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Inspiring quotes from successful entrepreneurs

Written by Russell Cragun on June 30, 2016 in Strategies & Tips
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Everyone has a role model, a mortal Superman, if you will. These people are our personal heroes and beloved examples; we have been inspired by them, and they have always brought out the best in us. We hope that you enjoy these quotes from our entrepreneur heroes and other important role models.

Most of the inspiring quotes gathered for this post were compiled from BENTRAINED by Ben Johnson. You can follow him on Facebook for more inspiration.

The first quote is from the GOAT himself Michael Jordan. Not only was he one of the best athletes that we’ve ever witnessed, but he’s an incredible business man. From launching his personal brand, shoe and clothing line, and being on a professional basketball team, he has proven that he knows a thing or two about being successful.

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game's winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that's why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan

Mark Zuckerberg also knows a thing or two about being successful..

“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

Here are other quotes from some well known entrepreneurs and other large figures.

“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.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” – Dr. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich.
“Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” —Paul Rand, graphic designer.
“I know I’m not perfect but I’m original” - Childish Gambino
“It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.” - Mark Cuban
"Follow your bliss." - Joseph Campbell
"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain — most fools do." - Dale Carnegie in How to Win Friends and Influence People
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go for it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman
"Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer." - Niccolò Machiavelli
"A good question to revisit whenever overwhelmed: Are you having a breakdown or a breakthrough?" - Tim Ferriss in The 4-Hour Workweek
"The choice isn't between success and failure; it's between choosing risk and striving for greatness, or risking nothing and being certain of mediocrity." —Keith Ferrazzi in Never Eat Alone
"To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day." - Lao-tzu
"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow." - Doug Firebaugh
"I can't give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time." - Herbert Bayard Swope
"In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create." – David Ogilvy, co-founder of Ogilvy & Mather.
"I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work." – Thomas Edison, inventor.
"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.
“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” - Martin Luther King, Jr., pastor, activist, humanitarian and Civil Rights leader.
“Being happy is the goal, but greatness is my vision.” - Childish Gambino
“You can do anything if you're not afraid.” - Matthew Murdock
“People always say that you can't please everybody. I think that's a cop-out. Why not attempt it? 'Cause think of all the people you will please if you try.” - Kanye West.
If you want to move mountains, you’ve got to come with thunder” - Gary Vee
"Everything can work. The trick is finding what works best for you. That's where the magic happens." - Ben Johnson
"If you're going to make an error in life, err on the side of overestimating your capabilities." - Tony Robbins
"Create a vision that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If it doesn't, go back to bed until you have a bigger dream." - Lewis Howes
"Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds." - Napoleon Hill
"The truth is that falling hurts. The dare is to keep being brave and feel your way back up." - Brené Brown
“Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.”- Noah Everett, founder Twitpic.
“The media wants overnight successes (so they have someone to tear down). Ignore them. Ignore the early adopter critics that never have enough to play with. Ignore your investors that want proven tactics and predictable instant results. Listen instead to your real customers, to your vision and make something for the long haul. Because that's how long it's going to take, guys.” - Seth Godin, author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker.
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