An entrepreneur is someone who finds new solutions to old problems at every corner. They hunger to improve the world around them. In this field, effort equals reward, and those who are the most consistent and persistent will be most likely to realize their business goals.
You are what you eat and similarly, your mind is what you consume. Use these inspiring quotes to motivate you to propel your ideas forward. Experience the rush of inspiration and the steel of your own determination as you read the words of great business leaders who have walked in your shoes before.
Starting a company may be the biggest risk you’ll ever take, but conversely, it may also be the biggest risk if you don’t take it and you find yourself looking back in regret at the missed opportunity. If you’re ready to experience the sheer highs of hard work paid-off, after persevering through all the lows, then entrepreneurship is the right path for you. As much as entrepreneurs build to solve problems, they build to increase their own learning so that they can always be ahead of the game. Reinforce your motivation by reading quotes from some of the greats below.
My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had -- everyday I’m learning something new.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
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.
There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.
Any time is a good time to start a company.
Don’t wait for perfection. Life isn’t perfect. Do the best you can and ship. Real people ship, and then they test and then they ship again. Then you wake up one day and you have something insanely great.
If you’ve got an idea, start today. There’s no better time than now to get going. That doesn’t mean quit your job and jump into your idea 100 percent from day one, but there’s always small progress that can be made to start the movement.
What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.
Being an entrepreneur is being willing to do a job that no one else wants to do, in order to be able to live the rest of your life doing whatever you want to do
I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.
Entrepreneurs change the world—and at this moment in time in particular, we need them more than ever. Supporting their creativity and ingenuity in solving today's challenges through their innovative ideas and companies is pivotal to a better future.
Starting and running a small business is not for the fainthearted, but to build something that provides value to a customer base is one of life’s great opportunities which should be grasped. No one said it would be easy, but read these quotes to reinvigorate the conviction that you are leaving a valuable mark on the world, even when it’s tough going.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our neighborhoods and communities. It’s important to support and nurture their success. And you never know—any one of these small businesses on the list could end up being traded on the stock market some day.
A big business starts small.
Small Business isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for the brave, the patient, & the persistent. It’s for the overcomer.
A small business is an amazing way to serve and leave an impact on the world you live in.
Too often entrepreneurs are portrayed as academic pedigreed, white men with access to capital. And while this may be true, more and more entrepreneurs are breaking outside of this stereotype. They are women. They are members of the LGBT+ community. They are Black and Brown. They are indigenous leaders. They have stories of resilience, and not just privilege.
Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn’t come out of nowhere.
If you're going to run a small business, you need to know what everyone is doing, be the first one in and the last one out, and work weekends.
More and more women are stepping up to create long-lasting, impactful change in business. Think about the ones you know of in your own community and I’m sure you will be humbled by the number that comes to mind. Think Whitney Wolfe Herd, the founder of Bumble, and youngest self-made female billionaire. Think Estee Lauder, the formidable matriarch of Estee Lauder cosmetics who built her business over decades, and which stood the test of time.
Fuel your drive with these quotes from women who have set the benchmark for excellence.
Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.
There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.
I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.
There is no better personal development tool than running your own business.
Do not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best. It’s about building a community who wants to visit your site every day because you create value and offer expertise.
Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.
If you are offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.
How I came this far is a miracle, but you can too.
My theory is that if you look confident, you can pull off anything--even if you have no clue what you're doing.
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.
Plant lots and lots of seeds and hopefully one will grow!
If you want to lift up humanity, empower women. It is the most comprehensive, pervasive, high-leverage investment you can make in human beings.
The biggest lesson I've learned is that hurt people hurt people, and kindness is just as contagious. So if you can focus your efforts on engineering kindness, it will prevail.
While we might wish motivation is like a constantly flowing waterfall when it comes to building a business, it may more accurately be likened to a tap, running only until you’re temporarily out of hot water. You have to find a way to restart the flow, and this is where it’s a great idea to seek motivation externally. Be inspired by the quotes below to keep pushing forward, and once you’ve read your fill, you may wish to read our article on building a formidable mindset for success.
