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101 Inspirational Quotes For Entrepreneurs

Being an entrepreneur requires mental fortitude. Whether you’re a newbie blogger, small business owner, or seasoned entrepreneur, you’re going to have bad days.

You’re going to experience doubt, worry, and fear. And that’s OK. It’s perfectly normal. In fact, it’s human!

How you handle your doubt, worry, and fear is what determines your level of success.

That’s why I’m sharing 37 of my favorite inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs.

These quotes will inspire, motivate and empower you to charge through the bad days, stay positive, and work hard to pursue your dreams.

I want you to print it out and hang the pages up next to your computer, on your bathroom mirror, next to your nightstand, on your fridge, and in your car.

When you’re having a bad day and the doubts start to creep in, these inspiring quotes will remind you to keep pushing forward. You got this!

  1. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”  – Steve Jobs
  2. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
  3. “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” – Barack Obama
  4. “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise.” – Ted Turner
  5. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
  6. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
  7. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  8. “If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.” – Claire Cook
  9. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
  10. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them. – Chris Grosser
  11. “You are what you think. So just think big, believe big, act big, work big, give big, forgive big, laugh big, love big, and live big.” – Andrew Carnegie
  12. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar
  13. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln
  14. “Luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” – Oprah Winfrey
  15. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  16. “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” – Tim Ferriss
  17. “Success if the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
  18. “There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.” – Anthony Robbins
  19. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
  20. “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien
  21. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
  22. “Some people dream of success while others wake up and work.” – Unknown
  23. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
  24. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone
  25. “My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: Forget about making mistakes, just do it.” – Ajaero Tony Martins
  26. “If you’re not overwhelmed, you’re not growing.” – Trevor Gensler
  27. “Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  28. “When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  29. “Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.” – Seth Godin
  30. “Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein
  31. “Customers don’t expect you to be perfect. They do expect you to fix things when they go wrong.” – Donald Porter
  32. “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are asking, what’s in it for me?” – Brian Tracy
  33. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill
  34. “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
  35. “The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin
  36. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle
  37. “Consistency, is the key to success.” – Sushant Arora
  38.  “My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had — every day I’m learning something new.” — Richard Branson
  39. “Genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration.” — Thomas Edison.
  40. “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey
  41. “Fear is the disease. Hustle is the antidote.” — Travis Kalanick
  42. “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” — Sheryl Sandberg
  43. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” — Biz Stone
  44. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” — Bill Gates
  45. “Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” — Gloria Steinem
  46. “The question I ask myself almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?’” — Mark Zuckerberg
  47. “You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.” — Erica Jong
  48. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein
  49. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill
  50. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” — Walt Disney
  51. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller
  52. “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
  53. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” — John Maxwell
  54. “It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.” — Paul Graham
  55. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” — Babe Ruth
  56. “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  57. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” Farrah Gray
  58. “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” — Henry Ford
  59. “The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.” — Robert L. Schwartz
  60. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” — Steve Jobs
  61. “What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” — Bob Dylan
  62. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” — Jim Rohn
  63. “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, Co-founder of Airbnb
  64. “One of the greatest skills of leadership is being unflappable. Anytime you do anything in the world; there’s going to be criticism.” Arianna Huffington, Co-found and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group
  65. “When you are building a startup, it’s 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’re going to disintegrate.” Sean Rad, Co-founder of Tinder, Inc.
  66. “Success depends on employees. For me knowing and connecting with my employees is very important.” Divine Ndhlukula, founder and managing director of DDNS Security Operations Ltd
  67. “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, Co-founder of Mindtree
  68. “Ignore the hype of the startups that you see in the press. Mostly, it’s 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, Co-founder and CEO of The Grommet
  69. “It’s 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, Co-founder of HopSkipDrive
  70. “Do not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best. It’s about building a community who want to visit your site every day because you create value and offer expertise.” Cassey Ho, Founder of Blogilates.com
  71. “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, Co-founder of Hootsuite
  72. “You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.” Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of Stella & Dot
  73. “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, Co-founder of Virta Health
  74. “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, Founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
  75. “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, Founder of Time Etc.
  76. “Don’t try to do everything by yourself, but try to connect with people and resources. Having that discipline and perseverance is really important.” Chieu Cao, Co-founder of Perkbox
  77. “It’s necessary to find a mentor who can invest time to know your personal capabilities and business model.” Nigel Davies, Founder of Claromentis
  78. “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, Co-Founder of Eve Sleep
  79. “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, Founder of Samasource and LXMI
  80. “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, Co-Founder of HubSpot
  81. “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, Co-founder of Hearsay Systems
  82. “Fundraising is much easier now because of crowdfunding. Take advantage of that.” Constantin Bisanz, Founder of Aloha
  83. “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, Founder of The Honest Company
  84. “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, Co-founder of Canva
  85. “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, Founder of Care.com
  86. “If you’re starting something on your own, you better have a passion for it, because this is hard work.” Sallie Krawcheck, Co-founder of Ellevest
  87. “Be nicer to your customers than your competitors.” Richard Reed, Co-Founder of Innocent Drinks
  88. “Passion, creativity, and resilience are the most crucial skills in business. If you’ve got those, you’re ready to embark on the journey.” Jo Malone, Founder of Jo Malone
  89. “If you are working on a product that’s 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, Co-founder of Blaze
  90. “In the age of transparency, honesty, and generosity, even in the form of an apology, generate goodwill.” Alexander Asseily, founder of Jawbone
  91. “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, Founder of Cheekd
  92. “Remain self-funded as long as possible.” –Garrett Camp, Co-founder of Uber, StumbleUpon, and Expa
  93. “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, Founder of Hey Influencers
  94. “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, Co-founder of Kiip
  95. “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, Co-founder of Foursquare
  96. “Don’t let others convince you that the idea is good when your gut tells you it’s bad.” Kevin Rose, co-founded Digg
  97. “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, Co-founder of Appster
  98. “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, cofounder of LinkedIn
  99. “Some days you’re smiling and thinking you’re 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, founder and CEO of Chobani
  100. “If something is important enough, or you believe something is important enough, even if you are scared, you will keep going.” Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX
  101. “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, founder of eBay
  102. “If you start thinking you are good at something, that’s often the day you stop trying to be better and open the back door for someone to come after you. That’s why we always aim higher. We never feel like we’re done.” –Drew Houston, cofounder and CEO of Dropbox
  103. “Only the paranoid survive.” Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel
  104. “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, founder of Spanx
  105. “I’m always tweaking, always trying to make it better, constantly moving the levers and dials.” Steve Ells, founder and co-CEO of Chipotle
  106. “It starts with not having a hangover with the way things used to be.” Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour
  107. “There is something artificial when everyone is agreeing with each other. It’s useful to indulge people who don’t agree, and see their viewpoint or force yourself to explain things better.” David Sack, founder of Yammer
  108. “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, Founder of Paytm
  109. “It’s 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, Founder of Taco
  110. “If we are going to be part of the solution, we have to engage the problems.” Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist and broadcast producer
  111. “[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, entrepreneur, radio and television personality, and business executive
  112. “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, founder, president, and CEO of FUBU
  113. “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, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist

Sometimes, all you need to push through the hard times is a little motivation and a lot of advice. Turn to the mentors in your life, and keep a few of these quotes on standby.

Are you inspired? I sure am!

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