10 Motivational Quotes By Successful People in Tech

A simple search will give you hundreds of motivational quotes, mostly from the greatest people who ever lived. Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney. But for this list we’re taking inspiration from people a little closer to home — the people behind some of the most successful technology that we use today. Facebook, Google, Apple. In pictures: here’s a list of quotes on success, failure, taking risks, working hard, and pursuing your passion from the successful people in tech.

"There's no better time than now to get going." — Kevin Systrom, Instagram co-founder


6. “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” — Steve Case, AOL co-founder and CEO


"There's no learning without trying lots of ideas and failing lots of times.” Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer


"You can't be afraid to fail because that's when you learn." – Michael Dell


“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder and CEO


"Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.” — Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard CEO


“See things in the present, even if they are in the future.” — Larry Ellison, Oracle co-founder


"If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time." — Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and former CEO


"Rarely are opportunities presented to you in a perfect way. In a nice little box with a yellow bow on top. 'Here, open it, it's perfect. You'll love it.' Opportunities – the good ones – are messy, confusing and hard to recognize. They're risky. They challenge you." — Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO


"The only way you are going to have success is to have lots of failures first." — Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google


Of course, success can mean different things to different people. In his eloquent TED Talk on people’s ideas of success and failure, Philosopher Alain de Botton said:

“Let’s make sure our ideas of success are our own, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions.”

And that, we think, is the most important thing.