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30 Best Quotes to Encourage You to be a Successful Entrepreneur

30 Best Quotes to Encourage You to be a Successful Entrepreneur

Motivational quotes can help successful entrepreneurs to stay inspired. To assist you in finding quotes that can inspire you, 30 quotes have been compiled below to encourage you. Scroll through the quotes, choose one that inspires you, and then share it on social media.

Quotes to encourage startups and those starting out as entrepreneurs

Discovering quotes that can encourage you while getting your business started as a successful entrepreneur is included below. A startup is someone who has decided to invest in creating a business that is based on a business model. The amazing thing about being a startup is the fact that you are opening up a brand new business that can be just what your target market is looking for.

The goal of this section is to provide you with powerful quotes that will inspire you as your journey begins. Be inspired and encouraged!

1. “Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe~

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    2. “Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” ~Norman Cousins~

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      3. “Ideas can be life-changing.  Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.” ~Jim Rohn~

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        4. “Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.” ~Author Unknown~

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          5. “The closer one gets to the top, the more one finds there is no “top.”” ~Nancy Barcus~

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          Best Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - making to top

            6. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” ~William Feather~

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              7. “Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.” ~Zen Proverb~

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                8. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~Theodore Roosevelt~

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                  9. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” ~Jimmy Johnson~

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                    10. “Hire character. Train skill.” ~Peter Schutz~

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                      Quotes to encourage those building your business

                      It is always helpful to have encouraging words when building your business. As you read these quotes, think about how you can apply them to your process of building the business. It might even be helpful to you if you were to choose some to share with others to encourage them as they build their businesses too.

                      11. “If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.” ~Jim Rohn~

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                      Best Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - business change

                        12. “Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.” ~Author Unknown~

                        Best Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - teamwork

                          13. “The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.” ~Margaret Carty~

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                            14. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” ~Henry Ford~

                            Best Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - team together

                              15. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” ~Woody Allen~

                              Best Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - team success

                                16. “Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles.” ~Walter Cronkite~

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                                  17. “Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most people succeed because they are determined to.” ~Author Unknown~

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                                    18. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.” ~Abraham Lincoln~

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                                    Best Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - resolution

                                      19. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” ~George Smith Patton~

                                      Best Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - success bounce

                                        20. “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” ~George Bernard Shaw~

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                                          Quotes to encourage engaging with others to grow business

                                          An essential part of growing your business is getting connected to others and engaging with them. The quotes in this section will focus on encouraging you to engage and influence others to move in a positive direction. As you engage, keep in mind that it would be great to connect with your peers, clients, competitors and mentors as you encourage them too.

                                          21. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” ~Henry Ford~

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                                            22. “No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

                                            Best Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - individuality

                                              23. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” ~Albert Einstein~

                                              Best Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - value

                                                24. “One must spend time in gathering knowledge to give it out richly.” ~Edward C. Steadman~

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                                                Best Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - knowledge

                                                  25. “When the wisdom speaks, be silent. Do not waste your candle when the sun is there” ~Mehmet Murat ildan~

                                                  Best Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

                                                    26. “There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.” ~Alexander Woollcott~

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                                                      27. “Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.” ~John G. Pollard~

                                                      Best Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - wisdom

                                                        28. “Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” ~Howard Aiken~

                                                        Best Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs - ideas

                                                          29. “Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn’t always have to be their top priority.” ~William Arthur Ward~

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                                                            30. “Make the workmanship surpass the materials.” ~Ovid~

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                                                              The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

                                                              The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

                                                              Regardless of whether you hold an entry-level administration role or regularly travel to the ends of the Earth as a hot-shot senior executive, you can still find yourself harboring an emptiness… a feeling that something is missing. A popular assumption that experiencing job satisfaction and a successful career should be underpinned by a well-rounded suite of tangible benefits, no longer holds true for many of us.

                                                              We’d never deny health care benefits, appropriate and fair remuneration, bonuses and travel perks in a job package. However, even if served to us on a silver platter, those features can only satiate us to a certain point.

                                                              You might wonder what governs entrepreneurs and start-up business owners to quit their lucrative jobs, essentially look the gift horse in the mouth and kiss such benefits goodbye! There can be an irresistible pull to mastermind a business with products and/or services that serve the greater good of community wider than that constituting their daily existence.

                                                              Even with research showing entrepreneurship to pose greater threats to their mental and physical health, this unique breed of individuals choose to go against the grain in chasing their dreams of being their own boss. Why? Why would anyone risk this type of career suicide?

