In whatever you have succeeded or failed, there is someone you respect who has said something about it that is worth listening to.
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The opinions expressed by employees are personal.
Nobody said being an entrepreneur was easy. Whether you're starting your startup, or just finding financing for your business or you're ready to launch a new product, there will always be times when you wonder if all this is worth it.
Instead of giving up and throwing the proverbial towel, raise your head and analyze the following 40 phrases that will inspire and motivate you during these difficult times.
1. Keep trying
“Do it. Or don't do it. But don't try. ”- Yoda, Jedi Master.
2. Do it now
“To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If not, you will regret it. ”- Catherine Cook, co-founder of MyYearbook.
3. Make your ideas come true
“It's not about having ideas, but about making them a reality.” – Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance.
4. Failure is part of success
“In my career, I have failed more than 9,000 shots. I've lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I was entrusted to write down the winning basket and I did not succeed. In my life, I have failed again and again, and that is why I have succeeded. ”- Michael Jordan, NBA player in the hall of fame.
5. Not wanting to grow has nothing wrong
“Not wanting to grow has nothing wrong. You can do great things with a small team. ”- Jason Fried, founder of Basecamp.
6. Ideas are easy
“Ideas are easy. Implementing them is difficult. ”- Guy Kawasaki, founder of AllTop.
7. Work on what you are passionate about
“If you work on things that you like and are passionate about, you don't have to have a master plan about.” – Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.
8. Never yield
“Never give in… never, never, never, never, neither in something great nor in something small, neither big nor small, never yield except to convictions of honor and common sense. Never bend before force; never bow to the overwhelming power of the enemy. ”- Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister.
9. The only good reason to start a business
“There are many bad reasons to start a company, but there is only one good and legitimate reason and I think you know what it is: to change the world.” – Phil Libin, co-founder and CEO of All Turtles.
10. Hire long term
“The secret to making good hires is this: look for people who want to change the world.” – Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.
11. Leave a mark
“Obviously, everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be remembered as someone innovative, reliable, ethical, and someone who really made a big difference in the world.” – Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.
12. Hard work is the price of success
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the work in front of you and the determination that, regardless of whether you win or lose, you will have done your best.” – Vince Lombardi, coach of the Green Bay packers (1959-1967).
13. When everything seems to be against you
“When everything seems to be against you, remember that the planes take off against the wind, not in favor of it.” – Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company.
14. Media wants success stories overnight
“The media want success stories overnight (to have something to work with). Ignore them. Ignore early adopters critics who never have enough to play with. Ignore investors who want proven strategies and predictable results. Better listen to your real customers, your vision and create something in the long term. Because this is going to take time. ”- Seth Godin, author, entrepreneur, publicist and speaker.
15. The importance of taking risks
“If you don't like taking risks, you should get out of business immediately.” – Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's.
16. Always deliver more than what is expected of you
“Always deliver more than expected.” – Larry Page, co-founder of Google
17. Sail away from the safe harbor
“In twenty years you will feel more disappointed about the things you didn't do than the ones you did, so let go of the moorings, sail away from the safe harbor, feel the wind in your sails. Explore, dream, discover. ”- Mark Twain, author.
18. You should not focus on the reason why you cannot do something
“You should not focus on the reason why you cannot do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on what you can do, and be one of the exceptions. ”- Steve Case, co-founder of AOL.
19. The reason why you need to make mistakes
“A person who never made a mistake is a person who never tried anything new.” —Albert Einstein, physicist.
20. Perseverance is everything
“I am convinced that half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from unsuccessful entrepreneurs is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple.
21. That your failures do not embarrass you
“May your failures not embarrass you, learn from them and start over.” – Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group.
22. Raising capital is almost always harder than you thought
“Gathering capital is almost always harder than you thought it would be, and it always takes longer. Plan accordingly. ”- Richard Harroch, risk investor.
23. Don't think in terms of the half-empty glass
“I hate the amount of people who think of a 'half-empty glass' when in fact their glass is 4/5 full. I appreciate having even a single drop in the glass because I know exactly what I will do with it. ”- Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder and CEO of VaynerMedia.
24. Never give up
“It's much harder to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth, a major league baseball player in the Hall of Fame.
25. The conditions will never be perfect
“For most important things, the weather will never be perfect. Wait for the perfect moment to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights will never turn green at the same time. The universe does not conspire against you, but neither does it stop to align with you. The conditions will never be perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams and take them to the grave with you. And the lists of pros and cons are just as bad. If something is important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and see it correcting along the way. ”- Tim Ferris, author of the book The 4-Hour Work Week .
26. Success requires good timing, perseverance and 10 years
“Good timing, perseverance and ten years of trying, that's what will eventually make you look like a triumph overnight” – Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter.
27. Disappointment does not come from failure, but from not trying
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are damned if you don't even try.” – Beverly Sills, opera singer.
28. Don't worry about financing if you don't need it
“Don't worry about financing if you don't need it. Today it is much easier to start a business than ever before. ”- Noah Everett, founder of Pingly and Twitpic.
29. If you can't fly, then run
“If you can't fly, then run; If you can not run, walk; If you can not walk, crawl; But whatever you do, keep moving forward. ”- Martin Luther King Jr., pastor, activist, humanitarian and leader in the struggle for civil rights.
30. This is your main source of learning
“Your least satisfied customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.
31. I have not failed
“I have not failed. I've only found 10,000 ways that don't work. ”- Thomas Edison, inventor.
32. What entrepreneurship really is
“ship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice. ”- Peter Drucker, consultant, educator and author.
33. Creativity can only take you to a certain point
“In the modern world of business, it is no use being a creative and original thinker but you can sell what you believe.” – David Ogilvy, co-founder of Ogilvy Mather.
34. It doesn't matter how many times you fail
“It doesn't matter how many times you fail. It doesn't matter how many times you almost did it. No one will know or care about your failures, and they shouldn't matter to you either. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you, because in business, all that matters is that you succeed once. Then everyone will tell you how lucky you are. ”- Mark Cuban.
35. What is really success
“Success is how high you can get after having hit bottom.” – General George Patton.
36. The reason you need drafts
“If you're not ashamed of the first version you created of your product, you launched it too late.” – Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn.
37. The power of positive thinking
“Positive thinking will allow you to do everything better than what negative thinking would allow you.” – Zig Ziglar, author, seller and motivational speaker.
38. Do not try to be original
“Don't try to be original, just try to be good.” – Paul Rand, graphic designer.
39. Don't be afraid to try
“I'm not afraid of dying, I'm afraid of not trying.” – Jay Z.
40. The way to start
“The way to start is to stop talking and start doing it.” – Walt Disney, co-founder of Walt Disney Company.