76 Motivational Quotes For Entrepreneurs

Motivational quotes are useful for many setbacks and failures that entrepreneurs often face before they achieve success.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. —  Steve Jobs

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Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage. — Victor Kiam

Having your own business can have a lot of rewards, but it can also have a lot of challenges. No matter how well you plan, many things can still go wrong.  No matter how good your offer is, your customers can still choose your competitors’ products and services over yours.

Without having a mental edge, many entrepreneurs end up quitting their own businesses… even when success is just around the corner.

Do not let that happen to you!

No matter how busy you are, make time to re-energize yourself. Give yourself a mental edge and you’ll also give your business an edge. Always remember that you have the power to make great things happen!

Most people can not be motivated by money alone.  Find out what would motivate you more than money. Do you want more control of your life?  Do you want to have more time with your  family? Do you want respect and recognition?  Whatever it is, learn and find the source of your passion.  Most likely, that is going to be the source of your happiness and wealth.

76 Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

  1. “In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.” — Harold Geneen
  2. About capitalism: “For all of its faults, it gives most hardworking people a chance to improve themselves economically, even as the deck is stacked in favor of the privileged few. Here are the choices most of us face in such a system: Get bitter or get busy.” — Bill O’Reilly
  3. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”  —  Bill Gates
  4. “I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well.”  —  Alan Greenspan
  5. “I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win–if you don’t, you won’t.”  — Bruce Jenner, Olympic Gold Medalist
  6. “No one gets an iron-clad guarantee of success. Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance.”  — Merlin Olsen
  7. “Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.”  — Rodan of Alexandria
  8. “It’s your aptitude, not just your attitude that determines your ultimate altitude.” — Zig Ziglar
  9. “We will either find a way or make one.” — Hannibal
  10. “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” — Vincent Van Gogh
  11. “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” — Foster C. Mcclellan
  12. “The truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving; (2) You’re willing to take massive action; (3) You notice what’s working or not; and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.” –Anthony Robbins
  13. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” — Eddie Robinson
  14. “A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. My advice: Don’t worry about yourself. Take care of those who work for you and you’ll float to greatness on their achievements.” — H.S.M. Burns
  15. “Concentrate your strengths against your competitor’s relative weaknesses.”  — Bruce Henderson
  16. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.”  — Zig Ziglar
  17. “Anybody can cut prices, but it takes brains to produce a better article.” — P. D. Armour
  18. “Above all, we wish to avoid having a dissatisfied customer. We consider our customers a part of our organization, and we want them to feel free to make any criticism they see fit in regard to our merchandise or service. Sell practical, tested merchandise at reasonable profit, treat your customers like human beings — and they will always come back.” — L.L. Bean
  19. “It takes more than capital to swing business. You’ve got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by — Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics.” — Ren Mulford Jr.
  20. “More business is lost every year through neglect than through any other cause.” — Jim Cathcart
  21. “When the product is right, you don’t have to be a great marketer.” — Lee Iacocca
  22. The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows. — Aristotle Onassis
  23. “In our factory, we make lipstick. In our advertising, we sell hope.” — Charles Revson
  24. “The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.”  —  Henry Ford
  25. “One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.”  — Edward de Bono
  26. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”  —  Jim Ryun
  27. “It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.”  —  Mark Cuban
  28. “Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can’t be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.” — Lee Iacocca
  29. “Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.” — Les Brown
  30. “One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.”  —  Edward de Bono
  31. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”  —  Jim Ryun
  32. “Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”  —  Donald Trump
  33. “People need motivation to do anything. I don’t think human beings learn anything without desperation.”  —  Jim Carrey
  34. “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”  —  Albert Einstein
  35. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”  —  Og Mandino
  36. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”  —  Norman Vincent Peale
  37. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”  —  Confucius
  38. “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”  —  Robert H. Schuller
  39. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”  Mark Twain
  40. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  —  Thomas A. Edison
  41. “You have to have your heart in the business and the business in your heart.” — Thomas J. Watson
  42. “Business is like war in one respect. If its grand strategy is correct, any number of tactical errors can be made and yet the enterprise proves successful.” — General Robert E. Woods
  43. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”  —  Og Mandino
  44. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”  —  Samuel Beckett
  45. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”  —  Henry David Thoreau
  46. “If you can dream it, you can do it.”  —  Walt Disney
  47. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”  —  Nikos Kazantzakis
  48. “I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything… at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.”  —  Dan Millman
  49. “Never, never, never give up.”  —  Winston Churchill
  50. “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”  —  Jim Rohn
  51. “We’ve all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it’s more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.”  —  Norman Vincent Peale
  52. “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”  —  Lao Tzu
  53. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”  —  Maya Angelou
  54. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”  —  Tony Robbins
  55. “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”  —  William Butler Yeats
  56. “We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.”  —  Katharine Hepburn
  57. “In the new economy, information, education, and motivation are everything.”  —  William J. Clinton
  58. “I think a lot of times it’s not money that’s the primary motivation factor; it’s the passion for your job and the professional and personal satisfaction that you get out of doing what you do that motivates you.”  —  Martin Yan
  59. “Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.”  —  Norman Ralph Augustine
  60. “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
  61. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”  —  Helen Keller
  62. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  —  Benjamin Franklin
  63. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”  —  Lou Holtz
  64. “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” — H. Jackson Browne
  65. “If you don’t drive your business you will be driven out of business.” — B. C. Forbes
  66. “Let’s be honest. There’s not a business anywhere that is without problems. Business is complicated and imperfect. Every business everywhere is staffed with imperfect human beings and exists by providing a product or service to other imperfect human beings.”  —  Bob Parsons
  67. “Well done is better than well said.”  —  Benjamin Franklin
  68. “I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.”  —  Ken Venturi
  69. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”  —  Jim Rohn
  70. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”  —  Norman Vincent Peale
  71. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”  —  Winston Churchill
  72. “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”  —  W. Clement Stone
  73. “Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.” – Belva Davis
  74. “Every second you spend thinking about someone else’s dreams you take time away from your own.” – Yogi Ramen
  75. “What the mind can conceive, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
  76. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”  —  Steve Jobs

 

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