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What’s the difference between entrepreneurs and “wantrepreneurs”? Entrepreneurs actually get started. Yes, success and failure are not the metrics by which entrepreneurs are measured. Rather, it is whether or not they actually set out to build an impactful company that defines their entrepreneurial qualities.

If you’re someone who wants to build a startup but doesn’t know how to start, the best thing for you to do is to just start.

Still not ready to begin?

Then maybe hearing this advice from some of history’s greatest thinkers, innovators, and artists will motivate you to start your entrepreneurial journey.

  1. "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." - Pablo Picasso

  2. "Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try." - Jack Canfield

  3. “You can't plan for everything or you never get started in the first place.” - Jim Butcher

  4. "Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt

  5. “Start before you’re ready.” - Steven Pressfield

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

  7. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” - Les Brown

  8. “Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.” - Ray Bradbury

  9. “You don't have to be good to start ... you just have to start to be good!” - Joe Sabah

  10. "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney

  11. "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  12. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.” - Beverly Sills

  13. “You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.” - Henry Ford

  14. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” - Walt Disney

  15. “The hardest thing about getting started, is getting started.” - Guy Kawasaki

  16. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” - Mark Twain

  17. “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” - Jack London

  18. “The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.” - Dawson Trotman

  19. "Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs." - Farrah Gray

  20. "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." - Henry Ford

  21. “If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started.” - Drew Houston

  22. "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  23. "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." - Les Brown

  24. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do." - Mark Twain

  25. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” - Lao Tsu

  26. “It's time to start living the life you've imagined.” - Henry James

  27. “The beginning is always NOW.” - Roy Bennett

  28. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” - George Eliot

  29. “All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney

  30. “The only thing that stands between you and grand success in living are these two things: getting started and never quitting!” - Robert H. Schuller

  31. “What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  32. “The greatest time wasted, is the time getting started.” - Dawson Trotman

  33. “The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.” - Vance Havner

  34. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” - Sally Berger

  35. “He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.” - Horace

  36. “The distance is nothing; it's only the first step that is difficult.” - Marquise du Deffand

  37. “We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.” - Calvin Coolidge

This should (hopefully) be enough incentive to get you started on your dream company, which means that now is the time to roll up your sleeves and crack your knuckles, and get out there and change the world already!

Afterall, what’s there to stop you?

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