36 Motivational Quotes For Small Business Owners

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Running a small business is a daunting exercise that sets you up for both positive and negative experiences. The good news here is that you are not the only one. Most big names in business started like you, small. Every entrepreneur needs motivation for work ethic, getting results (or not), business management etc. Here are some motivational quotes for small business owners.

When you are motivated, you work hard and create new things. Working hard on new things is key to success. When you need clarity and help, these 36 motivational quotes for small business owners can push you.

All you need do is copy the ones that speak to you and find space for them in your environment.

Quotes About Hard Work

For your business to grow and thrive, it needs a lot of work. These quotes motivate you to have a strong work ethic for the necessary growth.

Quote 1

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but few 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, founder of Atari and Chuck-E-Cheese’s

Quote 2

“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, executive, head coach, player NFL

Quote 3

“Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.”

– Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter

Quote 4

“So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.”

– Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr

Quote 5

“Have the end in mind and every day make sure you’re working towards it.”

-Ryan Allis, co-founder and CEO iContact

Quote 6

“It is always the start that requires the greatest effort.”

– James Cash Penney, founder and CEO of J.C. Penny

Quote 7

“If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful.”

– Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman of eBay

Quote 8

“If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock.”

– Claude McDonald

Quote 9

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

– Steve Jobs, Co-founder, CEO, Chairman Apple Inc.

Quotes About Failure

Just like life, everything does not work fine in business. Business in itself is an act of dealing with worldwide failures. These quotes motivate you to see failure as an opportunity.

Quote 10

“Fail often so you can succeed sooner.”

– Tom Kelley, founder of Ideo

Quote 11

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently… A business devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.”

-Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company

Quote 12

“When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.”

-Robert Kiyosaki, founder of Cashflow Technologies Inc

Quote 13

“Failure is not about insecurity, it’s about lack of execution.”

– Jeffery Gitomer, business trainer

Quote 14

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

– Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of Dropbox

Quotes About Success

Success is more than revenue, sometimes you succeed, and you don’t see. These quotes help you understand success.

Quote 15

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill

Quote 16

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

– Ingvar Kamprad, founder Ikea

Quote 17

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”

-Napoleon Hill

Quote 18

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

– Dale Carnegie

Quote 19

 “Success is not in what you have, but who you are.”

-Bo Bennett, founder of eBookit.com

Quote 20

“If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.”

– Brian Tracy, CEO Brian Tracy International

Quotes About Business Management

Your level of business success depends on how well you manage your resources. These quotes help you with business management.

Quote 21

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

–Tim Westergen, Pandora Founder

Quote 22

“If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”

–Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook

Quote 23

“Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.”

– Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media

Quote 24

“You just have to pay attention to what people need and what has not been done.”

– Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records

Quote 25

“You can’t ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”

– Steve Jobs, founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc.

Quote 26

“The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says ‘Go!’ – a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’.”

-E.M Kelly, U.S Army

Quote 27

“Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.”

-Jim Rohn

Quote 28

“Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.”

-Mark Cuban

Quotes About Entrepreneurship

Being an entrepreneur is stereotyped with high intelligence, risk-taking, aggressive qualities. These quotes show you the personalities of entrepreneurs.

Quote 29

“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. I myself have been guilty of over-thinking problems. Just build things and find out if they work.”

– Ben Silbermann, founder of Pinterest

Quote 30

“Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling”

– Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

Quote 31

“Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society. Why? Because human beings are the most dynamic link to the divine on this planet.”

-John Lewis

Quote 32

“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.”

– Tony Hsieh, CEO Zappos

Quote 33

“But as an entrepreneur, you have to feel like you can jump out of an aeroplane because you’re confident that you’ll catch a bird flying by. It’s an act of stupidity, and most entrepreneurs go play because the bird doesn’t come by, but a few times it does.”

– Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix

Quote 34

“Openly share and talk to people about your idea. Use their lack of interest or doubt to fuel your motivation to make it happen.”

– Todd Garland, Founder BuySellAds

Quote 35

“Before dreaming about the future or making plans, you need to articulate what you already have going for you – as entrepreneurs do.”

– Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn

Quote 36

“If you want to be an entrepreneur, it’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle. It defines you. Forget about vacations, about going home at 6 pm – last thing at night you’ll send emails, first thing in the morning you’ll read emails, and you’’ wake up in the middle of the night. But it’s hugely rewarding as you’re fulfilling something for yourself.”

-Niklas Zennstrom, founder Skype and Kazaa


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