50 Inspiring Business Quotes for Entrepreneurs

The road to entrepreneurial success can be a bumpy one at times. When setbacks and frustrations threaten to sideline or distract, sometimes a few wise words is all it takes to get things back in perspective. In my capacity as Brand Therapist, I know the power words can have when it comes to gaining clarity.
Here are some of the quotes that continue to inspire me on my own business journey.

The starting point of all achievement is desire. -Napoleon Hill


I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. -Thomas A. Edison


In the world of Internet Customer Service, it’s important to remember your competitor is only one mouse click away. -Doug Warner


A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. -Henry Ford


Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use. -Ruth Gordon


If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful. -Jeff Bezos


The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. -Mark Twain


You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through. -Rosalynn Carter


A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. -David Brinkley


The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain


There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. -Roger Staubach


Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe


You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. -Zig Ziglar


When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. -Audre Lorde


Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. -Harriet Tubman


Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. -Frederick B. Wilcox


Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. -Bernice Johnson Reagon


Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. -Mother Teresa


If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary. -Jim Rohn


Merely satisfying customers will not be enough to earn their loyalty. Instead, they must experience exceptional service worthy of their repeat business and referral. Understand the factors that drive this customer revolution. -Rick Tate


You can do anything, but not everything. -Anonymous


I’ve always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success. -Gloria Vanderbilt


If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know and start charging for it. -Kim Garst


If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. -Anonymous


Consumers are statistics. Customers are people. -Stanley Marcus


The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. -Anonymous


When the customer comes first, the customer will last. -Robert Half


Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe


There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. -Ray Goforth


Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you. -Tony Hsieh


Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress. -Seth Godin


If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. -Jim Rohn


If your story is not inspiring you, it’s time to change it. -Isaiah Hankel


Affirmation without discipline is like enthusiasm without direction. -Lisa A. Mininni


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


The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. -Steve Jobs


If everything came easy in business everyone would have a business and be millionaires. It takes hard work, consistent effort and courage to keeping fighting the monster of failure. -Delaine Robins


A decision is only as strong as the belief standing behind it -Isaiah Hankel


I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone. -Bill Cosby


A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn your reputation by trying to do hard things well. -Jeff Bezos


Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. -Bill Gates


All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. -Brian Tracy


Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem. -Anonymous


It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. -Babe Ruth


The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. -Peter Drucker


Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. -Bruce Lee


Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. -Baltasar


You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream. -Michael Dell


Be Shameless. Experiment. This is the only way to identify your true passion. -Vishwas Mudagal


Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities, and don’t let the bastards get you down. -Michael Bloomberg