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Entrepreneur Mindset

267 Business Quotes That’ll Wow & Inspire Entrepreneurs

Looking for some business quotes that’ll inspire you? Guide you when you’re lost? Maybe even kick you in the rear when you need it?

In this post, we’ve compiled the world’s best quotes for business owners and entrepreneurs into one handy, bookmarkable list.

Whenever you need a little inspiration or words of wisdom, these quotes are here to help.

Let’s dive in.

35 Business Quotes About Success

Business Quotes About Success

  1. “You can’t be successful in business without taking risks. It’s really that simple.” — Adena Friedman
  2. “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” — Albert Einstein
  3. “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
  4. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” — Biz Stone
  5. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” — Bruce Lee
  6. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” — Coco Chanel
  7. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” — Colin R. Davis
  8. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” — Conrad Hilton
  9. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” — David Brinkley
  10. “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
  11. “People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.” — George Allen
  12. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller
  13. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau
  14. “Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” — J.K. Rowling
  15. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn
  16. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.” — Joe Girard
  17. “A successful person never loses. They either win or learn!” — John Calipari
  18. “The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” — John D. Rockefeller
  19. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” — Napoleon Hill
  20. “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.” — Oprah Winfrey
  21. “Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.” — Oprah Winfrey
  22. “If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful.”– Pierre Omidyar
  23. “Success is the sum of small efforts — repeated day in and day out.” — Robert Collier
  24. “To be a successful business owner and investor, you have to be emotionally neutral to winning and losing. Winning and losing are just part of the game.” — Robert Kiyosaki
  25. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” — Steve Jobs
  26. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas Edison
  27. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” — Thomas J. Watson
  28. “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” — Thomas J. Watson
  29. “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” — Tony Robbins
  30. “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.” — Unknown
  31. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” — Vidal Sassoon
  32. “The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.” — Will Rogers
  33. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” — William Feather
  34. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill
  35. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” — Zig Ziglar

27 Quotes About Perseverance

Quotes About Perseverance

  1. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” — Babe Ruth
  2. “Don’t try to do everything by yourself, but try to connect with people and resources. Having that discipline and perseverance is really important.” — Chieu Cao
  3. “You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don’t give up.” — Chuck Yeager
  4. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” — Dale Carnegie
  5. “Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.” — Erica Jong
  6. “Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” — Frank A. Clark
  8. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
  9. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” — George Addair
  10. “Being a woman in business doesn’t come without challenges. My advice? Surround yourself with other supportive women that encourage you, share ideas, and get you motivated.” — Jessica Alba
  11. “I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or, are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance?” — Jill Konrath
  12. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” — Jim Rohn
  13. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” — John Wayne
  14. “At some point or another, life punches everyone in the face. The punch may be hard, or it may be soft, but it’s definitely coming, and your success or failure is largely determined by the answer to a single question: how well can you take the punch?” — Jon Morrow
  15. “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!” — Jonathan Winters
  16. “Challenges are what make life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Joshua J. Marine
  17. “Life rarely takes the path we think it will take. All too often, it sends us on detours filled with potholes, road construction, and pedestrians who refuse to use crosswalks. But here’s the thing: Some of life’s greatest opportunities are in the detours.” — Kevin J. Duncan
  18. “If you can push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking a risk, really amazing things can happen.” — Marissa Mayer
  19. “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
  20. “What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  21. “The only way around is through.” — Robert Frost
  22. “Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities.” — Robert H. Schuller
  23. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” — Robert H. Schuller
  24. “I don’t know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it.” — Susan Butcher
  25. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Teddy Roosevelt
  26. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” — Thomas Edison
  27. “The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting.” — Walt Disney

12 Quotes About Money

Quotes About Money

  1. “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” — Andy Warhol
  2. “Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we’ve got 24 hours each.” — Christopher Rice
  3. “Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping your watch to save time.” — Henry Ford
  4. “Fortunes are built during the down market and collected in the upmarket.” — Jason Calacanis
  5. “Poor people have big TV. Rich people have big library.” — Jim Rohn
  6. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” — Jim Rohn
  7. “What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.” — Julia Cameron
  8. “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” — Maya Angelou
  9. “Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.” — Tim O’Reilly
  10. “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” — Tony Hsieh
  11. “Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.” — Tony Hsieh
  12. “You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy.” — Warren Buffett

