Inspiring Quotes for Entrepreneurs Launching or Growing a Small Business
As 2015 begins, the SmartBiz team has curated inspiring words of wisdom to help you go for it in the New Year. Get your printer ready and find some sweet photo frames. You’ll want these quotes prominently displayed!
Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there. — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
This timeless quote is from one of the most important Stoic philosophers, a Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. Plunging into a new venture can be exhausting – this deep thinker reminds us that inner strength can help you forge through the tough times.
When you’re first thinking through an idea, it’s important not to get bogged down in complexity. Thinking simply and clearly is hard to do. — Richard Branson
Small business owners often don’t have time to “stop and smell the roses”. However, that doesn’t mean rushing is always required. Take Sir Branson’s advice and take time to clear out the clutter.
To get GoPro started, I moved back in with my parents and went to work seven days a week, 20 hours a day. I wrote off my personal life to make headway on it. — Nick Woodman
Woodman’s sacrifices (moving in with the parents? Yeeow!) paid off big when his company went public in June. He even rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock market. We’re guessing that his parents are proud – and relieved.
I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. — Donald Trump
No matter what you think of Trump’s politics…or his hair, the “go big or go home” mentality is a requirement of entrepreneurship and small business ownership.
Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession. — Mark Cuban
Usually, obsessive love isn’t a good thing…except for entrepreneurs. Love what you do and you’ll avoid burnout or boredom – two business-killers. Nobody is going to care about your company more than you, so dig in and enjoy every moment.
Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles. — Steve Jobs
Focusing on quality for your customers and clients will always produce better results. Less is often more.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it. — Margaret Thatcher
A slow day in the office often sounds really, really good. However, entrepreneurs thrive when things get crazy. Don’t rest on your laurels in 2015, get inspired and thrive!