20 Quotes for Small Business Owners Having a Rough DayBill Gates, Steve Jobs and others know from struggle, too. Let their words inspire you when you need encouragement or a few laughs.
Even the greatest minds and industry giants experience struggles and outright failures on the way to success, as these quotes suggest. Bookmark this page for easy access next time you need a little encouragement on your own path to achievement.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle
“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” — Vidal Sassoon
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” — Steve Jobs
“When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.” — Mary Kay Ash
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” — Henry Ford
On criticism and doubt
“When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts.” — Larry Ellison
“My first-grade teacher told me I was the dumbest student she ever had. She did me a favor. If she told me I was very smart, I wouldn’t have tried to improve.” — Ernest Gallo
On taking risks
“Starting a business is like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. In mid-air, the entrepreneur begins building a parachute and hopes it opens before hitting the ground.” — Robert Kiyosaki
“To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.” — Bill Gates
On having the courage to dream big
“What’s the worst that could happen? Everyone turned me down; big deal.” — J. K. Rowling
“In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.” — Peter F. Drucker