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.
Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.
If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.
I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.
The only difference between them and you, at this moment, is that when opportunity presented itself, they went into the phone booth and put on the cape. They took the leap. That’s basically it.
You'll never know how close you are to victory if you give up.
You don’t need to be a genius or a visionary, or even a college graduate for that matter, to be successful. You just need framework and a dream.
Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
Everyone should pull their finger out and start a business and to believe in themselves. There is nothing else to it. Anyone can make a £100m. But most people don't go out and try. They just stand in the pub and complain.
Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.
It might be easier to feel tense than it is to laugh when you’re building a business, but loosen up those smiling muscles and read these timeless quotes below to bring some joy into your day.
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.
Work until your bank account looks like a phone number.
Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.
By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be the boss and work twelve hours a day.
The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing; that’s why we recommend it daily.
Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.
People of colour are paving the way to a more equitable future and the impact of black leaders and creators is resonating across the world. They are taking the limeline in a broad range of fields, gaining well-deserved representation, and there are no signs that this is going to wind down. The quotes below have been carefully selected from black leaders who have faced extreme adversity and reaped great success as a result of their drive to forge the path for those who come after them.
I don’t want to leave my kids an inheritance, I want to leave them a legacy.
Imagine what a harmonious world could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at.
Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.
If you work hard and meet your responsibilities then you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.
If you wanna fly, you got to give up the stuff that weighs you down.
The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether it’s proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.
I’ve gotten my personal life all the way intact and made sure that it’s straight. Without that, you have no foundation. Your building is going to crumble.
You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.
I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about. You look at someone like Gandhi, and he glowed. Martin Luther King glowed. Muhammad Ali glows.
I truly believe in vocational training. There are job opportunities in a lot of fields that don’t require a four-year degree. Just put the business plan together, and just get started. Start small and make it work.
Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for.
I don’t know how it is for you earthlings, but where I’m from, strength is mental.
Starting up a business can be one of the most exhilarating, frightening and rewarding things you will ever do. Just remember that you are not alone. Those who have walked the path before you have gifted us with their words so that we might use them to build our self-belief and spurr our motivation. If you are reading these quotes to gain some confidence to start your own business then you may also want to check out this article.
You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.
Make mistakes faster.
Stay hungry. And bootstrap.
Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.
Customers don’t care how much time something takes to build. They care only if it serves their needs.
Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.
The best entrepreneurs know this: every great business is built around a secret that’s hidden from the outside. A great company is a conspiracy to change the world; when you share your secret, the recipient becomes a fellow conspirator.
Companies rarely die from moving too fast, and they frequently die from moving too slowly.
Forget about your competitors, just focus on your customers.
Visionary companies make some of their best moves by experimentation, trial and error, opportunism, and—quite literally—accident. What looks in retrospect like brilliant foresight and preplanning was often the result of “Let’s just try a lot of stuff and keep what works.
If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.
In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic.
You know what they say, it’s never too late, or too early, to start a business and there are many young entrepreneurs out there who are creating some of the world’s most recognisable brands. The main theme we uncovered by collating quotes from successful young entrepreneurs is to lead with your passion and a business model will naturally come out of it. If you think you want to take the next steps toward starting your own, but aren’t too sure where to start, then you may want to check out this article.
When you hit a product that's pretty popular and you have the right timing and good digital marketing, success can be pretty easy to come by.
You can learn practically anything you want in the world online.
I think if there's any difference between me and a traditional CEO, it's that I've been unwilling to change myself or shape my personality around what's expected.
You are alive today, and no matter what your condition, make a mark here and now. Opportunity is at every moment, seizing it is pleasure.
The idea that you could change the world from your bedroom was pretty compelling to me.
I remember knowing, for a while, for a long time, that I was kind of abnormal in some sense.
You can make a million excuses for why something didn't go well, but ultimately, just fix it and get on with it. Be a solutions person.
If you breathe it and sleep it and every single minute is your business, you will succeed. You will learn from any mistakes that you make and you will grow from those mistakes.
Nothing is too ambitious - do what you love!
