If you’re starting down your own road to success, who better to get advice from than some of the most successful — and eloquent — entrepreneurs from the past? We’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite success quotes and listed them below.
Successful Entrepreneur Quotes
"An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he'll quickly learn how to chew it." -- Roy Ash
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." -- Albert Schweitzer
Loving what you do is a huge advantage. It adds a considerable amount of intrinsic incentive to your work by making it something you want to spend your free time doing rather than a chore. Without this advantage, an entrepreneur has almost no chance of being successful.
"Our chief want in life is someone who shall make us do what we can. This is the service of a friend. With him, we are easily great." -- Ralph Waldo Emmerson
Most people don’t realize how heavily the attitudes of the people you surround yourself with impact your own chances at success. If the people close to you are encouraging and want the best for you, you are so much more likely to succeed than someone whose friends are not supportive.
"Every day you reinvent yourself. You're always in motion. But You Decide Every Day: forward or backward." -- James Altucher
There’s this image people have that someone only has to get their “big break,” and it’s smooth sailing from there on out. But in reality, successful people have to push even harder than most of us. It’s extremely easy just to stop trying, but successful people never do.
"Life's too short to learn from your own mistakes. So learn from others" -- Unknown
One Percent Better loves reminding its readers that mistakes are good things; they are opportunities to learn from a real-life situation. But even better than learning from your own mistakes is learning from others, because there is no downside to you.
"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." -- Bill Gates
Lots of entrepreneurs go through a period where they have a lot of angry customers. Don’t let it get you down. Instead, let the people know you are genuinely trying to meet their needs, and use their free advice to work on your own product.
"Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." -- Winston Churchill
This quote is a distillation of a lot of entrepreneur quotes that allude to the same thing: entrepreneurs will experience TONS of failure, but the successful ones will not let it discourage them.
"A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." -- John A. Shedd
Yes, staying cautious and playing it safe is always the comfortable choice. But it will not get you anywhere. It’s the people who are not safe who get to go places. Those are the people who are the most successful.
"Don't worry about failure; you only have to be right once." -- Drew Houston
Successful entrepreneurs are guaranteed to fail five, ten, one hundred, one thousand times before succeeding. And just one success will make those failures look like experimentation needed to get to a correct solution.
"Don't worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow." -- Oprah Winfrey
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." -- Albert Einstein
Looking for new ideas using logic is like trying to scout for undiscovered landmarks on the existing network of roads; everything that lies within the boundaries of logic has already been discovered. You need to go offroad, or, in this case, use your imagination to discover new ideas. Once you have found them, you can use logic to connect them to already-established thought processes.
"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." -- Ralph Nader
Leadership as an entrepreneur is about inspiring and elevating others, not keeping them under your thumb. This is important for beginner entrepreneurs who are just hiring employees to remember, because stifling leadership in the workplace is a fast track to failure.
"Being fearless precisely when you are the most scared is the best hack." -- James Altucher
Entrepreneurs have to take significant risks, and sometimes those risks will be scary. Successful people learn how to muster courage on demand, and they can quickly overcome their fears of failure.
"Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working." -- Pablo Picasso
Inspiration can strike, and it can produce billion-dollar opportunities. The thing is, those moments of inspiration will bounce right off you if you’re not working when they hit. So make sure you’re putting in the work in order to be prepared.
"Be so good they can't ignore you." -- Steve Martin
Lots of successful people did get lucky. They went to the right party or talked to the right people.
But if you try hard enough, you can almost negate that “luck factor and ensure you are noticed by placing yourself above the crowd.
We hope these quotes inspire you and give you fuel on your journey to success!
You may also choose to forge your own path and be on this list yourself one day with a totally new theory about success.
Either way, we wish you the best!
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