Startup Advice – Quotes From Successful Entrepreneurs

Working for your startup is hard. Whether you’re a Founder, Co-Founder, or a die hard employee who believes in the vision of your startup, keeping a positive attitude during a roller coaster ride will be tough. Because of this, I decided to do my own web search on finding some good quotes from successful entrepreneurs that would help motivate me. I wanted to share my findings in hopes of helping motivate others as well.

I came across this interesting blog post courtesy of Fundable (click on link to go to their website). They list several noteworthy entrepreneurs and their quotes on running a successful company and how to achieve that success. I have gone ahead and picked a few of my favorites from the post below. If you want to read the entire list of quotes, you can go to post here.

Here’s one of my favorites, courtesy of Jack Dorsey (Co-Founder of Twitter and current interim CEO of Twitter).

Having first mover advantage is over-rated. MySpace was a first mover. It’s more important to have an idea BEST than have it FIRST. There is always room for disruption. Constantly better yourself to stay ahead of the game. – Jack Dorsey

Daymond John – CEO of Fubu: “Learn as much as you can about your industry immediately. Become an expert in that industry. Obviously, there are plenty of resources out there between your library and the Internet, but also try to find a mentor who directly answers your questions. Any information is always good information”

Mark Suster – Founder of Upfront Ventures: “Don’t Drink Your Own Kool Aid – There is a hype curve in any company. Press, journalists, analysts, friends and family can reinforce the sense that you’re “killing it.” As Public Enemy says…Don’t Believe the Hype. The only way to build a sustainable customer is to listen to customers, partners, suppliers and employees”

Mark Cuban – Entrepreneur/Owner of the Dallas Mavericks: “Never buy swag. A sure sign of failure for a startup is when someone sends me logo-embroidered polo shirts. If your people are at shows and in public, it’s okay to buy for your own employees, but if you really think people are going to wear your branded polo when they’re out and about, you are mistaken and have no idea how to spend your money.”

Barbara Corcoran – Investor/Founder of Corcoran Group – The joy is in the getting there. The beginning years of starting your business, the camaraderie when you’re in the pit together, are the best years of your life. So rather than being so focused on when you get big and powerful, if you can just get the juice out of that… don’t miss it.”

There are many more insightful quotes in the blog linked above. If you’re like me, and in need of some motivational quotes from time to time, I recommend you spend a few minutes to read over the post. There’s nothing better than to learn from those who have failed at times, but ultimately hit their marks and drove on their paths to success.

Oh, btw, did anyone notice that 3 of my choices were Sharks? 🙂

Image courtesy of ABC’s Shark Tank

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