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Here are some of my favorite quotes on entrepreneurship, inspiration, and success…

  1. "There will come a time when big opportunities will be presented to you, and you’ve got to be in a position to take advantage of them." – Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart Inc.

  2. "There is only one way to make a great deal of money; and that is in a business of your own." – J. Paul Getty, Former oil tycoon and once the richest man in America

  3. "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future." – John F. Kennedy, former president of the United States

  4. "A man’s worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions." – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, former Roman Emperor

  5. "Those who enter to buy, support me. Those who come to flatter, please me. Those who complain, teach me how I may please others so that more will come. Only those hurt me who are displeased but do not complain. They refuse me permission to correct my errors." – Marshall Field, entrepreneur

  6. "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary" – Vidal Sassoon, entrepreneur

  7. "I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work." – Harry Truman, former U.S. President

  8. "If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don’t! If you want to win, but think you can’t, It’s almost a cinch you won’t. If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost; For out in the world we find Success begins with a fellow’s will; It’s all in the state of the mind. Life’s battles don’t always go To the stronger and faster man, But sooner or later the man who wins Is the man who thinks he can." – Walter D. Wintle

  9. "The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t do." Thomas Edison, inventor and scientist

  10. One can get anything if he is willing to help enough others get what they want. – Zig Ziglar, salesman

  11. Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny. – Chinese Proverb

  12. When all resources; food, wildlife, trees, fuel, are destroyed, man will not be able to eat money. – Native American Proverb

  13. Seek to understand then be understood. – Stephen R. Covey, author

  14. The rich buy assets. The poor only have expenses. The middle class buys liabilities they think are assets. – Robert T. Kiyosaki, author, entrepreneur, investor

  15. Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners. – Robert T. Kiyosaki, author, entrepreneur, investor

Quotes I’ve Written

  1. Find a niche market opportunity, exploit it, then reap the benefits while at all times searching for your next niche to enter, move to make, and edge to employ. – Ryan P. Allis, entrepreneur

  2. If one were to read and learn but never act, they would wallow in stagnation. If one were to act, do, act but never learn, read, improve they would wallow in stagnation in a dearth of inspiration. – Ryan P. Allis, entrepreneur

  3. Learn from the best and never stop learning. Learn actively and know how to learn independently. The brain is one’s biggest investment. YOU are responsible for YOUR education. – Ryan P. Allis, entrepreneur

  4. At a time in your life either the forces of nature or human dream-killers will attempt to take back the sparkle in your eyes and the ambition in your gut. Fight to keep this sparkle and ambition. – Ryan P. Allis, entrepreneur

  5. Life is but a game, however, in this game the rules are not revealed until well into the game; and then, to only those courageous enough to seek them.” – Ryan P. Allis, entrepreneur

  6. “I know I will be _________. Therefore I will be ___________. Fill in the blank.” – Ryan P. Allis, entrepreneur

  7. “Find a want, you’ve found a market. Find a market, then fill the want. Fill the want, you’ll fill your wallet.” – Ryan P. Allis, entrepreneur

  8. “A positive action left undone loses the magic benefit of time: compounding. Do it now.” – Ryan P. Allis, entrepreneur

  9. “The abilities to adapt to change and learn quickly are perhaps two of the most important skills a modern human can have.” – Ryan P. Allis, entrepreneur

  10. “It’s not only what you know; it’s how fast you learn what you don’t know. Creative destruction works in business, markets, and with knowledge.” Ryan P. Allis, entrepreneur

  11. “Not a single person whose name is worth remembering lived a life of ease.” – Ryan P. Allis, entrepreneur

  12. “Just as money compounds, so does knowledge and so do habits.” – Ryan P. Allis, entrepreneur

Note: The following are quotes I’ve written, but are very similar to existing quotes and therefore I’ve not taken credit for them.

  1. “Who you know is equally important as what you know.”

  2. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

  3. “Small people remain small because they think small, act small, or don’t act at all. ”

  4. “85% of success in life is due to the ability to communicate and get along with people.”

  5. “It is what you do with your money after you earn it that makes you rich or poor.”

  6. “Preparation is essential. Understand the game you are playing before you play.”

  7. “Do not rest on your accomplishments, build on them”

  8. “Consistent quality outperforms intermittent excellence.”

  9. “The greatest risk of all is not taking risk while one is young and learning from his or her mistakes.”

  10. “Since the way we learn is by making mistakes, the greatest risk of all it to wait too long to begin making those.”

  11. “The magic combination for business success is: planning + intelligence + hard work + contacts + follow through.”

  12. “If one does not or cannot apply what they’ve learned, they have learned nothing.”

  13. “The world is filled with opportunities just waiting to be found by the energetic and intelligent person who is seeking.”

  14. “Money has no value if you are not happy. Be sure to have fun, enjoy life, and take time for yourself.”

This Entrepreneurship article was written by Ryan P Allis on 2/9/2005

Ryan P. Allis, 20, is the author of Zero to One Million, a guide to building a company to $1 million in sales, and the founder of Ryan is also the CEO of Broadwick Corp., a provider of the permission-based email marketing software and CEO of Virante, Inc., a web marketing and search engine optimization firm. Ryan is an economics major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is a Blanchard Scholar. [learn more.