290 Entrepreneur Quotes That Will Spark Your Imagination

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I’ve collected these beautiful entrepreneur quotes with one goal in mind: to inspire and help you (and myself) on our entrepreneurial journey. Hope you’ll like them.

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Being an entrepreneur is an existential, not just a financial thing. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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Everyone should start a company. Sahil Lavingia

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Biggest predictor of massive success vs. minor success among founders: years and years of relentless determination. Sam Altman

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Control your own destiny or someone else will. Jack Welch

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You imagine a better future, you create it, and then you sell tickets. Keith Rabois


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Earn with your mind, not your time. Naval Ravikant

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Figure out what you are uniquely the best in the world at because you just love it. And then just find out who or what needs that the most. Naval Ravikant

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Great entrepreneurs don’t seek approval; they seek the truth. Mike Maples

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Being an entrepreneur isn’t really about starting a business. It’s a way of looking at the world: seeing opportunity where others see obstacles, taking risks when others take refuge. Michael Bloomberg

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


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I never dreamed about success. I worked for it. Estée Lauder

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A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions. Marcus Aurelius

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The true entrepreneur knows he’ll keep trying forever. Maxime Lagacé

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Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling. Just start. Sara Blakely (Spanx)

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If you don’t want to have a boss, you better be capable in the wild. Angela Jiang

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The Best Entrepreneur Quotes

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Behind every successful entrepreneur is a former failed self. Naval Ravikant

Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable. Naval Ravikant

If you don’t love being in the mud, don’t start a company. Brian Norgard

Don’t build something because you can, build something because you can’t stop thinking about it. Brian Norgard

No one cares about your idea more than you do. So if you’re not going to put in the work to make it happen, who will? Sahil Lavingia

Entrepreneur job responsibilities: create value, then distribute it, at your own risk. Inquire within. Angela Jiang

You need focus to become exceptional at anything. You have to be great at saying no. Massive amounts of time and energy are wasted optimizing things that should be left undone. What problems are worth working on? What skills are worth developing? What actually matters? James Clear

Top skill for entrepreneurs: Being great at ignoring what everyone else is doing. Jason Fried

Work as hard as you can. Even though what you work on and who you work with are more important. Knowledge workers train, sprint, rest, and re-assess. Inspiration is perishable – act on it immediately. Be impatient with actions but patient with results. Naval Ravikant

I’ve never met a rule I didn’t enjoy bending. Kamal Ravikant

If you follow the rules perfectly you will come out of it a perfected sheep. @AmuseChimp

Just like an artist can look at a blank canvas, and from that, create a masterpiece, founders do the same. Steve Blank

Where one person sees a crisis, another can see opportunity. Ryan Holiday

You have to sell yourself before you can sell your ideas. Shane Parrish

Entrepreneurs are heroes in our society. They fail for the rest of us. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Skin in the Game, Amazon book)

People respond well to those that are sure of what they want. Anna Wintour (Vogue)

The most value comes from doing something no one else can do, or no one else has thought of, in a way that is hard for other people to copy. If you try to be just like everyone else, and do just what they’re doing, you will maybe do ok but certainly not great. Sam Altman (Y Combinator)

Productivity tips: work hard on stuff that matters. Don’t work on stuff that doesn’t matter. Most people screw up the second part. Sam Altman

Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. Drew Houston (Dropbox)

Life is too short to spend every day doing something you don’t love. Jack Welch

The fruits of entrepreneurship are meaning and freedom. Maxime Lagacé

Formula for a successful entrepreneur: Can build or sell with the best, doesn’t give up, knows when to pivot. The end. Nivi Babak

Aim to become not the best at what you do but the only person who does what you do. Keith Rabois

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Part 2. Entrepreneur Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Entrepreneur Quotes (Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, etc.)

