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50 Quotes From Entrepreneurs That Will Inspire You

50 Quotes From Entrepreneurs That Will Inspire You

1. Be humble

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

2. Don’t pass up opportunities

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” – Richard Branson

3. Focus your energies on yourself

“We are really competing against ourselves. We have no control over how other people perform.” – Pete Cashmore

4. Put in the effort to make things happen

“It’s not in the dreaming, it’s in the doing.” – Mark Cuban

5. Never ever give up

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

6. Don’t be afraid to mess up

“Show me a person who never made a mistake, and I will show you a person who never did anything.” – William Rosenberg

7. Let your dreams run wild

“Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” – Tim Ferriss

8. Take charge

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

9. Remember that nothing is too big to shoot for

“Whatever you are thinking, think bigger.” – Tony Hsieh

10. Think big

“Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

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11. Know what you can and can’t do

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

12. Don’t be quick to give up

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

13. Always try

“I knew that if I failed, I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” – Jeff Bezos

14. Winning isn’t everything

“I don’t believe in failure. It’s not failure if you enjoyed the process.” – Oprah Winfrey

15. Get past your fears

“If you push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking risk, really amazing things can happen.” – Marissa Mayer

16. Set your own goals and dreams to reach for

“Define success in your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney

17. Don’t let anyone stand in your way

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?” — Ayn Rand

18. Don’t let others get into your head

“Don’t let others define you. You define yourself.” – Virginia Rometty

19. There is always a silver lining to look forward to

“Today is cruel. Tomorrow is crueler. And the day after tomorrow is beautiful.” – Jack Ma

20. Take control of what you want

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray

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21. Don’t give up on whatever dreams you may have

“When you cease to dream you cease to live.” – Malcolm Forbes

22. Don’t pay attention to the naysayers

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

23. You’ll never know if you don’t try

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

24. Don’t waste time being afraid

“I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not trying.” – Jay Z

25. You are the master of your own universe

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey

26. Always be looking ahead

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

27. You know whats best for you

“Trust your instincts.” – Estee Lauder

28. Don’t be afraid to be the first person to do it

“Everything’s impossible until someone does it.” – Bruce Wayne

29. Always be working on your dream

“It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.” – Paul Graham

30. Don’t just talk – do

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

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31. Always be shooting further

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

32. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Nancy D. Solomon

33. With failure sometimes comes success

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

34. Don’t be afraid of some hard work

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon

35. Believe in the strength of your spirit

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” – Joseph P. Kennedy

36. Failure along the way is inevitable

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” – Drew Houston

37. Never give up

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

38. Let failure make you stronger

“Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki

39. Nothing is too great for you to shoot for

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

40. It is your decision alone, should you choose not to act on your dreams

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J. K. Rowling

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41. Stay hopeful

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

42. Don’t give up

“All my life people have said that I wasn’t going to make it…You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” – Ted Turner

43. Keep reaching for more goals as you achieve them

“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.” – J.P. Morgan

44. Stay positive

“The way you begin each day defines how you’ll live each day.” – Robin Sharma

45. Don’t overthink

“Learn to let your thoughts exist on their own without getting too involved in them.” – Russell Simmons

46. Hard work perseveres

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” – Ray Kroc

47. Always be your best you

“Prove someone wrong every day.” – Jason Sadler

48. Keep trying and you’re bound to get somewhere

“Fail enough and you’ll win eventually.” – Eric Bahn

49. Don’t let negative reviews discourage you

“Beware of your critics. Mediocre minds are the greatest enemy of innovation.” – Robert Sofia

50. Dream as big as possible

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

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Last Updated on July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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