17 Buddhist Quotes that Augment Startup Mindset

This post features 17 Buddhist quotes that help entrepreneurs and startup founders develop a stronger startup mindset. Every entrepreneur and especially every startup founder undergoes difficulties and problems throughout their journeys. Because startup success is dependent on startup mindset, it should be of the upmost importance. One often needs a paradigm shift, or change in mindset, to make a change in one’s life, and when building a startup, we have to change in the process. It could be from trying and failing or by reading something insightful or having an epiphany that causes change. These Buddhist quotes aim to create an augmented mindset enables anyone to tackle any problem they encounter.

Buddhist and Startup Mindset Quotes

Biggest obstacles to progress
devote to goal
facing adversity
Rooted in the now - Nichiren Buddhism Daisaku Ikeda Words of Wisdom
battle within ourselves
Be bold and daring
when your determination changes
strive to do better today
Each time you fall
remain undefeated
Importance of education
Overcoming Life's problems
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About the Author of the Quotes

The above quotes are by Daisaku Ikeda who is the third president of the largest Buddhist organization in the world called the Soka Gakkai International (SGI). They practice a form of Mahayana Buddhism called Nichiren Buddhism.

Daisaku Ikeda has been one of the biggest advocates for peace, personal development, and nuclear disarmament since the 1940’s and he’s still going at 90 years old (as of 2018).

From the time he was 19, he became instrumental to the Soka Gakkai’s success and led the growth of the organization from several thousand members to over 12 million members in 192 countries and territories from within his lifetime.

What’s more, Ikeda has been awarded 365 honorary doctorates from universities around the world. In addition, he’s a scholar and writer, having written well over 20 great books.

His words have served as encouragement, motivation, and inspiration for millions of people.

About Buddhism

The purpose of Buddhism is to establish lives of absolute happiness, an inner state of joy and confidence that can never be taken away, destroyed or defeated.

Nichiren Buddhism promotes the movement for a peaceful world in which people are happy and capable to live out their lives to the fullest.

There are two types of happiness: relative and absolute. Relative happiness refers to short-lived, temporary happiness dependent upon external circumstances.


It’s hard to ignore feelings. But feelings are a part of our mental conditioning.

With practice, you can become the master of your own mind. You can overcome any obstacle with the proper mindset – that is, not letting yourself get swayed when bad things happen.

We all come from different upbringings and have different minds. The only person you should compare yourself with is yourself because we are all unique.

On a final note, I’d like to encourage you to be your best self day after day. And if you fall down or experience a small failure or setback, then learn from your mistakes and just get right back up as quickly as you can.

How have you learned to overcome your obstacles?

Carl Potak

About Carl Potak

Carl is the Founder and CEO of StartupDevKit, a membership-based online startup incubator and accelerator. He's built a huge startup incubator platform with hundreds of the best curated and original startup resources. They are used to help idea-stage creators to recently launched startups develop and grow easier, smarter, and faster.

Carl is also the author of the book Startup Survival Secrets (coming soon), which is about the top 20 reasons why startups fail, the root causes for each of those reasons, how to prevent them, and what to do instead.

Being that 99% of startup accelerator applicants don’t get accepted and 90% of startups fail, both the platform and the book are here to help the worldwide startup community thrive. Carl has built the entirety of the StartupDevKit website and the Incubator Platform on his own.

Carl is a jack of all trades when it comes to startups and marketing (with exceptions to a few types). He's built StartupDevKit almost entirely on his own -- setting up the membership platform, designing the site and creating graphics, writing all of the site's content, writing over 30 long-form articles, curating hundreds of startup resources in 17+ verticals and about 100 subcategories, curating lists, doing the marketing, customer development, all of the back-end stuff -- you name it.

Carl is a serial founder and has been building and growing startups since 2007. He’s been a founder, marketing and startup consultant, marketing director, WordPress website creator, a technical IT recruiter for an intrapreneurial recruiting startup, and has dabbled in technical support as well.

Carl earned a certification in Inbound Marketing from HubSpot Academy, earned a certification in Google Analytics from Google, and earned a Bachelor's Degree from Binghamton University (SUNY) in Political Science. As a young adult, Carl achieved Eagle Scout rank in the BSA and led a top-ranked Counter-Strike team throughout college called Performance, until he began his last year of his college started in 2007 and started his first startup, EduDating.

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