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Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death. Elon Musk (Tesla)

Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself. Andrew Carnegie

I love those who yearn for the impossible. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everyone can tell you the risk. An entrepreneur can see the reward. Robert Kiyosaki

I think a lot of becoming an entrepreneur is something which people have to learn just from getting out there and giving it a go, and having to learn the art of survival. Richard Branson (Virgin)

If you’re looking to become an entrepreneur then don’t waste your time going to university or business school – just get on and do it. Richard Branson

I’m not a businessman — I’m a business, man. Jay-Z

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Jim Rohn

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

You have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate. Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

An entrepreneur is someone who will jump off a cliff and assemble an airplane on the way down. Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

We led with our conviction rather than rational, because rational said it was impossible. Daniel Ek (Spotify)

Focusing on one thing and doing it really, really well can get you very far. Kevin Systrom

Knowing that things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better. Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. Maya Angelou

Always deliver more than expected. Larry Page (Google)

If you push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking risk, really amazing things can happen. Marissa Mayer (Google, Yahoo)

This defines entrepreneur and entrepreneurship – the entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. Peter Drucker

Start with a reasonable investigation of some kind and make lots of experiments. You may not reach the goal you are seeking, but if you use common sense and keep your eyes open, you create your own opportunities for making worthwhile discoveries along the way. Thomas A. Edison

Don’t lose yourself on the way to the top. Jack Welch

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Short Entrepreneur Quotes

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One-liners, short entrepreneur quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.

Promote yourself. Jack Butcher

Productize yourself. Naval Ravikant (See also: Productize Yourself, 2 minutes YouTube video)

Make yourself useful. Jack Butcher

You are a niche of one. Jack Butcher

Only the paranoid survive. Andy Grove (Intel)

Value is created by doing. Sam Altman

Make something people need. Sam Altman (Not something people want)

Your life is a sales pitch. Jack Butcher

An artist has only one critic. Brian Norgard

Entrepreneurs, just keep going. Brian Norgard

Don’t be the best. Be the only. Kevin Kelly

The shortcut: Take the long way. Jack Butcher (See also: never give up quotes)

If you’re not obsessed, forget it. Maxime Lagacé

Lack of time is lack of priorities. Tim Ferriss

Degrees are not useful. Skills are. Sahil Lavingia

Traction plus vision is unstoppable. Brian Norgard

Entrepreneurship ain’t for everyone. Ed Latimore

Focus on what matters. Cut all the BS. Sam Altman

You need to pave your own way in the world. Lori Greiner (Shark Tank)

Build things you wish people built for you. Sahil Lavingia

Every true artist is at war with the world. Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Ideas are the strongest things of all in history. Will & Ariel Durant

Experiment and tinker — take lots of small risks. Buster Benson

You don’t achieve anything great without breaking rules. Kamal Ravikant

Founders who live in the future have the best chance of winning big. Mike Maples

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Inspirational And Motivational Entrepreneur Quotes

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Make it happen now, not tomorrow. Tomorrow is a loser’s excuse. Farrah Gray

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, maybe you should create it. Sahil Lavingia

Worse writers than you have written and published books. Worse founders than you have built successful businesses. If they can do it, you can too. Sahil Lavingia

What can you write that no one else can write? Write that. What can you say that no one else can say? Say that. What can you build that no one else can build? Build that. Sahil Lavingia

The risk takers of the 16th century were scientists, but then science became an institution. The risk takers of the 20th century were social activists, but social justice became a culture. The risk takers of our time are entrepreneurs. All progress depends on the risk takers. Johnny Uzan

Every problem has a solution — there’s always a path through. Mike Maples

Every restaurant you ate at, every car you’ve drove, every book you’ve read, every movie you’ve watched, every podcast you’ve heard, started as an idea in someone’s mind, then they made it appear. They aren’t smarter, luckier or better than you, they just took a chance on themselves. Chris Johnson

Your product is imperfect. Your team is imperfect. You are imperfect. That’s precisely why you keep building. Why stop now? There’s so much left to do and experience. It’s time to test yourself – to walk through the forest of impossibility. That’s entrepreneurship. Brian Norgard

Real entrepreneurs don’t ask for permission to build product, recruit a team and raise money. They just do it. Brian Norgard

Personal expression drives more creative energy than money ever can. Brian Norgard

Always do the simplest thing that can possibly work. Thibaut

Everything can begin with you. You are the foundation of any change that will happen in your society. Thich Nhat Hanh

Focus on doing one thing. Really well. As specific as possible. Don’t over-intellectualize it. Just make something people want. Daniel Gross

Founders: Your job is to retain yourself. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. You need to set things up so you are comfortable enough to run the distance. Justin Kan

You have a unique perspective, a unique way of seeing the world. You have a history. Use this, and make the thing that only you can make. @gumroad

Find something you love and do it better than everyone else. Gurbaksh Chahal (RadiumOne)

