Entrepreneurs: Read this Whenever You Feel like Giving Up

Sad entrepreneurThis post is by serial entrepreneur & startup strategist Mitchell Harper

Here are 58 powerful quotes that have kept me focused and moving forward as an entrepreneur since 2001.


  • “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it” — Michaelangelo
  • “The biggest challenge you have is to challenge your own self-doubt and your laziness. It is your self-doubt and your laziness that define and limit who you are. If you want to change what you are you must take on your self-doubt and your laziness” — Robert Kiyosaki
  • “Your job as an executive is to edit, not write. It’s OK to write once in a while but if you do it often there’s a fundamental problem with the team. Every time you do something ask if you’re writing or editing and get in the mode of editing” — Jack Dorsey
  • “The more a person seeks security, the more that person gives up control over their life” — Robert Kiyosaki
  • “You’re either an entrepreneur, artist or manager. Spend most of your time in that role and you’ll be fulfilled”
  • “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week” — George Patton
  • “Don’t focus on the victory, focus on the task” — Coach Erik Spoelstra
  • “Dreamers dream dreams and rich people create plans and build bridges to their dreams”- Robert Kiyosaki
  • “Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth): Make the growth choice a dozen times a day” — Abraham Maslow
  • “Don’t be afraid to give up the good for the great” — John D Rockefeller
  • “It’s a great strength to live knowing that if you lost every material possession, you would still have a life worth living”
  • “If you don’t believe in yourself, you don’t take massive action. Instead, you take small action which validates that in fact, you weren’t good enough to achieve something huge.”
  • “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it” — Jordan Belfort
  • “The neutralizer to fear is self belief” — Mark Bouris
  • “It’s never too late to reinvent yourself for the next chapter”
  • “One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you” — Jeff Bezos
  • “Age is not based on chronology, but psychology” — Tony Robbins
  • “See it as it is, not worse than it is just so you have a reason not to try” — Tony Robbins
  • “It’s not what we get that makes us happy, it’s who we become” — Tony Robbins
  • “Live deliberately” — Scott Harris
  • “Do what no one else does… follow through”
  • “80% of success is mental, 20% is the how” — Scott Harris
  • “If you keep moving in the right direction you’ll get your dream or something better”
  • “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there”
  • “You feel what you’re focused on” — Tony Robbins
  • “Some day your life will flash before your eyes — make sure it’s worth watching”
  • “I accept myself unconditionally, right now” — Louise Hay
  • “The secret to living is giving” — Tony Robbins
  • “When you believe it, it becomes self fulfilling” — Tony Robbins
  • “Always have something to look forward to” — Tony Robbins
  • “Progress equals happiness” — Tony Robbins
  • “Time is the capital of your life, so spend it wisely” — Tony Robbins
  • “The how will show up after the commitment to the what” — Tony Robbins
  • “If you wait until you feel like doing something, you will likely never accomplish it” — John C Maxwell
  • “Passion is the bridge between goals and accomplishment”- Jim Rohn
  • “In life you have three options with any situation that is a challenge. Remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it” — Dr Phil
  • “You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideals come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an ideal next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.” — Warren Buffett
  • “The joy is in creating, not maintaining” — Vince Lombardi
  • “People who experience negative or stressful emotions on an ongoing basis are less healthy and live shorter lives” — Tony Robbins
  • “I make it a personal rule never to do anything that I don’t really care about. It is surprising how much this cuts out” — Richard Koch
  • “It’s through our expenses that we become richer or poorer, regardless of how much money we make” — Robert Kiyosaki
  • “If a man will devote his time to securing facts in an impartial, objective way, his worries will usually evaporate in the light of knowledge” — Herbert E. Hawkes
  • “The more communities in which you are an active participant, the more likely it is that you’ll be happy” — Ted Leonsis
  • “Power begins with your own self perception” — Siimon Reynolds
  • “All of the answers to your problems are outside your comfort zone” — Keith Cunningham
  • “The only way you grow is by being uncomfortable” — Scott Harris
  • “You can’t sit at the table of success for too long or you’ll feel bored and dead” — Tony Robbins
  • “It doesn’t matter what you achieve, if you don’t keep growing you’ll feel dead”- Tony Robbins
  • “To influence yourself, you have to ask better questions” — Tony Robbins
  • “Unsuccessful people in life are mood dominated — “I don’t feel like working today” — Simon Reynolds
  • “If you’re bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things — you don’t have enough goals” — Lou Holtz
  • “We are kept from our goal not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal” — Robert Brault
  • “Your destiny is determined by your decisions” — Tony Robbins
  • “Visualize how you want things to be and then diligently work on a plan to make that your reality”
  • “Most people are as happy as they decide to be” — Abraham Lincoln
  • “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” — Mario Andretti
  • “A man is what he thinks about all day long” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “The person who has the guts to ask themselves ‘Why?’ at least once a week, and be totally honest with themselves about the answer, is already twenty steps ahead of their smarter, more experienced rival” — Mark Bouris
  • “What you allow is what will continue”
  • “Self belief will always push fear away, but you need to always practice self belief otherwise fear will come back and tap you on the shoulder” — Mark Bouris
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