No matter what business you’re in or what field you’re pursuing, there will always be competition. What separates the good from the great is how they deal with that competition. Do they let it defeat them? Or do they use it as motivation to push themselves harder and become even better?

The latter is the correct answer, and if you need a little bit of extra motivation to get yourself started, these quotes from some of history’s most remarkable entrepreneurs should do the trick:

Motivational Quotes from Steve Jobs – Apple

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

“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

“Your time is limited, 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 important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs

Motivational Quotes from Bill Gates -Microsoft

1. “I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.” – Bill Gates

2. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

3. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates

4. “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify inefficiency.” – Bill Gates

5. “You can be anything or anyone you want, just act like it.” – Bill Gates

Motivational Quotes from Elon Musk -Paypal, Tesla & Space X

1. “The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.” – Elon Musk

2. “I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk

3. “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk

4. “If other people are putting in 40 hour work weeks and succeeding, there will always be someone who will achieve more by working harder and smarter.” – Elon Musk

5. “Work hard and allocate your time efficiently because time lost can never be regained.”-Elon Musk

Motivational Quotes from Jeff Bezos -Amazon

1. “The most important single thing is to focus obsessively on the customer experience.” – Jeff Bezos

2. “We are stubborn on vision. We are flexible on details.” – Jeff Bezos

3. “If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.” – Jeff Bezos

4. “In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story by making good choices today.” – Jeff Bezos

5. “The sheet metal of the car was surprisingly difficult to cut with scissors, so I used a butter knife from the house… My parents were very supportive; they did not try to discourage me.” – Jeff Bezos

6 “There’s no substitute for having your eyes open and actually participating in experiments and learning from them because it forces you to think about things in new ways.” – Jeff Bezos

Motivational Quotes from Mark Zuckerberg -Meta

1. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk.”- Mark Zuckerberg

2. “In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg

3. “I think a simple rule of business is, if something works well, you should try to make it work better.” – Mark Zuckerberg

4. “The thing I really care about is the mission, making the world more open,” – Mark Zuckerberg

5. “Giving everyone a voice has been one of the best things we’ve done.” – Mark Zuckerberg

6. “The question isn’t, ‘What do we want to know about people?’ It’s, ‘What do people want to tell about themselves?’” – Mark Zuckerberg

Motivational Quotes from Larry Page -Google

1. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Larry Page

2. “You don’t need to have a 100 person company to develop that idea.” – Larry Page

3. “An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.” – Larry Page

4. “There are lots of companies that haven’t been focused on the right things, and they die. So you have to be very careful about what you work on. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. You have to think long term… I try not do any acquisitions now because I think it would just kill us in terms of focus—we’d start working on too many different things, rather than doing fewer things better.” – Larry Page

5. “I actually think most people can be entrepreneurs if they want to be. You don’t need $20 million or whatever people think you need these days. You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.” – Larry Page

Motivational Quotes from Sergey Brin -Google

1. “The Google story is really the story of innovation and technology.” – Sergey Brin

2. “We want to make sure that everything we do is going to scale dramatically.” –Sergey Brin

3. “Artificial intelligence would be the ultimate version of Google. The ultimate search engine that would understand everything on the web. That would understand exactly what you wanted, and give you the right thing. We’re nowhere near doing that now. However, it is something we aspire to.” – Sergey Brin

4. “We view our mission as a conduit between the user who has a question and all of humanity’s combined knowledge.” – Sergey Brin

5.” If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things, You’re excited to get up in morning” – Sergey brin

Motivational Quotes from Oprah Winfrey -Harpo Productions Inc.

1. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

2. “If you want to accomplish something in life, you have to take risks and be bold. Go for it!” – Oprah Winfrey

3. “You become what you believe. You are where you are today in your life because of what you have believed about yourself and about life.” – Oprah Winfrey

4. “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” – Oprah Winfrey

5. “Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.” – Oprah Winfrey

Motivational Quotes from Howard Schultz -Starbucks

1. “The best way to create value in the 21st century is to connect to something much larger than yourself.” – Howard Schultz

2. “If people believe they share values with a company, they will stay loyal to the brand.” – Howard Schultz

3. “We have a responsibility not only to provide the best coffee, but also to bring out the best in our customers and our employees.” – Howard Schultz

4. “I think values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ‘em all over everything you do.” – Howard Schultz

5. “When we went public, it wasn’t about raising capital; it was about affirming our belief in our own Mission and Values.” – Howard Schultz

Motivational Quotes from Warren Buffett -Berkshire Hathaway

1. “The most important investment you can make is in yourself.” – Warren Buffett

2. “If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.” – Warren Buffett

3. “I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.” – Warren Buffett

4. “Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.” – Warren Buffett

5. “Don’t save what is left after spending; spend what is left after saving.” – Warren Buffett

Motivational Quotes from Jack Dorsey -Twitter & Square

1. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the beginning, you’ll give up.” – Jack Dorsey

2. “The most powerful thing you can do is introduce new people to new things and ideas.” – Jack Dorsey

3. “It’s not about money at all … It’s about using your energy to create something for other people that makes their lives better in some way.” – Jack Dorsey

4. “In order to make something really important happen, you need diverse perspectives.” – Jack Dorsey

5. “If I had one super power it would be the ability to persuade others because persuasion is how we get stuff done.” – Jack Dorsey

Motivational Quotes from Sarah Blakely -Spanx

1. “The one thing that I’ve learned in my 43 years is that life is too short to not go after what you want.” – Sarah Blakely

2. “When you’re faced with a hurdle, take a moment to think about how far you’ve come instead of how far you have to go.” – Sarah Blakely

