Inspirational Quotes
Inspirational Quotes
October 27, 2010

Get inspired by the words of people, who just like you and me, came from very ordinary circumstances – but went on to do extraordinary things.

  • “No man can become rich without himself enriching others.” – Andrew Carnegie

  • “Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick
  • Anita Roddick - Founder of The Body Shop, Businesswoman, Humanitarian, Environmentalist

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  • “It is true that there is a fine line between entrepreneurship and insanity. Crazy people see and feel things that others don’t. But you have to believe that everything is possible. If you believe it, those around you will believe it too.” ⁃ Anita Roddick

  • “Entrepreneurs have to be willing to stay the course even when those closest to you question what you’re doing.” - Brett Wilson

Brett Wilson - Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Panelist on The Dragons' Den

  • “Innovative thinkers are constantly asking the question: How can we make things better? No matter what stage you’re at in your career or what industry you work in, everyone around you can benefit from new ideas. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box – just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be better.” ⁃ Brett Wilson

  • “The cavalry ain’t coming. You’ve got to do this yourself.” ⁃ Chris Gardner

  • “Do something that you love. Whatever you’re going to do is going to be tough enough. Find something that gets you so excited that the sun can’t come up early enough in the morning because you want to go do your thing.” - Chris Gardner

  • “I’ve never done anything by halves.” - Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel - Spent 6 years in an orphanage, learned the trade of a seamstress, went on to become one of the world's most influential fashion icons.

  • “Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of immortals.” - David Ogilvy

  • “The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success. The thrill, believe me, is as much in the battle as in the victory.” - David Sarnoff

  • “Work and live to serve others, to leave the world a little better than you found it and garner for yourself as much peace of mind as you can. This is happiness.” ⁃ David Sarnoff

  • “The greatest failure is not to try. Had I listened to all the people during the course of my life who said, “You can’t. You’ll fail. It won’t work. You don’t have…,” I wouldn’t be here today.” – Debbi Fields
  • “[My husband] immediately said, ‘Oh, sweetie, that is such a stupid idea.’ And then my mom and dad pipe up and say, ‘You don’t have any business going into the cookie business.” - Debbi Fields

Debbi Fields - A young mother with no business experience - opened her first cookie store in 1977. Her family and husband told her she was crazy and that no business could survive only selling cookies.

  • “The only thing I had was this recipe, and with that recipe was a dream. And those were the only things that I had to build my business: a recipe and a dream. And there was no way, no way, I wasn’t going to see this dream through.” - Debbi Fields
  • “There’s magic in those words because when she said, ‘Debbi, just give up,’ I said giving up is the easiest thing any of us can do. I can always throw the towel in. The only thing that’s going to make a difference, the only thing that’s going to get me to my dream come true is don’t give up.” - Debbi Fields

  • “I’m going to do whatever I have to to make this thing work.” - Debbi Fields

  • “I was a woman with a mission. I would stop people, even buses I would stop and say, ‘Here, you’ve got to taste these cookies. Just try them.’” - Debbi Fields

  • “If someone had told me ‘Look, you’re going to start today and spend the next five years wasting your time trying to get this thing start’, I would have said I can’t do that. But you never think about what it’s going to take of you. Think: I’ve got it now.” - Isadore Sharp
  • “Don’t let anyone say you can’t do it. To be successful, you need to fail. The more failures you have, the more successes you will have. People just don’t get that.” - John Ilhan
John Ilhan

John Ilhan - Founder of Crazy John's mobile phone chain and richest man in Australia under 40 in 2003.

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  • “Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.” - Jim Henson

  • “My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.” ⁃ Jim Henson
Jim Henson

Jim Henson - Creator of The Muppets, Puppeteer, Film Director, TV Producer.

