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Here are 20 entrepreneur quotes to keep you going when the going gets tough...

1. “ Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

– Steve Jobs, Co-founder, CEO, Chairman Apple Inc.

2. “My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had — every day I’m learning something new.”

-Richard Branson, founder Virgin Group

3. “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”

– Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor

4. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

– Steve Jobs, Co-founder, CEO, Chairman Apple Inc.

5. “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.”

-Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO Amazon

6. “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.”

– Henry Ford, Founder Ford Motor Company

7. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.”

– Mary Kay Ash, Founder Mary Kay Cosmetics

8. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.”

– Richard Branson, founder Virgin Group

9. “When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.”

-Josh James, co-founder and CEO Omniture, founder and CEO Domo

10. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”

– Scott Belsky, co-founder Behance

11. “Entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.”

– David Karp, founder and CEO Tumblr

12. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.”

– Seth Godin, founder Squidoo

13. “When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.’”

– Tom Preston-Werner, co-founder Github

14. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”

– Reid Hoffman, co-founder LinkedIn

15. “I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars — I look for 1-foot bars that I can step over.”

– Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO Berkshire Hathaway

16. “In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.”

– Steve Case, co-founder AOL

17. “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”

– Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief The Huffington Post Media Group

18. “Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.”

– Sara Blakely, founder SPANX

19. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.”

-Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO

20. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

– Walt Disney, founder Disney

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Marley Dias; Founder, #1000blackgirlbooks

As the 12-year-old founder of #1000blackgirlbooks, Dias has, to-date, collected over 10,000 books featuring black female protagonists. Her work has led her many places, including the White House, where she spoke at the United State of Women Summit alongside Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

It's safe to assume that most of our teen years includes a few rough moments and a lot of fun times. But what they failed to include was a mention on the forbes 30 under 30 list. In fact, it’s somewhat rare for a teen to earn a spot on the list, but 13-year-old Marley Dias managed to do it. And when you learn more about her, you’ll just wonder why she didn’t make it onto the list sooner.

At 11 you were probably crushing on that little cute boy in your class or losing your tooth or yearning for Christmas clothing. Marley did something different with her time. At the ripe age of 11, Dias launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, aiming to make sure that everyone had access to books that featured black girl protagonists. The idea came to her when she was talking to her mom and realizing that so many of her books featured “white boys and dogs.” Instead of simply accepting it, she decided to change things up and find ways to add much-needed diversity to the children’s literature that people had access to.

"I told [my mom] I was going to start a book drive, and a specific book drive, where black girls are the main characters in the book and not background characters or minor characters," Dias explained to PhillyVoice. She was tired of reading books where black girls are minor characters. What do you do when you get tired of how something is?

Since she’s gotten so involved with books, she even decided to write her own — Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! was released on January 30th, and is already a #1 best-seller on Amazon. In the book, which includes an introduction by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, children can learn about important topics like social justice and activism. Pretty much, Dias is making sure that kids know they can make a difference.

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      NEW YORK – Nov. 13, 2018 – Forbes today released the eighth annual “30 Under 30” list, featuring 600 young innovators, entrepreneurs and risk-takers who are putting a new twist on what it means to be a leader for the next generation.  The Forbes class of 2019 30 Under 30 list, includes 30 honorees for each of the 20 categories.


“After nearly a decade, the Forbes 30 Under 30 list has become the most trusted index identifying the next generation of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and game-changers throughout the world,” said Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer, Forbes and creator of the Forbes Under 30 franchise. “Our honorees have already begun implementing fundamental change in their respective industries, and they’ve only just begun."


The 2019 list features a diverse and unique panel of honorees, with more than nineteen percent identifying as immigrants and more than thirty-eight percent identifying as first-generation citizens. Thirty-four percent of these list members live and work on the East Coast and thirty-three percent on the West Coast. More than fifth-five percent of the list are founders or co-founders and the group has collectively raised well over $1 billion in funding.



