You’ve probably guessed by now that I love inspirational quotes and to be inspired. In fact one of my biggest idols and sources of inspiration is the life, work and words of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known the world over as Gandhi.
If you’ve watched the movie Gandhi starring Ben Kingsley (who is half-Indian by the way!) or read about his life, you will know that Gandhi used non-violent civil disobedience to overthrow the British to lead India to independence in 1947.
But Gandhi’s influence extended beyond the borders of India to the rest of the world where he inspired movements for civil rights, emancipation and freedom.
Sixty-five years after his death Gandhi’s legacy lives on. I firmly believe his spirit, courage and wisdom have a special resonance for heart-centered entrepreneurs today.
Although Gandhi preached non-violence, compassion, truth, service and sacrifice in a different time and context, all of these ideals still apply. One look at the trouble and strife in the world and you could argue that more so than ever before.
In fact, I believe these values should be integral to the way you live your life and the way you do business.
Why? Because your business is an extension of you.
It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that being successful in business requires you to focus on profits, getting before you can give, beating the competition and aggressively pursuing what you want at all costs.
Of course action and self-effort are always required. But I am convinced there is a way to do business that is based on service, being classy in how we deal with others, remaining authentic and letting ourselves be guided by the innate intelligence and creativity each of us possesses.
Gandhi not only preached such values but he was a shining example of leading from the heart and living this philosophy every day of his life.
His thought-provoking words can inspire you to be a better person, create a life of greatness and build a business that is worthy of you and one that massively impacts the world.
So in honor of this great luminary I’ve put together 27 inspiring Gandhi quotes to empower and encourage entrepreneurs to be the best they can be.
27 Inspiring Gandhi Quotes for Entrepreneurs
On Life & Happiness
1. Be the change you want to see in the world.
2. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
3. There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.
4. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
5. Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.
6. A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
7. Where there is love there is life.
8. To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
9. Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
10. Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.
On Action & Work
11. If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.
12. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
13. You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.
14. Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
15. The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.
16. An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
17. Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
18. Those who know how to think need no teachers.
19. We do not need to proselytize either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.
On Humanity & Freedom
20. I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.
21. A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
22. Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
23. You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
24. You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
25. I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.
26. We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.
27. An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
What About You?
Are you a fan of inspirational quotes? Which of these Gandhi quotes is your favorite? Are there any important quotes by Gandhi that I’ve missed out? Please comment and share below.