[Lightspeed] 45 Retail Quotes That Inspire
Being a retailer can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s not easy.
There are some days where you need a little extra motivation and inspiration to remind you why you got into this business in the first place.
Whether you’ve hit a rough patch or you’re just looking to shake things up, there’s nothing like an inspirational quote to get you motivated. At Lightspeed, we’re all about helping retailers be the best they can be, which is why we’ve put together a list of our favorite inspirational retail quotes from some of the world’s most successful retailers, coaches and business moguls.
Read their words of wisdom and share the ones that speak to you with your teams whenever you need a boost.
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On getting started
The only thing worse than starting something and failing is not starting something.
Seth Godin, Author
Key takeaway: It’s hard (and even scary) to start a business, but fear of failure often holds us back from accomplishing great things. Unless you get started, you’ll never find out if you’ll fail or succeed. The answer is worth knowing.
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
Paulo Coelho, author
Key takeaway: Experience is one of the greatest teachers, and taking risks teaches us some of the best life lessons.
People like consistency. Whether it’s a store or a restaurant, they want to come in and see what you are famous for.
Mickey Drexler, Former CEO and current Chairman, J. Crew Group
Key takeaway: Customers value consistency. Ensure that your retail experience meets and exceeds their expectations.
On doing it all yourself
Paul Stephens, Head of Data & Technology, Neal’s Yard Remedies
Key takeaway: The more you do in-house, the more you have to juggle. Don’t just settle for complex systems and workflows. Simplify, streamline and automate everything you possibly can.
Like most retailers, we don’t know exactly where we will land at the end of it but our curiosity and willingness to create will be a guide for us. Jesper Brodin, CEO, Ikea
Key takeaway: Sometimes, you have nothing but a gut instinct for what you think will work—especially if your idea never existed before. Oftentimes, the best ideas come from the willingness and curiosity to create something different.
I learned to push the envelope when it comes to asking questions or making requests. And if you hear ‘that’s not possible,’ then ask ‘what is possible,’ instead of just saying thank you and leaving. But also to think creatively about problem-solving.
Emily Weiss, Founder, Glossier
Key takeaway: Innovative ideas often come with pushback from others. Rather than get defeated by people telling you what isn’t possible, focus on what is possible and don’t let them off the hook until you make progress towards your goals.
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