100 Uplifting quotes from the world’s greatest business minds


We all hit a roadblock or two (or a hundred) on our path to success. When that happens, it’s often reassuring to turn to some of the world’s greatest business minds in search for some much-needed comfort and advice.

After all, these are your kin. Although each entrepreneur’s story is unique, today’s industry leaders have walked in your shoes and somehow against all the odds, managed to strike gold.

So when you’re in desperate need of some instant inspiration, who better to consult than your business heroes?

Timeless Advice

The good folks at Funding Circle love those bite-sized pieces of entrepreneurial wisdom as much as the next guy. That’s why they recently published “100 Brilliant Minds and What They Said,” an infographic featuring both famous and relatively obscure quotes from many of the biggest names in business history.

In collaboration with a very talented illustrator Jordi Machi, the project also includes quirky caricatures of all thought leaders mentioned, and there’s even a quiz!

All quotes are neatly separated into 4 distinct categories – Business Approach, Philosophical, Attitude, Success and Failure. Depending on the current stage of your company or its future aspirations, there’s pretty much something for everyone.

For example, if you’re struggling with recruitment and HR, consider this quote from Soichiro Honda: ‘If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don’t particularly like.’

On the other hand, if you’re uncertain about being cut out to be an entrepreneur in the first place, you might want to listen to what Dell’s CEO, Michael Dell has to say: ‘You don’t need to be a genius or a visionary, or even a college graduate for that matter, to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.’

While this claim sounds like just another motivational poster, there are actual stats to back it up. According to a recent analysis of the top 100 billionaires today, 24% have no higher education whatsoever. All that matters in the end, is having a sound idea and letting nothing stop you.

Finally, many aspiring startups have been conditioned to fear and consciously avoid any tangible failure they may encounter on their way to business stardom. Virgin’s own Richard Branson disagrees with that sentiment: ’You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and falling over.’

The graphic features ageless advice from a wide variety of successful business people, including everyone from Bill Gates and Henry Ford to Coco Chanel and Posh Spice. Follow their lead and who knows – young entrepreneurs might just be looking to you for inspiration one day.