Weekend Inspiration for the Really Ambitious Entrepreneur

Motivation is what keeps an entrepreneur going. As the week comes to a close and you are thinking of loosening up a bit, here is a list of motivational quotes from the best people across the world to light up your entrepreneurial world. An entrepreneur’s journey has a lot of different aspects. Although the same journey Each quote touches upon an aspect of an entrepreneur’s challenges. Let us take a look and fill the weekend with all the motivation needed to refresh.

1. Mark Twain on Leaving your Comfort Zone:
‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.’

2. Michael Jordan on Failure:
I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

3. Bob Dylan on Following your Dreams:
What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

4. John Lennon on Choosing to be Happy:
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

5. Johnny Cash on Growth:
You’ve got to know your limitations. I don’t know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren’t too many limitations, if I did it my way.

6. Warren Buffett on Slowing Down:
You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.

7. Steve Jobs on Finding your Purpose:
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.

8. Richard Branson on Ideas:
You get the idea. Every business, like a painting, operates according to its own rules. There are many ways to run a successful company. What works once may never work again. What everyone tells you never to do may just work, once. There are no rules. You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over, and it’s because you fall over that you learn to save yourself from falling over. It’s the greatest thrill in the world and it runs away screaming at the first sight of bullet points.

9. Richard Branson on Fun:
Fun is at the core of the way I like to do business and it has been key to everything I’ve done from the outset. More than any other element, fun is the secret of Virgin’s success. I am aware that the ideas of business as being fun and creative goes right against the grain of convention, and it’s certainly not how the they teach it at some of those business schools, where business means hard grind and lots of ‘discounted cash flows’ and net’ present values’.

10. Warren Buffett on Integrity:
It takes twenty years to build a reputation and only five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you would do things differently.

11. Charles Handy on Company:
The companies that survive longest are the ones that work out what they uniquely can give to the world not just growth or money but their excellence, their respect for others, or their ability to make people happy. Some call those things a soul.

12. Steve Jobs on Following your Heart:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

13.Bill Gates on Decision:
Don’t make the same decision twice. Spend time and thought to make a solid decision the first time so that you don’t revisit the issue unnecessarily. If you’re too willing to reopen issues, it interferes not only with your execution but also with your motivation to make a decision in the first place. After all, why bother deciding an issue if it isn’t really decided?

There is inspiration everywhere one simply needs to pay attention. The great people who have shaped our business world has not always had a smooth life. There had been struggle in their lives too that they had faced and emerged successful. It is the lessons that they learnt in these phases are what had inspired them to build the empire that they now rule. The entrepreneurial business is difficult but it is not something that is undoable. It is important that you as an entrepreneur always hold your ambition high and never look back. The road might be steep, the climb might be hard but if you persistently keep at it you will own the peak. You have the capacity in you to make it big, to call the peak your home. All you need to do is keep going. Persistence has always been the key to all successful stories. It has always remained the same and will remain so. Keep yourself motivated to reach success.

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