Inspirational Quotations for Entrepreneurs and Startups 2012

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Being an entrepreneur, particularly in the early days can be tough. The wise words of others who have gone before and succeeded, often inspires and provides the fuel to move forward. …

Being an entrepreneur, particularly in the early days can be tough. The wise words of others who have gone before and succeeded, often inspires and provides the fuel to move forward.

In this book you will find quotations that are perfect for almost every situation an entrepreneur faces, from individuals as diverse as Abraham Lincoln to Bill Gates and Mark Twain to Anita Roddick.

We hope they inspire and motivate you in the way they do us.

Martin Soorjoo

Founder
Investor Pitch Clinic

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  • 1. Quotations forEntrepreneurs
  • 2. Being an entrepreneur, particularly in the early days can betough. The wise words of others who have gone before andsucceeded, often inspires and provides the fuel to moveforward.In this book you will find quotations that are perfect for almostevery situation an entrepreneur faces, from individuals asdiverse as Abraham Lincoln to Bill Gates and Mark Twain to AnitaRoddick.We hope they inspire and motivate you in the way they do us.Martin SoorjooFounder
  • 3. "Whatever you’re thinking, think bigger.” Tony Hsieh – Zappos
  • 4. "Those who are willing to take action andtake risks succeed. The others fadequickly.” Bradley Smith
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  • 6. “Youve got to get up every morning withdetermination if youre going to go tobed with satisfaction.” George Lorimer
  • 7. "Every day at a startup is a rollercoaster." Mike Hudack CEO,Co-Founder Blip TV
  • 8. "It’s never too late to be who you mighthave been’” George Elliot
  • 9. "When you innovate, you’ve got to beprepared for people telling you that youare nuts. " Larry Ellison , Founder Oracle
  • 10. “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow anaction, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap acharacter; sow a character, reap adestiny.” Chinese Proverb
  • 11. Advice for every pitchsituation a modern dayentrepreneur will encounterWhether youre pitching forfunding, the media, or topotential customers andpartners, to survive andsucceed as an entrepreneur,you have to know how todeliver a high-impactpitch. Heres the Pitch revealspowerful proven techniquesto get your audience to takethe action you want.Youll learn the samestrategies and tactics thathave been used byentrepreneurs to raisemillions of dollars, securepartnerships, and win bigsales contracts.
  • 12. "We were young, but we had goodadvice and good ideas and lots ofenthusiasm." Bill Gates
  • 13. “I could not wait for success, so I wentahead without it” Jonathan Winters
  • 14. "The middle of every successful projectlooks like a disaster" Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  • 15. “You can’t build a reputation on whatyou’re going to do.” Henry Ford
  • 16. Fund Your Startup
  • 17. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn
  • 18. “If you don’t have a competitiveadvantage, don’t compete.” Jack Welch
  • 19. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some peoplearent used to an environment whereexcellence is expected.” Steve Jobs
  • 20. "Unless a man undertakes more than hepossibly can do, he will never do all thathe can." Henry Drummond
  • 21. “The difference between the impossibleand the possible lies in a mansdetermination.” Tommy Lasorda
  • 22. “You have to learn the rules of the game.And then you have to play better thananyone else.” Albert Einstein
  • 23. "However beautiful the strategy, youshould occasionally look at the results. " Winston Churchill
  • 24. “Nothing can stop the man with the rightmental attitude from achieving his goal,nothing can help the man with the wrongattitude.” Jefferson
  • 25. "Keep away from people who try tobelittle your ambitions. Small peoplealways do that, but the really great makeyou feel that you, too, can becomegreat." Mark Twain
  • 26. “If youre interested, youll do whatsconvenient. If youre committed, youlldo whatever it takes.” John Assaraf
  • 27. “The critical ingredient is getting off yourbutt and doing something. Its as simpleas that. A lot of people have ideas, butthere are few who decide to dosomething about them now. Nottomorrow. Not next week. But today.The true entrepreneur is a doer, not adreamer."Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and Chuck E.Cheeses
  • 28. “It always seems impossible until itsdone.” Anonymous
  • 29. “Dont wait. The time will never be justright.” Napoleon Hill
  • 30. " Fall seven times; stand up eight" Japanese proverb
  • 31. “Life is not a matter of holding goodcards, but sometimes, playing a poorhand well.” Jack London
  • 32. "Happy are those who dream dreams andare ready to pay the price to make themcome true.“ Leon J. Suenes
  • 33. "Success is the good fortune that comesfrom aspiration, desperation,perspiration and inspiration." Evan Esar
  • 34. "Go confidently in the direction of yourdreams. Live the life you have imagined. " Henry David Thoreau
  • 35. I think a hero is an ordinary individualwho finds strength to persevere andendure in spite of overwhelmingobstacles. Christopher Reeves
  • 36. “Nobody who ever gave his bestregretted it.” George Hala
