141 procrastination-killing entrepreneur motivational quotes

“Opportunity does not knock. It presents itself when you beat down the door.” – Kyle Chandler

Liam Collins

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“Eye of the Tiger” is playing. You’re wearing a plain, grey marl tracksuit. You’re sweating buckets and pushing yourself to the limit.

And you’re ready to take on anything and anyone that comes your way. Whether that be a black bear or Ivan Drago.

That’s exactly how you’re going to feel after reading this blog.

Although you’re going to translate that energy into an action plan for your online business, instead of mindlessly pumping iron and whacking stuff.

So get yourself ready for 140+ barnstorming entrepreneur motivational quotes from successful entrepreneurs, sportspeople, celebrities, historical figures and more.

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Entrepreneur motivational quotes to fire you up like Rocky

  1. “The best way to get started? Quit talking and start doing.” – Walt Disney
  2. Walt Disney quote - The best way to get started? Quit talking and start doing.

  3. “Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want.” – Ken Poirot
  4. “I got my start by giving myself a start.” – C.J. Walker
  5. “The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct the course along the way.” – Tim Ferriss
  6. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart
  7. “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” Peter Drucker
  8. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  9. Martin Luther King quote- You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

  10. “Every morning you have two choices. Continue dreaming or wake up and chase those dreams.” – Carmelo Anthony
  11. “It’s not how you plan to do it. It’s how you do it.” – Shashi Duggal
  12. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali
  13. Muhammad Ali quote - Don’t count the days, make the days count.

  14. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Gosser
  15. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
  16. “A year from now, you may wish you started today.” – Karen Lamb
  17. “The secret of success in life is time rightly used.” – Sivananda Saraswati
  18. “My advice for anyone thinking of starting their own business is, above all, don’t wait. If you get an idea in the shower in the morning, try to make ‘til the next day.” – Harley Finkelstein
  19. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer
  20. “Opportunity does not knock. It presents itself when you beat down the door.” – Kyle Chandler
  21. “Don’t pass up something that’s attractive today because you think you will find something better tomorrow.” – Warren Buffet
  22. “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
  23. “Any time is a good time to start a company.” – Ron Conway
  24. “Companies rarely die from moving too fast, and they frequently die from moving too slowly.” – Reed Hastings
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    Hard work quotes to motivate you for the grind

  26. “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” – Mike Adenuga
  27. “It is important to remember that there are no overnight successes. You will need to be dedicated, single-minded, and there is no substitute for hard work.” – Mukesh Ambani
  28. “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King
  29. “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” – Pablo Picasso
  30. “So often, people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” – Caterina Fake
  31. “If you’re not failing, you’re not pushing your limits. And if you’re not pushing your limits, you’re not maximising your potential.” – Ray Dalio
  32. “Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got.” – Tim Cooke
  33. “It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.” – Eddie Cantor
  34. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi
  35. Motivational quotes about adopting a winning mindset

  36. “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re going to be right either way.” – Henry Ford
  37. “Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles.” – Walter Cronkite
  38. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
  39. “Only the paranoid survive.” – Andy Grove
  40. “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford
  41. Henry Ford quote - A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business

  42. “Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark. Aim for the company of immortals.” – David Ogilvy
  43. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream. Not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France
  44. “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh
  45. “Patience is a key element of success.” – Bill Gates
  46. “You shouldn't focus on why you can't do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” – Steve Case
  47. “Your reputation is more important than your paycheck. And your integrity is worth more than your career.” – Ryan Freitas
  48. “An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.” – Reid Hoffman
  49. “High expectations are the key to absolutely everything.” – Sam Walton
  50. “You can run a sprint or you can run a marathon. But you can’t sprint a marathon.” – Ryan Holmes
  51. “Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things.” – Satya Nadella
  52. “The single most important key to success is to be a good listener.” – Kelly Wearstler
  53. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
  54. “If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” – Ben Hogan
  55. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Zarlar
  56. “Instead of wondering where your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Seth Godin
  57. “Trust your instincts: my first reaction is almost invariably the right one.” – Estee Lauder
  58. “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra
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    Mind-blowing business quotes about innovation

  60. “Let’s go invent tomorrow, instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.” – Steve Jobs
  61. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk.” – Mark Zuckerberg
  62. Mark Zuckerberg quote - The biggest risk is not taking any risk.

