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50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes
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No one ever said it was easy being an entrepreneur. Whether you're in the early stages of your statrup, just secured funding for your startup or you are ready for product launch, there will always be those three components when you ask yourself if this whole entrepreneur thing is worth it. Instead of giving up and throwing-in the proverbial white towel, keep your head up and look to the following 50 quotes to inspire and motivate you during those tough patches.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

The critical ingredient

The critical ingredient
"The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer." -Nolan Bushnell, entrepreneur.
50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Do. Or do not

Do. Or do not
"Do. Or do not. There is no try." - Yoda, Jedi Master.
50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

if you want to do it, do it now

if you want to do it, do it now
"To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don't, you're going to regret it." - Catherine Cook, co-founder of MyYearbook.
50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

“It’s not about ideas

“It’s not about ideas

"It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen." - Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career

"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game's winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that's why I succeed." - Michael Jordan, NBA Hall of Famer.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

There’s nothing wrong with staying small

There’s nothing wrong with staying small

"There's nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team." - Jason Fried, founder of 37signal.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Ideas are easy

Ideas are easy

"Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard." - Guy Kawasaki, founder of AllTop.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about

If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about

"If you just work on stuff that you like and you're passionate about, you don't have to have a master plan with how things will play out." - Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

The best time to plant a tree

The best time to plant a tree

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." - Chinese proverb.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Never give in

Never give in

"Never give in-never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." - Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister.

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50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company

There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company

"There's lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there's only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it's to change the world." - Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

"The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world." - Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

The price of success is hard work

The price of success is hard work

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." - Vince Lombardi, head coach of the Green Bay Packers (1959-1967).

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

When everything seems to be going against you

When everything seems to be going against you

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

If you’re not a risk taker

If you’re not a risk taker
"If you're not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business." - Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's.
50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

“Watch, listen, and learn.

“Watch, listen, and learn.

"Watch, listen, and learn. You can't know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity." - Donald Trump, chairman of The Trump Organization, the Trump Plaza Associates, LLC.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

“Always deliver more than expected

“Always deliver more than expected

"Always deliver more than expected." --Larry Page, co-founder of Google.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Twenty years from now,

Twenty years from now,

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." Mark Twain, author.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do

You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do

"You shouldn't focus on why you can't do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions." - Steve Case, co-founder of AOL.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

A person who never made a mistake

A person who never made a mistake

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein, physicist.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Risk more than others think is safe

Risk more than others think is safe

"Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical." - Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs

Half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs

"I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance." - Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Be undeniably good

Be undeniably good

"Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that." - Anthony Volodkin, founder of HypeMachine..

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

You miss 100 percent

You miss 100 percent

"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." Wayne Gretzky, NHL Hall of Famer.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Do not be embarrassed by your failures

Do not be embarrassed by your failures

"Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again." - Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

It’s almost always harder to raise capital than you thought

It’s almost always harder to raise capital than you thought

"It's almost always harder to raise capital than you thought it would be, and it always takes longer. So plan for that." - Richard Harroch, Venture Capitalist.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

If you don't know what to do with your life

If you don't know what to do with your life

"If you don't know what to do with your life, do something that saves lives. The world is full of of people in need, be the part of their life that fills that need." - Sanjeev Saxena.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

It does not matter how slowly you go

It does not matter how slowly you go

"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." - Confucius.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

I hate how many people think, “glass half-empty”

I hate how many people think, “glass half-empty”

"I hate how many people think, "glass half-empty" when their glass is really four-fifths full. I'm grateful when I have one drop in the glass because I know exactly what to do with it." - Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder and CEO of VaynerMedia.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

It's hard to beat a person

It's hard to beat a person

"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks

For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks

"For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. "Someday" is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it's important to you and you want to do it "eventually," just do it and correct course along the way."- Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Fail often

Fail often

"Fail often so you can succeed sooner." - Tom Kelley, Ideo partner.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

We are currently not planning

We are currently not planning

We are currently not planning on conquering the world." - Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Timing, perseverance, and ten years

Timing, perseverance, and ten years

"Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success." - Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

You may be disappointed

You may be disappointed

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." Beverly Sills, opera singer.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

The media wants overnight successes

The media wants overnight successes

"The media wants overnight successes (so they have someone to tear down). Ignore them. Ignore the early adopter critics that never have enough to play with. Ignore your investors that want proven tactics and predictable instant results. Listen instead to your real customers, to your vision and make something for the long haul. Because that's how long it's going to take, guys. - Seth Godin, author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

When you cease to dream

When you cease to dream

"When you cease to dream you cease to live" - Malcolm Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Magazine.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it.

Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it.

"Don't worry about funding if you don't need it. Today it's cheaper to start a business than ever."- Noah Everett, founder Twitpic.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

If you can't fly then run

If you can't fly then run

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." - Martin Luther King, Jr., pastor, activist, humanitarian and Civil Rights leader.

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50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Your most unhappy customers

Your most unhappy customers

"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." - Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

I have not failed

I have not failed

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison, inventor.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Entrepreneurship is

Entrepreneurship is
"Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice." - Peter Drucker, management consultant, educator, and author.
50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

In the modern world of business

In the modern world of business

"In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create." - David Ogilvy, co-founder of Ogilvy & Mather.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

It doesn’t matter how many times you fail

It doesn’t matter how many times you fail

"It doesn't matter how many times you fail. It doesn't matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are." - Mark Cuban, Chairman of AXS TV, Owner of Landmark Theaters.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Success is

Success is

"Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom." - General George Patton.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

If you’re not embarrassed

If you’re not embarrassed

"If you're not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late." - Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Positive thinking

Positive thinking

"Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will." - Zig Ziglar, author, salesman, and motivational speaker.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Don’t try to be original

Don’t try to be original

"Don't try to be original, just try to be good." --Paul Rand, graphic designer.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

I’m not afraid

I’m not afraid

"I'm not afraid of dying, I'm afraid of not trying." - Jay Z, musician.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve". - Dr. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich.

50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

The way to get started

The way to get started
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney, co-founder of the Walt Disney Company.
50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Bonus: You can say anything to anyone, but how you say it will determine how they will react - John Rampton, entrepreneur and investor.

Use a few of these quotes for a mantra, carry a hard copy of this list in your pocket, but remember, you have to find inspiration where you can and be the inspiration for yourself.

Related: 10 Inspirational Robin Williams Quotes

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  • 50 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes
  • 1. The critical ingredient
  • 2. Do. Or do not
  • 3. if you want to do it, do it now
  • 4. “It’s not about ideas
  • 5. I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career
  • 6. There’s nothing wrong with staying small
  • 7. Ideas are easy
  • 8. If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about
  • 9. The best time to plant a tree
  • 10. Never give in
  • 11. There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company
  • 12.
  • 13. The price of success is hard work
  • 14. When everything seems to be going against you
  • 15. If you’re not a risk taker
  • 16. “Watch, listen, and learn.
  • 17. “Always deliver more than expected
  • 18. Twenty years from now,
  • 19. You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do
  • 20. A person who never made a mistake
  • 21. Risk more than others think is safe
  • 22. Half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs
  • 23. Be undeniably good
  • 24. You miss 100 percent
  • 25. Do not be embarrassed by your failures
  • 26. It’s almost always harder to raise capital than you thought
  • 27. If you don't know what to do with your life
  • 28. It does not matter how slowly you go
  • 29. I hate how many people think, “glass half-empty”
  • 30. It's hard to beat a person
  • 31. For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks
  • 32. Fail often
  • 33. We are currently not planning
  • 34. Timing, perseverance, and ten years
  • 35. You may be disappointed
  • 36. The media wants overnight successes
  • 37. When you cease to dream
  • 38. Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it.
  • 39. If you can't fly then run
  • 40. Your most unhappy customers
  • 41. I have not failed
  • 42. Entrepreneurship is
  • 43. In the modern world of business
  • 44. It doesn’t matter how many times you fail
  • 45. Success is
  • 46. If you’re not embarrassed
  • 47. Positive thinking
  • 48. Don’t try to be original
  • 49. I’m not afraid
  • 50.
  • 51. The way to get started
  • 52.
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