We hear them all the time.

The things we should do, that is, first thing in the morning in order to get our day off to a productive and focused start. Things like exercise, journaling, and making lists of gratitude and priorities.

Those are things we can do with materials at hand - pen and paper, say, or a pair of running shoes. But one other must-do for entrepreneurs in the morning is a little more elusive, because it takes a little more planning: inspirational reading.

That doesn't make it any less important.

Here are seven quotes, tailored for every day of the next week, to queue up for your morning ritual.


"I don't look to jump over seven-foot bars. I look for one-foot bars that I can step over."--Warren Buffet

It's possible that no one's better than Buffet for identifying the right one-foot bars to step over, but still: notice how seven one-foot bars in the end add up to one much-more-manageable seven-foot bar.


"You can't have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic."--Stephen Hogan

The minimum wage work ethic threatens to creep in on midweek "grind days." Don't let it. Staying goal-oriented and on-task, especially outside the spotlight, distinguishes ultimately successful entrepreneurs.


"The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to, every evening, think what can be done better tomorrow."--Ingvar Kamprad

Was it a good week? How can it be even better? End-of-day, and end-of-week, assessments of the past develop and evolve into mindful plans for the future.


"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."--Albert Einstein

It's Saturday, but let's be honest: Very few entrepreneurs actually take the whole day (much less the whole weekend) off. Many do, however, take time to imagine, envision, and dream. It's a way to refuel, check in with your goals, and refine where needed.


"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."--Coco Chanel

State your intentions and priorities. Say them. Write them. Share them. It's the act of articulating and communicating them that solidifies goals and makes them more tangible.


"A goal is a dream with a deadline."--Napoleon Hill

Head into the week with concrete deadlines for your most major tasks. We all know the power of breaking down big projects into smaller, discrete objectives, but don't overlook the operational effectiveness of knowing when those tasks will be done. Hold yourself accountable to those deadlines, or enlist the help of a trusted colleague.


"An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down."--Reid Hoffman

Entrepreneurs adapt on the fly. Sure, we have objectives and a mission to accomplish, but nimbly adapting and responding to circumstances ensures the safe landing.