No one ever said it was easy being an entrepreneur. Whether you’re in the early stages of your startup, just secured funding for your startup or you are ready for product launch, there will always be those three components when you ask yourself if this whole entrepreneur thing is worth it.
Instead of giving up and throwing-in the proverbial white towel, keep your head up and look to the following 50 quotes to inspire and motivate you during those tough patches.
1. If you can dream it, you can do it. — Walt Disney
2. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius.
3. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.
4. “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, Apple Inc. co-founder, chairman and CEO
5. “Always deliver more than expected.” —Larry Page, co-founder of Google.
6. “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, founder of Facebook.
7. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” – Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks.
7. “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn.
9. “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” —Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO
10. “Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” —Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder
11. “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.” —Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA founder
12. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” —Drew Houston, Dropbox founder and CEO
13. “Get five or six of your smartest friends in a room and ask them to rate your idea.” —Mark Pincus, Zynga CEO
14. “Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.” —Michael Arrington, TechCrunch founder and co-editor
15. “The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.” —Rob Kalin, Etsy founder
16. “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
17. “I doubt I’ll ever go back to corporate work. Once you see the light, there is no turning back.” —Magnus Jepson, WooThemes co-founder
18. “Stay self-funded as long as possible.” —Garrett Camp, founder of Expa, Uber and StumbleUpon
19. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” —Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder
20. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” —Seth Godin, Squidoo founder, author and blogger
21. “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
22. “Anything that is measured and watched, improves.” —Bob Parsons, GoDaddy founder
23. “See things in the present, even if they are in the future.” —Larry Ellison, Oracle co-founder
24. “I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars — I look for 1-foot bars that I can step over.” —Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO
25. “Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you.” —Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO
26. “Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.” —Michael Dell, Dell chairman and CEO
27. “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, Amazon founder and CEO
28. “You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.” —Larry Page, Google co-founder
29. “Before dreaming about the future or marking plans, you need to articulate what you already have going for you – as entrepreneurs do.” —Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder
30. “So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” —Caterina Fake, Flickr co-founder
31. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” —Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO
32. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” —Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder
33. “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, Pinterest founder
34. “So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is robably more important than working hard.” —Caterina Fake, Flickr co-founder
35. “If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.” – Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s.
36. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney, co-founder of the Walt Disney Company.
37. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.
38. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, Jedi Master.
39. Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit. — Conrad Hilton
40. Failure is just a resting place. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently. — Henry Ford
41. If you hear a voice within you saying ‘you are not a painter’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. — Vincent Van Gogh
42. “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” – Steve Case, co-founder of AOL.
43. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance.
44. “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki, founder of AllTop.
45. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb.
46. “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, CEO of Evernote.
47. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company.
48. “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” Mark Twain, author.
49. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein, physicist.
50. “If you don’t know what to do with your life, do something that saves lives. The world is full of of people in need, be the part of their life that fills that need.” – Sanjeev Saxena.
51. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi
52. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” Beverly Sills, opera singer.
53. “The media wants overnight successes (so they have someone to tear down). Ignore them. Ignore the early adopter critics that never have enough to play with. Ignore your investors that want proven tactics and predictable instant results. Listen instead to your real customers, to your vision and make something for the long haul. Because that’s how long it’s going to take, guys. – Seth Godin, author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker.
54. “When you cease to dream you cease to live” – Malcolm Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Magazine.
55. “Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.”- Noah Everett, founder Twitpic.
56. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., pastor, activist, humanitarian and Civil Rights leader.
57. “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, co-founder of Ogilvy & Mather.
58. “Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom.” – General George Patton.
59. “Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” —Paul Rand, graphic designer.
60. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. – Dr. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich.
61. I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying. — Michael Jordan
62. Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender, it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. — Stephen Covey
63. In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision. — Peter F. Drucker
64. We must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist. — Vince McConnell
65. All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership. — John Kenneth Galbraith
66. My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: Forget about making mistakes, just do it. — Ajaero Tony Martins
67. Ambition is the steam that drives men forward on the road to success. Only the engine under full steam can make the grade. — Maxi Foreman
68. Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field. — Dennis Waitley
69. Everyone who achieves success in a great venture solved each problem as they came to it. They helped themselves and they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out on their voyage. They kept going regardless of the obstacles they met. — W. Clement Stone
70. Failure isn’t failure unless you don’t learn from it. — Dr. Ronald Niednagel
71. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand and the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas. — Henry Ford
72. 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
73. The secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. — Pearl Buck
74. The greatest discovery of my generation is that people can alter their lives by altering their attitudes. — William James
75. The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen. — Robert L. Schwartz
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But most important, pick the one that makes your skin tingle, your heart race, your motor rev, and place it somewhere you’ll see it every day: your monitor, your screen saver, your background. And let it help take you to places you’ve always wanted to go.