One man’s problem is another man’s opportunity. Jack Butcher

See also: positive quotes

Funny And Surprising Entrepreneur Quotes

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Those with brains and balls become artisans/entrepreneurs. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

If you don’t have a problem it doesn’t matter how good the solution is. Brian Norgard

If a user whispers, listen. If a user screams, walk away. If a user says nothing, cry. Brian Norgard

The hardest part in a startup is that you wake up one morning, and you feel great about the day, and you think, “We’re kicking ass.” And then you wake up the next morning, and you think “We’re dead.” And literally nothing’s changed. Joe Kraus

My favorite quote about entrepreneurship is that to understand an entrepreneur, you should study a juvenile delinquent. They’re both saying: “This sucks and I’m going to do it another way.” You have to want to break the rules and prove that your way works. Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia)

If you’re an entrepreneur and you think that the president makes a difference to your business, you should stay at your current job. Guy Kawasaki

1. Fish. 2. Teach people to fish. 3. Build better fishing rods. Sahil Lavingia

Your imposter syndrome will fade when you realize how average your heroes are. Your excuses will fade too. Sahil Lavingia

But as an entrepreneur you have to feel like you can jump out of an aeroplane because you’re confident that you’ll catch a bird flying by. It’s an act of stupidity, and most entrepreneurs go splat because the bird doesn’t come by, but a few times it does. Reed Hastings (Netflix)

You could read all the business books in the world but still not know how to build a company. You don’t know shit until you throw yourself into the fire. Preethi Kasireddy (TruStory)

For every successful entrepreneur you hear about on TV, there are 999 failed one eating canned sardines for dinner. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Great opportunities never have “great opportunities” in the subject line. Scott Belsky (Behance)

Good employees make bad entrepreneurs. Angela Jiang

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Deep Entrepreneur Quotes

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One of the greatest gifts as an entrepreneur is you get to see the future in the present. Brian Norgard

Fail by chasing trends, succeed by pursuing sincere interests. Brian Norgard

Your product should be a reflection of you. An expression of your beliefs, experiences and dreams. If it isn’t, either you are building for someone else or even worse, to be like someone you are not. Let your spirit shine through your product. Brian Norgard

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. Farrah Gray

Some people consume, others create. Some people complain, others solve. Some people feel trapped, others seek freedom. Maxime Lagacé

Every great entrepreneur is tormented by the scarcity of time. David Perell

You underestimate how many things you know that other people wish they could learn from you. David Perell

The desire for independence is common. The tolerance for instability is rare. Jack Butcher

You don’t need a bigger audience. You need a better product. Jack Butcher

The inauthentic chase the market. The authentic are chased by the market. Jack Butcher

If you’re not building your own assets, you’re building someone else’s. Jack Butcher

It’s not about getting good, it’s about getting different. Getting “good” is what you have to do when you play other people’s games. Getting “different” is what you have do when you play your own. Jack Butcher

So many businesses go bankrupt because they are essentially trying to fix problems that real people don’t actually have. Alain de Botton

There is no syllabus for an entrepreneur. School and startups are opposites. Michael (@mmay3r)

When you build product, you store the value of your time in an asset you own. When you sell your time, you store the value of your time in an asset you don’t own. Value your time. Build assets you own. Jack Butcher

Prioritize that which compounds. Jack Butcher

Building a product is about fighting the insidious disease of more. More features, more fluff, more everything. As a builder, you have lost the naïveté of a beginner’s mind. The more phenomenon is rooted in fear. You’ll never defeat more, but you can contain it with awareness. Brian Norgard

The way to become a successful entrepreneur is to make something people want, and the best way to do that (especially if you’re young) is to start by asking what you yourself want. Paul Graham (Y Combinator)

People don’t want to use your software. They want to lose weight, laugh, be entertained, get smarter, spend time with loved ones, go home on time, sleep adequately, eat good food, be happy. Your product is only as good as the experiences it enables people to have. Sahil Lavingia

An entrepreneur not willing to disclose their ideas is like a comedian not willing to tell any jokes. Sahil Lavingia

Being a founder is great for personal growth, because if you don’t grow your business dies. Sahil Lavingia

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Wise Entrepreneur Quotes (Tips, Lessons, etc.)