Each of the 20 categories has a featured call-out. The call-outs on the 2019 “30 Under 30” list include:


Art & Style: Sarah Staudinger, Fashion Designer, STAUD; Consumer Technology: Daria Rebenok, Co-founder, Grabr; Education: Rebecca Kantar, Founder, Imbellus; Energy: Raj Mistry, Co-founder, Lynx Resource Partners; Enterprise Technology: Gregory Rockson, Co-founder & CEO, mPharma; Finance: Nader Al-Naji, CEO, Intangible Labs; Food & Drink: Maya French, Co-founder, Koia; Games: Delane Parnell, Founder, PlayVS; Healthcare: Trevor Martin, Co-founder, Mammoth Bio-sciences; Hollywood & Entertainment: Liza Koshy, comedian and actress; Law & Policy: Nicholas Cortes, Co-founder, Atrium; Manufacturing & Industry: Alex Rodrigues, Co-founder, Embark; Marketing & Advertising: Nadia Masri, Founder, Perksy; Media: Brandon Deyo, Co-founder, Mars Reel; Music: Russ, singer & songwriter; Retail & E commerce: Kory Stevens, Co-founder, Taft; Science: Devaki Raj, Co-founder, CrowdAI; Social Entrepreneurs: Ryan Pandya, Co-founder, Perfect Day; Sports: Blake Griffin, Power Forward for the Detroit Clippers, National Basketball Association; and Venture Capital: Adina Tecklu, Co-Head, Canaan Beta.


All under 30 years old, the honorees were vetted during an extensive three-layer process that leveraged the knowledge and authority of Forbes’ wide-reaching community, skilled reporters and expert judges.  Over the past eight years, Forbes has grown a 30 Under 30 alumni network of more than 5,000 individuals throughout the world. The names within this network exemplify Forbes’ longstanding reputation of spotlighting up-and-coming revolutionaries and trailblazers who are positioned to implement real change across a variety of industries.


More than 15,000 online submissions were received for only 600 slots, making it a 4 percent acceptance rate. Forbes collaborated with expert judges in each category, including Musa Tariq in Marketing, Jeanie Buss and Martellus Bennett in Sports, Tory Burch in Art & Style, Anil Agarwal in Retail & E-commerce, Andy Fang in Consumer Tech, Liz Claman and Jon Steinbergin Media, Allison Schroeder and Fowler Jermaine in Hollywood & Entertainment, Marshmello in Music, Nic Jammet and Lee Schrager in Food & Drink, Jean Case in Social Entrepreneurs, Austin McChord in Enterprise Technology, David Axelrod in Law & Policy and Brian Sheth in Finance to create a distinctive list of 600 youthful visionaries and disruptors, all of whom represent the entrepreneurial spirit of the Forbes Under 30 franchise.


For the complete list, feature stories and exclusive videos, visit:                                                          

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Many of the world’s billionaires had fortunes already laid down for them to build on. Although this makes life a lot easier for the few opportuned individuals, many others who attained this billionaire status built everything from nothing.

In Africa, there are a few billionaires who built multi-billion dollar empires from absolutely nothing and non-wealthy beginnings. These wealthy African entrepreneurs, through their success stories, have given hope to thousands of smart and determined young Africans willing to put in the effort to someday reach the self-made billionaire dollar status.

While not everyone can someday be labeled a billionaire, some eventually will, and many others will become millionaires and multi-millionaires.

The short stories of these 5 successful African entrepreneurs will drive a sense of purpose to many who read this, and perhaps, set you up better motivated to strive for even greater achievements.

1). Mike Adenuga:

This Nigerian billionaire is stipulated by the Forbes billionaire list 2017, to be worth about $6.1 billion U.S dollars. He’s the second wealthiest Nigerian, after Aliko Dangote, and also owns the second largest telecoms operator in Nigeria, with locations in Ghana, and the Benin Republic.

Born on the 29th of April 1953 to Michael Agbolade Adenuga, a school teacher, he received his secondary education in Ibadan, Nigeria. Upon proceeding to the University, he worked as a taxi driver to help fund his education, and eventually graduated from the Northwestern Oklahoma University and the Pace University, New York, with degrees in Business Administration.

When Adenuga returned from America to Nigeria, he took over his mother’s small business and sold laces, coca-cola products, and other commodities. As he grew the business to sustainable heights, his revenues rose, till the venture became a larger enterprise.

In 1990, he got an oil drilling license from the Nigerian government and realized he had struck gold, when in 1991, his company discovered oil in the shallow waters of south western Ondo state, in Nigeria.

Today, the rest is history, as he has investments in Telecommunications, Banking, Oil & Gas, and several other sectors of the Nigerian economy.


2). Folorunsho Alakija:

Mrs. Alakija is the wealthiest Nigerian woman, and also the second wealthiest African woman with a personal net worth of about $1.61 billion U.S dollars, according to the Forbes billionaire list 2017. She has investments in fashion, oil, and the printing industries.

