Starting a business is a big decision. It can be risky – but it can also be very rewarding. These are a few of the most inspirational and smartest things ever said about starting your own business.

1. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” —Drew Houston

2. “Don’t wait for the right moment to start the business – it never arrives. Start whenever. Now.” –Lauris Liberts

3. “Leaders don’t force people to follow, they invite them on a journey.” Charles S. Lauer

4. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Q. Adams

5. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk. The only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.– Mark Zuckerberg

6. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

7. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

8. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.”  – Howard Schultz

9. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”  –Albert Einstein

10. “Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.” – Unknown

11. “Always deliver more than expected.” – Larry Page

12. “If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.” –Ray Kroc

13. “We must learn what customers really want, not what they say they want or what we think they should want.” ― Eric Ries

14. “The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.”—Peter Drucker

15. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

16. “The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake—you can’t learn anything from being perfect.”—Adam Osborne

17. “Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.”- Seth Godin

18. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” —Bill Gates

19. “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” –Tony Hsieh

20. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” –Steve Jobs

21. “The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.” –Marc Benioff

22. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” –Richard Branson

23. “Given the chance people will buy from people who care.“ —Paco Underhill

24. “The greatest competitor you’ll ever come up against is self doubt.“ —John McGrath

25. “Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” –Stephen R. Covey

26. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.” The time will pass anyway. – Earl Nightingale

27. “One person with passion is better than 40 who are merely interested.”- Tom Connellan

28. “Money follows passion – not the other way around.”- David Garland

29. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”- Coach John Wooden

30. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” –Jim Rohn

31. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

32. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

33. “We never thought of it as customer service. We just treat people how we would want to be treated.”-Sally Strebel

34. “Starting a business is like riding a wave between life and death. If you can hang on long enough, you’re bound to succeed” –Sam Altman

35. “Ignore luck. Just work really hard.” –Adora Cheung

36. “Keep our competitors focused on us, while we stay focused on the customer” – Jeff Bezos

37. “Don’t build something that already exists. Customers won’t buy it just because it’s yours.” –Slava Akhmechet

38. “Product comes first. If people love your product, the tiniest announcements will get attention. If people don’t love your product, no amount of marketing effort will help.” –Slava Akhmechet

39. “Customer service shouldn’t be just a department; it should be the entire company” –Tony Hsieh

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

41. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” –Arthur Ashe

42. “No growth hack, brilliant marketing idea, or sales team can save you long-term if you don’t have a sufficiently good product.” – Sam Altman

43. “If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” –Elon Musk

44. “Whenever you get stuck, go meet with your customers.” –Joe Zadeh

45. “I try not to make any decisions that I’m not excited about.” – Jake Nickell

46. “If you’re not working on your best idea right now, you’re doing it wrong.” – David Heinemeier Hansson

47. “Find your one thing and do that one thing better than anyone else.” – Jason Goldberg

48. “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” – Jeff Bezos

49. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” –Steve Jobs

50. “What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.”  –Dave Thomas


  1. Great Thomas,

    These sayings are really inspirational. They always give people motivation and the strength to do their part.

    They confirm that to be successful, there is no magic formula. You’ve to strive for it. And those who persevere, Just like Steve Jobs puts it, will reach their perfect destination.

    May I mention a few other quotes:

    “The less confident you are, the more serious you have to act” – Tara Ploughman

    “Don’t worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay

    “Dealing with failure is easy: Work hard to improve. Success is also easy to handle: You’ve solved the wrong problem. Work hard to improve.” – Alan Perlis

    “The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man.” – Richard Feynman

    “If our goal is to write poetry, the only way we are likely to be any good is to try to be as great as the best.” – Donald Hall, Poetry and Ambition

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