Entrepreneurship Quotes – Knowledge Bombs To Keep You Motivated

Entrepreneurship Quotes To Live By

If you haven't noticed, starting a business can be challenging.  I put together this set of great entrepreneurship quotes to keep you motivated and focused on the way ahead.  Let me know if you have any suggestions that I should add to this post.  Cheers!


“If your life feels empty, you have more to offer.” ~ Adam Braun, The Promise of a Pencil

"Tension is the distance between where you are and where you should be.” ~ Anonymous

“When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.” ~ Eckhart Tolle


“Give me a fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself.” ~ Vilfredo Pareto

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts….” ~ William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Finding Your Why

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.” ~ Origin unclear

The Leap Of Faith And Commitment

"But when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one important matter. We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money — booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way." ~ Scottish mountaineer, W. H. Murray

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If it doesn’t cost you your life, it isn’t a quest.” ~ Seth Godin, The Dip

(I like this Seth Godin quote, and I don’t.  It is true that sometimes in life we have to take a leap of faith.  But this also potentially smacks of taking leaps without preparation.  Where is the “plant, cultivate, harvest” perspective?  What about just doing the work, day in and day out?  Additional related thoughts here.)

“Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.” ~ Chris Hadfield, Canadian Astronaut

"There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures."
William Shakespeare, Julius Casear

Priorities And Focus

“In my experience, the people who struggle with the so-called “life purpose” question, always complain that they don’t know what to do.  But the real problem is not that they don’t know what to do.  It’s that they don’t know what to give up.” ~ Mark Manson

Competence And Execution

“When you see someone who has a lot of knowledge, they learned it over time.  When you see someone who has a lot of skills, they developed them over time.  When you see someone who has done a lot, they accomplished it over time.  When you see someone who has a lot of money, they earned it over time.  The key is over time.  Success is built sequentially.  It’s one thing at a time.” ~ Gary Keller

“B work turned in on time is better than A+ work turned in late.” ~ A current United States Ambassador

“A true cleaner never tells you what he’s doing or what he’s planning.  You find out after the job is complete.” ~ Tim Grover, Relentless

(So true.  Blathering on about goals saps momentum.)


"If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning.  And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first." ~ Mark Twain 

(This Mark Twain quote is about doing the tough stuff first.  Learn more about the Eat That Frog quote here.)

“In Delay There Lies No Plenty.” ~ William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.  (Related thoughts here.)

"When learning, your mind will consistently switch between the following two states:

Focus mode:

This state occurs when you are consciously focusing on learning, reading, watching videos, or working on a project.

Diffuse mode:

This state occurs subconsciously, at times when you are not actively learning, such as doing the dishes, exercising, sleeping, etc. When in this state your mind goes about the business of connecting what you have been learning to the other things you know. This is where break-throughs happen.

It's important to know that your mind goes through these two states to learn because you can utilize this to make your learning more efficient. When stuck on a concept or project taking a break to refresh and let your subconscious go to work connecting what you are learning together more often than not leads to a solution to your problem. The trick is that you have to put effort into solving the problem first and then take a break." ~ The Odin Project

(Additional thoughts on this quote here.)

Entrepreneurship Quotes - Do You Have Suggestions?

Let me know in the comments below if any of these quotes inspire you on your entrepreneurial journey.  If you have any additional quotes you suggest I include in this post, let me know.  I'll consider all suggestions.

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