24 insightful business quotes

It’s not easy running a business. If there’s one thing that all business owners can agree on – it’s not easy. Even if you’ve been in business over 20 years, there’s never any cruise control. Whether you’re a Technology Start-up, Medical Supply Company, or Construction company – any business owner can use a little bit of motivation and insight. We have 25 of our favorite quotes from some of the best-known entrepreneurs and industry moguls. When you’re struggling with difficult decisions or find yourself lacking motivation – We hope this helps you through your work day!


  1. “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” –Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO
  1. “I may be over the top on this, but I just don’t want to like my competitors. I want my people to believe that whenever he and our other competitors succeed, we will be less able to do all the things we want to do.” —Phil Knight, Chairman Emeritus of Nike
  1. “The first one gets the oyster the second gets the shell.” – Andrew Carnegie, American Steel Pioneer and billionaire
  1. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas Edison, Inventor
  1. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas Edison, American inventor and businessman
  1. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” —Bill Gates, Founder and CEO of Microsoft
  1. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” — Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company
  1. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” —Walt Disney, Founder of Disney
  1. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” —Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple
  1. “If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.” – Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s
  1. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan, NBA Hall of Famer
  1. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” —Tony Robbins, businessman, author, and philanthropist
  1. “Done is better than perfect.” –Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  1. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” –Muhammad Ali, Boxing Champion
  1. “Always deliver more than expected.” —Larry Page, co-founder of Google
  1. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” –Steve Martin, Comedian and Actor
  1. “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.” —Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA founder
  1. “I hate how many people think, “glass half-empty” when their glass is really four-fifths full. I’m grateful when I have one drop in the glass because I know exactly what to do with it.” – Gary Vaynerchuk, founder and CEO of VaynerMedia
  1. “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise.” -Ted Turner, Media Entrepreneur and Founder of CNN
  2. “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
  1. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” – Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks.
  1. “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King, New York Times Best Selling Author
  1. “When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.” —Robert Kiyosaki, Founder of Cashflow Technologies
  1. “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day.” – Wayne Gretzky, Hall of Fame Hockey Player