6 Motivational Movie Quotes For Entrepreneurs

Movies are made to tug on our emotions, whether it’s to make us laugh, cry, jump or hide behind the couch. Some movies are made to inspire us. These often depict the lives of inspirational, and sometimes controversial, people.

Below are 6 Motivational Movie Quotes for Entrepreneurs. We see the challenges they’ve faced and the efforts they took to overcome them. These movies inspire us in multiple areas of our lives, particularly if we’re going through our own difficult times and are trying to get motivated to keep going. A perfect time for entrepreneurs during the turbulence of the startup phase.




“Don’t ever let somebody tell you, you can’t do something, not even me. Alright? You dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.”

– Chris Gardner, from The Pursuit of Happyness


How true is this! Life as an entrepreneur involves numerous people telling you that you’re foolish for pursuing your dreams. That you’re destined to fail or should quit while you’re ahead and get a real job.

However, the ones that are telling you that you can’t do something are the ones that are making excuses for their own lack of ambition. No one else has to fully believe in your dreams. You’re the one making them happen after all.


“Great men are not born great, they grow great.”

– Mario Puzo, from The Godfather


We all come into this world the same way and coming into a wealthy family, or one that’s already achieved greatness doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what’s destined for us. This is equally true if we’ve suffered a difficult childhood or one that was filled with challenges. This doesn’t mean we can’t reach success.

In fact, many successful entrepreneurs have come from really difficult backgrounds, and we’ve all read the rags to riches stories that get us inspired!


“Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you and your relationship with yourself, your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is you did everything you could. There wasn’t one more thing you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment as best you can, with clear eyes, and love in your heart, with joy in your heart? If you can do that gentleman – you’re perfect!”

– Coach Gary Gaines, from Friday Night Lights


This is a hard-hitting speech from an inspiring movie and hugely applicable to entrepreneurs. You have to know that you did everything to make your venture succeed. Nothing can be faced half-assed, you have to pull that motivation from somewhere, even on the days, it feels the hardest.

Constant persistence and a refusal to give up are key factors in entrepreneurial success.


“Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.”

– Dory, from Finding Nemo


An entrepreneur’s mantra. Well, not the swimming part. You just need to keep moving forward.

Just keep going, going, going.

Success is 90% determination. It’s being able to carry on after failure and never taking your eyes of the end result.


“Every man dies, but not every man really lives.”

– William Wallace, from Braveheart


This is a main contributing factor to the reason entrepreneurs become who they are. They see the ‘normal’ life of graduating, getting a job, getting married, getting a house, a car, and struggling to work and pay it off for the rest of their lives.

Entrepreneurs want to go against the grain. They want to be in charge of creating their own lives and be responsible for their own financial security. This is the difference between living and surviving for them.


“I know what I have to do now. I’ve got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?”

– from Cast Away


A positive mindset in the face of adversity is essential for an entrepreneur. You are going to face setbacks. The bigger the goals you’re trying to achieve, the bigger the risks there are involved.

Knowing that everything can change for the better in an instant is what keeps most of us going. It’s how we don’t give up in despair and know that if we put the work in, one day we’ll achieve our goals.

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