Some days you may practically jump out of bed because you are so excited to tackle the day. And other days, not so much…

Carol shares 19 of her favorite inspirational quotes from others, and one of her own, in “20 Inspirational Quotes for Entrepreneurs,” a recent post on Bank of America’s Small Business Community. Carol begins:

You have already demonstrated a sense of optimism if you have taken the leap into entrepreneurship. However, as the business roller coaster goes through its peaks and valleys, maintaining a positive attitude and the drive to keep going can be difficult.

That’s why it’s great to pause and get some inspiration via wise words from others. I’ve assembled 20 quotes from innovators, athletes and entrepreneurs (including one from me) that can give you a push in that time of need.

Consider posting your favorites in plain view as a constant reminder of the leadership, persistence and motivation you need to stay the course and make your business an even bigger success.


“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker

“There’s never a wrong time to do the right thing and never a right time to do a wrong thing.” – Lou Holtz

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

Persistence, Success and Failure

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“Fail often so you can succeed sooner.” – Tom Kelley

You can read the rest of the quotes here. The last one is classic Carol!