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  • “Simple is Good.” - Jim Henson

  • “I can’t wait for tomorrow. You can do anything and be anything you want.” ⁃ Jenny Craig
  • Jenny with Husband Sid - Founders Of The Jenny Craig System of Weight Management

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  • “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” – Jeff Bezos
  • “The framework I found which made the decision incredibly easy was what I called – which only a nerd would call – a ‘regret minimization framework’. So I wanted to project myself forward to age 80 and say, ‘Okay, now I’m looking back on my life. I want to have minimized the number of regrets I have.’” – Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos - Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of The Board for

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  • “A lot of people – and I’m just not one of them – believe that you should live for the now. I think what you do is think about the great expanse of time ahead of you and try to make sure that you’re planning for that in a way that’s going to leave you ultimately satisfied. This is the way it works for me. ” – Jeff Bezos
  • “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K. Rowling
  • “When you expect things to happen – strangely enough – they do happen.” – J.P. Morgan
  • “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.” - J.P. Morgan
  • “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. I was determined to try. I was determined to try because, frankly, my life was such a mess at this point, what – what was the worst that could happen? Everyone turn me down? Big deal.” – J.K. Rowling

'Jo' Rowling - Author of The Harry Potter Series of books - went from living on welfare to multi-millionaire status within 5 years.

  • “Entrepreneurs are never satisfied. They want to do things better. They strive for perfection and use all the ingenuity to their command to achieve it.” - J.Willard Marriott
  • “Success seems to be connected to action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they never quit.” ⁃ J.Willard Marriott
  • “Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.” - J.Willard Marriott

John Willard Marriott - Grew his business from a small root beer stand, to a family restaurant, to his first motel, to the international chain of hotels, resorts and restaurants - Marriott International.

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  • “A man should keep on being constructive, and do constructive things. He should take part in the things that go on in this wonderful world. He should be someone to be reckoned with. He should live life and make every day count, to the very end. Sometimes it’s tough. But that’s what I’m going to do.” - J.Willard Marriott
  • “Whatever you do, don’t ever use a crutch, and don’t ever think of having an excuse for not having said, ‘Yeah, I did my best.’” - Isadore Sharp
  • “You can do anything if you have enthusiasm” ⁃ Henry Ford
Henry Ford

Henry Ford - American Industralist, Creator of the Model T automobile, Founder of the Ford Motor Company

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  • “Time is your most important resource. You can do so much in ten minutes. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Ten minutes are not just one-sixth of your hourly pay. Ten minutes are a piece of yourself. Divide your life into ten-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity.” ⁃ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “The word impossible has been and must remain deleted from our dictionary.” ⁃ Ingvar Kamprad

Ingvar Kamprad

Ingvar Kamprad - Founder of IKEA and the 11th wealthiest person in the world as at 2010. Began his entrepreneurial ventures by selling matches to neighbours from his bicycle as a child.

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  • “Making mistakes is the privilege of the active. It is always the mediocre people who are negative, who spend their time proving that they were not wrong.” - Ingvar Kamprad
  • “Risk more than others think safe. Dream more than others think practical. Expect more than others think possible. Care more than others think wise.” – Howard Schultz
  • “I wanted to try and build the company that my father never got a chance to work for.” ⁃ Howard Schultz
  • “Everybody in Texas would tell me that they thought I was nuts trying to start Southwest Airlines. There probably weren’t 10 people in the state who would have given a plug nickel for our chances of making a dollar. So sometimes, you need a little courage, too, just to buck popular opinion.” - Herb Kelleher
  • “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.” ⁃ Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz - Chairman and CEO of Starbucks.

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  • “You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.” - George Lucas
  • “If you want to be successful in a particular field of endeavor, I think perseverance is one of the key qualities.” ⁃ George Lucas
  • “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labour, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.” ⁃ Harland Sanders
  • “The best way to pursue happiness is to help other people. Because there’s nothing else that will make you happier.” - George Lucas
  • “The secret is not to give up hope. It’s very hard not to because if you’re really doing something worthwhile I think you will be pushed to the brink of hopelessness before you come through the other side. You just have to hang in through that.” – George Lucas
George Lucas

