11 Inspiring Quotes About What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur


We asked real entrepreneurs to tell us the mindset it takes to achieve success in the face of all obstacles.

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1. “Entrepreneurship is about the fight -- the process of getting your product and service in the hands of consumers and building a company along the way.”

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2. “Being an entrepreneur is following your passion and finding a profit in it. You spend 70% of your life at work, you better love what you do.”

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3. “Entrepreneurs cross the fine line between crazy and genius.”

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4. “An entrepreneur is someone who sees a need in the market and does something about it, rather than just sitting on the sidelines.”

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5. “As an entrepreneur, you write your own future. The harder you work, the higher probability of you being successful.”

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6. “An entrepreneur is someone who gets shit done.”

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7. “An entrepreneur is someone who has the passion and courage to try something that’s never been done before.”

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8. “Entrepreneurship is about solving problems, not getting fixated on them.”

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9. “Being an entrepreneur is different than starting and quickly exiting a startup. I think entrepreneurs create long-term companies and jobs.”

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10. “As an entrepreneurs, you have a fire burning inside your belly, a vision and a dream that you will do anything and everything in your power to bring to life.”

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11. “It is about having a vision and mission that is bigger than me.”

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True, being an entrepreneur can be exhausting, lonely, frustrating and terrifying. But truer, it's worth every drop of blood, sweat and tears when you are pursuing your passion, turning your dream into a reality.

In an ongoing series called Real Entrepreneurs, we pick the brains of small business owners about what it is like to have every decision big and small rest on their shoulders and have compiled their thoughts on what it takes to succeed on the long, sometimes crazy journey of an entrepreneur.


Jon Snyder, CEO and Co-Founder of Contenders, a licensed apparel company. Read his full interview here.

Victoria Cairl, VP of Business Development at Show-Score.com, a Broadway theater ticket and community startup.

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Greg Berry, who launched the meal kit company BurgaBox.

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Anne Reilly, Founder/CEO of Mott50, the first anti-aging fashion collection with built-in sun protection. Read her full interview here.

Matt McCall, founder of CrowdVest, an equity crowdfunding platform. Read his full interview here.

Husband-wife team Jason Payne (CEO) and Lindsay Reinsmith (COO), who launched Ada Diamonds, a Silicon Valley bespoke fine jeweler of lab-grown diamonds. Read their full interview here.

Jim Patterson, CEO of Eaze, a marijuana technology company that connects people with doctors and dispensaries to deliver medical marijuana in 20 minutes or less. Read his full interview here.

Harold Clarke, a real estate broker and the owner of Luxury Big Island by Harold ClarkeRead his full interview here.

Chrissy Crawford Corredor, Founder and CEO of ArtStar, an online platform for discovering and collecting contemporary art. Read her full interview here.

Willie Degel, Founder and CEO of the New York-based Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse chain. Read his full interview here.

Shazi Visram, Founder and CEO of Happy Family, a premium, organic food company for babies, toddlers, kids and their mothers. Read her full interview here.

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