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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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5 Practical Ways to Get Over a Mental Block

5 Practical Ways to Get Over a Mental Block

There’s nothing quite like a state of “flow” when you’re working. The rare moments when your inspiration aligns with your motivation likely lead to some of your most creative work. Plus, it feels great to actually check a task or project off the list so you can move on to the next thing. Meanwhile, a mental block — its opposite — can cause work to feel laborious and uninspired. Forget creativity when you have a mental block — it makes it difficult even to start working on what you need to do.

A mental block can manifest in several ways. Perhaps your imposter syndrome is squelching your creative ideas, for instance, or you’re overwhelmed by the breadth of a project and its impending deadline. Maybe you’re just tired or stressed.

Either way, having a mental block feels like being trapped in your own head, and it can seriously dampen your ability to think outside the box. The problem is, you’re so locked into your own perspective that you don’t see more innovative approaches to your problems.[1]

Luckily, jumping over these mental hurdles is simpler than you think. You just need the right strategies to get your flow back.

Try these five practical ways to overcome a mental block.

1. Break Your Project Down

A few years ago, I was working on changing a company product that I believed would hugely benefit our customers. Sounds great, right?

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As inspired as I was to make people’s lives easier, though, the sheer magnitude of the task at hand felt overwhelming. Every morning, I cracked open my laptop to work and felt totally paralyzed. I loved the idea, yes, but actualizing it felt risky. What if it didn’t turn out the way I pictured in my mind? More importantly, where would I even begin?

A former colleague gave me great advice over coffee:

Change how you think. Start by breaking the big project down into small tasks.

When a major project overwhelms you, you only see the entire forest instead of the individual trees. And as you stare it down, you start to feel discouraged by your own lack of progress, thus slowing you down further.

Breaking down a massive task into smaller chunks makes the work feel more manageable. You’ll have multiple clear places to start and end with, which will lend a motivating sense of productivity and mastery to your process. Learn more about it here: The Motivation Flowchart: The Mental Process of Successful People

Think of it as accumulating small wins. When you realize you’re more capable than you have once thought, you’ll develop the momentum and confidence needed to get your big job done little by little.[2]

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2. Change Up Your Scenery

Of course, there’s a time and place for sitting down to get things done. But if you’re experiencing a mental block, switching up your surroundings can make a big difference in your output.

Have you ever noticed how your environment directly impacts your performance and mood?

Your brain associates your physical surroundings with certain feelings and activities. So, if you feel mentally stuck, your mind may need some new sensory stimuli.

During this time in your life, it may not be possible to set up shop at a cafe or move from your cubicle to a conference room, so you may need to think outside the box. If you’re working remotely in a home office, try going to your dining table or couch. If the weather cooperates, sit outside for a bit with your computer or take a walk around the block.

You can also simply rearrange your workspace. Not sure where to begin? Try decluttering. Some studies show that an organized desk enhances productivity.[3]

The point is to stimulate your brain with new sounds and sights. You may find a much-needed dose of inspiration when you work while breathing in the fresh air, listening to city sounds, or staying in the comfort of your own living space.

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3. Do an Unrelated Activity

When it comes to productivity, a bit of distraction isn’t always a bad thing. That’s especially true if your chosen distraction helps you get things done in the long run.

Have you realized how your most creative thoughts tend to bubble up when you’re, say, lying in bed or taking a shower? In their research of the “incubation period,” scientists have discovered that people’s best ideas seem to surface when they aren’t actively trying to solve a problem.[4]

In a 2010 study, participants needed to look for a roommate or new employee based on the profiles that the researchers gave. The people who had a brief “incubation period” — in this case, working on an anagram — consistently made better choices than those who spent more time weighing their options.

If you can’t seem to prime your brain for a project, try doing something completely unrelated to work, such as washing your dishes, working out, or calling a friend. Some experts say finding another low-stake project to work on can help jump-start the creative part of your brain and activate your flow.[5]

The key is to allow your unconscious mind to do its best work: eliciting the new knowledge your conscious mind may be ignoring or suppressing.[6]

4. Be Physical

Feeling antsy? When your mind won’t seem to settle into a state of flow, it may help to swap out your mental activity for a physical one and see how it impacts your perspective.

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While any physical activity is beneficial for your body — and getting up to move can serve as a helpful form of distraction — certain forms of exercise can more directly impact the mind. To be specific, relaxing, flow-based exercises like dance, yoga, or tai chi can create a gentle sense of momentum in your body, which can prime your brain for the same state.

Stress-reducing activities may also be necessary. Meditating or taking slow, deep breaths will also calm your nervous system if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Evidence shows that the logical, creative part of your brain essentially shuts off when you’re stressed.[7]

On the flip side, when your mind and body are relaxed, you can think more clearly, be more creative, and focus for longer periods — all of which will help you overcome a mental block.

5. Don’t Force It

It can be frustrating to fight against your own mind. If your mental block won’t go away after some effort, it may be time to take a break. Forcing creative thoughts only adds to your stress levels, which in turn inhibits your ability to think creatively. And if you sit and stare at a project for too long, you’ll not only waste valuable time but also begin to associate this specific work with frustration and produce work you’re not proud of.

“I know that forcing something is not going to create anything beyond mediocre, so I step aside and work on a different project until it hits me,” the artist Ben Skinner said about his creative process.[8]

If your work isn’t time-sensitive, then it may make sense to step away for a while to focus on something else, be it an administrative task that requires less creativity or a project that you feel motivated to work on.

When the time is right, you’ll find your way back to the original task with a fresh, creative perspective (hopefully).

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