There comes a time in every entrepreneur’s life where they need to seek help from others. Look at who is where you want to be right now, and consider a few ways you can learn from them. The one thing about entrepreneurs, generally speaking, is that they love sharing their expertise. Entrepreneurs share their expertise either in the form of articles, interviews, books, podcasts, face-to-face networking events and so on.
Most entrepreneurs are all too happy to discuss their business, how it got to where it is today, and where the company plans to go next. That’s probably why the Internet is full of great material and quotable sound bites from entrepreneurs sharing their knowledge. It would be impossible to compile them all, but in this article we will go over some of the most profound quotes we’ve been able to find, as well as leave you with a few takeaways on what to learn from them.
Top 5 Entrepreneurship Quotes
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Takeaway: When building a business don’t simply hire a staff and bark orders at them, because that’s not how a goal gets accomplished. Explain to your team what the end goal is and have them all working toward achieving that goal; in this case, the “vast and endless sea.” This is one of our favorite entrepreneurship quotes because it’s something we try to instill in our team every day.
“Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.”
― Bernard Branson
Takeaway: Every entrepreneur is going to face rejection at some point in time. Either banks will turn them down for loans, investors may reject funding the business, or your business idea in general might be rejected by those whose opinions you truly value. Every rejection is an opportunity to select your next move. If you truly believe in your business, don’t let rejection extinguish your passion for it.
“This defines entrepreneur and entrepreneurship – the entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.”
― Peter F. Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles
Takeaway: An entrepreneur should not only embrace change, they should be actively looking for ways to change the status quo. Responding to changes is an opportunity for your business to flourish.
“I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive then I believe you are better off not doing it. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”
― Richard Branson, Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Busines
Takeaway: It wouldn’t be an article on entrepreneurship quotes without a quote from Richard Branson. This is arguably one of his better ones as it can apply to just about any person in any business. Doing anything purely for the money is not worth it if it doesn’t inspire passion and get your creative juices flowing. Most importantly, if you’re not having fun in the long run then maybe it is not worth doing at all.
“A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people.”
― James C. Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don
Takeaway: Entrepreneurs tend to get caught up in the idea of growth, growth, growth. Sometimes they get so caught up in the idea that they forget about the little details; like can it scale, for instance. You can’t grow your business without first growing your team. It’s wise to keep your business to the scale it is now until you find the right people to take on more work.
We could go on forever about the amount of great entrepreneurship quotes out there, but we felt limiting the list to these 5 examples will give you something important to think about without overwhelming you. If you have some favorite entrepreneurship quotes you’d like to share with us, please leave us a comment below