Starting your own business is never easy – but it is possible, it is doable. For anyone who is planning to, or are in the process of starting their own business, here are 50 inspirational, kickass quotes from successful entrepreneurs and business people.

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“You jump off a cliff and you assemble an airplane on the way down.” – Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Before dreaming about the future or making plans, you need to articulate what you already have going for you – as entrepreneurs do.” – Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.” – Sara Blakely, Spanx Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

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

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

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

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Risk more than others think safe. Dream more than others think practical.” – Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.” – Steve Case, AOL Co-Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” – Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post Media Group President and EIC

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

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

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

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

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

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.” – Michael Dell, Dell Chairman and CEO

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.” – Jeffrey Zeldman, A List Apart Publisher

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” – Jack Dorsey, Twitter Co-Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” – Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder and CEO

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Any time is a good time to start a company.” – Ron Conway, Noted Startup Investor, SV Angel

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“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.” – Steve Jobs, Apple Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“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 of Mary Kay Cosmetics

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“It’s not about ideas.It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky, Behance Co-Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder and Venture Capitalist

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Don’t be a lone wolf. Lean on the experience and smarts of your teammates, investors, and mentors to help solve the tough problems and take advantage of the opportunities.” – Seth Bannon, Founder and CEO of Amicus

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“If there’s something you want to build, but the tech isn’t there yet, just find the closest possible way to make it happen.” – Dennis Crowley, Foursquare Co-Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.” – Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media Founder and CEO

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.” – Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

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

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.” – Harland Sanders, Founder of KFC

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s undervalued and underinvested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board.” – Evan Williams, Twitter Co-Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” – Walt Disney, Disney Co-Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“The best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.” – Michael Arrington, Founder and Co-Editor of TechCrunch

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” – Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Get five or six of your smartest friends in a room and ask them to rate your idea.” – Mark Pincus, Zynga CEO

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” – Jason Fried, 37Signals Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” – Nelson Mandela, South African Leader

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.’” – Tom Preston-Werner, Github Co-Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“No more romanticizing about how cool it is to be an entrepreneur. It’s a struggle to save your company’s life – and your own skin – every day of the week.” – Spencer Fry, CarbonMade Co-Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“I try not to make any decisions that I’m not excited about.” – Jake Nickell, Threadless Founder and CEO

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

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

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Anything that is measured and watched, improves.” – Bob Parsons, GoDaddy Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“See things in the present, even if they are in the future.” – Larry Ellison, Oracle Co-Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Nothing works better than just improving your product.” – Joel Spolsky, Stack Overflow Co-Founder, Creator of Trello

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.” – Paul Graham, YCombinator Co-Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“I don’t think an economic slump will hurt good ideas.” – Robert Kalin, Etsy Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities, and don’t let the bastards get you down.” – Michael Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg L.P.

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you.” – Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“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, AOL Co-Founder and CEO

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“Stay self-funded as long as possible.” – Garrett Camp, Founder of Expa, Uber, and StumbleUpon

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

“It’s not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas.” – Edwin Land, Polaroid Co-Founder

Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs

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

Loved these quotes for entrepreneurs?

Sometimes, it just takes a little push to get you started on your startup. If you have dreams of becoming the Next Big Thing (or are supporting someone you know), keep these quotes close to you.

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos for Fancycrave.com. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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