Entrepreneurship Quotes

40 Entrepreneurship Quotes You’ve Never Heard

by Nick Scheidies and Nick Tart on October 13, 2010 · 65 comments

A good quote is more than just a quote. A good quote can change the way you see the world. A really good quote can change your life.

When Nick Tart and I did our final read-through of What it Takes to Make More Money than Your Parents (our book of interviews with young entrepreneurs), we couldn’t help but write down some of those really good quotes.

I can honestly tell you that a few of them have changed the way I live and – for that reason – decided to share 40 quotes from our personal lists.

If a quote strikes a chord, click the [tweet] link to the right. We appreciate the feedback and your followers will appreciate you sharing the inspiration.

Entrepreneurship Quotes

  1. “Everything started as nothing.” – Ben Weissenstein [tweet]
  2. “To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.” – Catherine Cook [tweet]
  3. “If you’re not doing the things that you love, then your life is not worth living. What are you here for?” – King Sidharth [tweet]
  4. “Manual labor sucks, dude.” – Alex Fraiser [tweet]
  5. “A lot of people have said that the internet is a teenager. Guess who understands a teenager best: a teenager.” – Syed Balkhi [tweet]
  6. “Start today, not tomorrow. If anything, you should have started yesterday. The earlier you start, the more time you have to mess up.” – Emil Motycka [tweet]
  7. “There’s no committee that says, ‘This is the type of person who can change the world – and you can’t.’ Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step is figuring out how you’re going to do it.” – Adora Svitak [tweet]
  8. “Every single person I know who is successful at what they do is successful because they love doing it.” – Joe Penna [tweet]
  9. “Over-deliver every time.” – Alex Maroko [tweet]
  10. “There is no reason to be hesitant… becoming an entrepreneur is a learning experience.” – Savannah Britt [tweet]
  11. “I could never learn what I’m learning at college. They don’t teach it there, because it can’t be learned in that way.” – Philip Hartman [tweet]
  12. “You’ve got to stop doing all the things that people have tried, tested, and found out don’t work.” – Michael Dunlop [tweet]
  13. “I think what teenagers lack is the belief that they can be unique and extraordinary in life. Make the most of your age because you’re not going to be a teenager forever!” – Sabirul Islam [tweet]
  14. “You could have a million ideas, but they’re all worthless if you don’t get them done.” – Lauren Amarante [tweet]
  15. “Success comes down to hard work plus passion, over time. If you work really, really hard over a long period of time, it will pay off.” – Stanley Tang [tweet]
  16. “If you have a goal, be relentless in your pursuit.” – Keith J. Davis Jr. [tweet]
  17. “I just try to think of myself as an entrepreneur who happens to be a teen.” – Mark Bao [tweet]
  18. “I’m going to reinvent the wheel. My vision of the wheel is unique.” – King Sidharth [tweet]
  19. “I would like to be the messed-up child of Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Tim Ferriss – morphed into super-genius entrepreneur.” – Marshall Haas [tweet]
  20. “It’s not about how many years of experience you have. It’s about the quality of your years of experience.” – Jacob Cass [tweet]
  21. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” – Catherine Cook [tweet]
  22. “If you pursued something that you felt strongly about, then I call that success.” – Adora Svitak [tweet]
  23. “I like the idea of working hard now, so you can earn big later.” – Alex Fraiser [tweet]
  24. “Failures are the stepping stones to success.” – Farrhad Acidwalla [tweet]
  25. “I hope my companies will help create value and make people happier in the long run. That’s what I’m in it for.” – Mark Bao [tweet]
  26. “All of my friends were doing babysitting jobs. I wanted money without the job.” – Adam Horwitz [tweet]
  27. “The hardest part about being an entrepreneur is that you’ll fail ten times for every success.” – Adam Horwitz [tweet]
  28. “It was just one year ago that I realized that what I was doing was entrepreneurship. Just two weeks ago, I learned how to spell it [laughs].” – King Sidharth [tweet]
  29. “You always want to surround yourself with people who are rooting for you and who want you to succeed. Stay away from the naysayers who couldn’t do it themselves.” – Arjun Rai [tweet]
  30. “You should always stay hungry. Stay hungry, so you can eat.” – Syed Balkhi [tweet]
  31. “If you can’t communicate, you’re going to find yourself a lonely businessperson.” – Keith J. Davis Jr. [tweet]
  32. “I don’t want to look too far ahead. The journey is what’s happening right now, not what’s on the finishing line.” – Sabirul Islam [tweet]
  33. “Starting your own business is like riding a roller coaster. There are highs and lows and every turn you take is another twist. The lows are really low, but the highs can be really high. You have to be strong, keep your stomach tight, and ride along with the roller coaster that you started.” – Lindsay Manseau [tweet]
  34. “If you start with nothing and end up with nothing, there’s nothing lost.” – Michael Dunlop [tweet]
  35. “The biggest failure you can have in life is not trying at all.” – Emil Motycka [tweet]
  36. “If you’re not in an uncomfortable situation every single day, then you’re doing something wrong.” – Lauren Amarante [tweet]
  37. “If you can find people who think that what you’re doing is great, they’re going to do everything in their power to make it a success.” – Juliette Brindak [tweet]
  38. “All that you need to become an entrepreneur and change the world is a working brain – and pretty much nothing else.” – Adora Svitak [tweet]
  39. “Make it happen now, not tomorrow. Tomorrow is a loser’s excuse.” – Andrew Fashion [tweet]
  40. “I like computer games and I treat business a bit like a computer game. I count money as points. I’m doing really well: making lots of money and lots of points.” – Michael Dunlop [tweet]

