12 Entrepreneur Quotes You Should Tattoo on Your Arms


I have one tattoo.  Who knows, I may plan to get more.  Maybe I will make my body a shrine to all of the great entrepreneur quotes that inspired me along my journey.

The words of many great leaders, constantly ring in my head.  This is the collection of 12 powerful yet simple quotes that shine light on my path.  There are millions of great quotes, but I believe you will find these quite special.

Do I think every entrepreneur should get these quotes inked on their body?  Obviously it’s your choice, but it is better than some of the weird ass tattoos I have seen people stamp on themselves.

This is permanent.  Life is not.  Even if you do not decide to carry these quotes on your body, I recommend to reference them continually to guide you on your journey to success.

12 Entrepreneur Quotes You Should Consider Getting Tattooed on Your Arms:


  1. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
  2. “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford
  3. “Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.” -Donald Trump
  4. “The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.” -Thomas Babington Macaulay
  5. “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill
  6. “Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” -Stephen R. Covey
  7. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” -Albert Einstein
  8. “Make each day your masterpiece.” -John Wooden
  9. “Choose a job you like and you will never have to work another day in your life.” -Confucius
  10. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
  11. “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” -Benjamin Franklin
  12. “Formal education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune.” -Jim Rohn

Several of these quote bearers are also great authors of my favorite books. I’ve put together a comprehensive reading list here of over 5o of my favorite books that have helped me in my entrepreneurial journey.


So, what entrepreneur quotes did I miss? I’d love to hear from you…

These are some of the best entrepreneur quotes I’ve found. Maybe you won’t tattoo them on your arms, but ones to post up on your wall for sure. There are millions out there to choose from so it’s likely I missed some good ones. So, what are YOUR top entrepreneur quotes to keep you inspired? Suggest them in the comments below and we may include your suggestion in our next update of this post!


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  • WOW… These quotes are absolutely amazing and inspirational

    • Thank you Austin. I appreciate the feedback.

      bradley will

  • RyanOD

    Inscribed on my ring is “This too, shall pass”. I don't know who exactly said it, but it is a lesson for the good time AND bad. As well, I love the words “Gnothi Seuton” or “Know Thyself”. I read this in Eckhart Tolle's book “A New Earth”.

    Great post my friend!


    • The first time I picked up “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, I thought it was crap. It wasn't until a year later when I picked it up that it completely brought me to a new level of thinking (or not-thinking). Turning off the conversation in my head and being more present. Also battling that sometimes evil guy named “Ego.” I am glad you mentioned his new book because there is some great insight in there.

      Thanks for the comment and sharing your favorite quotes.


    • Dgooden1

      this to shall pass, came out of the bible….its an excellent way to look at life when your going thru it:)… 

  • An article from BusinesssWeek.com states:

    “…legions of people out there aren't frightened by the economy. They're called entrepreneurs. And challenges don't make them surrender; they make them fierce. Or consider right now, in companies large and small, new and old, teams of employees are huddled together in meetings working their butts off to figure out how to save their organizations – and the jobs of their co-workers.”
    Thanks for being a partner with the solution for all, Bradley!

    • Wow awesome find Elaine. Do you have the link to that article? I agree we are the people who will turn this country around.

      Thanks for the great comment.

      bradley will

  • Steve

    Love the post Brad(ley?). I found your blog on viralogy because it was top rated today and think you made a great selection. Admittedly, I love a good list of quotes that remind us how we ought to live – but I think you picked the cream of the crop. Looking forward to checking out more from you!

    • Thanks Steve.

      The guys over at viralogy.com are on their way to the top. These quotes really have changed the way I look at life. Want an idea for a cool gift? I engraved some dog tags for my brother with the Gandhi quote “be the change you wish to see in the world” on there. He loves them and wears them everyday as a reminder. Make some of those up and give them to the closest people in your life to show the you care.

      thanks for stopping by,

      bradley will

  • There comes a point in your life when you realize
    who matters,
    who never did,
    who won't anymore…
    and who always will.
    So, don't worry about people from your past,
    there's a reason why they didn't make it to your future.

    • Unbelievable timing on this one Jane! Wow before I read this I was thinking about how my old friends and I have gone different paths. This is an excellent quote. Do you know who this is from?

      bradley will

  • Bradley, Here's one by Guy Kawasaki that I use in my workshops:

    “Entrepreneur is not a job title. It is a state of mind of people who want to alter the future.”

