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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 March 21, 2019

11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

Most gurus talk about habits in a way that doesn’t help you:

You need to push yourself more. You can’t be lazy. You need to wake up at 5 am. You need more motivation. You can never fail…blah blah “insert more gibberish here.”

But let me share with you the unconventional truths I found out:

To build and change habits, you don’t need motivation or wake up at 5 am. Heck, you can fail multiple times, be lazy, have no motivation and still pull it off with ease.

It’s quite simple and easy to do, especially with the following list I’m going to show to you. But remember, Jim Rohn used to say,

“What is simple and easy to do is also simple and easy not to do.”

The important things to remember when changing your habits are both simple and easy, just don’t think that they don’t make any difference because they do.

In fact, they are the only things that make a difference.

Let’s see what those small things are, shall we?

1. Start Small

The biggest mistake I see people doing with habits is by going big. You don’t go big…ever. You start small with your habits.

Want to grow a book reading habit? Don’t start reading a book a day. Start with 10 pages a day.

Want to become a writer? Don’t start writing 10,000 words a day. Start with 300 words.

Want to lose weight? Don’t stop eating ice cream. Eat one less ball of it.

Whatever it is, you need to start small. Starting big always leads to failure. It has to, because it’s not sustainable.

Start small. How small? The amount needs to be in your comfort zone. So if you think that reading 20 pages of a book is a bit too much, start with 10 or 5.

It needs to appear easy and be easy to do.

Do less today to do more in a year.

2. Stay Small

There is a notion of Kaizen which means continuous improvement. They use this notion in habits where they tell you to start with reading 1 page of a book a day and then gradually increase the amount you do over time.

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But the problem with this approach is the end line — where the “improvement” stops.

If I go from reading 1 page of a book a day and gradually reach 75 and 100, when do I stop? When I reach 1 book a day? That is just absurd.

When you start a habit, stay at it in the intensity you have decided. Don’t push yourself for more.

I started reading 20 pages of a book a day. It’s been more than 2 years now and I’ve read 101 books in that period. There is no way I will increase the number in the future.

Why?

Because reading 40 to 50 books a year is enough.

The same thing applies to every other habit out there.

Pick a (small) number and stay at it.

3. Bad Days Are 100 Percent Occurrence

No matter how great you are, you will have bad days where you won’t do your habit. Period.

There is no way of going around this. So it’s better to prepare yourself for when that happens instead of thinking that it won’t ever happen.

What I do when I miss a day of my habit(s) is that I try to bounce back the next day while trying to do habits for both of those days.

Example for that is if I read 20 pages of a book a day and I miss a day, the next day I will have to read 40 pages of a book. If I miss writing 500 words, the next day I need to write 1000.

This is a really important point we will discuss later on rewards and punishments.

This is how I prepare for the bad days when I skip my habit(s) and it’s a model you should take as well.

4. Those Who Track It, Hack It

When you track an activity, you can objectively tell what you did in the past days, weeks, months, and years. If you don’t track, you will for sure forget everything you did.

There are many different ways you can track your activities today, from Habitica to a simple Excel sheet that I use, to even a Whatsapp Tracker.

Peter Drucker said,

“What you track is what you do.”

So track it to do it — it really helps.

But tracking is accompanied by one more easy activity — measuring.

5. Measure Once, Do Twice

Peter Drucker also said,

“What you measure is what you improve.”

So alongside my tracker, I have numbers with which I measure doses of daily activities:

For reading, it’s 20 pages.
For writing, it’s 500 words.
For the gym, it’s 1 (I went) or 0 (didn’t go).
For budgeting, it’s writing down the incomes and expenses.

Tracking and measuring go hand in hand, they take less than 20 seconds a day but they create so much momentum that it’s unbelievable.

6. All Days Make a Difference

Will one day in the gym make you fit? It won’t.

Will two? They won’t.

Will three? They won’t.

Which means that a single gym session won’t make you fit. But after 100 gym sessions, you will look and feel fit.

What happened? Which one made you fit?

The answer to this (Sorites paradox)[1] is that no single gym session made you fit, they all did.

No single day makes a difference, but when combined, they all do. So trust the process and keep on going (small).