Alakija was born in 1951 to Chief L.A Ogbara in Lagos State, Nigeria. At the age of seven, she relocated to the United Kingdom to engage in a four-year primary school education program. After returning to Nigeria, she traveled yet again to London to study fashion.

When she was finally done with her fashion education, she returned to Nigeria and started working as an executive secretary at Sijuade Enterprises. She later moved on to another company and worked for some years before establishing a tailoring company called Supreme Stitches. Her tailoring business got popular over the years, and subsequently, its in-house brand, Rose of Sharon House of Fashion, became a household name among the Nigerian elites.

In 1993, she applied for an oil prospecting license from the Nigerian government. The license was granted to her company, Famfa Oil, which is situated on a 617,000 acre block, now referred to as OPL 216.

Alakija’s success-story shows one who always takes advantages of opportunities at the right time. From the success of her fashion line, she was able to venture into the oil business, and is today one of the most powerful women in the world. 

3). Patrice Motsepe:

Patrice Motsepe is a South African mining magnate. Born on the 28th of January, 1962, to a school teacher turn businessman, Augustine Motsepe, Patrice grew up learning a lot of his basic entrepreneurial knowledge from his father.

After earning a bachelor of arts from the University of Swaziland and a law degree from the University of Witswatersrand, he became the first black person to rise to the position of partner in the law firm Bowman Gilfillan, in 1994.

At that time, his area of focus was in mining and business law, where he saw an opportunity, and so founded a mining services business to clean gold dust from inside mine shafts.

In 1997, with the price of gold low at the time, he purchased marginal gold mines at a favourable cost, and subsequently started a string of purchases by buying operating mines, which eventually led to his optimal wealth.

As of 2017, according to the Forbes billionaire list, Patrice’s net worth is estimated to be placed at about $1.81 billion U.S dollars.

4). Mohamed Al-Fayed:

Mohamed is a business mogul born and raised in Egypt. Also born to a school teacher, he made his first trial at entrepreneurship by selling home-made lemonade at school. Many years later, he founded a shipping company with his brothers in Egypt, and later moved its operating base to Genoa, Italy, with other offices in London.

In the mid 1960’s, Al-Fayed got in acquaintance with the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Al Makhtoum, who later entrusted him with a part responsibility in helping to transform Dubai. Given this task, Al-Fayed brought in construction companies like the Costain Group, Taylor Woodrow, and Sunley & Sons to execute the construction project.

He later went on to become a financial advisor to the Sultan of Brunei, Omar Ali Saifuddien III, in 1966.

Mohamed Al-Fayed, according to the Forbes billionaire list 2017, is estimated to be worth about $1.82 billion U.S Dollars, and resides in Geneva, Switzerland.

5). Koos Bekker:

Koos Bekker is the founder and chairman of the African media group, Naspers. The company is located in about 130 countries, and is listed both on the London & South African stock exchange.

Koos was born in South Africa on December 14th, 1952. He got his bachelors degrees from Stellenbosch University in Law and Literature, and Wits University in Law. He later got an MBA from the Columbia Business School, and as a result of a project paper, he and some of his friends founded the first pay-tv service (M-Net, Multi-Choice, and more) outside of the United States. He’s also one of the founding directors of the largest telecommunication company in Africa, MTN.

According to the Forbes billionaire list 2017, Koos Bekker is estimated to be worth about $2.1 billion U.S dollars.

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I used to call myself an ‘Aspiring Entrepreneur’ and by definition, I still am.

I still want to start a business, to create something that solves a problem in the world. But I recently realized that I should not necessarily be embracing this title. It’s not nearly as glamorous as it seems.

Anyone and everyone can be an entrepreneur.

It’s been said a million times that the best way to learn in business is to simply start something. So really, if you want to be an entrepreneur, what’s stopping you? First, let’s explore some common excuses…

I’m a Student

There’s some merit to this. Traditionally, students have been expected to make learning and developing skills their first priority. This hasn’t changed to date, but I believe we are seeing more flexibility in how students go about learning.

You see plenty of students take on projects and side-businesses both small and large during their time at university. This allows them to gain valuable hands-on experience, even if the venture doesn’t turn into the next Facebook.

Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves — Cesar Chavez

I Haven’t Found My Passion

What if you’re still figuring things out and haven’t necessarily found something that you’re passionate enough to go all in on?

The most successful businesses are centered around a problem that someone is passionate about solving, so maybe there’s something to this.