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It doesn’t matter how fast you move if it’s in a worthless direction. Sam Altman

When failure is expensive, plan carefully. When failure is cheap, act quickly. James Clear

Before you can build a business that helps people, you must become a person who helps people. Sahil Lavingia

The wiser you get, the less you do it for money. Maxime Lagacé

The simpler the system, the more consistent the result. Jack Butcher

Don’t explain what you’re capable of. Explain what they’re capable of because of you. Jack Butcher

Use the hours you’re not getting paid by the hour to figure out how to stop getting paid by the hour. Jack Butcher

A simple question to help you focus on the highest value tasks: “What is the work that keeps working for you after you’ve completed it?” James Clear

One can optimize for productivity or one can optimize for creativity, but it’s hard to do both. Naval Ravikant

Part 1. No meetings before 11am. No meetings when emails or calls will do. Don’t schedule calls, text coordinate them on the fly when possible. Cram all meetings into two days a week. 1-on-1s are usually 30-minute walking meetings. Meetings are the death of productivity. Naval Ravikant

Part 2. Delete emails without responding or flinching. Don’t set up voicemail. Don’t travel purely for business. Don’t go to conferences unless speaking. Eat dinner with friends or family. Use blocks of open time to create, make good decisions, and focus on important over urgent. Naval Ravikant (See also: focus quotes)

In business, the best way to understand millions of potential customers is to understand oneself. The best market research: introspection. Alain de Botton

At the kernel of successful entrepreneurship lies something oddly more abstract: an accurate insight into the causes of human unhappiness. Every morally-minded business is in some way alleviating a particular kind of suffering. Alain de Botton

Delaying gratification is one of the key factors for future success in product, entrepreneurship and life. To delay gratification means to be able to function under stress. Impulsivity is a cancerous state-of-mind designed to obliterate your ability to play the long game. Brian Norgard

The entrepreneurs I admire most think in terms of decades and measure progress hourly. Brian Norgard

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. Kurt Vonnegut

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See also: The Most Valuable Lessons These 5 Top Entrepreneurs Have Learned (entrepreneur.com)

Part 3. Entrepreneur Quotes About…

Entrepreneur Quotes About Business, Innovation

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

As an entrepreneur, you love your business like a child, and you’re taught to be laser-focused on the business. Daymond John (FUBU, Shark Tank)

The only kind of ruthlessness truly required in business is ruthlessness over your own priorities and focus, never about other people. David Sacks

The more authentic you are, the easier it is to innovate. Maxime Lagacé

The best way to have valuable ideas is to understand the entire landscape of a field and figure out what can emerge now that couldn’t before. Sam Altman

Instead of looking for startup ideas, live in the future, and notice what’s missing. Then, build something that solves what’s missing. Mike Maples

Management and entrepreneurship are only two different dimensions of the same task. An entrepreneur who does not learn how to manage will not last long. A management that does not learn to innovate will not last long. Peter Drucker

Competing with everyone: $10/hr. Competing with a few: $100/hr. Selling a product: $1,000/hr. Building equity: $10,000/hr. Making a market: $100,000/hr. Sahil Lavingia

Out there in some garage is an entrepreneur who’s forging a bullet with your company’s name on it. You’ve got one option now – to shoot first. You’ve got to out innovate the innovators. Gary Hamel

Every entrepreneur should have one individual not directly involved in their company that is willing to challenge any and all sacred cows. Brian Norgard

One of the toughest aspects of building a new product is you have to predict correctly a massive change in a critical technological, cultural or behavioral vector. That goes way beyond the ability to build something. Brian Norgard

Being devoted purely to your customer will only get you so far. To build a truly unique product, you need to believe in something the rest of the market can’t consciously interpret. Brian Norgard

People don’t want good products. They want simple solutions that improve their lives. That could mean saving them time/money. It could equate to helping them disconnect from reality through entertainment. You could make their job easier. But people never want good products. Brian Norgard

New products succeed not because of the features and functionality they offer but because of the experiences they enable. Clayton M. Christensen (Competing Against Luck)

Great businesses increase access: Make complicated things simpler. Make heavier things lighter. Make long things shorter. Make hard things easier. Make scary things friendlier. Jack Butcher

In the long-run, adaptation is more useful than optimization. At some point, the environment you optimized for will shift. The rules of the game will change. The flexible prevail. James Clear (See also: change quotes)

The only way to make outsized returns as an investor or entrepreneur is to be right and non-consensus. Andy Rachleff

Never ask your client for advice. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

Never ever compete on prices, instead compete on services and innovation. Jack Ma

A company shouldn’t get addicted to being shiny, because shiny doesn’t last. Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

