Six inspiring quotes to get you excited about your entrepreneurial pursuits
Because it’s a new year and most of us are feeling refreshed and pumped for the adventures and challenges that lie ahead, we thought we’d add to all the inspiration currently floating around. Sometimes in life we need that push to take a leap of faith and follow our dreams, and there’s no doubt that many entrepreneurs can attest to that.
So if you’re looking for that little something to reignite your entrepreneurial passions and give you the inspiration (and courage) you need to pursue them, look no further – we’ve got a healthy dose of motivation coming right up (because there’s nothing quite like some words of wisdom to get you all revved up).
If you can dream it, you can do it – Walt Disney
This is simple, but very true. Every successful business starts with a vision and a dream - it’s believing that you can turn that dream into a reality that is the hardest part. Dreaming gives people the freedom to realise their inner most desires and passions, so it’s something we should never stop doing.
I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying – Michael Jordan
As they say: “If you don’t try, you’ll never know.” Often we hold back and don’t try new things because we’re scared. Fear of failure is a very real thing and it can be paralysing, but the alternative means never taking a chance and therefore playing it safe. Choosing to overcome the fear and continually trying is how we live a worthwhile life. Failure should be seen as an opportunity to learn and grow, rather than a reason to hold back.
Ambition is the steam that drives men forward on the road to success. Only the engine under full steam can make the grade – Maxi Foreman
Without ambition, dedication and determination, entrepreneurs would not have the momentum they need to become successful. It’s their need to succeed that propels them forward, running full-steam ahead towards their goals. If you don’t have drive as an entrepreneur, then chances are you’re not going to make the cut.
Everyone who achieves success in a great venture solved each problem as they came to it. They helped themselves and they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out on their voyage. They kept going regardless of the obstacles they met – W. Clement Stone
The pathway to success is bound to be littered with obstacles that must be overcome. There’s only so much planning that can be done – life can be unpredictable, throwing you a curveball out of no where and causing you to change course, fast. The key is to deal with problems as they arise and to trust that the right solution will come to you. Giving up is not an option – constantly moving forward is what all entrepreneurs should be doing, regardless of the obstacles they encounter.
If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business – Ray Kroc
Starting your own business is probably one of the biggest risks you’ll ever take, but get it right, and it’ll be so worth it. The important thing is to make calculated risks and constantly be weighing up the pros and cons to all your decisions. Take chances, sure, but always be sure that you’ve put a lot of thought into the possible outcomes. Business is a gamble – ask yourself if you’re ready and willing to play.
Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity – Donald Trump
Great entrepreneurs are always open to learning new things and acquiring knowledge whenever and however they can. They are excellent observers, taking in everything around them and surrounding themselves with interesting and diverse people that teach them on a daily basis. Truly successful entrepreneurs know that there’s no way to know everything and in the fast-paced world of business, with things constantly changing, there’s always room to learn and develop.
Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business, completing the finishing touches before launching or enjoying the early stages of seeing your business dream come to life, remember to keep going and to stay inspired, always.
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