Whether you are preparing to launch your own startup or are looking for inspiration to help you with other areas of your life, the following 11 entrepreneurs can help you focus on what really matters and learn the importance of continuously striving for success.
1. Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari, Inc. and Chuck E. Cheese
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“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 has been involved in more than 20 companies. He currently serves as the chairman and co-founder of Brainrush.
2. Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook
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“If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”
Mark Zuckerberg is known for being one of the creators of Facebook, and he also launched the Internet.org project with the goal of helping 5 billion people worldwide get online.
3. John Rampton, Founder of Blogging.org, PPC.org, Due.com and Pixloo
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“You can say anything to anyone, but how you say it will determine how they will react.”
John Rampton is an entrepreneur, angel investor and writer who contributes to The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur and Forbes. His most recent business launch is due.com which provides tools for simple online time tracking and invoicing. The blog also offers online business advice through articles such as “The 12-Step Program To Recover Your Blog From Any Google Penalty”
4. Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks
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“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.”
Howard Schultz doesn’t just bring us some of the most popular and delicious coffee in the world, either. He has also served on Square, Inc.’s board of directors and was the owner of the Seattle SuperSonics from 2002 – 2006.
5. Steve Jobs, Co-founder and Former CEO of Apple
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“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Steve Jobs passed away in 2011 after one of the most successful entrepreneurial careers there has ever been. He is credited with being a pioneer of the American computer revolution and was also the owner of Pixar.
6. Jim Rohn, Former Vice President of Nutri-Bio
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“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”
Jim Rohn’s rags to riches story enabled him to become a successful motivational speaker and author after Nutrio-Bio went out of business. Rohn passed away in 2009.
7. Estée Lauder, Co-founder of the Estée Lauder Companies
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“I didn’t get here by dreaming or thinking about it. I got here by doing it.”
Estée Lauder began working with beauty products as a teenager and released her first fragrance, Youth Dew, in 1953. Lauder passed away in 2004 after a successful 51 year career that included being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
8. Thomas Edison, Founder of the Edison Electric Light Company
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“I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others. I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”
Thomas Edison’s list of accomplishments includes the electric light bulb, the motion picture camera. and developing the phonograph.
9. Kallum J. Mitterer, Founder of Peak Nootropics
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“Controlling our thoughts and behaviors is the single most important factor of success. Everything else is just an edge over people who don’t harness these abilities.”
Kallum Mitterer, a 26-year-old entrepreneur, is one of the top online merchants in the business world today. He’s made a career of marketing nootropics that unlock the key to ultimate brain health and life hacks. Mitterer’s quick rise at such a young age showcases the fact that everyone’s potential for entrepreneurial success is truly “Limitless.”
10. Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group
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“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
Richard Branson has been bringing his business ideas to life since the age of 16. Branson is also involved in several humanitarian causes and has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies.
11. Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Landmark Theaters
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“Work like there is someone working 24-hours a day to take it all away from you.”
Mark Cuban is an outspoken entrepreneur and author of How to Win at the Sport of Business. He has built a diverse and successful business career that has enabled him to accrue an estimated net worth of $3 billion. Cuban’s accomplishments include co-owning 2929 Entertainment, owning Landmark Theaters and the Dallas Mavericks, and appearing as an investor on “Shark Tank.”
All of these quotes are a good inspirational starting point for any entrepreneur who wants to take their ideas to the next level. You can also derive inspiration by reading additional quotes from some of the most notable female leaders throughout history.
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