50 great quotes for budding entrepreneurs
by Chris Haycock | Monday 29 February 2016 | Comments

Starting a new business is a tough but rewarding journey of enlightenment, learning, and above all, making plenty of mistakes on the way. But you're not alone. We've compiled 50 of our favourite quotes from the world's most successful people to keep you on track and motivated.

Author - Chris HaycockIt's a real rollercoaster of a ride, sometimes. When the chips are down and your plan isn't quite going right it's easy to become despondent.

Time to put your mind at ease and get motivated again by learning from those before you who have also struggled - and made it to the top. All these famous people have one thing in common - they had a vision, and they kept working at achieving that vision, no matter what it took.

So, next time you're feeling down, glance through some of these motivational quotes, and you'll feel reinvigorated and excited to continue your journey towards your own success.


50 great quotes


"There's nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team."

Jason Fried, 37signals Founder


"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."

John D. Rockerfeller, Business Magnate & Philanthropist


"There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality."

Tony Robbins, Motivational Speaker


"There's no shortage of remarkable ideas. What's missing is the will to execute them."

Seth Godin, Author and Entrepreneur


"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."

Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group


"It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen."

Scott Belsky, Behance Co-Founder


"People rarely buy what they need. They buy what they want."

Seth Godin, Author and Entrepreneur


"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, American Author & Salesman


"Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th."

Julie Andrews, Film and Stage Actress


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

Vidal Sassoon, Hairdresser and Businessman


"In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create."

David Ogilvy, Co-Founder, Ogilvy & Mather


"Always deliver more than expected."

Larry Page, Co-Founder of Google


"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

Mahatma Gandhi, Preeminent Indian Leader


"Ideas in secret die. They need light and air or they starve to death."

Seth Godin, Author and Entrepreneur


"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don't need to escape from."

Seth Godin, Author and Entrepreneur


"If you can't feed a team with two pizzas, it's too large."

Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder


"Winners never quit, and quitters never win."

Vince Lombardi, US Football Player


"I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure. It is: Try to please everybody."

Herbert Bayard Swope, US Editor & Journalist


"If you see a bandwagon, it's too late."

James Goldsmith, Billionaire Financier & Tycoon


"Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success."

Biz Stone, Co-Founder, Twitter


"If you can dream it, you can do it."

Walt Disney, American Cartoonist & Entrepreneur


"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."

Bill Gates, Co-Founder, Microsoft


"If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time."

Steve Jobs, Apple Inc Co-Founder


"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit."

Conrad Hilton, Founder of Hilton Hotels


"Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable."

Coco Chanel, French Fashion Designer


"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist


"Do not be embarrassed by your failures. Learn from them and start again."

Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group


"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."

Winston Churchill, UK Prime Minister 1940 - 1945


"It's hard to do a really good job on anything you don't think about in the shower."

Paul Graham, YCombinator Co-Founder


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

Colin Powell, US Statesman & Army General


"There's lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there's only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it's to change the world."

Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote


"You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills."

Jim Rohn, Entrepreneur and Author


"I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity."

Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host & Entrepreneur


"People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy."

Tony Robbins, Motivational Speaker


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

Walt Disney, American Cartoonist & Entrepreneur


"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."

Steve Jobs, Apple Inc Co-Founder


"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business."

Henry Ford, Founder, Ford Motor Co.


"The best way to predict the future is to create it."

Peter Drucker, Author and Business Consultant


"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Thomas Edison, Inventor of the Lightbulb


"I failed my way to success."

Thomas Edison, Inventor of the Lightbulb


"If you're not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late."

Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder, LinkedIn


"You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win."

Zig Ziglar, American Author & Salesman


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

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos


"Get five or six of your smartest friends in a room and ask them to rate your idea."

Mark Pincus, Zynga CEO


"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."

Henry Ford, Founder, Ford Motor Co.


"Successful people are the ones who are breaking the rules."

Seth Godin, Author and Entrepreneur


"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right."

Henry Ford, Founder, Ford Motor Co.


"You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right."

Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple


"I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance."

Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple


"A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts."

Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group



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