George Lucas - Director, Screenwriter, Creator of Star Wars

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  • “I’ve seen again a lot of people go through this life, who are working so hard, they wake up one day and realize that those things that they said, ‘I’ll do that someday, I’ll do that someday’, well, that someday is today.” - George Lucas
  • “The reason I never lost confidence is because I never believed that the consequences of losing were as bad as some other people might have thought, you know? “Oh my goodness, I’ve lost my money!” or what have you. I mean, I just wasn’t motivated along those lines. And I was very, very, very sure that what we were doing was extremely important and was destined to be successful. So that’s the definition I think of an insane person, or a zealot. And most entrepreneurs, I think you would find, have that sort of green wire laid in there just a little bit cross-wise. And they begin to get focused on something, and they believe in the idea or themselves far beyond what they probably should.” – Fred Smith
  • “You’ve got to enjoy what you’re doing, and have some fun, and be able to laugh at yourself a bit.” - Fred Smith
  • “Naïveté was also a big part. I didn’t know that I couldn’t do this.” - Fred Smith
  • “Anything we want to do, we can do. If we can dream it, it can be done.” - Dov Charney
  • “My first-grade teacher told me I was the dumbest student she ever had. She did me a favour. If she told me I was very smart, I wouldn’t have tried to improve.” – Ernest Gallo
  • “I was relentless, even in the face of total lack of encouragement, because much more often than you’d think, sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure.” - Donald Trump
  • “The most important thing in life is to love what you’re doing, because that’s the only way you’ll ever be really good at it.” - Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Donald Trump - CEO & Chairman of The Trump Organisation, business magnate, socialite, author.

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  • “Most people think small because most people are afraid of success, afraid of making decisions, afraid of winning. And that gives people like me a great advantage.” - Donald Trump
  • “Somewhere out there are a few men with more innate talent at golf than Jack Nicklaus, or women with greater ability at tennis than Chris Evert or Martina Navratilova, but they will never lift a club or swing a racket and therefore will never find out how great they could have been. Instead, they’ll be content to sit and watch stars perform on television.” – Donald Trump
  • “The one thing that I think is critical in the entrepreneurial spirit is that it’s all attitude. If you think you can, then you’re half way there. If you say, ‘I can’t,’ then you’re defeated.” - Debbi Fields
  • “And, so, my message to each and every one of you is that I know that you all have dreams, and don’t ever lose sight of those dreams. And, more importantly, reach for the stars. And realize that it is never too late – not now, not ever – for you to pursue your passion, your pursuit of perfection. And most importantly, your perseverance for making it happen.” - Debbi Fields
  • “You do not have to be superhuman to do what you believe in.” - Debbi Fields
  • “The most important thing is for you to believe in what you are doing. Absolutely know there are people out there who want to say yes.” - Debbi Fields
  • “The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.” - David Ogilvy
  • “It takes a big idea to attract the attention of consumers and get them to buy your product. Unless your advertising contains a big idea, it will pass like a ship in the night. I doubt if more than one campaign in a hundred contains a big idea.” - David Ogilvy
David Ogilvy

David Ogilvy - 'The Father of Advertising', once sold Aga Stoves door to door.

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  • “I believe in the Scottish proverb: ‘Hard work never killed a man.’ Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work.” - David Ogilvy
  • “Raise your sights!… Blaze new trails!!… Compete with the immortals!!!” - David Ogilvy
  • “Giving back is the right thing to do. If you can provide financial support to community groups, do that. If you can only afford to give your time and energy, that’s just as important. When you give back, you get something important in return – the knowledge you’ve made a positive change in the community and lent a hand to someone in need.” - Dave Thomas
  • “Everyone has an opportunity to succeed. You can be anything you want within the laws of God and Man.” - Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas - Founder of Wendys (and High School Drop-Out)

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  • “Share your success and help others succeed. Give everyone a chance to have a piece of the pie. If the pie’s not big enough, make a bigger pie.” - Dave Thomas
  • “Believe in your dream. People may tell you that you won’t make it, that you’re wasting your time. If you keep your dream in mind, have done your research and are willing to work hard, you can make it come true.” - Dave Thomas
  • “There’s no one to stop you but yourself.” - Dave Thomas
  • “If there are things you don’t like in the world you grew up in, make your own life different.” - Dave Thomas