See also: trust quotes

Quotes About Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship is a search. Brian Norgard

An entrepreneur is someone who brings a pattern change. Bill Drayton

Entrepreneurship is so growth-inducing because it forces you to take full responsibility for your own results. James Clear

Entrepreneurship is a personal growth engine disguised as a business pursuit. James Clear

Entrepreneurship is the most accelerated school you can attend. You’ll never learn faster than when you have to learn fast to survive. James Clear

The best definition of entrepreneurship that I’ve come up with is this: Trusting that you’ll figure it out. The willingness to problem solve in the face of uncertainty, volatility, challenge, and chaos (and *feeling* all of those things) is what entrepreneurship requires. James Clear

True artists and founders are original – they seek to create things that change the rules, rather than trying to follow them. Mike Maples

Sound entrepreneurship doesn’t require radical invention: just selling something you love with slightly more passion that the norm. Alain de Botton

To be an entrepreneur is to embrace the new over the familiar, the uncertain over the predictable, the volatile over the stable, the challenging over the comfortable, the chaotic over the orderly. Not an occupation, but a way of life. Johnny Uzan

Entrepreneurship is very difficult to teach because original thinking is very difficult to teach. Sam Altman

It’s one thing to study entrepreneurship, and another to live the entrepreneur’s life. Shane Parrish

Entrepreneurship = Optimism x Execution. Jack Butcher

Entrepreneurship: the art of building what’s missing. Maxime Lagacé

See also: dream quotes

See also: How to be an Entrepreneur (3 minutes 24 seconds YouTube video by The School of Life)

Quotes About Online Entrepreneurship, Internet

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The Internet is an audience of one, a million times over. Peter Guber

The Internet turned everyone into an entrepreneur. Anthony Pompliano

If you don’t know what company you want to start, the best thing to do is start writing online. David Perell

Writing online is the seed of entrepreneurship. It teaches you how to clarify your ideas, make them useful, and distribute them to an audience. Same skills as building a business. David Perell

My Twitter account is worth more than my college diploma. David Perell

The Internet: the greatest tool ever created (for those who know how to use it). Maxime Lagacé

Learn online. Build online. Sell online. Jack Butcher

When you make yourself the product, you have no competition. Jack Butcher

Identify a problem. Design a process to solve it. Brand it. Automate it. Jack Butcher

On the Internet, you can build a cash-flowing asset from scratch. No permission required. Jack Butcher

Promote yourself every single day. Promote your brand, promote your business, promote your side hustle, post your links, post your reviews, post your updates, post your products. People will either get inspired, join you, shop with you, learn from you or unfollow. Simple. Chris Johnson

Reasons your product will fail: 1. Too complex 2. Can’t easily be described 3. Didn’t iterate fast enough 4. Bland 5. Failed to launch into a community 6. Doesn’t save time/money 7. Poor design 8. Does too much 9. Didn’t take a feature risk 10. Listened to wrong the customers. Brian Norgard (See also: money quotes)

If your consumer app isn’t being used while someone sits on the toilet, it’s probably not going to work. Brian Norgard

If you can’t identify the core use case of your product you don’t have one. If you can’t identify the core user of your product you don’t have one. If you can’t identify the core promise of your product you don’t have one. Check all 3 boxes, live to create another day. Brian Norgard

You can have a conversation with a few people at a time. Your blog posts can be read by thousands of people at a time. Your products can be used by millions of people at a time. Productize yourself to scale yourself. Sahil Lavingia

Things you don’t need to launch your product: a great name, a one-word domain, a beautiful logo, an ever better website, brilliant copy, perfect code, custom illustrations, shiny buttons, optimized CSS… Things you do need: a product that solves a problem for someone. That’s it. Sahil Lavingia

The purpose of sharing your idea is to further understand it. Rick Rubin

Put your work out there. You never know who’s watching. Sahil Lavingia

Entrepreneur Quotes About Hard Work, Hard Times, Motivation

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Focus may be the most important attribute of this era. Keep it, no matter what. Web Smith

The reality is great highs, terrible lows and unrelenting stress. Don’t think people want to hear about the last two. Elon Musk (Tesla)

Speed matters, but stamina matters even more. Go as fast as possible while staying fully recovered. Go fast. Stay fresh. James Clear

An entrepreneur is someone who dares to dream the dreams and is foolish enough to try to make those dreams come true. Vinod Khosla

