Looking for inspiration as an entrepreneur? It can be a long, bumpy and lonely road to navigate the journey of entrepreneurship. Turning to people who have been there before can help make the journey a little easier.
Below are 10 quotes from seasoned entrepreneurs that all entrepreneurs should read. Tuck these away somewhere safe for the inevitable tough days.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
– Steve Jobs
“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”
– Oprah Winfrey
“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.”
“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
“Every yes must be defending by a thousand no’s.”
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
– Mark Twain
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
– Warren Buffett
“Our fear of the unknown and our fear of making mistakes trick us into focusing on what we don’t know or can’t do. When we give ourselves the freedom to be uncertain and less than perfect, then we can start thinking, ‘What do I know? What can I do?’ That’s when the adventure starts — learning, thriving, conquering, failing, recouping, and having a ton of fun.”
– Kristin Smith
“So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.”
“Water never complains, but always pushes back. Always.
Drop a boulder in front of a stream and the water will simply flow around it, taking whatever opening the landscape will give or—when nothing is offered—patiently building up its resources until it rises to a height where a new gap is found.
Flow like water. Never complain, but always push back.”
– James Clear