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Top 12 Famous Entrepreneur Quotes

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Here are 12 Quotes from some Famous Entrepreneurs that should help you down your road to Success.

 

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

I’d say it’s been my biggest problem all my life.. it’s money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true. – Walt Disney

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates

We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform. – Pete Cashmore (Founder Of Mashable)

When you’re ready to quit, you are closer than you think – Bob Parsons (Founder Of Go Daddy)

Timing, perseverance and 10 years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. – Biz Stone (Twitter)

Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners – Robert T. Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad)

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, founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s

Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration – Thomas Edison, inventor and scientist

“It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.”  – Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, co-founder of Broadcast.com, founder of HDNet

“High expectations are the key to everything.”  – Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart

“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, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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16 Comments

  1. Entreb

    Sep 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    It’s great to read quotes from famous entrepreneurs of our modern time. I also like this quote:

    “In this new wave of technology, you can’t do it all yourself, you have to form alliances.” – Carlos Slim Helu

  2. Ankit

    Jun 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Awesome Content !!!

  3. jaz

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

    good i like all quotes

  4. hari

    Jul 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration in this sentence what is perspiration means

  5. robby kip

    Jun 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

    the entrepreneur secrets are realy great its like a srike of match stick that eventualy get the big fire burning(thoughts)

  6. Theodore J.

    Jun 20, 2011 at 4:41 am

    I just wanted to comment and say great website, I appreciate what you are doing here, we all need the inspiration. I’ve heard a speaker say the new “boom” of millionaires in the 70’s and forward is based on many figuring out the formula for success and motivaton. All that to say, keep it up! Lets get this money.

    • Joel

      Joel

      Jun 20, 2011 at 6:02 am

      Thanks Theodore! Yess The Formula is out there, keep Educating yourself and you will get it 110% Thanks for swinging through!

  7. Gloria Bautista

    Jun 7, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Great Quotes! Very inspiring!… thanks for sharing.. hope you have more to share

  8. Godwin

    Jun 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Great one;i love it,give more and don’t give up…

    • Joel

      Joel

      Jun 3, 2011 at 5:24 am

      We’ll keep them coming, thanks for your support Godwin!

  9. @singleez

    May 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Entrepreneurial junky and love reading about information, inspiration and stories in general. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Joel

      Joel

      Jun 3, 2011 at 5:25 am

      No problems, thankyou for leaving a comment.

  10. zeed

    May 29, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Never Never Never Give Up!!! – Winston Churchill

  11. Roger R.

    May 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Quotes to think at, absolutely.

  12. Maria

    May 28, 2011 at 7:51 am

    in 1 word i am inspired by this lovely quotes..

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The original “Queen of Comedy” Lucille “Lucy” Ball, continues to be an icon of fiery sass and humor for every generation. Her timeless comedic talent still sets the standard for those desiring to follow in her celebrated entertainment footsteps.

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1. “One of the things I learned the hard way, was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”

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Although Ball was known for being an inherently shy girl, when she was 15 years old, she convinced her mom to allow her to attend New York Drama School. The administrator of the school, unable to see the talent hidden behind the shyness, wrote to her mother telling her not to “waste her money and the school’s time with this shy, awkward young lady.”

Refusing to be deterred by the shortsighted criticism, Ball dug in her heels, overcame her shyness, and went on to become the talented comedic actress and icon we know and love today. Just imagine how unfortunate it would have been if she had taken the negative criticism to heart and decided to give up her passion.

2. “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work—and realising what is opportunity and what isn’t.”

Today, we are very much conditioned to expect instant gratification in all areas of life. It’s important to remember, however, that true personal and professional success is achieved through tenacity and hard work. Very seldom does “luck” play a substantial role in building a solid and promising future.

Few people may realise that beyond the laughter and crazy shenanigans that Ball is so well known for, she was a trailblazing businesswoman who mapped out her professional path and keenly took advantage of opportunities that came her way.

Behind the scenes, she was co-creator, owner, and partner of Desilu Productions with her husband, Desi Arnaz. I Love Lucy was the first real sitcom developed by a husband and wife team, and under Desilu Studios, the show pioneered the multi-camera shot and filmed in front of a live audience—something no one else was doing at the time.

Being a female owner of a film production company in the 1960s was unprecedented. But, Ball didn’t stop there. Instead, she would eventually buy out Desi and become the first female CEO of a major television and movie production company. Her hard work and perseverance created a legacy to last for generations.

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Regrets are a fact of life both personally and professionally. However, most of us would probably admit that we learned some valuable things about ourselves from past mistakes and mishaps. Most would agree that our biggest regrets are related to the opportunities and experiences that we didn’t seize when we had the chance.

Ball’s career in the entertainment world was full of various ups and downs that included many B movies and lackluster performances. However, she continued to forge ahead learning from each and every experience. She was forty years old when she finally hit her stride and began her journey with I Love Lucy. Ball didn’t let the fact that Hollywood considered her to be “old” to stop her from fulfilling her dreams.

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4. “I dyed my hair this crazy red to bid for attention. It has become a trademark, and I’ve got to keep it this way.”

We live in a culture where most of us just want to fit in. There is a pressure to conform to a set of expectations in both our professional and personal lives. However, it’s often when we take a risk to set ourselves apart, that doors of opportunities and experiences open for us.

For example, Ball’s natural hair colour was a light to medium brown with reddish tones. Early in her career, she bleached it blonde in hopes of being able to compete with the plethora of bombshell blondes of the era. She eventually realised, however, she needed to stand out, not blend in!

In a past interview, Ball is quoted stating, “Not being a beauty, I hated any part in a picture which depended on beauty. I resented work where looks were that important. There are so many glamour girls that I felt it was silly for me to try to compete with them.”

Dyeing her natural brown hair the colour red was one of the greatest risks Ball took early in her career, but it became one of the late comedian’s most beautiful physical features that helped her stand out and succeed in Hollywood. She shared, “I had to learn to concentrate on developing my personality—to have an individual approach. The way you feel about yourself has a lot to do with the impression you make.”

5. “The more things you do, the more you can do.”

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Ball was a true pioneer for the women of her time. She was not afraid to tackle new things or learn more about the production and business side of her career even though she was encroaching on a man’s world at the time. She knew that any knowledge she gained about the entertainment business would help ensure her future success.

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6. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

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Which one of the above Lucille Ball quotes was your favorite and why? Share your thoughts with us below!

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