15 motivational quotes for entrepreneurs

An entrepreneur is defined as someone who creates a business and takes on all of the risks and financial vulnerability. Being an entrepreneur is not easy, and to be one you need to be adaptable to constant change, able to solve never-ending problems and have sheer determination to succeed. However, it can also be a hugely rewarding career path as you are able to pursue your passion whilst being your own boss. To celebrate World Entrepreneurs Day on August 21st, we’ve gathered 15 of the most motivational quotes for entrepreneurs.

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  1. “Passion, creativity, and resilience are the most crucial skills in business. If you’ve got those, you’re ready to embark on the journey.” – Jo Malone, Founder of Jo Malone

  3. “If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life.” – Brian Chesky, Co-founder of Airbnb

  5. “You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end” – Jessica Herrin, CEO and Founder of Stella & Dot

  7. “Whatever you do, be different—that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

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

  11. “All pendulums swing back. Be patient.” – Steven Bartlett, Co-founder of Social Chain and creator of the Diary of a CEO podcast

  13. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estée Lauder, Co-founder of Estée Lauder cosmetics

  15. “Failures are life’s way of nudging you and letting you know you are off course. Trying new things and not being afraid to fail along the way are more important than what you learn in school.” – Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx

  17. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it” – Unknown

  19. “Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow” – Oprah Winfrey

  21. “An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than they can chew hoping they’ll quickly learn how to chew it. – Roy Ash, Co-founder and President of Litton Industries

  23. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago” – Warren Buffet, CEO and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway

  25. “If you spot an opportunity and are really excited by it, throw yourself into it with everything you’ve got.” – Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group

  27. “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 and CEO of Facebook

  29. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs, Co-founder and chairman of Apple


To be an entrepreneur, you need to be able to keep motivated and determined to overcome any hurdles you may face. At times in your entrepreneurial career, you might feel disheartened or alone. Hopefully, these inspirational quotes will give you the motivation you need to keep pushing through and succeed.


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