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Quotes from Successful Business Owners

Starting and building a business requires ambition, hard work, inspiration, motivation and perseverance. However, it is normal to go through periods of uncertainty and doubt. Are you making the right decisions? Is the business headed in the right direction? Words of successful business owners can inspire you and shed some light on how they tackled business challenges. Whether you need motivation, inspiration, or encouragement, the following top business owner quotes compiled by our team at First American Merchant will help you continue to move in the right direction:

Entrepreneurship requires determination and ambition

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs, Co-founder, CEO, Chairman Apple Inc.

  • “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.” – Mark Twain, author
  • “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.”
    – Mary Kay Ash, Founder Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • “Empower yourself and realize the importance of contributing to the world by living your talent. Work on what you love. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.” – Catharina Bruns, Founder WorkIsNotaJob
  • “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.”
    – Steve Case, co-founder AOL

Building a Business is Hard Work

  • “Have the end in mind and every day make sure you’re working towards it.”
    – Ryan Allis, co-founder and CEO iContact
  • “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, executive, head coach, player NFL
  • “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs, Co-founder, CEO, Chairman Apple Inc.

Mistakes and Failure are Opportunities to Learn

  • “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
  • “The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can’t learn anything from being perfect.” – Adam Osborne
  • “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently… A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.” – Henry Ford, founder Ford Motor Company
  • “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow” – Ingvar Kamprad, founder Ikea
  • “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” – Napoleon Hill