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“Every great dream begins with a

dreamer. Always remember, you
have within you the strength, the
patience, and the passion to reach
for the stars to change the world.”
-Harriet Tubman

2. “If something is important

enough, even if the odds are
against you, you should still do it.”
-Elon Musk

3. “I often hear from new

graduates that it’s better to wait
until you have more experience….
But I’m a big believer in the power
of inexperience…. The world
needs you before you stop asking
naive questions and while you
have the time to understand the
true nature of the complex
problems we face and take them
on.” -Wendy Kopp, founder of
Teach for America

4. “I think in terms of evolutions,

not revolutions. Failure is not part
of my vocabulary.” -Shelia Lirio
Marcelo, founder of

5. “You take your life in your own

hands, and what happens? A
terrible thing, no one to blame.” -
Erica Jong

6. “Give me a stock clerk with a

goal, and I will give you a man
who will make history. Give me a
man without a goal, and I will give
you a stock clerk.”-James Cash
Penney, founder of J.C. Penney

7. “It doesn’t matter how far you

might rise. At some point, you are
bound to stumble…. If you’re
constantly pushing yourself
higher…the law of averages, not
to mention the Myth of Icarus,
predicts that you will at some
point fall. And when you do, I
want you to know this, remember
this: There is no such thing as
failure. Failure is just life trying to
move us in another direction.” -
Oprah Winfrey

8. “Champions keep playing until

they get it right.” -Billie Jean King

9. “I never dreamt of success. I

worked for it.” -Este Lauder
10. “People who say it cannot be
done should not interrupt those
who are doing it.”
-George Bernard Shaw

11. “People talk about getting

lucky breaks in their careers. I’m
living proof that the ‘lucky breaks’
theory is simply wrong. You get to
make your own luck…. The world
is run by those who show up…not
those who wait to be asked.” -
Steve Blank
12. “Please think about your
legacy, because you’re writing it
every day.” -Gary Vaynerchuck

13. “The secret of getting ahead is

getting started. The secret of
getting started is breaking your
complex, overwhelming tasks into
smaller manageable tasks, and
then starting on the first one.” -
Mark Twain

14. “Winning is not a sometime

thing; it’s an all-time thing. You
don’t win once in a while, you
don’t do things right once in a
while, you do them right all the
time. Winning is habit.
Unfortunately, so is losing.” -
Vince Lombardi

15. “Both my mother and I were

determined that we weren’t going
to stay on welfare. We always
worked toward doing better,
toward having a better life. We
never had any doubts that we
would.” -Larry Ellison

16. “What I’ve learned from

running is that the time to push
hard is when you’re hurting like
crazy and you want to give up.
Success is often just around the
-James Dyson

17. “Most people give up just

when they are about to achieve
success. They quit on the one-yard
line. They give up at the last
minute of the game, one foot from
a winning touchdown.” -H. Ross

18. “A pessimist sees the difficulty

in every opportunity; an optimist
sees the opportunity in every
difficulty.” -Sir Winston Churchill

19. “If you’re not a risk taker, you

should get the hell out of
business.” -Ray Kroc

20. “The important thing is not

being afraid to take a chance.
Remember, the greatest failure is
to not try. Once you find
something you love to do, be the
best at doing it.”
-Debbi Fields
21. “Running a startup is like
eating glass. You just start to like
the taste of your own blood.” -
Sean Parker

22. “It’s irreverence, foolish

confidence, and naivety combined
with persistence, open
mindedness, and a continual
ability to learn that created
Facebook, Google, Yahoo, eBay,
Microsoft, Apple, Juniper, AOL,
Sun Microsystems, and others.” -
Vinod Khosla
23. “In the movies, you want a
good story and characters that are
honest, but you are also looking
for a good director who can lead
the ship. That’s how we look at
business. Everybody has a great
idea for a startup, and so do their
relatives, and they tell me, ‘You
gotta build it.’ I say, ‘I have to
believe in it.’” -Ashton Kutcher

24. “Timing, perseverance, and 10

years of trying will eventually
make you look like an overnight
success.” -Biz Stone
25. “Following is one of the most
underrated aspects of
leadership…. I have seen many a
good [military unit] underachieve,
because someone…thought the
commander was incompetent, and
quietly worked to undermine his
-Admiral Bill McRaven

26. “Data beats emotions” -Sean

Rad, founder of Tinder

27. “When you find an idea that

you just can’t stop thinking about,
that’s probably a good one to
pursue.”-Josh James, CEO and
founder of Omniture and Domo

28. “I never took a day off in my

20s. Not one.” -Bill Gates

29. “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

30. “Running a startup is like

being punched in the face
repeatedly, but working for a large
company is like being
waterboarded.” -Paul Graham
31. “You can’t make anything
viral, but you can make something
good.” -Peter Shankman

32. “Embrace what you don’t

know, especially in the beginning,
because what you don’t know can
become your greatest asset. It
ensures that you will absolutely be
doing things different from
everybody else.” -Sara Blakely

33. “For me, the most fun is

change or growth. There are
definitely elements of both that I
like. Launching a business is kind
of like a motorboat: You can go
very quickly and turn fast.” -Tony

34. “The best time to plant a tree

was 20 years ago. The second best
time is now.”

