18 Quotes About Entrepreneurship to Kick You Into Gear

18 Jul

So you want to be an Entrepreneur?  Or start a nonprofit?

No time like the present to start your own business or nonprofit!

Do you want to run your own business, and control your own destiny?

No time like the present! DO IT. Now.

(Huge gratitude to John Rampton, Tanya Prive  Jeff Haden and others for the inspiration!  Curating quotes is an art and a science. Thank you!)

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.” – Chinese proverb

DO start now. Don’t wait. DO listen to your gut. Don’t listen to naysayers (of which there are many.) If other people could be entrepreneurs, why aren’t they already? Don’t let their doubts matter. DO let your passion direct you.

Cast fear aside, and while you’re at it, throw every comfortable reason to not do your own thing aside as well.

Take off right now!  If you crash-land, at least you tried!  (You probably won’t crash.)

Ignore the people who tell you, “You have a comfy job with benefits, why would you change that?” Or, “ You have it so good! Why would you risk that?” DO listen your intuition and that feeling that keeps telling you to “Go for it!”

When people say, “that’s just a dream,” or “that’s so unrealistic,” remember –

The last part of that sentence is, “ for me.”

When people say something is “unrealistic,” what they actually say is, “that’s unrealistic for me.”

When people call a dream impossible, they tell you, “that’s impossible, for me.”

Nothing is impossible, or unrealistic, unless you think it is. The majority of people feel it is, and that’s OK – more room for the dreamers. Having a typical job is perfect for many people, just not for you.

Now is the time to try! You’ll be glad you did 10 years from now…

So fling off the chains, smirk at the naysayers (in the nicest way,) and enjoy these quotes for people like you.

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

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

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”  – Mark Twain

“One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.”  – Jeff Bezos

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

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

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

 “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”  – Lao Tzu

Let your passion guide you.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

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

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

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett

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

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen

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

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

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

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

Do you have any quotes to add?  Let me know in the comments!

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