20 Quotes to Ring in a Successful New Year as an Entrepreneur

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 2, 2013

As an entrepreneur, you have a natural aptitude for adventurous business risks, creating inventive ideas, filling a gap in consumer needs, and self-starting. The start to a new year is as good of a time as any to refocus your priorities, create professional goals, or kick start a business idea that has been lingering in your mind.

Whether you are an aspiring or seasoned entrepreneur, get inspired through quotes from successful business leaders, intellectuals, web visionaries, and even entertainers for optimal success in 2013. From harnessing creativity and innovation to learning to get back up when you fall, these quotables on entrepreneurship are sure to elevate your entrepreneurial spirit and success.

On Innovation

“The best use of life is to spend it on something that outlasts it.” -William James

“But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem.” – Steve Jobs

“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.” – Winston Churchill

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”?-Mark Twain

On Passion

“A person can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.” – Charles M. Schwab

“I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.” -Walter Cronkite

“Rest in reason; move in passion.” -Khalil Gibran

On Failing

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

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“Show me a person who never made a mistake, and I will show you a person who never did anything.” -William Rosenberg

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” -Coco Chanel

“I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” -George Burns

On Motivation

“You can want success all you want, but to get it, you can’t falter. You can’t slip. You can’t sleep. One eye open, for real, and forever.” – Jay-Z

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

“Work Smart and Hard, Smart First.” – Joe Griffin (CEO of iAcquire)

On Overcoming Fear

“I think when you move past your fear and you go after your dreams wholeheartedly, you become free. Know what I’m saying? Move past the fear.” – LL Cool J

“Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.” – Karl Augustus Menninger

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

On Success

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle

“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” -Chinese Proverb

”If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” -Charles R. Swindoll

Allie Gray Freeland, PR Director at iAcquire, a Phoenix and NYC-based digital marketing firm. In her spare time, Allie enjoys reading and writing business articles and yoga-ing.

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About The Author

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on Under30CEO.com, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.


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