10 Quotes that Instantly Inspire EVERY Entrepreneur!

by Chris C. Ducker · 39 comments

Short, to the point and actionable post today, guys…

Not because I’m lazy.

Not because I have nothing to say – trust me, that will NEVER happen!!!

But, because all these quotes will turn your day into a profit generating, result orientated MONSTER of a day. And one that will lead to growth, happiness, inspiration, more money, more family time and ultimately… your business and life goals being achieved – today, and tomorrow.

Make today count, my friends.

10 Quotes that Inspire EVERY Entrepreneur, Instantly!

1. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Kay

2. An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. Edwin Land

3. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James

4. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

5. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Helen Keller

6. Dreams don’t work unless you do. Anonymous

7. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible. Victor Aguirre

8. Do, or do not. There is no try. Yoda

9. Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own. Bruce Lee

10. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Anonymous

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Bryant November 16, 2012 at 19:54

When I have self imposed limitations I recall this quote by the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl.
“Boundaries? I have never seen one but I hear they exist in the minds of most people.”


Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 18:11

Positivity in motion, right there!

Cheers, Michael. Thanks for commenting.



diamantis November 16, 2012 at 23:59

hi chris !

I like quotes.

The first one I thought it was from Steve Jobs. Maybe he said something like that.

My favourite quote is : those who want find solutions , those who don’t want find excuses.

Be healthy and smile.


Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 18:12

I think that first one has been re-quoted by every major tech player in the last few years – I see it all the time. But, I googled it, and it does seem that I’ve given credit to the right person!

I also like ‘The Way to BE Nothing, is to DO Nothing…’.

I actually have that framed, and on my home office wall.



Jeremy Kennedy November 17, 2012 at 00:17

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been give than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali


Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 18:10

The one and only…

“Impossible is nothing”.

Thanks for adding this into the fray, Jeremy!



Thomas @ Mobile App Tycoon November 17, 2012 at 00:23

You can’t beat taking a quote from the one and only Master Yoda and applying it to business! ;)


Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 17:58

Jedi Mind Tricks do exist in business.

I’m sure of it.


I’m SURE of it!!! LOL


Dave Newgass November 17, 2012 at 00:24

Anybody that quotes Yoda can’t be all that bad.

What’s even cooler is that if you jumble up some of the quotes, you can create your own awesomeness.

Cheers Chris!


Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 17:58

Dude, it’s YODA!!!!!!!!!!

C’mon. Gotta try that jumbling up thing… :-)



Nick Loper November 17, 2012 at 00:26

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford


Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 17:56

How the hell did I leave that one off this list!!!?!


Thanks, Nick!



Tony Fiorillo November 17, 2012 at 00:34

“Your actions speak so loudly, I can’t hear your words.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Tomorrow is always the best day to start anything.” – No one you’ve ever heard of


Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 17:57

LOL. “No one you’ve ever heard of…”

But, nonetheless, a great quote. Thanks for sharing, Tony.



Josh November 17, 2012 at 00:50

Hi Chris,

Love these quotes, I’m going to print them out and stick them on my wall next to monitor so when I’m feeling beat I can remember all is not lost!



Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 17:57


Just want I wanted to see in a comment. TAKE ACTION.

Love it, Josh – let me know how you get on!



rick fernandez November 17, 2012 at 01:45

“Done is better than perfect.”

I don’t know if its inspirational but when Im stuck it helps me to focus on whats important.


Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 17:56

Haha. I hear ya.

My basketball coach used to say ‘PERFECT Practice Makes Perfect’… Meaning, if you practice something incorrectly, you’ll never get good at it!



David Ralston November 17, 2012 at 01:51

Great list Chris, as always so inspiring. There are so many great quotes been said, many forgotten. True dedication and believing you can make your dreams come true are a main ingredient in the formula for success. Just knowing all of these amazing people in the world are making the journey happen is inspiring as well. Here is a great quote for ya to add: Find the courage to follow your dreams and be who you’re ment to be. — “Fear has nothing to do with cowardice. A fellow is only yellow when he lets his fear make him quit.” — Jerome Cady
Have a great day, make it happen. Blessings


Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 17:55

Believing you can make your dream come true…

That kinda sums it up for me, right there. If I didn’t BELIEVE that I could do all the things I’ve done, thus far, in my life, there is no way I would have achieved what I have to this point.

