21 Inspiring Quotes For Entrepreneurs

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Being a small business owner can be overwhelming at times. Balancing life, money, employees, customers, vendors and the day-to-day tasks can take its toll. You might feel stuck in the same old routine and lose sight of your larger goals. Maybe you just need a good kick in the pants to motivate you and get you back on track.

Here are some quotes to inspire you hard-working entrepreneurs:

On failing

“A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.” – George M. Moore, Jr.

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

On criticism

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

“If you hear a voice within you saying ‘you are not a painter,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Never run back to what broke you.” – Frank Ocean

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

On procrastinating

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

“Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen.” – Dave Weinbaum

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

On Strategy and Planning

“I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.” – Steve Jobs

“Change before you have to.” – Jack Welch

“In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia, until we ultimately become enslaved by it.” – Robert Heinlein

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John Maxwell

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

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