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65 Entrepreneur Quotes to Start the Summer

The summer is almost here and for many companies it's their best time of the year. In this article, you'll get a bit of inspiration to work harder in times when you're feeling demotivated by revisiting words spoken by the most successful people in their fields.

Entrepreneurship is the process of designing, launching and running a new business venture. Entrepreneurs are often driven by passion for their idea and inspiration from others. They take risks in pursuit of innovation and success. Become part of the adventure with this 65 entrepreneur quotes.

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1. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” - Walt Disney

2. “I definitely see a correlation between how many things a company gets right and how fast a company grows.” - Garrett Camp

3. “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” - Madam C.J. Walker

4. “If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started.” - Drew Houston

5. “Entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.” - David Karp

6. “All humans are entrepreneurs, not because they should start companies, but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA, and creation is the essence of entrepreneurship.” - Reid Hoffman

7. “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

8. “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” - Vince Lombardi

9. “In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.” - Steve Case

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10. “High expectations are the key to everything.” - Sam Walton

11. There are 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

12. “It is not the genius at the top giving directions that makes people great. It is great people that make the guy at the top look like a genius.” - Simon Sinek

13. “Vision without action is a daydream.” - Karthik Shankar

14. “Life-fulfilling work is never about the money⁠—when you feel true passion for something, you instinctively find ways to nurture it.” - Eileen Fisher

15. “When you build technology it’s not just a matter of “what.” In most cases the success ends up determined by “how” you build it—which foundations you used, how simple and scalable it is.” - Tobi Lütke

16. “Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities and don’t let the bastards get you down." - Michael Bloomberg

17. “Failures are life’s way of nudging you and letting you know you are off course. Trying new things and not being afraid to fail along the way are more important than what you learn in school.” - Sara Blakely

18. “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

19. “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” - Anthony J. D'Angelo

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20. “If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful." - Pierre Omidyar

21. “It is always the start that requires the greatest effort.” - James Cash Penney

22. “Have the end in mind and every day make sure you’re working towards it.” - Ryan Allis

23. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar

24. “If you broke a lot of rules as a kid, you’d probably make a great entrepreneur.” - Harley Finkelstein

25. “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

26. “If you wake up deciding what you want to give versus what you’re going to get, you become a more successful person. In other words, if you want to make money, you have to help someone else make money.” - Russell Simmons

27. “Fail often so you can succeed sooner.” - Tom Kelley

28. “It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed. You only have to be right once.” - Mark Cuban

29. “Show me a person who never made a mistake, and I will show you a person who never did anything.” - William Rosenberg

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30. “Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves—their strengths, their values, and how they best perform.” - Peter Drucker

31. “Empower yourself and realize the importance of contributing to the world by living your talent. Work on what you love. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.” - Catharina Bruns

32. “We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.” - Arianna Huffington

33. “When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.” - Josh James

34. “You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.” - Jessica Herrin

35. “The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.” - Marc Benioff

36. “Whatever you do, be different—that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” - Anita Roddick

37. “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow” - Ingvar Kamprad

38. “Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.” - Ryan Freitas

39. “There is no better measure of your values than how you spend your time.” - Scott Belsky

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40. “Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet.” - Sadie Delany

41. “There’s a silly notion that failure’s not an option at NASA. Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” - Elon Musk

42. “In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” - Mark Zuckerberg

43. “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

44. “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” - Oprah Winfrey

45. “When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.” - Robert Kiyosaki

46. “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” - Virginia Rometty

47. “Success is not in what you have, but who you are.” - Bo Bennett

48. “It's stunning to me what kind of an impact even one person can have if they have the right passion, perspective, and are able to align the interest of a great team.” - Steve Case

49. “Success depends on employees. For me, knowing and connecting with my employees is very important.” - Divine Ndhlukula

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50. “The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.” - Mark Twain

51. “It’s time for you to move, realizing that the thing you are seeking is also seeking you.” - Iyanla Vanzant

52. “You can and should set your own limits and clearly articulate them. This takes courage, but it is also liberating and empowering, and often earns you new respect.” - Rosalind Brewer

53. “Failure is not about insecurity, it’s about lack of execution.” - Jeffery Gitomer

54. “Make your team feel respected, empowered and genuinely excited about the company’s mission.” - Tim Westergen

55. “Hire character. Train skill.” - Peter Schultz

56. “You are on the eve of a complete victory. You can’t go wrong. The world is behind you.” - Josephine Baker

57. “The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says ‘Go!’ – a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’” - E.M Kelly

58. “Data beats emotions.” - Sean Rad

59. “Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with. In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are.” - Richard Branson

60. “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

61. “Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.” - Marva Collins

62. “Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.” - Lisa Stone

63. “But as an entrepreneur, you have to feel like you can jump out of an aeroplane because you’re confident that you’ll catch a bird flying by. It’s an act of stupidity, and most entrepreneurs go play because the bird doesn’t come by, but a few times it does.” - Reed Hastings

64. “Stay self-funded as long as possible.” - Garrett Camp

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65. “No matter what, expect the unexpected. And whenever possible, be the unexpected.” - Lynda Barry


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