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Business Quotes To Empower Your Entrepreneurial Journey

These business quotes are more than just words on a page. Many of us aspire to become successful business people, but the journey to get there can be intimidating and uncertain at times.

Let these quotes serve as powerful reminders to keep you focused on your goals, motivated through challenges, and inspired to keep pushing forward.

I hope you find as much value in them as I have.

So let’s dive into these powerful words from some of the greatest minds in business!

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1. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson  

2. “Business has only two functions: marketing and innovation.” – Peter Drucker  

3. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson  

4. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs  

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5. “When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.” – Josh James  

6. “The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.” – Peter Drucker  

7. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau  

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8. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker  

9. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson  

10. “Success is not in what you have, but who you are.” – Bo Bennett  

11. “The riskiest thing you can do is get greedy.” – Lance Armstrong  

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

13. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel  

14. “The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life.” – Charles Schwab  

15. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone  

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16. “Business is more exciting than any game.” – Lord Beaverbrook  

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17. “Meeting the deadlines is not good enough, beating the deadlines is my expectation.” – Dhirubhai Ambani  

18. “Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” – Winston Churchill  

19. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon  

20. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill  

21. “Play by the rules, but be ferocious.” – Phil Knight


22. “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.” – Ingvar Kamprad  

23. “Show me a person who never made a mistake, and I will show you a person who never did anything.” – William Rosenberg  

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24. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – Norman Schwarzkopf  

25. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” – Albert Schweitzer  

26. “A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but it doesn’t keep us from buying it.” – William Feather  

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

28. “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” – Estée Lauder  

29. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs  

30. “Fortunes are built during the down market and collected in the boom.” – Jason Calacanis  

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31. “The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda  

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32. “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” – Bill Gates  

33. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb  

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

35. “Success is not just about making money. It’s about making a difference.” – Michelle Obama

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36. “Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.” – Ryan Freitas  

37. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs  

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

39. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt  

40. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates  

41. “Make your team feel respected, empowered and genuinely excited about the company’s mission.” – Tim Westergen  

42. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg  

43. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” – Colin R. Davis  

44. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier  

45. “Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.” – Oprah Winfrey  

46. “Good ideas come from bad ideas, but only if there are enough of them.” – Seth Godin  

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47. “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.” – Steve Jobs  

48. “Your income is directly related to your philosophy, not the economy.” – Jim Rohn  

49. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller  

50. “Don’t take too much advice. Most people who have a lot of advice to give — with a few exceptions — generalize whatever they did. Don’t over-analyze everything.” – Brian Chesky  

51. “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” – Warren Buffett  

52. “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki  

53. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney  

54. “If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” – Jeff Bezos  

55. “Succeeding is not really a life experience that does that much good.” – Frank Sinatra  

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56. “Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.” – Aisha Tyler  

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

58. “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do.” – Unknown  

59. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar  

60. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing.” – Pele  

61. “Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.” – Roy T. Bennett  

62. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates

63. “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” – Napoleon Hill  

64. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” – George S. Patton

65. Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” – Booker T. Washington  

66. “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” – John D. Rockefeller  

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67. “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” – Joyce Brothers  

68. “Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” – Paul J. Meyer  

69. “Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” – Arnold H. Glasow  70. 70. “Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.” – Sumner Redstone  

71. “Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.” – Jim Rohn  

72. “Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows.” – Ambrose Bierce  

73. “Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.” – Wilfred Peterson  

74. “Success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal.” – Don Shula  

75. “Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.” – Johnny Cash  

76. “Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.” – Oscar Wilde  

77. “Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration, and inspiration.” – Evan Esar  

78. “Success is 99% failure.” – Soichiro Honda  

79. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie  

80. “Success is more than a desire; it’s a behavior. Act accordingly.” – Steve Maraboli  

81. “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” – Jim Rohn  

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82. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill  

