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Inspiration for Innovation

Budding business owner? Excited to be an entrepreneur? Starting your own company can be intimidating but exhilarating. But if you’ve got great leadership skills, entrepreneurial attitude, and a great business idea, it might just be for you.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, look no further. We’ve brought together some wise words from ten people who have risen to the top of the business world.

“What I’ve really learned over time is that optimism is a very important part of leadership.”
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney

“I didn't get where I am by thinking about it or dreaming it. I got there by doing it.”
Estee Lauder

“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 Amazon

“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”
Oprah Winfrey, Entertainer and Entrepreneur

“You have to do what you dream of doing even while you’re afraid.”
Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple

“Failure is an enigma. You worry about it, and it teaches you something.”
James Dyson

“Done is better than perfect.”
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

“If you’ve got an idea, start today. There’s no better time than now to get going. That doesn’t mean quit your job and jump into your idea 100 percent from day one, but there’s always small progress that can be made to start the movement.”
Kevin Systrom, Founder of Instagram

“Whatever you do, be different—that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.”
Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop


Want to learn the basics behind starting and leading your own business? Our Introduction to Leadership and Management and Introduction to Entrepreneurship courses will help you identify the strengths and areas for improvement in both your own skill set and your business approach.