35 Timeless Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

The startup life can be a rough life: fact. Every day, both founders and employees of startups can experience several road blocks to success, and anything that can help them get through the day is always welcomed. And, really, what can be more supportive than some great motivational quotes for entrepreneurs?

I have a love/hate relationship with inspirational or motivational quotes; as much as I love searching for quotes to inspire, motivate, or evoke any kind of emotion from me, I also hate the thought of ever being considered one of those “quotes people”. You know what I’m talking about – the people who post inspirational quotes as independent Facebook statuses, or repost pictures on Instagram that feature inspirational quotes that serve some significance to their lives. When I see those things, I have two conflicting thoughts: 1) aw, that’s a nice quote – going to need to save that one, and 2) ew, gross, shut up. Very conflicting – I know – but I’m sure I’m not the only person who faces such a duality of opinions on this.

Withal, motivational quotes can have a positive effect on our spirit or our mindset (even if just in the short-term) regardless of whether you’re a fan. So, on this Monday, start off your week with these timeless motivational quotes for entrepreneurs.

35 Timeless Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs:

  1. “The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job.” – Michael Gerber
  2. “If you want to be inventive – you have to be willing to fail.” – Jeff Bezos
  3. “The challenge is not just to build a company that can endure; but to build one that is worthy of enduring.” – Jim Collins
  4. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates
  5. “Don’t treat your customers like a bunch of purses and wallets.” – Chris Brogan
  6. “There are a thousand excuses for failure, but never a good reason.”- Mark Twain
  7. “Nine out of ten businesses fail; so I came up with a foolproof plan – create ten businesses.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  8. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker
  9. “I’m not a businessman – I”m a business, man.” – Jay-Z
  10. “If plan ‘A’ fails – remember you have 25 letters left.” – Chris Guillebeau
  11. “We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchhill
  12. “Believe that you will succeed – and you will.” – Dale Carnegie
  13. “Victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.” – Og Mandino
  14. “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” – Donald Trump
  15. “Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.
  16. “Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom” – General George Patton
  17. “Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” – Steve Jobs
  18. “It’s not about how to get started; its about how to get noticed.” – Steve Case
  19. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.” – John Shedd
  20. “If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward.” – Thomas Edison
  21. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson
  22. “If we don’t allow ourselves to make mistakes, we will never invest in things that are radical.” – Jeff Clavier
  23. “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.” – Nolan Bushnell
  24. “I own my business. My business doesn’t own me.” Cherie Ve Ard
  25. “Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou
  26. “Try not to be a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein
  27. “You won’t get anything unless you have the vision to imagine it.” – John Lennon
  28. “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John C. Maxwell
  29. “In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.” – David Ogilvy
  30. “Success is doing what you want, where you want, when you want, with whom you want as much as you want.” – Tony Robbins
  31. “If you don’t have a competitive advantage – don’t compete.” – Jack Welch
  32. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” – Zig Ziglar
  33. “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti
  34. “Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” – Steve Jobs
  35. “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

The quotes – compiled by Reddit user sgodar in a fairly recent post – convey many of the thoughts, struggles, or activities that entrepreneurs express or experience on a day-to-day basis. While all of the quotes certainly won’t apply to your unique situation, a handful of these quotes have hopefully given you life this Monday (#MotivationMonday?). To read all 53 motivational quotes for entrepreneurs, read the full Reddit post.



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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.
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