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Entrepreneurial success isn’t just an ephemeral dream that either eludes or bestows its graces. Success is earned and won through hardscrabble day-to-day work, and is created out of the fires of your passion and dedication. It requires your best, and sometimes, that is just too much.

Fortunately, there are many successful, wise people who have walked the path of success before you. Their wisdom and advice can bring even the most downtrodden back to life. Here are some of the best motivational quotes I have heard, to help you continue down your path to success, especially when the going gets tough.

1. “This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” Maya Angelou

2. “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” Henry Ford

3. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, and nerves — every part of your body — be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” –Swami Vivekananda

4. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

5. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” Albert Einstein

6. “If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents — start charging for it.” Kim Garst

7. “You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.” Henry David Thoreau

8. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb

9. “Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.” Russell Warren

10. “Act now. There is never any time but now, and there never will be any time but now.” Wallace Wattles

11. “Vision without action is just a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. But vision with action can change the world.” Nelson Mandela

12. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

13. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” George Addair

14. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle

15. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Alan Kay

16. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” Jim Rohn

17. “Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

18. “When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.” Estee Lauder

19. “The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” Michelangelo

20. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life — and that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan

21. “Critical feedback is the breakfast of champions. Defensiveness is the dinner of losers.” Dharmesh Shah

22. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Zig Ziglar

23. “Just remember: the people that say, “your dreams are impossible” have already quit on theirs.” Grant Cardone

24. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie

25. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Thomas Jefferson

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