BUSINESS SUCCESS: 20 Insightful Quotes to Help Inspire You to Succeed

updated 24 Jun, 2024

Did you know that while having an idea is one thing, and running a business is a completely a different thing, having the right quotes can be both inspirational and motivational toward attaining business success?

It is always helpful to have a basic understanding of business ethics and principles when starting your business. Here are some selected 20 quotes from experienced entrepreneurs with a track record of success that can give you insight on how you too can become a success story.

1. “What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.” — Dave Thomas, Founder, Wendy’s

2. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” — Bill Gates, Founder and CEO, Microsoft

3. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” — Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Facebook

4. “Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.” — Lisa Stone, Co-Founder and CEO, BlogHer

5. “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” — Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos

6. “Always deliver more than expected.” — Larry Page, Co-Founder, Google

7. “We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.” – Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO, Mashable

8. “You just have to pay attention to what people need and what has not been done.”– Russell Simmons, Founder, Def Jam Records

9. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team” – Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder, LinkedIn

10. “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford, Founder, Ford Motor Company

11. “The things we fear the most in organizations - fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances – are the primary sources of creativity.” – Margaret Wheatley, Management Consultant

12. “It’s more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you.” – Jason Cohen, Founder, Smart Bear Software

13. “Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.” – Noah Everett, Founder, Twitpic

14.  “Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.” – Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos

15. “Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.” — Mark Cuban

16. “Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” – Anthony Volodkin, Founder, Hype Machine

17. “The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says ‘Go!’ – a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’.” — E.M Kelly, U.S Army

18. “Hire character. Train skill.” – Peter Schultz, Founder and Director, GNF

19. “Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.” – Chris Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO, Hunch

20. “You can’t ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.” – Steve Jobs, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Apple Inc.

Source: kabbage


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