When great minds come together there are fireworks of powerful ideas. Entrepreneurs who are tuned to the vibration of these great people need not look anywhere else. However, not every busy entrepreneur get to hobnob with the best minds in businesses. But they can always reach out to platforms where they have left their pearls of business wisdom to share with the business world. The great minds often come together to motivate people through their speeches to universities or meetings. Then there are those talks that are aired on television. Entrepreneurs struggle on a daily basis. They are the ones who need the most motivation to get through their work and business. A motivation, however, can be found anywhere. One can look at the daily wage labourer who has hope in his heart or one can look at the big minds in the business world, whose success has reached such a height that people no longer relate the struggle that he/ she had to face when starting off with him/her. The struggle of these resilient people is all but fables that can be told to the future generations. They do tell their stories to their future generations. The business lectures at Harvard or the simple college addresses that they give hold a great lot of wisdom that all can gain from. Here is some great advice from the great minds that have in some way shaped the business world.
- Bill Gates, Harvard University, 2007:
Humanity’s greatest advances are not in its discoveries — but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity. Whether through democracy, strong public education, quality healthcare, or broad economic opportunity — reducing inequity is the highest human achievement … I talk to skeptics who claim there is no hope. They say: ‘Inequity has been with us since the beginning, and will be with us till the end – because people just don’t care. I completely disagree. I believe we have more caring than we know what to do with.”
- Director Steven Spielberg, Harvard University, 2016:
“Your intuition is different from your conscience. They work in tandem, but here’s the distinction: Your conscience shouts, ‘Here’s what you should do,’ while your intuition whispers, ‘Here’s what you could do.’ Listen to that voice that tells you what you could do. Nothing will define your character more than that.”
- President Barack Obama, Barnard College, 2012:
“Whether it’s starting a business, or running for office, or raising an amazing family, remember that making your mark on the world is hard.
It takes patience. It takes commitment. It comes with plenty of setbacks, and it comes with plenty of failures. But whenever you feel that creeping cynicism, whenever you hear those voices say you can’t make a difference, whenever somebody tells you to set your sights lower – the trajectory of this country should give you hope. Previous generations should give you hope. What young generations have done before should give you hope. Young folks who marched and mobilized and stood up and sat in, from Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall, didn’t just do it for themselves; they did it for other people.”
- Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005:
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
- Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, USC, 2015:
“There are so few originals. I believe one of the greatest compliments you can ever receive is ‘I’ve never met anyone like you.’ Being unique starts with forming your own opinions. It helps if you reach for questions and push for answers. If you bring that attitude to your work, you won’t just advance, you will advance mankind.”
- Stephen Colbert, University of Virginia, 2013:
“You must find your own path, and we have left you no easy path. Decide now to choose the hard path that leads to the life and the world you want. And don’t worry if we don’t approve of your choices. In our benign self-absorption, I believe we have given you a gift, a particular form of independence because you do not owe the previous generation anything.”
- Actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani, Grinnell College, 2017:
“Nobody is paying attention to your failure. The world is full of people failing. People are failing all around you. Failure is boring. Your failure will not be so spectacular that people will write articles about your failure or even remember your failure.”
The wisdom hidden in the words of these people have been derived from experience. The experience that has followed a lot of success. Entrepreneurs who feel that they are having a difficult time must look at the lives of these people and understand that the answers they are seeking are hidden in these entrepreneurial struggles. It is easy to give up when you are facing an entrepreneurial challenge but success never came to those who did not persist. Persistence and hope are what can pave the way to your success. It is important that as a leader and an entrepreneur you always keep your mind open to failures and hopeful towards success. Empower yourself with the wisdom of the people who had made it big and you will surely reach success.