The Quotes That Inspire Marie Forleo, Nir Eyal & 37 Other Successful Founders

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While we often focus on developing practical business skills like leadership, marketing, and time management, more often than not, we forget about the emotional and mental side of entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship requires dedication, focus, and a force of will that can be hard to come by whenever we encounter obstacles to success.

That’s why I reached out to 39 of the world’s best entrepreneurs, founders, and leaders and asked them to share the most inspirational and best business quotes they’ve ever heard.

This isn’t just some mere collection of motivational quotes.

We asked every single person to not only share with us what their favorite business quotes are, but also why it was so impactful to them and how it contributed to their success.

The result is a compelling list of powerful quotes to keep you inspired, motivated, and moving forward as an entrepreneur.

“You don’t buy a drill because you want a drill. You buy a drill because you want a hole.”


This quote was a turning point in my life as an entrepreneur. It’s what finally helped me understand how sales worked, and it’s what sparked my interest in mastering copywriting. 9/10 business owners try to sell their product, but that doesn’t work. You have to sell the benefits your product provides.

Mike Dillard, 3x founder & Host of The Mike Dillard Podcast

“Go for progress, not perfection.”


Most of us waste an enormous amount of time — way too much time — trying to get things perfect. My advice, in the words of Slick Rick, is to “Hit it!”

Always hit it sooner than you think you could or you should. Perfectionism will kill your dreams. It is the one thing that separates the winners from the wannabes in almost every area of life.

None of us are immune to this; we can all slip into this mindset if we’re not careful. I have certainly been guilty of this a lot in the past, and it’s something I work to stay out of every single day.

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One of the ways I do this is by living by this mantra: “Go for progress, not perfection.”

The goal is to always keep yourself in a growth-oriented mindset, where you’re focused on learning and experimentation and getting better and just putting stuff out there.

– Marie Forleo, CEO of Marie Forleo International

“Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace.” – James Allen


I love the notion that I am in control of my experiences. This doesn’t mean that I can control what does and doesn’t happen to me, but rather that I can influence it through my thoughts and orientation.

I love that I can take a bad situation and turn it around to be a strength, by learning and growing and improving.

I love that I can shift blame from others to myself, thereby making myself stronger and smarter.

I love that I get to decide whether a situation is positive or negative.

I love that I can train my brain to evoke the feelings (happiness, peace, contentedness) that I want in life, rather than waiting for someone or something else to give them to me.

There is only one thing in this world I am in complete control of, and it is my thoughts, and through that, my life becomes what I want it to be.

Nicole Glaros, Chief Investment Strategy Officer of Techstars

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


I love this quote because it forces you to take action instead of being held back by fear. If you can string together lots of micro actions, you can make measurable progress and overcome your fears.

– Mitchell Harper, Founder of Insane Growth

“The Question is not, ‘Are you worthy enough to reach your goals’. The Question is, ‘Are your goals worthy enough of you?’” – Bob Proctor


My good friend Bob Proctor said this to me years ago, and it’s stayed with me ever since.

Many years ago, I was dreaming too small and not focused on the bigger picture. I was satisfied with small wins, and Bob Proctor’s words resonated with me so much that, more than a decade later, I still live by these words.

Every time I accomplish something big, I’m on to the next bigger thing. And this is how Mindvalley the company became a household brand focused on touching one billion lives, shifting the course of history. Check our this video for my whole story on how this quote changed my life:

– Vishen Lakhiani, Founder and CEO of Mindvalley

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7


This may seem like a strange quote to guide my career, but I do think of it almost everyday. It basically means, you are what you think you are.

Whether you believe you can or not, you’re right. To some degree, you become your thoughts.

I believe this has allowed me to create my business and become a professional writer because I created my own reality, and it started in my mind.

Jeff Goins, Bestselling Author

“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable. That’s why it loves perfectionists — it’s so easy to keep us quiet. If we cultivate enough awareness about shame to name it and speak to it, we’ve basically cut it off at the knees.” – Brené Brown


Early in my career, I would constantly boast to my co-workers and clients — “I’m not just type A. I’m type A plus!” This drive for perfection at any cost eventually led to my hospitalization from severe burnout and constant panic attacks. I couldn’t see how my own mindset and habits were fueling my self-destruction. After all, being a hard worker who expected the best of themselves was a trait that I had been praised for most of my life.

