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Owning and running a business is hard. I started my business two years ago, when I bought my business license and started taking paying clients. I’ve learned a lot the past two years, but I still have tons to knowledge to learn and ideas to implement. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed! Something that helps me stay encouraged and focused is reading quotes by other entrepreneurs. It’s always valuable to hear from them, because often they started from where I am, too.

So, here are 25 quotes for entrepreneurs! I hope you find them inspiring and helpful!

“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

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

– Napoleon Hill

“Genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration.”

– Thomas Edison

“Everyone has ideas. They may be too busy or lack the confidence or technical ability to carry them out. But I want to carry them out. It is a matter of getting up and doing it.”

– James Dyson

“The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way.”

– Tim Ferriss

“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.”

– Biz Stone

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.”

– Estee Lauder

“If you can’t fly then run. If you can’t run, then walk. And, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”

– Martin Luther

“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

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.”

– Henry Ford

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

– Reid Hoffman

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

– Lao Tzu

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

– Bertrand Russell

“Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.”

– Lisa Stone

“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.”

– Guy Kawasaki

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

– Mark Twain

“You need to nail it before you scale it.”

– Howard Tullman

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

– Eileen Fisher

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.”

– Melinda Gates

“So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.”

– Caterina Fake

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

– Lena Horne

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

– Dale Carnegie

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
-Aristotle

What are some of your favorite inspiring quotes? Comment them below!

25 inspiring quotes for entrepreneurs

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