150 Quotes to Inspire the Entrepreneur in You

The journey of an entrepreneur is of hard work, patience, and challenge, but it comes with great reward. We want to inspire you to pursue your goals and achieve your dreams and we are here to help. We have curated a list of 150 quotes that are sure to inspire the entrepreneur in you. Whether you desire inspiration for success, leadership or failure, these quotes will motivate you to be a leader and innovator in your field.

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25 Leadership Quotes

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A business can not be successful without a good leader. Effective leaders set the tone for the company, how you choose to lead can greatly impact the success of your company. Read these 25 quotes to learn how to be the best leader you can be. Find the leader in you. 

  • If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you. –Zig Ziglar
  • Do not go where the path may lead you, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. –John Quincy Adams
  • Leadership is an action, not a position. –Donald McGannon
  • Whatever you do, be different—that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out. –Anita Roddick
  • Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. –Jack Welch
  • Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you. –Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. –John C. Maxwell
  • The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be. –Reid Hoffman
  • Leadership is an action, not a position. –Donald McGannon
  • My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better. –Steve Jobs
  • The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be. –Reid Hoffman
  • Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. -Jim Rohn
  • The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity… Out of discord, harmony… And out of difficult, opportunity. –Albert Einstein
  • A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader. –Fred Wilson
  • The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do. –Steve Jobs
  • The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have. –Sheryl Sandberg
  • Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess. –Richard Branson
  • There are no road signs to help navigate. And in fact, no one has yet determined which side of the road we’re supposed to be on. –Steve Case
  • Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. –Thomas Jefferson
  • What you do has far greater impact than what you say. –Stephen Covey
  • 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
  • Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths. –John Zenger
  • Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. –Norman Schwarzkopf
  • The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. –Ray Kroc

25 Quotes to Measure Success

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Every entrepreneur, business professional and individual strives to be successful, but what is success and how do you achieve it? Success can mean so many different things to so many different people, but you define your own success. Allow these 25 inspirational quotes from entrepreneurs and world leaders to guide you on your journey of success.

  • Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. –Bill Gates
  • It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. –Herman Melville
  • Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. –Conrad Hilton
  • Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. –Jim Rohn
  • 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
  • It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. –Herman Melville
  • 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. –Pele
  • Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and success will naturally follow. –Oprah Winfrey
  • Eighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen
  • The best revenge is massive success. –Frank Sinatra
  • Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. –John F. Kennedy
  • I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. –Steve Jobs
  • Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin
  • There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle
  • There is no finish line. There are only mile markers. –Michael Ventura
  • Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. –Coco Chanel
  • Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. –Henry David Thoreau
  • There is little success where there is little laughter. –Andrew Carnegie
  • It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. –Bill Gates
  • It’s a common misconception that money is every entrepreneur’s metric for success. It’s not, and nor should it be. –Richard Branson
  • Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. –Conrad Hilton
  • Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein
  • Success is not what you have, but who you are. –Bo Bennet
  • I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.- G. K. Chesterton
  • One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. –Arthur Ashe

25 Quotes on Risk Taking

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Your biggest enemy is yourself. Your fears, doubts and worries hinder you from reaching your full potential. To conquer your fears you must be uncomfortable, nervous and willing to take risks. Here are 25 quotes to encourage you to take risks in your life. You don’t know what you’re capable of until you try. 

  • There is nothing impossible to him who will try. –Alexander the Great
  • If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. –Nora Roberts
  • 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. –Ariana Huffington
  • The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something. –Seth Godin
  • What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. –Tim Ferriss
  • The biggest risk is not taking any risk … In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. –Mark Zuckerberg
  • If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. –Jim Rohn
  • Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair
  • Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown
  • You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. –Beverly Sill
  • Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan
  • Courage is grace under pressure. –Ernest Hemingway
  • Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back. –Babe Ruth
  • Any time is a good time to start a company. –Ron Conway
  • The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain
  • You will never be completely ready. Start from wherever you are. –C.J. Hayden
  • In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision. –Peter F. Drucker
  • Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go. -T.S. Eliot
  • The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.— Goethe
  • Test fast, fail fast, adjust fast. — Tom Peters
  • As ever, the accountant in me saw the risk, the entrepreneur saw the possibility. So I split the difference and kept moving forward. –Phil Knight
  • It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable. –Sara Blakely
  • A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. –John A. Shedd
  • The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. –Walt Disney
  • Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti

25 Quotes for the Hard Worker

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Your success is determined by you, but it does not come easy. Long hours and restless night are all apart of making your dream a reality. Read these 15 quotes to encourage you to continue to persevere when you lose motivation. 

