Entrepreneurship can be a tough path, littered with false starts and failures. It is somehow mingled with excitement, despair, determination, and confusion.
Sometimes there is something more needed than energy to continue; You have got to be able to keep going even when you don’t feel like it.
177 top Entrepreneur Quotes
Knowledge without action is meaningless.
Being a woman in business doesn’t come without challenges. My advice? Surround yourself with other supportive women that encourage you, share ideas, and get you motivated.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
Have the end in mind and every day make sure you are working towards it.
There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.
Mary Kay Ash
An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it
In the age of transparency, honesty, and generosity, even in the form of an apology, generate goodwill.
Selling is not a pushy, winner-takes-all, macho act. It is an empathy-led, process-driven, and knowledge-intensive discipline. Because, in the end, people buy from people.
Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world. Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow. So, set yourself manageable targets.
If you know too much before the start, then you will get overwhelmed. Come up with an original idea, and don’t copy because there will be no passion. You need that otherworldly passion. Just start.
Jeni Britton Bauer
It’s not about ideas. It is about making ideas happen.
Success is not what you have, but who you are.
One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.
One of the most important things I have learned is that businesses don’t fail, entrepreneurs give up. Now sometimes, giving up is the right decision. But usually, you just need to dig in and figure out how to make things better. Remember: Every day is a new opportunity to get up and do it better than yesterday!
Fundraising is much easier now because of crowdfunding. Take advantage of that.
Most of us want to tell our coworkers or friends, or husbands or wives, our ideas. For what reason? We want validation. But I feel ideas are most vulnerable in their infancy. Out of love and concern, friends and family give all the reasons or objections on why [you] shouldn’t do it. I didn’t want to risk that.
Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities, and don’t let the bastards get you down.
My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had – every day I am learning something new.
If you are working on a product that is going to be consumer-facing, then feedback is invaluable. You should be out there being brave and talking to people and asking for feedback as much as possible.
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do things differently.
I don’t know the word “quit.” Either I never did, or I have abolished it.
Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.
James F. Byrnes
Remain self-funded as long as possible.
Don’t try to do everything by yourself, but try to connect with people and resources. Having that discipline and perseverance is important.
Every noble work is at first impossible.
The first one gets the oyster, the second gets the shell.
If we are going to be part of the solution, we have to engage the problems.
In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.
We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.
Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.
Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.
Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to ask. I have been in the news many times just by calling on the news channel and asking them about featuring my business.
If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.
Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
It is more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.
Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.
To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
We learned many things while building FourSquare. One of the most important lessons is to be clear to investors about what the company will and will not do. And be open about the priorities of the things that have to be done.
Make your product easier to buy than your competion, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.
It is necessary to find a mentor who can invest time to know your personal capabilities and business model.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.
Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.
The most effective way to do it is to do it.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.
Marian Wright Edelman
Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
I am always tweaking, always trying to make it better, constantly moving the levers and dials.
Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it is cheaper to start a business than ever.
So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.
When you cease to dream you cease to live.
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade.
Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
It is fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.
Only the paranoid survive.
Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it is starting a new business, whether it is leaving home, whether it is getting married, or whether it is flying into space.
There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.
Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.
Do not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best. It is about building a community who want to visit your site every day because you create value and offer expertise.
No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you are playing a solo game, you will always lose out to a team.
The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.
If you tune it so that you have zero chance of failure, you usually also have zero chance of success. The key is to look at ways for when you get to your failure checkpoint, you know to stop.
When in doubt, bootstrap. Using your own personal resources is the easiest way to start a business. You don’t have to convince investors about the merits of your idea. You just have to convince yourself.
Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.
If you start thinking you are good at something, that is often the day you stop trying to be better and open the back door for someone to come after you. That is why we always aim higher. We never feel like we are done.
Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.
Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There is always someone better than you.
Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.
Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.
One of the greatest skills of leadership is being unflappable. Anytime you do anything in the world; there is going to be criticism.
[Don’t] let anyone convince you that your dream, your vision to be an entrepreneur, is something that you shouldn’t do. What often happens is that people who are well meaning, who really care for us, are afraid for us and talk us out of it.
I can name dozens of failures that we had over the years. Yet, with all these failures, we still managed to build Appster into one of the largest, and best companies in our industry. So, remember every time you fail, remind yourself these words: “Life won’t always go my way, but I will always find a way”.
Starting a company extracts so much energy and conviction that not having a clear-cut goal and meaningful mission can hamper your success. This is why, at Virta, our mission was clearly defined: reverse early type-2 diabetes in 100 million people by 2025.
When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.
