97 Jon Gordon Quotes from the Bestselling Author and Speaker

Jon O. Gordon is an American author, speaker and former entrepreneur, focusing on leadership, culture, sales and teamwork.

He opened a restaurant at 24, started a non-profit and ran for Atlanta City Council but lost.

He has worked with many athletic organizations, corporations and educational institutions and created online programs such as “The Energy Bus Animated Training Program” and Positive University.

Gordon’s work has been featured in major publications and he has authored several best-selling books including “The Energy Bus” and “The Power of Positive Leadership.”


He has been a keynote speaker at conferences and organizations across North America. He holds degrees from Cornell and Emory Universities and believes in the power of positive thoughts.

Gordon grew up in a Jewish-Italian family in Long Island, New York and later embraced Christianity and studied Buddhism.

Some of Jon Gordon‘s famous books are: The Coffee Bean, The Power of Positive Leadership, The Power of a Positive Team, The Garden, and Stay Positive.

Here is a collection of the best quotes by Jon Gordon.

Best Jon Gordon Quotes


The key to success is to be a lifelong learner who continuously works hard to improve. ~ Jon Gordon.


Great leaders know that success is a process not a destination. ~ Jon Gordon.


It’s about mental toughness. Mental toughness is everything. ~ Jon Gordon.


Critics write words but they don’t write the future. ~ Jon Gordon.


You are not a true success unless you are helping others be successful. ~ Jon Gordon.


Adversity is not a dead end but a detour to a better outcome than you can imagine! ~ Jon Gordon.

Leaders inspire and teach their people to focus on solutions, not complaints. ~ Jon Gordon.


The only person who can limit your possibilities is you. ~ Jon Gordon.

Thoughts are magnetic. What we think about we attract. ~ Jon Gordon.

Positivity is like a boomerang. The more we put it out there, the more it comes back to us. ~ Jon Gordon.


I believe you become great when you help others become great. ~ Jon Gordon.

You can’t be a great leader if all you are serving is yourself. ~ Jon Gordon.

Famous Jon Gordon Quotes

You need to work as hard to be a great teammate as you do to be a great player. ~ Jon Gordon.


Anyone who attempts to build great things will face challenges. ~ Jon Gordon.

If you are complaining you can’t be thinking about or creating what you do want. ~ Jon Gordon.

Remember, you have only one ride through life so give it all you got and enjoy the ride. ~ Jon Gordon.


Instead of being disappointed about where you are, be optimistic about where you are going. ~ Jon Gordon.

How you see the world determines the world you see. ~ Jon Gordon.


A leader brings out the best within others by sharing the best within themselves. ~ Jon Gordon.

The goal in life is to live young, have fun, and arrive at your final destination as late as possible, with a smile on your face. ~ Jon Gordon.

Top Jon Gordon Quotes

Don’t tell the world your mission statement. Show the world you are on a mission. ~ Jon Gordon.


The secret to life and the greatest success strategy of all is to love all of it and fear none of it. ~ Jon Gordon.

Never do anything out of obligation. Do everything with gratitude and love. It’s much more powerful that way. ~ Jon Gordon.

One negative person can create a miserable office environment for everyone else. ~ Jon Gordon.

If you are looking to build a new culture or transform the one you have, the first questions you should ask yourself are, “What do we stand for?” and “What do we want to be known for?” ~ Jon Gordon.

Don’t focus on the numbers. Trust the process. When you keep doing things the right way, eventually the numbers will rise, the wins will come, and the outcome will happen. ~ Jon Gordon.

Culture drives expectations and beliefs. Expectations and beliefs drive behaviors. Behaviors drive habits and habits create the future. ~ Jon Gordon.

Driving a positive, high-performing culture requires more than words. After all, everyone has a mission statement, but only the great organizations also have people who are on a mission. ~ Jon Gordon.

Popular Jon Gordon Quotes

You want to be a passionate leader who makes decisions that are based on belief and principle over those that are based on feeling. ~ Jon Gordon.