3. “In order to be successful at anything in life, it starts with taking that first step and having the courage to go for it.” – Sarah Blakely

4. “If somebody tells you no or if you get rejected just remember that one word is not the end of the world and it’s nothing personal.” – Sarah Blakely

5. “I truly believe in overnight successes… but I don’t believe in giving up.” – Sarah Blakely

6. “The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.” – Sarah Blakely

7. “I believe that if you follow your dreams and passions, success will come naturally.” – Sarah Blakely

Motivational Quotes from Cher Wang -HTC

1. “The best way to achieve success is to help others succeed.” – Cher Wang

2. “I believe that the best way to achieve personal fulfillment is by helping others achieve their goals.” – Cher Wang

Motivational Quotes from Phil Knight -Nike

1. “The best way to sustain a competitive advantage is to keep moving.” – Phil Knight

2. “There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.” – Phil Knight

3. “I believe it is important to respect your roots and where you come from, but also to have the courage to strike out on your own and forge your own path.” – Phil Knight

4. “If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.” – Phil Knight

5. “In times of change, the learners will inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Phil Knight

Motivational Quotes from Herb Kelleher -Southwest Airlines

1. “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Herb Kelleher

2. “If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.” – Herb Kelleher

3. “You have to be a little bit crazy to do great things.” – Herb Kelleher

4. “The key to success is not resources, it’s resourcefulness.” – Herb Kelleher

5. “In the end, culture eats strategy for breakfast.” – Herb Kelleher

Motivational Quotes from Richard Branson -Virgin

1. “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” – Richard Branson

2. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” – Richard Branson

3. “There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.”- Richard Branson

Motivational Quotes from Larry Ellison -Oracle

1. “I was never the smartest guy in the room. I just had a tendency to say what everybody else was thinking but afraid to say.” – Larry Ellison

2. “We have always been willing to invest in very young companies with very good technology and a very small market share.” – Larry Ellison

3. “The key is not to spend time beating yourself up for the mistakes you made yesterday, but to spend today making sure you don’t make those same mistakes tomorrow.” – Larry Ellison

4. “You’re only as good as your last performance… It’s a bit like being an athlete; if you fail today, there’s always tomorrow.” – Larry Ellison

5. “My philosophy is that when you find something great, stick with it.” – Larry Ellison

Motivational Quotes from Reed Hastings -Netflix

1. “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.” – Reed Hastings

2. “Don’t let perfection get in the way of progress.” – Reed Hastings

3. “You have to be very nimble and very entrepreneurial to succeed in today’s world.” – Reed Hastings

Motivational Quotes from Jack Ma -Alibaba

1. “I have never wanted to be the richest man in the world. I just wanted to be a man who had done something interesting before he died.” – Jack Ma

2. “Forget about your competitors, just focus on what you do best.” – Jack Ma

3. “The very important thing you should have is patience.” – Jack Ma

4. “You should learn from your competitor but never copy them.” – Jack Ma

5. “I think if you’re an entrepreneur and if you want to take risks, then you shouldn’t also take a salary.” – Jack Ma

Motivational Quotes from Michael Dell -Dell Computers

1. “The key to success is integrity – doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” – Michael Dell

2. “The biggest risk is not taking any risks.” – Michael Dell

3. “I believe that life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s taking the time and making the effort to do something and to create opportunities for yourself.” – Michael Dell

4. “There’s an old adage in business that says, ‘Cash flow is everything.’ And it really is.” – Michael Dell

5. “If you can find something that you’re really passionate about, whether it’s computers or music or whatever it might be, if you can put your heart and soul into that and really stick with it, then I think you will find enormous satisfaction in your career and in your life.” – Michael Dell

Motivational Quotes from Garrett Camp -Uber

1. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Garrett Camp

2. “There are no right or wrong answers in entrepreneurship–only better or worse decisions.” – Garrett Camp

Motivational Quotes from Brian Chesky -Airbnb

1. “Make something people want.” – Brian Chesky

2. “You should take the approach that you’re going to do whatever it takes to make your dreams come true.” – Brian Chesky

3. “The way to make big, bold bets is not with other people’s money; it’s with your own time and energy.” – Brian Chesky

4. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out…So if it’s your dream and you’re passionate about doing it, then just go for it.” – Brian Chesky

5. “The best way to get started is by taking small steps.” – Brian Chesky

Motivational Quotes from John Paul DeJoria -Paul Mitchell Systems & The Patrón Spirits Company

1. “If someone tells you that you can’t do something, don’t listen to them – go out and do it.” – John Paul DeJoria

2. “Nobody ever drowned in their own sweat.” – John Paul DeJoria

3. “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” – John Paul DeJoria

4. “You’re never too old to learn, and you’re never too young to dream.” – John Paul DeJoria

Motivational Quotes from Ted Turner -Turner Entertainment and media

1. “The ability to direct individual achievement toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Ted Turner

2. “Leadership is not a genetic birthright. It is the result of conscious choice and behave.” – Ted Turner

3. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they ought to go.” – Ted Turner

4. “I have always believed that the best way to motivate others is by example.” – Ted Turner

5. “The keys to successful leadership are a combination of motivating others and being motivated yourself.” – Ted Turner

Motivational Quotes from Reid Hoffman -Paypal & Linkedin

1. “The entrepreneurial mindset is not about having an idea, it’s about turning that idea into a reality.” – Reid Hoffman

2. “You need to have a certain amount of crazy to believe you can change the world.” – Reid Hoffman

3. “Be persistent, be passionate, be alive. And above all else, don’t give up on your dreams.” – Reid Hoffman


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