When starting a business, there are so many tough challenges to overcome.
There are the obvious practical and financial challenges, but people often forget there are emotional ones too. Some days you question your worth, your ideas and if all of this work is going to be worth it.
But not to worry, we’re here to help you get your spark back. We’ve put together a list of 30 inspiring quotes from some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.
So, when you’re exhausted, frustrated, anxious or worried, have a read of these quotes and get back to your creative best!
“Passion, creativity, and resilience are the most crucial skills in business. If you’ve got those, you’re ready to embark on the journey.” – Jo Malone, Founder of Jo Malone
“One of the things I tend to do is open myself up to a variety of voices. I try to expose myself to the kind of culture shock that occurs when you talk to people who speak a different language.” – Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay
“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
“If you tune it so that you have zero chance of failure, you usually also have zero chance of success. The key is to look at ways for when you get to your failure checkpoint, you know to stop.” – Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn
“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance
“Being a social entrepreneur is a balancing act between growing and sustaining a business while also growing the company’s ability to give back.” – Lauren Bush, Co-Founder of FEED Projects
“There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” – Jason Fried, founder of 37signal
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder of The Huffington Post
“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had — every day I’m learning something new.” – Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group
“There’s 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
“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
“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
“If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life.” – Brian Chesky, Co-founder of Airbnb
“Most of us want to tell our coworkers or friends, or husbands or wives, our ideas. For what reason? We want validation. But I feel ideas are most vulnerable in their infancy. Out of love and concern, friends and family give all the reasons or objections on why [you] shouldn’t do it. I didn’t want to risk that.” – Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx
“No matter how many customers you have, each is an individual. The day you start thinking of them as this amorphous ‘collection’ and stop thinking of them as people is the day you start going out of business.” – Dharmesh Shah, Co-Founder of HubSpot
“Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to ask. I have been in the news many times just by calling on the news channel and asking them about featuring my business.” – Lori Cheek, Founder of Cheekd
“If you know too much before the start, then you will get overwhelmed. Come up with an original idea, and don’t copy because there will be no passion. You need that otherworldly passion. Just start.” – Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
“Always deliver more than expected.” – Larry Page, co-founder of Google
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft
“Do not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best. It’s about building a community who want to visit your site every day because you create value and offer expertise.” – Cassey Ho, Founder of Blogilates.com
“You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.” – Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of Stella & Dot
“There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton, founder of Walmart
“If you can offer a free tier that provides a lot of value, it will naturally help your product to spread much more rapidly.” – Melanie Perkins, Co-founder of Canva
“If you are working on a product that’s going to be consumer-facing, then feedback is invaluable. You should be out there being brave and talking to people and asking for feedback as much as possible.” – Emily Brooke, Co-founder of Blaze
“Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” – Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter
“In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.” – Steve Case, co-founder of AOL
“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, Founder of Wendy’s
“If you can push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking a risk, really amazing things can happen.” – Marissa Mayer, president & CEO of Yahoo
Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” – Anthony Volodkin, founder of Hype Machine
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