Motivational quotes for entrepreneurs can inspire new thought, jumpstart a person's day, and reframe and reboot seemingly intransigent ways of thinking about problems and their solutions. Inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs can come from any source, ranging from the top minds in business to ancient philosophers to actors and musicians and professional athletes. Many people have their favorite inspirational quotes posted on their workstation or any other spot they'll see them every day.
Starting out as a new entrepreneur can be a scary prospect. Does your idea really have legs? Are customers going to want what you're selling? You're broke now - are you still going to be broke five years from now? There are no guarantees in entrepreneurship, but if you don't believe in your idea and in yourself, who will?
Here are some inspirational quotes about facing your fears as a new and/or young entrepreneur:
“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs.
"A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them." - Henry Kravis.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Franklin D. Roosevelt.
"Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear." - George Washington Adair.
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela.
"Play before you get good, because by the time you get good, you're too old to play." - Joey Ramone.
“Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.” – Sara Blakely.
"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’ve launched too late." - Gretta Rose van Riel.
"Empower yourself and realize the importance of contributing to the world by living your talent. Work on what you love. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.” - Catharina Bruns.
"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.
"Believe you can and you’re halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt.
- “Hire character. Train skill.” - Peter Schultz.
- "The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." - Ralph Nader.
- “The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.” - Hasidic Proverb.
- "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve Jobs.
- “A leader is a dealer in hope." - Napoleon Bonaparte.
When you're running a company, you can easily find yourself trying to do it all yourself. You're inadvertently bogged down in details, a barrage of minutiae that clouds your vision. It's sometimes difficult to maintain your view of the larger picture. Following are some motivational quotes about, well, motivation and maintaining your bird's eye view.
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” - Henry Ford.
"Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them." - Vaibhav Shah
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." - Zig Ziglar.
"If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles." - Wayne Dyer.
"Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - Francis of Assisi.
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” - Will Rogers.
"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." - Charles R. Swindoll
Success is what we all want, right? Ultimately, that's why you started a business in the first place: you had a great idea, a thoughtful solution to a problem, and you want to share that (while making some money for your efforts).
But success can be difficult - how do you know when you're there? Is this success the success you'd envisioned while you were sweating to get here? And what do you do now, as an entrepreneur? Quotes for success can help you sort it all out:
"I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse." - Florence Nightingale.
"You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals." - Booker T. Washington.
"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." - Stephen Covey.
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pele.
"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - Michaelangelo.
"“When I’m 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.
"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." - George Bernard Shaw.
- “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” - Eleanor Roosevelt.
- “Don’t be the girl who fell. Be the girl who got back up.” - Jenette Stanley.
- “I’m tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” - Madonna.
- “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” - Katharine Hepburn.
- “Yes, I’m a feminist, because I see all women as smart, gifted, and tough.” - Zaha Hadid.
- "Popularity is totally overrated." - Kathleen Hanna.
Failure is inevitable. Failure is part of life, and certainly part of the journey of every entrepreneur. What you do with failure is what defines you as a business founder and a person, and there are plenty of inspirational quotes from plenty of inspirational people about failure and how it shapes you.
“Show me a person who never made a mistake, and I will show you a person who never did anything.” - William Rosenberg.
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill.
“The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” - Seth Godin.
"You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end." - Jessica Herrin.
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." - Robert F. Kennedy.
"Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." - Dalai Lama.
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." - Herman Melville.
"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor." - Truman Capote.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius.
“We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated.” - Maya Angelou.
"Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter." - Francis Chan.
"Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill.
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas A. Edison.
Entrepreneurship attracts a certain sort of person - you're driven, you know your solution is the best one out there, you're willing to take the risks necessary to support your vision. And when your idea grows into a business, you're ready to take the helm and lead your team to greater levels of success.
You still, however, need to avoid becoming complacent, avoid letting the little things slide. Here are some quotes about entrepreneurship, business, and keeping things in perspective:
"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." - Nathaniel Hawthorne.
"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." - Pablo Picasso.
"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.
"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.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did." - Mark Twain
“If you absolutely can't tolerate critics, then don't do anything new or interesting.” - Jeff Bezos
"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life." - Steve Jobs.
"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." - Joshua Marine.
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot.
“Entrepreneurs are great at dealing with uncertainty and also very good at minimizing risk. That’s the classic entrepreneur.” - Mohnish Pabrai.
"If you don't value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents--start charging for it." - Kim Garst.