Last Updated 9 months by Emily Standley-Allard

Riding the wave of life is a series of emotional peaks and valleys. Here are some motivational quotes from successful folks to hopefully inspire success in your life!

To be a successful entrepreneur or anything in life is to keep forging ahead.  This requires nothing less than massive commitment, persistence, dedication, focus and consistency. It’s tough to stay the course feeling 100% at all times and you being human you won’t. There will be times you feel like quitting for sure. Sometimes we all need to dig down deep to keep on the straight and narrow towards our goals. Here is a list of some of my favorite motivational quotes that I hope will help you along your path of success to reach whatever dreams you are pursuing!

Top Motivational Quotes to Keep You Going!

Dale Carnegie quote

“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you.” ~ Caroline Myss

“The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world see us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world.” ~ Arlene Rankin

“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on Earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet. ~ Susan B. Anthony

Top 50 Success Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Here are 50 quotes from to inspire you to succeed in the face of failures, setbacks, and barriers.


1. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

— Winston S. Churchill


2. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”


— Herman Melville


3. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.”

— Colin R. Davis

4. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

— Henry David Thoreau

5. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.”

— Chris Grosser


6. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

–John D. Rockefeller

7. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

— Thomas Jefferson

8. “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”

— Ray Goforth


9. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.”

— Jim Rohn

10. “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”

— Albert Einstein

11. “Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

— Winston Churchill


12. “Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.”

— Tony Hsieh

13. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

— Winston Churchill

14. “I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.”

— G. K. Chesterton


15. “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”

— Thomas J. Watson

16. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

– Jim Rohn

17. “The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.”

— Anonymous


18. “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

— Anonymous


19. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”

— Michael John Bobak


20. “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

— Tony Robbins

21. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.”

— Robert Kiyosaki

22. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”

— Steve Jobs

23. “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”

— Barack Obama


24. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


25. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

— Helen Keller


26. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

— Walt Disney


27. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

— Bruce Lee


28. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

— Colin Powell


29. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

— Conrad Hilton


30. “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

— Jim Rohn


31. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–It is: Try to please everybody.”

— Herbert Bayard Swope


32. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

— Albert Schweitzer


33. “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do.”

— Unknown

34. “Fall seven times and stand up eight.”

— Japanese Proverb

35. “Some people dream of success while others wake up and work.”

— Unknown


36. “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

— Walt Disney

37. “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”

— Unknown

38. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that other throw at him.”

— David Brinkley


39. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

— Bill Cosby

40. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”

— Nikos Kazantzakis

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

— Thomas Edison


42. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.”

— Zig Ziglar

43. “The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.”

— John D. Rockefeller Jr.

44. “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.”

— Oprah Winfrey


45. “There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.”

— Anthony Robbins


46. “The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows.”

— Aristotle Onassis


47. “I failed my way to success.”

— Thomas Edison


48. “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.”

— Estee Lauder


49. “I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go about it, and make trial after trial, until it comes.”

— Thomas Edison


50. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

— Vidal Sassoon


51. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”

— Charles F. Kettering


What’s your favorite success quote?

  • “Stop whining, start grinding”. Eric Thomas Click to tweet
  • “Action is character”. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “Leap, and the net will appear”. John Burroughs
  • “There is always room at the top”. Daniel Webster
  • “You have to make it happen”. Denis Diderot
  • “Light tomorrow with today”. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • “We must act”. Marie Curie
  • “Remember why you started”. Erin Janus
  • “Success is my only option, failure’s not”. Eminem
  • “I am not talented. I am obsessed”. Conor McGregor
  • “Nothing is given. Everything is earned”. LeBron James


More Inspirational Success Quotes

  • It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. Babe Ruth Click to tweet
  • Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. Babe Ruth
  • Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. Maya Angelou
  • If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney
  • The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. Walt Disney
  • Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy
  • If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. Henry David Thoreau
  • Win from within. Usain Bolt Click to tweet
  • Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt
  • Never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill
  • If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill
  • Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
  • Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin
  • Diligence is the mother of good luck. Benjamin Franklin
  • Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin
  • The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Vince Lombardi
  • The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain
  • Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr. Seuss
  • If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. Erica Jong Click to tweet
  • Opportunities don’t happen, you create them. Chris Grosser
  • If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained. Neil Gaiman
  • Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. Arthur Christopher Benson
  • We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell
  • The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
  • Fear is the biggest disability of all. And will paralyze you more than being in a wheelchair. Nick Vujicic

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible”. Arthur C. Clarke

  • If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. Tony Robbins Click to tweet
  • We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish. Tony Robbins
  • The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat. Napoleon Hill
  • All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea. Napoleon Hill
  • Be willing to sacrifice what you think you have today for the life that you want tomorrow. Neil Strauss
  • Some injuries heal more quickly if you keep moving. Nick Vujicic
  • What’s dangerous is not to evolve. Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

More Motivational Quotes

“You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.” ~ Marsha Evans

  • “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” ~ Clare Boothe Luce
  • “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” ~ Arianna Huffington

And My Favorite Quote!

Dale Carnegie Quote

Remember – Great things never come from comfort zones! Keep on keeping on, learning, and every day move a little bit more towards your goals. It may not seem like much, but you will get there!

I’d love to hear some of your favorite inspirational quotes that keep you going on your journey.

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