The business world can sometimes get the best entrepreneurs feeling down. Year-to-year sales are down, the economy doesn’t seem to be improving, corporate debt is reaching new highs, or the firm recently lost a lucrative client. In order to be successful in business, one needs to have perseverance, dedication and positivity.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your business. Bill Gates didn’t become an overnight billionaire, Steve Jobs lost his job and then became a billionaire a few years later and Mark Zuckerberg experienced a few setbacks prior to becoming one of the world’s youngest billionaires.
A few words of encouragement can change an entrepreneur’s outlook on life and in business. A quote from a creative and successful person can lead to a rejuvenation. A simple poster of a kitten with the words "Hang in there, kitten" can somehow improve the product and allow you to trek ahead.
Here are the top 10 quotes for entrepreneurial success:
#1."My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had — everyday I’m learning something new.” - Richard Branson
Some of the most successful entrepreneurs aren’t necessarily entirely motivated by making tons of money. Instead, they want to learn new things, bring about new concepts to the world and to continue to see if they can overcome every obstacle put in their way.
#2. "I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work." - Thomas Edison
The one problem that every single person has is that if they fail they may concede defeat right away. However, as the adage goes: why do we fall down? To learn to pick ourselves up. Just because the first, second, third, 100th, 1,000th attempt failed doesn’t mean the 1,001st will, too.
#3. "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain
We all seek to find meaning in our life. Why were we born? Why was I put on this planet? Once you have created a successful business that is changing lives then you will realize the motive for your placement on Earth. A rewarding career is enough to be satisfied with your birth. Forget about the Sophocles quote: "It’s better to have never been born then it is to suffer pain."
#4. "There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." - Aristotle
It’s easy to criticize, which is why so many people do it. Criticism is great if it’s productive, but sometimes it can be nasty and hurt the person’s ego. This fear can deter an entrepreneur from moving forward, but being scared to fulfill your dream because of critics isn’t the best way to go through life. Remember, you can’t please every single person out there.
#5. "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein
Business owners feel as if their MBA and experience in the business world will be enough to allow them to be successful. This can only take you so far, though. It’s all about imagination, creativeness, innovation and thinking outside the box which can do a lot more than having a piece of paper on the wall.
#6. "Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius
Owning your own business may not generate the same kind of big paycheck you used to receive from your previous employer. It’s important to remember how dissatisfied you were and how your dream has been to launch your very own business. Once you work in a field you adore, then it will never feel like work.
#7. "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." - Bill Gates
Your greatest detractors may be your greatest ally that can help turn around your business. It’s great that you have a few dedicated customers, but why haven’t your first-time customers returned? It’s important to get feedback from these unhappy clients in order to improve your product or service.
#8."Fall seven times and stand up eight." - Japanese proverb
Homer Simpson may believe trying is the first step toward failure, but how can you succeed if you never make an attempt at something? We all make blunders, especially in the business landscape. Did your marketing scheme fail? Was your recent client negotiation terrible? Is your product not exactly up to par? Try, try and try again.
#9. "If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." - Martin Luther King Jr.
If you failed in the past, there’s no need to constantly hone in on what happened five, 10 or 20 years ago. It’s imperative to never look at the rearview mirror as you’re pedaling to the future. A business doesn’t succeed by relishing in past successes or failures, but rather focusing on how to move forward.
#10."Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you." - Tony Hseih
Money is not the root of all objectives. If you have a great idea and a passion for your industry, then you’ll definitely earn money, but making it your primary goal will only hinder your opportunities. A desire to succeed isn’t equal to increasing your bottom line.