No One Ever Said It was Easy…
No one ever said business was easy. At some point, we all ask ourselves if it’s really worth the hassle of going it alone, being that entrepreneur we always wanted to be.
It’s not easy at all… especially as eight out of every 10 fails in the first 18 months. But as I tell my own children, failure is a necessity. It’s the strong that get up and try again. Not all of us will succeed, unfortunately. But it’s those with determination that will get up, fight through the chaos, and make things happen.
Some of those people – quoted below – have said some of the most powerful things about being successful. These quotes were reported by Entrepreneur magazine. Here are some of my favorites.
“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” - Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance.
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game's winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that's why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan, NBA Hall of Famer.
“There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.” - Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote.
“The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.” - Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” - Vince Lombardi, head coach of the Green Bay Packers (1959-1967).
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company.
“If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.” - Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s.
“Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.” - Donald Trump, chairman of The Trump Organization, the Trump Plaza Associates, LLC.
“Always deliver more than expected.” —Larry Page, co-founder of Google.
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein, physicist.
“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” - Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks.
“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 of Apple.
“Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” - Anthony Volodkin, founder of HypeMachine..
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” - Walt Disney, co-founder of the Walt Disney Company.
"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." Wayne Gretzky, NHL Hall of Famer.
“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” - Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." - Confucius.
“I hate how many people think, “glass half-empty” when their glass is really four-fifths full. I’m grateful when I have one drop in the glass because I know exactly what to do with it.” - Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder and CEO of VaynerMedia.
“It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.” - Babe Ruth, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer.
“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. "Someday" is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it's important to you and you want to do it "eventually," just do it and correct course along the way.”- Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week.
“Fail often so you can succeed sooner.” - Tom Kelley, Ideo partner.
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."