11 Quotes About Ideas

Quotes About Ideas

  1. “If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life.” — Brian Chesky
  2. “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” — Guy Kawasaki
  3. “If you know too much before the start, then you will get overwhelmed. Come up with an original idea, and don’t copy because there will be no passion. You need that otherworldly passion. Just start.” — Jeni Britton
  4. “When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.” — Josh James
  5. “Don’t let others convince you that the idea is good when your gut tells you it’s bad.” — Kevin Rose
  6. “You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.” — Larry Page
  7. “Get five or six of your smartest friends in a room and ask them to rate your idea.” — Mark Pincus
  8. “Ideas are (a) commodity. Execution of them is not.” — Michael Dell
  9. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” — Scott Belsky
  10. “There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.” — Seth Godin
  11. “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” — Thomas Edison

27 Quotes About Hard Work

Quotes About Hard Work

  1. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” — Aristotle
  2. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle
  3. “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” — Benjamin Franklin
  4. “So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” — Caterina Fake
  5. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” — Chris Grosser
  6. “A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” — Colin Powell
  7. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” — Colin Powell
  8. “If you start thinking you are good at something, that’s often the day you stop trying to be better and open the back door for someone to come after you. That’s why we always aim higher. We never feel like we’re done.” — Drew Houston
  9. “When I was young, I observed that nine out of 10 things I did were failures, so I did 10 times more work.” — George Bernard Shaw
  10. “The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.” — Harry Golden
  11. “There is simply no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving success.” — Heather Bresch
  12. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” — John D. Rockefeller
  13. “The secret of business, especially these days, is to focus relentlessly on your unfair advantage: the thing you do that others don’t.” — John Rollwagen
  14. “No great achiever — even those who made it seem easy — ever succeeded without hard work.” — Jonathan Sacks
  15. “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for whatever success I have attained has been the result of much hard work and many sleepless nights.” — Madam C.J. Walker
  16. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali
  17. “The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
  18. “I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” — Oprah Winfrey
  19. “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
  20. “Have the end in mind and every day make sure your working towards it” — Ryan Allis
  21. “If you’re starting something on your own, you better have a passion for it, because this is hard work.” — Sallie Krawcheck
  22. “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” — Steve Jobs
  23. “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” — Teddy Roosevelt
  24. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas Edison
  25. “There is no substitute for hard work.” — Thomas Edison
  26. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” — Thomas Jefferson
  27. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” — Vince Lombardi

20 Quotes About Failure

Quotes About Failure

  1. “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” — Barack Obama
  2. “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” — Bill Gates
  3. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” — Drew Houston
  4. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” — Henry Ford
  5. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: Try to please everybody.” — Herbert Bayard Swope
  6. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” — Herman Melville
  7. “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” — Jack Canfield
  8. “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” — Jeff Bezos
  9. “You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.” — Jessica Herrin
  10. “Failure is success if we learn from it.” — Malcolm Forbes
  11. “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
  12. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan
  13. “If you tune it so that you have zero chance of failure, you usually also have zero chance of success. The key is to look at ways for when you get to your failure checkpoint, you know to stop.” — Reid Hoffman
  14. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures. Learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson
  15. “You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” — Sam Levenson
  16. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” — Samuel Beckett
  17. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing is not starting something.” — Seth Godin
  18. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas Edison
  19. “Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” — William Durant
  20. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill

10 Entrepreneur Quotes to Inspire You to Take Action

Entrepreneur Quotes to Inspire You to Take Action

  1. “The first one gets the oyster, the second gets the shell.” — Andrew Carnegie
  2. “As a founder, lay all the possible scenarios — from best to worst — in front of you, so you don’t get surprised when something happens.” — Brian Wong
  3. “An entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.” — David Karp
  4. “You have to get good at ceding control and not taking things personally. Even seasoned entrepreneurs have struggled with that. I think it’s about not taking failures personally and also not taking successes personally.” — Leila Janah
  5. “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
  6. “All humans are entrepreneurs, not because they should start companies, but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” — Reid Hoffman
  7. “An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.” — Roy Ash
  8. “No more romanticizing about how cool it is to be an entrepreneur. It’s a struggle to save your company’s life — and your own skin — every day of the week.” — Spencer Fry
  9. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” — Steve Jobs
  10. “Through my entrepreneurial journey, I had several failures. I simply learned from (them) and kept moving forward.” — Syed Balkhi

16 Quotes About Dreaming Big

Quotes About Dreaming Big

  1. “No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.” — Brian Tracy
  2. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nightingale
  3. “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” — Estee Lauder
  4. “Some days you’re smiling and thinking you’re going to make this thing rock. Then the next day a pipe breaks and your costs look too high. You have to learn to keep your eyes on an ultimate goal. If you lose sight of that goal, you have to get out.” — Hamdi Ulukaya
  5. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” — Howard Schultz
  6. “Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” — J. M. Barrie
  7. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams
  8. “Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely on my tenacity.” — Louis Pasteur”
  9. “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
  10. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” — Napoleon Hill
  11. “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
  12. “Goals are like magnets. They’ll attract the things that make them come true.” — Tony Robbins
  13. “There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.” — Tony Robbins
  14. “If you don’t have big dreams and goals, you’ll end up working for someone that does.” — Unknown
  15. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney
  16. “Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” — Wayne Huizenga