  • 37. “Wherever you see a successful business,someone once made a courageousdecision.” Peter F. Drucker
  • 38. There is only one thing that makes adream impossible to achieve: the fear offailure" Paulo Coelho
  • 39. “Success consists of going from failure tofailure without loss of enthusiasm.” Sir Winston Churchill
  • 40. “To be successful, you must decideexactly what you want to accomplish,then resolve to pay the price to get it.” Bunker Hunt
  • 41. "If you havent failed 5X as many times asyou succeeded youre not prepared forsuccess" Jay Adelson , Co-Founder Digg
  • 42. "The question isnt who is going to letme; its who is going to stop me" Ayn Rand
  • 43. "You cant wait for inspiration. You haveto go after it with a club." Jack London
  • 44. "There are lots of good reasons toabandon a project. Having a littlecompetition is not one of them." Seth Godin
  • 45. "Always deliver more than expected.” Larry Page
  • 46. You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t dosomething, which is what most peopledo. You should focus on why perhaps youcan." Steve Case AOL
  • 47. "Life is either a daring adventure ornothing." Helen Keller
  • 48. "If you aren’t getting rejected on a dailybasis, your goals aren’t ambitiousenough. " Chris Dixon, Co-Founder Hunch
  • 49. "Don’t be shy about believing in yourideas - even if folks around you thinkyou’re crazy. " Tim Westergren, Founder Pandora
  • 50. "Always bear in mind that your ownresolution to success is more importantthan any other one thing." Abraham Lincoln
  • 51. "Vision without action is a daydream.Action without vision is a nightmare " Japanese Proverb
  • 52. "In the business world, the rear viewmirror is always clearer that thewindshield " Warren Buffett
  • 53. “Be nice to geek’s, you’ll probably end upworking for one" Bill Gates
  • 54. “If you think you can, you can. And if youthink you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
  • 55. “There are people that sit and talk aboutwhere they want to be, and there arepeople who go out and be who theywant to be " Anonymous
  • 56. "The only limit to our realization oftomorrow will be our doubts of today." Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 57. "It is a rough road that leads to theheights of greatness." Seneca
  • 58. “Opportunities multiply as they areseized.” Sun Tzu
  • 59. "In life you need either inspiration ordesperation" Tony Robbins
  • 60. “The most valuable thing you can make isa mistake. You cant learn anything frombeing perfect.” Adam Osborne - American Entrepreneur
  • 61. "I have not failed. Ive just found 10,000ways that wont work" Thomas Edison, inventor and scientist
  • 62. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling,but in getting up every time we do.” Confucius
  • 63. “Successful leaders see the opportunitiesin every difficulty rather than thedifficulty in every opportunity.” Reed Markham
  • 64. "If past history was all there was to thegame, the richest people would belibrarians." Warren Buffett
  • 65. A real entrepreneur is somebody who hasno safety net underneath them." Henry Kravis - Co founder PE Firm
  • 66. "Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failuresbefore final success. What sets thesuccessful ones apart is their amazingpersistence " Lisa M. Amos
  • 67. “If you dont see yourself as a winner,then you cannot perform as a winner” Zig Ziglar
  • 68. "Winners have simply formed the habit ofdoing things losers dont like to do " Sir Winston Churchill
  • 69. "Innovation distinguishes between aleader and a follower“ Steve Jobs
  • 70. “There are no secrets to success. It is theresult of preparation, hard work, andlearning from failure.” Colin Powell
  • 71. “Obstacles are those frightful things youcan see when you take your eyes off yourgoal.” Henry Ford
  • 72. "Screw it, ,Lets Do it" Sir Richard Branson
  • 73. "The best way to predict the future is toinvent it.” Alan Kay, Computer Scientist
  • 74. “I know the price of success: dedication,hard work and an unremitting devotionto the things you want to see happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright
  • 75. "Nobody talks of entrepreneurship assurvival, but thats exactly what it is.” Anita Roddick - Founder Body Shop
  • 76. "It is easier to go down a hill than up, butthe view is from the top.” Arnold Bennett
  • 77. “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t dosomething, which is what most peopledo. You should focus on why perhaps youcan." Steve Case AOL
  • 78. "Nothing will ever be attempted if allpossible objections must first beovercome." Samuel Johnson
  • 79. " The more I want to get somethingdone, the less I call it work.” Richard Bach
  • 80. “Do not go where the path may lead, goinstead where there is no path and leavea trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 81. “I do not think there is any other qualityso essential to success of any kind as thequality of perseverance. It overcomesalmost everything, even nature.” Rockerfeller
  • 82. "Fortune favors the brave." Publius Terence
  • 83. " Failure is the opportunity to beginagain, more intelligently .“ Henry Ford
  • 84. "Theres always room in your life forthinking bigger, pushing limits &imagining the impossible." Anonymous
  • 85. " Talk does not cook rice." Chinese Proverb
