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11 Inspirational Quotes On Secrets Of Success From Entrepreneurs

11 Inspirational Quotes On Secrets Of Success From Entrepreneurs

Whether you are preparing to launch your own startup or are looking for inspiration to help you with other areas of your life, the following 11 entrepreneurs can help you focus on what really matters and learn the importance of continuously striving for success.

1. Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari, Inc. and Chuck E. Cheese

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    “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

    Nolan Bushnell has been involved in more than 20 companies. He currently serves as the chairman and co-founder of Brainrush.

    2. Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook

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      “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”

      Mark Zuckerberg is known for being one of the creators of Facebook, and he also launched the Internet.org project with the goal of helping 5 billion people worldwide get online.

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      3. John Rampton, Founder of Blogging.org, PPC.org, Due.com and Pixloo

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        “You can say anything to anyone, but how you say it will determine how they will react.”

        John Rampton is an entrepreneur, angel investor and writer who contributes to The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur and Forbes. His most recent business launch is due.com which provides tools for simple online time tracking and invoicing. The blog also offers online business advice through articles such as “The 12-Step Program To Recover Your Blog From Any Google Penalty”

        4. Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks

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          “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.”

          Howard Schultz doesn’t just bring us some of the most popular and delicious coffee in the world, either. He has also served on Square, Inc.’s board of directors and was the owner of the Seattle SuperSonics from 2002 – 2006.

          5. Steve Jobs, Co-founder and Former CEO of Apple

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            “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

            Steve Jobs passed away in 2011 after one of the most successful entrepreneurial careers there has ever been. He is credited with being a pioneer of the American computer revolution and was also the owner of Pixar.

            6. Jim Rohn, Former Vice President of Nutri-Bio

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              “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

              Jim Rohn’s rags to riches story enabled him to become a successful motivational speaker and author after Nutrio-Bio went out of business. Rohn passed away in 2009.

              7. Estée Lauder, Co-founder of the Estée Lauder Companies

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                “I didn’t get here by dreaming or thinking about it. I got here by doing it.”

                Estée Lauder began working with beauty products as a teenager and released her first fragrance, Youth Dew, in 1953. Lauder passed away in 2004 after a successful 51 year career that included being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

                8. Thomas Edison, Founder of the Edison Electric Light Company

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                  “I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others. I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

                  Thomas Edison’s list of accomplishments includes the electric light bulb, the motion picture camera. and developing the phonograph.

                  9. Kallum J. Mitterer, Founder of Peak Nootropics

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                    “Controlling our thoughts and behaviors is the single most important factor of success. Everything else is just an edge over people who don’t harness these abilities.”

                    Kallum Mitterer, a 26-year-old entrepreneur, is one of the top online merchants in the business world today. He’s made a career of marketing nootropics that unlock the key to ultimate brain health and life hacks. Mitterer’s quick rise at such a young age showcases the fact that everyone’s potential for entrepreneurial success is truly Limitless.”

                    10. Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group

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                      “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”

                      Richard Branson has been bringing his business ideas to life since the age of 16. Branson is also involved in several humanitarian causes and has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies.

                      11. Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Landmark Theaters

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                        “Work like there is someone working 24-hours a day to take it all away from you.”

                        Mark Cuban is an outspoken entrepreneur and author of How to Win at the Sport of Business. He has built a diverse and successful business career that has enabled him to accrue an estimated net worth of $3 billion. Cuban’s accomplishments include co-owning 2929 Entertainment, owning Landmark Theaters and the Dallas Mavericks, and appearing as an investor on “Shark Tank.”

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                        All of these quotes are a good inspirational starting point for any entrepreneur who wants to take their ideas to the next level. You can also derive inspiration by reading additional quotes from some of the most notable female leaders throughout history.

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                        Last Updated on September 18, 2019

                        11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

                        11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

                        Are you looking to move up the career ladder? Or maybe you’re tired of having a “job” and want to start looking for a more permanent career?

                        Whatever your motivation, you are going to have to learn some new and different hard skills to broaden your opportunities. After all, there’s a very famous quote that says:

                        “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

                        While the insanity part doesn’t really fit here, the overall message is a good one. If you are looking for a different result (career advancement, more money or even a career instead of a job), it’s up to you to make it happen. This is both the good news and bad news!

                        The good news is that because it’s up to you, you have complete control over it happening. The bad news is that change is hard. Humans are creatures of habit, that’s why we develop routines, and anything that disrupts that routine causes us anxiety. And we will do almost anything to get rid of that anxiety. The overweight person will calm their anxiety by eating that doughnut, the smoker will light up a cigarette to avoid anxiety.

                        What we want to do with this article is to give you the hard skills you’ll need to reduce that anxiety so you can move up that corporate ladder, make more money or have career instead of just a “job.”

                        The following hard skills are essential to learn if you want to advance your career. They may not be easy to take up, but definitely worth your effort of learning:

                        1. Cloud Computing

                        “Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence and more—over the Internet “the cloud” to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. You typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently, and scale as your business needs change.” Microsoft[1]

                        There are many different jobs available in the cloud computing world today. They range from architects and developers to data scientists, security pros. Each job is its own specialty and requires a high level of specification for advancement.

                        This is definitely a hard skill that requires education. But if the tech world and computers are your thing you can make cloud computing a lucrative career.

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                        2. Data Mining and Statistical Analysis

                        Again, these are highly specialized fields. Data mining is defined as using large sets of data to look for anomalies and other patterns that can be used to predict future behavior.

                        Amazon is probably the best known company to use data mining. Have you ever noticed that when you buy something at Amazon, you’ll see a little ad at the bottom that says “customers who bought this also bought…”and it lists 2-3 other items? All of that information comes from data mining, by examining the millions of sales amazon makes they can predict that if you buy item #1 there is a high likelihood that you will buy one of the other items too. T

                        his not only increases sales for Amazon, but it also serves as a reminder for you that you may need these additional items for your project. This is very valuable information and has a wide range of uses. Although it has a bad reputation and evil sounding name, it is a very useful tool for maximizing productivity and sales.

                        3. Data Management

                        All companies today deal with a ton of data! Being able to manage that data in an efficient manor is not only highly prized, but a necessity.

                        We all have these things on our desks called computers. Unless there is a need for a paper copy, almost all of our data is computerized. Meaning that, in theory it is all at our fingertips. Being able to organize that data so that it’s easily and quickly retrievable is why computers are replacing filing cabinets!

                        However, just like the old fashion filing cabinet, data management on a computer is only good if it’s well organized. You want to make sure that you are keeping your data well organized so that it’s easy to find when needed. This is a skill that comes easily to some people (are you a person that makes lists? Good!) but with others it will be a skill that needs to be practices. Make sure that this is a discipline you master.

                        4. Scheduling

                        Being able to make and keep to a schedule is a very useful tool in both business and life. Effective scheduling means that you can prioritize projects, understand the tools needed to get the job done on time and that you are organized enough to lead people.

                        An important point here is to write things down! Whether it’s in an old fashion daily or weekly organizer or in a PDA. Have a copy of your schedule available at your fingertips at all times.

                        5. Financial Skills

                        These are especially important when looking for that promotion. The higher up the ladder you go, the more you’ll have to deal with things like accounting, budgeting, financial planning and cash flow management.

                        While you may not need to be an expert at all of these, you should have a good grasp of all of them. This is where taking a few night classes at your local community college is a good idea. You don’t need to become an expert, but brushing up on these skills will help you tremendously.

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                        6. Research Skills

                        These are important in all aspects of life, but especially in your work-life.

                        Are you looking for that first job out of school? Nothing impresses a boss or hiring manager more than someone who has researched the company. Trust me, they deal with people walking in off the street everyday looking for a job, but managers and owners need to see the value in hiring (or promoting) you.

                        So do your research and have some company specific questions ready to ask. Show that you are interested in working for that company or that position and not just “a” job or the “promotion” because you have seniority or need the money.

                        If it’s a promotion that you are after, never bad mouth the previous occupant. Instead pick out an example that he/she was good at and explain how you would like to use or expand that policy and how it would enhance the policy changes you’d like to make.

                        If it’s a new job you’re going for, then make sure to have some company specific questions ready to show that you have done your homework for the new position.

                        7. Marketing Skills

                        While marketing a companies products or services has always been a highly sought after skill. In today’s world, it can take on several different forms.

                        Some of the marketing skills that are highly sought after today include, SEO, Search Engine Optimization, SEM, Search Engine Marketing and marketing campaign management. Familiarity with Google Analytics as well as Word Press are also valuable.

                        While traditional marketing and branding were focused on advertising and selling. Almost all marketing efforts now a days are focused on the internet.

                        8. Network Security Specialist

                        Again, this is a highly skilled position that requires specialized training. But the amount of data that all companies store is significant, and if that data is leaked or stolen, it can costs them millions of dollars in both lost revenue and lawsuits.

                        So, if you have an interest in network security you will find the field both lucrative and stable.

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                        9. Communication Skills

                        At first glance, communication skills may not look like it fits into the category of “Hard Skills” that can help you succeed. But in this ever shrinking world where companies can do business from almost anywhere, communication is more and more important.

                        Are you bilingual? It really doesn’t matter what language you speak, there’s a company out there looking for someone who speaks that language.

                        10. Computer Programming

                        I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that computers are going to be around for a while! As both the hardware and software get more advanced, the need for computer programming is only going to increase.

                        11. Graphic Design

                        As of 2018, there were 4.37 million new websites launched.[2] A good number of them will fail because they just aren’t interesting enough visually. The use of templates and replicated websites is only making the problem worse.

                        Part of the way Google ranks sites is through originality, this almost ensures that replicated sites will never get ranked through Google. So the more original your site is, the more likely people will visit and actually spend time there.

                        That is what a good graphic designer does. Takes your basic idea and turns it into a website that people actually want to visit.

                        Embrace the Anxiety That Comes with Change

                        You know it’s going to be there, you know that you’ll want to give up as you’re learning these new skills but, you’ll also know that the end result is worth the journey.

                        Here’s a little trick when you’re feeling overwhelmed:

                        Have you ever met an ex-smoker who was sorry they quit? An ex-drinker or drug user that said life was much better before they quit? These people have gone through some of the most difficult challenges humans can go through including weeks, if not, months of intense physical withdrawal symptoms. They did it because they knew that the pain and anxiety they would experience would ultimately get them to a much better life.

                        Now what was that complaint you had about attending night-school?

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                        This is the part everyone hates, everyone thinks night-school, adult education and just generally giving up family and/or spare time. While those are certainly possible ways to develop the necessary skills, they aren’t the only way.

                        You’ll want to check with your human resources department because depending on the company, a certain degree maybe required in order to even be considered for a position. In those cases, night-school, on-line or some other form of adult education maybe your best route.

                        But as long as a degree isn’t required, then your options are wide open.

                        Let’s just say that you’re a sales person interested in becoming the sales manager but, the territory you’ve been given will never produce the sales figures that would make you stand out as a good candidate for sales manager. So how about you start your own side business (don’t compete with your company), but let’s say you enjoy golf.

                        In this day and age, there are plenty of places that will teach you how to sell products on-line and even set you up with your own website. So you start a site selling golf equipment and accessories (don’t worry, you won’t even have to carry inventory or worry about shipping).

                        Now, when that sales manager spot opens up, you can explain that even though other salespeople had better numbers than you, it had nothing to do with your sales ability, it was more of a consequence of the territory your were given.

                        And to prove it, you brought in some information about a side business, you started showing that you’re on target for a sales growth rate of 30% this year. And because you had to do all of the marketing for the business, you came up with some marketing strategies that you can bring to the new job (built-in experience).

                        The Bottom Line

                        We’ve put together these 11 hard skills as a way to give yourself a “leg up” on the competition. We’ve tried to make this a mixture of both skills that require a great deal of training, and also ones that you can work on and develop by yourself.

                        We know that not everyone is cut out to be a cloud computing expert, but we also know that working on and having good scheduling skills will make you a much more desirable candidate for the position!

                        We also don’t want you to discount the idea of a “side hustle“. Especially for people new to the workforce, having a business that you have started and run successfully shows potential employers that you have initiative, scheduling skills and ambition which can put you well ahead of your competition!

                        As usual, we hope you found this article both enjoyable and informative. If you did, may we ask that you share it with your family and friends through social media. It really does help us and is greatly appreciated!

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                        Reference

                        [1] Microsoft Azure: Cloud Computing
                        [2] Netcraft: December 2018 Web Server Survey

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