Starting your own business or company is always a huge risk. Strictly statistically speaking, many businesses stagger and fall within two to three years of getting started. That is not to say, however, that such is the case with all businesses. Those business owners who persevere and power through the hard times become better equipped to tweak their business plan or strategy to maximize their yield and rewards.
So, don’t let the risk discourage you. After all, everything worth having is worth fighting for. This might be a road that is not frequented very often, but other trail-blazers have paved the way for you and all you have to do is endure and persevere and keep moving forward to get where you have to- the dazzling pedestal of success!
To keep you motivated and inspired in times of hardship, our team has compiled the following list of quotes by other trailblazers such as yourself.
1. “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.” – Oprah Winfrey, Founder of the Oprah Winfrey Show and the O Network
Oprah Winfrey is not just an ordinary person. She is a phenomenon. But when she started out, she was just a regular person like you, with a dream in her heart and a will to make it real. She has suffered many setbacks in life but faced all her challenges head on and emerged victoriously. She is considered to be one of the most powerful and influential women of the twenty-first century. Her current net worth is valued to be well over $3 billion. She started her own production company when she was just in her twenties and with her dedication, determination and passion made it the success story that we know it as now. This incredible woman became a millionaire when she was just in her thirties, a multimillionaire in her forties, and in her fifties, achieved the status of a billionaire.
2. “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”– Albert Einstein, American Physicist
On this difficult journey of establishing your company or business, it is imperative that you don’t get lost and let greed blind you to what is truly important. Money is important, without a doubt, but at what cost? It is certainly not worth selling your soul to the devil. You must never forget that a company exists because of, and for its customers. Your focus shouldn’t be just on the money you can make but primarily on what people need and what you can do to make their lives easier and happier. Basically, you must work untiringly on building your brand value.
3. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.”– Robert Kiyosaki, Best-selling author of ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’
Launching your own start-up is a risky business and the fear of losing often holds people back from giving it their all. What most people tend to forget is that they miss one hundred percent of the shots that they don’t take and that in the end all the sacrifices and strife will be worth it. Nothing can beat the excitement of winning and you should not let your fears get the best of you. Stay focussed and meet your challenges head-on, and are sure to emerge victorious and successful.
4.“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”– Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple.
It is the easiest thing in the world to trivialize a company’s obstacle ridden journey by saying that it achieved success overnight but people often forget that Rome was not built in a day. Nobody looks at how a company started and what it took for the company to grow to what it has become. Apple rules the world today and is a stalwart in the field of cutting edge Information Technology, but the long and arduous journey that made this global giant what it is today started with nothing more than a vision. In 1976, Steve Jobs, Ronald Wayne and Steve Wozniak started out as a business based out of home. It took nearly forty years of hard-work and dedication for Apple to grow and become the beloved brand and multi-billion dollar company that we now see.
5. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”– Walt Disney, Founder of the Walt Disney Company.
Walt Disney and his creations are loved and adored all over the world, In fact, one thing that all of us probably had in common back in our childhood was Walt Disney’s beautifully animated stories. However, this legend had to overcome numerous obstacles and challenges before he got to see the light of day. Very few people had faith in his dream of building a theme park. Cut to now, where Disneyland and Disney world are major tourist attractions and have numerous branches all around the world. For nearly seventy years, his cartoon characters have enchanted the world! His belief in himself and the conviction he had in his dreams and vision as well as the unwavering grit to make his dream a reality is what gave him the strength to persevere and ultimately resulted in him getting the success and recognition that he deserved.
6. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”– Conrad Hilton, Founder of Hilton Hotels
People are always going to be quick to find fault and criticize you, especially if you are a newbie or somebody who has chosen to go off the beaten path. They will try to discourage you and list a hundred things that you are not doing right, in their opinion, and while feedback is important, nothing is as important as the belief and conviction you have in yourself and your vision, which is why it is crucial that you do not let the haters get you down. Hilton, being an entrepreneur himself, has given excellent advice to keep moving forward, no matter what. Everybody makes mistakes; you must accept them, make things right and move forward. Quitters don’t make winners, only those who persevere and move forward achieve success.
7. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”– Confucius
Nothing is ever without its challenges but what determines whether you win or lose is whether you pick yourself up and try again and try harder or if you give up.
8. “What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone. Know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.”– Dave Thomas
Conviction and determination in yourself mean that half the battle is already won. You must do your research to ensure the success of your business, which means you must know everything there is to know about what you are selling, know your target audience, and you must not give up until you make it.
9. “Starting a successful business is not tricky. Starting a successful business does not require above average intelligence. Starting a successful business does require having a pig-headed, purpose-driven tenacity about achieving your life goals and fulfilling your life’s vision through providing products and services that offer uncompromising quality in a scalable and duplicatable way.”– Clay Clark, The Wheel of Wealth
You don’t need a high IQ to start a business, just the will to succeed, the perseverance to see things through to the end and achieving your goals by offering products don’t hold back on quality and can be reproduced on a large scale.
10. “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”– Napoleon Hill, ‘Think and Grow Rich’
You are the captain of your ship and you must never forget that you are the one in control. You are responsible for the direction of your life and your company takes.
11. “Sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure.”– Donald Trump
The only difference between a winner and a loser is that the former perseveres and continues moving forward while the latter loses heart and gives up.
Nothing worth having is ever easy, and the journey to establish your business will be tough and challenging, but persevere and the success will be worth it.
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