Leadership

Weekend Inspiration for the Ambitious Entrepreneurs

There is always someone who has done better. There is always someone who has survived. There is always someone who can guide you.
The business world is full of these people. Entrepreneurs need to just look for them. If you are feeling that you cannot make it, it is very important that you look at the lives of people who had actually been there and done that. You will see that they have faced situations that had been more challenging than what you are facing now.
Life is not a bed of roses. More so for entrepreneurs who are trying to make it in the big bad business world. But, everything need not be as grim and dreary as the mind makes it out to be. Sometimes the reality is actually not as threatening as the mind makes it out to be. It is important that entrepreneurs do not give up on their vision or on their dream. As someone famously said ‘if you can dream it you can do it.’ Dreams do not come to people beyond their capacity. A dream chooses the one who can materialise it. Many entrepreneurs turn their back when they were just near the finish line. Only to regret, if they persevered a little longer, only if they fought a little harder. Don’t let that happen to you.
It is possible to make it big. It is possible to be your dream. It is possible to be YOU!
Here is list of quotes from the famous people in business and what they have to say to you. Hope it brings to you inspiration and a great way to close the working week.

1. Nisha Jagtiani, Director Landmark Group:
“Whether you’re a small or large organization, you have an obligation to make a difference in the community — it all starts with a purpose. This is how companies can really succeed in making a difference. The happiness movement lies in its ability to connect with every employee. That is the biggest challenge for us at Landmark Group since we’re spread across so many regions. But it is also a beautiful reason for us to come together since the pursuit of happiness is for everyone. This is why we call it a movement because we truly believe in its multiplier effect.”

2. Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Economist, Chairman of the World Happiness Council:
“Work provides a purpose, establishes social relationships, structure and routine in our daily lives. There are four ways in which you can increase your job satisfaction and engagement: by improving work-life balance, by getting essential skills training, by gaining autonomy and, most importantly, by improving the relationship with your superiors.”

3. Fred Kofman, Vice President of LinkedIn:
“True leaders have no followers. A true leader is simply the first one heading towards his/her purpose. People don’t follow leaders, they follow the purpose. It is not about what happens to individuals, but the way they choose to respond in a difficult situation and the conscious choices they make for a greater purpose rather than simply reacting — this is what makes the difference. Being mindful is about always asking what am I going to do, and why.”

4. Will.i.am., founder Black Eyed Peas, STEM education advocate:
“Creating lifelong learners is critical in this century when it is predicted that 65 percent of current students will go into jobs that do not currently exist. We can overcome the issue of access through the use of smartphones. In India, almost 70 percent of students have access to a smartphone. When it comes to addressing personalization, we need to look at how each student learns. This is not possible in the classroom but can be captured on a platform, on which a student profile can be built. Finally, we need to gift students a love of learning, rather than learning through fear of exams, by developing high-quality, engaging and accessible education.”

5. Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global:
“We are working in a world where to be constantly “switched on” is rewarded, where burnout equals success, where we forget to recharge ourselves but not our phones, where we take better care of our devices than ourselves, a world where we are losing sleep and our humanity — and this is clearly not working. The idea is to fundamentally change the culture we have created that glamorizes people who are all the time switched on and connected rather than those that have their priorities right and prefer to spend time with their children or themselves; and let’s face it, who knows how best to create such a world better than women.”

6. Goldie Hawn, actress and founder of The Hawn Foundation:
“You have a choice to look at the glass half full or the glass half empty…If you look at the potential of that glass half full and think about it for a minute, it would change the way your brain fires — and change how your neurons wire together. So, the more you look at the glass half full, the happier you’ll be.”

7. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy:
“Leaders should not be going against open free trade for their own political gain — and hence trade should not be politicized. In the United Arab Emirates, there are a lot of challenges arising. Going forward, to ensure the best possible movement of trade, we need to focus on building superior infrastructure and framework. We also have the responsibility as a nation to help less developed countries.”

Business depends a lot on how well you manage your emotions. Being an entrepreneur is not easy but it is not impossible either. Focus on what’s working. Focus on where you want to go. Focus on where your dream would lead you and walk that path undeterred. There would be difficult times but it is wise to know that success follows those times like its shadow. Keep yourself on the right mental tracks and make your dream a reality.

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