  • 86. "When you reach an obstacle, turn it into anopportunity. You have the choice. You canovercome and be a winner, or you can allowit to overcome you and be a loser. The choiceis yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw inthe towel. Go that extra mile that failuresrefuse to travel. It is far better to beexhausted from success than to be restedfrom failure."Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • 87. "I had to make my own living and my ownopportunity! But I made it! Dont sit downand wait for the opportunities to come.Get up and make them!"Madam C.J. Walker, creator of a popular line ofAfrican-American hair care products andAmericas first black female millionaire
  • 88. “Failure defeats losers, failure inspireswinners.”Robert T. Kiyosaki, author, entrepreneur
  • 89. “In order to succeed, your desire forsuccess should be greater than your fearof failure.” Bill Cosby
  • 90. “If everything seems under control,you’re just not going fast enough.” Mario Andretti
  • 91. “I’ve always worked very, very hard, andthe harder I worked, the luckier I got.” Alan Bond
  • 92. “I can accept failure, everyone fails atsomething. But I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan
  • 93. “Better understated than overstated. Letpeople be surprised that it was morethan you promised and easier than yousaid.” Jim Rohn
  • 94. “Every accomplishment starts with thedecision to try.” Anonymous
  • 95. "Its not whether you get knocked down,its whether you get up." Vince Lombardi
  • 96. “Successful and unsuccessful people donot vary greatly in their abilities. Theyvary in their desires to reach theirpotential.” Maxwell
  • 97. “The important thing is not being afraidto take a chance. Remember, thegreatest failure is to not try. Once youfind something you love to do, be thebest at doing it." Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies
  • 98. “If you have an urge to build somethingthat could change the world, don’t focuson the money, but the legacy you’ll leavebehind.” Alexander Tamas
  • 99. “I could not wait for success, so I wentahead without it.” Jonathan Winters
  • 100. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss,youll land among the stars.” Les Brown
  • 101. “When I want to think, I sit. When I wantto change, I act.” Japanese Proverb
  • 102. “I have failed over and over and overagain in my life and that is why Isucceed.” Michael Jordan
  • 103. “You dont have to be great to start, butyou have to start to be great” Joe Sarah
  • 104. “Never look back unless you are planningto go that way” Henry David Thoreau
  • 105. “Go for it now. The future is promised to noone” Wayne Dyer
  • 106. “I do not believe a man can ever leave hisbusiness. He ought to think of it by dayand dream of it by night.” – Henry Ford
  • 107. “Entrepreneurship is neither a sciencenor an art. It is a practice.” – PeterDrucker
  • 108. “The superior man is modest in hisspeech, but exceeds in his actions.” –Confucius
  • 109. "Learn by doing. Theory is nice, butnothing replaces actual experience. "Tony Hsieh
  • 110. “I had never been interested in being ‘inbusiness’. I’ve been interested in creatingthings.” Richard Branson
  • 111. "Its hard to do a really good job onanything you dont think about in theshower Paul Graham
  • 112. “I owe my success to having listenedrespectfully to the very best advice, andthen going away and doing the exactopposite.” – G. K. Chesterton,
  • 113. "The Difference Between Success andFailure is the Ability to Adapt - JackBauer
  • 114. To accomplish great things, we must notonly act, but also dream; not only plan,but also believe.Anatole France - Poet
  • 115. Good entrepreneurs have a chip on theirshoulders. They are out to provesomething.Mark Suster
  • 116. “ My life has been a series of well-orchestrated accidents; I’ve alwayssuffered from hallucinogenic optimism. ”Evan Williams
  • 117. There is no such thing as a quantum leap.There is only dogged persistence - and inthe end you make it look like a quantumleap.James Dyson
  • 118. “ The true entrepreneur is a doer, not adreamer. Nolan Bushnell
  • 119. “ Big companies will talk to you, criticizeyou, then copy you. ” David Ulevitch
  • 120. "Do or do not. There is no try. "- Yoda
  • 121. Advice for every pitchsituation a modern dayentrepreneur will encounterWhether youre pitching forfunding, the media, or topotential customers andpartners, to survive andsucceed as an entrepreneur,you have to know how todeliver a high-impactpitch. Heres the Pitch revealspowerful proven techniquesto get your audience to takethe action you want.Youll learn the samestrategies and tactics thathave been used byentrepreneurs to raisemillions of dollars, securepartnerships, and win bigsales contracts.
  • 122. "If you set your goals ridiculously highand it’s a failure, you will fail aboveeveryone else’s success."James Cameron
  • 123. "In a startup, things seem great onemoment and hopeless the next. And bynext, I mean a couple hours later. "Paul Graham
  • 124. The spirit, the will to win, and the will toexcel are the things that endure. Thesequalities are so much more importantthan the events that occur. Vince Lombardi
  • 125. We believed in ourselves all year. That’s theposition you want to be in. Eli Manning
  • 126. You have to play this game like somebody justhit your mother with a two-by-four. Dan Birdwell
  • 127. If you arent going all the way, why go at all? Joe Namath
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