Imagine for a moment a life without fulfillment.
What does that look like for you?
For many, it is working at a mundane job with no good payout.
Maybe you don’t like your boss.
Maybe you don’t like what you are doing, and you feel you aren’t contributing to the world.
It may pay the bills, but that is all.
Maybe you have a great job, great pay, and you still feel the same as the guy next to you…unsatisfied, empty and as if your creativity is untapped.
This is the feeling many innovators have before they begin to innovate.
Whether you are an innovator, idealist, inventor, or entrepreneur, we know there is more to life than the life we are living.
So, we seek it out.
We work day and night.
We live and breathe our work to be able to run our own business.
Yet, the reality is, whether you are starting your own business, in the process of running it, riding the throes of success or experiencing the lessons of failure, there is always a piece of advice in our running your own business quotes that will give you what you need to press on.
Although the road of entrepreneur is a highly motivating one, it is rarely easy and inspiration is always welcome. What follows is pieces of advice from some of the most successful business owners.
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk…in a world that is changing really quickly the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” ~Mark Zuckerburg
“You don’t build a business, you build people and then people build the business.” ~Unknown
“Quality is the best business plan.” ~John Lasseter
“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” ~Farrah Gray
“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
“Do or do not. There is no try.” ~Yoda, Jedi Master
“People don’t care about your business. They care about their problems. Be the solution that they’re looking for.” ~Melanie Dodaro
“Doing a common thing uncommonly well brings success.” ~Henry John Heinz
“Choose a job that you will like and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~Confucius
“Show up early, stay late, do your best, always say thank you, give people more than they expect, and follow up.” ~Shep Hyken
“Keep your revenues up and your costs down.” ~Robert L. Johnson
“Tell your story, refusing to let others define you. Use authentic experiences to inspire. Stick to your values, they are your foundation. Hold people accountable, but give them the tools to succeed. Make the tough choices; it’s how you execute that counts. Be decisive in times of crisis. Be nimble. Find truth in trials and lessons in mistakes. Be responsible for what you see, hear, and do. Believe.” ~Howard Schultz
“When we love something, emotion often drives our actions. This is the gift and the challenge entrepreneurs face every day. The companies we dream of and build from scratch are part of us and intensely personal. They are our families. Our lives.
But the entrepreneurial journey is not for everyone. Yes, the highs are high and the rewards can be thrilling. But the lows can break your heart. Entrepreneurs must love what they do to such a degree that doing it is worth sacrifice and, at times, pain. But doing anything else, we think, would be unimaginable.” ~Howard Schultz
“We thought, why don’t we get together and do something fun and be our own bosses and since we liked to eat we should do something with food.” ~Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
“Business can be a source of progressive change.” ~Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
“If you support the community, they will support you.” ~Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
“If you have an idea, just go for it. If everybody is telling you that it’s wrong, maybe that’s an indication that it’s an original idea.” ~Steve Ells
“It’s not just about being better. It’s about being different. You need to give people a reason to choose your business.” ~Tom Abbott
“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For passion will lead you right into your purpose.” ~Bishop T.D. Jakes
“If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of business.” ~Bill Gates
“Start with good people, lay out the rules. Communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss.” ~Lee Facocca
“If you want to be successful in this world, you have to follow your passion, not a paycheck.” ~Jen Welter
“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” ~Richard Branson
“If there’s a way to do better, find it.” ~Thomas Edison
“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”
“Modern business must have its finger continuously on the public pulse. It must understand the changes in the public mind and be prepared to interpret itself fairly and eloquently to changing opinion.” ~Edward Bernays
“In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original think unless you can also sell what you create.” ~David Ogilvy
“When you are led by values, it doesn’t cost your business, it helps your business.” ~Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
“I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see and pursuing that vision.”
