Top 30 Inspirational Entrepreneur Quotes

By on November 12, 2010


30 Great Quotes to Inspire and Motivate the Aspiring Entrepreneur…

Do you have a mentor or someone that you follow to help fuel your Entrepreneurial Drive?

Well if you don’t, get one! – Having a mentor is a great way to keep that Entrepreneurial flame alight, following in the footsteps of a successful person who has already been in your shoes and focused on their dream hard enough to make it a reality.

By following a mentor and studying the process which took them from being an ordinary person to a wealthy and successful entrepreneur, you are increasing the chances of becoming a success yourself.

When looking for inspiration I often find myself consulting Google for quotes and interesting nuggets of information that has been said by some of the world’s most extraordinary entrepreneurs. In a way it is a reminder that other people have experienced what you too are facing, and that if you are relentless when pursuing your goals, you can and will achieve them!

Today’s post is quite a fun one and if I’m honest, it was only supposed to be 15-20 quotes but I just kept on finding such great quotes that I had to extend it to 30…

…I could probably make it 50!

The following is a compilation of various motivational quotes from famous entrepreneurs and are in no particular order, nor are they a definitive list of the best quotes ever. This is a list of my personal favorites and some that have helped me to focus on my goal of becoming a successful entrepreneur and internet marketer.

I am sure that you have some favorite quotes of your own and I would love to hear them – there are just so many quotes out there that it would be impossible to define which are the best so feel free to add some of your favorites in the ‘comments’ section below.

Along with each of their quotes I have also managed to give some more details on each of the entrepreneurs below, which you might find interesting. For example some of the ‘net worth’ figures below are truly staggering and really do allow you to put into perspective the kind of success that some of these guys have had – Enjoy!

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Name: Steve Jobs

Age: 55 (born February 24th, 1955)

Occupation: Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Apple

Net Worth: $6.1 billion

Quote: “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”

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Name: Walter Elias AKA ‘Walt Disney’

Died: Aged 65 (December 15th, 1966)

Occupation: Co-founder of Walt Disney Productions

Net Worth: $1.1 billion

Quote: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”

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Name: Richard Branson

Age: 60 (born July 18th, 1950)

Occupation: Chairman of the Virgin Group

Net Worth: $4 billion

Quote: “My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had – everyday I’m learning something new”

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Name: Oprah Winfrey

Age: 56 (born January 29th, 1954)

Occupation: American Television Host

Net Worth: $2.7 billion

Quote: “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself”

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Name: Robert Collier

Died: Aged 65 (1950)

Occupation: Author of Self Help and New Thought Metaphysical Books in the 20th Century

Net Worth: Multi-millionaire (no published worth)

Quote: “The great successful men of the world have used their imagination?they think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building – steadily building”

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Name: Brian Tracy

Age: 65 (born November 26th, 1944)

Occupation: Self-help Author

Net Worth: Unknown

Quote: “Personal development is your springboard to personal excellence. Ongoing, continuous, non-stop personal development literally assures you that there is no limit to what you can accomplish”

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Name: Bill Gates

Age: 55 (born October 28th, 1955)

Occupation: Chairman of Microsoft

Net Worth: $54 billion

Quote: “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure”

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Name: Henry Ford

Died: Aged 83 (April 7th, 1947)

Occupation: American Industrialist and Founder of the Ford Motor Company

Net Worth: $188.1 billion (According to Forbes in February 2008)

Quotes: “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently”

“A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large”

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Name: Larry Page

Age: 37 (born March 26th, 1973)

Occupation: Co-founder of Google

Net Worth: $15 billion

Quote: “You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea”

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Name: Alan Sugar

Age: 63 (born March 24th, 1947)

Occupation: British Entrepreneur and Founder of Amstrad

Net Worth: $1.14 billion

Quote: “Once you decide to work for yourself, you never go back to work for somebody else”

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Name: Donald Trump

Age: 64 (born June 14th, 1946)

Occupation: Chairman and CEO of The Trump Organization

Net Worth: $2 billion

Quotes: “Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war”

“I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That’s were the fun is”

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Name: Robert Kiyosaki

Age: 63 (born April 8th, 1947)

