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10 Quotes on Entrepreneurship

 

I found thirty great quotes on entrepreneurship on a great site. They went on to include the reason why people enjoyed the quote. (Quote in black, comment in blue)

I have selected ten for your interest and enjoyment.

  1. Walt Disney: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

You have to have the courage to follow your dreams because there will always be obstacles you have to face before you reach your dream.

  1. 37 Signals: “Instead of freaking out about these constraints, embrace them. Let them guide you. Constraints drive innovation and force focus. Instead of trying to remove them, use them to your advantage.”

This quote reminds me that our constraints inspire creativity. It helps me to think outside the box and come up with new, innovative solutions to my problems.

  1. Oprah Winfrey: “Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.”

I find this to be one of the most inspirational quotes because it provides perspective: if you are significant in your arena, results will follow, whether it be sales, followers or whatever KPI you define to measure your personal success.

  1. Unknown: “Remember why you started.”

Building my business has been grueling, exciting, inspiring and exhausting. Remembering this quote keeps me centered while I struggle.

  1. Theodore Roosevelt: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with dust and sweat; who strives valiantly, who errs and may fall again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming.”

This quote inspires me to continue to move forward and that business as well as life will be filled with set backs, challenges, failures as well as successes. That there will always be people who get in your way, are negative, and arm chair quarterback from the sidelines, however, they are just a footnote in the lives of the successful and embody the other famous quote “the world needs ditch diggers.”

  1. Roy Ash: “An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.”

This reminds me that even though i don’t always know what I am doing, I must be confident in my intelligence and abilities to figure it out. Most people are too scared to even try, and that’s what separates entrepreneurs from everyone else.

  1. Jon Acuff: “Dear entrepreneurs, you can start a thousand businesses, launch 100 projects, and take dozens of companies public, but you only have one shot at being part of your kid’s childhood. Your kid doesn’t care about your platform, they care about your presence.”

I think a lot of business quotes focus on the end result or the success. Instead, we should see the journey to the end as part of the process as well; and, if we like it or not, our family is along for the ride as well.

It’s important to have people speak these truths into your life so you don’t get lost along the way.

  1. John A. Shedd: “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

This quote is a great reminder that stepping out of your comfort zone and experiencing new things is the best way to learn. You can research, plan, and educate yourself, but the only true way to improve is to put yourself or your business out there and learn from what you experience.

  1. Drew Houston: “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”

It inspires me because it’s simple but dynamic, and completely embodies the risk and the reward that’s inherent in business. If you focus on failure, then you won’t be in the right mindset to learn from your mistakes and improve. After all, at the end of the day, all you need is one good idea, one product that an underrepresented audience wants, one service that an industry needs, and you’re set.

Houston’s quote reminds me that I don’t have to be right all the time – once is enough. When teams and companies are passionate, their work speaks for themselves.

  1. Albert Einstein: “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”

This quote by Albert Einstein resonates with how I strive to live my life both personally and professionally; value and integrity over the traditional markers of success.

Serving with integrity and leading with humility are core values I hold close in my business.

I hope these quotes get woven into your own resolve. Keep the focus.

 

Steve

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