“If you want to build a great enterprise, you have to have the courage to dream great dreams. If you dream small dreams, you may succeed in building something small. For many people, that is enough. But if you want to achieve widespread impact and lasting value, be bold.” ~Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks
“If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.” ~B.C. Forbes
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” ~Jim Rohn
“Nothing will work unless you do.” ~Maya Angelou
“Great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of people.” ~Steve Jobs
“Hustle until your haters ask if you’re hiring.” ~Steve Marshall
“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.” ~Marilyn vas Savant
“Data will talk of you’re willing to listen.” ~Jim Bergeson
“The secret to business is to know something that nobody else knows.” ~Aristitle Onasses
“Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.” ~Seth Godin
“Competitors understand your business the best.” ~M. Cobanli
“Sweat equity is the best startup capital.” ~Mark Cuban
“If you want more money in your business, stop waiting on other people. Start serving more people. Start sharing your story. Start loving your work. Start giving and you’ll start receiving.” ~Howard Britt
“For every dollar spent in failure, learn a dollar’s worth of lesson.” ~Jesse Robbins
“Get closer than ever to your customers. So close, in fact, that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves.” ~Steve Jobs
“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” ~Henry Ford
“There can be no best way to organizing a business.” ~Joanne Woodward
“Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” ~Jeff Bezos
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~Oscar Wilde
“There is no magic bullet, it’s about working hard and having the right types of market exposure.” ~Joe Babajian
“In business, we often say that your best customers are the customers you have now. In other words, your most successful sales leads come from the selling you’ve already done.”
“Your personal brand serves as your best protection against business factors you can’t control.” ~Dan Schawbel
“Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.”
~W. Edwards Deming
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” ~Steve Jobs
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself anyway that you choose.” ~Dr. Seuss
“A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.” ~Michael Leboeuf
“Trust your instincts.” ~Estee Lauder
You must attend to your business with the vendor in the market, and not to the noise of the market,” ~Beninese proverb
“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” ~Babe Ruth
“Amazing things will happen when you listen to the consumer.” ~Jonathan Middehall
“The purpose of a business is to create a customer who creates customers.” ~Shiy Singh
“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” ~Peter Drucker
“You’re only as good as the people you hire.” ~Raymond Albert Kroc
“Decide what you want. Decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” ~H.L. Hunt
“Life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.
“Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.” ~Donald Trump
“Long range planning works best in the short term.” ~Doug Evelyn
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” ~Abraham Lincoln
“The road to success is always under construction.” ~Lily Tomlin
“Business is all about relationships…how well you build them determines how well they build your business.” ~Brad Sugars
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” ~Zig Ziglar
“Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure, it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” ~Robert H. Schuller
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ~Coco Chanel
“You can’t change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” ~Jim Rohn
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” ~Dale Carnegie
“We added value to the company by doing business the way we did it. There is a spiritual aspect to business.” ~Ben Cohen
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure” ~Colin Powell
“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”
~Theodore Isaac Rubin
“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” ~Andy Warhol
“We’re all working together; that’s the secret.” ~Sam Walton
“Ideas pull the trigger, but the instinct loads the gun.” ~Don Marquis
“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”
“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” ~Warren Buffett
“If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.” ~Elon Musk
“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.’ ~Benjamin Franklin
“There is always space for improvement, no matter how long you’ve been in the business.” ~Oscar De La Hoya
“Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.” ~Edward Gibbon
“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean that its useless.” ~Thomas Edison
“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.” ~Peter Drucker
“Sales are contingent on the attitude of the salesman, not the attitude of the prospect.” ~W. Clement Stone
“The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.” ~John Hancock
“Business has only two functions-marketing and innovation.” ~Milan Kundera
“Great companies are built on great products.” ~Elon Musk
“The true measure of the value of any business leader and manager is performance.” ~Brian Tracy
“A passionate belief in your business and personal objectives can make all the difference between success and failure. If you aren’t proud of what you’re doing, why should anyone else be?” ~Richard Branson
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ~Benjamin Franklin
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” ~Henry Ford
“Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.” ~Nikola Tesla
“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success.”
“I’ve learned a lifetime of lessons in running my own business. But being sensitive to how your business will change, how you will change, and being open to knowing those changes often lead to better things has been the biggest one.” ~Nicole Crowder
“Running a startup is like eating glass. You just start to like the taste of your own blood.” ~Sean Parker
“Time is the friend of the wonderful business, the enemy of the mediocre.” ~Warren Buffett
Riding the wave of owning a business is nothing short of a crazy ride. There may be many ups and downs, and as author Brené Brown states, “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” Take chances, and continue to grow in your business.
After all, your business is your brand, and your brand is your life’s work. We hope you were able to enjoy these running your own business quotes! If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.