Starting a Business: The 20 Most Inspiring Words of Advice

Business.com / Managing / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Sometimes the best words of advice are those that come from someone who's been there. We uncovered 20 inspiring words of advice from...

If you're starting a business, are feeling stuck with your current business, or simply need a reminder that all of this hard work and effort is worth it, you could probably use a little motivation. Sometimes you need to hear some tough love from a family member. Other times, the best words of advice are those that come from someone who's been there.

Thanks to some sourcing on Twitter and the addicting nature of surfing Tumblr, we uncovered 20 incredibly inspiring words of advice, many from entrepreneurs, writers, and busienssmen you know, and from some you may not know:

"Let me think about the people who I care about the most. And when they fail or disappoint me I still love them, I still give them chances, and I still see the best in them. Let me extend that generosity to myself." --Ze Frank(To be honest, we could've listed 25 quotes from Ze's video, "An Invocation for Beginnings." If you're just starting a business, or are hesitant to take that first step, and can handle a little NSFW language, carve out 3 minutes of your time to watch this video.)

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking, and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." --Steve Jobs

"If you're opening a hot dog stand, you could worry about the condiments, the cart, the name, the decoration. But the first thing you should worry about is the hot dog. The hot dogs are the epicenter. Everything else is secondary." --Jason Fried, co-founder, 37 Signals (By the way, his book, Rework, should be on your must-read list. This is another case where we could've pulled 80 quotes alone from him.)

"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

"I try not to make any decisions that I'm not excited about." -Jake Nickell, co-founder, Threadless

"If you're going to put your product in beta - put your business model in beta with it." -Joe Kraus, partner, Google Ventures

"A bigger business is like a cruise ship: There are lots of amenities and you can go a lot further, but it's harder to turn quickly." -Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos

"No great programmer is sitting there saying, 'I'm going to make a bunch of money,' or 'I'm going to sell a hundred thousand copies.' Because that kind of thought gives you no guidance about the problems." -Bill Gates

"If you hire people just because they can do a job, they'll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they'll work for you with blood and sweat and tears." - Simon Sinek, speaker and author

"The only real limitation on your abilities is the level of your desires. If you want it badly enough, there are no limits on what you can achieve." --Brian Tracy, author

"Get going. Move forward. Aim high. Plan a takeoff. Don't just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won't happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you'll love it up here." --Donald Trump

"Sustaining a successful business is a hell of a lot of work, and staying hungry is half the battle." Wendy Tan White, founder, Moonfruit

"The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?" - Matt Cutts

"Lots of people were skeptical, but that's always true when you do something that hasn't been done before." --Jessica Livingston, co-founder, Y Combinator

"I'd build stuff that's awesome and get people using it. Investors will come out of the woodwork when you do." --David Cohen, Co-founder, TechStars

"Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Gandhi - all these peopled described themselves as quiet and soft-spoken and even shy. And they all took the spotlight, even though every bone in their bodies was telling them not to." - Susan Cain

"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, Co-founder, the Huffington Post

"If you give people really big jobs to the point that they're scared, they have way more fun and they improve their game much faster." --Mark Pincus, co-founder, Zynga

"Don't get ahead of yourself. Companies need time to figure out where they want to be." --Bart Decrem, co-founder, Tapulous

"You have to utilize who you are in your work. Nobody else can do that: nobody else can pull from your background, from your parents, your upbringing, your whole life experience." - David Carson, well-known graphic designer

What are your favorite quotes or stories from others who have been there?

 

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