50 Quotes to Inspire Entrepreneurs

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1. “The goal of business then should not be to simply sell to anyone who wants what you have, but rather to find people who believe what you believe.” —Simon Sinek, Author & Motivational Speaker
 
 
2. “Given the chance people will buy from people who care.” —Paco Underhill, Founder of Envirosell
 
3. “The greatest competitor you’ll ever come up against is self doubt.” —John McGrath, Founder of McGrath Estate Agents
 
4. “The market for something to believe in is infinite.” —Hugh MacLeod, Author & Cartoonist
 
5. “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 and CEO of Wendy's
 
6. “Make your team feel respected, empowered and genuinely excited about the company’s mission.” —Tim Westergen, Founder of Pandora
 
7. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” —Mark Twain, American Humorist & Author
 
8. “Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” —Stephen R. Covey, Author
 
9. “In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.” —Sid Caesar, Entertainer
 
10. "Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career." —Ryan Freitas, Co-founder of About.me
 
 
11. "It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen." —Scott Belsky, Co-founder of Behance
 
12. "Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success." —Biz Stone, Co-founder of Twitter
 
13. "All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA." —Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn
 
14. "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, Founder of SPANX
 
15. "Don't take too much advice. Most people who have a lot of advice to give — with a few exceptions — generalize whatever they did. Don't over-analyze everything. I myself have been guilty of over-thinking problems. Just build things and find out if they work." —Ben Silbermann, Founder of Pinterest
 
16. "So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard." —Caterina Fake, Co-founder of Flickr
 
17. "When you find an idea that you just can't stop thinking about, that's probably a good one to pursue." —Josh James, Co-founder & CEO of Omniture
 
18. "The most successful entrepreneurs I know are optimistic. It's part of the job description." ―Caterina Fake, Founder of Flickr
 
19. "There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up." ―Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
 
20. "Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, 'We've always done it this way.' I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise." ―Chien-Shiung Wu, Particle Physics Pioneer
 
 
21. "After all, we are all immigrants to the future; none of us is a native in that land.... The very underpinnings of our society and institutions―from how we work to how we create value, govern, trade, learn, and innovate―are being profoundly reshaped by amplified individuals. We are indeed all migrating to a new land and should be looking at the new landscape emerging before us like immigrants: ready to learn a new language, a new way of doing things, anticipating new beginnings with a sense of excitement, if also with a bit of understandable trepidation." ―Marina Gorbis, Executive Director of Institute for the Future
 
22. "For CEOs today, it's all about achieving growth and efficiency through innovation. It's not about product innovation so much anymore as about innovating business models, process, culture, and management." ―Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM
 
23. "Growth and comfort do not coexist." ―Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM
 
24. "Good leaders organize and align people around what the team needs to do. Great leaders motivate and inspire people with why they're doing it. That's purpose. And that's the key to achieving something truly transformational." ―Marilyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin
 
25. "We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes - understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success." ―Arianna Huffington, Editor of Huffington Post
 
26. "As a leader, it's a major responsibility on your shoulders to practice the behavior you want others to follow." ―Himanshu Bhatia, CEO of Rose International
 
27. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” —Aristotle, Philosopher
 
28. “Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.” —Dennis Waitle, Motiviation Speaker, Writer, & Consultant
 
29. “Here is the simple but powerful rule… always give people more than they expect to get.” —Nelson Boswell, Author
 
30. “There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” —Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America
 
 
31. “Business opportunities are like buses: there’s always another one coming.” —Richard Branson, Chairman and Founder of Virgin Group
 
32. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” —Socrates, Philosopher
 
33. “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, Author, Political Activist, and Lecturer
 
34. “If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.” —Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker
 
35. “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” —Ray Goforth, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Spredfast
 
36. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” —Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain
 
37. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” —Jim Rohn, one of America’s foremost business philosophers
 
38. “Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” —Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel
 
39. “There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” —Jason Fried, Founder of 37signals & Co-author of Rework
 
40. “The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of a mistake.” —Meg Whitman, CEO of HP
 
 
41. “I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or, are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance?” —Jill Konrath, speaker, Author & Thought Leader
 
42. “Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined and connected to one another. And, when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.” —Daniel Pink, Author
 
43. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” —Henry David Thoreau, Essayist, Poet, & Philosopher
 
44. “So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” —Caterina Fake, Co-founder of Flickr
 
45. “A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader.” —Fred Wilson, Co-founder of Union Square Ventures
 
46. “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” —Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father of the United States
 
47. “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, Founder of SPANX
 
48. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” —Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn
 
49. “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” —Oprah Winfrey, Media Proprietor
 
50. “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” —Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn