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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 May 15, 2019

                        10 Most Successful Entrepreneurs and What We Can Learn from Them

                        10 Most Successful Entrepreneurs and What We Can Learn from Them

                        Apart from making crucial decisions for their own businesses, entrepreneurs innovate and grow their ideas. Albeit there being no cookie-cutter answer that fits everyone’s experiences, taking a look at some of the most successful entrepreneurs today, you might spot some similar traits and characteristics.

                        Starting and nurturing a business entails a great amount of hard work and commitment. However, for aspiring entrepreneurs who are prepared to dedicate themselves to their vision, here are 10 most successful entrepreneurs you can learn from:

                        1. Melanie Perkins: Know Your Worth and Keep Trying

                          Melanie Perkins founded Canva, a Sydney-based business valued at $1Billion having successfully raised a number of rounds of successful funding and boasting more than 10 Million users in 179 countries.[1]

                          She told BBC that one of the biggest challenges she faced getting into the business was talking about her company’s accomplishments when she first got to Silicon Valley. She attributed this difficulty to a cultural difference where Australians tend to ‘talk down’ their achievements and this would slow down her fundraising progress for a few years.

                          Despite hundreds of rejections, Melanie emerged three years later with a much clearer strategy and stronger investor pitch that prompted a series of fundraising rounds netting the company $82Million of funding in total.[2]

                          2. Bill Gates: Keep Learning and Exploring

                            If you don’t know Bill Gates, you likely know the company he founded – Microsoft.

                            Bill Gates’ story is a prime example of nurturing an idea that might seem out of this world but make sense in the future. One of the most successful entrepreneurs in history did not complete his degree at Harvard University to pursue a vision that the technology would soon become the future.

                            He told a white lie to Altair, saying that he had made a computer program for them, therefore pushing himself to create a system that would change modern history.

                            “The most important speed issue is convincing everyone that the company’s survival depends on moving as fast as possible.”

                            Gates’ success is built on self-improvement and the seeds of an idea.

                            3. Elon Musk: Never Stop Innovating

                              Traditional thinking suggests that in order to become a successful entrepreneur, one must focus in a single field or industry.

                              Elon Musk, however, breaks that rule.

                              Today, the multifaceted tech entrepreneur, investor, and engineer advocates for the diversification of skills and businesses by delving into various fields of interest.

                              When done right, skills in a single domain can be carried over then applied into contrasting industries to create something new the world might need. Musk owes his accomplishments to a constant thirst for knowledge.

                              Having birthed Tesla and a myriad of products across the arenas of aeronautics and software design, Musk continues to evolve as an entrepreneur and plans to innovate for the long haul.

                              4. Richard Branson: Develop People First

                                British entrepreneur Richard Branson founded Virgin Records in the early 1970s. Virgin Records has since grown into the Virgin Group, today responsible for over 400 companies.

                                The billionaire is strongly particular about working with a team that shares his core values and aspirations.

                                Branson believes that managing a business can become taxing, thus he acknowledges his employees for putting in the effort that they have.

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                                A good leader knows how to raise morale for positive productivity. Utilising emotional intelligence and compassion is a game changer in seeing results within a team.

                                Branson’s supports the idea of nurturing a positive work environment, with the belief that credentials must go hand-in-hand with an enthusiasm for work.

                                5. Jeff Bezos: A Relentless Focus on Customer Satisfaction

                                  Having founded Amazon, Jeff Bezos is known to be one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs. The e-commerce pioneer fixates himself on angry customers with the belief that a business’s loopholes are found in the experiences of unsatisfied customers.

                                  For the 8th year in a row, customers have ranked Amazon as the number one in customer service (according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index).

                                  While numerous companies ignore unhappy customers, Bezos found success in learning from reviews and surveys. By focusing on customer service, Amazon shows they care, both for their customers and for rising above their competitors.

                                  While praise and recognition are signs that a business is accelerating, criticism is an opportunity to improve a product or a service.

