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133 Best Business Quotes To Motivate Entrepreneurs

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If you are looking for an incredible selection of business quotes you’re in the right place.

Starting a business is difficult, emotionally, practically and financially.

That is why these business quotes will be so important to your success.

From each quote about business in this post you will be able to gain some wisdom and implement it into your business.

It could result in a shift in mindset that totally transforms your business.

The power of reading business quotes every day can have amazing results.

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Top 10 Business Quotes

You want to be world class at some narrow and important intersection, not decently good at a lot of things.

Sam Altman
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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Steve Jobs
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When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.

Josh James
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An entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.

David Karp
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When you combine extreme focus and great teams, magic happens.

Sam Altman
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Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.

Noah Everett
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The value of an idea lies in the using of it.

Thomas Edison
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Quality is the best business plan.

John Lasseter
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Fortunes are built during the down market and collected in the upmarket.

Jason Calacanis
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The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.

Rob Kalin
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The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new. Socrates, father of Western philosophy 

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. 

Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter 

Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. Zig Ziglar

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See things in the present, even if they are in the future. Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle 

Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich.

Henry Ford

You don’t need to have a -person company to develop that idea. Larry Page, co-founder of Google 

It’s more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you. Jason Cohen

Always think outside the box and embrace opportunities that appear, wherever they might be. Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman & CEO of ArcelorMittal 

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Albert Einstein

Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you. Mark Cuban, AXS TV Chairman and entrepreneur 

If you create it for yourself, it’s art. If you create it for others, it’s business. Naval Ravikant

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You can worry about the competition…or you can focus on what’s ahead of you and drive fast. Jack Dorsey (Twitter)

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching.


Diligence is the mother of good luck. Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father of the United States 

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

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft 

Poor people have big TV. Rich people have big library.

Jim Rohn

I try not to make any decisions that I’m not excited about. Jake Nickell, founder and CEO of Threadless 

I never dreamed about success, I worked for it. Estee Lauder, founder of Estee Lauder Cosmetics 

It is much more important to work on the right thing than it is to work many hours. Most people waste most of their time on stuff that doesn’t matter. Sam Altman

We must learn what customers really want, not what they say they want or what we think they should want.

Eric Ries

Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen. Wayne Huizenga, prolific American business person, owner of Blockbuster Video and the Miami Dolphins. 

Have the end in mind and every day make sure your working towards it. Ryan Allis

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Don’t take too much advice. Most people who have a lot of advice to give with a few exceptions generalize whatever they did. Don’t over-analyze everything. I myself have been guilty of over-thinking problems. Just build things and find out if they work. Ben Silbermann

Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.

Lisa Stone, co-founder and CEO of BlogHer 

Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical. Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks 

Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneur and co-founder of Alltop 

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. Baltasa

Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.

Zig Ziglar

If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you. Zig Ziglar, author, salesman, and motivational speaker 

Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. Golda Meir, fourth Prime Minister of Israel 

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If you’re interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them. Ryan Freitas, co-founder of 

The companies that succeed are mistake fixing machines.

Brian Norgard

It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance 

Don’t try to be original, just try to be good. Paul Rand, Graphic Designer 

Choose your colleagues carefully; you will end up caring what they care about. Sam Altman

Almost everyone underestimates the value of fast movers, in almost every context. Work with them. Be one yourself.

Sam Altman

Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect. Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter 

Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos 

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit. Aristotle

When you make a business, you get to make a little universe where you control all the laws.

Derek Sivers

Once you have figured out what to do, be unstoppable about getting your small handful of priorities accomplished quickly. I have yet to meet a slow-moving person who is very successful. Sam Altman

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it! Jonathan Winters

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. Ralph Nader

Good ideas come from bad ideas, but only if there are enough of them.

Seth Godin

If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late. Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn 

Every time we launch a feature, people yell at us. Angelo Sotira, co-founder of deviantART 

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Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners. Robert T. Kiyosaki

If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large

Jeff Bezos

Get a mentor in the applicable field if you’re at all unsure of what you’re looking for. Kyle Bragger, founder of Forrst, and co-founder of Exposure 

What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed. Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy’s 

In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination. Steve Case, co-founder of AOL 

Motivational Business Quotes

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

Today’s best practices lead to dead ends; the best paths are new and untried.

