No one said it was easy to be an entrepreneur. Whether you’re starting your business, just securing funding for your startup or ready to launch your product, there will always be three components to asking yourself if it’s all worth it.
Instead of giving up and throwing in the towel, keep your head up and take note of the following fifty quotes to motivate you during those tough times:
1. “The most important ingredient is to get up and do something. It’s that simple. Many people have ideas, but only some decide to do something today. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur acts rather than dreams.”
Nolan Bushnell, entrepreneur.
2. “To do or not to do. It is no use trying, only doing.”- Yoda, Jedi Master.
3. “For any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t you’ll regret it” – Catherine Cook, co-founder of MyYearbook.
4. “It’s not about the ideas. It’s about making them come to life.”- Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance.
5. “I’ve missed more than nine thousand opportunities in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. I’ve been trusted twenty-six times with the winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that’s why I’ve succeeded.”
Michael Jordan, professional basketball player
6. “There’s nothing wrong with being small. You can do great things with a team like that.”
Jason Fried, founder of 37signals.
7. “Ideas are easy, implementing them is the hard part”- Guy Kawasaki, founder of AllTop.
8. “If you only work on things you love and are passionate about, you shouldn’t have a master plan to see how it all turns out” – Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.
9. “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now” – Chinese proverb.
10. “If you’re going through a bad time, keep going”- Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England.
11. “There are many bad reasons for starting a business. But there’s only one good reason and I think you know what it is: to change the world.”- Phil Libin, founder of Evernote
12. “The secret to hiring the best people is: look for people who want to change the world.”- Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.
13. “The price of success is hard work and the determination that, regardless of whether you lost or won, you gave your best to the project.”
Vince Lombardi, coach of the Green Bay Packers
14. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the plane takes off against the wind” – Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company.
15. “If you don’t like to take risks, you should run out of business” – Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s.
16. “Watch, listen and learn. You can’t know everything. Anyone who thinks they know it all is destined for mediocrity.”
Donald Trump, chairman of The Trump Organization.
17. “Always give more than is expected of you” – Larry Page, co-founder of Google.
18. “Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed in the things you didn’t do than in the things you did do. So cast off, sail away from safe harbors, catch the fair winds in your sails. Explore. Dream” – Mark Twain, writer.
19. “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. But on why you can’t do it and be one of the exceptions” – Steve Case, co-founder of AOL.
20. “A person who never made a mistake, never tried something new”- Albert Einstein, physicist.
21. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dreaming more than others think is practical.”
Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks.
Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks.
22. “I am convinced that half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from those who have failed is perseverance”
Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder.
23. “Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or word of mouth on social media can be a substitute for that” – Anthony Volodkin, founder of HypeMachine
24. “The way to start is to stop talking and start acting.”-Walt Disney, co-founder of The Walt Disney Company.
25. “Don’t be ashamed of your failures, learn from them and start again” – Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group.
26. “Almost always raising capital is harder and takes longer than you think.”
Richard Harroch, investor.
27. “If you don’t know what to do with your life, do something that saves lives. The world is full of people in need, be a part of their life and fill that need.”
28. “It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop” – Confucius.
29. “I hate how people think with “glass half empty” when in reality their glass is almost full. I’m grateful when I have one more drop in the glass because I know exactly what to do with it.”
Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder and CEO of VaynerMedia.
30. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up”
Babe Ruth, Baseball Hall of Famer
31. “For most important things, timing is always an issue.
Are you waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights will never turn green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it also doesn’t go out of its way to accommodate things. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will carry your dreams to the grave. Pros and cons lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and course-correct as you go along.”
Timothy Ferris, author of The Four-Hour Week.
32. “Fail often so you can succeed early”- Tom Kelley, partner IDEO.
33. “At the moment we’re not planning to conquer the world”- Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.
34. “Time, perseverance and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success” – Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter.
35. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you’re finished if you don’t try.”
Beverly Sills, opera singer
Beverly Sills, opera singer.
36. “The media wants overnight successes. Ignore them. Ignore also the investors who want proven tactics and instant, predictable results. Listen instead to your customers, to your own vision and make something that will last a long time.”
Seth Godin, marketing guru.
37. “When you stop dreaming you stop living” – Malcolm Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine.
38. “Don’t worry about financing if you don’t need it. It’s cheaper today than ever to start a business.”
Noah Everett, founder of Twitpic.
39. “If you can’t fly, run, if you can’t run, walk, if you can’t walk, crawl. No matter what you do, keep moving forward” – Martin Luther King Jr, activist and leader.
40. “Your unhappiest customers are your greatest source of learning” – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.
41. “I didn’t fail. I just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”
Thomas Edison, inventor.
42. “Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art, it is a practice” – Peter Drucker, management philosopher
43. “In the modern business world, it’s useless to be a creative and original thinker unless you also sell what you create” – David Ogilvy, founder of Ogilvy & Mather.
44. “No matter how many times you fail, you only have to be right once. Then everyone will call you an overnight success and tell you how lucky you are” – Mark Cuban, president of AXS TV
45. “Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom” – George Patton, U.S. Army general.
46. “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you launched too late” – Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn.
47. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking” – Zig Ziglar, speaker.
48. “Don’t try to be original, just try to be good”- Paul Rand, graphic designer.
49. “I’m not afraid to die, I’m afraid not to try”- Jay Z, musician.
50. “Keep in mind that your purpose and your plan to achieve it may be modified from time to time…the important thing is that you understand the significance of always working with a goal in mind and with a well-structured plan” – Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich.
Bonus: “You can tell people anything, but the way you say it will determine how they will react.”
John Rampton, entrepreneur and investor.”