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40 Inspirational Quotes From Entrepreneurs That Everyone Should Read

40 Inspirational Quotes From Entrepreneurs That Everyone Should Read

The entrepreneurial journey can be one filled with thorns and thistles. It takes guts, perseverance and dogged skills to survive against all odds. You have to be tenacious and solid to stay on track. But it is worth it. Think Richard Branson, Donald Trump, Elon Musk and Steve Jobs and entrepreneurship comes to mind. To be like these people you need some fuel and inspirational words of wisdom to get to your destination.

1. “See things in the present, even if they are in the future.” — Larry Ellison

2. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi

3. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”- Bill Gates

4. “One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.” – Jeff Bezos

5. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” Tony Robbins

6. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

7. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

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8. “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” – Donald Trump

9. “If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” — Jeff Bezos

10. “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” — Tony Hsieh

11. “Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.” — Mark Cuban

12. “Fail often so you can succeed sooner.” — Tom Kelley

13. “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” — Guy Kawasaki

14. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” —Biz Stone

15. “Turn a perceived risk into an asset.” —Aaron Patzer

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16. “Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.” Thomas Edison

17. “Success is not what you have, but who you are.”- Bo Bennet

18. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” —Howard Schultz

19. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

20. “Data beats emotions.” —Sean Rad

21. “Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.” Thomas Edison

22. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill

23. “If you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.”– Mark Zuckerberg

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24. “I don’t have big ideas. I sometimes have small ideas, which seem to work out.”– Matt Mullenweg

25. “Choose something unique.”– Angelo Sotiro

26. “The earlier you start, the more time you have to mess up.”– Emil Motycka

27. “Running a start-up is like eating glass. You just start to like the taste of your own blood.”– Sean Parker

28. “Great products sell themselves.” – Kevin Systrom

29. “Turn a perceived risk into an asset.” —Aaron Patzer

30. “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.”– Henry Ford

31. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” – Richard Branson

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32. “In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.”– Steve Case

33. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”– Walt Disney

34. “High expectations are the key to everything.”– Sam Walton

35. “Everything started as nothing.”– Ben Weissentein

36. “Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” – Jack Dorsey

37. “I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.” – Bill Gates

38. “I don’t think an economic slump will hurt good ideas.” —Rob Kalin

39. “If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock.” – Claude McDonald

40. “I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.”– Jack Welch

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Published on November 12, 2020

5 Signs You Work in a Toxic Environment (And What To Do)

5 Signs You Work in a Toxic Environment (And What To Do)

What’s the most draining, miserable job you’ve ever had? Maybe you had a supervisor with unrealistic demands about your work output and schedule. Or perhaps, you worked under a bullying boss who frequently lost his temper with you and your colleagues, creating a toxic work environment.

Chances are, though, your terrible job experience was more all-encompassing than a negative experience with just one person. That’s because, in general, toxicity at work breeds an entire culture. Research shows abusive behavior by leaders can and often quickly spread through an entire organization.[1]

Unfortunately, working in a toxic environment doesn’t just make it miserable to show up to the office (or a Zoom meeting). This type of culture can have lasting negative effects, taking a toll on mental and physical health and even affecting workers’ personal lives and relationships.[2]

While it’s often all-encompassing, toxic culture isn’t always as blatant or clear-cut as abuse. Some of the evidence is more subtle—but it still warrants concern and action.

Have a feeling that your workplace is a toxic environment? Here are 5 surefire signs to look for.

1. People Often Say (or Imply) “That’s Not My Job”

When I first launched my company, I had a very small team. And back then, we all wore a lot of hats, simply because we had to. My colleagues and I worked tirelessly together to build, troubleshoot, and market our product, and nobody complained (at least most of the time).

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Because we were all in it together, with the same shared vision in mind, cooperation mattered so much more than job titles. Unfortunately, it’s not always that way.

In some workplaces, people adhere to their job descriptions to a fault:

  • Need help with an accounting problem? Sorry, that’s not my job.
  • Oh, you spilled your coffee in the break room? Too bad, I’m working.
  • Can’t figure out the new software? Ask IT.

While everyone has their own skillset—and time is often at a premium—cooperation is important in any workplace. An “it’s not my job” attitude is a sign of a toxic environment because it’s inherently selfish. It implies “I only care about me and what I have to get done” and that people aren’t concerned about the collective good or overall vision.[3] That type of perspective is not only bound to drain individual relationships; it also drains overall morale and productivity.