Bonus Quote: “If you think that you are going to love something, give it a try. You’re going to kick yourself in the butt for the rest of your life if you don’t.” – Joe Penna [tweet]

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1 Alex Papa September 28, 2010 at 5:15 am

I really enjoyed reading the business quotes! I can’t decide which one is my favorite. It will have to be many of them! Here is another quote I recently heard: “Business schools reward difficult, complex behaviour more than simple behaviour, but simple behaviour is more effective”. Warren Buffet

2 Nick Tart September 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I’m glad, Alex! It’s like choosing a favorite child. Impossible… Oh, man! Buffet is dead-right. I’m not sure how he knows that. I could talk for hours on that subject and it’s one of the things I’m going to change.

3 Lisa Miller October 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I can’t decide on a favorite. But I think I can connect really well with Michael Dunlop’s “You’ve got to stop doing all the things that people have tried, tested, and found out don’t work.”. Awesome list!

4 Nick Tart October 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm

That one was revolutionary for me as well, Lisa! I’ve got a bad habit of trying to revolutionize old concepts only to find that they don’t work. Instead, I should use those ironclad strategies, get it working, then innovate from there.

5 Arthur Steve April 11, 2011 at 1:43 am

Everything done in anticipation of either failure or success comes out just as such. Either of the outcomes. Some people do for success only and they have never thought twice.

6 Gaurav Kumar July 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Very true!…applies to corporate life as well..!

7 Purushottam Kushwaha September 28, 2010 at 10:31 am

Awesome post Nick, I really enjoy these types of quotes. I just subscribed to your news letter, keep me updated with these stuffs. Thanks in advance

8 Nick Tart September 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Thank you, Purushottam! I’m a quote aficionado myself. Just can’t get enough. See you around!

9 Jennie Mustafa-Julock September 29, 2010 at 10:42 am

Thank you for taking the time to compile these quotes. I absolutely LOVE them! I’m printing and posting a bunch of them all over my apartment for inspiration – which we can never get enough of! Super cool!

10 Nick Tart September 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Wow, Coach Jennie! I haven’t even done that yet. Thank you for loving them as much as we do, if not a little more ;).

11 Ben Lang September 29, 2010 at 11:17 am

Nick, very cool like usual. Read every single one of these :) Thanks for compiling this.

12 Nick Tart September 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Sure thing, Ben! I’ve been thinking about sending you an email. Yep, I’ll do that now.

13 physical therapist October 5, 2010 at 3:51 am

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!

14 Nick Tart October 20, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Thanks! It’s all about branding on the internet. No one gives away more free stuff than Google. I think that little guys like us can learn a lot from that.

15 hanifimahaldi October 9, 2010 at 12:45 am

great quotes, I want to bookmark it for fav quotes. thanks for shared.

16 Nick Tart October 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Sure thing! I’m glad you liked them. Which one was your favorite, Hanifimahaldi?

17 hmm...? October 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm


18 Nick Tart October 20, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Hmm… You’re welcome ;)

19 Joseph October 14, 2010 at 1:53 pm


These are great business quotes. I’d love for you to check out the 7 quotes from Warren Buffett in one of my recent blog posts — http://josephwesley.wordpress.com/2010/10/02/7-priceless-business-quotes-from-warren-buffet/.

Let me know what you think.


20 Nick Tart October 14, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Great advice! I left a comment.

21 Joseph October 18, 2010 at 11:33 am


Thanks for stopping by my blog. Did you get a chance to see the music video about how to get ready for a job interview? It’s hilarious — http://josephwesley.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/incredibly-funny-video-about-how-to-get-ready-for-a-job-interview/.