  • “I think the harder you work, the more luck you have.” - Dave Thomas
  • “The more you give, the more you get in return.” - Dave Thomas
  • “Baby steps count, as long as you are going forward. You add them all up, and one day you look back and you’ll be surprised at where you might get to.” - Chris Gardner
  • “You have to be bold because there will be folks who will say ‘You can’t’ or ‘You shouldn’t’ or ‘Why?’ There is a certain boldness to saying ‘Well, I really don’t want to be a high-powered corporate lawyer. I’m really passionate about painting.” - Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner - Millionaire, Philanthropist, Motivational Speaker (single, homeless father & author of the memoirs The Purusit Of Happyness)

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  • “We all understand genetics. You get your eyes from your dad, your mom’s nose, there’s nothing you can do about that. But your spiritual genetics you can choose, pick, embrace and commit to. That’s what I did.”Chris Gardner
  • “Though my mom had too many of her own dreams denied, deferred and destroyed, she instilled in me that I could have dreams. And not just have dreams but had a responsibility to make them reality. My mom taught me from a very early age that I could do anything I wanted to do.” - Chris Gardner
  • “I think fantasies are for the birds. Anything I wanted to do, I did. If there’s something I want, nothing stops me.” – Calvin Klein
  • “Don’t expect not to be afraid. Real courage is being scared to death and going ahead anyway.” - Brett Wilson
  • “Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What’s a sun-dial in the shade?” - Benjamin Franklin
  • “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”- Benjamin Franklin
  • “The man who achieves makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing.” - Benjamin Franklin
  • “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 others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, 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

Steve Jobs - Co-founder & CEO of Apple, Chief Executive of Pixar Animation Studios.

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  • “My first six years in the business were hopeless. There are a lot of times when you sit and you say ‘Why am I doing this? I’ll never make it. It’s just not going to happen. I should go out and get a real job and try to survive’. You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. Otherwise, you’ll stop at the first giant hurdle.” - George Lucas
  • Never take no for an answer – “You’ll have the daily experience of people saying no to you but you always have to find a way around it. People often give up, but you shouldn’t. We have big letters on our office wall that says ‘don’t say no, say how.” -Kikki K
  • “Starting a business is creating something special that will make a difference to people’s lives.” – Richard Branson
  • “Fail early, fail often.” - Mantra of the Engineering Department of the Franklin Institute’s Science Leadership Academy.
  • “There is very little knowledge that can’t be obtained through effort. With knowledge you can determine the state of any business or opportunity and find a course to gain an advantage.” - Mark Cuban
  • “It’s called working your ass off. The difference is what you are willing to sacrifice. For every writer who wants balance in their life, there is a guy like me who gives up a lot to make their dreams come true. There is always going to be someone out there that knows they have to compensate for maybe having less talent with harder work and preparation.” – Mark Cuban
  • “One problem people have is that they lie to themselves. You may think you are more talented then the next guy. Which is exactly what the next guy thinks as well. Rarely is talent enough. You have to find ways to make yourself stand out. You do so by playing to your strengths and making people aware of those strengths. Always remember that no matter how many times you get shot down, you will get smarter, better and you only have to be right once to be successful.” - Mark Cuban
  • “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
  • “Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it all away from you, and play like it’s your last chance to play.” - Mark Cuban
  • “You could be beaten down by anybody and by everybody and it doesn’t matter what everybody else thinks it’s how you see yourself and what your own dreams are. And, you know, anybody who started a business and build a business knows there’s going to be lots of times when you feel beaten down and you need some motivation and that’s when I turn to that book among others.” - Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban - Entrepreneur, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, owner of Landmark Theatres and Chairman of HDNet the HDTV Cable Network.

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  • “I had to give it a full go and see what happened. I couldn’t resist the opportunity. The deal was, I would start into business full time in May, and at the end of August we would take a look and decide if it was doing well.” – Michael Dell
  • “Don’t spend so much time trying to choose the perfect opportunity, that you miss the right opportunity.” – Michael Dell
  • “Recognize that there will be failures, and acknowledge that there will be obstacles. But you will learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others, for there is very little learning in success.” - Michael Dell
  • “The key is to listen to your heart and let it carry you in the direction of your dreams. I’ve learned that it’s possible to set your sights high and achieve your dreams and do it with integrity, character, and love. And each day that you’re moving toward your dreams without compromising who you are, you’re winning.”– Michael Dell

Michael Dell - High school drop-out, founder of Dell Computer Corporation, philanthropist whose foundation has donated more than $530 million to children's causes as at 2010.