                                                              Whether you’re an employee, have recently taken the leap to being a business owner or been in business for a while, the commonality is a congenital condition we all share as human beings; to feel a sense of purpose, value and contribution to our community. Despite it being harder to find this for ourselves in today’s world, these approaches will help you achieve ultimate satisfaction through the twists, turns and joyrides that are essential features of shaping a successful career.

                                                              1. Search for Opportunities That Feed Your Passion, Not Temporary Excitement

                                                              Even though well-intended, the ‘feel good now’ compass that career coaches and consultants often recommend you use to create career satisfaction can actually do you more harm than good. Excitement is transient. It doesn’t last. Passion is the compass you need.

                                                              Passion and excitement are two different things. The resounding career legacy that still draws you to turn up on the job regardless of the sunshine or storm that awaits you…that’s passion. It’s like a mental and/or emotional itch you can’t shrug off. Staying attuned to that calling will breed success for you sooner or later. Patience is key.

                                                              You’re also likely to have more than one key passion. Beware of getting caught in the notion you have to find your one true purpose. In fact, run immediately from any coach who tells you there is only one. There isn’t.

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                                                              Your passion is a journey that can take multiple forms so forget thinking there is the single dream job out there that will give you satisfaction in every way you can imagine. It simply doesn’t exist.

                                                              Consider embracing different roles and projects to help you fuel your passion or fuel your pursuits in finding it. Job satisfaction and your career success will be all the more sweeter from a wider range of enriching experiences.

                                                              2. Don’t Position Job and Career Satisfaction Assessments as Pivotal Guides to Your Success

                                                              Despite their popular use for vocational guidance, assessment tools such as Gallup’s Clifton Strengths and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator have come under fire[1] as being limited to the amount of true value and direction they can offer partakers.[2] These and many other guidance assessment tools (e.g. VIA Character Strengths , DISC ) are self-report questionnaires that don’t have normative population data against which to compare your results.

                                                              Simply remember these tools help you develop a stronger sense of what you identify as strengths and weaknesses within yourself, not in comparison with other people. They will still add insight around what sorts of career opportunities, tasks and projects are going to light your fire, what ones are going to extinguish it and what will prod and keep the coals steadily smoldering.

                                                              3. Be Clear on Your Personal Values, Ethics and Principles and Choose Relationships That Support You Honoring Them

                                                              Teamwork, collaboration, open communication and trust are commonplace for any flourishing work environment. However, whether or not your personal values can be honored in your work can make or break your job satisfaction.

                                                              How committed do you want to be to an organization that expects an average of 10 unpaid overtime hours every week under the guise of ‘reasonable overtime’? Are you willing to accept their construing this expectation as ‘strong commitment’ at the expense of your partner and children waiting at home for you? What are your boundaries concerning when you clock on to their time and when you clock off to yours?

                                                              Being very in tune with what your personal values, principles and ethics are will bid you well in the job satisfaction stakes. Spending time to reflect on experiences and working relationships you’ve had – the good, the bad and the ugly – will help you make well-informed searches and grounded decisions that will propel your career success.

                                                              Finding and nurturing relationships with associates and colleagues who share similar values doesn’t just make your day-to-day pursuits more enjoyable. You become fortunate to work with like-minded people who will support, understand and appreciate you like a second family.

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                                                              Being able to honor your personal values in your work means you will still be able to sleep at night when you have to tread where others fear to, and make extremely difficult decisions others would never ever dream of having to make as you forge success in your career.

                                                              4. Be Clear on Your Own Definition of What Having a Successful Career Means for You

                                                              It’s tempting to get caught up in the ideals and projections of success expressed by those we love, admire and respect. Underneath, we all want on some level to belong to a successful club of some sort.

                                                              With research reporting how much money we feel we need to be truly happy,[3] many of us try to subscribe to the notion that having the car of our dreams or taking a European holiday annually will not bring us happiness. The truth, however, for many of us is these tangible rewards are congratulatory reminders of our persistent efforts to chase our career pursuits.

                                                              If those are things you aspire to, don’t let anyone steal your desire and want to feel deserving of these things, that those are some parameters by which you define your career success.

                                                              Despite consistently being the top revenue earner for two years running, you may not wish to become the sales manager. You may not wish to step out into running your own business even though you consistently excel as an employee, delighting clients and repeatedly receiving glowing testimonials.

                                                              Your definition of career success might be enjoying the predictability of a regular workplace routine. You get to leave – without feeling guilty – at the same time each day, love the people you work with and get to spend a good, uninterrupted amount of work-stress free quality time with your family. That picture is also blissful job satisfaction and complete career success.