In 2012, when I was feeling the worst fallout from my perfectionism, I came across Dr. Brené Brown’s work on shame, vulnerability, and empathy. I learned that shame is such an intense fear of disconnection that we’ll do almost anything to avoid it — perfectionism is just shame all dressed up so it looks pretty. Once my eyes were opened to the power of shame, I saw it all around me, running rampant in the software industry.

I connected how shame leads to poor code quality and also that shame has an antidote — empathy.

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I made empathy the center of my company’s culture and was surprised that it didn’t just have an impact on interpersonal relationships, it impacted the quality of our work product, too. Developing software with empathy meant we were able to pay down technical debt and modernize codebases faster and more reliably than ever.

More than any other nugget of wisdom, Dr. Brown’s quote linking shame and perfectionism has had the most profound impact on me. Understanding the destructive power of shame and the healing power of empathy has dramatically changed my life, career, and company for the better.

– Andrea Goulet, CEO and Co-Founder of Corgibytes

“Business is simply a series of problems. Learn how to prioritize them, and figure out how to solve them. A business ends or sells when the owners have met a problem they couldn’t solve.”


Sometimes when running a business, you can lose sight of what you are doing.

By stepping back and remembering that every challenge we face is a problem that needs to be solved, it gives me the focus I need to come up with a plan to tackle that issue. Every day is a new problem, so it’s a quote that sits with me nearly 24/7.

– Eric Bandholz, Founder of BeardBrand

“Don’t wish it was easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn


The reason it resonates so hard is because if you plan on doing anything legendary, it’s going to require you going through intense challenges and diving straight into the heat of that fire, so it’s good to reset the focus on you and what you can control.

For me, that’s why I wake up every day and do hard things. I lean into them knowing that steel sharpens steel.

Dan Martell, SaaS Coach, Investor, & Philanthropist

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today.”


It’s so easy to look at other people succeeding around you and make excuses, like one of the most common ones: Well they started when it was easier to get started.

It’s also so easy to look at yourself — at what you wanted to do by this point in your life — and throw your hands up like there’s no way to get what you wanted.

But there is today. You can start today. Yes, it would’ve been nice to become a lawyer in your 20s, but you can go back to school in your 40s. It would’ve been nice to start blogging in 1999, but you can start blogging now.

– Joanna Wiebe of the House Bain, Founder of Copyhackers, Defender of Conversions & Mother of Kittens

“Don’t try to become a person of success but rather a person of value.” – Albert Einstein


For 32 years, I had been trying to become ‘successful’ and failed on every venture in achieving that goal. When I read this quote, I had to ask myself, ‘What value am I adding to this world?’ My answer was … very little. That started my journey to launching my podcast, Entrepreneurs on Fire, and building a multi-million dollar media empire. Success comes from adding value. In that order.

– John Lee Dumas, Host of Entrepreneurs on Fire

“Whatever scares you, go do it.”


For thirty years, I’ve been following that rule for both small and big things in life, and it’s served me well.

On a small level, it can be that little nervous moment, when you’re scared to talk to someone intimidating. You notice you’re scared. Aha! Whatever scares you, go do it. So you go talk to them.

On a big level, it can be that huge terrifying idea that won’t go away. Starting a business. Visiting a country. Quitting your job. Whatever scares you, go do it.

Fear is just a form of excitement, and you know you should do what excites you.

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Best of all, once you do something that scares you, you’re not scared of it anymore! As you go through life, doing everything that scares you, you’ll fear less and less in the world.

Legendary psychologist Abraham Maslow said it well: “Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth). Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.”

I heard that as a teenager, took it to heart, and made this rule. Whatever scares you, go do it.

– Derek Sivers, Writer and Entrepreneur at

“All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.” ― Niccolo Machiavelli


Life is full of risks. There’s no safety in hiding. Amidst the uncertainty, there’s only one sure path to greatness: up the hill, carrying the biggest load you can carry.

It’s not easy. It’s not sexy. If you need approval, you won’t find it here.

But if you want to do meaningful work with your time here on earth; if you want your blood, sweat, and tears to count for something … the mountain is there. It’s just waiting on you to take the first step.

Tom Morkes, West Point Grad, Iraq War Veteran, Founder of Insurgent Publishing, & Host of In The Trenches

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


Being successful is about hard work. It’s sacrificing fun for potential for success and, most importantly, it’s facing difficult/impossible problems and then solving them.

– Sujan Patel, Co-founder of Right Inbox

“Real success is being happy for the success of others.”