  • Hi Brad:

    Your list of quotes contains a few of my personal favorties. Great choices…Here is a link to my quotes page: http://tinyurl.com/pp4vxr – Feel free to use anything you like.

    Best wishes Brad

    • Thanks Mike. I really like what you have done here!

  • My Addition to it:

    THE ALCHEMIST in a nutshell: observe, recognize, understand and chase your omens. Everything says something if you start reading into it. It'll take you to where you want.

    • Dude, that's on my list. I have heard tremendous things about the Alchemist.

  • “I can not spell success without 'U'.”

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  • How can I have forgotten my favorite one: “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” Socrates

    Maybe I will put this in part 2

  • haha, thats wicked!!


  • stevendreamweaver

    if it's to be it's up to me



  • Good ones. Some of these I've been quoting for years.

  • Love your quotes! I was on your social media call tonight – it was awesome! Thnak you so much!
    Here is one of my favorites:

    “Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.’” –Thomas Huxley

    • Thanks Lou Ann! Glad you enjoyed the webcast. That is a great quote btw.

  • Nirav Mehta

    I have one favourite quote from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, past President of India

    ” The dream is not something you see in sleep….The dream is the thing that doesn't let you sleep…”

    • Wow, I love that. Thanks for sharing!

    • WOW, love it. Most of these I have heard before, but this one is new to me, very powerful and so true. It is a great place to be and if you have never been in this place that the Dr. describes you have never fully lived.

      Thanks for sharing!

  • priyaganesh

    Great quotes to keep us on track.

    “The only thing greater than the power of the mind is the courage of the heart”

  • Jonathan

    “Integrity is the essence of everything.” R. Buckminster Fuller

  • jeansmp

    Begin each day as if it were on purpose – Hitch

    • Hilarious movie with some valuable lessons built in.

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  • Jodi Graber

    You miss 100% of the shot you never take – Wayne Gretzky

  • sandeepojha

    76. Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea. – Jim Rohn

  • Enterpreneur are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.

  • Collective_E

    My business partner has this in her signature line

    Hell, there are no rules here – we're trying to accomplish something.

    -Thomas Edison

  • Tiffany Ogren

    If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney

  • rjan

    Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.
    Abraham Lincoln

    Make it so today is not like yesterday, and tomorrow will be different forever. Anthony Robbins

    Follow Tony Robbins on Twitter if you don't do it already. http://twitter.com/tonyrobbins @tonyrobbins

  • taghreed

    Great quotes, I say for those who can't tattoo their bodeis -like me- should tattoo them in their mind.

  • the alchemist

    “fall down seven times get back up eight times” – japanese proverb that I read in the book The Alchemist

  • “With great power comes great responsibility.” – Spiderman

    • Dave

      Spiderman didn’t say that, uncle Ben said it

  • There is not a rose without a thorn- Fortune Cookie

  • Jal

    90% of success in life is due to the ability to communicate and hitting the right chord with people. — Me 😛

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  • MaireadK

    If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well

  • Great quotes Bradley! Here you have some of my favorite ones:

    “Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.”
    Jim Rohn

    “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my axe”
    Abraham Lincoln

    “You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take”
    Wayne Gretzky

    “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all”
    Peter Drucker

    “Go the extra mile. It's never crowded.”
    Harvey Mackay

  • “Dig where the Gold is, unless of course you just need the exercise”
    – John M. Capozzi

  • “Handle With Care the Hopes and Dreams of Others… to Shatter Anothers Hope is to Steal Their Life” JL

  • My favorite being, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain.

    Some additional quotes for entrepreneurs: http://selfemployedmavens.blogspot.com/2010/01/

  • I am getting ready to get my phoenix tattoo next week.

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  • If you don't believe in yourself. No one else ever will

  • Sensational list Bradley. Quotes are my thing; I'm tweeting them all day and these are a few of my faves too. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Funnily enough, I have “Believe in yourself” tattooed on my arm. This was pulled from an email a friend sent me and helps me every day when I worry I'm just not cut out for this. It helps me get over that REAL fast and then I remember I'm awesome again 😉

  • Melitsa Waage

    Entrepreneurship Is Living a Few Years of Your Life Like Most People Won't, So That You Can Spend the Rest of Your Life Like Most People Can't!

