25 Inspiring Quotes for Entrepreneurs
Posted by JEREME SANBORN
25 August, 2016
As you have undoubtedly already discovered, running your own business isn’t easy. There are innumerable challenges on the road to entrepreneurial success. The business owners who make it are the ones who rise up to meet those challenges and persevere when things get tough. Below, we offer up 25 quotes that you can look to for inspiration when the entrepreneurial going gets tough.
“There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.” – C.J. Walker, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
“When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.” – Mary Kay Ash, Founder, Mary Kay Cosmetics
“Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Ray Kroc, Founder, McDonalds Corp.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs, Co-founder, CEO, Chairman Apple Inc.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." – Aristotle, Philosopher
“Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.” – Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker & Salesman
“Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S. President
“When you cease to dream you cease to live.” – Malcom Forbes, Publisher, Forbes Magazine
"I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” – Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon
“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” – Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs, Co-founder, CEO, Chairman Apple Inc.
“Have the end in mind and every day make sure your working towards it.” – Ryan Allis, Co-founder and CEO, iContact
“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, Founder of Atari and Chuck-E-Cheese’s
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison, Inventor
”Show me a person who never made a mistake, and I will show you a person who never did anything.” – William Rosenberg, Founder, Dunkin’ Donuts
“What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.” – Dave Thomas, Founder, Wendy’s
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates, Founder and CEO, Microsoft
“Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos
“The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says ‘Go!’ – a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’. – E.M. Kelly, U.S. Army
“The things we fear the most in organizations- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances – are the primary sources of creativity.” – Margaret Wheatley, Management Consultant
”It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” – Yvon Chouinard, Founder, Patagonia
"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." – Robert Collier, Author
“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone, Co-founder, Twitter
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker, Management Consultant & Educator