                                                              5. Identify the Sorts of Challenges and Problems You Want to Learn to Overcome

                                                              Standard advice you might receive from a career coach might be to look for opportunities where you get to capitalize on exercising your strengths and career-related activities you enjoy.

                                                              However, to become a success at anything involves improvement. To excel at anything often involves stepping outside boundaries and comfort zones where others wouldn’t. This means dedicating focus and attention to things you’re not so good at and things you don’t like.

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                                                              Here’s where working with a coach can be particularly helpful. Map out the experiences that were unsavory in your working history. Were there challenges you opted out of, projects you failed at or toxic relationships that blasted your sense of purpose and self-worth into oblivion? It’s within these experiences that you might just find the most valuable lessons and guiding lights for your trajectory to achieve greater job satisfaction.

                                                              If your natural leadership style is to be a collaborator, finding opportunities that require you to apply a more dictatorial style might be needed. Discussing a secondment or short-term project where you get to develop and test your skills can be a step further in earning contention to lead a larger project down the track.

                                                              With several of the company’s boldest personality types penciled to roll out the operation, you’ll not only develop skills that earn your right to throw your hat in the ring; those key players have an opportunity to see your competence. You can then work on building relationships with those stakeholders before you need to hit the ground running should you win the lead.

                                                              Greater job satisfaction comes with planning and choosing the lessons and opportunities you want to learn, not desperately flailing, floundering and hoping for the best.

                                                              6. Keep Reviewing Your Goal Posts and Be Amenable to Change

                                                              The word ‘career’ is indicative of a longer-term pathway of change, growth and development. The journey is dynamic.

                                                              You will accumulate new skills and let those you no longer need, become rusty. Your intrigue will be stimulated by new experiences, knowledge and people you meet. Your thinking will continue to expand, not shrink. As a result, your goalposts are likely to change.

                                                              A major part of enjoying a successful career is not just setting goals effectively, but regularly reviewing and readjusting them where necessary. However, moving the posts or the target still needs to take place by applying the same processes by which you originally created them. The strength of your emotional connection to those revised goals needs to be the same, if not stronger.

                                                              By asking yourself the following questions, you can assure your developmental and growth trajectory is still on course:

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                                                              • Would working toward these goals still allow me to honor my personal values, principles and ethics at the same capacity if not greater?
                                                              • Do the activities I need to undertake to meet these goals honor my highest priorities?
                                                              • Does this feel right for me and those who are nearest and dearest to me?
                                                              • Is this aligned with my passion?
                                                              • Is chasing this goal a right step for me to take now or is this a detour or distraction which could delay my greater plan?

                                                              Each of your career goals should have different review periods. Whatever you do, stick to the review schedule you set. It will not only keep you focused but help you see your progress (or lack thereof) and allow you to timely re-chart your course before you get too far down the track. You don’t want to waste time haphazardly heading in the wrong direction.

                                                              7. Be Prepared to Let Go

                                                              It can be unfathomable to us as to why others risk leaping into the unknown when everything truly appears fine and dandy in the career realm. The company provided stability, recognition, financial success, interesting projects and the promise of a promotion…what was wrong? Why now jump sideways to run a café or train in another field altogether?

                                                              Nothing may have been wrong at all. It was all going right. It was just the end of a chapter. Perhaps the yearning for the next step is actually taking a different trajectory entirely. You may want to simply experience a different rhythm. Perhaps it’s time to pursue a different passion.

                                                              If you have leaped from employee-land to freelancing or have made the reverse-jump (or you know someone who has), you will have quickly grown a different appreciation for pros and cons each work lifestyle brings. Working for yourself can bring the greater realization of your creativity, whether or not it can be monetized to earn you a living.

                                                              When your customers are buying you or a product you designed and fashioned, there is a direct level of appreciation and gratitude that can elevate your confidence in the way you have never experienced as an employee, regardless of your rank.

                                                              Similarly, there are times where we need to recognize our business ventures were adventures, not long-term life-changing empires. There are times we need to recognize that time is what provides the clearest limitation of how long we persist for in such pursuits.

                                                              We have to recognize the absence of enough financial, mental, emotional and physical breadcrumbs that tells us we’re no longer meant to push in that direction. At least, not for the present time.

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              Above all, keep the momentum. As long as you remain committed to pursuing work opportunities that allow you to honor your highest priorities, the truth of who you are and what you stand for, achieving ultimate job satisfaction and a successful career will never be too far away.

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