35. “Never be ashamed! There’s

some who will hold it against you,
but they are not worth bothering
with.” -J.K. Rowling
36. “Opportunity is missed by
most people because it is dressed
in overalls and looks like work.” -
Thomas Edison

37. “The biggest startup successes-

from Henry Ford to Bill Gates to
Mark Zuckerberg-were pioneered
by people from solidly middle-
class backgrounds. These founders
were not wealthy when they
began. They were hungry for
success, but knew they had a solid
support system to fall back on if
they failed.” -Eric Ries
38. “Everything should be made as
simple as possible, but not
simpler.” -Albert Einstein

39. “Always bear in mind that

your own resolution to succeed is
more important than any other one
thing.” -President Abraham

40. “There are no working hours

for leaders.” -James Cardinal

41. “Leadership is the art of

getting someone else to do
something you want done because
he wants to do it.” -Dwight

42. “When I’m old and dying, I

plan to look back on my life and
say, ‘Wow, that was an
adventure,’ not ‘Wow, I sure felt
safe.’” -Tom Preston-Werner, co-
founder of Github

43. “If you can’t fly, then run; if

you can’t run, then walk; if you
can’t walk, then crawl; but
whatever you do, you have to keep
moving forward.” -Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.

44. “Singleness of purpose is

essential for success in life.” -John
D. Rockefeller

45. “Business opportunities are

like buses, there’s always another
one coming.”
-Sir Richard Branson

46. “Good is the enemy of great.” -

Jim Collins, author of Good to
47. “Nothing works better than
just improving your product.” -
Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Stack

48. “There’s lots of bad reasons to

start a company. But there’s only
one good, legitimate reason, and I
think you know what it is: it’s to
change the world.” -Phil Libin,

49. “There are no traffic jams

along the extra mile.” -Roger
50. “Fall seven times and stand up
eight.” -Unknown

51. “I don’t look to jump over 7-

foot bars-I look for 1-foot bars that
I can step over.” -Warren Buffett

52. “Being able to touch so many

people through my businesses, and
make money while doing it, is a
huge blessing.” -Magic Johnson

53. “Far and away the best prize

that life offers is the chance to
work hard at work worth doing.” -
Theodore Roosevelt
54. “Yesterday’s home runs don’t
win today’s games.” -Babe Ruth

55. “Don’t worry about funding if

you don’t need it. Today, it’s
cheaper to start a business than
ever.” -Noah Everett, founder of

56. “There is only one boss: the

customer. And he can fire
everybody in the company, from
the chairman on down, simply by
spending his money somewhere
else.” -Sam Walton, founder of
Walmart and Sam’s Club

57. “The crisis of today is the joke

of tomorrow.” -H.G. Wells
58. “The last 10 percent it takes to
launch something takes as much
energy as the first 90 percent.” -
Rob Kalin, founder of Etsy

59. “The trouble in America is not

that we are making too many
mistakes, but that we are making
too few.” -Philip Knight
60. “Entrepreneurship is neither a
science nor an art. It is a practice.”
-Peter Drucker

61. “Diligence is the mother of

good luck.” -Benjamin Franklin

62. “Always look for the fool in

the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s
you.” -Mark Cuban

63. “There’s nothing wrong with

staying small. You can do big
things with a small team.” -Jason
Fried, founder of 37signals
64. “Fearlessness is like a muscle.
I know from my own life that the
more I exercise it, the more natural
it becomes to not let my fears run
me.” -Arianna Huffington

65. “If I have made a mistake in

the design, then I’m the one who
should pay for it. I certainly would
not ask somebody else to fly a
plane if I were afraid to do it
myself.” -Howard Hughes

