Believe it or not, it has been three years since we last posted an article full of quotes from entrepreneurs. Previously, we shared motivational quotes to inspire business owners and Pixar quotes with lessons that apply for small business. Now, we’re looking to the Founders and CEOs of some of 2016’s most innovative companies for startup pearls of wisdom. From Airbnb to Whisper, our alphabetical order list of 19 quotes are sure to encourage all entrepreneurs no matter what stage they’re in with their small business to keep pursuing their dreams. (And how did we settle on the number 19, anyway? We pulled it from today’s date — a happy coincidence.)
Whether you’re a seasoned business owner with years of experience under your belt or an aspiring entrepreneur making your way across a sometimes treacherous landscape, it is always good to know you’re not alone. And one way that you can find that commonality with others is through inspirational quotes.
Quotes have the power to encourage us, to get us through the rough patches and celebrate those hard-won successes! So with 2014 right around the corner, I have gathered some tidbits of knowledge and encouragement from a wide range of leaders, visionaries and people who through perseverance and unwavering vision became a success.
1. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart
2. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.” – Mark Twain
Has business development started to feel a little dull? All those mixers, networking meetings, and lunches spent getting to know “business acquaintances” you don’t really care about. Be honest – if you knew for a fact that your referral sources would never refer you another new piece of business, would you ever talk to them again? Most of us wouldn’t, and that’s why it’s so difficult to sustain any enthusiasm around our networking activities. We market ourselves aggressively for a few months, then burn out and hibernate, then panic when our pipelines get lean, and force ourselves back into the fray.
If any of this sounds familiar, here are three ways you can put that “spark” back into your work life:
The process of starting or operating a small business can be difficult and discouraging at times. Where we can gain the biggest amount of inspiration is by visiting and learning more about successful online businesses and the innovative founders behind them. Their stories, particularly for the founders of Dropbox, Instagram, and Tumblr, reveal that it’s still possible for anyone with enough skill and determination to build a savvy and successful company. (more…)
Before we begin, we want to send good wishes to all of the dads reading our blog. We hope you had an absolutely outstanding Father’s Day, and that your family’s dedication to the celebration didn’t end with a poorly wrapped tacky tie!
Fathers inspire – that quality kind of comes with the job. We look up to our dads, literally and figuratively, from the minute we can crane our heads upward and comprehend everything the most important man in our life does for us. So it is no surprise that some of our favorite entrepreneurs were so drastically shaped by their experiences with their own fathers. (more…)
Today we’re featuring a special guest post from Justin Krane at Krane Financial Solutions! Ready to make the leap of faith and start your own business? It may be one of the riskiest moves you choose to make but the rewards will be in spades after. Justin Krane tells us today about his entrepreneurial journey and the six things he wished he had known starting out.
It was another business conference, and I was in the room with another 300 financial planners. The room was really cold, the AC was maxed, I had forgotten my sweater and I was freezing!
It was a scenario I’d been in so many times but I had no idea that this session would change the direction of my life.
Out comes the motivational speaker guy. I started to tune him out until I realized he was blind. His name was Jim Stovall, a former Olympic weightlifting champion who had gone blind over time. He told us that he had changed his life because he had changed his mind. (more…)
What inspires big business leaders and entrepreneurs? How do the best leaders at the top, the Donald Trumps of the business world get their drive and motivation? The beginning of a new year is a great time to get your inspiration on and grow your business. How do you do it and not lose sight of what you started along the way? These 4 tried and true tips are the ultimate to keep in mind that successful entrepreneurs everywhere use to get to the top!
1. Set Football Field Goals
Picture a football field. The goal is to run the ball to into the end zone and score, right? Along the way you hit different field markers, 5 yards, 10 yards, 15 yards and so on. You can’t get to the end without passing these markers. The same rings true with goals. What about a Hail Mary you ask? The receiver must run past and the ball must fly over each yard before they reach their destination. (more…)