You can grind really hard and sacrifice your health, relationships and body for a few years before the wheels fall off. Sooner or later you have to go into sustainable marathon mode, otherwise you’ll never make it to the ten years it takes to be an overnight success. Garry Tan

It’s easy to bounce from one new idea to the next, exploring your intellectual curiosity. But having an impact requires a decade of moving the ball forward one yard every day, sometimes in a very mundane way, through multi-year ups and downs. Brian Armstrong

You must understand the following: In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious. Robert Greene

People think they need mentorship when they really just need to get started. People think they need a technical cofounder when they really just need Google and discipline. Start, fail, iterate. Get good enough by yourself and they will find you. Sahil Lavingia

Being a founder is hard. Being an early employee is hard. Being a VC is hard. Being a politician is hard. Being an engineer is hard. Being a writer is hard. Being a friend is hard. Being a partner is hard. Being a parent is hard. It’s all hard. Life is hard, and then you die. Sahil Lavingia

We are evolved for frequent, visible, small wins and to ignore the infrequent, hidden, catastrophic risks. Entrepreneurs bleed every day, but when they win, they win big. Naval Ravikant

Every successful or iconic company was built by core employees/founders who worked hard. Period. Roger Dickey (Gigster)

The work you do today is the meaning and satisfaction you’ll get tomorrow. Maxime Lagacé

It’s easy to go fast. It’s hard to go far. Shane Parrish

See also: motivation quotes

See also: The Truth about Hard Work and Entrepreneurial Success (sujanpatel.com)

Entrepreneur Quotes About Mindset, Spirit

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Entrepreneurship is not a profession. It’s a state of mind. Ankur Warikoo

The best people always seem to be building stuff and hanging around smart people. Sam Altman

Entrepreneurship is hard because it requires abundance mindset toward the environment, at the same time as a scarcity mindset toward the biz. Tiago Forte

Founders run every sprint as if they’re about to lose, but grind out the long race knowing that victory is inevitable. Naval Ravikant

People with “founder mentality” can’t rest once a problem or opportunity is identified. They take on personal responsibility without complaint, learn and recruit skills as needed, and deliver results despite politics. There is unlimited global demand for founder mentality. Naval Ravikant

The strongest thing you can cultivate as an entrepreneur is to not rely on luck but cultivating an ability to recognize fortunate situations when they are occurring. Jack Dorsey (Twitter, Square)

An entrepreneur cannot be trained. A man becomes an entrepreneur by seizing an opportunity and filling the gap. No special education is required for such a display of keen judgment, foresight, and energy. Ludwig von Mises

Follow your own curiosity, and start looking internally instead of externally for the answers. Be honest with yourself about the intersection of your skills, your passions, and what the world values. Sam Altman

I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself. Elon Musk

Do you believe in statistics, or do you believe in calculus? As an entrepreneur, you have to believe in calculus. You don’t believe you have an 8% chance of succeeding; you believe there’s an answer, and you’ll find it. If you don’t have that attitude, don’t start a company. Ben Horowitz

Founders are closer to artists than any other profession. What I mean by that is artists see things that other people don’t. They hear things that other people don’t. Steve Blank

Be polite, courteous, and gentle, but ignore comments, praise, and criticism from people you wouldn’t hire. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes, Amazon book)

Traits of exceptional entrepreneurs: 1) Disagreeable: They’re unsatisfied with the world, often to a point of anger. 2) High-agency: They believe they can shape the world, often to a point of pride. 3) Curious: They build before they’re experts, often to a point of arrogance. David Perell

No book, theory, class, or podcast can turn someone into an artistic entrepreneur. The artistry comes from within. Mike Maples

Those who try for bold things must perpetually occupy a cognitive dichotomy: to observe reality ruthlessly, but to never accept it. Angela Jiang

You can’t be an entrepreneur if you can’t handle aloneness. @orangebook_

True entrepreneurs don’t see it as work, they see it as life. Maxime Lagacé

See also: attitude quotes

Entrepreneur Quotes About Starting a Company, Startups, Side Hustles

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If you don’t think you’re ready to start a company, don’t worry, no one is. Sahil Lavingia

Lack of knowledge is never an excuse. No one has a clue when they first start. Matthew Kobach

An entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create. David Karp (Tumblr)