This quote is a daily mantra I made up for myself.

So many people are hung up on their own success without considering that to be truly successful, you must add value to other people’s lives.

The mantra also reminds me to stop and celebrate the success of other people (even my competitors!). The world is not zero-sum!

Nir Eyal, Bestselling Author of Hooked & Indistractable

“Greatness is not measured by how many times you do something perfectly. Greatness is measured by how many times you get back up,” and, “Never let the current circumstances dictate the end of the story.”


These two quotes are adapted from Winston Churchill for myself.

I grew up in a high-achieving environment, so failure was to be avoided. But, I think that is what founders do: fail. In a startup, things are always falling apart, but it’s more important that they get back up and find a way forward anyway.

I should know, because in 2008, the day our Series B investors were supposed to wire the money was the same day as the Great Recession. With no investor money coming in, and $3M revenue contracts disappearing overnight, we still built a billion dollar business: Kabam.

Never let the current circumstances dictate the end of the story.

Holly Liu, Co-founder of Kabam

“Just Do It.” – Nike


It’s not a quote that inspires me, but rather an advertising slogan from Nike.

When we started Intrepid 30 years ago, we had no idea what we were doing — we had no travel industry experience, no money, and no contacts. But we had a love of travel and a very clear idea about what they best way to travel was.

So when Nike launched “Just Do It” in 1988, it was a very powerful message to us: There could be no excuses; we just had to do it.

– Darrell Wade, Chairman and Co-founder of Intrepid

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.” – Calvin Coolidge


This quote resonates with me because it’s a reminder that struggle is all around us, but it’s how we respond to struggle that determines the outcome. It’s been a reminder for me whenever things get tough or when I don’t feel like continuing with something; I know that by persisting, I’ll come out on the other side better off because I decided to persist.

When I was first getting started in marketing, I had no connections to anyone in the industry. I had a degree in marketing just like 1 million other people, but I had nothing to differentiate myself from the crowd. But I needed to break in. I needed to find work. So I built a website, tweeted regularly, blogged daily, and eventually made enough noise in the local market to land my first marketing job.

– Ross Simmonds of Foundation Inc

“It’s not your job to create your vision. It’s your job to have a vision, and then it’s your job to hire talented individuals, to hire talented artists who understand your vision. You articulate it to them, and then they take your vision and they create it.” – Quentin Tarantino


One thing that fascinates me as I build Proposify as a company is the difference between a startup and a scale-up, and how founders need to level up their mindset when evolving into a “proper” CEO.

I find many similarities between a business leader and a movie director. One of my favourite directors of all time is Quentin Tarantino, and I especially love hearing him talk about movies.

I stumbled upon a clip of him talking about his insecurities when meeting director Terry Gilliam early in his career, and what the director told him that changed his mindset and gave him the confidence he needed to become a director:

“It’s not your job to create your vision. It’s your job to have a vision, and then it’s your job to hire talented individuals, to hire talented artists who understand your vision. You articulate it to them, and then they take your vision and they create it.”

Immediately, Tarantino realized that what he lacked in knowledge of lighting, film stock, camera operation, makeup, and special effects, he made up for it by having a clear vision of what kind of movies he wanted to make.

“Because I did have a vision, I did know what I wanted. I could describe it. That I could do; I can describe it, I can talk about it. That is what I know I can do. Pretty much since then, that’s what I did. What you need is to have a vision, and you need to know how to express it.”

It’s surprisingly similar when you’re the CEO of a company. At the beginning of your startup, you’re like the film student who is wearing all the hats and doing everything on the cheap. You’re the product designer, the HR manager, the marketer, the lead salesperson and customer support rep.

But as your company grows, you start to hire people better than you at certain things to lead departments. You hire a CMO to lead the marketing team. You hire a VP Sales to lead the sales team. And eventually you have a full leadership team responsible for every department in the company.

– Kyle Racki, CEO and Co-Founder of Proposify

“Innovation is where the crazy people have stature.” – Bill Campbell


The quote above was said in the context of a podcast, but it’s resonated with me for over a decade.

I decided to start a company based on an idea that I thought was a stretch. It was crazy. I asked an entire room if they thought starting a company with this idea was crazy. Unanimously they all said yes.

My next question was should I do it. Again, they unanimously said yes. I commanded a room and managed to convince them of an idea. I was born.

