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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 December 16, 2018

12 Simple Ways You Can Build A Positive Attitude

12 Simple Ways You Can Build A Positive Attitude

We all look for a better and happier life, but somehow we realize it’s our attitude that makes it hard to lead the life we want. How can we build a positive attitude? Grant Mathews has listed out the things (from the easiest to the hardest) we can do to cultivate this attitude on Quora:

1. Listen to good music.

Music definitely improves your mood, and it’s a really simple thing to do.

2. Don’t watch television passively.

Studies have shown that people who watch TV less are happier, which leads me to my next point…

3. Don’t do anything passively.

Whenever I do something, I like to ask myself if, at the end of the day, I would be content saying that I had spent time doing it. (This is why I block sites I find myself wasting too much time on. I enjoy them, but they’re just not worth it when I could be learning something new, or working on projects I care about.)

Time is incredibly valuable.

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4. Be aware of negativity

A community that considers itself intelligent tends to be negativity because criticizing is seen as a signaling mechanism to indicate that you’re more intelligent than the person you corrected. This was irrationally frustrating for me – it’s one of those things you’ll stay up all night to think about.

5. Make time to be alone.

I initially said “take time just to be alone.” I changed it because if you don’t ensure you can take a break, you’ll surely be interrupted.

Being with other people is something you can do to make you happy, but I don’t include it in this list because nearly everyone finds time to talk with friends. On the other hand, spending time just with yourself is almost considered a taboo.

Take some time to figure out who you are.

6. Exercise.

This is the best way to improve your immediate happiness.

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Exercise probably makes you happy. Try and go on a run. You’ll hate yourself while doing it, but the gratification that you get towards the end vastly outweighs the frustration of the first few attempts. I can’t say enough good things about exercise.

Exercising is also fantastic because it gives you time alone.

7. Have projects.

Having a goal, and moving towards it, is a key to happiness.

You have to realize though that achieving the goal is not necessarily what makes you happy – it’s the process. When I write music, I write it because writing is inherently enjoyable, not because I want to get popular (as if!).

8. Take time to do the things you enjoy.

That’s very general, so let me give you a good example.

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One of the things that has really changed my life was finding small communities centered around activities I enjoy. For instance, I like writing music, so I’m part of a community that meets up to write a song for an hour every week. I love the community. I’ve also written a song every week, 37 weeks in a row, which has gradually moved me towards larger goals and makes me feel very satisfied.

9. Change your definition of happiness.

Another reason I think I’m more happy than other people is because my definition of happiness is a lot more relaxed than most people’s. I don’t seek for some sort of constant euphoria; I don’t think it’s possible to live like that. My happiness is closer to stability.

10. Ignore things that don’t make you happy.

I get varying reactions to this one.

The argument goes “if something is making you unhappy, then you should find out why and improve it, not ignore it.” If you can do that, great. But on the other hand, there’s no reason to mope about a bad score on a test.

There’s another counterargument: perhaps you’re moping because your brain is trying to work out how to improve. In fact, this is the key purpose of depression: Depression’s Upside – NYTimes.com

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I can think of examples that go both ways. I remember, for instance, when I was debating a year or two ago and my partner and I would lose a round, I would mull over what we had done wrong for a long time. In that way, I got immensely better at debate (and public speaking in general – did you know debate has amazing effects on your public speaking ability? But now I really digress).

On the other hand, there’s no way that mulling over how dumb you were for missing that +x term on the left hand side will make you better at math. So stop worrying about it, and go practice math instead.

11. Find a way to measure your progress, and then measure it.

Video games are addictive for a reason: filling up an experience bar and making it to the next level is immensely satisfying. I think that it would be really cool if we could apply this concept to the real world.

I put this near the bottom of the list because, unfortunately, this hasn’t been done too often in the real world – startup idea, anyone? So you would have to do it yourself, which is difficult when you don’t even know how much you’ve progressed.

For a while, I kept a log of the runs I had taken, and my average speed. It was really cool to see my improvement over the weeks. (Also, I was exercising. Combining the two was fantastic for boosting happiness.)

12. Realize that happiness is an evolutionary reward, not an objective truth.

It’s easy to see that this is correct, but this is at the bottom of the list for a reason.

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