Entrepreneurial quotes are often overlooked these days. We always become at awe whenever we hear a quote but never take it to heart, eventually. Back in my early days, I often use some business quotes from my favorite entrepreneurs as mantras to continue my momentum of working hard to achieve success.
So, without much time wasting, let’s have a look at some of my favorite quotes:
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau
Its pretty straightforward. You have to be chasing success like you need air to breathe. Your life depends on it. That is how a lot of successful entrepreneurs succeed. They don’t work 9-5pm. They work whenever and wherever. They are constantly hustling. Take billionaire Mark Cuban for example. At the age of 12, he started selling garbage bags. Then, he started bar-tending
“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” — Ray Goforth
This is especially true. How often do you hear the naysayers whenever someone tries to create or make a living? How often do you always hear people telling you that you’re not going to make it? Ignore them! These people are just noises. Truth is, they simply envy you. They are afraid that you’re gonna make it. And they are afraid that you’re going to succeed. Nuff said.
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”— Albert Einstein
Einstein is brilliant for saying this. It’s true, success does come in many forms – some from good business, some from bad business. I’m not saying it’s ideal, but it’s just the way the world is. However, Einstein did believe in adding value to society. This benefits not only civilizations but also his or her good name for a long time. On the other hand, people who make ‘bad’ money (or ‘blood’ money), well, their success is often shortlived. Just look at the break up of Standard Oil when they monopolized oil industry in US, or the Sackler family during Opioid crisis. They were considered as successful people, but lacked the standard values and went down with it.
“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.”— Tony Hsieh
Mr Hsieh wasn’t the first one to come up with this. I’m probably wrong about this but the point is, while chasing money is good, it rarely lasts very long. You ever heard the expression ‘quick buck’, ‘get rich quick scheme’ and so on? Well, the majority of people who say these are the ones who chase money at all cost – no matter what. They lack the moral values in running business. It’s a short term kind of thing.
However, when you chase your passion, you’ll start to do great things. Your product becomes an ace. Your service is top-notch. People love your business/service. This happens simply because you fell in love with your business. You are passionate about it.
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”— Winston Churchill
Elon Musk struggles with SpaceX can be perfectly summed up using this quote by the popular former British Prime Minister. SpaceX failed several launches in its early days. In fact, at one point, Elon Musk was thinking of selling Tesla to fund his rocket projects. Each crash taught his team what flaws needed correcting. They kept learning from the mistakes, and eventually, they succeeded. Now, Space X is one of the largest, if not the biggest private rocket company in the world. They continue receiving project from government space agencies to launch satellites and even resupply the ISS.
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”– Jim Rohn
This is about similar to the infamous line “Fortune favors the bold.”
Most people give up on their dreams because they don’t want to risk getting out of comfort zone. If you look at successful people (the self-made ones), you’d rarely hear how often they sacrifices in order to become a success. In fact, some even became homeless before they strike gold. It’s all about risking. Are you all in?
“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.”– Anonymous
I love this quote. It completely separates the real entrepreneurs than the rest of the society.
Successful people tend to look at things differently. They often look at opportunities behind every problem they see unlike the general populace.
Just look at people like Steve Jobs. While most so-called experts of the early days of Apple claim there is no need for a smartphone (people already have computers), Jobs wasn’t bothered by it. He knows his idea is revolutionary – and he was right. He became successful because he saw something that no one else could. He was crazy enough to change the world.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”– Anonymous
If you’re looking for the first step to becoming an entrepreneur, this quote fits in well.
Entrepreneurs face challenges every day. They solve problems all the time. If you’re looking to become one, you need to start train yourself by doing things that scare you more often.
By constantly facing things that scare you, you’ll start to transition yourself
“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”– Michael John Bobak
The people who take the ‘road less traveled’ are the ones who succeed.
Innovation occurs not by working hard in and out – but to also challenge everything we know through experimenting with different ideas. Failure is a possibility but without pushing yourself beyond the limit, you’ll never be able to see the other part of that struggle.
Yes, the success rate is very low – but if you take the easy way out, there is no way you’re going to succeed at all.
Nobody said it’s easy. If it was, everyone would already be doing it.
“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.”– Estee Lauder
This is where so called entrepreneurs fail to realize before quitting their 9-5 jobs. Running a business requires your utmost attention, not lesser.
This means, it requires more work, responsibilities and stakes are higher. If you feel entrepreneurship is a way to get out of the 9-5pm job, you’re mistaken.
It’s about hard work and much more. What’s worse, most times, it does not even pay off.
Unlike working for a job, your business might still not make any money despite long hours of work. On top of all that, you are also under the pressure of still having to pay everyone in the supply chain.