Love the process and you’ll love what the process produces. ~ Jon Gordon.

When you fuel up with purpose you find the excitement in the mundane, the passion in the everyday, the extraordinary in the ordinary. ~ Jon Gordon.


You fuel your life with trust and love instead of fear and doubt. ~ Jon Gordon.

Being positive won’t guarantee you’ll succeed. But being negative will guarantee you won’t. ~ Jon Gordon.

I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light that I have. – Abraham Lincoln sixteenth. ~ Jon Gordon.

The goal is not to be better than anyone else but rather be better than you were yesterday. ~ Jon Gordon.

Motivational Jon Gordon Quotes

So often the difference between success and failure is belief. Belief leads to action and execution. ~ Jon Gordon.


Enthusiasm comes from the Greek word entheos, which means, “inspired” or filled with the divine. ~ Jon Gordon.

Great leaders don’t succeed because they are great. They succeed because they bring out the greatness in others. ~ Jon Gordon.

It is the culture you create that is going to determine whether your players perform and execute. ~ Jon Gordon.

The measure of our success will not be determined by how we act during the great times in our life but rather by how we think and respond to the challenges of our most difficult moments. ~ Jon Gordon.

No challenge can stop you if you have the courage to keep moving forward in the face of your greatest fears and biggest challenges. Be courageous. ~ Jon Gordon.

Never do anything out of obligation. Do everything with gratitude and love. ~ Jon Gordon.

Every morning you have a choice. Are you going to be a positive thinker or a negative thinker? Positive thinking will energize you. ~ Jon Gordon.


Love is the answer for the team’s success. ~ Jon Gordon.

You must spend more time on building your culture than on everything else. Culture is what produces wins over time. ~ Jon Gordon.

Wise Jon Gordon Quotes

Letting people share their gifts and strengths is real love. ~ Jon Gordon.

My life is a gift not an obligation and I Get To make the most of it. ~ Jon Gordon.

To build a winning team you must create a positive culture where negativity can’t breed and grow, and the sooner you start weeding it from your team the stronger and more positively contagious your culture and team will be. ~ Jon Gordon.

A true leader doesn’t lead to gain power. They lead to empower and give power away. ~ Jon Gordon.

Don’t waste your energy on those who don’t get on your bus. ~ Jon Gordon.

The past has to be viewed as a springboard to the future. ~ Jon Gordon.

Failure provides you with a great opportunity to decide how much you really want something. Will you give up? Or will you dig deeper, commit more, work harder, learn, and get better? If you know that this is what you truly want, you will be willing to pay the price that success requires. You will be willing to fail again and again in order to succeed. ~ Jon Gordon.

Thought-Provoking Jon Gordon Quotes

Many say, ‘Show me God and I will trust you.’ But it works the other way. When you trust, God will show you. ~ Jon Gordon.

He told himself that failure is not a definition. It’s just an event. Just because you fail doesn’t mean you are a failure. It’s just a situation to overcome and transform. And it will make you stronger if you are willing to learn and grow from it. ~ Jon Gordon.

In the face of all this, it is your culture that will be the driving force to create the resiliency, toughness, passion, and attitude to overcome the obstacles in your way. ~ Jon Gordon.

You win by cultivating the right culture, leadership, expectations, beliefs, mindset, relationships, and habits before you even play the game. You win in the locker room first. Then, you win on the field. ~ Jon Gordon.

Great leaders are great because people trust and respect them, not because they have power. ~ Jon Gordon.

Positive energy is like muscle. The more you use it the stronger it gets. The stronger it gets the more powerful you become. Repetition is the key and the more you focus on positive energy the more it becomes your natural state. ~ Jon Gordon.

Enthusiasm attracts more passengers and energizes them during the ride. ~ Jon Gordon.

Powerful Jon Gordon Quotes

When you experience resistance, you find the lessons that you are meant to learn. ~ Jon Gordon.

Dust on gold doesn’t change the nature of gold. ~ Jon Gordon.

