It is the hope of every startup entrepreneur that one day their businesses would be referred to as a success story and they’ll get to own the business of their dreams. Nevertheless, building a business from scratch into something significant is one of the hardest and challenging things anyone can try to achieve.
Most often you put in your best effort and every strategy you know under the sun yet you don’t see the desired result. The truth of the matter is that even startups that have huge funding support and experts do not get it easy at the early stage.
It is no secret that about 70% percent of startups fail after the first two years, nonetheless, all hope is not lost you can still succeed. Just Don’t give up! So long as you believe that the service and product you offer will be of value to people then don’t quit.
Rather be inspired by the number of businesses who failed, but bounced back and are successful and celebrated businesses today.
So here are “30 Inspirational Quotes for Startups and Entrepreneurs” from some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs to keep you going when the going gets tough.
1. Failure is not to be feared. It is from failure that most growth comes.
-Dee Hock: Inherent in every failing experiences are valuable lessons to be learned to make you wiser and prepared for the next successes ahead.
2. Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you. –Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO: The greatness of any business is not determined by how much money it makes but by how well it able to solve the problems of its customers and how much value it delivers.
3. Make something people want includes making a company that people want to work for. -Sahil Lavingia: Aim to build a business of impact that delivers value for its customers and employees. Not a business that is self-serving, but a business people will be willing to patronize.
4. You have to work on the business first before it works for you.
5. Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. -Jack Welch
6. I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” –Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder, and CEO
7. Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you.” –Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO: The truth remains that there is always someone who is better skilled than you, hence the need for us to always be humble and treat people with respect.
8. The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing. –Walt Disney, Co-Founder, Disney: Most often a significant number of us are stuck up in the talking process of our ideas, ranting about how great it is, how it is going to be successful and never start executing.
9. Always deliver more than expected. –Larry Page, Co-Founder, Google: With so much competition around you sure must be doing something differently that would distinguish you from your peers. Deliver to the customer a little more value than expected.
10. Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress. –Seth Godin, Author: Many a time we are caught up in trying to be perfect that we end up not executing much.
11. Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen. -Wayne Huizenga: While you’re saying it is impossible to accomplish you’ll run into someone who is achieving that same success. Be an executor, not a dreamer.
12. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large. -Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Co.
13. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. -Thomas Edison: It is only failure if you learn nothing from it.
14. Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that. –Anthony Volodkin, founder, Hype Maching: Providing quality is non-negotiable, no matter how famous you are being good is one of the factors that make clients want to repeat business.
15. You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic. – Stephen C. Hogan: Hardwork is king, if you give your employer 100% you should give your dream 120%.
16. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. –Bill Gates: It is from your customer’s feedback that you get to know what changes to make and how to improve your product and service delivery.
17. You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over. –Richard Branson: You may not get it right at the first try, but eventually you’ll get it if you keep on trying.
18. If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to build theirs. – Tony Gaskin: That’s just it, you build your own business or you help someone else build theirs.
19. Stop selling. Start helping. – ZigZiglar: As simple as this may sound, it is the single most distinguishing factor between a multimillion-dollar business and a business struggling to make a profit.
20. You’re not going to enjoy every minute of the journey, but the success you’ll find at the end will make it all worth it. – Muhammad Ali: The journey of success is not always rosy, but one thing you can be sure of is that it will eventually pay off if you don’t give.
21. Mistakes will not end your business. If you are nimble and willing to listen to constructive criticism you can excel by learning and evolving.
–Meridith Valiando Rojas, co-founder, and CEO of DigiTour Media
22. Make your team feel respected, empowered, and genuinely excited about the company’s mission. –Tim Westergren, co-founder of Pandora
23. User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s undervalued and underinvested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board. –Evan Williams, Co-Founder, Twitter
24. As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big. –Donald Trump, The Trump Organization President & POTUS
25. Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” –Mary Kay Ash, Mary Kay Cosmetics Founder
26. Even if you don’t have the perfect idea, to begin with, you can likely adapt. –Victoria Ransom, Wildfire Interactive Co-Founder
27. It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. –Babe Ruth, Baseball Legend
28. If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful.” –Pierre Omidyar, eBay Founder, and Chairman
30. I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” –Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, and CEO, Apple
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