2. There’s a Lack of Diversity

Diversity is a vital part of a healthy work environment. We need the opinions and ideas of people who don’t see the world like us to move ahead. So, when leaders don’t prioritize diversity—or worse, they actively avoid it—I’m always suspicious about their character and values.

Limiting your workforce to one type of person is bound to prevent organizations from growing healthily. But even if your work environment is diverse in general, the management might prevent diverse individuals from rising to leadership positions, which only misses the point of having a diverse work environment in the first place.

Look around you. Who’s in leadership at your company? Who gets promotions and rewards most often? If the same type of people gets ahead while other individuals consistently get left behind, you might be working in a toxic environment.

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However it manifests in your workplace, keep in mind that a lack of diversity is a tell-tale sign that “bias is rampant and the wrong things are valued.”[4]

3. Feedback Isn’t Allowed

Just as individual growth hinges on being open to criticism, an organization’s well-being depends on workers’ ability to air their concerns and ideas. If management actively stifles feedback from employees, you’re probably working in a toxic environment.

But that definitely doesn’t mean nobody will air their feelings. One of the telltale signs of toxic leadership is when employees vent on the sidelines, out of management’s earshot. When I worked in a toxic environment, coworkers would often complain about higher-ups and company policies during work in private chats or after work hours.

It’s normal to get frustrated at work. That’s just a part of having a job. What isn’t normal is when dissent isn’t a part of or discouraged in the workplace. A workplace culture that suppresses constructive feedback will not be successful in the long run. It’s a sign that leadership isn’t open to new ideas, and that they’re more concerned about their own well-being than the health of the organization as a whole.

4. Quantifiable Measures Take Priority

Sales numbers, timelines, bottom lines—these metrics are, of course, important signs of how things are going in any business. But great leaders know that true success isn’t always measurable or quantifiable. More meaningful factors like workplace satisfaction, teamwork, and personal growth all contribute to and sustain these metrics.

Numbers don’t always tell the whole story, and they shouldn’t be the only concern. Measure-taking should always take a backseat to meaning-making—working together to contribute to a vision that improves people’s lives. If your workplace zones in on quantifiable measures of success, it’s probably not prioritizing what truly matters. And it’s probably also instilling a fear of failure among employees, which paralyzes employees instead of motivating them.

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5. The Policies and Rules Are Inconsistent

Every organization has its own set of unique policies and procedures. But often, unhealthy workplaces have inconsistent, unspoken “rules” that apply differently to different people. When one person gets in trouble for the same type of behavior that promotes another person, workers will feel like management plays favorites—which isn’t just unethical but also a quick way to drain morale and fuel tension in the office.[5] It only shows how incompetent the leadership is and indicates a toxic workplace.

For example, maybe there’s no “set” rule about work hours, but your manager expects certain people or departments to show up at 8 am while other individuals tend to roll in at 9 or 10 am with no real consequences. If that’s the case, then it’s likely that your organization’s leadership is more concerned with controlling people and exerting power rather than the overall good of their employees.

How to Deal With a Toxic Work Environment

The first thing to know if you’re stuck in a toxic work environment is that you’re not stuck. While it’s ultimately the company’s responsibility to make positive changes that prevent harmful actions to employees, you also have an opportunity to speak up about your concerns—or, if necessary, depart the role altogether.

If you suspect that you’re working in a toxic environment, think about how you can advocate for yourself. Start by raising your grievances about the culture in an appropriate setting, like a scheduled, one-on-one meeting with your supervisor.

Can’t imagine sitting down with your supervisor to air those problems on your own? Form some solidarity with like-minded colleagues. Approaching management might feel less overwhelming when you have a “team” who shares your views.

It doesn’t have to be an overtly confrontational discussion. Do your best to frame your concerns in a positive way by sharing with your supervisor that you want to be more productive at work, but certain problems sometimes get in the way.

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Final Thoughts

If your supervisor truly cares about the well-being of the organization, they will take your concerns seriously and actively take part in changing the toxic work environment into something more conducive to productivity.

If not, then it might be time to consider the cost of the job on your well-being and personal life. Is it worth staying just for your resume’s sake? Or could you consider a “bridge” job that allows you to exhale for a bit, even if it doesn’t “move you ahead” the way you planned?

It might not be the ideal situation, but your mental health and well-being are too important to ignore. And when you have the opportunity to refuel, you’ll be a far more valuable asset at whatever amazing job you land next.

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