The world is gradually gearing towards entrepreneurship. Many young adults are venturing into it. As an entrepreneur, you may need some entrepreneurship quotes to keep you going. A sort of energy drink if you will. In this article, some of these inspirational entrepreneurship quotes will be listed. Are you ready to be inspired? If yes, keep reading.
A quote from an entrepreneur that has been through it all, is a quote worth listening to. When a successful entrepreneur speaks on a certain matter, what they say is easily regarded as entrepreneur quotes which tend to inspire the younger entrepreneurs. Below are a few quotes from entrepreneurs who have achieved great successes in their businesses.
"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, entrepreneur.
The above quote is self-explanatory. All it is saying is, that idea running through your head, act on it or implement it now, not tomorrow. Do not procrastinate, as that will only take you further away from your goals. Have a plan and act on it.
An entrepreneurship quote from Catherine Cook is similar to the one before.
"To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don't, you're going to regret it. - Catherine Cook"
Regret can be a very painful thing but it can be prevented if you stop talking about it only and switch to doing.
For some Star Wars fans, you would know who Yoda is. For those who do not, Yoda was a Jedi Master in the Star Wars movies franchise. He was full of wisdom and had a very peculiar way of speaking. In one of his many advice he gave, he said,
"Do or do not. There is no try.” - Master Yoda
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"It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen." - Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance.
Being an entrepreneur means that one is full of ideas. But is it really just about ideas? Because almost everyone has an idea but very few are able to carry it out.
"There's nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team." - Jason Fried, founder of 37signal.
I find myself agreeing wholeheartedly with this quote. Let’s look at the mustard seed. It is very small and can easily be ignored (I’ve personally seen it) yet it grows into something big. Do what you can with what you have.
Quotes from successful African entrepreneurs
“To build a successful business, you must start small and dream big. In the journey of entrepreneurship, tenacity of purpose is supreme”. — Aliko Dangote, Dangote Group, Nigeria
“Business is always a struggle. There are always obstacles and competitors. There is never an open road, except the wide road that leads to failure. Every great success has always been achieved by fight, every winner has scars. The men who succeed are the efficient few –they are the few who have the ambition and will-power to develop themselves. So choose to be among the few today.” – Chris Kirubi, Centum Investment, Kenya
“Dreaming is good. But now your dream must be profitable. For example, you cannot find investors who will put funds in your project without them seeing the potential for profitability.” – Olivier Madiba, founder of Kiro’o Games in Cameroon
“Research until you have full confidence in your idea, then be tenacious in driving it through to the end, regardless of the naysayers.” – Dominic Adu, co-founder and CEO of Ghana Home Loans
“We are surrounded by lots of opportunities. The most important step is the beginning. Young people should step out of their comfort zones and try. They should not let the fear of failure hold them back; with the right attitude and determination, everything is achievable.” – Tonyi Senayah, founder of Horseman Shoes.
“Dare to dream but don’t dream unless you are willing to live your dream. Too many entrepreneurs spend too much time dreaming… No point in over-perfecting a dream you never execute.” – Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia, founder of Oxford & Beaumont
Quotes from successful entrepreneurs
Here are some self-explanatory quotes from successful entrepreneurs who have some good advice for young entrepreneurs.
"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.
Don’t we all want to be within this category? Do what you love and love what you do.
"There's a 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.
Entrepreneurs have the ability to change the world that they see around them. Always remember that.
"The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world." - Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.
World changers are the best. Desire to change the immediate world of people that use your product or service and that of the people you work with as well.
"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.
Keep pushing and don’t you ever stop. Life will not come easy. You have to fight your way through sometimes.
"If you're not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business." - Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's.
Entrepreneurship is a risky business. If you don't have the guts then do not expect the glory.
"Watch, listen and learn. You can't know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity." - Donald Trump, President of the United States of America.
We all want to be successful in our endeavours. Here are some success quotes to keep you going. Sometimes, we just need some motivational quotes for work to help us give our very best.
"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston S. Churchill
Whatever you do or whatever happens to you in this long journey of entrepreneurship, don’t you stop.
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." - Herman Melville
That’s very deep. I think you should give it a thought.
"The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same." - Colin R. Davis
I guess they are both roads. Have a desire to succeed in everything that you do.
"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." - Henry David Thoreau
"Opportunities don't happen. You create them." - Chris Grosser
Go out there and make your opportunities for yourself. Don’t expect great opportunities to land on your laps. You must go out there and create your opportunity.
"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." - John D. Rockefeller
A lot of us like to dwell on the good and we get comfortable in that place. Aim for greatness.
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." - Thomas Jefferson
Hard work always pays. Work hard in anything you find yourself doing.
"There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed." - Ray Goforth
Entrepreneurship may seem scary but you must not let your fear hold you back. Fear never gives you anything positive.
"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better." - Jim Rohn
"Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value." - Albert Einstein
Your value to others is the most important thing to being a success in life. Find your value and work on that with all you’ve got.
"Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense." - Winston Churchill
"Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion." - Tony Hsieh
"Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill
"I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite." - G. K. Chesterton
"Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that's where you will find success." - Thomas J. Watson
"If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." - Jim Rohn
"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do." - Anonymous
"Do one thing every day that scares you." - Anonymous
"All progress takes place outside the comfort zone." - Michael John Bobak
"People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy." - Tony Robbins
"Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning." - Robert Kiyosaki
We cannot complete this article without entrepreneurship quotes from the man most of us have known as the richest man, almost all our lives until recently. Yes, I’m talking about Bill Gates.
Bill Gates entrepreneurship quotes
Some people say that Bill Gates quotes entrepreneurship a lot. That is because he is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. Here are a few of his business quotes;
“A bad strategy will fail no matter how good your information is and lame execution will stymie a good strategy. If you do enough things poorly, you will go out of business.”
“A self-service approach can handle 90 percent of employee administrative needs.”
“How fast a company can respond in an emergency is a measure of its corporate reflexes.”
“A company’s ability to respond to an unplanned event, good or bad is a prime indicator of its ability to compete.”
Jack Ma entrepreneurship quotes
Ma Yun, professionally known as Jack Ma, co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba has these to say about business.
“Opportunities lie in the place where the complaints are.”
“The very important thing you should have is patience.”
“Forget about your competitors. Just focus on your customers.”
“If you want to be a great company think about what social problem you can solve. It’s about solving the social problems.”
“It’s easier to win if you have people seeing things from different perspectives.”
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Women entrepreneurship quotes
Saving the best for last, some quotes from women entrepreneurs. In this generation, we have seen more and more women rise to the high public and private offices as well as great heights in entrepreneurship. More women are venturing into entrepreneurship and are making a difference in their communities. Here are some entrepreneurship quotes from female entrepreneurs and business people;
“Knowing that things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better.” - Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, Author.
Women have a natural gift to create and maintain things. Women entrepreneurs take it a step further by helping communities with their actions.
“Life-fulfilling work is never about the money- when you feel true passion for something, you instinctively find ways to nurture it.” - Eileen Fisher, Clothing designer and founder of Eileen Fisher Inc.
“I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it and I sell it hard.” - Estee Lauder, Co-Founder of Estee Lauder Companies.
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” - Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks.
If you’re trying to be an entrepreneur or you already are one, I hope that these entrepreneurship quotes from entrepreneurs who have made it will be a beacon of hope and motivation for you to keep at it and to one day make an impact in this world through entrepreneurship.