Learn to work smarter, not harder. We have compiled some tips from some of the best in the business of productivity to help you when you feel stuck - these quotes are as good as a caffeine hit. We’ve also written a helpful article to help counter procrastination, which is one of the biggest barriers to productivity.
Have a clear system for to-dos: whether it’s ‘Getting Things Done’ or the ‘Checklist Manifesto,’ just have a system and stick to it. I have a very specific method I use in Slack and in email that works for me, and knowing I have that system keeps me from feeling overwhelmed even when I’m behind or the to-dos pile up.
Never procrastinate. Just get it done right away. I don’t wait until I get home, I take calls wherever I am. I execute on any feedback I get right away. That way, the work never piles up.
The thing most people don’t pick up when they become an entrepreneur is that it never ends. It’s 24/7.
Focus on being productive instead of busy.
Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.
Don’t confuse activity with productivity. Many people are simply busy being busy.
Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.
Each day, wake up with a plan. Don’t just approach your days in an unfocused void. That state of mind leaves too much room for discontent, opposition, unhappiness and hopelessness.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
The supply of time is a daily miracle. You wake up in the morning and lo! Your purse is magnificently filled with 24 hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of life. It is yours! The most precious of your possessions.
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Good management is the oil to your business machine and important to get right for maximum effect, whether that be in increased sales, driving an innovation-hungry team or developing processes that get the results you want every-time. Being a good manager is as much an art as it is a science, when catering to the needs of your people and your bottom line.
Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.
Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.
Increasingly, management’s role is not to organize work, but to direct passion and purpose.
Start with the end in mind.
Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.
Management is, above all, a practice where art, science, and craft meet.
To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.
The way management treats associates is exactly how the associates will treat the customers.
You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.
Good management might keep everything together, but good leadership is why things are together to start with. Developing leadership traits as a founder, is just another of the many responsibilities you will face when building a business. Learn these skills early and watch your relationship change with the people around you as you champion them to fulfil a greater purpose with your belief in them.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Leadership is working with goals and vision; management is working with objectives.
Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.
Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
To lead people, walk behind them.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.
A boss says, Go! A leader says, Let’s go!
Great leaders state out loud what they intend to do and in doing so, they get things done.
Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
Don’t fear failure, because without it you won’t learn how to not fail next time. Everyone faces adversity, it is part of the human condition. Read these quotes to remind yourself that it is human to fail sometimes, but the way we react to failure is character building.
Endings don’t have to be failures, especially when you choose to end a project or shut down a business...even the best gigs don’t last forever. Nor should they.
We can’t control the fact that bad things are going to happen, but it’s how we react to them that really matters.
Our fears are always more numerous than our dangers.
If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working hard enough on problems. And that’s a big mistake.
If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above every elses’ success.
I never lose. I either win or learn.
People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
How you learn to face and recover from adversity is essential to how you will grow as an entrepreneur. Having the tenacity to persevere by pushing out your own limits is one of the key ways that successful entrepreneurs distinguish themselves from the rest.
Courage over comfort.
If you dare, then you have already gotten further ahead than 99 percent of others.
If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.
Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
A good half of the art of living is resilience.
The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.
I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.
Macro patience, micro speed.
Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.
True resilience fosters well-being, an underlying sense of happiness, love, and peace.
If you’re doing something you’re passionate about, then hard work should come easily. In order to find success, we must distinguish ourselves from the mainstream and this can reliably be accomplished through determination, tenacity and the willingness to work hard.
Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.
Be polite, on time, work really hard until you are talented enough to be blunt, a little late, and take vacations.
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
I can never be safe. I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.
It’s not about money or connection — it’s the willingness to outwork and out-learn everyone.
I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.
We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they're making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that's the difference.
Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.
The ability to come out victorious despite struggle is an admirable trait and one that entrepreneurs often share. If hard work is the packhorse, then grit is the lion, who roars in the face of adversity with hunger and power. May these quotes fuel you.
The good, the painful - it is all a privilege.
He who sweats more in training bleeds less in war.
Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion.
Grit is sticking with your future day in, day out and not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years.