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  • “I think if you study-if you learn too much of what others have done, you may tend to take the same direction as everybody else.” – Milton Hershey
  • “I always knew I’d be a millionaire by age thirty-two. In fact, I am going to be the richest black woman in America.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “If you believe you can only go so far, it is an obstacle.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Be quiet. Part of your responsibility is to honour the quiet inside yourself so you can hear the call.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Take five minutes to centre yourself in the morning…set your intention every day…if you don’t have five minutes, you don’t deserve to have the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey - Richest African American of The 20th Century, Philanthropist, Talk Show Host (grew up in poverty, former abuse victim, lost her first child at age 14)

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  • “Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “It took a lot of courage to take the high road, but I would rather be significant with six million people watching a show with meaning, than everyone watching a show with no meaning.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Whatever you fear most has no power. It is your fear that has the power.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. Always continue the climb.”– Oprah Winfrey
  • “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a different way to stand.” - Oprah Winfrey
  • “You can take from every experience what it has to offer you. And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath followed by another.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “We are each responsible for our own life – no other person is or even can be.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • Oprah Winfrey - 1971 - Graduation Picture

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  • “You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more. The right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “My constant focus is on being better. Should I be doing multimedia video production? Or seminars on the Internet? How can I do what I’m already doing in a more forceful way?” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “To whom much is given, much is expected.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “It’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Making other people happy is what brings me happiness. I have a blessed life, and I have always shared my life’s gifts with others. I will continue to use my voice and my life as a catalyst for encouraging people to help make a difference in the lives of others.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and work that fulfills you, the rest will come. And, I truly believe, that the reason I’ve been able to be so financially successful is because my focus has never, ever for one minute been money.” - Oprah Winfrey
  • “Would you do your job and not be paid for it? I would do this job, and take on a second job just to make ends meet if nobody paid me. That’s how you know you are doing the right thing.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “What I know for sure is that if you want to have success, you can’t make success your goal. The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant – and the success will naturally follow.” – Oprah Winfrey

  • “You become what you believe. You are where you are today in your life based on everything you have believed.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “A constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last, so that it can be clinched. When a man’s undivided attention is centered on one object, his mind will constantly be suggesting improvements of value, which would escape him if his brain was occupied by a dozen different subjects at once.” – P.T. Barnum

Phineas Taylor Barnum - American showman, businessman, and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

  • “If you hesitate, some bolder hand will stretch out before you and get the prize.” - P.T. Barnum
  • “I check my pulse and if I can find it, I know I’ve got a chance.” - Paul Newman
  • Actor, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian (and, ahem, total hottie).

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  • “If you’re going to enjoy the picnic that life really is, you’d better learn to like yourself not despite your flaws and so-called deficits, but because of them.” - Paul Orfalea
  • “All my life I knew I would have a big business. That’s what I wanted from the time I was in second grade; there was never a doubt in my mind.” – Paul Orfalea
  • “I didn’t listen. I knew what I was going to do.” – Paul Orfalea
  • Keep your nose in the window long enough, and they are going to let you in.” - Paul Orfalea
  • “If I find a great idea, I work on it at the beginning, then bring in other people to make things work. Actually, I’ve always been good at getting out of work.” – Paul Orfalea

Paul Orfalea - Founder of Kinkos copy chain and author of the book: Copy This! Lessons from a hyperactive dyslexic who turned a bright idea into one of America’s best companies.

