26 Epic Quotes Every Startup Should Live by and Why They Matter

aspiration, inspiration, motivation and affirmation. established, new and eventual entrepreneurs need mega doses of one or all of the above daily to stay encouraged about realizing your dream or goal of creating your fulfilled life as a thriving entrepreneur doing what you love to do. well here you go! i found 26 quotes that should keep your eyes on the prize with a dose of 'charleneisms' or an additional quote that reflects why each image is a source of inspiration to galvanize this community of startups and entrepreneurs.

 
if you don't start, nothing else matters. as eventual or established entrepreneurs it takes courage to acknowledge your fears, face them and move ahead in spite of them.

if you don't start, nothing else matters. as eventual or established entrepreneurs it takes courage to acknowledge your fears, face them and move ahead in spite of them.

 
if we are comfortable, we are not stretching ourselves to achieve more in life. if we are too comfortable we aren't doing anything that matters. everything we wish for lies outside of our comfort zone.

if we are comfortable, we are not stretching ourselves to achieve more in life. if we are too comfortable we aren't doing anything that matters. everything we wish for lies outside of our comfort zone.

 
aim higher than you believe you have the audacity to imagine. even if you don't reach your highest height you will still reach much further than you believed possible.

aim higher than you believe you have the audacity to imagine. even if you don't reach your highest height you will still reach much further than you believed possible.

 
everything hard is easy if we are willing to do what we have to do, how we have to do it and when we have to do it. sometimes difficult simply means you are doing something you've never done. difficult is not impossible.

everything hard is easy if we are willing to do what we have to do, how we have to do it and when we have to do it. sometimes difficult simply means you are doing something you've never done. difficult is not impossible.

 
according to author Bronnie Ware, the #1 regret of the dying is "I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me". i believe because we only have one shot at life, we must be on an intentional path to creating a fulfilled life doing the work that we love to do. don't sit on the sidelines of your own life.

according to author Bronnie Ware, the #1 regret of the dying is "I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me". i believe because we only have one shot at life, we must be on an intentional path to creating a fulfilled life doing the work that we love to do. don't sit on the sidelines of your own life.

 
"if there is no struggle there is no progress. those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. they want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.this struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. power concedes nothing without a demand. it never did and it never will." ~ Frederick Douglass

"if there is no struggle there is no progress. those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. they want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.this struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. power concedes nothing without a demand. it never did and it never will." ~ Frederick Douglass

 
notice the word "small". don't feels as if you need to make huge leaps daily to make progress. instead make consistent small efforts that are more than busy activities but intentional acts within a bigger strategy.

notice the word "small". don't feels as if you need to make huge leaps daily to make progress. instead make consistent small efforts that are more than busy activities but intentional acts within a bigger strategy.

 
find your village of like minded or like valued people who are either in pursuit of creating their fulfilled lives, positive thinkers, empowering and inspiring, entrepreneurs or advocates of the industry you operate in. these people get it. those who don't get it should have no input into your journey or obstacles that will arise along the way.

find your village of like minded or like valued people who are either in pursuit of creating their fulfilled lives, positive thinkers, empowering and inspiring, entrepreneurs or advocates of the industry you operate in. these people get it. those who don't get it should have no input into your journey or obstacles that will arise along the way.

 
"excuses are tools the incompetent. they build monuments of nothingness. those who dwell upon them will never amount to anything." - author unknown. don't make excuses. accept your setbacks as lessons. learn from them then make better decisions and better connections that keep you on track to achieve your goals.

"excuses are tools the incompetent. they build monuments of nothingness. those who dwell upon them will never amount to anything." - author unknown. don't make excuses. accept your setbacks as lessons. learn from them then make better decisions and better connections that keep you on track to achieve your goals.

 
when things come too easy to us we can't pinpoint which inputs create the desired output which means we couldn't duplicate the process if we wanted to. there's value in our failures and our journey. quick and easy has an upside but do not overlook the likelier hard lessons with lasting positive impact.

when things come too easy to us we can't pinpoint which inputs create the desired output which means we couldn't duplicate the process if we wanted to. there's value in our failures and our journey. quick and easy has an upside but do not overlook the likelier hard lessons with lasting positive impact.

 
 
intentionality is key. create your life by design. do not accept a life by default.

intentionality is key. create your life by design. do not accept a life by default.

