Success takes hard work and dedication, but perhaps more than anything, it takes passion. You need to believe in what you’re doing—especially if it’s a big project like a startup.
It’s helpful to turn to seasoned professionals for guidance and encouragement, whether that be business school professors, successful colleagues, or just that long-lost aunt that sells her crafts on Etsy.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best motivational quotes from some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs.
Whether they’re in the world of media, technology, or commerce, these quotes are sure to provide you with optimism you need to tackle that big project.
“I'm convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
—Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc.
“A vision is something you see and others don’t. Some people would say that’s a pocket definition of lunacy. But it also defines entrepreneurial spirit.”
—Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop
“Ideas are cheap. Ideas are easy. Ideas are common. Everybody has ideas. Ideas are highly, highly overvalued. Execution is all that matters.”
—Casey Neistat, Filmmaker and tech entrepreneur
“Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it."
—Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company
“Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough."
—Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla Inc. and SpaceX, graduate of The Wharton School
“One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.”
—Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
“I think it is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition.”
—Larry Page, co-founder of Google
“Players should never fight. A real businessman or entrepreneur has no enemies. Once he understands this, the sky's the limit."
—Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba, graduate of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKSGB)
“If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn't have been able to think of a good idea at all. You just have to have a solution for a problem in your own life."
—Brian Chesky, co-founder of Airbnb
“If you’ve got an idea, start today. There’s no better time than now to get going. That doesn’t mean quit your job and jump into your idea 100% from day one, but there’s always small progress that can be made to start the movement.”
—Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram