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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 January 14, 2019

                        The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

                        The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

                        Regardless of whether you hold an entry-level administration role or regularly travel to the ends of the Earth as a hot-shot senior executive, you can still find yourself harboring an emptiness… a feeling that something is missing. A popular assumption that experiencing job satisfaction and a successful career should be underpinned by a well-rounded suite of tangible benefits, no longer holds true for many of us.

                        We’d never deny health care benefits, appropriate and fair remuneration, bonuses and travel perks in a job package. However, even if served to us on a silver platter, those features can only satiate us to a certain point.

                        You might wonder what governs entrepreneurs and start-up business owners to quit their lucrative jobs, essentially look the gift horse in the mouth and kiss such benefits goodbye! There can be an irresistible pull to mastermind a business with products and/or services that serve the greater good of community wider than that constituting their daily existence.

                        Even with research showing entrepreneurship to pose greater threats to their mental and physical health, this unique breed of individuals choose to go against the grain in chasing their dreams of being their own boss. Why? Why would anyone risk this type of career suicide?

                        Whether you’re an employee, have recently taken the leap to being a business owner or been in business for a while, the commonality is a congenital condition we all share as human beings; to feel a sense of purpose, value and contribution to our community. Despite it being harder to find this for ourselves in today’s world, these approaches will help you achieve ultimate satisfaction through the twists, turns and joyrides that are essential features of shaping a successful career.

                        1. Search for Opportunities That Feed Your Passion, Not Temporary Excitement

                        Even though well-intended, the ‘feel good now’ compass that career coaches and consultants often recommend you use to create career satisfaction can actually do you more harm than good. Excitement is transient. It doesn’t last. Passion is the compass you need.

                        Passion and excitement are two different things. The resounding career legacy that still draws you to turn up on the job regardless of the sunshine or storm that awaits you…that’s passion. It’s like a mental and/or emotional itch you can’t shrug off. Staying attuned to that calling will breed success for you sooner or later. Patience is key.

                        You’re also likely to have more than one key passion. Beware of getting caught in the notion you have to find your one true purpose. In fact, run immediately from any coach who tells you there is only one. There isn’t.

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                        Your passion is a journey that can take multiple forms so forget thinking there is the single dream job out there that will give you satisfaction in every way you can imagine. It simply doesn’t exist.

                        Consider embracing different roles and projects to help you fuel your passion or fuel your pursuits in finding it. Job satisfaction and your career success will be all the more sweeter from a wider range of enriching experiences.

                        2. Don’t Position Job and Career Satisfaction Assessments as Pivotal Guides to Your Success

                        Despite their popular use for vocational guidance, assessment tools such as Gallup’s Clifton Strengths and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator have come under fire[1] as being limited to the amount of true value and direction they can offer partakers.[2] These and many other guidance assessment tools (e.g. VIA Character Strengths , DISC ) are self-report questionnaires that don’t have normative population data against which to compare your results.

                        Simply remember these tools help you develop a stronger sense of what you identify as strengths and weaknesses within yourself, not in comparison with other people. They will still add insight around what sorts of career opportunities, tasks and projects are going to light your fire, what ones are going to extinguish it and what will prod and keep the coals steadily smoldering.

                        3. Be Clear on Your Personal Values, Ethics and Principles and Choose Relationships That Support You Honoring Them

                        Teamwork, collaboration, open communication and trust are commonplace for any flourishing work environment. However, whether or not your personal values can be honored in your work can make or break your job satisfaction.

                        How committed do you want to be to an organization that expects an average of 10 unpaid overtime hours every week under the guise of ‘reasonable overtime’? Are you willing to accept their construing this expectation as ‘strong commitment’ at the expense of your partner and children waiting at home for you? What are your boundaries concerning when you clock on to their time and when you clock off to yours?

                        Being very in tune with what your personal values, principles and ethics are will bid you well in the job satisfaction stakes. Spending time to reflect on experiences and working relationships you’ve had – the good, the bad and the ugly – will help you make well-informed searches and grounded decisions that will propel your career success.

                        Finding and nurturing relationships with associates and colleagues who share similar values doesn’t just make your day-to-day pursuits more enjoyable. You become fortunate to work with like-minded people who will support, understand and appreciate you like a second family.

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                        Being able to honor your personal values in your work means you will still be able to sleep at night when you have to tread where others fear to, and make extremely difficult decisions others would never ever dream of having to make as you forge success in your career.

                        4. Be Clear on Your Own Definition of What Having a Successful Career Means for You

                        It’s tempting to get caught up in the ideals and projections of success expressed by those we love, admire and respect. Underneath, we all want on some level to belong to a successful club of some sort.

                        With research reporting how much money we feel we need to be truly happy,[3] many of us try to subscribe to the notion that having the car of our dreams or taking a European holiday annually will not bring us happiness. The truth, however, for many of us is these tangible rewards are congratulatory reminders of our persistent efforts to chase our career pursuits.

                        If those are things you aspire to, don’t let anyone steal your desire and want to feel deserving of these things, that those are some parameters by which you define your career success.

                        Despite consistently being the top revenue earner for two years running, you may not wish to become the sales manager. You may not wish to step out into running your own business even though you consistently excel as an employee, delighting clients and repeatedly receiving glowing testimonials.

                        Your definition of career success might be enjoying the predictability of a regular workplace routine. You get to leave – without feeling guilty – at the same time each day, love the people you work with and get to spend a good, uninterrupted amount of work-stress free quality time with your family. That picture is also blissful job satisfaction and complete career success.

                        5. Identify the Sorts of Challenges and Problems You Want to Learn to Overcome

                        Standard advice you might receive from a career coach might be to look for opportunities where you get to capitalize on exercising your strengths and career-related activities you enjoy.

                        However, to become a success at anything involves improvement. To excel at anything often involves stepping outside boundaries and comfort zones where others wouldn’t. This means dedicating focus and attention to things you’re not so good at and things you don’t like.

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                        Here’s where working with a coach can be particularly helpful. Map out the experiences that were unsavory in your working history. Were there challenges you opted out of, projects you failed at or toxic relationships that blasted your sense of purpose and self-worth into oblivion? It’s within these experiences that you might just find the most valuable lessons and guiding lights for your trajectory to achieve greater job satisfaction.

                        If your natural leadership style is to be a collaborator, finding opportunities that require you to apply a more dictatorial style might be needed. Discussing a secondment or short-term project where you get to develop and test your skills can be a step further in earning contention to lead a larger project down the track.

                        With several of the company’s boldest personality types penciled to roll out the operation, you’ll not only develop skills that earn your right to throw your hat in the ring; those key players have an opportunity to see your competence. You can then work on building relationships with those stakeholders before you need to hit the ground running should you win the lead.

                        Greater job satisfaction comes with planning and choosing the lessons and opportunities you want to learn, not desperately flailing, floundering and hoping for the best.

                        6. Keep Reviewing Your Goal Posts and Be Amenable to Change

                        The word ‘career’ is indicative of a longer-term pathway of change, growth and development. The journey is dynamic.

                        You will accumulate new skills and let those you no longer need, become rusty. Your intrigue will be stimulated by new experiences, knowledge and people you meet. Your thinking will continue to expand, not shrink. As a result, your goalposts are likely to change.

                        A major part of enjoying a successful career is not just setting goals effectively, but regularly reviewing and readjusting them where necessary. However, moving the posts or the target still needs to take place by applying the same processes by which you originally created them. The strength of your emotional connection to those revised goals needs to be the same, if not stronger.

                        By asking yourself the following questions, you can assure your developmental and growth trajectory is still on course:

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                        • Would working toward these goals still allow me to honor my personal values, principles and ethics at the same capacity if not greater?
                        • Do the activities I need to undertake to meet these goals honor my highest priorities?
                        • Does this feel right for me and those who are nearest and dearest to me?
                        • Is this aligned with my passion?
                        • Is chasing this goal a right step for me to take now or is this a detour or distraction which could delay my greater plan?

                        Each of your career goals should have different review periods. Whatever you do, stick to the review schedule you set. It will not only keep you focused but help you see your progress (or lack thereof) and allow you to timely re-chart your course before you get too far down the track. You don’t want to waste time haphazardly heading in the wrong direction.

                        7. Be Prepared to Let Go

                        It can be unfathomable to us as to why others risk leaping into the unknown when everything truly appears fine and dandy in the career realm. The company provided stability, recognition, financial success, interesting projects and the promise of a promotion…what was wrong? Why now jump sideways to run a café or train in another field altogether?

                        Nothing may have been wrong at all. It was all going right. It was just the end of a chapter. Perhaps the yearning for the next step is actually taking a different trajectory entirely. You may want to simply experience a different rhythm. Perhaps it’s time to pursue a different passion.

                        If you have leaped from employee-land to freelancing or have made the reverse-jump (or you know someone who has), you will have quickly grown a different appreciation for pros and cons each work lifestyle brings. Working for yourself can bring the greater realization of your creativity, whether or not it can be monetized to earn you a living.

                        When your customers are buying you or a product you designed and fashioned, there is a direct level of appreciation and gratitude that can elevate your confidence in the way you have never experienced as an employee, regardless of your rank.

                        Similarly, there are times where we need to recognize our business ventures were adventures, not long-term life-changing empires. There are times we need to recognize that time is what provides the clearest limitation of how long we persist for in such pursuits.

                        We have to recognize the absence of enough financial, mental, emotional and physical breadcrumbs that tells us we’re no longer meant to push in that direction. At least, not for the present time.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Above all, keep the momentum. As long as you remain committed to pursuing work opportunities that allow you to honor your highest priorities, the truth of who you are and what you stand for, achieving ultimate job satisfaction and a successful career will never be too far away.

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