66. “Care about what other people

think, and you will always be their
prisoner.” -Lao Tzu
67.”Ambition is the path to
success. Persistence is the vehicle
you arrive in.” -Bill Bradley
Nothing is impossible, the word
itself says “I’m possible”! —
Audrey Hepburn
I’ve learned that people will forget
what you said, people will forget
what you did, but people will
never forget how you made them
feel. —Maya Angelou
Whether you think you can or you
think you can’t, you’re right. —
Henry Ford
“Perfection is not attainable, but if
we chase perfection we can catch
excellence”. —Vince Lombardi
“Life is 10% what happens to me
and 90% of how I react to it.” —
Charles Swindoll
“If you look at what you have in
life, you’ll always have more. If
you look at what you don’t have in
life, you’ll never have enough.” —
Oprah Winfrey
“Remember no one can make you
feel inferior without your
consent.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
I can’t change the direction of the
wind, but I can adjust my sails to
always reach my destination. —
Jimmy Dean
“Believe you can and you’re
halfway there.”—Theodore
To handle yourself, use your head;
to handle others, use your heart. —
Eleanor Roosevelt
Too many of us are not living our
dreams because we are living our
fears. —Les Brown
“Do or do not. There is no try.” —
Whatever the mind of man can
conceive and believe, it can
achieve. —Napoleon Hill
Twenty years from now you will
be more disappointed by the things
that you didn’t do than by the ones
you did do, so throw off the
bowlines, sail away from safe
harbor, catch the trade winds in
your sails. Explore, Dream,
Discover. —Mark Twain
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots
in my career. I’ve lost almost 300
games. 26 times I’ve been trusted
to take the game winning shot and
missed. I’ve failed over and over
and over again in my life. And that
is why I succeed. —Michael
“Strive not to be a success, but
rather to be of value.”-Albert
I am not a product of my
circumstances. I am a product of
my decisions. —Stephen Covey
“When everything seems to be
going against you, remember that
the airplane takes off against the
wind, not with it.”-
Henry Ford
The most common way people
give up their power is by thinking
they don’t have any. —Alice
“The most difficult thing is the
decision to act, the rest is merely
tenacity.”-Amelia Earhart
It is during our darkest moments
that we must focus to see the light.
—Aristotle Onassis
Don’t judge each day by the
harvest you reap but by the seeds
that you plant. —Robert Louis
“The only way to do great work is
to love what you do.”-Steve Jobs
Change your thoughts and you
change your world. —Norman
Vincent Peale
The question isn’t who is going to
let me; it’s who is going to stop
me. —Ayn Rand
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
Build your own dreams, or
someone else will hire you to build
theirs. —Farrah Gray
Remember that not getting what
you want is sometimes a
wonderful stroke of luck. —Dalai
“You can’t use up creativity. The
more you use, the more you
have.”-Maya Angelou
I have learned over the years that
when one’s mind is made up, this
diminishes fear. —Rosa Parks
I would rather die of passion than
of boredom. —Vincent van Gogh
A truly rich man is one whose
children run into his arms when
his hands are empty. —Unknown
“A person who never made a
mistake never tried anything
new.”-Albert Einstein
What’s money? A man is a
success if he gets up in the
morning and goes to bed at night
and in between does what he
wants to do. —Bob Dylan
I have been impressed with the
urgency of doing. Knowing is not
enough; we must apply. Being
willing is not enough; we must do.
—Leonardo da Vinci
If you want to lift yourself up, lift
up someone else. —Booker T.
Limitations live only in our minds.
But if we use our imaginations,
our possibilities become limitless.
—Jamie Paolinetti
“If you’re offered a seat on a
rocket ship, don’t ask what seat!
Just get on.”-Sheryl Sandberg
“Certain things catch your eye, but
pursue only those that capture the
heart.”-Ancient Indian Proverb
When one door of happiness
closes, another opens, but often we
look so long at the closed door that
we do not see the one that has
been opened for us. —Helen
“Everything has beauty, but not
everyone can see.”- Confucius
How wonderful it is that nobody
need wait a single moment before
starting to improve the world. —
Anne Frank
When I was 5 years old, my
mother always told me that
happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked
me what I wanted to be when I
grew up. I wrote down “happy”.
They told me I didn’t understand
the assignment, and I told them
they didn’t understand life. —John
The only person you are destined
to become is the person you decide
to be. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
We can’t help everyone, but
everyone can help someone. —
Ronald Reagan
Everything you’ve ever wanted is
on the other side of fear. —George
“We can easily forgive a child
who is afraid of the dark; the real
tragedy of life is when men are
afraid of the light. “-Plato
“Nothing will work unless you
do.”-Maya Angelou
I alone cannot change the world,
but I can cast a stone across the
water to create many ripples. —
Mother Teresa
“What we achieve inwardly will
change outer reality.”- Plutarch

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