23 Entrepreneurial spirit quotes to inspire your journey


If your dream is to start your own business, you might be in need of some smart tips and inspiring quotes to help you achieve your goals and not give up. Although in previous blog posts I already gathered some motivational quotes for a fruitful career, in this post I want to  focus on giving positive energy to aspiring entrepreneurs and young CEOs who just started their business. Therefore, I have compiled the best entrepreneurial spirit quotes that will put you in the right mindset to start your project, choose the right attitude to conquer difficulties, and trust your own personal journey.

Mindset Entrepreneur Quotes:

Mindset is essential for success. Most people would agree that out of all the qualities you need to achieve your goal and become a successful entrepreneur, having the right mindset is the most important one. So, psychological preparation is a must when starting your own business, because you might have all the tools and skills to succeed, but the wrong thoughts and lack of preparation will hold you back in times of difficulties. The following are some of my favourite quotes for an entrepreneur mindset to help you build a positive mentality.

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was” - Muhammad Ali, professional boxer and activist

“All great things have small beginnings.” - Peter Senge, founder of the Society for Organizational

“Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” - Tony Hsieh, former CEO of Zappos

“High expectations are the key to everything.” - Sam Walton, Walmart founder

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar, American author, salesman, and motivational speaker

Entrepreneur Attitude Quotes: 

Even if you come in with the right mindset and are convinced you can manage adversities, every aspiring entrepreneur knows they are going to fail at least once, if not twice. Therefore, it is going to be a deciding factor how you learn from your mistakes to end up running a prosperous business. Attitude is so important, this is why in this entrepreneurial spirit quotes list there had to be quotes that remind you that a strong work ethic, flexibility and passion are the key to success.

Read the following quotes of encouragement for entrepreneurs to acquire the right attitude in times of doubt and hardship.

“I suck at 99 percent of stuff, but I go all out on that 1 percent I’m good at.” - Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder of Resy and Empathy Wines

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” - John C. Maxwell, author, speaker, and pastor

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” - Robert H. Schuller, motivational speaker and author

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  - Thomas A. Edison, America's greatest inventor

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle, Greek philosopher

“Spending time perfecting things and ‘getting ready’ always keeps you at the gate. You need to get in the race.” - Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group

“If you do things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.” - Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook

Entrepreneur Journey Quotes - Trust the Process:

If you’ve also tossed around the idea of quitting your 9 to 5 job to start your very own business, you might be skeptical to do so because the journey from start to succeeding is not easy. And more often than not, there is no shortcut to success, and you have to trust the process and methodology of your business to get to where you want to be. To remember that each business has its own path and that consistency is key, I’ve gathered the following quotes about entrepreneurship spirit that will help you value your journey.

“Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.” - Brian Tracy, motivational public speaker and self-development author

“Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.” - Julie Andrews, actress, singer, and author

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” - Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and former CEO

“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.” - Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” - Mark Twain, “the father of American literature”

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” - Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company

Motivational quotes for young entrepreneurs:

To round up this long list of entrepreneurial spirit quotes, I want to include some aimed specifically at young and hopeful entrepreneurs that have a big idea they want to launch. The truth is that launching a business is hard, especially for young entrepreneurs who most likely just started their journey and might lack the experience to overcome problems or make the best choices.

If you’re a young entrepreneur like myself trying to bring a project to life, jot down these aspiring entrepreneur quotes to give you motivation.

“Everything started as nothing.” - Ben Weissenstein, CEO of Grand Slam Garage Sales

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” - Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder and venture capitalist

“People will stereotype all day long. But if you forget your own age, you’ll get so focused on the business that you become ultra-confident and people will forget to question how old you are.” - Gurbaksh Chahal, founder of RadiumOne

“Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession.” - Mark Cuban, American billionaire entrepreneur

“Don’t be threatened by people smarter than you.“ - Howard Schultz, former chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company

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