109 Inspirational Business Quotes

Inspirational Business Quotes

  1. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” — Albert Einstein
  2. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” — Albert Einstein
  3. “In the age of transparency, honesty, and generosity, even in the form of an apology, generate goodwill.” — Alexander Asseily
  4. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anaïs Nin
  5. “Every time we launch a feature, people yell at us.” — Angelo Sotira
  6. “The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.” — Anonymous
  7. “Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” — Anthony Volodkin
  8. “One of the greatest skills of leadership is being unflappable. Anytime you do anything in the world; there’s going to be criticism.” — Arianna Huffington
  9. “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” — Babe Ruth
  10. “Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.” — Baltasa
  11. “Don’t take too much advice. Most people who have a lot of advice to give, with a few exceptions, generalize whatever they did. Don’t over-analyze everything. I myself have been guilty of over-thinking problems. Just build things and find out if they work.” — Ben Silbermann
  12. “The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade.” — Benjamin Franklin
  13. “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” — Bill Gates
  14. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” — Bill Gates
  15. “Anything that is measured and watched, improves.” — Bob Parsons
  16. “Do not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best. It’s about building a community who want to visit your site every day because you create value and offer expertise.” — Cassey Ho
  17. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” — Charles F. Kettering
  18. “You can’t be half brave. You can’t fly on the ground. You have to shift from ‘should’ or ‘someday’ or ‘going to’ and do something.” — Chris Brogan
  19. “Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.” — Chris Dixon
  20. “Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying into space.” — Chris Hadfield
  21. “Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined and connected to one another. And, when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.” — Daniel Pink
  22. “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
  23. “There is something artificial when everyone is agreeing with each other. It’s useful to indulge people who don’t agree, and see their viewpoint or force yourself to explain things better.” — David Sack
  24. “No matter how many customers you have, each is an individual. The day you start thinking of them as this amorphous ‘collection’ and stop thinking of them as people is the day you start going out of business.” — Dharmesh Shah
  25. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  26. “If something is important enough, or you believe something is important enough, even if you are scared, you will keep going.” — Elon Musk
  27. “If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.” — Elon Musk
  28. “Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” — Golda Meir
  29. “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  30. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!” — Henry Ford
  31. “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.” — Ingvar Kamprad
  32. “Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” — Jack Dorsey
  33. “I try not to make any decisions that I’m not excited about.” — Jake Nickell
  34. “If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late.” — James Goldsmith
  35. “Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world. Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow. So, set yourself manageable targets.” — Jas Bagniewski
  36. “It’s more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you.” — Jason Cohen
  37. “There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” — Jason Fried
  38. “If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” — Jeff Bezos
  39. “Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.” — Jeffrey Zeldman
  40. “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” — Jim Rohn
  41. “Every day that we spent not improving our products was a wasted day.” — Joel Spolsky
  42. “Nothing works better than just improving your product.” — Joel Spolsky
  43. “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd
  44. “The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.” — John Hancock
  45. “Ignore the hype of the startups that you see in the press. Mostly, it’s a pack of lies. Half of these startups will be dead in a year. So, focus on building your business so you can be the one left standing.” — Jules Pieri
  46. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb
  47. “Get a mentor in the applicable field if you’re at all unsure of what you’re looking for.” — Kyle Bragger
  48. “Always think outside the box and embrace opportunities that appear, wherever they might be.” — Lakshmi Mittal
  49. “See things in the present, even if they are in the future.” — Larry Ellison
  50. “Always deliver more than expected.” — Larry Page
  51. “Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.” — Lisa Stone
  52. “The purpose of driving traffic to your online business is to get customers. Once a prospect lands on your site, you still have to convert that prospect into a buyer.” — Marc Ostrofsky
  53. “Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.” — Mark Cuban
  54. “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
  55. “If you can’t fly then run. If you can’t run, then walk. And, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
  56. “Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.” — Michael Arrington
  57. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” — Michael John Bobak
  58. “I don’t think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it.” — Mike Ditka
  59. “Do not wait — the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” — Napoleon Hill
  60. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela
  61. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” — Nikos Kazantzakis
  62. “If you define yourself by how you differ from the competition, you’re probably in trouble.” — Omar Hamoui
  63. “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” — Oprah Winfrey
  64. “There is always space for improvement, no matter how long you’ve been in the business.” — Oscar De La Hoya
  65. “Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” — Paul Rand
  66. “You can’t make anything viral, but you can make something good.” — Peter Shankman
  67. “Play by the rules, but be ferocious.” — Phil Knight
  68. “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” — Ray Goforth
  69. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” — Reid Hoffman
  70. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” — Reid Hoffman
  71. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” — Reid Hoffman
  72. “The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.” — Richard Bach
  73. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” — Richard Branson
  74. “My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had. Every day I’m learning something new.” — Richard Branson
  75. “Be nicer to your customers than your competitors.” — Richard Reed
  76. “The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.” — Rob Kalin
  77. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” — Robert Kiyosaki
  78. “If you’re interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them.” — Ryan Freitas
  79. “Obsess over how much you can give with your time rather than how little of your time you can give.” — Sam Parker
  80. “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
  81. “Data beats emotions.” — Sean Rad
  82. “But everyone doesn’t deserve their own audience. That’s something that’s earned.” — Seth Godin
  83. “My advice is to focus on the importance of forging a long-term relationship, whether with colleagues, partners, or customers. It is often easy to get caught up in short-term decisions.” — Sheila Lirio Marcelo
  84. “The secret of change is to focus all your energy — not on fighting the old, but — on building the new.” — Socrates
  85. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” — Stephen Covey
  86. “In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.” — Steve Case
  87. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” — Steve Jobs
  88. “You can’t ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.” — Steve Jobs
  89. “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
  90. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” — Steve Jobs
  91. “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
  92. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” — Steve Martin
  93. “Selling is not a pushy, winner-takes-all, macho act. It is an empathy-led, process-driven, and knowledge-intensive discipline. Because, in the end, people buy from people.” — Subroto Bagchi
  94. “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.” — Teddy Roosevelt
  95. “Any small business owner wears many hats. We are the salesman, bookkeeper, scheduler, cleaner, customer complaint department, etc. If you aren’t organized and willing to do all these things, at least in the beginning, you are better off working for someone.” — Tony Evans
  96. “Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you.” — Tony Hsieh
  97. “Every problem is a gift. Without problems we would not grow.” — Tony Robbins
  98. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” — Tony Robbins
  99. “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” — Unknown
  100. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching.” — Unknown
  101. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” — Walt Disney
  102. “You only have to do a few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” — Warren Buffett
  103. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffett
  104. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rodgers
  105. “Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” — Winston Churchill
  106. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill
  107. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” — Zig Ziglar
  108. “If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.” — Zig Ziglar
  109. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

Which of These Business Quotes is Your Favorite? Is There One We Missed?

