We have compiled a list of inspiring and powerful quotes. These 25 Powerful Quotes are from some of the most influential CEOs in Asia. Leaders such as Jack ma of Alibaba, Kaz Harai of Sony, Lee kun-Hee of Samsung, and many more.

We hope these quotes will motivate you to become successful in your work, whatever it may be. Enjoy!


1. Soichiro Honda, Founder of Honda

“Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% of failure.”

–  Soichiro Honda


2.  J.R.D. Tata, Chairman of Tata Groups

“Productivity and efficiency can be achieved only step by step with sustained hard work, relentless attention to details and insistence on the highest standards of quality and performance.”

–  J.R.D. Tata


3.  Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba

“Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world.”

–   Jack Ma


4.  Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman & CEO of Arcelor Mittal

“Always think outside the box and embrace opportunities that appear, wherever they might be.” 

–   Lakshmi Mittal


5.  Li Ka-shing, Chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings

“A good reputation for yourself and your company is an invaluable asset not reflected in the balance sheets.”

–  Li Ka-shing


6.  Lee Shau Kee, Founder of Henderson Land Development Company Limited

“Work hard and persevere. Clear enough.” 

– Lee Shau Kee


7.  Robert Kuok, Chairman, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Chain

“There are risk in every business, if you are not brave enough to grab on the first or next opportunities then you shall be a poor person forever.”

– Robert Kuok


8.   Mark Chang Mun Kee, Founder of JobStreet.com

“I know only of the ‘kerbau’ (buffalo) way, that is, to work hard and wait for the rain.

– Mark Chang Mun Kee


9.  Robin Li, Chairman and CEO of Baidu Inc.

“Over the past six years I’ve had many difficulties. But I never lost my passion.”

–  Robin Li


10.  Yoshikazu Tanaka Founder of GREE, Inc.

“I think the number one advice I can give is you just have to start it. Just get your feet in the water and do it. I learned a lot from just trying it out.”

– Yoshikazu Tanaka


11.  Kaz Hirai President and CEO of Sony Corporation

“The next generation doesn’t start until we say it does.”

– Kaz Hirai


12.  Fujio Mitarai, Chairman and CEO of Canon Inc.

“Diversification and globalization are the keys to the future.”

–  Fujio Mitarai


13.  Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung

“An enterprise’s most vital assets lie in its design and other creative capabilities”.

–  Lee Kun-hee


14.  Masayoshi Son, Founder & CEO of SoftBank

“Whatever the country, whatever the culture, whatever the time, when you become a big enough organization, you start to collapse and slow down.”

– Masayoshi Son


15.  Tadashi Yanai, Founder of Uniqlo

“If you always think about your dreams or goals, work steadfastly towards them and continue to challenge yourself, you will definitely be able to realize those dreams or goals.”

– Tadashi Yanai


16.  Takafumi Horie, Founder of Livedoor

“Money is humankind’s greatest invention. Money doesn’t discriminate. Money doesn’t care whether a person is poor, whether a person comes from a good family, or what his skin color is. Anybody can make money.”

– Takafumi Horie

17.  Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro

“If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small.”

– Azim Premji

18.  Terry Gou, Founder and Chairman of Foxconn

“I never think I am successful. If I am successful, then I should be retired. If I am not retired, then that means I should still be working hard, keeping the company running.”

– Terry Gou


19.   Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries

“I think that our fundamental belief is that for us growth is a way of life and we have to grow at all times.”

– Mukesh Ambani


20.  Tony Fernandes, Chief Executive Officer Director of AirAsia

“Believe the unbelievable. Dream the impossible. Never take ‘No’ for an answer.”

– Tony Fernandes


21.  Vincent Tan, Founder of Berjaya Group

“No matter how much good you do, there will always be a few per cent of people who don’t support you.”

–  Vincent Tan


22. Elim Chew, Founder of 77th Street.

“It’s not just about whether there are opportunities for you or not but when opportunities knock, are you ready or not? If you are passionate about something, do it for 10,000 times and you’ll become the best in it.”

Elim Chew


23.  Lei Jun Founder and CEO of Xiaomi Inc

“The most important thing is to focus, focus, focus.”

–  Lei Jun


24.  Ma Huateng, Chairman of Tencent

“You need to have extraordinary wisdom to be the forerunner.”

– Ma Huateng 


25.  Wang Jianlin, founder of Dalian Wanda Group

“Don’t ally your personal interests with the development of the company.”

–  Wang Jianlin


We hope that these quotes have inspired you and left you feeling more motivated than you were before. Perhaps you can apply some of this wisdom as you go through your workday.

What are some of your favorites from this list? Leave us a comment. Cheers!