think-entrepreneurThere is so much advice available on the internet about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Passion, strong work ethic, dedication, and persistence. These are all qualities that a successful entrepreneur must have. But just as important as understanding these qualities, is to hear or read quotes from successful people who clearly posses these qualities. A good quote can help you internalize an idea, compare your actions to those saying the quote, and present the opportunity to reflect upon where you could better improve upon the aforementioned qualities of a successful person.

Here are 10 great quotes that will help inspire, motivate, and drive you to succeed as an entrepreneur and as a person overall.

1.  Passion

“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 of Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg sums up the importance of passion beautifully. When you care enough about something, you will naturally be driven to innovate, improve, and work hard. You do not always need a detailed plan on where you want to go. Instead, find something you believe in and work hard to make your dream a reality. The rest will follow.

2. Go!

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” – Nolan Bushnell, Entrepreneur.

Everyone has ideas. But successful people are the ones that are willing to take the time to do something about them. Do not be afraid to chase a dream that you believe in. Now go out and get it done!

3. Accepting failure

“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But i cannot accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan, Professional Basketball Player.

It is important to understand that in order to achieve something great, you will inevitably fail along the way. However, a truly successful person understands how to accept failure, study their mistakes, learn from the experience, and apply these lessons to their next endeavor.

4. Going above and beyond

“Always deliver more than expected.” – Larry Page, co-founder of Google.

Whether you are a promising entrepreneur or an entry-level college graduate, it is important to know that going above and beyond what is asked is vitally important to your success. By delivering more than what is expected, you show others that you care, you have your own ideas, you are innovative, and you are willing to do whatever it takes to get results.

5. The customer is always right

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.

This is a different approach to the classic saying, “The customer is always right.” Be open to criticism, better yet, embrace it and seek it out. Unhappy customers will help show you important areas where you can improve your business and ensure that future customers are entirely satisfied.

6. Dream big

“When you cease to dream you cease to live” – Malcolm Forbes, Chairman and Editor in Chief of Forbes Magazine.

A successful entrepreneur is always dreaming and thinking about how he can improve people’s lives, make things easier, and improve efficiency. Take time to question traditional practices and think of ways where improvements can be made.

7. Patience

“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender, it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” – Stephen Covey, Educator, Author, Businessman, Speaker.

Achieving success takes a lot of work and a great deal of time. It is very easy to want to rush your work or be frustrated with your growth. But it is extremely important to focus on improving yourself every day, while enjoying the journey, it will make the journey just as satisfying as the destination.

8. Practice

“Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.” – Peter Drucker, Management consultant, Educator, and Author.

Similar to a sport or instrument, you need to continually practice and be driven to learn in order to achieve success. Entrepreneurship takes continually practice in order to grow as a person and in turn grow your business.

9. Alter your attitude

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that people can alter their lives by altering their attitudes.” – William James, Philosopher and Psychologist.

If you find yourself in a rut and unable to achieve your goals, then the first thing that you should change is your attitude. This could involve changing the way you interact with others or simply your personal outlook on your life. Do not let your current situations define you as a person, instead, think of ways you can improve yourself as a person.

10. Learn from others

“Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.” – Donald Trump, chairman of The Trump Organization, the Trump Plaza Associates, LLC.

You can knock Donald Trump as a politician all you want, but as a businessman, he knows how to get things done. Learning from those around is one of the best forms of education out there. Open yourself up to new ideas, and while you may not always agree with them, they will at least give you insight into a different way of doing something.