20 Statements of Encouragement / Advice for Entrepreneurs

Hello everyone! Our first #TwentyTuesdays post to celebrate 20 classes of RMMFI’s Business Launch Boot Camp (BLBC) is full of words of encouragement. Below are 20 statements to inspire you to achieve each of your goals from life to business! We challenge you to write down a few of these statements in places you see most often (Your desk? Planner? Even a sticky-note on your fridge!) as a visual reminder of all you’re capable of (and even pass them along to people in your life who might need a little inspiration!).

As always, BLBC grads and Class #20: We Urge You Endlessly On (#WUYEO)!


  1. Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender, it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. – Stephen Covey
  2. Dreams and reality are opposites. Action synthesizes them. – Assata Shakur
  3. Failure isn’t failure unless you don’t learn from it. – Dr. Ronald Niednagel
  4. If you hear a voice within you saying ‘you are not a painter’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. – Vincent Van Gogh
  5. If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow. – Beyonce Knowles
  6. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. -Mark Twain
  7. Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress. -Seth Godin
  8. When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail and both are equally important. – Ellen Degeneres
  9. Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise. -Ted Turner
  10. The price of inaction is far greater than than cost of a mistake. -Meg Whitman
  11. Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. – M. Scott Peck
  12. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. – Nolan Bushnell
  13. The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance–and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning. – Oprah Winfrey
  14. The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%. -Rob Kalin
  15. The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something. -Seth Godin
  16. Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn
  17. I stand up on my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.  -Robin Williams
  18. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations. -Steve Jobs
  19. Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. – Oprah Winfrey
  20. It’s more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you. —Jason Cohen


By: Marc Retana, RMMFI Intern, and Rachel Levy-Culler, Launch Coordinator


Do you have a favorite quote that motivates you and guides you as you go about your business? (Get it???)