Peter Thiel (Zero to One, Amazon book)

Don’t try to beat the competitors at their own game. You have to invent a new game and master it. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader. Fred Wilson, co-founder of Union Square Ventures 

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Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined and connected to one another. And, when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives. Daniel Pink, author 

Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos 

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. Tim Ferriss, author of The -Hour Work Week 

If you define yourself by how you differ from the competition, you’re probably in trouble. Omar Hamoui, co-founder of AdMob 

To the extent possible, ruthlessly shave away the unnecessary tasks, priorities, meetings, and BS. Put all your effort into the projects that really matter. Shane Parrish

Every day that we spent not improving our products was a wasted day.

Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Stack Overflow 

You can’t make anything viral, but you can make something good. Peter Shankman, founder of HARO 

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)

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Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping your watch to save time. Henry Ford

Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.

Michael Arrington, founder and co-editor of TechCrunch 

No more romanticizing about how cool it is to be an entrepreneur. It’s a struggle to save your company’s life and your own skin every day of the week. Spencer Fry, co-founder of CarbonMade 

Whether you think you can, or think you can’t you’re right. Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company 

Surprise and delight your customers. There is nothing like that in business. If you delight your customers, you’re a long way home. Warren Buffett

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

Napoleon Hill

What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Napoleon Hill

Always deliver more than expected. Larry Page, co-founder of Google 

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Data beats emotions. Sean Rad, founder of Tinder 

The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.

Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder 

Business has only two functions marketing and innovation. Peter Drucker

Stay self-funded as long as possible. Garrett Camp, founder of Expa, Uber, and StumbleUpon

Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos 

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.

John Wayne

Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else. Sara Blakely, founder of SPANX 

There is no skill called business. Avoid business magazines and business classes. Naval Ravikant

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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, founder of Facebook 

Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.

Anthony Volodkin, founder of Hype Machine 

Nothing works better than just improving your product. Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Stack Overflow 

I could either watch it happen or be a part of it. Elon Musk

There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. Jack Welch

In your actions, don’t procrastinate. In your conversations, don’t confuse. In your thoughts, don’t wander. In your soul, don’t be passive or aggressive. In your life, don’t be all about business.

Marcus Aurelius

Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things David Ogilvy

The more honest and unique a person is, the more that person attracts people. It’s the same for businesses. Maxime Lagacé

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Creative without strategy is called art. Creative with strategy is called advertising. Jeff I. Richards

Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers. Seth Godin

Inspirational Business Quotes

There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team. Jason Fried, signals founder and co-author of Rework 

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Maya Angelou

Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop. Jeffrey Zeldman, entrepreneur and web designer 

Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor 

Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. Tony Robbin

Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.

Tim O’Reilly, founder, and CEO of O’Reilly Media 

We didn’t set out to build a product. We set out to solve a problem. Naval Ravikant

All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA. Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn 

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My rules of business: Build shit people want, never give up, avoid assholes, question assumptions, learn new ideas and always reward ambition. Anthony Pompliano

In a world where almost no one takes a truly long-term view, the market richly rewards those who do.

Sam Altman

Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors. Chris Dixon, an investor at Andreessen Horowitz 

The person in the meeting that challenges the status quo is often the most valuable person in the room. Shane Parrish

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft 

Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.

Michael Dell, chairman, and CEO of Dell 

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller, American author, political activist and lecturer 

If you can’t see yourself working with someone for life, don’t work with them for a day. Naval Ravikant

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Build something people love, not something million people kind of like. Brian Chesky (AirBnb)

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill

To succeed in business you must learn the art of saying no. Barbara Corcoran

A company becomes the people it hires, not the plan it makes. Sam Altman

The essential principle of business of occupation in the world is this: figure out some way in which you get paid for playing. Alan Watts

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. 

On the formula to build a billion-dollar Internet company: Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time… identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps. Ev Williams (Twitter, Blogger, Medium)

If you are here for rewards, fame and money, you will ultimately fail. If you are for love, meaning and people, you will ultimately win. Maxime Lagacé

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The quickest way to ruin the productivity of a small company is to have it adopt the practices of a large company. David Heinemeir Hansson (DHH, Ruby on Rails, Basecamp)

Escape competition through authenticity.

Naval Ravikant

Get five or six of your smartest friends in a room and ask them to rate your idea. Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga 

Formal education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune. Jim Rohn

Reasons your product will fail: Too complex. Can’t easily be described. Didn’t iterate fast enough. Bland. Failed to launch into a community. Doesn’t save time/money. Poor design. Does too much. Didn’t take a feature risk. Listened to wrong the customers. Brian Norgard

Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy 

The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow. Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA 

To Sum Up

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There are lots to motivate and inspire you every day.

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