Being an entrepreneur is all about spirit. It’s one thing to start a business, it’s another to wake up every single day with the motivation and grit to grow that business and move it forward. Beyond that, it takes a true entrepreneur to inspire others. An entrepreneur is a leader and a leader has to not only guide their team, but inspire them to work harder. A leader has to have the spirit of an entrepreneur and vice versa.

jason and lakisha williamsHere are 5 quotes that can inspire the entrepreneurial spirit in you.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr. 

When you have your own business, you’re going to spend the majority of your time facing seemingly insurmountable challenges. Not all businesses are successful, and no business is successful right away. It’s in these times of hardship that you can truly learn what you’re made of.

“To have long-term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way” – Pat Riley

When you’re a business leader you simply have to be obsessed. You have to be obsessed with an idea, and you have to be obsessed with your work. An entrepreneur can’t be 100% dedicated to his business. You have to strive for at least 110%

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd” – Max Lucado

There are times, especially when you first start a business, when it can seem like the whole world is against you. Not everyone will love what you’re doing, and it may seem like you have no support, but you’re dedicated to something bigger. In order to drive your idea forward you have to stop listening to the people who are telling you you can’t.

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader” – Dolly Parton

Being a leader isn’t just about being at the top of the ladder. It’s not just about telling people what to do or being in charge. A great leader makes their whole team rise above their own expectations. When you inspire others to be better, or to do better, then you can call yourself a leader.

Jason and Lakisha Williams“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou

This quote expresses precisely what entrepreneurship is all about. When you dream up a big idea, through hard work and dedication you can make it happen. You can make it a reality for yourself and for the incalculable amount of people it may affect. Your fantasy can become a million realities.

“It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.” – Adlai E. Stevenson II

Confidence is king in the business world. If you don’t have full confidence in what you’re doing, people will sense that. It’s impossible to be a leader and a business owner if you’re not putting your full confidence and merit into every single day.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

One of the hardest, yet most important aspects of owning a business is getting people on your team who you have to trust with control over certain things. When you first start out, you may be doing absolutely everything. As your team grows, however, you have to learn how to give up control over everything and focus on the bigger picture.

All of these quotes get to the core of what entrepreneurial spirit is about. Having an idea, making that idea a business, and then growing that business into a success takes a lot of perspiration. However, it also takes some inspiration.