101 Quotes That Every Entrepreneur Should Know

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Who ever said that starting your own business was easy?

The truth is that it’s not and no matter what type of business or what stage of business, we could all use a little push, a little motivation, a little kick in the pants once in a while.

Here are 101 quotes on leadership and entrepreneurship that will keep you headed in the right direction.

Onward & upward!

Enjoy!

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Fail often so you can succeed sooner.” – Tom Kelley

“Always deliver more than expected.” – Larry Page

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs

“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

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” – Dolly Parton

“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

“The led must not be compelled. They must be able to choose their own leader.” – Albert Einstein

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi

“You can say anything to anyone, but how you say it will determine how they will react.” – John Rampton

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.” – Vince Lombardi

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

“A leader…is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” – Nelson Mandela

“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

“Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.” – Chinese Proverb

“Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.” – Donald Trump

“It is absolutely necessary…for me to have persons that can think for me, as well as execute orders.” – George Washington

“Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” – Paul Rand

“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill

“The history of the world is but the biography of great men.” – Thomas Carlyle

“If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.” – Ray Kroc

“I start each day by telling myself what a positive influence I am on this world.” – Peter Daisyme

“In this world a man must either be an anvil or hammer.” – Henry W. Longfellow

“Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.”- Noah Everett

“Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.” – Peter Drucker

“If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman

“Don’t blow off another’s candle for it won’t make yours shine brighter.” – Jaachynma N.E. Agu

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.” – Warren Bennis

“You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader” – Henry Ford

“A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.” – Stephen King

“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – Colin Powell

“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

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

“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” – Howard Schultz

“The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.” – George Orwell

“It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself.” – Latin Proverb

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton

“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

“Earn your leadership every day.” – Michael Jordan

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain

“The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.” – Marc Benioff

“A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” – John Maxwell

“My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” – Steve Jobs

“You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” – Steve Case

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky

“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

“To have long-term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.” – Pat Riley

“Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” – Brian Tracy

“Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.” – Orrin Woodward

“When you cease to dream you cease to live” – Malcolm Forbes

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” – Herbert Swope

“Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” – Anthony Volodkin

“He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.” – Solon

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

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

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu

“We are currently not planning on conquering the world.” – Sergey Brin

“A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.” – J.P. Morgan

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates

“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter Drucker

“To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” – Max DePree

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” – Beverly Sills

“If you don’t know what to do with your life, do something that saves lives. The world is full of of people in need, be the part of their life that fills that need.” – Sanjeev Saxena

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Screw it, let’s just do it.” – Richard Branson

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado

“Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom.” – General George Patton

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” – Dr. Napoleon Hill

“To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.” – Catherine Cook

“I hate how many people think, “glass half-empty” when their glass is really four-fifths full. I’m grateful when I have one drop in the glass because I know exactly what to do with it.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

“If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.” – Benjamin Hooks

“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

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch

“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

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” – Aristotle

“Great leaders find ways to connect with their people and help them fulfill their potential.” – Steven J. Stowell

“I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not trying.” – Jay Z

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson

“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”- Timothy Ferriss

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

“Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.” – Oscar Wilde

“There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” – Jason Fried

“A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.” – Ovid

“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

“It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.” – Adlai E. Stevenson II

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie

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