A side hustle requires more discipline than a full-time hustle. Angela Jiang

The best way to become an entrepreneur is to start as a solopreneur. You can test the waters, learn quickly, and start a following without the risks of a staff or investors. Tiago Forte

In the beginning, you must begin. Most of us start in the same place: no money, no resources, no contacts, no experience. Start anyway. James Clear

Things you don’t have to do to start a company: quit your job, learn to code, write a business plan, raise money, hire employees. Things you have to do: Start. Sahil Lavingia

Make the expensive cheap. Make the inaccessible accessible. Make the complex simple. Make the difficult easy. There are opportunities everywhere. Sahil Lavingia

Follow your curiosity. Things that seem exciting to you will often seem exciting to other people too. Sam Altman

Most of the great startups come from a great insight, and a great insight usually occurs when someone is living in the future, and they notice something that’s missing. Mike Maples

If your insight is powerful enough, it’ll naturally connect with somebody desperate — you’ll be solving a problem in a novel way that’s an order of magnitude better than any past solution. Mike Maples

My advice for an entrepreneur just starting out is to differentiate yourself. Why are you different? What’s important about you? Why does the customer need you? Sara Blakely (See also: self-respect quotes)

Be careful not to hire early employees that can succeed in a company but lack the artistic temperament for startup success. If your startup employees want clear performance guidelines, or to implement the ‘best practices’ from the last big tech company they’ve worked at, you’ve probably enlisted the wrong people. Mike Maples

I’ve started multiple businesses based on what I think other people will like. They’ve all failed. The only ones I’m able to sustain are the ones that produce things I like. Jack Butcher

Create value by reducing uncertainty. Jack Butcher

Ignore building anything that’s not your unique differentiator. You’ll save time. You’ll save money. You can finally focus on what makes your product special and relevant. Brian Norgard

Side projects create the greatest companies because they begin as freedom machines, labors of love and truth vehicles. Precious time is traded to pursue something pure. Brian Norgard

An entrepreneur is someone with faith in their ability to make something where there was nothing before. Ryan Holiday

You’ll never see the whole path. Never. Just start. Maxime Lagacé

See also: courage quotes, confidence quotes

See also: 7 Steps to Starting a Small Business Online (entrepreneur.com)

Entrepreneur Quotes About Selling, Marketing

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It doesn’t matter how good your ideas are if you can’t communicate them. Justin Kan

People don’t desire products. They desire feelings that products give them. Thibaut

Self-belief alone is not sufficient — you also have to be able to convince other people of what you believe. Sam Altman

The person who can cultivate a sense of hope in others can sell almost anything. James Clear

Good storytellers are more powerful than ever before. Technology has reduced the cost of sharing stories. One great story can move millions to act. Authors. Podcasters. Entrepreneurs. Politicians. Leaders. The person who tells the best story rules their corner of the world. James Clear

Be specific or be ignored. Jack Butcher

To increase price, increase proof. Jack Butcher

Don’t chase reach, chase resonance. Jack Butcher

To monetize, empathize. Jack Butcher

Clarify your value, amplify your income. Jack Butcher

Your prices reflect what you believe about your product. Jack Butcher

You are a good marketer to the extent that you can transfer belief. Jack Butcher

Don’t market to change minds. Market to find people who already agree. Jack Butcher

No one cares what you can do. Everyone cares what you can do for them. Jack Butcher

Complexity impresses your peers. Clarity impresses your customers. Jack Butcher

Trust is a function of reputation. Show up every day and give without expectation. Jack Butcher

Talk to that customer. You need to create a tight feedback loop between interviewing your customer and understanding their needs, then building and testing product iterations. The tighter the loop, the better. Justin Kan

Like artists, great founders understand and empathize. They don’t just analyze or sell. That’s the reason why getting out of the building and noticing everything about your customer’s life as he/she experiences it is so important. Mike Maples

If you don’t market yourself, no one else will. @LifeMathMoney

You want to have a value proposition that’s so strong that the customers in your target audience would be irrational not to buy if they knew the truth. Mike Maples

Be hyper-specific about who your customer is and serve that demographic like royalty. Noah Kagan

I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it and I sell it hard. Estée Lauder

Be transparent. People will trust you more. Preethi Kasireddy

Work for your customer not your company. Brian Norgard

People are incredibly forgiving about what your product doesn’t have as long as you have that one great thing. Brian Norgard

Great entrepreneurs are like artists — they move people beyond their logic. Mike Maples