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  • “You can either complain or look for opportunity in every problem. I prefer opportunity.” – Paul Orfalea
  • “You’ll fail at some things – that’s a learning experience that you need so that you can take that on to the next experience. What you learn from those challenges and those failures are what will get you past the next ones…I was the pretty consistent bull and the cheerleader on eBay actually.” – Pierre Omidyar
  • “I was raised with the notion that you can do pretty much do anything you want. I always kind of just went ahead and tried things.” – Pierre Omidyar
  • “You’re able to accomplish anything you set out to accomplish.” – Pierre Omidyar
  • “When you look at the accomplishments of accomplished people and you say, ‘Boy, that must have been really hard,’…that was probably hard. And conversely, when you look at something that looks easy, that was probably hard. And so you’re never going to know which is which until you actually go out and do it.” – Pierre Omidyar
  • “I want people to be entrepreneurs, but I want them to do it for the right reasons, because they think they can change the world, because they think they have got something of value to give to the world. Not because they think they can make a lot of money.” – Pierre Omidyar

Pierre Omidyar - Philanthropist/Economist, and the Founder/Chairman of eBay.

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  • “Be an enzyme – a catalyst for change. As a slogan, I don’t know if that’s ever going to be right up there with Ich Bin Ein Berliner, or “I Have A Dream,” but there’s a lot of truth to it.” - Pierre Omidyar
  • “The world is open to us, and each day is an occasion to reinvent ourselves.” – Ralph Lauren

  • “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” – Ray Kroc

  • “If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.” – Ray Kroc

  • “When you’re green, you’re growing. When you’re ripe, you rot. Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?”– Ray Kroc
  • “Screw It, Let’s Do It.” – Richard Branson
  • “We’re going where no one has gone before.” – Richard Branson
  • “Above all, you want to create something you are proud of…. That has always been my philosophy of business. I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive, then I believe you are better off doing nothing.” – Richard Branson

Richard Branson - British industrialist, known for his Virgin Group of over 360 companies. Started his first successful business at 16 (a magazine called 'Student').

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  • “To be successful, you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running, and if you have a good team around you and more than a fair share of luck, you might make something happen. But you certainly can’t guarantee it just by following someone else’s formula.” – Richard Branson
  • “My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.” – Richard Branson
  • “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  • “Don’t work for money; make it work for you.” – Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki - Author of The Rich Dad, Poor Dad series of books, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker (started a company that brought to market the first nylon and Velcro 'surfer' wallets.)

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  • “Remember, your mind is your greatest asset, so be careful what you put into it.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  • “Face your fears and doubts, and new worlds will open to you.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  • “Inside of every problem lies an opportunity.” - Robert Kiyosaki
  • “My poor dad would say, ‘I can’t afford it,’ while my rich dad would say, ‘How can I afford it?” – Robert Kiyosaki
  • “Most people never get wealthy simply because they are not trained financially to recognize opportunities right in front of them. The rich have learned to recognize opportunities as well as how to create them.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  • “People who refuse to open their minds to new strategies seldom become rich, which I guess is why there are more critics in the world than rich people.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  • “The only difference between a rich person and poor person is how they use their time. The poor, the unsuccessful, the unhappy, the unhealthy are the ones who use the word tomorrow the most.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  • “If you aren’t practicing and playing to be first, then maybe you shouldn’t be an entrepreneur.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  • “You know, sometimes people never get to learn how successful they could have been because they give up too easily. If I’ve learned one thing in all my years in the business, it’s that often things don’t work out the way you want at first. But that doesn’t mean you should give up.”– Russell Simmons
  • Russell Simmons - Co-Founder of Hip Hop Label Def Jam, Media & Fashion Mogul, Animal Activist

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  • “If you don’t break a hole through the brick wall, don’t just start digging a new hole. Keep going until you break through that wall.” - Russell Simmons

  • “You can do what you want to do. You can be what you want to be.” - Dave Thomas

  • “Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream.” ⁃ Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner - Was 27 Years Old When The First Playboy Issue Was Published.

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  • “If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.” – Jeff Bezos

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Camilla Jones is the writer behind and author of the free eBook, 'On Purpose, With Passion' - a workbook designed to help you uncover new meaning, direction and passion, in order to lead the happy, fulfilled life you've always dreamed of. To receive your free copy of 'On Purpose, With Passion' email, with 'ebook' in the subject line.

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