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Entrepreneurial Words of Wisdom

By Barbara Beauregard   |    July 10, 2015   |    11:08 AM

Advice and Motivation From Top Entrepreneurs

If you need some wise words of wisdom from the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, then keep reading. Their tried and true advice will motivate you to accomplish your business goals, and to keep pushing for success in all of your professional endeavors.

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.” - Steve Jobs

This all-time-favorite piece of wisdom from the late Steve Jobs reminds entrepreneurs that they’re never truly finished with their work. Jobs’ advice of always being hungry for more, while also remaining “foolish” enough to take risks and try new things, is excellent advice for any entrepreneur.

“People want to do business with someone they like. If people like you, they’re going to want to do business with you.” - Barbara Corcoran

Being personable is a vital part of being an entrepreneur. People won’t want to work with someone they don’t enjoy being around, so remember this smart tip.

If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it's within your reach. And it'll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build. It'll be worth it, I promise.” - Steve Wozniak

Steve Jobs isn’t the only Apple co-founder with some sage advice for entrepreneurs. Steve Wozniak, Apple’s founding tech guru, reminds entrepreneurs that all of the blood, sweat, and tears are worth it, even in moments of doubt.

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” - Sarah Blakely

Sarah Blakely is one of the U.S.’s richest self-made women. Spanx, Blakely’s privately owned company, has netted her a fortune of around $1 billion.

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy. Anyone can complain.” - Henry Ford

This piece of advice from the founder of Ford is certainly timeless, and is a helpful reminder for when business gets tough.

“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes—understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” - Arianna Huffington

As the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington has learned a few things about business and entrepreneurship throughout her career. She’s always viewed failure as a stepping stone to success, and it’s paid off. Can you think of your own failures as the precursors to success?

“Wouldn’t it be great to be gifted? In fact… It turns out that choices lead to habits. Habits become talents. Talents are labeled gifts. You’re not born this way, you get this way.” - Seth Godin

Bestselling author and entrepreneur Seth Godin is full of actionable business advice, including this piece of wisdom. We can get caught up with the notion of being “gifted,” but it’s hard work that breeds success, not an innate talent. Even the most seemingly gifted businesspeople had to work hard to be successful, so get to work on cultivating habits that become talents.

“Do the work. Out-work. Out-think. Out-sell your expectations. There are no shortcuts.” - Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban is a bit of a legend in the entrepreneurial world, with plenty of successes on his resume. He didn’t make a name for himself by slacking off, either. This piece of wisdom from Mr. Cuban is an excellent reminder to always outdo ourselves when it comes to business.


Do you have any go-to motivational quotes from successful entrepreneurs? If there’s a quote that you keep on a Post-It note on your desk, be sure to share the inspiration below in the comments!