                                  6. Mark Zuckerberg: Start Small, Think Big

                                    Valued at over 55 billion dollars today, Mark Zuckerberg built the first version of what would become a social networking giant in his Harvard University dorm room. As one of the world’s youngest entrepreneurs, Zuckerberg undoubtedly took countless calculated risks to get his brilliant idea to its current status with 2.38 billion active monthly users.

                                    “The biggest risk is not taking any risk.”

                                    He’s always daring to explore with a fearless mindset.

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                                    The young tech entrepreneur never shied away from innovating outside of the box. Soon after Facebook became a hit to users and advertisers, big corporations took interest in buying Facebook from Zuckerberg.

                                    However, he took the risk and decided to stay with his creation. Turning down billions of dollars offered by Yahoo CEO, Terry Semel, he envisioned turning his brainchild into something much bigger than what it already was then.

                                    7. Steve Jobs: Live Your Own Dreams

                                      Steve Jobs lived a rocky path all his life and an aspect of which is a tumultuous career.

                                      The founder of Apple endorsed his beliefs on the temporality of life and limitations of time. He preached about the importance of working on the very legacies people wish to leave behind, an achievement he’s undoubtedly etched into the the archives of human history.

                                      Never one to hide under someone’s shadow, Jobs did not live by anybody else’s principles so he formed his own. He tirelessly dedicated himself to building a unique brand of products that became the benchmark for contemporary technology.

                                      After his highs and lows through his brief battle with cancer, Jobs concludes with yet another lesson to takeaway from his remarkable life. “No matter how much money you have, even the richest man can’t buy time.”

                                      8. Warren Buffett: Balance is Essential to Success

                                        Despite being the third wealthiest person in the world, Warrant Buffett sported a frugal lifestyle for most of his life.

                                        After buying a house in Omaha, Nebraska for just above 31,000 dollars, he has lived there since 1958. As a leading investor and a founder at Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett believes in setting aside an amount to save and spend only on necessities.

                                        With a long term goal as a top priority in mind always, treating oneself can be sustainable once in a while. He advices to save money by deciding first and foremost what aspects to scrimp on and what aspects to splurge on to ensure a happy and balanced lifestyle.

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                                        9. Jack Ma: Never Give up

                                          On every journey to success, everybody stumbles and arrives at roadblocks. Some more than most, like Jack Ma, who survived countless rejections and failures only to get back up and brave every storm.

                                          Ma is the founder of multinational technology conglomerate Alibaba Group. Despite being rejected to Harvard after every one of his 10 applications, Ma was never defeated.

                                          His grit and tenacity is a fine testament to the fact that grades do not determine a future. While qualifications on paper are important, the development of skills and an attitude is just as helpful in making a recipe for success.

                                          Despite finding himself in the verge of bankruptcy in the 1990s, Jack Ma possessed the resilience to put one foot in front of the other until he finally made it. “It’s important to have patience,” he says.

                                          10. Tan Min Liang: Passion Can Pay Off

                                            Tan Min Liang is the founder of the leading high-performance gaming hardware, Razer. Always on the look out for new opportunities to connect and scale his business, Tan has been bold in making many of his life’s decisions.

                                            Having deviated from a traditional path set by a family that consists of doctors and lawyers, Tan was to find his life’s work and passion while gaming with his older brother.

                                            The idea was simple: there were so many games out there to play, however, there were hardly any gaming equipment to match this.

                                            So he dropped out of law and began going a different direction, into creating solutions in the gaming industry. At the start of 2019, Tan wrote to tech luminary Elon Musk to which Musk’s reply suggested of a joint venture between two of the most successful entrepreneurs today.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            In today’s cutthroat world, the road to becoming a successful entrepreneur is a long and arduous process trailed with ups and downs. A valuable lesson that a good hand of entrepreneurs would love to convey to aspiring entrepreneurs is to keep the spirit of innovation and to explore uncharted waters.

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                                            Learning from experience and failure is one direction to a desired end goal. Exhibiting the same dedication and grit so many entrepreneurs have through their unexpected careers – today’s budding visionaries ought to hang on their dreams and leave room for improvement along the way.

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