22 Motivational Quotes to Read before Starting a Business

By on June 20, 2013

Motivational Quotes to Read before Starting a Business

If you're about to start a business - or if you're just toying with the idea of becoming your own boss - this article is for you. Often times, when we're about to navigate the unknown, we become afraid, constantly doubt ourselves, and wonder whether or not we're going in the right direction. Starting a business is risky, but the worst thing you could possibly do is to let your self-doubt take over. You don't want to give up and retreat back to your comfortable lifestyle, only to live out the rest of your years asking the same question over and over again: "What if?"

Starting a business is hard, but if you do it right, the prosperous reward in the end is worth all the hard work, sweat, and tears you will have gone through. If your business fails, don't become discouraged. Many successful businesspeople failed repeatedly before they found their way to success. For example, Gordon Ramsay was forced to shut down many of his restaurants. If he simply gave up after seeing his first restaurant fail, what would have happened to him? He'd just simply become another failed restaurant owner with shattered dreams and an empty bank account. That didn't happen, because Gordon Ramsay decided to keep going. Today, he's one of the most well-known chefs and restaurateurs in the world. He just kept on truckin', and so should you.

The following 22 quotes will help you build confidence in yourself, conquer your fears, get the ball rolling, and find perseverance during hard times.

Are you hesitant to start your own business because you're afraid of failing and/or losing a lot of money? Well, don't be afraid! Just ask the people who said the following brilliant motivational quotes. They weren't afraid, so why should you be?

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. - Earl Nightingale

If you ever find yourself saying, "Well, I don't know if I should do this. I don't want to waste a whole year building a business if it's probably going to fail anyway," stop right there. The year will pass anyway! Who would you rather be a year from now: the exact same person you are right now, or a person who has a running business (or a business that's about to launch)? If your answer is the latter, get on it already! The time will pass anyway.

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.

Just because you don't have as much experience as you'd like doesn't mean you shouldn't try anyway. You never know what you're capable of unless you try, right?

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. - Henry Ford

If Henry Ford thought he couldn't do it, we'd probably still be riding horse carriages today. Your success all starts with your belief in yourself. Simple as that.

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

To drive this point home, here's another quote. Michael Jordan once said, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but doesn't get you anywhere.

If you tend to use up your time worrying instead of doing something, you might need to work on that. Often times, your worries turn out to be unwarranted, and you end up having wasted all that time worrying for nothing!

Care about what other people think, and you will always be their prisoner. - Lao Tzu

If you're reluctant to start your business just because someone scoffed at your idea, told you that you didn't have what it took to become successful, or expressed doubt on your behalf, you're actually that person's prisoner. You're letting their negative attitude influence your future success. Quit caring what other people think, and the sky becomes the limit for you.

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. - Andre Gide

It's perfectly normal to be terrified of losing some things in your life, such as your cushy job, your financial freedom, or even your time. Andre Gide is here to remind you that you can't achieve your dream unless you're willing to let go of your comfortable life for a while.

You can't fall if you don't climb, but there's no joy in living your whole life on the ground.

Choosing to live a comfortable but mind-numbingly average life just because you're afraid of failing is definitely not a good way to live your life. Like a friend of mine would always say: smash your T.V. and have adventures!

One person with passion is better than 40 who are merely interested.  - Tom Connellan

If you're passionate about something, you're already leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else.

Money follows passion - not the other way around. - David Garland

If you put a lot of passion into your business, it would be likely to succeed.

You bring something beautiful to the world, something no one else can offer.

You are you. No one else can achieve exactly the things you are capable of achieving.

Ready to conquer your fears and follow your dreams? The following quotes will help you get the ball rolling!

Act as if it were impossible to fail. - Dorthea Brande

In other words, be fearless. Nothing holds you back more than fear does.

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. - Coach John Wooden

Have you ever heard of Sean Forbes? He's a deaf rapper. Yes, you read that right. He did not let his deafness interfere with his dream of rocking out on stage. Ignore your shortcomings and focus on your talents and abilities, and soon enough the latter will overcome the former.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes enthusiasm is all it takes, really.

A dream come true is just a tough little wish that would not take NO for an answer.

You will come across many obstacles. That's almost a given. Whether or not you will succeed depends solely on your willingness to keep going. Remember the Gordon Ramsay story? Be like him, and never take no for an answer.

Whenever you get frustrated by how slowly things are going, just remember that starting a business takes a lot of time and patience.

I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing - that it all began with a mouse. - Walt Disney

Every business you see came from humble beginnings, and so will yours. What your business will become of depends on your patience, perseverance, and passion.

Don't rush yourself or your dream. If you do everything today, what will you do tomorrow?

Take it one day at a time, and change will eventually happen.

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. - Abraham Lincoln

Make the most out of each day.

If things aren't going the way you expected, don't give up! Just read the following quotes.

If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. - Dolly Parton

Starting a business is not all glitter and roses. There will be sweat. There will be tears. There will be heaps of self-doubt. Just keep your eye on the rainbow, and you will find the rain more bearable.

The only one who never makes mistakes is the one who never does anything. - Teddy Roosevelt

Of course, you will make mistakes. It's simply because you're doing something! Always remember that.

I am a slow walker, but I never walk backward. - Abraham Lincoln

No matter how slow you're going, you're still going somewhere, and you will get there someday.

Never, never, never, never give up. - Winston Churchill


Last, but not least, the key to success is having the right attitude. Here are 10 ways you can achieve that:

  1. Believe when others doubt.
  2. Learn while others loaf.
  3. Decide while others delay.
  4. Begin while others procrastinate.
  5. Work while others wish.
  6. Save while others spend.
  7. Listen while others talk.
  8. Smile while others scowl.
  9. Commend while others criticize.
  10. Persist when others quit.

Chiara Fucarino
Chiara Fucarino
Contributing Writer at ExcelLiving.com
A proud resident of the pristine High Rockies, Chiara Fucarino happily spends her days writing in front of a breathtaking view of the mountains. When she's not crafting words, Chiara cooks innovative meals, embarks on scenic hikes, travels to exciting new places, hangs out with domesticated animals, and takes her motorcycle out for a spin.

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