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Top 5 Inspirational Movie Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Written by Elle Wilson, guest contributor.

Movies make you think out of box. They make you question yourself and look back at your life or even see your future. Indeed, there’s nothing more powerful than an inspiring film that leaves you wanting to be your best and try a little harder tomorrow. While there are some truly motivating quotes from real people out there, there’s still wisdom to be shared through the words of great movie characters. Here are the five best film quotes that will get entrepreneurs pumped up and ready to take action. 1

“Don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream; you’ve got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves; they want to tell you that you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” - Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness The entrepreneur’s path isn’t a straightforward one. It zigs and zags. You’ll experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. You’ll make lots of sacrifices. You’ll make plenty of mistakes. Other people are always going to be there to tell you it’s a bad idea, or you can’t do it, and that you shouldn’t even try. It’s up to you to ultimately to make the choice for yourself that you’re going to succeed.


“Do or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back Yoda is the Dalai Lama of the Star Wars universe. His stylish robes and cool walking stick were a nod to his transcendent wisdom and Buddhist philosophies. It’s only a few words, but therein lies the simple truth of the matter: If you want to do it, do it. Give it your best. Give it your all. It’s that hard and it’s that easy.


“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” - Jimmy Dugan, A League of Their Own The hard parts are truly what make the entrepreneur’s path great. The times you fall and get back up is when you find the inner strength that will carry you through even greater trials. The struggles you encounter will equip you with natural “opportunity lenses” to reframe every obstacle you see. That’s why everyone isn’t an entrepreneur. This path requires mountains of courage and boatloads of confidence.

4. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” - Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Admittedly, the path of entrepreneurship is a tough climb, but you shouldn’t forget to have some fun. Life does move fast so don’t just keep your nose on the grindstone or you’ll miss the scenery. If you don’t take some time out from your busy schedule, you might push right past the great love of your life or miss out on the chance to develop lifelong friendships. There’s more to life than work. Love, family, experiences, travel and friendships are other key components of life, too.


“Live! Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”

- Mame Dennis, Auntie Mame

Perhaps the most inspiring quote of all, this classic line from the 1958 film is a true call to action for entrepreneurs. The great part of being a business owner is that it allows you to feast on the banquet of your life’s great adventures. Don’t starve yourself! Fill up your plate with all the experiences that life has to offer!