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9 quotes from self-made millionaires and billionaires will change how you think about money, success and innovation

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If you want to become a millionaire — or, dream big, a billionaire — start thinking like one.

And what better way to get a glimpse inside successful people's heads that to study the wisdom they've already imparted?

For a dose of inspiration, CNBC rounded up nine quotes from self-made millionaires and billionaires that will change the way you think about money, success and innovation.

"I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars, there's a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that. But once you get much beyond that, I have to tell you, it's the same hamburger." —Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, on why becoming a billionaire is overrated

"If millennials don't buy a home, their chances of actually having any wealth in this country are little to none. The average homeowner to this day is 38 times wealthier than a renter." —, author of "The Automatic Millionaire"

"We don't build services to make money; we make money to build better services." —Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook

"The best investment you will ever make is in yourself." —, entrepreneur and author of "Be Obsessed or Be Average"

"It's pretty easy to get well-to-do slowly. But it's not easy to get rich quick." —, investor and founder of Berkshire Hathaway

On the secret to success:

"The people who care less about what other people think about them tend to have a better life. It's just liberating." —, founder and CEO of VaynerMedia

"Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough." —Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and Space-X

On ditching a traditional lifestyle and living entirely out of Airbnbs:

"I really like to focus on my own creativity. I like the freedom in not having that many things and not having a real place to live, a real address, because I think it makes me feel more creative." —, entrepreneur, investor and writer

On building a business with a small budget:

"I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out." —Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon

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