    • sarah

      i love this couldnt be more true!!!! 

    • CelticWarrior9


  • “It's kind of fun to do the impossible.”
    Walt Disney

  • Hi Brad,

    This quote might not ring true for everyone, but it is one that goes in my personal motivation list:

    “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton

  • Hou$ton Hu$tler

    “We are all like tea bags we do not know our own strengths until were in hot water”
    I forgot who wrote it

  • kath

    Inspiration causes motivation
    Motivation causes Determinatiom
    Determination, is when your one step closer to accomplishing your goal


  • Thanks for these quote Bradley, I needed a bit of a pick me up today and you provided just that. -Cheers brother

  • Thanks for these quote Bradley, I needed a bit of a pick me up today and you provided just that. -Cheers brother

  • Bradley, these are all great. I'm not a big fan of tatoos. In fact, I'm 30 and don't have one tattoo on my body. I have seen some great artwork through the years, I have also seen some nonsense. I really can't stand it when people over do it. You know, sometimes you can tell when someone just does it because they can? BUT these quotes are great, man. I say go for it. It's positivity!

  • Sarenokai

    I had to save these quotes because they are some extremely insightful points. I especially like Albert Einstein's quote “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” That goes to show that if you don't like what is happening in your life CHANGE IT.

  • puneet


  • Thanks Brad and congrats on google 1st page 😉

  • love it

  • really like that one

  • You’re cut out for it. I love your blog btw.

  • great additions here Ivan

  • Haha, thanks? And a BIG THANKS, you’re too sweet 🙂

  • Haha, thanks? And a BIG THANKS, you’re too sweet 🙂

  • Doesn’t that one just ring home : )

  • good point puneet

  • Thank you! Glad you liked my post.

  • haha money!

  • hey my pleasure Ryan. You rock dude.

  • Kevin,

    I agree with you. Kinda like this one: http://www.badtattoos.com/tattoos/tattoos_2212.html

    Thanks for the positive feedback and stopping by!

  • I love each one of these, thanks for the inspiration boost! Couple of my favorite ones are –

    It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. ~ Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the USA

    Do one thing every day that scares you. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt, US Diplomat & Reformer

  • Darlene

    Eleanor Roosevelt said – she said it about Women…”Women are like tea bags, you only know how strong they are when you put them in hot water”

  • D Sreekanthreddy

    gr8 job bradley,
    “when the world says ‘GIVE UP’, hope whispers try it ‘ONE MORE TIME’ “

    • Bo0Tz

      The world owes u nothing. All of us have been given the gift of life, and we should treasure it. None of us are here forever. The choices you make define the person you are. If anything we owe the world, to put back in what it can and does offer us. Be thankful for what you have got. Appreciate the people around you, and never give up on yourself …

      • Bo0Tz

        You will never be at peace unless you do so. Nothing in life is free, except for respect, friendship and love. If u put these 3 things alone into life, it will become so much more liveble, for you and everyone around you. Actions speak louder than words! ♥

      • Bo0Tz

        For you will never be at peace unless you do so. Nothing in life is free, except for respect, friendship and love. If u put these 3 things alone into life, it will become so much more liveble, for you and everyone around you. Actions speak louder than words! ♥

  • Kathy Goldman, REVA

    Not one quote I don’t agree with! Keep up the good work.

  • Thank you for your dedication to your work! its quite inspiring!! <3

  • this will make me a successful punk entrepreneur.. very nice indeed

  • Shant_4488

    It’s Great to Achieve Goal. Thank you All my Friends and Legends.
    I am a Business Man and Quotes are Very Important for Those who are not doing Work.
    God Bless Us.
    Thank you
    Prashant Gupta

  • “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

  • Jmartens1982

    I have three, two, I wrote, and one is a writer’s.

    “The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in which direction we are moving.”
    ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

    “I am a believer that you have to do everything wrong, before you can do anything right.”

    “Make fun of me, insult my originality, one day when I look down on you from my success, I will be too busy enjoying life to care that you had doubted me.”

    ~Jolene Shipman-Martens

    • I’m really impressed by the ones you wrote, really really great job!

