollars a day. - Colonel Sanders

21. Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service. - Colonel Sanders

22. One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping-stone to something better. - Colonel Sanders

23. I never limited myself to serving gas. I also repaired flat tires that customers left at the station. The service station was open until 9 o’clock, then when I closed I repaired the inner tubes. Sometimes I didn’t finish working until 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning. Then I opened again at 5 a.m. Most gas stations didn’t open until 7, and I sold more gas between 5 and 7 in the morning than the other stations sold all day. - Colonel Sanders

24. There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can’t do any business there. - Colonel Sanders

25. I pray to the Almighty to encourage you to dedicate your life to Jesus Christ. Whatever difficulties you may have to face, turn to him, recognize him and render him all your glory, and he will help you overcome. - Colonel Sanders

26. When Jesus took the cussing out I lost 50% of my vocabulary. - Colonel Sanders

Sir John Templeton – Founder of Templeton Fund

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27. Invest at the point of maximum pessimism. - John  Templeton

28. If you want to have a better performance than the crowd, you must do things differently from the crowd. - John  Templeton

29. If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search. - John  Templeton

Mary Kay Ash - Founder of May Kay Cosmetics

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30. Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, "Make me feel important." Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life. - Mary Kay Ash

31. Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. - Mary Kay Ash

Tyler Perry – Founder of Tyler Perry Studios

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31. Fear is a sprit that really can stop you from living. - Tyler Perry

32. You will always fine jealous people. They’re the ones promoting you. - Tyler Perry

33. God will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies so let them watch you eat. It doesn't matter if a million people tell you what you can't do, or if ten million tell you no. If you get one yes from God that's all you need. - Tyler Perry

34. You will always fine jealous people. They’re the ones promoting you. - Tyler Perry

35. God will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies so let them watch you eat. - Tyler Perry

36. You know what the question is that a lot of people ask me all the time, ‘How did you make it, how did you make it?’ Well I tell you there is only one answer for that, “The truth be told, it was nothing but the grace of God. I say this in the press all the time but people will cut it out of articles or they don’t wanna print it or they don’t wanna say it. - Tyler Perry

37. Don't wait for someone to green light your project, build your own intersection. - Tyler Perry

38. Being alone doesn't necessarily mean that you're lonely. - Tyler Perry

Strive Masiyiwa - Founder of Econet Wireless

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39. You can only find opportunities if you are looking for them. - Strive Masiyiwa

40. The opportunity is in the problem. The moment I see a problem, I immediately begin to think about the opportunities that can be created by trying to solve it. - Strive Masiyiwa

41. My favorite business book is the bible. If you study the bible with a view to extracting principles on how to set up, and manage a business effectively, you will be absolutely amazed; it has everything. - Strive Masiyiwa

42. A vision on its own is not enough. Hard work & dedication is required to make that vision a reality. - Strive Masiyiwa

Cathy Hughes - Founder of Radio Onecathy-hughes-business

43. You have to be willing to go out on faith. That’s the reason I believe in the power of prayer, because I believe you have to be able to first believe in a being superior to you, You have to believe in God and once you’re able to believe in God and embrace the greatness of the creator, then you’re able to believe in yourself and embrace the greatness that God put into you and each of us, and you’re able to tap into that. But there will be days. - Cathy Hughes

44. You must be very persistent, and you have to have the confidence in yourself that you can achieve that which you are seeking to accomplish. - Cathy Hughes

45. I don't view things as lows and highs. Business has its ups and downs and everything in life is a cycle. Everyone's life has ups and downs, so I don't take it personally. As the Good Book says, "this too shall pass away" and I live by that adage that bad times will not only pass but so will good times. I've had challenging times, but it's kind of dangerous to say what was the lowest because you don't know what the good Lord has in store for you in the future. - Cathy Hughes

46. When people know they can count on you to be good to your word, you can build relationships that are far more valuable to you than money and the money just automatically follows. - Cathy Hughes

David Green – Founder of Hobby Lobby

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47. To succeed in retail, you have to love it. The process of bringing items in, displaying them attractively, and seeing them miraculously change into actual cash in the drawer has to get your blood racing. - David Green

48. We're still family-owned, which keeps life a whole lot simpler. When my wife and kids and I decide to make a business move, we don't have to ask Wall Street about it. - David Green

49. It is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured. Therefore, we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles. - David Green

50. When Hobby Lobby was created in the early 1970s, I was committed to use profits to help ministry work. - David Green

51. I want to be the very best competitor I can be. The Bible says, "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom" (Ecclesiastes 9:10). - David Green

Norm Miller – Interstate Batteries CEO

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52. I came to Christ under duress. I realized that I had become an alcoholic and all of the life-trappings I acquired were no longer satisfying to me. I was an empty person. On top of that, I was anxious with the fear of failure. It was around that time that a friend of mine told me I needed to read the Bible. It was God's Word and it was truth. I simply asked God to prove that His Word was true. - Norm Miller

