I have been reading a lot of books lately, mostly in an attempt to absorb as much information about business and entrepreneurs as possible. Why? You might be wondering. Simply put, I am trying to engross myself into the mindset of what it takes to be a successful and fun loving business man. I have always known that I was not that keen on working for someone else, throughout the course of my life I was always looking at tasks and jobs and viewing them under a magnifying glass and looking at the various ways that they were effective and also ineffective. That notion compounded with the fact that I knew I would never work as a corporate mule for 50+ hours a week has caused me to create and run 3 small companies over the years. After recently immersing myself into the world of self start business, I have realized that while working for others might be a necessary means to an end, ultimately there are not enough companies with the same vision and purpose that I have in life, so I have no desire to work for them. Getting my own business up and running is going to be crucial for my future life adventures, and I must say I am damned excited to put together a plan and get the ball rolling.
So in Lou of this, I decided to post up some of the better entrepreneurial quotes I have read over the years, and give you guys a small taste of some of the genius that is floating around in the business world today. In the meantime I will get back to pouring my passions into reading and planning this future career, and of course as soon as more concrete information on what I am working on comes together, you guys will be the first to know.
On to the quotes that will make you rich (results may vary depending on how much of a punk you are)
When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.
-Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
If you can dream it, you can do it.
-Walt Disney, founder of Disney Corporation
The key is to just get on the bike, and the key to getting on the bike… is to stop thinking about ‘there are a bunch of reasons I might fall off’ and just hop on and peddle the damned thing. You can pick up a map, a tire pump, and better footwear along the way.
-Dick Costolo, founder of Feedburner.com
I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.
-Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
-Steve Jobs, founder of Apple
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work
-Thomas Edison, founder of General Electric
Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners
-Robert T. Kiyosaki, author, entrepreneur, investor
Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life
-John F. Kennedy, U.S. President
Watch, listen, learn. You can’t know it all yourself.. anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity
-Donald Trump, founder of the Trump Organization
You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.
-Oprah Winfrey founder of Oprah Inc
And one more to really get you off your ass
Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them