33 Motivational Quotes from Business Leaders Who've Inspired Me

If you dream of starting your own business, these quotes may just give you the extra push you need to get started -- and to keep going.

Starting a business can be hard. Not just the actual process of starting a business, but simply making the decision to take that first step (once you do decide to take that first step, here's a handy guide to creating a brand and making your startup look like a real business).

You'll need to work harder than you ever imagined. You'll need to work smarter than you ever imagined. You'll need to think about the big picture while relentlessly focusing on the small picture, surround yourself with the right people, spend a little time planning and a lot of time doing. Yes, starting a business can be hard.

And incredibly rewarding.

If you're looking for that extra bit of motivation to start your own business, here are some words of wisdom that can help you make your startup dreams a reality:
  1. "Success can be attained in any branch of human labor. There is always room at the top in every pursuit." -- Andrew Carnegie
  2. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." -- Steve Jobs
  3. "Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs." -- Farrah Gray
  4. "The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as  that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer." -- Nolan Bushnell
  5. "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." -- Stephen Covey
  6. "Don't worry about failure. You only have to be right once." -- Drew Houston
  7. "Growth and comfort do not coexist." -- Ginni Rometty
  8.  "Control your own destiny or someone else will." -- Jack Welch
  9. "I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succee the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I  had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation  on which I rebuilt my life." -- J.K. Rowling
  10. "A small business is an amazing way to serve and leave an impact on the world you live in." -- Nicole Snow
  11. "I knew that if I failed, I wouldn't regret that. But I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying." -- Jeff Bezos
  12. "The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." -- Oprah Winfrey 
  13. "The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well."  -- John D. Rockefeller Jr.
  14. "The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. 'Someday' is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it's important to you and you want to do it 'eventually,' just do it and correct course along the way." -- Tim Ferriss
  15. "Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress." -- Seth Godin
  16. "Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an  overnight success." -- Biz Stone
  17. "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." -- Arianna Huffington
  18. "It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results."  -- Warren Buffett
  19. "I never dreamed about success, I worked for it." -- Estee Lauder
  20. "Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you." -- Tony Hsieh
  21. "When in doubt, bootstrap. Using your own personal resources is the easiest way to  start a business. You don't have to convince investors about the merits of your idea.  You just have to convince yourself." -- Ryan Holmes
  22. "Being a woman in business doesn't come without challenges. My advice? Surround  yourself with other supportive women that encourage you, share ideas, and get you motivated." -- Jessica Alba
  23. "People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no  matter how impressive their other talents." -- Andrew Carnegie
  24. "You don't need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea." -- Larry Page
  25. "In my experience as CEO, I found that the most important decisions tested my courage far more than my intelligence. Every time you make the hard, correct decision you become a bit more courageous, and every time you make the easy, wrong decision you become a bit more cowardly." -- Ben Horowitz
  26. "Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career." -- Meg Whitman
  27. "If you do what you've always done -- you'll get what you've always gotten."  -- Tony Robbins
  28. "It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction." -- Warren Buffett
  29. "Before you are a leader, success is about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is about growing others." -- Jack Welch
  30. "All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA." -- Reid Hoffman
  31. "No man can become rich without himself enriching others." -- Andrew Carnegie
  32.  "I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from  the non-successful ones is pure perseverance." -- Steve Jobs
  33. "Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or a variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. The great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers: They all say, 'I didn't quit.' -- Ben Horowitz
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