 
 
it takes no effort to stand still. it takes courage to keep putting one foot in front of the other daily even when it looks like no progress is being made.

it takes no effort to stand still. it takes courage to keep putting one foot in front of the other daily even when it looks like no progress is being made.

 
purse your dreams, passion and purpose at all costs and align them with your inherent talents and developed skills. it's where your abundance, prosperity and fulfillment lives.

purse your dreams, passion and purpose at all costs and align them with your inherent talents and developed skills. it's where your abundance, prosperity and fulfillment lives.

money doesn't equal fulfillment. instead aim to create a profit from your purpose and/or passion.

money doesn't equal fulfillment. instead aim to create a profit from your purpose and/or passion.

 
being an entrepreneur isn't easy but in my opinion it is worth it. if you have the mindset and resiliency for an entrepreneur's life, having control over our creativity and contribution goes a long way to living a life that you love.

being an entrepreneur isn't easy but in my opinion it is worth it. if you have the mindset and resiliency for an entrepreneur's life, having control over our creativity and contribution goes a long way to living a life that you love.

 
others may try to overlook you claiming you don't have the right experience, knowledge, skills, connections and a host of other excuses of why you can't or shouldn't do more and be more. the best revenge is success. be so good they can't ignore you if they tried.

others may try to overlook you claiming you don't have the right experience, knowledge, skills, connections and a host of other excuses of why you can't or shouldn't do more and be more. the best revenge is success. be so good they can't ignore you if they tried.

 
 
Jay Danzie is given credit for this quote. be sure you are known for your true identity. yes positive personal branding is essential as an entrepreneur, i believe, however it's most impactful when others experience your authenticity.

Jay Danzie is given credit for this quote. be sure you are known for your true identity. yes positive personal branding is essential as an entrepreneur, i believe, however it's most impactful when others experience your authenticity.

 
 
 
what do you want your legacy to be? are you the champion of your own life dreams and goals or championing someone else's daily and hating what you do? if you are not on a path to loving what you do for a living, my friend you are wasting your life. if you are not already pointing your life compass in the right

what do you want your legacy to be? are you the champion of your own life dreams and goals or championing someone else's daily and hating what you do? if you are not on a path to loving what you do for a living, my friend you are wasting your life. if you are not already pointing your life compass in the right

 
building your dreams does not require you to be an entrepreneur. just be sure that you are strategic in the jobs you aim for, the roles you take on and the projects you participate in. be sure they are in alignment with the your wildest dreams. don't settle for less.

building your dreams does not require you to be an entrepreneur. just be sure that you are strategic in the jobs you aim for, the roles you take on and the projects you participate in. be sure they are in alignment with the your wildest dreams. don't settle for less.

 
there have been so many doors opened for you over the years you likely cannot count them because you were too busy looking in another direction or looking down. when you get those tingly feelings, meet someone who motivates and inspires you or find yourself on a site like this one, these are signs and doors that you must walk through to see what's on the other side.

there have been so many doors opened for you over the years you likely cannot count them because you were too busy looking in another direction or looking down. when you get those tingly feelings, meet someone who motivates and inspires you or find yourself on a site like this one, these are signs and doors that you must walk through to see what's on the other side.

 
you are stronger than you think, smarter than you can image and more brilliant that you give yourself credit for. get out of your own head with limiting beliefs and aspirations.

you are stronger than you think, smarter than you can image and more brilliant that you give yourself credit for. get out of your own head with limiting beliefs and aspirations.

 
wishing and dreaming it won't create results. intentionally working towards it will.

wishing and dreaming it won't create results. intentionally working towards it will.

 
the first step is always the hardest. if we continue placing one foot in front of the other the journey becomes more familiar and less intimidating. the biggest risk is to avoid taking any risks.

the first step is always the hardest. if we continue placing one foot in front of the other the journey becomes more familiar and less intimidating. the biggest risk is to avoid taking any risks.

 
prove them wrong without even trying by focusing on yourself. the unintended outcome of believing in yourself and taking action is your haters get a ring side seat to your success.

prove them wrong without even trying by focusing on yourself. the unintended outcome of believing in yourself and taking action is your haters get a ring side seat to your success.

 
 
no one gets to define success for you but you.  "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you." ~ Marianne Williamson

no one gets to define success for you but you. "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you." ~ Marianne Williamson

 


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