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If it’s a great one, we’ll add it to the list.

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  1. Debra Lindegren

    Love this list, thank you! One of my favorites of all time:
    “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky (Canadian hockey player)

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      You are welcome! And that’s a great quote!

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  2. Melaku Bekele

    Thanks Marissa for compiling and sharing such inspirational quotes. It is rather difficult for me to select one but how about item no. 32.
    I am also glad to see that your list incorporate Will Roger’s but how about “Every body is ignorant, only on different subjects”
    With respect to success/failure, let me share what I heard in England “for every success there is a thousand father, for every failure there is a bastard”

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      Love those 2 Melaku!

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  3. Deborah Hardee

    Wow, Thank you Marisa. This is a very special gift to your tribe.

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      Of course! 🙂

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  4. Estie Alessandrini

    Thanks Marisa, love these quotes, will definitely visit continuously whenever I need a good dose of inspiration 😁 My all time favorite remains, if you can dream it you can do it!

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      Wonderful Estie. That was my intention in creating this!

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  5. Sage

    I LOVE THESE Marisa!! SO GOOD!! How about… “In order to learn to make money while you sleep – you have to learn to make money while you’re awake first!”- Marisa Murgatroyd

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      Thanks lady! I should have quoted myself lol! 🙂

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      What’s your favorite Jim Rohn quote Len?

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      1. Lentheaussie

        Marisa just where do you start and quickly these would be a good starter …

        “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
        You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
        Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
        Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book”- 
        “Poor people have big TV’s. Rich people have big libraries.”

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        1. Marisa Murgatroyd

          Love it Len! Thank you!

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      What’s the actual quote Len? I’m sure we had a Jim Rohn somewhere in there… he’s a personal fave for sure!

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      1. Lentheaussie

        Didn’t see him so possibly why i commented… I just answered you question so that got me on a roll …
        Now I watch this virus issue and the changes in the world and well some are moving but so so many are stagnant …

        IF I cold wake up when you do I know my life would be so different BUT I have done the hard yards so now I go with the flow .. Say Hi to you Man and I will be seeing his old Mate Acaman soon …

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      2. Lentheaussie

        yes you did have Jim on the list and I missed it as I skipped over a few in my haste ….
        Number 47-68-198 .. He was my first speaker that i spend a day with and then never went backwards ..
        The first speaker I photographed in my photographic career at a seminar who made it tough to simply photograph the event and not take a few notes .. ZIG ZIGLER .. Happy Ester ..

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        1. Marisa Murgatroyd

          Great person to have as your first Len!

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  6. Christine Rix

    Such an amazing list of true gems here, thankyou Marisa.
    Being a Mechanic Creator & Lord my lifelong motto has helped me to keep balance, & also to allow for the magic to evolve as well.You know, “That magic substance inbetween me & my task at hand”!
    “PLAN THE OBVIOUS GO WITH THE FLOW & ENJOY THE JOURNEY”

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      These are great Christine! Words to live by for sure…

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  7. Olivia

    I love these! Quotes are so powerful! I cam up with a quote when my kids were teenages. “True power is the ability to relinquish control.” Oliiva Parr-Rud

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    1. Marisa Murgatroyd

      Thanks Olivia! That’s a great quote… <3

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Marisa is the founder of Live Your Message, where she turns entrepreneurs into Online Superheroes, and the creator of Start With You where she helps people just like you to discover the business they're meant to build, not just the business they can build. At 4’11 and a quarter, she’s called the shortest woman in marketing — and that doesn’t stop her from having huge ideas. She’s the “go to” brand builder for industry luminaries and heavyweights such as Justin Livingston, Callan Rush, Danny Iny, Alexis Neely and Susan Peirce Thompson. Marisa helps entrepreneurs create a business that is authentic and aligned with who they are, to empower them to turn up the dial on their “inner superhero”, so they can be the superhero to their tribe, as well as in their own lives.

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