  • Kimberly

    “If it’s to be, it’s up to me”

  • Dina Jacob

    Great collection of quotes, Bradley! I’m a entrepreneur in my planning stage and was inspired. I’d like to share a couple of my fav quotes by entrepreneurs:
    You reallly need the guts to start. You will never find out if you could have made it work if you didn’t have the guts to start. And find the cheapest, easiest, simplest way to do so. ~Mark Shuttleworth, Founder, Ubuntu Project
    You can read lots of books or blogs about being an entrepreneur but the truth is you’ll really only learn when you get out there and do it. The earlier you make your mistakes the quicker you can get on to building a great company. ~ Mark Suster, Investor, GRP Partners
    (twitter id: dinainks)

    • Thanks for stopping by and sharing your favorites. Just checking in … hows it’s going these days with your ventures @dinainks

  • Great quotes, here is one I like.

    Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. – Maya Angelou

    I find it so true and that is why I find running my online business so rewarding, we sell only the best tasting gluten free foods at http://www.glutensolutions.com for people that have to follow a gluten free diet.

    • Thanks for sharing your favorite and for the blatant self-promotion. Lol. The only reason I am leaving this comment up is that I like gluten free.

  • Dgooden1

    –  your the avg. of the top 5 people you spend the most time with….
    – never give up….but give up on never….basically…there is always ” a way”….
    – your success is determined by the seeds you sow, not the harvest you reap – John Maxwell

    – their is no such thing as failure…..until you choose to quit…
    – if you don’t know where your going, then how do you expect to get there?…
    – money won’t make you happy, but happiness will make you money! – Albert Schwitzer

    – the focus isn’t on becoming a person of success, but being a person of value…
    – if you truly want to understand something….try to change it!
    – the chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautious

    – a conclusion is simply a time, where you got tired of thinking….
    – nothing displays a person’s character more than what they laugh at…
    – you can tell me more about a person, by what others say about them, then what they say about themselves…

    – theirs one thing a person can give and keep…..your word

    ohk i have 100’s of quotes saved…lol…but here is one more…on friendships…

    – a true friend walks in when the rest of the world walks out…

    • Love these. Thanks for sharing your detailed list of your favorites.

      This one speaks to me. “Your success is determined by the seeds you sow, not the harvest you reap” –John Maxwell

      How we do anything is how we do anything. I am learning that putting the hard work can be just as fun as the reward. 😉

  • I love the second quote..

  • Barnett A. Zitron

    “The wise turn chance into fortune.” -Unknown
    “Go out on a limb to get the best fruit.” -Not Sure

    • So true — “Go out on a limb to get the best fruit.”

  • Vinayak

    Great collection. Thanx.

    A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
    – Chanakya

  • Zkhawaja

    is an addiction that can’t be cured.” Zaheen Khawaja

  • the greatest

    I’m getting “I am the Greatest” tattooed on both forearms

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  • Corkhorner

    Jim Rohn:  ‘wherever you are, be there’

  • Dhaval Patel

    You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.
    — Pursuit of Happyness (2006 )

  • WW

    Confrontational Clothing

  • zen

    every obstacle carries with it the seed of an equal or a greater benefit – napoleon hill.

    fortune favours the bold – ancient roman poet.


  • sulab thapa

    I have been in this enterpreneurship thing for last 1yr,and the experiences that i came throughout  this journney was amazing.I for the first time had a reason for living this life of ours that most people live aimless.Even my achievements being not that great one thing that i got was knowledge and a strong purpose + a strong vision…….Atlast i say it made me a good human being…

  • Anonymous

    my fav.saying is”they say curiosity killed the cat,but I say curiosity made me”-s.clohecy i also have it tattooed down my ribs:)

  • This is the quote I have : “Attack life, its going to kill you anyways.”

    As an entrepreneur, I love this list of quotes you have.  Especially Micheal Jordan’s.  Thanks so much for the list, although I think I’m done with tattoos.  They hurt 🙁

    • Thanks for the share. Yeah I think I am one and done too! Lol

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  • Ryan McNulty

    I am a highschool dropout so the last one is very inspiring. But, Napoleon Hill’s, Think and Grow Rich changed my life so im debating getting either or both tattooed.

  • Nathaniel Dizer