At COFE App we believe in learning from the best. Here are five quotes to live by from some of the most admired entrepreneurs, that we hope will guide you in getting started on your dream project.

On grabbing opportunities that can change your life:

Sir Richard Branson started out with a humble mail-order record service in the early 1970s. Having suffered from dyslexia as a child, Branson dropped out of school at the age of 16, and launched a magazine for young people.

Branson then took the business world by storm, creating a multinational corporate empire that has included a record label, airlines, finance, a mobile phone network and train franchise.

On what separates the successful from the not-so successful:

Steve Jobs was not just an entrepreneur, he was an inventor. One of the most respected business personalities of his time, Jobs founded Apple together with his friend Steve Wozniak in 1976.

Jobs and Wozniak created their first computer Apple I, in the garage of Jobs’ parents.  

On listening and learning:

As the co-creator of the world’s largest software company, Bill Gates needs no introduction. A technologist, business leader, and philanthropist, Gates dropped out of college to start working on his passion project, with his childhood friend, Paul Allen.

Listed as one of the richest men in the world, Gates decided to step down as Microsoft’s chairman in 2014, to focus on charitable work at his foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

On retaining that most important business resource:

The second youngest billionaire of the world and chief executive officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has a success story few can replicate. An inspiration for entrepreneurs across the world, Zuckerberg started his enterprise in his dorm room. Today, he owns the world’s most sought after social network.

In the words of writer Jose Antonio Vargas “some kids played computer games. Mark created them”.

On continuing along the path of growth and success:

Zev Siegl, along with his friends Co-Founded the Starbucks Coffee Company. In those early days Siegl worked alongside his friends, literally building the first Starbucks store with his hand. As one of the founding members of the coffee company that is one of the most internationally recognized brands, perhaps there are few people who know the ups and downs of entrepreneurship like he does.