  63. “Innovation is born from the interaction between constraint and vision.” – Marissa Mayer
  64. “Innovation is the outcome of a habit, not a random act.” – Sukant Ratnakar
  65. “It is extremely important to build something that 100 people absolutely love using rather than make something that a 1,000 people would just, kind of, like.” – Ritesh Agarwal
  66. “If you do everything that everyone else does in business, you’re going to lose. The only way to really be ahead is to be different.” – Larry Ellison
  67. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs
  68. “Good ideas are always crazy until they’re not.” – Larry Page
  69. “The technology you use impresses no one. The experience you create with it is everything.” – Sean Gerety
  70. “Adaptability and constant innovation is key to the survival of any company operating in a competitive market.” – Shiv Nadar
  71. “I have a view that if you build something that’s good, and you keep making it better, it lasts.” – Adam D’Angelo
  72. “Any conversation I have about innovation starts with the ultimate goal.” – Sergey Brin
  73. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein
  74. “Nothing works better than just improving your product.” – Joel Spolsky
  75. Inspirational business quotes from agents of change

  76. “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” – Ruth Bader Ginsberg
  77. “Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.” – Sukhraj Dhillon
  78. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek.” – Barack Obama
  79. “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” – Malala Yousafzai
  80. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  81. “At 54, I am still in progress, and I hope that I always will be.” – Michelle Obama
  82. Michelle Obama quote - At 54, I am still in progress, and I hope that I always will be.

  83. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” – Nelson Mandela
  84. Famous quotes from sporting heroes to help you overachieve

  85. “I think a champion is defined not by their wins, but how they recover from a fall.” – Serena Williams
  86. “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Matt Biondi
  87. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth
  88. “I’ve failed over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
  89. “Set your goals high, and don’t stop ‘til you get there.” – Bo Jackson
  90. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda
  91. “If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” – Mark Spitz
  92. “Once you bid farewell to discipline you say goodbye to success” – Alex Ferguson
  93. “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That’s what makes you a winner.” – Venus Williams
  94. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King
  95. “If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” – Mario Andretti
  96. “Believe me; the reward is not so great without the struggle.” – Wilma Rudolph
  97. “If you’re a competitive person, that stays with you. You don’t stop. You always look over your shoulder.” – Magic Johnson
  98. “I'm someone who likes new things, likes change. But I also like challenges. I was a little bit of a prisoner to my challenge each time.” – Mauricio Pochettino
  99. “I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” – Simone Biles
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    Motivational quotes that cure imposter syndrome

  101. “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” – Anita Roddick
  102. “Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality.” – Les Brown
  103. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher
  104. “Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.” – Marva Collins
  105. “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
  106. “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” – Mae Jemison
  107. “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” – Oprah Winfrey
  108. “You can worry about the competition… or you can focus on what’s ahead of you and drive fast.” – Jack Dorsey
  109. “On the road to success there is absolutely no room for criticism of self or others. Insecurity and fear masquerade as jealousy and judgment. Finding faults in others wastes time as we attempt to remove the bricks from other people’s foundations – time that could be better spent building our own. And worrying about what other people think about us also wastes the time that could be better spent expanding upon what we have built.” – Alaric Hutchinson
  110. “What would you do if you weren’t afraid.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  111. “If you don’t give yourself a chance, who will? If you don’t take a chance, who will? And I think you should take a chance on you.” – Vijay Shekhar Sharma
  112. Short, positive quotes about networking and teamwork