53. I came across the Scripture in Galatians 5:22 where it talks about the fruit of the Spirit. All I read were the first three attributes and I realized that was exactly what I am looking for-love, joy and peace. I knew that if I had love, joy and peace then I really had life. Circumstances really didn't make any difference if I could have these things. So, if this was the fruit of the Spirit, I wanted to know how I could get the Spirit. Then I read in Matthew 7:7 where it says, "seek and ye shall find." I told God, "I am a seeker and Your Word says that I shall-not may- find. - Norm Miller

James Cash Penny – Founder of JC Penny

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54. Courteous treatment will make a customer a walking advertisement. - James Cash Penny

55. A merchant who approaches business with the idea of serving the public well has nothing to fear from the competition. - James Cash Penny

56. Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together. - James Cash Penny

57. The greatest teacher I know is the job itself. - James Cash Penny

John D. Rockefeller – Founder of the Standard Oil Company

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58. Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. - John D Rockefeller

59. There is nothing in this world that can compare with the Christian fellowship; nothing that can satisfy but Christ. - John D Rockefeller

60. If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success. - John D Rockefeller

61. I know of nothing more despicable and pathetic than a man who devotes all the hours of the waking day to the making of money for money's sake. - John D Rockefeller

62. I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people's efforts than 100% of my own efforts. - John D Rockefeller

Folorunsho Alakija – Founder of FamFa Oil

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63. I cannot afford to be arrogant because God hates arrogance. That is why it comes naturally to me to be humble. - Folorunsho Alakija

64. It’s essential to draw up a “things to do” list on a daily basis and set priorities in executing them, making sure that any unfinished task get posted to the next day’s list. - Folorunsho Alakija

65. I am a workaholic but the only reason I don’t attribute the award of an oil block to hard work is because it’s a combination of several things. You can work hard all the days of your life and not get anywhere with it. So, it’s the grace of God and that is the most important part. I will continue to give him glory for it. - Folorunsho Alakija

66. We had applied for several blocks and it seemed we may not get the license. It got to a stage that I didn’t know what God could do or couldn’t do, but I knew He could do everything but it just seemed it wasn’t coming through. It seemed that each time a minister of petroleum was changed, we needed to reapply and it seemed our application wasn’t getting any headway. Sometimes our faith waned and at that point I just decided that rather than throwing in the towel, rather than giving up, it will be better to make a covenant with God, because God never fails when you make a covenant with Him. I noticed that in the Bible, so I decided to take that challenge. I made a covenant with Him that if He blesses me, I will work for Him all the days of my life and that is what He has done. He has been extremely faithful. - Folorunsho Alakija


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Truett Cathy – Founder of Chick-fil-A

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67. My business grew on my understanding that customers are always looking for somebody who is dependable and polite and will take care of them. - Truett Cathy

68. As Christians, we have an obligation and responsibility to abide by the principles of the Bible. - Truett Cathy

69. I believe no amount of business school training or work experience can teach what is ultimately a matter of personal character. Businesses are not dishonest or greedy, people are. Thus, a business, successful or not, is merely a reflection of the character of its leadership. - Truett Cathy

George Foreman – Founder George Foreman Enterprises

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70. The world is full of people who want to play it safe, people who have tremendous potential but never use it. Somewhere deep inside them, they know that they could do more in life, be more, and have more -- if only they were willing to take a few risks. - George Foreman

Kathy Ireland – Founder of Kathy Ireland Worldwide

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71. If we get our self-esteem from superficial places, from our popularity, appearance, business success, financial situation, health, any of these, we will be disappointed, because no one can guarantee that we'll have them tomorrow. - Kathy Ireland

72. I believe there are three keys to success. For me it is keeping my priorities in order: It's my faith and my family, and then the business. - Kathy Ireland

73. I look at failure as education. In that respect, I am so well-educated. - Kathy Ireland

74. Don't just work for the money; that will bring only limited satisfaction. - Kathy Ireland

75. Jesus was nothing like I thought - He wasn't condemning. He was loving and leading. - Kathy Ireland

David Steward – Founder of World Wide Technology

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76. You reap what you sow.” It’s impossible to sow apple seeds and get oranges. If you sow seeds of service and commitment and care for others, you can expect there’ll be a return on that investment. - David Steward

77. Anytime you get outside your comfort zone, the elements of fear begin to creep in, which dampens your faith. Fear is just the opposite of faith, because faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not seen. That requires people to change, because we have been taught to believe in what we see. - David Steward

78. There’s scripture that’s one of my very favorites. It says seek first the kingdom of God and all of his righteousness, and everything else will added unto you. It means seek to serve first and bring value and make a difference in someone else’s life. If you do, in due season, that will turn around to benefit you in a big way. I like what Martin Luther King said as well. He said, “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. - David Steward

Blake Mycoskie – Founder of TOM Shoes

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79. When you have a memorable story about who you are and what your mission is, your success no longer depends on how experienced you are or how many degrees you have or who you know. A good story transcends boundaries, breaks barriers, and opens doors. It is a key not only to starting a business but also to clarifying your own personal identity and choices. - Blake MyCoskie

80. Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.… If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way. - Blake MyCoskie

81. If you’re not sure about your passion, here are three questions I sometimes ask people: • If you did not have to worry about money, what would you do with your time? What kind of work would you want to do? What cause would you serve? Once you answer these questions, you’ll have a good idea of what your passion is. - Blake MyCoskie


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