7. They Are Never Fully Automated

Gurus tell you that habits become automatic. And yes, some of them do, like showering a certain way of brushing your teeth.

But some habits don’t become automatic, they become a lifestyle.

What I mean by that is that you won’t automatically “wake up” in the gym and wonder how you got there.

It will just become a part of your lifestyle.

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The difference is that you do the first one automatically, without conscious thought, while the other is a part of how you live your life.

It’s not automatic, but it’s a decision you don’t ponder on or think about — you simply do it.

It will become easy at a certain point, but they will never become fully automated.

8. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Marshall Goldsmith has a great book with the same title to it. The phrase means that sometimes, you will need to ditch certain habits to make room for other ones which will bring you to the next step.

Don’t be afraid to evolve your habits when you sense that they don’t bring you where you want to go.

When I started reading, it was about reading business and tactic books. But two years into it, I switched to philosophy books which don’t teach me anything “applicable,” but instead teach me how to think.

The most important ability of the 21st century is the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn. The strongest tree is the willow tree – not because it has the strongest root or biggest trunk, but because it is flexible enough to endure and sustain anything.

Be like a willow, adapting to the new ways of doing things.

9. Set a Goal and Then Forget It

The most successful of us know what they want to achieve, but they don’t focus on it.

Sounds paradoxical? You’re right, it does. But here is the logic behind it.

You need to have a goal of doing something – “I want to become a healthy individual” – and then, you need to reverse engineer how to get there with your habits- “I will go to the gym four times a week.”

But once you have your goal, you need to “forget” about it and only focus on the process. Because you are working on the process of becoming healthy and it’s always in the making. You will only be as healthy as you take care of your body.

So you have a goal which isn’t static but keeps on moving.

If you went to the gym 150 times year and you hit your goal, what would you do then? You would stop going to the gym.

This is why goal-oriented people experience yo-yo effect[2] and why process-oriented people don’t.

The difference between process-oriented and goal-oriented people is that the first focus on daily actions while others only focus on the reward at the finish line.

Set a goal but then forget about it and reap massive awards.

10. Punish Yourself

Last two sections are pure Pavlovian – you need to punish bad behavior and reward good behavior. You are the only person who decides what is good and what is bad for you, but when you do, you need to rigorously follow that.

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I’ve told you in point #3 about bad days and how after one occurs, I do double the work on the next day. That is one of my forms of punishments.

It’s the need to tell your brain that certain behaviors are unacceptable and that they lead to bad outcomes. That’s what punishments are for.

You want to tell your brain that there are real consequences to missing your daily habits.[3]

No favorite food to eat or favorite show to watch or going to the cinema for a new Marvel movie- none, zero, zilch.

The brain will remember these bad feelings and will try to avoid the behaviors that led to them as much as possible.

But don’t forget the other side of the same coin.

11. Reward Yourself

When you follow and execute on your plan, reward yourself. It’s how the brain knows that you did something good.

Whenever I finish one of my habits for the day, I open my tracker (who am I kidding, I always keep it open on my desktop) and fill it with a number. As soon as I finish reading 20 pages of a book a day (or a bit more), I open the tracker and write the number down.

The cell becomes green and gives me an instant boost of endorphin – a great success for the day. Then, it becomes all about not breaking the chain and having as many green fields as possible.

After 100 days, I crunch some numbers and see how I did.

If I have less than 10 cheat days, I reward myself with a great meal in a restaurant. You can create your own rewards and they can be daily, weekly, monthly or any arbitrary time table that you create.

Primoz Bozic, a productivity coach, has gold, silver, and bronze medals as his reward system.[4]

If you’re having problems creating a system which works for you, contact me via email and we can discuss specifics.

In the End, It Matters

What you do matters not only to you but to the people around you.

When you increase the quality of your life, you indirectly increase the quality of life of people around you. And sometimes, that is all the “motivation” we need to start.

And that’s the best quote for the end of this article:

“Motivation gets you started, but habits keep you going.”

Keep going.

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Reference

[1] Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Sorites paradox
[2] Muscle Zone: What causes yo-yo effect and how to avoid it?
[3] Growth Habits: 5 Missteps That Cause You To Quit Building A Habit
[4] Primoz Bozic: The Lean Review: How to Plan Your 2019 in 20 Minutes

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