Advice for Entrepreneurs from TV Experts

10 business quotes from TV entrepreneurs

Learning what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur has never been easier with TV shows that showcase people who succeed and fail as an entrepreneur. TV and movies have always featured faltering businesses and sky-rocketing success as a major story line- what salesman in the 90’s wasn’t quoting Alec Baldwin from Glengarry Glen Ross: ABC: Always Be Closing?

Today’s TV shows mainly showcase three types of entrepreneur TV.

1.  entrepreneurs pitching the experts for funding or advice: think Shark Tank or The Profit

2.  failing business owners who agree to have an expert remake their business from top to bottom : think Tabatha’s Takeover or Kitchen Nightmares

3.  successful entrepreneurs whose business and personal lives are displayed on reality TV: think Million Dollar Listing or The Celebrity Apprentice


10 Quotes for Entrepreneurs from TV Pros


Barbara Cororcoran, Shark Tank“How do you jump over the next obstacle? Not feeling sorry for yourself. Plain out street smarts.” 

Marcus Lemonis, The Profit: “Every business in America that is successful today started as an idea in someone’s garage.” 

Fredrik Eklund, Million Dollar Listing NY: “If you want to fly like a bird you have to cut off the poop that weighs you down. That means you cannot be around negativity. You cannot let the naysayers win. You have to cut them from your life and soar up the sky.”

Tabatha Coffey, Tabatha’s Takeover: “We have to stand up for what we believe in, even when we might not be popular for it. Honesty starts with being ourselves, authentic and true to who we are and what we believe in, and that may not always be popular, but it will always let you follow your dreams and your heart.” ~ Brainy Quote

Mark Cuban, Shark Tank: “Always wake up with a smile knowing that today you are going to have fun accomplishing what others are too afraid to do.”

Donald Trump, Celebrity Apprentice“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.” 

Bethenny Frankel, Real Housewives of NYC:  “You’re alone in your ideas, because you’re the only one who knows what’s possible.”

Jeff Lewis, Flipping Out“I’m not saying that I’m going to take advantage of the situation, but I’m going to take advantage of the situation.”

 Lisa Vanderpump, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: “I don’t really care what others think of me. You’re not going to please everybody. I care what I think and what my children and my husband thinks.”

 Gordon Ramsay, Kitchen Nightmares: “I don’t like looking back. I’m always constantly looking forward. I’m not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilt milk. I’m too busy looking for the next cow.”

Why do I like quotes from entrepreneurs? Quotes from successful business people help me understand how they got to where they are: and motivate me to get there too.