When you’re feeling like you need some good advice on a particular aspect of your business, it can be tough to try to find the answer in your own previous experience. Many times, the words of other great leaders and business people can provide just the inspiration you need to find your answers. Here are some great quotes to get you started.
Clearly Walt Disney needs no introduction. The man who created an empire that now includes much of the media both children and adults (ABC, ESPN) consume. This quote exemplifies the importance of how perseverance leads to success. Giving up always leads to failure.
- “Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” —Oprah Winfrey
But sometimes, even with your best effort, a business venture doesn’t go quite the way you planned. This quote, by another great business person who needs no introduction, shows the importance of taking failures and using them to learn and grow.
- Once you free yourself from the need for perfect acceptance, it’s a lot easier to launch work that matters. – Seth Godin
Running a successful business isn’t about doing what everyone else is doing. It’s often times the opposite. Now, this doesn’t mean doing something that is socially unacceptable to the point that your business will be rebuked or sued, but it does mean that risk-taking is very important.
- “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” —Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg, the incredibly successful young founder of Facebook, knows a thing or two about taking risks. These include starting a social media empire and going public, sending him to the peak of 21st century success. Your business needs to take risks (albeit smart and calculated, not callous ones) in order to succeed too.
Jim Rohn, an entrepreneur who came to prominence in the mid-late 1900s, represents a classic rags-to-riches story. Many businesses can relate to his story just as they can to this quote. Most businesses don’t stem from a billionaire, but a passionate individual group with a great product or plan. There will be plenty of challenges, but these challenges only help your business get better.
- “The secret of success is consistency of purpose.” –Benjamin Disraeli
Disraeli wasn’t actually a businessman but the Prime Minister of the UK in the late 1800s during the height of the British Empire. But this quote certainly resonates with any business. It’s important to always remember what your goal is as a business, both from an individual and team perspective. By keeping everyone on the same track, a business has a much higher chance of succeeding.
- The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place. – Orison Swett Marden
And finally, this quote should help you keep in mind the people who you will often owe a lot of your success to – your customers and consumers. The moment that you disconnect from them is the moment that your business will be in trouble.
At Caltronics, we know that running a business can sometimes seem impossible. But with the help of good partners, the impossible can become a reality.