You’re authentic, stay it. You’re unique, show it. Maxime Lagacé

See also: be yourself quotes

Entrepreneur Quotes About Success, Money

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Behind every successful entrepreneur is a former failed product. Brian Norgard

Making money should be a function of your identity and what you like to do. Naval Ravikant

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier

The best companies in the world figured out a particularly painful problem for a large market and identified an unique solution that people found valuable enough to use. Anthony Pompliano

You get paid linearly for analyzing and solving problems. You get paid non-linearly for spotting and seizing opportunities. Shane Parrish

The entrepreneur profits to the extent he has succeeded in serving the consumers better than other people have done. Ludwig von Mises

For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference. Richard Branson

There is no way to be very successful without a strong team. That’s true not just for founders, but for executives, athletes, musicians and every other profession. Everyone who has ever mastered their game has built a great team around them. Justin Kan

The greatest barrier to success for most founders? Physical and mental health. A strong body and mind can handle most obstacles with deftness. Wish I learned this when I was beating the hell out of myself in my early 20s. Micah Baldwin

No one is going to pay you more than you ask for. Jack Butcher (See also: humility quotes)

The most enjoyable way to make a living is to build and sell things you believe in. Jack Butcher

Employment: external pressure. Entrepreneurship: internal pressure. Jack Butcher

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success. Ariane Huffington

You have to be patient about getting rich. In fact, the most valuable paths usually involve not being rich for awhile. Sam Altman

Profit is the reward for correctly understanding an aspect of reality ahead of your peers. Alain de Botton

The most risk-free way to become a millionaire is to learn to code, and learn to save money. Sahil Lavingia

How to be a successful creator: Help people. Help people help people. Help people help people help people. Sahil Lavingia

The impact we have on people’s lives, to me, is more important than any title anyone can carry. Payal Kadakia (ClassPass)

The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it. Andrew Carnegie

For most things in life (business, travel, and love), it is better to have more time than more money. Kevin Kelly

The easy measure is the profit you make. The wise measure is the meaning you create for you and others. Maxime Lagacé

More success quotes

See also: 8 Surprising Traits of the World’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs (thebalancesmb.com article) or 6 Traits All Successful Entrepreneurs Share (9 minutes YouTube video)

Part 4. Entrepreneur Quotes For…

Top 7 Quotes For Young Entrepreneur

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Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it. Julia Child

Somewhere in the world, an unknown young person is probably starting a company now that will eventually be as big as today’s tech giants. Sam Altman (Y Combinator)

To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it. Catherine Cook (MyYearbook)

One of the biggest disconnects between school and reality: schools give you credit for effort, but customers don’t. Young founders often get whiplash from this transition at YC. After 21 years of getting credit for effort, it suddenly stops. Paul Graham

I want little girls to believe that they can be CEOs. Payal Kadakia (ClassPass)

An important attribute of success is to be yourself. Never hide what makes you, you. Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo)

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

See also: quotes to live by

Top 7 Quotes For Women Entrepreneur

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It is within everyone’s grasp to be a CEO. Martha Stewart

I don’t believe in failure. It’s not failure if you enjoyed the process. Oprah Winfrey

If you believe so wholeheartedly in your mission, you will be able to overcome anything. Payal Kadakia (ClassPass)

That emotional roller coaster is really tough to ride day in and day out, but it’s just part of reality. Knowing that, and realizing you’re going to get through this, and not letting that rattle you, that’s probably the most important thing I could tell any entrepreneur. Kim Polese (CrowdSmart)

Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live. Anne Sweeney (Disney)

It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable. Sara Blakely (Spanx)

Don’t give up, don’t take anything personally, and don’t take no for an answer. Sophia Amoruso (GIRLBOSS)

See also: encouraging quotes

Top 7 Quotes For Men Entrepreneur

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I don’t want to be liked. I want to be respected. Jack Ma (Alibaba)

The very important thing you should have is patience. Jack Ma

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it. Roy Ash

Don’t become an entrepreneur if you can’t handle multiple degrees of uncertainty. Carlos Del Valle

We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform. Pete Cashmore (Mashable)

Be so good they can’t ignore you. Steve Martin

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value. Albert Einstein

See also: ego quotes

Part 5. Conclusion

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Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett

Profitability is a means, not an end. Freedom is the end. Sahil Lavingia

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook.

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June 7, 2020

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