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10 Inspirational Quotes for Young Entrepreneurs

10 Inspirational Quotes for Young Entrepreneurs

Here are ten great inspirational quotes to encourage and enlighten any young entrepreneur who is considering a new business avenue.

1. Catherine Cook, co-founder of MyYearbook

“To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.”

It is the thing we don’t accomplish in life that we often regret the most. Cook implores you to pursue your ambitions rather than remain inactive and later in life contemplate what might have been achieved if you had done so.

2. Ben Weissenstein, CEO of Grand Slam Garage Sales

“Everything started as nothing.”

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Don’t be discouraged by the daunting task ahead of you. The famous quote, ‘Rome wasn’t built in day,’ bears great relevance here. Work diligently and greatness will come. Don’t expect it on day one!

3. Vince Lombardi, head coach of the Green Bay Packers 1959-1967

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

Lombardi offers great sporting advice which is applicable to all areas of life. Irrespective of your personal ambition; if you persevere and work diligently, you can achieve pride in your accomplishments.

4. Vince Lombardi

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

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Once again Lombardi implores that hard work and determination are key to any success; entrepreneurial or otherwise.

5. Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO of Amazon.com

“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 encourages young entrepreneurs to work out what inspires and drives them most in life and pursue it. Entrepreneurs cannot make other peoples’ passions and ambitions suit them.

6. Peter Drucker, writer, professor, and management consultant

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

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You are the orchestrator of your own fate. Work out what you want from life and go out and get it, otherwise it will not come to you.

7. Walt Disney, co-founder of The Walt Disney Company

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Planning will only get you so far. You need to go out and achieve your success. No-one is going to hand it to you.

8. Donald Trump, chairman of The Trump Organization, the Trump Plaza Associates, LLC, and the Trump Atlantic City Associates

“Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.”

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Don’t assume that you know everything. You should glean vital information from experienced colleagues. Work with people and listen to their contributions. If you listen and learn you can achieve far greater than you would have achieved by going it alone.

9. Wilson Luna, author and international business adviser

“It hurts your business.” (talking about ‘ego’)

If you are ego-centric, you discourage others from helping you or investing within your company/idea. Wilson Luna encourages young entrepreneurs to accept that they don’t know everything and could stand to learn something.

10. Duncan Bannatyne, entrepreneur, author and TV personality

“Everyone should pull their finger out and start a business and to believe in themselves. There is nothing else to it. Anyone can make a £100m. But most people don’t go out and try. They just stand in the pub and complain.”

If you never try, you will never succeed. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect other people to believe in you? If you act with confidence and determination, you will accomplish more and inspire others to invest in your future.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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