You have a choice! You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face!
As important as hustle is, grit and resilience are equally as important because there’s a lot of rejection in our business.
Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Grit can’t be measured on pop quizzes, but it can often predict long-term success more than mere intelligence.
Hard work isn’t enough. And more work is never the real answer. The sort of grit you need to scale a business is less reliant on brute force. It’s actually one part determination, one part ingenuity, and one part laziness.
Humans are creatures of habit. If you quit when things get tough, it gets that much easier to quit the next time. On the other hand, if you force yourself to push through it, the grit begins to grow in you.
Money is but a tool, but it is hard to deny its use. Get inspired to increase your wealth by reading these quotes, which highlight the way that making money is mainly a means to increasing the most important aspects of our lives such as freedom and love.
Money is not the most important thing in the world. Love is. Fortunately, I love money.
Money does not buy you happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery.
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
Money may not buy happiness, but I'd rather cry in a Jaguar than on a bus.
Earn with your mind, not your time.
Wealth is not about having a lot of money; it’s about having a lot of options.
Know what you own, and know why you own it.
The more you learn, the more you earn.
Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.
Money is usually attracted, not pursued.
The ability to grow beyond our restraints, our faulty beliefs, and our current knowledge is one of the attributes that distinguishes us as humans. The importance of continuous learning, alongside the willingness to unlearn and relearn, can aid us on our path to building a successful online business. Another important factor is mindset, which we have written a separate article on, if you’re interested. Otherwise, read on below for some motivating quotes on personal growth.
Income seldom exceeds personal development.
Personal development is a major time-saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.
You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.
The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.
When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.
The Only Person You Are Destined To Become Is The Person You Decide To Be.
Look In The Mirror…That’s Your Competition.
Stand on the shoulders of giants by using these quotes to motivate you on your own entreprenuerial journey.
In order to ‘have’ you must ‘do,’ and in order to ‘do’ you must ‘be.
Success is never accidental.
Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember, that’s where you will find success.
Success is doing what you want, when you want, where you want, with whom you want and as much as you want.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
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.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
Every dream that you leave behind is a piece of your future that ceases to exist.
Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better.
Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
In all your entrepreneurial pursuits, it is good practice to prioritise integrity. The resistance to cutting corners and being honest will serve you far into the future. It takes years to build a reputation and only minutes to destroy one. Read on for some thoughts about the value of integrity from a range of successes from a variety of backgrounds.
We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.
The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.
Image is what people think we are; integrity is what we really are.
Integrity is the essence of everything successful.
If you can maintain your standards and your integrity and you fail, it's OK. It's when you sell out and you fail that you feel pretty sick inside.
With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.
When you are able to maintain your own highest standards of integrity – regardless of what others may do – you are destined for greatness.
The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.
It’s easy to have principles when you’re rich. The important thing is to have principles when you’re poor.
Admitting one’s own faults is the first step to changing them, and it is a demonstration of true bravery and integrity.
At the end of the day, it would be inadvisable to attain success at the expense of the simple joys that make living so enjoyable, such as time with family, pursuing hobbies, travel and eating good food. Even when you’re working hard on your business, it is important to maintain a good work-life balance. Read on for some thoughts on the matter below.
You have to balance your passions, not your time.
I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.
A man should never neglect his family for business.
No matter how busy you are, or how busy you think you are, the work will always be there tomorrow, but your friends might not be.
Always take some of the play, fun, freedom, and wonder of the weekend into your week and your work.
The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.
Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
You don’t have to make yourself miserable to be successful.
We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own to-do list.
Framing the issue of work-life balance – as if the two were dramatically opposed – practically ensures work will lose out. Who would ever choose work over life?
We hope that this article has motivated you to get out there and start putting these words into action in your own life and business. It is a privilege to have access to the words of successful people who have already walked a lot of the path you are now on, and who freely provide us with these words of advice to make your journey all the smoother. If you still think you might benefit from a bit more guidance on how to start your business, then we’ve got you covered. Keep pushing forward and we look forward to seeing your quote on a list like this in a few decades from now.