Entrepreneurial Quotes from US Presidents

President’s Day in 2023 is on Feb 20. Did you know that at least 8 US Presidents were entrepreneurs?  They took innovations or innovative resources and monetized them into productive yield. They represent a wide range of business sectors: mining, farming, oil drilling, real estate, retail, newspaper, law practice, gas production, and sports. Here is a quote from each one.

  • “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”- President Washington
  • “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”- President Lincoln
  • “I realized, there are people out there who can beat me, want to beat me. And unless I continue to innovate and evolve, I am going to learn a painful lesson from someone who has.”- President Andrew Johnson
  • “Ambition is a commendable attribute, without which no man succeeds. Only inconsiderate ambition imperils.” – President Harding
  • “Competition is not only the basis of protection to the customer, but is the incentive to progress.” – President Hoover
  • “The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”- President Franklin Roosevelt
  • “I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.”- President Truman
  • “Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.”- President Carter
  • “No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit.”- President George H.W. Bush
  • “Prosperity results from entrepreneurship and ingenuity.”- President George W. Bush
  • “As long as you are going to be thinking anyway, think big.”- President Trump
  • Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.”- Ronald Reagan

Larry W. Sharp, BAM Support Specialist, IBEC Ventures

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