The Secrets to Their Success? 25 Quotes From Famous Entrepreneurs


There is no simple formula for creating a successful business. Luckily, there is an easy way to improve your chances.

And that’s by listening to the wisdom of those who have done it already.

With that in mind, here are 25 quotes from famous entrepreneurs…


1) "If you can dream it, you can do it."

-Walt Disney, founder of The Walt Disney Company

2) "Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming."

-Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Enterprises

“Capital isn't that important in business. Experience isn't that important. You can get both of these things. What is important is ideas.”

-Harvey Firestone, founder of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.

4) “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.”

-Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and Pixar

5) “Find your passion… then it is no longer work!”

-L.A. Reid, co-founder of LaFace Records


6) “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!"

-Madam C.J. Walker, creator of beauty products and the first female self-made millionaire

7) “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

-Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari & Chuck E. Cheese’s

8) “The key is to just get on the bike, and the key to getting on the bike… is to stop thinking about ‘there are a bunch of reasons I might fall off’ and just hop on and peddle the damned thing. You can pick up a map, a tire pump, and better footwear along the way.”

-Dick Costolo, founder of

9) “The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try.”

-Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies


10) “Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.”

-Thomas Edison, founder of General Electric (GE)

11) “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.”

-Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC

12) “Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that's exactly what it is.”

-Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

13) “Don’t ever let anyone tell you that something is too competitive. Once you subtract the people who don’t work very hard, or the people who aren’t as good as you, your competition shrinks dramatically.”

-Maggie Mason, founder of Mighty Goods

“Life is really simple as far as I’m concerned. There is no luck, you work hard and study things intently. If you do that for long and hard enough you’re successful.”

-Jason Calacanis, founder of Weblogs, Inc.


15) "When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure."

-Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

“It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.”

-Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, co-founder of, founder of HDNet


17) “Entrepreneurs are risk takers, willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise. They willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

-Victor Kiam, owner of Remington Products

“The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

-Guy Kawasaki, venture capitalist, CEO of Garage Technology Ventures

“A friendship founded on business is a good deal better than a business founded on friendship.”

-John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil

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

-Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

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

-Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam

“One of the unique things we small companies have over the big guys is the ability to establish personal relationships. Big companies really can't do that. You read about effective organizations, learning organizations, lean and mean organizations, but small companies can be virtuous. We as small companies can have virtue because we as small companies are basically the embodiment of one or two people, and people can have virtue, while organizations really can't."

-Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Company

“Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you're generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make.”

-Donald Trump, real estate developer

24) “High expectations are the key to everything.”

-Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart


25) “I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.”

-Martha Stewart, founder of Omnimedia


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Posted at 10:01 pm
The Baldchemist says

Here's one you should always remember: "Good enough is never good enough because it's dull, boring and expected" The Baldchemist
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javanese-script says

i think if anybody want to be success, must read that 25 quotes
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Tom At The Home Business Archive says

Good quotes! Do like the really successful people, they must have done something right to be where they are today.
Posted at 9:33 pm
Peter Oliver says

While most of those are great business truths, I'm hesitant to subscribe to the advice of people like Rockefeller. Sure, it may lead to the greatest fortune ever amassed (, but it also takes a certain type of person to shun friends and a meaningful life in pursuit of profit. That said, great list! ;)
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TomZ says

Thanks Peter. I agree with you - everyone has a different view of what's important. I think the key is to learn from those who have achieved success, while still maintaining your own principles.
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Imran Anwar says

Great list of quotes. I am happy to add my personal quote and motto, if it inspires anyone. "Change the world, bit by bit, byte by byte." - Imran Anwar
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Betty Holly says

Keep it all in perspective, "learning lessons one at a time are the building blocks of the future."
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mojisola says

now i know all they have to say; need to get out of here as fast as i can and work at my dream as hard as i can so i'll say anything i want to and make a difference
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Albert Nyakotey says

All the disappointments could be lessons for success if one is resolute and focused on realising one's dreams. I have read many useful quotes from great achievers for purposes of motivation, we should always remember that "If you can dream it, you can do it."
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Williams Ndukwe says

Yes i follow the quotes, add being principle and honest.
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megha says

good ones!!! But i feel they are a bit old ones..lets come up with new quotes guys!! SO u all gen-X entrepreneurs,wake up!!
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