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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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Last Updated on March 30, 2020

How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

Traditionally, when you have a lot of ideas in your mind, you would create a text document, or take a sheet of paper and start writing in a linear fashion like this:

  • Intro to Visual Facilitation
    • Problem, Consequences, Solution, Benefits, Examples, Call to action
  • Structure
    • Why, What, How to, What If
  • Do It Myself?
    • Audio, Images, time-consuming, less expensive
  • Specialize Offering?
    • Built to Sell (Standard Product Offering), Options (Solving problems, Online calls, Dev projects)

This type of document quickly becomes overwhelming. It obviously lacks in clarity. It also makes it hard for you to get a full picture at a glance and see what is missing.

You always have too much information to look at, and most often you only get a partial view of the information. It’s hard to zoom out, figuratively, and to see the whole hierarchy and how everything is connected.

To see a fuller picture, create a mind map.

What Is a Mind Map?

A mind map is a simple hierarchical radial diagram. In other words, you organize your thoughts around a central idea. This technique is especially useful whenever you need to “dump your brain”, or develop an idea, a project (for example, a new product or service), a problem, a solution, etc. By capturing what you have in your head, you make space for other thoughts.

In this article, we are focusing on the basics: mind mapping using pen and paper.

The objective of a mind map is to clearly visualize all your thoughts and ideas before your eyes. Don’t complicate a mind map with too many colors or distractions. Use different colors only when they serve a purpose. Always keep a mind map simple and easy to follow.

    Image Credit: English Central

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    By following the three next steps below, you will be able to create such mind maps easily and quickly.

    3 Simple Steps to Create a Mind Map

    The three steps are:

    1. Set a central topic
    2. Add branches of related ideas
    3. Add sub-branches for more relevant ideas

    Let’s take a look at an example Verbal To Visual illustrates on the benefits of mind mapping.[1]

    Step 1 : Set a Central Topic

    Take a blank sheet of paper, write down the topic you’ve been thinking about: a problem, a decision to make, an idea to develop, or a project to clarify.

    Word it in a clear and concise manner.

      What is the first idea that comes to mind when you think of the subject for your mind map? Draw a line (straight or curved) from the central topic, and write down that idea.

        Step 3 : Add Sub-Branches for More Relevant Ideas

        Then, what does that idea make you think of? What is related to it? List it out next to it in the same way, using your pen.

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          You can always add more to it later, but that’s good for now.

          In our example, we could detail the sub-branch “Benefits” by listing those benefits in sub-branches of the branch “Benefits”. Unfortunately, we already reached the side of the sheet, so we’re out of space to do so. You could always draw a line to a white space on the page and list them there, but it’s awkward.

          Since we created this mind map on a regular letter-format sheet of paper, the quantity of information that fits in there is very limited. That is one of the main reasons why I recommend that you use software rather than pen and paper for most of the mind mapping that you do.

          Repeat Step 2 and Step 3

          Repeat steps 2 and 3 as many times as you need to flush out all of your ideas around the topic that you chose.

            I added first-level (main) branches around the central topic mostly in a clockwise fashion, from top-right to top-left. That is how, by convention, a mind map is read.

            In the next section, we are covering the three strategies to building your maps.  

            Mind Map Examples to Illustrate Mind Mapping

            You can go about creating a mind map in various ways:

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            • Branch by Branch: Adding whole branches (with all of their sub-branches), one by one.
            • Level by Level: Adding elements to the map, one level at a time. That means that firstly, you add elements around the central topic (main branches). Then, you add sub-branches to those main branches. And so on.
            • Free-Flow: Adding elements to your mind map as they come to you, in no particular order.

            Branch by Branch

            Start with the central topic, add a first branch. Focus on that branch and detail it as much as you can by adding all the sub-branches that you can think of.

              Then develop ideas branch by branch.

                A branch after another, and the mind map is complete.

                  Level by Level

                  In this “Level by Level” strategy, you first add all the elements that you can think of around the central topic, one level deep only. So here you add elements on level 1:

                    Then, go over each branch and add the immediate sub-branches (one level only). This is level 2:

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                      Idem for the next level. This is level 3. You can have as many levels as you want in a mind map. In our example, we only have 3 levels. Now the map is complete:

                        Free-Flow

                        Basically, a free flow strategy of mind mapping is to add main branches and sub-topics freely. No rules to restrict how ideas should flow in the mind map. The only thing to pay attention to is that you need to be careful about the level of the ideas you’re adding to the mind map — is it a main topic, or is it a subtopic?

                          I recommend using a combination of the “Branch by Branch” and the “Free-Flow” strategies.

                          What I normally do is I add one branch at a time, and later on review the mind map and add elements in various places to finish it. I also sometimes build level 1 (the main branches) first, then use a “Branch by Branch” approach, and later finish the map in a “Free-Flow” manner.

                          Try each strategy and combinations of strategies, and see what works best for you.

                          The Bottom Line

                          When you’re feeling stuck or when you’re just starting to think about a particular idea or project, take out a paper and start to brain dump your ideas and create a mind map. Mind mapping has the magic to clear your head and have your thoughts organized.

                          If you can’t always have access to a paper and pen, don’t worry! Creating a mind map with software is very effective and you get none of the drawbacks of pen and paper. You can also apply the above steps and strategies just the same when using a mind mapping tool on the phone and computer.

                          More Tools to Help You Organize Thoughts

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