If you think your best days are behind you, they are. If you think your best days are ahead of you, they are. ~ Jon Gordon.


I’m an over-believer. ~ Jon Gordon.

Successful people do ordinary things with extraordinary consistency, commitment and focus. ~ Jon Gordon.

You haven’t failed until you stop trying. ~ Jon Gordon.

Your optimism today will determine your level of success tomorrow. ~ Jon Gordon.

Strategy is important. Execution is imperative. However, the most overlooked aspect in team sports, and what most coaches and leaders fail to grasp, is the fact that it is your culture that will determine whether your strategy works and is sustainable. It is the culture you create that is going to determine whether your players perform and execute. ~ Jon Gordon.

Everyone wants to do what the great ones do; but very few are willing to do what they did to become great. ~ Jon Gordon.

I see you resting and learning. I see you getting stronger. I see you preparing for greater things so you can take your life and business to a higher level. Always remember that our biggest battle comes before our greatest victory. ~ Jon Gordon.

Inspiring Jon Gordon Quotes

It’s all about teamwork. Sometimes you are the star and sometimes you help the star. ~ Jon Gordon.

Throughout the day, anytime you find yourself feeling stressed or wanting to complain, stop for 10 seconds and breathe. Count your breaths and your blessings. ~ Jon Gordon.

When leaders become focused on the fruit instead of the root and worry about the outcome instead of the process of developing team members, they may survive in the short run, but they will not thrive in the long run. ~ Jon Gordon.


Negative thoughts are the nails that build a prison of failure. ~ Jon Gordon.

I knew the biggest priority was to create a winning culture in which every member could thrive and excel. This meant we would not only have to create the right culture for the team but also for the rest of the organization. ~ Jon Gordon.

I don’t want my children to be what I want them to be. I want them to become everything God created them to be. ~ Jon Gordon.

It’s not easy to deal with the negativity in the world but it’s something that’s got to be done. Your success and life are so important that you must surround yourself with a positive support team. ~ Jon Gordon.

Inspirational Jon Gordon Quotes

Negative people often tend to create negative cultures whereas positive corporate cultures are created by positive people. ~ Jon Gordon.

We often have to lose what we thought we wanted to find what God wants for us. ~ Jon Gordon.

Culture consists of the shared purpose, attitudes, values, goals, practices, behaviors, and habits that define a team or organization. ~ Jon Gordon.

Optimism is a competitive advantage. ~ Jon Gordon.

Challenges ONLY make you STRONGER!!! ~ Jon Gordon.

Great teams care more. They care more about their effort, their work and their team members. ~ Jon Gordon.

Positive Jon Gordon Quotes

3 things you can control every day: 1. Attitude 2. Effort 3. Actions to be a great teammate. ~ Jon Gordon.

If you want to be truly great you have to work as hard to be a great teammate as you do to be a great player. ~ Jon Gordon.

Every problem has a gift for you in its hands as my man Richard Bach says. You can choose to see the curse or the gift. And this one choice will determine if your life is a success story or one big soap opera. ~ Jon Gordon.


Remember, life gives us warnings for a reason. Learn from this. Do things differently. ~ Jon Gordon.

Communication builds trust. Trust generates commitment. Commitment fosters teamwork. Teamwork delivers results. ~ Jon Gordon.

To build a winning team, you must help your players and staff have amnesia about past outcomes and remember all the little things they did to get better. ~ Jon Gordon.

“To run a successful organization,” I say, you must learn to manage people’s energy, including your own. ~ Jon Gordon.

Purpose is the ultimate fuel for our journey through life. When we drive with purpose we don’t get tired or bored and our engines don’t burn out. ~ Jon Gordon.

As a leader, it is so important that your words equal your actions. It is imperative that you make sure that you go through a self-evaluation process on an almost daily basis to make sure that your actions are in line with your words. You must do what you say and say what you do. ~ Jon Gordon.

Leadership is not just about what you do but what you can inspire, encourage and empower others to do. ~ Jon Gordon.

So these were the 97 top Jon Gordon quotes and sayings.

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