No matter how passionate, dedicated, and hard-working you are as a new entrepreneur, the road to success is littered with pitfalls and setbacks. Product launches gone awry. Investors not coming through. And now, of course, the corona pandemic.
In such times, when motivation falters and conviction is shaken, get back into focus by listening to the wisdom of others who have faced the same challenges. And persevered.
One of the best ways to find fresh inspiration, gather new strength and adjust your perspective is by looking at quotes. The purposeful words of successful entrepreneurs past and present are full of valuable advice and wisdom.
Struggling with financial setbacks? Robert Schuller’s words may help you reorient yourself towards the future:
“Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”
Having trouble assembling a coherent team? Kevin Rose knows how to unite them: “A team aligned behind a vision will move mountains.”
Facing an absolutely overwhelming business situation? Anthony Robbins can change your perspective:
“Every problem is a gift. Without problems, we would not grow.”
Reading the biographies and business credos of successful entrepreneurs can definitely give you deeper insights. But their knowledge, competence, and conviction are distilled in their most famous quotations. And these are absolutely unbeatable in terms of quick motivation boosters.
So whether you are looking for a new personal mantra, something to set as your desktop background as a perpetual source of inspiration, or just a grain of wisdom to pull yourself out of a slump, here are the 500 best quotes of all time.
A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about. 1. What its product is, 2. Who its customers are. 3. How to make money.
A team aligned behind a vision will move mountain.
Business is a game, played for fantastic stakes, and you’re in competition with experts. If you want to win, you have to learn to be a master of the game. Sidney Sheldon
Business is still more often about whom you know, not what you know. Alejandro Cremades
Business opportunities are like buses there’s always another one coming.Richard Branson
Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost. Robert H. Schuller
Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed. Robert H. Schuller
Build your business success around something that you love – something that is inherently and endlessly interesting to you.Martha Stewart
Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.Dee Hock
Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration. Andrew Carnegie
“Loyalty is not won by being first. It is won by being best. Stefan Persson
9 out of 10 businesses fail_ so I came up with a foolproof plan, create ten businesses.
A team aligned behind a vision will move mountains. Sell them on your roadmap and don’t compromise – care about the details, the fit and finish. – Kevin Rose.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures. Tom Peters
As an entrepreneur, I try to push the limits. Pedal to the metal. Travis Kalanick
Being an entrepreneur is my dream job, as it tests ones tenacity.Gautam Adani
Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs. Henry Ford
Don’t count the things you do, do the things that count. Zig Ziglar
Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise.
‘Entrepreneur ‘just denotes that you recognize that you’re doing things across disciplines and that you’re blazing your own path. Pharrell Williams
Every problem is a gift. Without problems we would not grow. Anthony Robbins
For me, the winning strategy in any start-up business is, ‘Think big but start small. Carmen Busquets
Fortunes are built during the down market and collected in the up market. – Jason Calacanis
Hire character. Train skill. Peter Schutz
I have had some great successes and great failures. I think every entrepreneur has. I try to learn from all of them.Kevin O’Leary
I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. Steve Jobs
If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible. T. Harv Eker
It’s not about the content we are creating but how much content our customers are creating for us. roger james hamilton
Markets come and go. Good businesses don’t. Fred Wilson
Running a startup is like being punched in the face repeatedly, but working for a large company is like being waterboarded. – Paul Graham
There is no luck in business. There’s only drive, determination, and more drive. Sophie Kinsella
Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. Biz Stone
To be outstanding – get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Alrik Koudenburg
You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die. Jack Ma
In the startup world, ‘not working’ is normal.Paul Graham
It’s better to make a few people really happy than to make a lot of people semi-happy. Paul Graham
It’s easier to stand on the sidelines, criticize, and say why you shouldn’t do something. The sidelines are crowded. Get in the game. Robert Kiyosaki
It’s pretty clear that [customers] know what their budgets are now, and what they want to. Ben Horowitz
The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers. John Egan
The more successful you are, the more you need to learn and grow. Your commitment to learning has to be continuous and unrelenting. John Donahoe
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. Steve Jobs