You have to get good at ceding control and not taking things personally. Even seasoned entrepreneurs have struggled with that. I think it’s about not taking failures personally and also not taking successes personally.
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.
I am convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.
Five days a week, I read my goals before I go to sleep and when I wake up. There are 10 goals around health, family and business with expiration dates, and I update them every six months.
Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you have got.
Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.
The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says “Go!” – a leader says, “Let’s go!”
When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.
Play by the rules, but be ferocious.
A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.
If you are starting something on your own, you better have a passion for it, because this is hard work.
It is very important for entrepreneurs to look for people in the company who are not afraid of failures, for example, intrapreneurs. They make a business more successful by thinking like an entrepreneur — but within a company.
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.
Don’t assume that borrowing lots of money can make your startup fly. There are many things to the business other than investors, and it’s possible to succeed with your startup without breaking the bank.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand… whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
You have got to get up every morning with determination if you are going to go to bed with satisfaction.
Passion, creativity, and resilience are the most crucial skills in business. If you have got those, you are ready to embark on the journey.
My advice is to focus on the importance of forging a long-term relationship, whether with colleagues, partners, or customers. It is often easy to get caught up in short-term decisions.
Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Be so good they can’t ignore you.
My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: Forget about making mistakes, just do it.
Ajaero Tony Martins
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
John C. Maxwell
If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock.
It is important to realize that brand is much more than a logo and slogan. A brand is who your company is: how you function and make decisions.
Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them.
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.
If something is important enough, or you believe something is important enough, even if you are scared, you will keep going.
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Success depends on employees. For me knowing and connecting with my employees is very important.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It is whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.
If you are passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful.
One of the things I tend to do is open myself up to a variety of voices. I try to expose myself to the kind of culture shock that occurs when you talk to people who speak a different language.
The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake- you can’t learn anything from being perfect.
Always deliver more than expected.
It is always the start that requires the greatest effort.
James Cash Penney
If you can offer a free tier that provides a lot of value, it will naturally help your product to spread much more rapidly.
Ignore the hype of the startups that you see in the press. Mostly, it is a pack of lies. Half of these startups will be dead in a year. So, focus on building your business so you can be the one left standing.
It starts with not having a hangover with the way things used to be.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.
When I am old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say “wow, that was an adventure” not “wow, I sure felt safe.”
When you are building a startup, it is difficult. Particularly, a startup that is expanding at the rate of Tinder. You have to give 100%, and you have to be committed. Solving the problem has to be personal or else you are going to disintegrate.
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it is who is going to stop me.
Every problem is a gift, without problems we would not grow.
Be nicer to your customers than your competitors.
Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Start as small as you can. When I started SkinnyMe Tea, I had $24 in the bank, and I was entirely self-funded. If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product; you have launched too late.
Gretta Rose van Riel
Don’t let others convince you that the idea is good when your gut tells you it is bad.
There is something artificial when everyone is agreeing with each other. It is useful to indulge people who don’t agree, and see their viewpoint or force yourself to explain things better.
Strive for authenticity over perfection.
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Speak less than you know; have more than you show.
If you are not getting traction on your idea, you try few things. You try pushing harder, cleaning up something, building up to something aggressively — but if it doesn’t get traction, then don’t bother.
You have to believe it before you see it.
No matter how many customers you have, each is an individual. The day you start thinking of them as this amorphous “collection” and stop thinking of them as people is the day you start going out of business.
Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not.
George Bernard Shaw
A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
John A. Shedd
Your ability to attract, evaluate, and forge strong working relationships with co-founders, early employees, and investors often mean the difference between failure and success.
What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.
Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.
If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it is moving you away from your goals.
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Henry David Thoreau
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Some days you are smiling and thinking you are going to make this thing rock. Then the next day a pipe breaks and your costs look too high. You have to learn to keep your eyes on an ultimate goal. If you lose sight of that goal, you have to get out.
Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.
There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for whatever success I have attained has been the result of much hard work and many sleepless nights.
Madam C.J. Walker
High expectations are the key to everything.
Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
Booker T. Washington
I stand up on my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.
Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.
Every time you state what you want or believe, you are the first to hear it. It is a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.
As a founder, lay all the possible scenarios – from best to worst – in front of you, so you don’t get surprised when something happens.
Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people cannot.
Warren G. Tracy’s Student
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.
Life is too short to learn from your own mistakes. So learn from others.
Successful entrepreneurs are givers and not takers of positive energy.
Everyone must work, but for many of us that job isn’t just a paycheck, it is an opportunity to express ourselves and make something better. If we need extra energy, these quotes will make this thing true.