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25 Secrets From Exceptional Entrepreneurs to Help You Succeed

“Do something you are very passionate about…don’t chase the hot passion of the day.”

Jeff Bezos – Amazon

“When you start a business you don’t want to go after giant markets you want to go after small markets and you want to take over those markets quickly.”

Peter Thiel – PayPal

“It’s very rewarding when you work on something you think will make a difference…passion that one might bring with it brings so much more energy to it that you are more likely to succeed.”

Sergey Brin – Google

“Don’t think about how do I get big fast…think about what is the best way to build something important that the world really needs?

Danae Ringelmann – Indiegogo

“You should spend your money on teaching instead of marketing.”

Jason Fried – Basecamp

“Seek constant well-thought-out critique.”

Elon Musk – Tesla

“Most startups fail because they did not make something that people wanted.”

Paul Graham – Y Combinator

“When you have an idea, don’t keep it as a secret, talk to people about it. Your idea is not the competitive advantage.”

Reid Hoffman – LinkedIn

“Do exceptional things for your users.”

Alexis Ohanian – Reddit

“You should find a great partner no matter what it is that you are doing. Look for someone who has very high intelligence, high energy, and high integrity.”

Naval Ravikant – Angellist

“You have to be a great listener. You have to be a great motivator. You have to be very good at praising and looking for the best in people.

Richard Branson – Virgin

“Don’t let other people distract you from what you are doing. When you build something that you like to use there is a good chance that thousands of other people want to use it too.”

Dennis Crowley – foursquare

“You don’t have to be the best. Just know enough to be dangerous. Concept it and show it to the world.”

Kevin Systrom – Instagram

“Don’t let people who you may respect and who you believe know what they’re talking about tell you that it can’t be done.”

Pierre Omidyar – eBay

“One of the things that I do is I question a lot of things. Ask yourself, given everything you have today. is there a way to make this better?”

Daniel Ek – Spotify

“If you are not having doubts, you are not pushing the boundaries far enough.”

Tony Fadell – Nest

I don’t believe that you have to have a home run on your first start. Build things at first for yourself that you would want.”

Steve Wozniak – Apple

“People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you are doing and it’s totally true and the reason is because it’s so hard that if you don’t any rational person would give up.”

Steve Jobs – Apple

“That hardest thing to do is start. Everyone has an idea, but it’s really about executing the idea.”

Jack Dorsey – Twitter, Square

“You have to have an emotional investment in what you are doing. If you don’t love what you are doing failure is pretty much guaranteed success is not.”

Biz Stone – Twitter

“People that look for great ideas to make money aren’t nearly as successful as those who say what do I really love to do?”

Michael Dell – Dell

“Don’t underestimate anyone you come across.”

Chris Sacca – LOWERCASE capital

If I am not coming up with ten ideas a day then my idea muscle will atrophy.”

James Altucher – Stockpickr

“If you believe enough then you will see it…other people will believe in it.”

Guy Kawasaki – Apple

If you know exactly what you wanna be you need to spend as much time with people that are that already.”

Gary Vaynerchuk – Wine Library

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George Meszaros is the editor and co-founder of Success Harbor where entrepreneurs learn about building successful companies. Success Harbor is dedicated to document the entrepreneurial journey through interviews, original research, and unique content. George Meszaros is also co-founder of Webene, a web design and digital marketing agency.

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