– Cindy Chin, CEO of CLC Advisors & NASA Datanaut

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill


I believe failure is the perfect stepping stone that gets you closer to success. It’s what keeps me going in my quest to succeed, and that’s why this quote is very close to my heart.

Shane Barker, Digital Strategist, Brand and Influencer Consultant

“Whenever there is fear, you will get wrong figures.” – W. Edwards Deming


I’ve worked in many situations where people were afraid to be honest about things going awry in the business. That led to them padding or fudging the answers — which made it impossible to get down to the heart of what was really happening (and fix it).

You need an environment where people feel safe enough to say when something is failing, or you’ll never truly be able to succeed together.

– bethanye McKinney Blount, CEO and Co-Founder of Compaas

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Michael Jordan


Being a forward in my soccer playing days, my coach used to say this to me all the time. If you get the chance, take your shot. When your shot goes in, it’s a great feeling which reinforces this mantra.

As a business owner, you should take your opportunities, and if you score, your business grows.

For example, I’ve organized over 15 virtual summits, and some have been spectacular wins leading to my partner and I to profit from those successes, to work remotely traveling and enjoying our life.

However, not all of our events have had success. If you miss a shot, you learn from the mistake and improve for next time.

– Liam Austin, Co-founder of Entrepreneurs HQ

If you take a job for the money, the money will never be enough.”


It was advice given to me by one of my favorite bosses and, after that, I frequently repeated it to my team.

I love this quote because it puts career choices in perspective. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing and who you’re working with, no amount of money will keep the work from becoming a drag eventually.

Now that I have a company of my own and we’re doing well financially, I find that advice still holds true. My choices for where to take our company next are driven by what I find fulfilling (and what I don’t). And I look for that in the staff I hire as well.

Without exception, every person I’ve ever worked with whose primary motivation was how much they were being paid was also a terrible teammate.

Candis Best, Founder and CEO of SMI Logistics

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.” – Brandon Sanderson


I use this quote to keep me grounded in everything that I do, especially when I’m about to write a keynote talk, give a presentation, or pitch an idea.

We are all storytellers, and as such, we are trying to find or create stories that resonate with us, that reflect something of our own existence.

To build curiosity and awe because, only then, will people interact.

You’ve touched them on various emotional levels by showing your humanity and connecting with theirs on a most basic level.

And so, the medium in which we tell (or live) those stories may vary, whether that be through live events, music, art, websites, platforms, apps, or pitches doesn’t matter.

Adah Parris, Futurist and Storyteller

“Many people won’t respect you as a person, but will only respect you because of the chair you’re sitting in.”


As a young lawyer, I once had an informational interview with entertainment attorney Jeff Cohen of Cohen Gardner, who also happens to have played Chunk from The Goonies.

Although he was speaking generally about the entertainment industry, I have found this to be true more broadly: “Many people won’t respect you as a person, but will only respect you because of the chair you’re sitting in.”

The advice definitely influenced me to start looking beyond what any one person could offer me (or that I could offer to the other person) and examine what the whole individual could bring to the table.

Basically, consider the long term relationship instead of just the immediate transaction.

This has definitely impacted the way I look at hires, accepting investor money, or even partnerships with other entities.

If you remove the immediate benefit of any interaction, does the other side still look like someone(s) you want to spend time with? Are they only after one thing that they want from you in a negotiation, or is there a long term benefit to an ongoing relationship?

– Vicky Hsu, CEO of Habitica

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman


Real sustained success depends on doing something that you actually enjoy, that makes you come alive in the way where you lose track of time.

No matter what line of work you’re in, you will wake up at 3am from time to time feeling stressed about it. Just make sure the reason you’re waking up is something meaningful and fulfilling.

Writing and illustrating a book is a long, arduous, and at times, extremely anxiety-inducing process, but I never lost motivation because I fundamentally loved the topic and loved working on it.

Liz Fosslien, Author and Illustrator of No Hard Feelings & Head of Content at Humu

“The work we do is always about a piece of you and to remember when your ego is involved and you have to learn when to let it go. Your job relies heavily on meeting people where they are and to know when to leave them there. Don’t lose who you are and your voice in the process because as a Black woman we exist in a society where it was never meant to be heard in the first place. The world has created a number of circumstances for you to be a unicorn, now be a damn unicorn!”


This was a piece of advice I got from my mentor in college, and it’s stuck with me ever since.

