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21 Inspirational Entrepreneur Quotes Guaranteed To Perk You Up

21 inspirational entrepreneur quotes guaranteed to perk you up

Sometimes, we need help…we need a little push, to help us get where we want to go. Even if there are risks involved.

I don’t know how it is for you-but powerful quotes like the ones on entrepreneurship I’ve chosen below, really perk me up. They energize me like a steaming cup of Starbucks coffee. I hope they’ll do the same for you.


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21 Inspirational Entrepreneur Quotes Guaranteed To Perk You Up

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All humans are entrepreneurs
not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA

– Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder


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


The good news about entrepreneurship is that your fate is in your hands. The bad news is that your fate is in your hands!”

– Guy Kawasaki


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, founder Wendy’s


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


When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.’”

– Tom Preston-Werner, Github co-founder


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Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”

– William C. Durant


Entrepreneurship is like a computer game in which you have to master every level before achieving success. Startups repeatedly stumble and have to go back to the drawing board. The best way to skip some levels and to increase the odds of survival is to learn from others who have already played the game.”

– Vivek Wadhwa


No matter what the industry you choose to ultimately invest all your time and energy in, be sure you’re the owner, founder, and CEO. Remember, if you don’t own it, you can’t control it nor can you depend on it.”

– Brandi L. Bates

The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.”

– Peter Drucker


Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.”

– Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO



My way of fighting the competition is the positive approach. Stress your own strengths, emphasize quality, service, cleanliness and value, and the competition will wear itself out trying to keep up.”

Ray Kroc


I’m not the smartest guy you’ve ever met, or the hardest-working. I was a mediocre student. I’m not technical at all – I can’t write a word of code. What sets me apart, I think, is a tolerance for risk and an intuition about what will happen in the future. Seeing where things are headed is the essence of entrepreneurship.”

– Nick Hanauer


Business is about creating VALUE for people. And earning money is the OUTCOME of creating value for people!”

– Kevin J. Donaldson


There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.”

– Seth Godin


I was raised with a sense of entrepreneurship – my father owned a roofing business, and I grew up with the idea that you never want someone telling you what you can and cannot do.”

– Anthony Mackie

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Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.”

– Mary Kay Ash, Founder Mary Kay Cosmetics


The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell

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Eighty to 90 percent of success in a company has nothing to do with business at all – it’s all personal.”

– Carol Roth


Business doesn’t just magically happen, at least not all the time. You’ve got to make it happen. You’ve got to learn to be a better salesperson. You’ve got to learn to be a marketer. You’ve got to understand finances. You have a lot that will go into owning it.”

– Chris Brogan


Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.”

– Jim Rohn


I want to sit with 80- and 90-year-old people more than anyone. They have played this game before. Not one of them has told me, ‘I wish I had more money.'”

– Gary Vaynerchuk

Finally, if you’re someone who’s been downsized, and you think it’s too late for you to start a business, the video below from Gary Vaynerchuk is a must-watch.

(This video on entrepreneurship is actually a must-watch for anyone thinking about becoming an entrepreneur-or for those who already are entrepreneurs. )


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