10 Quotes Entrepreneurs Live By

Entrepreneur Phrases

To be an entrepreneur is to be challenged everyday. Often times, you will be pushed to your limits, but the payoff can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. To help you through the entrepreneurial journey, here are 10 quotes all entrepreneurs should live by.

Entrepreneurs live a hard life.  You are constantly getting beaten up. In the face of such challenges, it is easy to get discouraged. When you get dispirited, motivation can refuel your passion. Here are 10 inspiring quotes entrepreneurs live by.

10 Quotes To Live By:

  1. “Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.”

    – Henry J. Kaiser, an American industrialist known as the father of modern shipbuilding.

    The best products are not the ones that you think will earn a large revenue. Rather, they are the ones that solve an everyday problem. Opportunity can be found all around you, what matters is what you do with it.

  2. “Who Dares, Wins.”

    – Special Air Service Motto (British Commandos)

    Don’t be afraid to act, even when you face insurmountable odds. Movement in any direction is progress.

  3. “Chance favors the prepared mind.”

    – Louis Pasteur, a French biologist and chemist who discovered the principles of vaccination, fermentation and pasteurization.

    The harder you work, the luckier you get. Deep knowledge of the topic, combined with dedication, prepares you to take advantage of opportunities that others may miss.

  4. “There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.”

    – Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, designer, writer and educator.

    What may seem intuitively obvious to you, may not be for others. Assuming can be a hinderance to a successful business. Accept this, prepare, and work through it.

  5. “Great deeds are usually wrought at great risk.”

    – Greek historian Herodotus, alive during the Persian Empire.

    The great company you are building will not come easy. It may require you to go “all in” to make it work. Understand that from the start.
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  6. “Ilegitimus non Carborundum.”

    -An ancient Latin aphorism.

    This translates to “Don’t let the bastard grind you down”. You will always be told that you can’t do it. Perseverance is key. Success is attainable.

  7. “Without Risk there is no Reward.”

    – An economic axiom.

    There is no sure thing. You have to accept that the chance of failure is real. But, the truly valuable ideas are those that disrupt the status quo.
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  8. “Perfection is the enemy of the good.”

    – Voltaire, a French writer, historian, and philosopher.

    When you start out, clearly define your “Minimum Viable Product.” Trying to perfect it will likely require far more resources than it took to produce in the first place.

  9. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

    -Helen Keller, a deaf-blind American author, political activist, and lecturer.

    Isn’t this why are you an entrepreneur in the first place? If you want safety and security, go work for someone else!
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  10. “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

    – Winston Churchill, British statesman, army officer, writer, who served as Prime Minister of the U.K. from 1940 – 1945 & 1951 – 1955.

    This is really the entrepreneur’s mantra. It defines what you do. Learn it. Live it. Love it.

  • I heard a good one the other day, “The harder you try, the luckier you become.”
    – The idea that “Luck” is often being ready or available when an opportunity comes. Consistently trying ensures that we are ready and available when that time comes. This is what I tell myself anyway.


Dave Clark

Dave Clark taught Strategy at West Point and is a co-founder of FundingSage, which provides valuable information, tools and resources to entrepreneurs seeking to start, grow and fund a business.