I received this advice at a time when I was at my lowest emotionally. I was so drained by the fact that I was getting my ass kicked by investors and taking rejection daily (which is still happening). I remember sitting in his office and crying because I was hurting.

It was also at a time when both of my businesses were going through major growing pains. I was still grieving over a major personal loss.

I was losing staff in one business, both voluntary and involuntary, and I had a client, who is a billion dollar company, that I was ready to walk away from. My world was crashing. I was mentally in a battle between the things he had called out and in a place where I was unwilling to accept failure as an outcome. His words helped to breathe life back into me.

– Dr. CI of Diverse City LLC

“What if life was happening for you instead of to you?” – Gina Kloes


This was taught to me by my mentor Gina Kloes, who is a lead trainer for Tony Robbins. Gina has believed in me since the day we met and has been a catalyst for much of my fulfillment. I wish everyone had someone like her by their side.

If you look at my life’s circumstances, I am not “supposed” to be where I am today. I was born in a poor neighborhood in Venezuela and moved to the USA with my family – all because my father had a dream, and, despite his great obstacles, taking life into his own hands and making the impossible happen.

In the USA, we went through very difficult times financially and health-wise, so I dropped out of college to support my family. I faced our challenges straight on and made life happen for me instead of to me.

Many people felt sorry for me as they saw my bright future crumble in front of me; what they didn’t realize was that the experiences I lived through molded me into the person I am today.

I quickly learned that mindset is stronger than strategy or skills. I said yes to opportunities all around me, even when I didn’t have the skills needed; I knew that just like my dad, I could make the impossible actually possible.

By the age of 27, I became COO of a leading pre-accelerator, and I am extremely blessed to have incredible mentors like Tim Draper guiding me and giving me a sandbox to thrive in.

The challenges I’ve had have made me the strong resilient entrepreneur I am today. The painful lessons my family and I learned are my competitive advantage. I have seen with my own eyes over and over again that no matter the circumstances, there is always a way to achieve more, but more importantly, to be fulfilled in the process.

I’m very blessed to have been wired this way. Don’t let life happen to you, instead, make it happen for you.

Juan Acosta, COO of Draper University

“Always in beta.”


This is a mantra I live by since reading Reid Hoffman’s The Start-up of You and learning of the concept of “permanent beta.”

It occurs to me that people are like software in beta: in progress and ever evolving.

So, the quote “Always in beta” serves as a reminder to embrace the state of human in-progressness. If we accept this as true, we can stop beating ourselves up when something doesn’t work out because we can appreciate every bump on the road as just part of the process.

The beta mindset has served me extraordinarily well.

Instead of cringing at the thought of the potential of failure or waiting to get things perfect before doing or launching something, I courageously take risks, try, try again, adjust, pivot, and try again until milestones are achieved.

Even then, I keep at it because growth and improvement, at that point, are fun and make life worthwhile.

Lolita Taub, Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners

“If you’re going to eat shit, don’t nibble.”


This was a piece of advice given to Ben Horowitz on the eve of their first quarterly earnings call as a public company.

Our default response to bad news is usually to meander and avoid delivering it or to deliver the news over a prolonged period. However, this is often the worst way to deliver bad news (just like it’s better not to nibble if you have to eat something bad). This is especially true when running a company, when more often not, you have to deliver bad news.

Reminding myself not to nibble has really helped me in my career, especially as I was a young executive, and delivering a bad update in a board meeting or having to announce layoffs or firings was a new and difficult experience for me.

A great example is when we had to lay off everyone in our London office, and I was deliberating with my co-founder on how we should deliver the news.I looked at him and said, “We’re going to eat shit here … Doesn’t matter how we cut this … This is terrible and devastating news for everyone … There’s no 2 ways around it. So if we’re going to eat shit, we better not nibble.”

– Jubair Jalil, CEO of Metapair

“Now I am the voice. I will lead, not follow. I will believe, not doubt. I will create, not destroy. I am a force for good. I am a leader. Defy the odds. Set a new standard. Step up, Step up, Step up.” – Anthony Robbins


This quote gives me the permission and strength to be a success in whatever I choose. It inspires you to reach for more and holds you accountable for those results.

I once walked across a bed of hot coals without burning myself. Yes, I was scared, but I also knew that once I had done it, nothing that I feared in the future would prevent me from accomplishing my goals.

– Cris A. Young, Founder of Product Genius Technology

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words: It is expressed in the choices one makes.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


My favorite quote depends on the day and how I’m feeling. This week, I stumbled across this one, and I gave it a little nod.

