The Top 30 Entrepreneurial Quotes to Live By In 2017

With 2016 having passed us by, it is time to look forward and focus on 2017. Whether you’ve accomplished all of your goals this past year, or struggled to do so; now’s your opportunity to start anew. With a new year come new resolutions, renewed focus and an elevated drive to succeed. Nobody can do it alone folks, so let some of the most successful entrepreneurs be your guide. Let’s take a look at some of the most inspirational entrepreneurial quotes to live by in 2017 from some of the most intriguing people of our generation.

Entrepreneurship has a different meaning for every individual involved with it. Each person has a different path or makes their own path. It’s time for some inspiration to help you make yours.

Use this list to keep yourself motivated, in even the darkest of days. Remember, if you know your why, you can endure any how.

P.S. I’ve included some terrific book titles either by, or about some of these wonderful entrepreneurs for added information and continued inspiration. (Note that some of the links featured are affiliate links)

“The riches are in the niches, but the fortune is in the follow-up.”

― Pat Flynn,

Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money

“Don’t dwell on your weaknesses, everyone else is doing that for you already. Focus on your strengths”

– Gary Vaynerchuck,

AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

— Steve Jobs,

  Steve Jobs

“The brave may not live forever – But the cautious do not live at all”

— Richard Branson,

Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

—Bill Gates,

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”


“Rule No. 1 : Never lose money. Rule No. 2 : Never forget Rule No. 1.”
— Warren Buffett,

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Fourth Edition

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

— Mark Twain

The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain: A Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions)

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

— John C. Maxwell,

How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

“It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.”

“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”

— Vince Lombardi,

When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

— Mark Zuckerberg

“You have to be willing to be misunderstood, if you’re going to innovate”

— Jeff Bezos

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves”

— Barbara Corcoran

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business

“Success is about making your life a special version of unique that fits who you are—not what other people want you to be.”
— Mark Cuban

How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It

“Expect the unexpected. and whenever possible, be the unexpected.”

— Jack Dorsey

Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.”

— Henry Ford

My Life & Work – An Autobiography of Henry Ford

“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.”

— Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO

Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

— Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends & Influence People

“Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.”

— Tony Hsieh, CEO Zappos

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

“Always deliver more than expected.”

— Larry Page, co-founder Google

How Google Works

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

— Wayne Gretzky

99: Stories of the Game

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

— Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

— George Eliot

Middlemarch (Penguin Classics)

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

— Booker T. Washington

Up from Slavery (Dover Thrift Editions)

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second best time is now.”

— Chinese proverb

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

— Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon: How One Man Changed the World with a Pair of Scissors

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”

— Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

— Thomas Edison


Now it’s your turn to influence somebody. Motivate through voice and influence through action. Be the voice of reason for someone else. Be the change they need to see and become. Remember that sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference.

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