Best Startup Advice From Successful Founders & CEOs

Starting out is scary. In fact, it can be downright terrifying. That’s the price of taking a risk and putting yourself out there. The good news is people are taking those risks every day and a good number of them have reaped the rewards. To help give you some sage advice on your road as an entrepreneur, use these words of wisdom from other successful entrepreneurs to help guide you.

On Failure…

Every entrepreneur has to confront the idea of failure at some point in their venture. Here are some tips on dealing with it.

“I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.”
–Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of

“Don’t worry about failure, you only have to be right once.”
–Drew Houston, founder and CEO of Dropbox

“I’m always afraid of failing. It’s great motivation to work harder.”
–Mark Cuban, businessman, investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks

On Getting Things Done…

Living the good life sounds like the American dream, but the work a “four hour work week“ mentality isn’t going to cut it. Here are some tips on putting in the time to get the job done…

“Easy is a word that’s used to describe other people’s jobs.”
–Jason Fried, co-founder of 37signals (Basecamp)

“The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.”
–Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.”
–Michael Dell, founder of Dell

On Bringing Your Idea Into Fruition…

All talk – no action. As entrepreneurs we dream of a better world and future, not just for ourselves, but for our customers as well. However, it takes more than dream to make things happen. Here are some tips for bringing your ideas into fruition…

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”
–Thomas Edison, co-founder of General Electric

“The key to getting a reputation for being brilliant is actually being brilliant, not just acting like you are.”
–Seth Godin, author and founder of Squidoo

“Anything that is measured and watched, improves.”
–Bob Parsons, founder of Go Daddy

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy. Anybody can complain.”
–Henry Ford, founder Ford Motor Company

Your turn – what’s your favorite business quote?

Jennifer Good writes on many topics related to content marketing, social media, leadership & productivity for leading publications. You can also find her at

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