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40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Whatever you've succeeded at or failed trying, somebody you respect said has something worth listening to on the topic.
40 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 moments 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 40 quotes to inspire and motivate you during those tough patches.

Related: 10 Inspirational Quotes From Literary Legend Maya Angelou

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Keep trying

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

Do it now

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.
40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Make your ideas happen

Make your ideas happen

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

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Failure is part of success

Failure is part of success

"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.

40 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 Basecamp

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Ideas are easy

Ideas are easy

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

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Work on what you're passionate about

Work on what 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.

40 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.

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

The one good reason to start a business

The one good reason to start a business

"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, co-founder and CEO of All Turtles 

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Hire with the long view in mind

Hire with the long view in mind

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

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Make an impact

Make an impact

"Obviously, everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world.” - Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.

40 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).

40 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.

40 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.

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

The importance of taking risks

The importance of taking risks
"If you're not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business." - Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's.
40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Always deliver more than expected

Always deliver more than expected

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

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Sail away from safe harbor

Sail away from safe harbor

"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.

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

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

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

"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.

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Why you need to make mistakes

Why you need to make mistakes

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

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Perserverance is everything

Perserverance is everything

"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.

40 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.

40 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.

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Don't think in terms of glass half-empty

Don't think in terms of 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.

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Never give up

Never give up

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

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Conditions are never perfect

Conditions are never perfect

"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."- Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week.

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Success takes timing, perseverance, and ten years

Success takes 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.

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Disappointment comes not from failing, but failing to try

Disappointment comes not from failing, but failing to try

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

40 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 of Pingly and Twitpic.

40 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.

 

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

This is your greatest source of learning

This is your greatest source of learning

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

40 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.

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

What entrepreneurship really is

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

Creativity can only take you so far

Creativity can only take you so far

"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.

40 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

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

What success truly is

What success truly is

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

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Why you need first drafts

Why you need first drafts

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

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

The power of positive thinking

The power of positive thinking

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

40 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.

40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes

Don't be afraid to try

Don't be afraid to try

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

40 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.
  • 40 Inspirational Entrepreneurial Quotes
  • Keep trying
  • Do it now
  • Make your ideas happen
  • Failure is part of success
  • There’s nothing wrong with staying small
  • Ideas are easy
  • Work on what you're passionate about
  • Never give in
  • The one good reason to start a business
  • Hire with the long view in mind
  • Make an impact
  • The price of success is hard work
  • When everything seems to be going against you
  • The media wants overnight successes
  • The importance of taking risks
  • Always deliver more than expected
  • Sail away from safe harbor
  • You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something
  • Why you need to make mistakes
  • Perserverance is everything
  • Do not be embarrassed by your failures
  • It’s almost always harder to raise capital than you thought
  • Don't think in terms of glass half-empty
  • Never give up
  • Conditions are never perfect
  • Success takes timing, perseverance, and ten years
  • Disappointment comes not from failing, but failing to try
  • Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it.
  • If you can't fly, then run
  • This is your greatest source of learning
  • I have not failed
  • What entrepreneurship really is
  • Creativity can only take you so far
  • It doesn’t matter how many times you fail
  • What success truly is
  • Why you need first drafts
  • The power of positive thinking
  • Don’t try to be original
  • Don't be afraid to try
  • The way to get started
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