Starting your own business is hard work. Whether you’re still in the planning stages, looking for funding, or you’re ready to launch your first product, a little extra inspiration never hurt. There will always be ups and downs, but a good quote from those who have gone before us (and succeeded) can help keep you moving in the right direction.
Here are 25 quotes to inspire you to keep going and find success.
“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” -Woody Allen
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” –Chinese Proverb
“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 best way to predict the future is to create it.” -Peter Drucker
“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
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”– Henry Ford
“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
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” -Steve Jobs
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”– Babe Ruth
“When you cease to dream you cease to live.”- Malcolm Forbes
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
“Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom.” – General George Patton
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney
“In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.” – Peter Drucker
“My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: Forget about making mistakes, just do it.” – Ajaero Tony Martins
“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan
“Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you are generally better off sticking with what you know and the third is that sometimes, your best investments are the ones you don’t make.” – Donald Trump
“Failure isn’t failure unless you don’t learn from it.” – Dr. Ronald Niednagel
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
“You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.” – Unknown
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
“There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
A little inspiration goes a long way. Share these quotes, write them down, tape them all over your desk. Do what you need to do, but keep moving forward, stick with it, and never give up.
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