  113. “If you want to walk fast, walk alone. But if you want to walk far, walk together.” – Ratan Tata
  114. “Invite people into your life that don’t look or think like you.” – Mellody Hobson
  115. “If you are with five successful people, then you are the sixth successful person. The reverse of this is true as well, so who are you hanging out with?” – Michael Gerber
  116. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford
  117. “All business is personal… Make friends before you need them.” – Robert L. Johnson
  118. “Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them.” – Marissa Meyer
  119. “Networking has been cited as the number one unwritten rule of success in business. Who you know really impacts what you know.” – Sallie Krawchek
  120. “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
  121. Inspiring quotes about loving what you do

  122. “Fun is one of the most important—and underrated—ingredients in any successful venture. If you’re not having fun, then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else.” – Richard Branson
  123. “Always wake up with a smile knowing that today you are going to have fun accomplishing what others are too afraid to do.” – Mark Cuban
  124. “The truth is that finding happiness in what you do every day is so imperative.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
  125. “Build your business success around something that you love – something that is inherently and endlessly interesting to you.” – Martha Stewart
  126. “People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it.” – Simon Sinek
  127. “I never did a day’s work in my life, it was all fun.” – Thomas Edison
  128. “This is the ultimate con game - I'm having fun and people pay me to do it.” – Adam Osborne
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    Quotes about success and resilience

  130. “Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. It’s the mastery of fear. It’s about getting up one more time than we fall down.” – Arianna Huffington
  131. “When something is important enough, you do it. Even if the odds are not in your favour.” – Elon Musk
  132. “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
  133. “If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.” – Jeff Bezos
  134. “Your first idea is all part of the journey to finding the right idea. If you’re determined to become an entrepreneur, don’t lose hope.” – James Caan
  135. “Have a dream, chase it down, jump over every single hurdle, and run through fire and ice to get there.” – Whitney Wolfe Herd
  136. “You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle. But never entertain it as an end.” – Jessica Herrin
  137. Inspirational quotes from celebrities to keep your business on the right track

  138. “It’s about being who you are. If people can’t accept it, too bad.” – Kylie Jenner
  139. “Keep your eyes on the finish line and not on the turmoil around you.” – Rihanna
  140. “The only person who can really motivate you is you.” – Shaquille O’Neal
  141. “Don't let success go to your head and failure to your heart.” – Will Smith
  142. “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self respect leads to self discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” – Clint Eastwood
  143. Bonus entrepreneur motivational quotes

  144. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn
  145. “If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life.” – Brian Chesky
  146. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill
  147. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
  148. “Opportunity lies in the place where the complaints are.” – Jack Ma
  149. “Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” – Anthony Volodkin
  150. “Data beats emotions.” – Sean Rad
  151. “Leadership is not domination, but the art of persuading people to work toward a common goal.” – Daniel Goleman
  152. “What is good for our customers is also, in the long run, good for us.” – Ingvar Kamprad
  153. “‘Entrepreneur’ is not a job title. It is a state of mind of people who want to alter the future.” – Guy Kawasaki
  154. “All humans are entrepreneurs. Not because they should start companies, but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA. And creation is the essence of entrepreneurship.” – Reid Hoffman
  155. “I’ve found that if you’re not responsive to email, it trains people to leave you alone.” – David Karp
  156. “There are lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason. And I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.” Phil Libin
  157. “When you’re a one-man show, you have to focus on the most important thing to get done today.” – Noah Everett
  158. “If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.” – Brian Tracy


And there we have it! 140+ entrepreneur motivational quotes to get you pumped to start an online business.

Once you’ve taken that leap, these quotes will come in handy again soon enough.

That’s because business owners always have a million-and-one things on their to-do list, whether that be creating an app or website, or searching for new tactics to improve how you sell online.

These things take time and effort, so for regular Monday Motivation posts to keep you jacked, follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram 👈

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Liam Collins

Head of Performance at Builder.ai

Liam is Builder.ai’s Head of Performance, with 10+ years’ experience of defining, activating and executing digital marketing campaigns. In his work at internationally recognised agencies like MediaCom and MG OMD, he was client lead for large accounts like DFS, Kenwood & De’Longhi and Boots as well as many SMBs, driving commercial growth through bespoke ecommerce and omni-channel strategies.

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