The initial challenges of becoming an entrepreneur or running a startup is you need to achieve a lot with a small team and few resources. When 90% of the startups fail (as per a survey), how do can you keep yourself motivated to go ahead against the competition and the volatile market. Sometimes your education, your intellectuality or vast experience don’t work and all you need to hear something motivational which pushes you forward.

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Such motivational lines help you cross that confusing day where you are not sure whether you should go ahead or quit. We have compiled for you an epic list of 100 such motivational quotes from successful entrepreneurs and leaders.

100 motivational quotes for startups and entrepreneurs

  1. A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well. – Jeff Bezos
  2. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. – Richard Branson
  3. A consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time. – Unknown
  4. A man generally has two reasons for doing a thing. One that sounds good, and a real one. – J.P Morgan
  5. A man should never neglect his family for business. – Walt Disney
  6. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley david-brinkley-quotes
  7. Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them more. – Oscar Wilde
  8. Business in a combination of War and sport. – Andre Maurois
  9. Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. – Richard Branson
  10. Do or do not. There is no try. – Yoda
  11. Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. – Howard Aiken
  12. Even if you are on the right track, You’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers
  13. Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try. – Unknown
  14. You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong. – Warren Buffett warren-buffett-quotes
  15. Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid – Einstein
  16. Everything in life has some risk, and what you have to actually learn to do is how to navigate it. – Reid Hoffman
  17. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt
  18. Get busy living or get busy dying. – from the “The Shawshank Redemption”
  19. Hire character. Train skill. – Peter Schutz
  20. I am not afraid to take a swing and miss. – Fred Smith
  21. I am not an inventor. I just want to make things better. – Daniel Ek
  22. I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages. – Robert Bosch
  23. I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. – Oprah Winfrey
  24. I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them! – C.J. Walker
  25. I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. – Donald Trump
  26. In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. – Harold Geneen
  27. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin
  28. It takes more than capital to swing business. You’ve got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by — Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics. – Ren Mulford Jr.
  29. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight Eisenhower
  30. Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you. – Henry J. Kaiser
  31. Long–range planning works best in the short term. – Doug Evelyn
  32. Look well to this day. Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day. – Francis Gray
  33. My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner
  34. Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine. – Jack Ma jack-ma-quotes
  35. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky
  36. Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. – Napoleon Bonaparte
  37. People don’t believe what you tell them. They rarely believe what you show them. They often believe what their friends tell them. They always believe what they tell themselves. – Seth Godin
  38. Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day. – Gary Vaynerchuck
  39. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations. – Steve Jobs
  40. Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business. – Zig Ziglar
  41. You are not your resume, you are your work. – Seth Godin
  42. Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were. – David Rockefeller
  43. Successful people are the ones who are breaking the rules. – Seth Godin
  44. 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
  45. The first one gets the oyster the second gets the shell. – Andrew Carnegie
  46. You have to create something from nothing. – Ralph Lauren
  47. The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm. – Thomas J. Watson
  48. The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it. – Debbi Fields
  49. The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. – Henry Ford
  50. The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many. – John Naisbitt
  51. The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon
  52. You have brains in your head; you have feet in your shoes; you can steer yourself, any direction you choose. – Dr. Seuss
  53. The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do. – Roy L. Smith
  54. The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do. – Dennis Waitley
  55. The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you. – Bette Midler
  56. There is no security on the earth, there is only opportunity. – General Douglas MacArthur
  57. To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. – Sr. Thomas Watson
  58. To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business. – J. Paul Getty
  59. To succeed… You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. – Tony Dorsett
  60. To the degree we’re not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves. – Peter McWilliams
  61. To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. – George Kneller
  62. To win without risk is to triumph without glory. – Pierre Corneille
  63. Train yourself to let go of the things you fear to lose. – George Lucas
  64. We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action. Fear is natures way of warning us to get busy. – Dr. Henry Link
  65. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches. – Napoleon Hill
  66. Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right! – Henry Ford
  67. Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating. – Denis Waitley
  68. Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. – Cyril Northcote Parkinson/Parkinson’s Law.
  69. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates
  70. Your time is precious, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs
  71. Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. – Napoleon Hill
  72. The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it. – William James
  73. Lend your friend $20, if he doesn’t pay you back then he’s not your friend. Money well spent. – Ted Nicolas
  74. It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission. – Grace Hopper
  75. Example is not the main thing in influencing other people; it’s the only thing. – Abraham Lincoln
  76. Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company. – Booker T. Washington
  77. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
  78. Fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb
  79. What is not started will never get finished. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  80. No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team. – Reid Hoffman
  81. Every day in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better be running. – Christopher McDougall
  82. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill
  83. Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors. – Paul Rand
  84. Every problem is a gift — without problems we would not grow. ― Anthony Robbins
  85. 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
  86. In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination. – Steve Case
  87. Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical. – Howard Schultz
  88. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney
  89. High expectations are the key to everything. – Sam Walton
  90. If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful. – Pierre Omidyar
  91. Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect. – Jack Dorsey
  92. So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. – Caterina Fake
  93. You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills. – Jim Rohn

Bonus Mentions

  1. If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock. – Claude McDonald
  2. Show me a person who never made a mistake, and I will show you a person who never did anything. – William Rosenberg
  3. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. – Dale Carnegie
  4. You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. – Richard Branson
  5. Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life. – John F. Kennedy

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