You can be on Entrepreneur’s cover!

10 Inspirational Quotes From Successful Entrepreneurs on Declaring Their Independence 10 famous entrepreneurs tell us why they declared their freedom.

By Matthew Toren

entrepreneur daily
Rachel Ray

As you celebrate the U.S.'s Independence Day today, entrepreneurs around the globe ought to similarly celebrate their freedom.

Just like our founding fathers took a massive risk to break away from British rule in 1776, entrepreneurs have sought independence from a career path controlled by others. It was a big leap that took great courage, so go ahead, give yourself a much-deserved pat on the back.

And for those who've yet to get started, here are a few encouraging words of wisdom about being independent from famous entrepreneurs:

Image Credit: capital.fr

Estee Lauder, co-founder of Est?e Lauder Companies

"I didn't get here by dreaming or thinking about it. I got here by doing it."

Image Credit: famousauthors.org

Bestselling-romance author Nora Roberts

"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place."

Image Credit: firstworldfacts.com

Rachael Ray, businesswoman and TV personality

"Decide what it is that you are and then stay true to that thing. My brand is based very much on how I live my day-to-day life."

Image Credit: Nathan Denette/CP

Co-founder of CanWest Global Communications Gerry Schwartz

"I enjoy the independence of single-handling a boat. I like controlling the elements, making the wind and the waves and the water work for me."

Image Credit: chicagonow.com

Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay cosmetics

"We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives. If you don't know where you are aiming, you don't have a goal. My goal is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say, 'she cared.'"

Image Credit: Kate Holstein

Richard Branson, serial entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Group

"I believe in benevolent dictatorship, provided I am the dictator."

Image Credit: tuaw.com

Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

Image Credit: Dan Hallman/invision/ap

Serial entrepreneur and real-estate mogul Donald Trump

"I wasn't satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement."

Image Credit: firstcom.com.br

Niklas Zennstrom, co-founder of Skype

"If you want to be an entrepreneur, it's not a job, it's a lifestyle. It defines you. Forget about vacations, about going home at 6 p.m. Last thing at night you'll send emails, first thing in the morning you'll read emails, and you'll wake up in the middle of the night. But it's hugely rewarding, as you're fulfilling something for yourself."

Image Credit: HBO

Former CEO of United Artists and film producer Jerry Weintraub

"I learned I'm not a good executive. I'm an entrepreneur, and I'm creative. I have to go with my gut and do what I want to do."

Matthew Toren

Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com

Matthew Toren is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, investor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. He is co-author, with his brother Adam, of Kidpreneurs and Small Business, BIG Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right (Wiley). He's based in Vancouver, B.C.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Business News

James Clear Explains Why the 'Two Minute Rule' Is the Key to Long-Term Habit Building

The hardest step is usually the first one, he says. So make it short.

Leadership

You Won't Have a Strong Leadership Presence Until You Master These 5 Attributes

If you are a poor leader internally, you will be a poor leader externally.

Productivity

Your Work Ethic Is Not the Problem — Debunking Three Modern-Day Productivity Myths

Productivity is an age-old dilemma. But before you try to solve it, consider whether you're asking the right questions.

Leadership

Being Customer Centric Has Nothing To Do With Your Customers — Here's Where You Should Start.

The customer experience boils down to behaviors, mindset and organizational culture.

Side Hustle

This Gen Zer's Stylish Side Hustle Earns About $20,000 a Month and Paid Off His Parents' $200,000 Debt: 'I Enjoy the Hands-Off Nature'

Ray Cao went from working as a barista for $8 an hour to being a successful seller on online marketplace StockX.

Business Ideas

63 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.