I find we live in a world where we often become obsessed with other people, what they are doing, and what their ideas are. It’s cool to be inspired by others — I certainly have — but to measure yourself against them, and to mimic them too much, is dangerous. You end up failing and not being true to yourself.

My philosophy for life is expressed in how I live it. My goal is to be true to myself and to always make decisions that feel right according to who I am.

I don’t write much about what I do; it is what I’ve built that reflects who I am and what I value. It is possible to build something and not feel the need to write a book about it. At least, that is my excuse for not writing more about what I do!

Rosie Sherry, Founder of Ministry of Testing & Community Manager at Indie Hackers

“Ideas are free; execution is priceless.”


Ideas are a dime a dozen and effectively worthless unless you execute on them and bring them to life. Most people are really good at coming up with ideas but fail to take the action necessary to see them through to reality.

Once you execute an idea, the rest of the world will give you feedback about whether that idea is a success or failure.

– Tom Kulzer, Founder and CEO of AWeber

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes … the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules … You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things … they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs


I was bullied in high school. I hid in the library playing dungeons and dragons. I didn’t think I fit in with the world. Then along comes this brand, and they’re talking to me. I know it’s a bit pathetic, but it was validating. I was seen. And it made me want to pick myself to change the world.

– André Eikmeier, Founder of Good Empire

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Teddy Roosevelt


I grew up in a family with two working parents in a rural community, so it is hardly surprising that I find the meaning of work personally inspiring.

But it isn’t just me; decades of research have repeatedly proven what we have always known anecdotally that working hard at something personally satisfying brings a unique kind of joy.

In my darkest times, I have worked my way out, and I can remember few moments quite as light as those spent working at the peak of my potential on something meaningful.

Matt Wallaert, Chief Behavioral Officer at Clover Health & Author of Start At The End

“A wise [person] makes more opportunities than [they] find.” – Sir Francis Bacon


This resonated so well with me because growing up, I was always taught the value of being proactive and learning about all the opportunities that could benefit me then going after them.

Early on in my career, this allowed me to meet amazing, influential people and be linked to purposeful work being done around health innovation.

– André Blackman, Founder and CEO of Onboard Health

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb


Being born into poverty and project housing in Manhattan, New York to now serving as CEO for a software engineering training company in San Francisco, California has taught me a lot about the importance of community and the role it serves in our safety, survival, growth, and fulfillment.

Without community, family, and friends who love us and we, in turn, love back, career life can get real lonely, real fast.

No matter what amount of “success” we have throughout our careers, nothing replaces the feeling of true and genuine love from the amazing people we share life with, especially love from the folks who’ve helped us grow along the way and continually remind us of why we do what we do.

Looking back throughout my life, no accomplishment has meant more to me than celebrating them with the people I love. Caring for the people in our lives who actively care about us is how we journey together the quote above made me realize “going far” in my career is only made possible by journeying together. I hope it does the same for those of you who read it after this post.

– Joshua Encarnacion, Chief Executive Officer at Outco Inc

“If a door doesn’t open, build your own.”


Throughout my career, I’ve haven’t gone the traditional route. This wasn’t due to lack of opportunity, but from lack of knowledge that certain routes existed. I had to get used to hearing no, and after a while, I realized I was the hope and change I was looking for.

Thus, I started building my own doors and helping others figure out what actions worked for them to achieve their goals.

Aniesia Williams, MarComs Expert

Key Takeaways

Now if that isn’t a powerful list of the best business quotes in the world then I don’t know what is.

At the very end of the day, motivation and inspiration can be hard to come by as an entrepreneur. In the face of constant obstacles and setbacks, finding the strength of will to keep going can be challenge in and of itself.

Fortunately though, you’re not alone.

There are many others who have walked this path before and they came out the other side better than ever. And while everyone’s source of inspiration is unique to themselves, it’s fascinating to see some common themes and patterns like:

  • The value of moving forward, even if it’s not perfect.
  • Paying it forward whenever you can and helping others achieve success too.
  • The importance of building a team of people you can rely upon.
  • Being true to yourself and your passion in the quest for sucess.
  • Success only happens when you provide value for others first.

Make sure to bookmark this page of killer business quotes and visit it again anytime you find yourself in need for a dose of inspiration!

What did you think of this collection of business quotes? Do you have an inspirational quote that you turn to? Let us know in the comments below!

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