25 Quotes to Motivate & Inspire Your Inner Entrepreneur

Ask 20 different people what it means to be an entrepreneur and you’ll get 20 different answers. Being an entrepreneur means a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. It’s easy to stay motivated when you’re having fun and making money, but every entrepreneur faces unique challenges and sleepless nights – and that’s when motivation can be harder to muster. Whenever you need a little extra entrepreneurial inspiration, these famous quotes from top entrepreneurs are sure to do the trick.

“A successful entrepreneur can’t be afraid of failures or setbacks. An initial setback can be a great opportunity to take a new and more promising approach to any problem, to come back stronger than ever.” – John Roos

“To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.” – Catherine Cook

“I would say, as an entrepreneur everything you do – every action you take in product development, in marketing, every conversation you have, everything you do – is an experiment. If you can conceptualize your work not as building features, not as launching campaigns, but as running experiments, you can get radically more done with less effort.” – Eric Ries

“If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” – Mark Zuckerberg

“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

“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” – Howard Schultz

“Fail often so you can succeed sooner.” – Tom Kelley

“Anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur like someone else is actually looking in the wrong direction. You don’t look out for inspiration, you look in. You have to ask yourself how can I be better today, at solving the problem I am trying to solve for my company. I wouldn’t encourage anyone to be like me. Just be like you.” – Ashton Kutcher

“What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.” – Dave Thomas

“Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh

“All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” – Reid Hoffman

“Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling” – Anita Roddick

“This defines entrepreneur and entrepreneurship – the entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.” – Peter F. Drucker

“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

“Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.” – Michael Arrington

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman

“Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.” – Sara Blakely

“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” – Donald Trump

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs

“Business opportunities are like buses: there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson

“Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“It’s not about money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business. And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time.” – Mark Cuban

“When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don’t put in the time or energy to get there.” – Steve Jobs

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welch

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