Times may be difficult, but, as the old cliche goes: “it’s always darkest before the dawn.” We know that being an entrepreneur isn’t easy, and some days it may feel like you have no leg to stand on. Sometimes you need a little encouragement that everything is going to be okay. That’s why we’ve collected 11 quotes to help motivate you and reassure you that “you got this!”
Quotes on Making it Through Economic Downturns
- “Tough times never last,” says Robert H. Schuller, “but tough people do.”
This is a singular time in our lives, but like other unparalleled periods of history, this too shall pass. What matters most is staying strong, so don’t give up.
- “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, […] who errs and may fall again and again because there is no effort without error or shortcoming.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Life is filled with failures, challenges, and setbacks. There will always be situations something gets in your way, but what matters is that you don’t let it stop you. You may make mistakes, you may lose, but as long as you’re still fighting, you’ve got an opportunity to succeed.
Quotes About Taking Risks in Business
- Roy Ash advises that an entrepreneur will likely take on a mouthful more than he can swallow, in the hopes that “he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.”
Even if you aren’t sure the way to do something (like adapt your business to a pandemic), you’ve got to be confident in your intelligence and skill to figure it out. A lot of people are too scared even to try something like turning a brick-and-mortar store into an eCommerce business, but that’s what sets entrepreneurs apart.
- “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd
The best way to learn is to step out of your comfort zone and experience new things. You may fail, but if you put your business out there, you’ll learn more than if you continuously work with a safety net.
Quotes About Overcoming Failure
- “I have not failed,” said Thomas Edison, “I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
As an entrepreneur, it’s essential to have a growth mindset. This means viewing your mistakes not as failures but as learning opportunities. Businesses are complicated and full of challenges; you can’t possibly get everything right at first. The goal, therefore, is to adapt and evolve, so that you become more knowledgeable and resilient.
- “Don’t worry about failure;” says Drew Houston, “you only have to be right once.”
All that’s really required is one good product or service. It doesn’t matter how many bad ideas came before it; what matters is the idea that sells. So rather than focusing on your failures, focus on your successes.
Quotes about Making your Entrepreneurial Dreams Come True
- “Every time you state what you want or believe,” says Oprah Winfrey, “you’re the first to hear it.” She continues, “It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”
Go for the things you want in life. If you don’t try for what you want to do, then you’ve already failed. Give yourself a chance to succeed instead of closing off your options.
- “[…] You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.” – Jeff Bezos
If you don’t love what you’re doing, if you’re not passionate about it, then you’ll find it hard to work at it. Instead, you should choose to work at the things that you’re passionate about, the stuff that makes you anxious for the next day to arrive.
- “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein
Don’t constrain yourself with the probable, consider the impossible. Remember, at one time people didn’t think it was possible to fly to the moon, now we have people who live in space. So let your imagination run free, anything is possible, we just don’t know it yet.
Quotes About Working Hard for Your Success
- “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi
Success doesn’t come from sitting around and waiting; you have to apply yourself. Regardless of whether you fail or succeed, if you’ve worked hard, then you know that what you’ve done is worthwhile.
- “Success is not what you have,” says Bo Bennet, “but who you are.”
The work you put into something, the care you give to a product or service, is the determinants of success. That means that your success isn’t measured by whether you can afford to buy new things, but whether you gave your best effort to the project.