177 top Entrepreneur Quotes

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.
Abu Bakr

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.
Jessica Alba

I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
Muhammad Ali

Have the end in mind and every day make sure you are working towards it.
Ryan Allis

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
Roy Ash

In the age of transparency, honesty, and generosity, even in the form of an apology, generate goodwill.
Alexander Asseily

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.
Subroto Bagchi

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.
Jas Bagniewski

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.
Scott Belsky

Success is not what you have, but who you are.
Bo Bennet

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.
Jeff Bezos

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!
Adda Birnir

Fundraising is much easier now because of crowdfunding. Take advantage of that.
Constantin Bisanz

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.
Sara Blakely

Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities, and don’t let the bastards get you down.
Michael Bloomberg

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.
Richard Branson

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.
Emily Brooke

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Warren Buffett

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do things differently.
Warren Buffett

I don’t know the word “quit.” Either I never did, or I have abolished it.
Susan Butcher

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.
Garrett Camp

Don’t try to do everything by yourself, but try to connect with people and resources. Having that discipline and perseverance is important.
Chieu Cao

Every noble work is at first impossible.
Thomas Carlyle

The first one gets the oyster, the second gets the shell.
Andrew Carnegie

If we are going to be part of the solution, we have to engage the problems.
Majora Carter

In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.
Steve Case

We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.
Pete Cashmore

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.
Francis Chan

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.
Coco Chanel

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.
Lori Cheek

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.
Brian Chesky

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
G.K. Chesterton

How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.
Yvon Chouinard

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

It is more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you.
Jason Cohen

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.
Claire Cook

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.
Dennis Crowley

Make your product easier to buy than your competion, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.
Mark Cuban

It is necessary to find a mentor who can invest time to know your personal capabilities and business model.
Nigel Davies

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Walt Disney

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
Benjamin Disraeli

Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.
Chris Dixon

Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.
Jack Dorsey

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Peter Drucker

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.
William Durant

The most effective way to do it is to do it.
Amelia Earhart

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Thomas Edison

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
Thomas Edison

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.
Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein

I am always tweaking, always trying to make it better, constantly moving the levers and dials.
Steve Ells

Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it is cheaper to start a business than ever.
Noah Everett

So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.
Caterina Fake

When you cease to dream you cease to live.
Malcolm Forbes

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
Henry Ford

The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade.
Benjamin Franklin

Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career
Ryan Freitas

Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

It is fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Bill Gates

I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.
Bill Gates

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Bill Gates

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
Elizabeth Gilbert

The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.
Seth Godin

Only the paranoid survive.
Andy Grove

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.
Chris Hadfield

There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others
Mandy Hale

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
Katharine Hepburn

You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.
Jessica Herrin

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
Napoleon Hill

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.
Napoleon Hill

Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
Napoleon Hill

Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.
Conrad Hilton

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.
Cassey Ho

No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you are playing a solo game, you will always lose out to a team.
Reid Hoffman

The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.
Reid Hoffman

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.
Reid Hoffman

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.
Ryan Holmes

Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.
Drew Houston

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.
Drew Houston

Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.
Tony Hsieh

Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There is always someone better than you.
Tony Hsieh

Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.
Tony Hsieh

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.
Arianna Huffington

One of the greatest skills of leadership is being unflappable. Anytime you do anything in the world; there is going to be criticism.
Arianna Huffington

[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.
Cathy Hughes

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”.
Josiah Humphrey

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.
Sami Inkinen

When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.
Josh James

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.
Leila Janah

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.
Steve Jobs

I am convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.
Steve Jobs

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.
Daymond John

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you have got.
Janis Joplin

Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.
Guy Kawasaki

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.
Helen Keller

The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says “Go!” – a leader says, “Let’s go!”
E.M Kelly

When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.
Robert Kiyosaki

Play by the rules, but be ferocious.
Phil Knight

A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.
Henry Kravis

If you are starting something on your own, you better have a passion for it, because this is hard work.
Sallie Krawcheck

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.
Chirag Kulkarni

Winners never quit and quitters never win.
Vince Lombardi

Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.
Anne Lamott

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.
Barnaby Lashbrooke

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.
Lisa Lieberman-Wang

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.
Vince Lombardi

You have got to get up every morning with determination if you are going to go to bed with satisfaction.
George Lorimer

Passion, creativity, and resilience are the most crucial skills in business. If you have got those, you are ready to embark on the journey.
Jo Malone

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.
Steve Martin

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.
Claude McDonald

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.
Joanna McFarland

Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them.
Marissa Meyer

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.
Elon Musk

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Ralph Nader

Success depends on employees. For me knowing and connecting with my employees is very important.
Divine Ndhlukula

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Anaïs Nin

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.
Barack Obama

If you are passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful.
Peter Omidyar

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.
Pierre Omidyar

The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake- you can’t learn anything from being perfect.
Adam Osborne

Always deliver more than expected.
Larry Page

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.
Melanie Perkins

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.
Jules Pieri

It starts with not having a hangover with the way things used to be.
Kevin Plank

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.
Colin Powell

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.”
Tom Preston-Werner

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.
Sean Rad

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it is who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand

Every problem is a gift, without problems we would not grow.
Anthony Robbins

Be nicer to your customers than your competitors.
Richard Reed

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
Jim Rohn

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rodgers

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt

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.
Kevin Rose

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.
David Sack

Strive for authenticity over perfection.
Sheryl Sandberg

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Vidal Sassoon

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Albert Schweitzer

Speak less than you know; have more than you show.
William Shakespeare

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.
Vijay Sharma

You have to believe it before you see it.
Jeremiah Say

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.
Dharmesh Shah

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.
Clara Shih

What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.
Simon Sinek

Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.
Howard Schultz

If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it is moving you away from your goals.
Brian Tracy

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.
Mark Twain

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.
Hamdi Ulukaya

Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.
Anthony Volodkin

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.
Sam Walton

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.
Robin Williams

Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.
Oprah Winfrey

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.
Oprah Winfrey

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.
Brian Wong

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.

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