80 Best Inspirational Quotes For Entrepreneurs


 Some people need to be inspired to start, others need inspiration when the going gets tough.

Whatever the reason, here are some of my favorite quotes to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit within and get going.


80 Best Inspirational Quotes For Entrepreneurs


1. Leaders don’t force people to follow, they invite them on a journey. – Charles S. Lauer

2. The thing that fascinates me is that the way I came to film and television is extinct. Then there were gatekeepers, it was prohibitively expensive to make a film, to be a director you had to be an entrepreneur to raise money. – Tom Hooper

3. Failure is not about insecurity. It’s about lack of execution. – Jeffrey Gitomer

4. Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. – Napoleon Hill

5. After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts. – Aristotle

6. Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have – Zig Ziglar

7. Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it. – Jim Rohn

8. An entrepreneur assumes the risk and is dedicated and committed to the success of whatever he or she undertakes. – Victor Kiam

9. A man’s worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions. – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

10. Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. – George Van Valkenburg

11. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. – John C. Maxwell

12. One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching. – Mooie

13. Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. – Mark Twain

14. All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea. – Napoleon Hill

15. If you’re not learning while you’re earning, you’re cheating yourself out of the better portion of your compensation. – Napoleon Hill

16. Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea. – Jim Rohn

17. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. – Benjamin Disraeli

18. Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic. – Dale Carnegie

19. I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night. – Henry Ford

20. The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. – Ralph Nader

21. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

22. I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. – George Burns

23. The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can’t learn anything from being perfect. – Adam Osborne

24. Vision without action is daydreaming and action without vision is a nightmare. – Anon

25. Many great ideas go unexecuted, and many great executioners are without ideas. One without the other is worthless. – Tim Blixseth

26. You can do anything you wish to do, have anything you wish to have, be anything you wish to be. – Robert Collier

27. The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said. – Peter F. Drucker

28. If you start with nothing and end up with nothing, there’s nothing lost. – Michael Dunlop

29. You won’t get anything unless you have the vision to imagine it. – John Lennon

30. I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. – Bill Cosby

31. Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. – Napoleon Hill

32. A friend of mine, a Hispanic entrepreneur asked me a question sometime ago, he said, ‘When is the last time you saw a Hispanic panhandler?’ I think it’s a great question. I’ll tell you, in my life I’ve never once have seen a Hispanic panhandler, because in our community, it would be viewed as shameful to be out on the street begging. – Ted Cruz

33. The road to success is always under construction. – Arnold Palmer

34. If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful. – Jeff Bezos

35. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby

36. I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages. – Robert Bosch

37. Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly, I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it. – Theodore Roosevelt

38. The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Peter Drucker

39. When I finished school, I took my entire life savings – $5,000 – and invested it in a business. I was young. I was inexperienced. But I was an entrepreneur, and I was proud. And in six weeks, I was broke. – Mark Warner

40. Try not to be a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. – Albert Einstein

41. Today’s developer is a poor substitute for the committed entrepreneur of the last century for whom the work of architecture represented achance to celebrate the worth of his enterprise. – Arthur Erickson

42. My son is now an ‘entrepreneur.’ That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner

43. I’ve been an entrepreneur three times. I started three companies. – Marc Andreessen

44. A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. – Henry Ford

45. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. – Dale Carnegie

46. I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep. – Charles Maurice

47. I’d say it’s been my biggest problem all my life.. it’s money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true. – Walt Disney

48. A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. – John C. Maxwell

49. I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn’t really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going. – Richard Branson

50. An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it. – Roy Ash

51. Money won’t make you happy… but everybody wants to find out for themselves. – Zig Ziglar

52. I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement. – Donald Trump

53. Lend your friend $20. If he doesn’t pay you back then he’s not your friend. Money well spent. – Ted Nicolas

54. Ideas are worthless. – Dane Carlson

55. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon

56. The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, ‘Go!’ – a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’. – E. M. Kelly

57. What is not started will never get finished. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

58. If you think that you are going to love something, give it a try. You’re going to kick yourself in the butt for the rest of your life if you don’t. – Joe Penna

59. To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. – Thomas J. Watson

60. Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory. – Fortune Cookie

61. You don’t buy a nice car and get rich you get rich and buy a nice car. – Unknown

62. Go Big, or Go Home. – Eliza Dushku

63. Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t. – Anonymous

64. The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb

65. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Agatha Christie

66. When you cease to dream you cease to live. – Malcolm Forbes

67. The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. – Peter Drucker

68. Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you. – Mark Cuban

69. Better understated than overstated. Let people be surprised that it was more than you promised and easier than you said. – Jim Rohn

70. The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. – Confucius

71. Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be. – Jack Welch

72. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. – Nolan Bushnell

73. Nothing turns off an investor more than when an entrepreneur comes in with a ridiculous valuation. – Kevin Harrington

74. It is always the start that requires the greatest effort. – James Cash Penney

75. Every single person I know who is successful at what they do is successful because they love doing it. – Joe Penna

76. Do not wait to strike until the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. – William B. Sprague

77. Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom. – General George Patton

78. The biggest failure you can have in life is not trying at all. – Emil Motycka

79. 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

80. I treat business a bit like a computer game. I count money as points. I’m doing really well: making lots of money and lots of points. – Michael Dunlop

What is your best inspirational quote for entrepreneurs  I would be delighted to see your favorite ones in the comments section below.


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