Occupation: American Businessman, Motivational Speaker and Author of ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’

Net Worth: $80 million (According to celebritynetworth.com)

Quote: “Academic qualifications are important and so is financial education. They’re both important and schools are forgetting one of them”

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Name: Linda Chandler

Age: Unknown

Occupation: American Businesswoman and CEO of the CoreValue Training Program

Net Worth: Unknown

Quote: “Think P.I.G. – that’s my motto. P stands for Persistence, I stands for Integrity, and G stands for Guts. These are the ingredients for a successful business and a successful life”

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Name: Anita Roddick

Died: Aged 64 (September 10th, 2007)

Occupation: Founder of The Body Shop

Net Worth: $1.03 billion

Quote: “I have always found that my view of success has been iconoclastic: success to me is not about money or status or fame, its about finding a livelihood that brings me joy and self-sufficiency and a sense of contributing to the world”

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Name: Roy Ash

Age: born 1918

Occupation: Co-founder of Litton Industries

Net Worth: Unknown

Quote: “An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it”

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Name: Warren Buffett

Age: 80 (born August 30th, 1930)

Occupation: American Investor

Net Worth: $45 billion

Quote: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently”

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Name: Michael Jordan

Age: 47 (born February 17th, 1963)

Occupation: American Basketball Player

Net Worth: $500 million

Quote: “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed”

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Name: Jim Rohn

Died: Aged 79 (December 5th, 2009)

Occupation: American Entrepreneur, Author and Motivational Speaker

Net Worth: Unknown

Quote: “Formal education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune”

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Name: L.A. Reid

Age: 54 (born June 7th, 1956)

Occupation: Co-founder of LaFace Records

Net Worth: $300 million

Quote: “Find your passion… then it is no longer work!”

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Name: Colonel Sanders

Died: Aged 90 (December 16th, 1980)

Occupation: Founder of KFC

Net Worth: Unknown

Quote: “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know”

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Name: Russell Simmons

Age: 53 (born October 4th, 1957)

Occupation: Founder of Def Jam Records

Net Worth: $340 million (2007)

Quote: “I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have”

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Name: Peter Jones

Age: 44 (born March 18th, 1966)

Occupation: British Entrepreneur, Investor and Founder of Phones International Group

Net Worth: $220 million

Quote: “Believe in yourself, never give up and go about your business with passion drive and enthusiasm”

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Name: Martha Stewart

Age: 69 (born August 3rd, 1941)

Occupation: American Business Magnate, Television Host and Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Net Worth: $638 million (2007)

Quote: “I think it’s very important that whatever you’re trying to make or sell, or teach has to be basically good. A bad product and you know what? You won’t be here in ten years”

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Name: Zig Ziglar

Age: 84 (born November 6th, 1926)

Occupation: American Author, Salesperson and Motivational speaker

Net Worth: $15 million

Quote: “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win”

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Name: Michael Gerber

Age: born 1936

Occupation: Author of ‘Awakening the Entrepreneur Within’

Net Worth: Unknown

Quote: “The entrepreneur is not really interested in doing the work; he is interested in creating the way the company operates. In that regard, the entrepreneur is an inventor. He or she loves to invent, but does not love to manufacture or sell or distribute what he or she invents”

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Name: Todd Garland

Age: 28

Occupation: Founder of BuySellAds.com

Net Worth: Unknown

Quote: “Openly share and talk to people about your idea. Use their lack of interest or doubt to fuel your motivation to make it happen”

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Name: Biz Stone

Age: 36 (born March 10th, 1974)

Occupation: Co-founder of Twitter and helped to create and launch Xanga.com and Blogger.com

Net Worth: $200 million

Quote: “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success”

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Name: Jeff Bezos

Age: 46 (born January 12th, 1964)

Occupation: Chairman and CEO of Amazon

Net Worth: $12.6 billion

Quote:“One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.”

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I am sure you will agree that some of the quotes above really are true words of wisdom. I hope you have enjoyed reading this post today and I hope they have encouraged and inspired the inner-entrepreneur within you to be all that it can be!

Thank you for reading and I wish you all great success,

Luke Etheridge
Business Development & Partnerships
Blogtrepreneur.com

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