22 Nick Tart October 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Sure thing, dude! That video was pretty funny. It’s cool that your buddy was in it. Do you know if YLA is looking for speakers for their conferences or events?

23 Samuel@MegaBizFlakes October 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Awesome Quotes!!!! nice one bro! i love this quotes. i guess i need to bookmark them. thanks a lot . have fun..

24 Nick Tart October 14, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Thanks, Samuel! Quotes can be really powerful. Which one was your favorite?

You have fun too!

25 Steven October 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Awesome post! Lots of wisdom in those, and I like how you formatted the post so we can tweet the one we like.

I tweeted this one: “Over-deliver every time.” – Alex Maroko

Perfectly sums up my feelings on how to make an awesome business.

26 Nick Tart October 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I’m glad, Steven! It was a decent amount of extra work to figure out how and put those links there, but it’s been worth it.

It’s amazing how much extra value Alex provides when you purchase his courses. It’s the main reason he’s been able to build a sustainable brand online in the basketball training niche. His customers always come back and buy more from him. (The same with Adam Horwitz.) It’s nice when people live by their own advice ;).

27 Hockey October 20, 2010 at 11:08 am

This a fabulous post and may be one that ought to be followed up to see what happens

A friend emailed this link the other day and I’m eagerly looking your next write. Carry on on the top quality work.

28 Nick Tart October 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I’m glad you like it! But I’m really glad someone emailed this to you!! Which quote was your favorite?

29 George October 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Wow, love the qoutes. Very inspirational- Big ups to that**

30 Nick Tart October 24, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Thanks, George! Which one was your favorite?

31 Joseph Wesley November 9, 2010 at 9:02 am

Hi Nick,

I just put up a post with 15 Inspiring Entrepreneur Quotes. They’re pretty incredible. You can check it out by going here: http://josephwesley.com/2010/11/08/15-inspiring-entrepreneur-quotes-from-inspiration-feed/.

Let me know what you think. I appreciate all of your comments.

32 Nick Tart November 9, 2010 at 11:37 am

Thanks for sharing, Joseph! As I mentioned in my comment, Disney was the man!

33 Joseph November 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I agree with you, Disney was the man. Most people on that list are in the same category. Maybe you will be too someday. ;)

34 Julie @ LifeSpace.com November 16, 2010 at 2:02 am

Simply awesome and most inspiring quotes.


35 Sarah Gregory June 16, 2011 at 9:24 am

I love all these quotes … i have my own marketing business always looking for sharp MOTIVATED people if interested check out my website. Thank you!

36 sarah gregory June 16, 2011 at 9:25 am


37 Katrina Kinder July 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

These quotes are spot on! I especially love #39 about tomorrow being a loser’s excuse. Procrastination ruins everything. Life flies by and if you want a teen business – you’d better work on it now – you won’t be a teen forever.

38 Nicholas Tart July 19, 2011 at 9:33 am

Hey Katrina! I’m glad you like the quotes. Success almost always comes down to focus and execution.

39 Beverly September 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Thanks so much for the uplifting and compelling quotes. I’ve recently taken on a new business partnership with my husband and found some excellent quotes to keep at heart! Thanks again!

40 Nicholas Tart September 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm

You’re welcome, Beverly. I wish you and your husband the best of luck and let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.

41 romel October 12, 2011 at 8:00 am

i like all the quotes,very motivational and thanks for sharing it .waiting to learn more

42 Ruwan October 23, 2011 at 12:20 am

I like those quotes.It was really helpful to me grow my business and motivated my self.

43 Nicholas Tart October 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I’m glad, Ruwan. Which one was your favorite?

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46 Ryta April 27, 2012 at 10:54 am

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48 Ankit June 25, 2012 at 3:46 am

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49 Divya July 3, 2012 at 10:31 am

Thanks for sharing this list.The best ones were-“If you pursued something that you felt strongly about, then I call that success.” & “The hardest part about being an entrepreneur is that you’ll fail ten times for every success.”
Entrepreneurship is exactly about pursuing what your heart and intuitions tell you to do.& then to follow it with all will and strength.It makes the journey more interesting ,enriching and enjoyable than the destination.

50 Jason February 16, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Number 6 and number 9 are my favorites. Over-deliver EVERY time. I really do strive for that because I’ve been on the receiving end of a product or service that overdelivered and I instinctively wanted to promote them to my friends. Very motivational post. Thanks!

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53 Steven Fabian June 27, 2013 at 9:58 am

God, people will think I’m spamming them since I re-tweeted a bunch of these quotes. :D Seriously, these quotes can be life-changing, especially since many teens don’t believe there’s a life outside the “regular teen” world, but these quotes can definitely convince them to go out there and do it.

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