Starting a new business takes a considerable amount of determination, hard work and effort. It requires even more raw grit, focus and even a touch of luck to make your start-up a true success. The fact is that not everyone has what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and even those who have the confidence and desire to start a new business may struggle from time to time. From time to time, reading a few motivational words from others can provide you with the extra encouragement that you need to tighten your belt and keep your nose to the grindstone. Here are some excellent inspirational quotes that entrepreneurs may focus on.
"The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer." -Nolan Bushnell, entrepreneur. While you certainly want to take steps to create a business plan and to lay the foundation for a successful company, it is imperative that you have the determination and drive to pull the trigger on your start-up.
"Do. Or do not. There is no try."--Yoda, Jedi Master. Entrepreneurs must fully believe in themselves. They must have the confidence and focus to do what it takes to start up their business. It is not enough to simply give it your best shot. Instead, you have to do what it takes and keep doing it until you are running a successful business.
"It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen."--Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance. Many people have great business ideas, but most people will not act on those ideas. Entrepreneurs are those who want to turn their ideas into something real and tangible, and they will do whatever it takes to make that happen.
"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game's winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that's why I succeed."--Michael Jordan, NBA Hall of Famer. Even the greatest individuals who are well known for achieving success in their field will flounder and fail from time to time. Determination and the desire to improve are critical to being successful with your business.
"Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard."--Guy Kawasaki, founder of AllTop. You may believe that creating a great idea and laying the foundation for your start-up is the hard work, but the true work begins once you pull the trigger and get your business up and running. Prepare to work hard to achieve success.
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."--Chinese proverb. You may have already missed opportunities in the past that you regret not moving forward with. However, there is no time better than today to begin changing things and putting your best foot forward with your start-up.
"The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world."--Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce. Your start-up may start as a one-man or one-woman operation, but it takes a full team of like-minded individuals to make your company a success. Look for individuals who share your passion and who have the desire to make big things happen with your company.
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company. If starting a business was easy, everyone would run a successful business of their own. The fact is that you will face many hurdles before achieving success, and you need to be prepared to work hard and to face challenges.
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."--Walt Disney, co-founder of the Walt Disney Company. You can spend a lot of time talking about your business idea and trying to get feedback from others. However, you will never truly succeed with your idea if you do not start taking action.
"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." Wayne Gretzky, NHL Hall of Famer. Some people do not act on their idea because they fear failure. However, you are guaranteed to fail if you never even try.
If you are thinking about starting a new business or if you have already gotten started, consider bookmarking some of these quotes. By referring back to them periodically, you may be motivated to continue to move forward.