Being your own boss isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, oftentimes we find ourselves running low on motivation. Despite many articles and testimonials from entrepreneurs themselves, it’s hard for people to understand just how much work goes into running a business.
It’s exhausting and, at times, disheartening.
It takes years of dogged effort before any results turn up – but before you’ve reached that stage you never know if you’re on the right track. Sure, you might turn a regular profit most months, but you never know whether 10 or even just a year down the road you’ll be closing shop.
That’s why we’ve collected these 25 motivational quotes – to remind each other to keep moving forward even when the going gets tough.
Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.
The truth is that finding happiness in what you do every day is so imperative.
Sometimes you may feel like you are just about to realize your goal only to fall short. That is no reason to quit. Defeat happens only to those who refuse to try again.
The secret is to try and do 75% of the things you’re really passionate about and maybe 25% doing the shitty jobs that have to be done.
You have to put in many, many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you achieve anything worthwhile.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.
I don’t care about failing because I do not want to sit down in my older years and say, ‘How come I didn’t try?’
Starting a business is like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. In mid air, the entrepreneur begins building a parachute and hopes it opens before hitting the ground.
I wish I knew how scary it is. I once heard someone say, ‘You’re not a true entrepreneur until you feel like you’re about to vomit more than once a day from nerves or fear.’
If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dream.
Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.
An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.
One of the greatest skills of leadership is being unflappable. Anytime you do anything in the world; there’s going to be criticism.
When in doubt, bootstrap. Using your own personal resources is the easiest way to start a business. You don’t have to convince investors about the merits of your idea. You just have to convince yourself.
Starting a company extracts so much energy and conviction that not having a clear-cut goal and meaningful mission can hamper your success.
No matter how many customers you have, each is an individual. The day you start thinking of them as this amorphous ‘collection’ and stop thinking of them as people is the day you start going out of business.
If you are working on a product that’s going to be consumer-facing, then feedback is invaluable. You should be out there being brave and talking to people and asking for feedback as much as possible.
Don’t let others convince you that the idea is good when your gut tells you it’s bad.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed.
The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.
Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.
If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.
User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s undervalued and underinvested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board.
And finally…our favourite quote:
Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.
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