Making the decision to become an entrepreneur and start your own business can be a little daunting, but you'll never know what you are capable of unless you try. Here are twenty quotes from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in history, to give you that inspiration you may need in order to take the first step.
"Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming."
"I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work."
"A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship."
John D. Rockefeller
"I never dreamed about success. I worked for it."
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
"Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth."
"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me. "
“What I've learned from running is that the time to push hard is when you're hurting like crazy and you want to give up. Success is often just around the corner.”
"A good leader is not necessarily the most popular person in their business, but the best ones are liked because they are respected for their clarity and vision."
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."
"I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them."
Madam C. J. Walker
"The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same."
Colin R. Davis
"Don't expect anything from anybody, work hard, put your head down, be good at what you do and good stuff will happen..."
"It is always the start that requires the greatest effort."
James Cash Penney
“Watch, listen and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.”
"People are definitely a company's greatest asset. It doesn't make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps."
Mary Kay Ash
"Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
"An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he'll quickly learn how to chew it."
"Everyone should pull their finger out and start a business and to believe in themselves. There is nothing else to it. Anyone can make a £100m. But most people don't go out and try. They just stand in the pub and complain."
"I don't believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process."
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