To be fair though, we all have things we’re passionate about, whether we know it or not. Instead of asking yourself, ‘What am I passionate about?’, try asking, ‘What excites me most?’.

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” — Oprah Winfrey

I’m Not Ready

This is probably the most dangerous excuse out there. A seemingly infinite amount of people are stuck thinking that they don’t have the technical or business chops to start something.

However, as we mentioned before, the best way to develop this entrepreneurial skillset is by getting hands-on experience. This creates a crossroads that leads to paralysis by analysis and inaction.

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready.” — Hugh Laurie

Back to the Point

So with all this in mind, there really isn’t any great reason why you, me, or anyone else should still be ‘aspiring’ to be an entrepreneur right now.

The barrier for entry isn’t overwhelming by any means. It’s actually quite low. If you really want to be an entrepreneur, start something. If you don’t want to right now, then don’t.

However, by using the commonly adapted title, ‘Aspiring Entrepreneur’, it alludes to the fact that you want to start something right now and aren’t doing it for some defensible reason (as shown earlier, generally, there are none).

At the end of the day, I’m still talking about a fairly trivial word choice right now. However, I believe it holds a bit more weight than that though.

I think this can be applied to a number of things:

First and foremost, if you want to present yourself in a certain way, make sure you’re being honest with yourself.

Second, if you want something, don’t slap an ‘Aspiring’ label on it and call it a work in progress, especially if you’re not actively taking steps to accomplish that goal.

Don’t be one of the many wannabe-entrepreneurs out there.

The harsh reality is that if you want to start a business and you aren’t doing it right now on some scale, then you’re missing out on a valuable experience.

So I advise you to do one of two things:

Begin to take steps to start that business you’ve been pondering or solve that problem you’re passionate about.

Be honest with yourself about if you really want this right now.

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An entrepreneur can be simply defined as a risk-taking-business person. somebody who initiates or finances new commercial enterprises. 

An entrepreneur can decide to be the sole owner of his/her business or have partners or investors.

Most simply understood, an entrepreneur is someone who identifies his/her needs, sets goals and seek for profitable means to attain such goals.

Though this may explain what drives people into entrepreneurial activities; it provides little insight into the specific character traits and attributes that make a person thrive as an entrepreneur.

So before storming into your bosses office to drop your resignation letter to pursue and nurture that idea brewing in the back of your mind; stop for a second to  consider if you have the necessary constitution to make it as an entrepreneur. 

People have their different reasons for joining the entrepreneur wagon;

-There are those people who really have ideas that doesn't match their job description and so they need space away from the office to grow their ideas.

- There are some others who simply detest a white collar job with all its vices.

- Then there are those few who simply just want to be called entrepreneurs.

Whether you really have ideas or hating-on-the-white-collar-job or you are just joining the band wagon, you should know what makes a truly successful entrepreneur.

Here's what 20 company founders and business leaders told Business News Daily about what they think makes a truly successful entrepreneur. 

1. What sets [entrepreneurs] apart is the will, courage and sometimes recklessness to actually do it." – Derek Hutson, CEO of Datical

2. "Entrepreneurship is the persistent progression towards an innovative solution to a key problem. It's the constant hunger for making things better and the idea that you are never satisfied with how things are." – Debbie Roxarzade, founder and CEO of Rachel's Kitchen

3. "At its core, [entrepreneurship] is a mindset – a way of thinking and acting. It is about imagining new ways to solve problems and create value. Fundamentally, entrepreneurship is about ... the ability to recognize [and] methodically analyze [an] opportunity, and ultimately, to capture [its] value." – Bruce Bachenheimer, clinical professor of management and executive director of the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University 

4. "It is important to balance strong vision with a willingness to embrace change. The ability to listen, whether it be to the opinions of customers or employees, is also integral to success. While ... you must have the confidence to make your own choices, it is still incredibly important not to become detached from the people whose needs you are trying to meet. – Tirath Kamdar, founder and CEO of TrueFacet

5. "Being an entrepreneur is like heading out into uncharted territory. It's rarely obvious what to do next, and you have to rely on yourself a lot when you run into problems. There are many days when you feel like things will never work out and you're operating at a loss for endless months. You have to be able to stomach the roller coaster of emotions that comes with striking out on your own." – Amanda Austin, founder and president of  Little Shop of Miniatures 

6. "To be a successful entrepreneur you must have a passion for learning – from customers, employees and even competitors." – James Bedal, CEO of Bare Metal Standard