If you’re an entrepreneur, you likely own an inspiration board, or at the very least, hand-scribed sticky notes with powerful messages near your workspace.
Quotes are quick yet powerful reminders that can bring you happiness, inspiration and motivation through your entrepreneurial highs and lows. And who knows, you may even adopt one as your motto for life. Let’s get started!
1. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
– Walt Disney
You can either talk about something or you can do something about it. Actions speak louder than words. Some choose to wait for the perfect time or until their idea is perfected before launching their passion project. Well, there is no such thing as the “perfect” and the best time to start something you believe in is now. In fact, Wayne Gretzky once said “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take”; there is something to be said about the power of action.
2. The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’
– Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
Entrepreneurs are driven by purpose, not by process. “Just because it was always so” or “the way we do things around here” is never an acceptable justification. Rather than being motivated by answers, they are motivated by questions and work outside of conventional boundaries to find innovative solutions that more rigid thinkers tend to overlook.
3. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill
What separates the good from the great is how you deal with failure. If you believe in stepping outside your comfort zone and taking on challenges in order to grow as a person, then you understand that mistakes are here to teach and failure is inevitable.
The ability to get back up after falling down in order forge ahead is key. Rather than dwelling on past mistakes, strong minds capture the learnings, adjust their plans and continue to strive towards making their dreams a reality; this attitude sets you up for success.
4. “What separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
– Steve Jobs
Don’t you think it’s hard to beat a person who never gives up? They say entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice and dedication.
Despite what your investors say, there is no such thing as instant results. Instead, listen to your customers, trust your vision and build for the long haul because that’s how long it’s going to take. Before you know it, your years of perseverance and hard work will make you look like an overnight success.
5. “The secret to successful hiring is to look for the people who want to change the world.”
– Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce
You are one person and you can only do so much. Trying to do it all is just not sustainable, nor is it most efficient. Being the natural leader that you are, make sure you bring in the right people and motivate them in a way that encourages them to thrive. Steve Jobs once said, “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” The key is to surround yourself with a great team and put your business in the hands of the right people!
6. “When you cease to dream you cease to live.”
– Malcolm Forbes, Chairman of Forbes Magazine
Dreams have more impact than words can. The starting point of any great achievements lie within a dream and a burning desire. There is some truth to the saying that “you can have anything you want if you want it badly enough.”
It’s easy to get caught up in the little things and overlook the big the ideas that inspired us in the first place. Take a moment out of your day to remind yourself of the big dreams that set you off on this journey. A refresh helps us refocus on our purpose; bringing meaning back to the work we do.
7. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
– Albert Schweitzer, Philosopher and Physician
Too many people measure success by the amount of money they make, when in fact, true success should be measured by how happy you are. Richard Branson once said in an interview, “Most people assume my business success and the wealth brought me happiness. But I know I am successful, wealthy and connected because I am happy.” He goes on to say “When you get to my age, you really start to measure success by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you; if nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is at this age, your life is a disaster. That’s the ultimate test of how you have lived your life.”
To conclude, happiness isn’t just a metric of success — it’s the key to it.
Did you find the quote that you currently live by? Or one that caught your eye that you want to jot down? Any powerful messages related to this topic that you want to leave with the online community? I’d love to hear!