Entrepreneurs: Read These “Success Quotes” Whenever You Feel Like Giving Up

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I’ve always said that building a successful business is a 7-10 year rollercoaster. Some days are up, most days are down. But it’s always those who stick it out that end up becoming the 10-year “overnight success stories” that the media like to talk about.

More than any particular marketing strategy, your mindset as a founder will determine if you succeed or fail over the long term.

Self sabotage is real, especially for first-time founders. If you don’t believe you’re “worthy” of experiencing success, you will subconsciously slow the growth of your business to keep it in line with what you feel you “deserve”.

One of the best ways I’ve found to reduce and even eliminate self-sabotage completely is to keep a list of my favorite quotes about success, persistence, overcoming adversity and contribution, which I reference every day.

Here are 60 powerful quotes that have kept me focused and moving forward as an entrepreneur since 2001.

Success Quotes for Entrepreneurs

  1. “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it” — Michaelangelo
  2. “The biggest challenge you have is to challenge your own self-doubt and your laziness. It is your self-doubt and your laziness that define and limit who you are. If you want to change what you are you must take on your self-doubt and your laziness” — Robert Kiyosaki
  3. “Your job as an executive is to edit, not write. It’s OK to write once in a while but if you do it often there’s a fundamental problem with the team. Every time you do something ask if you’re writing or editing and get in the mode of editing” — Jack Dorsey
  4. “The more a person seeks security, the more that person gives up control over their life” — Robert Kiyosaki
  5. “You’re either an entrepreneur, artist or manager. Spend most of your time in that role and you’ll be fulfilled”
  6. “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week” — George Patton
  7. “Don’t focus on the victory, focus on the task” — Coach Erik Spoelstra
  8. “Dreamers dream dreams and rich people create plans and build bridges to their dreams”- Robert Kiyosaki
  9. “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” — Abraham Maslow
  10. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good for the great” — John D Rockefeller
  11. “It’s a great strength to live knowing that if you lost every material possession, you would still have a life worth living”
  12. “If you don’t believe in yourself, you don’t take massive action. Instead, you take small action which validates that in fact, you weren’t good enough to achieve something huge.”
  13. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it” — Jordan Belfort
  14. “The neutralizer to fear is self belief” — Mark Bouris
  15. “It’s never too late to reinvent yourself for the next chapter”
  16. “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
  17. “Age is not based on chronology, but psychology” — Tony Robbins
  18. “See it as it is, not worse than it is just so you have a reason not to try” — Tony Robbins
  19. “It’s not what we get that makes us happy, it’s who we become” — Tony Robbins
  20. “Live deliberately” — Scott Harris
  21. “Do what no one else does… follow through”
  22. “80% of success is mental, 20% is the how” — Scott Harris
  23. “If you keep moving in the right direction you’ll get your dream or something better”
  24. “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there”
  25. “You feel what you’re focused on” — Tony Robbins
  26. “Some day your life will flash before your eyes — make sure it’s worth watching”
  27. “I accept myself unconditionally, right now” — Louise Hay
  28. “The secret to living is giving” — Tony Robbins
  29. “When you believe it, it becomes self fulfilling” — Tony Robbins
  30. “Always have something to look forward to” — Tony Robbins
  31. “Progress equals happiness” — Tony Robbins
  32. “Time is the capital of your life, so spend it wisely” — Tony Robbins
  33. “The how will show up after the commitment to the what” — Tony Robbins
  34. “If you wait until you feel like doing something, you will likely never accomplish it” — John C Maxwell
  35. “Passion is the bridge between goals and accomplishment”- Jim Rohn
  36. “In life you have three options with any situation that is a challenge. Remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it” — Dr Phil
  37. “You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideals come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an ideal next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.” — Warren Buffett
  38. “The joy is in creating, not maintaining” — Vince Lombardi
  39. “People who experience negative or stressful emotions on an ongoing basis are less healthy and live shorter lives” — Tony Robbins
  40. “I make it a personal rule never to do anything that I don’t really care about. It is surprising how much this cuts out” — Richard Koch
  41. “It’s through our expenses that we become richer or poorer, regardless of how much money we make” — Robert Kiyosaki
  42. “If a man will devote his time to securing facts in an impartial, objective way, his worries will usually evaporate in the light of knowledge” — Herbert E. Hawkes
  43. “The more communities in which you are an active participant, the more likely it is that you’ll be happy” — Ted Leonsis
  44. “Power begins with your own self perception” — Siimon Reynolds
  45. “All of the answers to your problems are outside your comfort zone” — Keith Cunningham
  46. “The only way you grow is by being uncomfortable” — Scott Harris
  47. “You can’t sit at the table of success for too long or you’ll feel bored and dead” — Tony Robbins
  48. “It doesn’t matter what you achieve, if you don’t keep growing you’ll feel dead”- Tony Robbins
  49. “To influence yourself, you have to ask better questions” — Tony Robbins
  50. “Unsuccessful people in life are mood dominated — “I don’t feel like working today” — Siimon Reynolds
  51. “If you’re bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things — you don’t have enough goals” — Lou Holtz
  52. “We are kept from our goal not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal” — Robert Brault
  53. “Your destiny is determined by your decisions” — Tony Robbins
  54. “Visualize how you want things to be and then diligently work on a plan to make that your reality”
  55. “Most people are as happy as they decide to be” — Abraham Lincoln
  56. “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” — Mario Andretti
  57. “A man is what he thinks about all day long” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  58. “The person who has the guts to ask themselves ‘Why?’ at least once a week, and be totally honest with themselves about the answer, is already twenty steps ahead of their smarter, more experienced rival” — Mark Bouris
  59. “What you allow is what will continue”
  60. “Self belief will always push fear away, but you need to always practice self belief otherwise fear will come back and tap you on the shoulder” — Mark Bouris

highly recommend choosing your favorite 5 quotes from the list above and printing them out. Put them up around your office and read them daily. They will start to reprogram your subconscious mind to understand that yes, you really do deserve success.

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