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    12 November 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!


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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

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


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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!”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    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”


    Name: Todd Garland

    Age: 28

    Occupation: Founder of

    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”


    Name: Biz Stone

    Age: 36 (born March 10th, 1974)

    Occupation: Co-founder of Twitter and helped to create and launch and

    Net Worth: $200 million

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


    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.”


    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

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    26 Responses to Top 30 Inspirational Entrepreneur Quotes

    1. Adam Toren November 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm #


      You’ve definitely put together a solid list of Entrepreneurial Quotes here! Love the Zig Ziglar quote you have on the list, its now my ‘quote of the day!’ “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win”

      • Luke Etheridge November 13, 2010 at 6:55 am #


        Thanks for the comment bro – really enjoyed putting this together!

        It really does make you realize just how successful these guys have become and their quotes make you feel unbelievably motivated to be successful.

        Cheers man,


        P.S. You need an avatar man!

    2. James November 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

      Biz stone’s quote was my favorite: “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success”

      Also great to see Robert Collier on this list.. one of my favorite authors.

      Thanks for sharing these

      • Luke Etheridge November 13, 2010 at 6:58 am #

        James – I love Biz Stone’s quote, especially knowing his background because it is SO true!

        A lot of online successes seem to be ‘overnight’ because you all of a sudden hear of them when they are successful and established so many people become naive and do not think about the YEARS of hard work someone has gone through in order to achieve that success.

        Thanks for the email too bro – good to have you at Blogtrepreneur!


    3. Morgan November 12, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

      The one thing I love about Twitter is that there’s an inspirational quote about every 5 seconds! Though having a personal mentor would be much better than just a few quotes, the inspirational quotes can help give that slight push. These are great quotes! Thanks for sharing!

      • Luke Etheridge November 13, 2010 at 7:05 am #


        Thanks for your comments ;) They are always very appreciated.

        Yes a personal mentor is a GREAT thing but sometimes quotes are just enough to get those entrepreneurial juices flowing!


    4. John Paul Aguiar November 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

      Have to say that Jordan quote is perfect man.

      More people need to realize, success doesn’t come without some failures first.

      • Luke Etheridge November 13, 2010 at 7:08 am #

        John, I am glad you said this man – I was half expecting people to say something like, “Jordan isn’t an entrepreneur, he’s a sports personality”.

        But I just loved it and it really made me smile when I read it so it just HAD to go in this list.

        Cheers John,


    5. Bieraait November 15, 2010 at 9:47 am #

      “I had rather attempt something great and fail, than to attempt nothing at all and succeed”

      by Robert H. Schuller

      It describes the kind of motivation everyone should have.

      • Luke Etheridge November 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

        Thanks for the contribution Bieraait – brilliant quote which would have fit nicely in the collection above!

        I’m a massive believer in this – If your gonna do something great then do it and try your best with all of the effort you have.

        Thanks again buddy,


    6. JohnAtBlogtrepreneur November 15, 2010 at 10:35 am #

      Luke: Love this list! You see quote lists all over, but few if any take the time you have to say anything about the quote authors or provide pics. Great list!

      Bieraait: Great addition! Thanks!

      • Luke Etheridge November 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

        Cheers John – I thought our readers might quite like some additional information on each of the entrepreneurs and was quite keen to offer them a list of various other things other than just quotes.

        I think a list of quotes which is purely text is really boring and the quotes don’t tend to stand out and I hope that others see the benefit of the images above.

        Glad you liked the post John!


    7. John November 17, 2010 at 10:44 am #

      Your list is definitely great. I know you could have put a bunch more up here, but the ones you do have are great. Especially the quote from the great Colonel Sanders – “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”.

      I love this one because this is the mindset of every person that has succeeded with what they wanted to do or accomplish. Once you have your mind made up to be something and you put your best foot forward regardless of anything else around you, it will be hard to not succeed.

      • Luke Etheridge November 17, 2010 at 10:54 am #

        Cheers mate! – Yes this is certainly the mindset that I employ personally.

        If you have your eyes firmly on your goal and you don’t let others drag you down or look at things in a negative light, you will almost indefinitely succeed.

        “Be optimistic, Be successful!” – Luke Etheridge, 2010

        Haha, had to get that one in there too buddy ;)

        Thanks for the comment and positive feedback.


    8. Adolfo November 20, 2010 at 2:44 am #

      Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction.

    9. Jia Jun November 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

      This is a wonderful list Luke!
      A very great cheers on your hardwork in listing it out and share on your site.

      My personal favourite is this :

      Great minds discuss concepts,
      Average minds discuss events,
      Small minds discuss others,
      Minute minds only discuss themselves.
      Vijay Eswaran

      Keep it up Luke, looking forward to see more great content sharing from you. :D

    10. Jani November 25, 2010 at 7:46 am #

      Thanks for publishing these inspiring and motivational quotes online.

      My personal favorite is: “Never quit. Never, never quit.”

    11. anuj December 1, 2010 at 10:11 am #

      thnxx… love all quotes

    12. Shagun Bagga January 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

      A wonderful collection of all the inspirational quotes to read just at the right time when I am making new goals for my business in the beginning of the new year.

      I always remember one of my mentors saying that business is all about taking risks but for sure CALCULATED RISKS.

      Love Zig Ziglar’s quote: “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win”

      Thanks Luke for giving a good start of the day!!

    13. stacie January 12, 2012 at 4:34 am #

      great top 30 inspirational entrepreneur quotes! You’re right, Luke! All these quotes above are true words of wisdom. We can always learn important and useful things from successful businessmen like Larry Page, Yuri Mintskovsky or Zig Ziglar. They are great role models! thanks for this wonderful post, Luke! I really enjoyed reading it! Keep up the good work!

    14. Kenny June 22, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      i got excited every minute i discovered this inspired quote from wonderfull people i haven’t met but still doing things standing out in field of business.

    15. Ankit June 25, 2012 at 3:54 am #

      Overloaded with lot of inspiration !! Every quote can be a life changer !!! hats off

    16. Mukesh @ geniuskick September 8, 2012 at 9:01 am #

      There are many obstacles that pop up in Entrepreneurs’ way. These kind of motivational and inspirational quotes are what act as guiding forces even if there is no one to stand by. These are brilliant quotes. Thanks for sharing!

    17. Tumi September 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

      Michael gerbers words are the most powerful one to me.

    18. Alice September 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

      “This is my best quotes from the list It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently by Warren.”

    19. motivasi May 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

      Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up and the rest
      of the website is also very good.

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