Man, I love that I have so many SUPER SMART people in this community!

Thanks, David.



Joseph November 17, 2012 at 03:37

Man, I’m such a quote guy, how do I pick one? I just finished Steven Pressfield’s ‘Turning Pro’ this week, so here’s a line from the book that I highlighted, that pretty much sums up the book. It’s very simple, but to me, powerful:

‘The difference between the amateur and the professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits.’


David Ralston November 17, 2012 at 05:59

Since this money run society has changed the meaning of the word amateur here is the actual difference between the two: ” amateur is someone who pursues the craft of something like music or art because they love doing it. A professional does it for the money. – So do it cause ya love it and the money will come when ya love what you do.


Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 17:51

Couldn’t agree more…

Is this a ‘David Ralston’ quote?! Or, from someone else…?!



Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 17:54

I know, Joseph – believe me, putting this lot together was TOUGH!!!

Gotta get that book now. Thanks, man.



Brian November 17, 2012 at 05:23

Here are a few I love.

“Ignorance on fire is better than knowledge on ice.”
Dexter Yager

“Action eliminates fear.”
Don Akers

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
George Elliot

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
Sir Isaac Newton

“I prayed for 20 years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”
Fredrick Douglass, escaped slave

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
Dale Carnegie

“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Unknown

“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two and I know it was not that blow that did it – but all that had gone before.”
Jacob Riis

“One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked.”
Chinese Proverb

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” (M for M, Act i, Sc.5)
William Shakespeare

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Vincent Van Gogh

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”


Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 17:52

Love the George Elliot one.

Thanks for sharing so much more inspiration, Brian.

Much appreciated!



Alex November 17, 2012 at 07:34

Great list Chris!
And really, what inspirational list would be complete without Yoda.


Chris C. Ducker November 17, 2012 at 17:42

Gotta love a little bit of Yoda!

I mean, he IS a Jedi Master, after all…



Herby November 18, 2012 at 08:55

Very inspirational, I just love a good quote keeps me motivated good read Chris.


Leno November 19, 2012 at 01:58

Awesome list Chris! I must say… i really like your site’s design. Clean and beautiful.

One of my new favourite quotes. “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small”. – Tim Ferriss.


Chris C. Ducker November 19, 2012 at 12:14

Nice, Leno.

I was wondering when someone would quote Tim!

THINK BIG – thats the money, right there…



Anna Aberg November 19, 2012 at 19:24

Great list Chris!

One of my favorites:

“Dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You then have to catch up with them.” Sir Richard Branson



Chris C. Ducker November 19, 2012 at 21:48

Hi Anna!

Generally speaking, it’s hard to go wrong with anything that Richard Branson says…

Well, there was that “Virgin Cola in the USA” thing…! ;-)

Thanks for contributing.



Steve Wyman November 20, 2012 at 03:25

May i add

“Be hungry, want it more and work your ass off.” @garyvee

“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.” – steve jobs

do they add or detract from your list.. delete as appropriate



Chris C. Ducker November 20, 2012 at 14:15

Nothing detract’s from a list like this, Steve.

Appreciate you injecting some more wisdom, my man.



Dean Martin December 27, 2012 at 15:28

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” I love this. I’ll keep this in mind always.


Chris Huntley January 3, 2013 at 14:09

I heard this one from Tim Ferriss recently: “This world is filled with so many people just trying to hit singles, that sometimes it’s easier to go for the homerun.”


Austin Hodge January 9, 2013 at 04:07

Love those quotes!

I definitely rely on the quick bursts of energy and insight such quotes give. I think a lot of people need to take the door quote to heart. Opportunity does not always present itself, you oftentimes have to bring it about or at least put yourself in position to take advantage of it.

“Do not wait to strike until the iron is hot, make it hot by striking.”

Thanks for the entreshots!

Austin Hodge


Chris C. Ducker January 11, 2013 at 23:43

Appreciate the comment, Austin.

Glad you liked the post.



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