  • The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%. –Rob Kalin
  • Opportunities don’t happen. You create them. –Chris Grosser
  • I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. –Thomas Jefferson
  • Anything that is measured and watched, improves. –Bob Parsons
  • I never dreamed about success, I worked for it. –Estee Lauder
  • Always deliver more than expected. –Larry Page
  • I never dreamed about success, I worked for it. –Estee Lauder
  • A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. –Colin Powell
  • Stay hungry, stay foolish. –Steve Jobs
  • The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. –Dolly Parton
  • If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. –Claire Cook
  • Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t. –Jerry Rice
  • If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. –Milton Berle
  • Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. –Norman Ralph Augustine
  • Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. –Lou Holtz
  • Timing, perseverance, and 10 years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. –Biz Stone
  • 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. –Madame C.J. Walker
  • Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. –John D. Rockefeller
  • The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it. –Debbi Fields
  • Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. –Guy Kawasaki
  • So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. –Caterina Fake
  • Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. –Golda Meir
  • The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. –Vidal Sassoon
  • Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. –Warren Buffett
  • Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. –Bill Bradley

15 Quotes to Ignite Your Passion

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Do what you love, it will make the road to success much easier. When you love what you do, it makes the hard work and struggle much more bearable. These 15 quotes will encourage you to discover your passion and pursue it endlessly. 

  • Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that. –Anthony Volodkin
  • If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. -Jim Rohn
  • Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. –Aristotle
  • Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. –Confucious
  • If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you. –Steve Jobs
  • The more I want to get something done the less I call it work. –Richard Bach
  • If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it. –Elon Musk
  • The more you dream, the farther you get. –Michael Phelps
  • You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. –Maya Angelou
  • If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. –Andrew Carnegie
  • To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. –Thomas Watson Sr.
  • Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal—a commitment to excellence—that will enable you to attain the success you seek. –Mario Andretti
  • 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
  • When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue. –Josh James
  • Pursue your passion, and everything else will fall into place. This is not being romantic. This is the highest order of pragmatism. –Gabby Giffords

15 Quotes on the Importance of Failure

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Failure is not the end, it is only the beginning. Failing gives you the opportunity to learn and grow. Take every failure as a lesson and use it towards your success. The journey is not over. Discover 15 quotes that will inspire you to continue even when you fail. 

  • I failed my way to success. –Thomas Edison
  • Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. –Thomas Edison
  • By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. –Benjamin Franklin
  • Failure is success if we learn from it. –Malcolm Forbes
  • You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end. –Jessica Herrin
  • Failure Will Never Overtake Me If My Determination To Succeed Is Strong Enough. –Og Mandino
  • The Only Limit To Our Realization Of Tomorrow Will Be Our Doubts Of Today. –Franklin D. Roosevelt                                                                                         
  • The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark. –Michelangelo
  • Failure is not to be feared. It is from failure that most growth comes.-Dee Hock
  • I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. –Thomas Edison
  • The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. –Colin R. Davis
  • Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them. –T. Harv Eker
  • Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. –Napoleon Hill
  • The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with dust and sweat; who strives valiantly, who errs and may fall again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming. –Theodore Roosevelt
  • Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. –Drew Houston

15 Quotes on Overcoming Adversity

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Hardship is inevitable, there is no way to avoid it. As an entrepreneur you are faced with constant obstacles and adversity. When you feel like giving up, here are 15 quotes to help you get over the hump. You’re closer to success than you know. 

  • However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. –Stephen Hawking
  • Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. –Winston Churchill
  • The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way. –Tim Ferriss
  • Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. –Michael Jordan
  • If there is no struggle, there is no progress. –Frederick Douglass
  • In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. –Albert Einstein
  • For Every Reason It’s Not Possible, There Are Hundreds Of People Who Have Faced The Same Circumstances And Succeeded. -Jack Canfield
  • I became successful due to several reasons. I never gave up and I never let anyone or anything get in my way. I use the power of positive thinking to tackle obstacles and challenges so they don’t defeat me… –Lillian Vernon
  • Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful. –Mark Victor Hansen
  • When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge. –Robert Kiyosaki
  • When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure. –Mary Kay Ash
  • Tough times never last, but tough people do. –Robert H. Schuller
  • 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
  • Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston S. Churchill
  • Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome. –Samuel Johnson

5 Quotes to Make You Believe in Yourself

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You are only as capable as what you believe. Changing your mindset can change the outcome. Entrepreneurship is both a risk and a challenge, but the first step is believing in yourself. If you are ever doubting yourself, read these 5 quotes to lift your spirits and 

  • 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
  • Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller
  • All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. –Walt Disney
  • Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude. –Zig Ziglar
  • If you can dream it, you can do it. –Walt Disney

We hope that you enjoyed our list of 150 quotes to inspire the entrepreneur in you. Find a quote or two to motivate you, when the going gets tough.