Wisdom Under 40 – 10 Inspirational Quotes From Young Entrepreneurs

We’ve narrowed this down to our top ten favorite quotes by young entrepreneurs to have you feeling enlightened and inspired. 


  1. “To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.” – Catherine Cook, MyYearbook

Catherine founded My Yearbook in 2005. One year later it had over one million users and in recent years has continued to be one of the 25 most trafficked websites in the US.

      2. “I find it best to dive right in and learn the hard way.” – Pete Cashmore, Mashable 

Pete founded Mashable in 2005 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland when he was 19. He was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012.  In addition, Pete was featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list, named one of Ad Age’s 2011 influencers, and was named a Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum. 

    3. “People tend to think that in order to start a new business they have to come up with something new and dazzling, but that’s a myth – and it’s often propagated by venture capitalists.” – Gurbaksh Chahal, RadiumOn

By age 25, Chahal founded two internet advertising companies, ClickAgents and BlueLithium. He is also the founder of RadiumOne and Gravity4.

     4. “I suffer from the delusion that every product of my imagination is not only possible, but always on the cusp of becoming real.” – Sean Parker, Napster

Sean is the founder of Napster, the co-founder of Plaxo, Causes, Airtime.com, and Brigade. He also served as the first president of Facebook. 

     5. “I think I was very naïve early on, but that also meant I didn’t know what couldn’t be done.” – Matt Mickiewicz, 99 Designs

Matt is the co-founder of a variety of websites including Flippa, 99designs, Sitepoint, and Hired.

     6. “The earlier you start, the more time you have to mess up.” – Emil Motycka, Motycka Enterprises

At 8 years old, Emil Motycka started mowing lawns. By the time he was 13, he had taken out his first loan  — $8,000 to purchase a new lawnmower. Emil has been honored by the White House for his entrepreneurial achievements along with recognized by Entrepeuner.com and Inc. Magazine.

     7. “There’s no committee that says, ‘This is the type of person who can change the world – and you can’t.’ Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step is figuring out how you’re going to do it.” – Adora Svitak, Flying Fingers

Adora was first published in 2006 at the age of 8. She has held an inspiring campaign for literacy and her passion is ensuring other children are able to use technology to learn.

      8. “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% from day one, but there’s always small progress that can be made to start the movement.” – Kevin Systrom, Instagram

Kevin is an American computer programmer and the co-founder of Instagram. He was included on the list of America’s Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40 2016

     9. “If you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress,”-  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

Zuckerberg is best known for co-founding and leading Facebook, Inc. He also co-founded and maintains his board member status of solar sail spacecraft development project called Breakthrough Starshot.

     10.  “It’s not about how many years of experience you have. It’s about the quality of your years of experience.” – Jacob Cass, Logo of the Day

Jacob, a graphic designer in New York, has been featured in business magazines including Forbes and Entrepreneur along with design books including The Best of Logo Lounge Master Series. He has many notable clients including Nintendo, Disney, and Jerry Seinfield. 

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