83. “Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.” – Tony Robbins  

84. “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.” – Jim Rohn  

85. “Success is having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.” – Margaret Thatcher  

86. “Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.” – Jon Bon Jovi  

87. “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” – Colin Powell  

88. “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” – Bobby Unser  

89. “Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.” – An Wang  

90. “Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.” – Zig Ziglar  

91. “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” – Arnold H. Glasow  

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92. “Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” – Jim Rohn  

93. “To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.” – J. Paul Getty  

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

95. “In business, what’s dangerous is not to evolve.” – Jeff Bezos  

96. “The first one gets the oyster, the second gets the shell.” – Andrew Carnegie  

97. “There is only one boss: the customer.” – Sam Walton  

98. “Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” – Jack Dorsey  

99. “Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities, and don’t let the bastards get you down.” – Michael Bloomberg  

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100. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” – Warren Buffett 

101. “A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” – Jeff Bezos  

102. “If you’re competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering.” – Jeff Bezos  

103. “Do not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best.” – Cassey Ho  

104. “It’s not about having the right opportunities. It’s about handling the opportunities right.” – Mark Hunter  

105. “Without a customer, you don’t have a business—all you have is a hobby.” – Don Peppers  

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106. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” – Steve Jobs  

107. “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” – Warren Buffett  

108. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi  

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109. “Business is a combination of war and sport.” – André Maurois  

110. You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop an idea.” – Larry Page  

111. “The best marketing doesn’t feel like marketing.” – Tom Fishburne  

112. “The goal of a company is to have customer service that is not just the best but legendary.” – Sam Walton  

113. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin  

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114. “Do or do not; there is no try.” – Yoda  

115. “Trust is built with consistency.” – Lincoln Chafee  

116. “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford  

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117. “Data beats emotions.” – Sean Rad  

118. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” – Thomas Watson  

119. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou  

120. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

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121. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt  

122. “Don’t be evil.” – Google’s unofficial corporate motto  

123. Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs  

124. “If you can’t tolerate critics, don’t do anything new or interesting.” – Jeff Bezos  

125. “A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.” – Michael LeBoeuf  

126. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt  

127. “The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.” – Peter Drucker  

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128. “Turn a perceived risk into an asset.” – Aaron Patzer  

129. “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” – Henry Ford  

130. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln  

131. “People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories, and magic.” – Seth Godin  

132. “The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.” – Will Rogers  

133. “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” – Coco Chanel  

134. “Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you.” – Stephen Covey 

135. “You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.” – Michael Dell  

136. “Life is too complicated not to be orderly.” – Martha Stewart  

137. “Strategy is not a lengthy action plan. It is the evolution of a central idea through continually changing circumstances.” – Jack Welch  

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138. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John R. Wooden  

139. “All lasting business is built on friendship.” – Alfred A. Montapert  

140. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford  

141. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” – Zig Ziglar  

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142. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney  

143. “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – Albert Einstein  

144. “If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late.” – James Goldsmith  

145. Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” – Robert Kiyosaki  

146. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser  

147. “Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work.” – David Rockefeller  

148. “A goal without a timeline is just a dream.” – Robert Herjavec

149. “Success is not what you have, but who you are.” – Bo Bennett  

150. “Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is.” – Mark Cuban  

151. “You get what you focus on, so focus on what you want.” – Unknown  

152. “Don’t try to do everything by yourself, but try to connect with people and resources. Having that discipline and perseverance is really important.” – Chieu Cao  

Final thoughts

In business, it’s not only the numbers and profits that matter, it’s also about building a strong reputation, being customer-focused, and staying true to your values.

These quotes from successful business leaders serve as reminders to stay passionate, creative, and persistent in pursuing your goals.

Remember that success is a journey that will always be filled with obstacles and challenges.

But with determination, consistency and hard work, you can achieve your dreams and make a lasting impact in the business world.

So go out there, take risks, and never stop learning and innovating!

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