8 Quotes From Leaders That Will Inspire You

September 8, 2014 / Reading: 3 minutes

As a business owner, you always try to live up to everyone’s expectations, and while that is impossible to achieve, you should always listen to your customers as their feedback can help you build a product that is adapted to their needs.

Having said that, sometimes you will need to make the best decision that aligns with your vision and stick to it in order to be successful. Nobody understood this better than industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company, who famously said:

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses.’Henry Ford

During his June 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, the late Steve Jobs delivered one of the most compelling, thought-provoking and inspirational addresses:

Your time is limited, so 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 other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, 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

An entrepreneur without funding is a musician without an instrument. Robert A. Rice Jr.

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

Entrepeneuship requires a lot of resilience in the face of adversity. However, even if you try and fail, you can learn a great deal from your failures. No quote illustrates this better than the one by renowned inventor Thomas Edison. The story goes that he failed more than 1,000 times when trying to create the light bulb. (The story is often told as 5,000 or 10,000 times depending on the version.) When asked about it by a New York Times reporter, he apparently said:

I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.Thomas Edison

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, growing his company to a market capitalization of 200 billion dollars in the span of 10 years. When asked about the reason for his success, he said that he puts high emphasis on innovation, with his prime directive being:

Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.Mark Zuckerberg

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. Wayne Gretzky

And we end with this quote from hall of famer and arguably one of the greatest and most successful football coaches of all time (mind you he never had a losing season as a head coach in the NFL):

Winners never quit and quitters never win.Vince Lombardi