What do great people say about success? “Many successful people didn’t start at the top and, in fact, may have worked at minimum wage jobs as teenagers just like you did,” said Issa Asad, Florida business owner and CEO of three companies located across South Florida. His companies include Bond Media, Quadrant Holdings, and Q Link Wireless. These are 10 quotes every business owner should follow.
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth struck out. A lot. However, he’s remembered for being the king of home runs because he didn’t freak out every time he made a mistake that affected his batting average. Instead, he learned from what he did wrong the last time so he could focus on his next home run. You should take the same attitude whenever you have a period in your life when you’re doing nothing but striking out so you can learn from the experience and keep grinding your way to success.
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne
How many times do you think John Wayne fell off a horse? It didn’t stop him from saddling up. If you’re scared, that just means you’re smart enough to know that you’re looking at something that’s outside your comfort zone and might be risky. However, you shouldn’t let that feeling paralyze you. So tackle that complicated new project, learn a new skill, or even volunteer for some public speaking even though the idea of being the center of attention makes you nervous.
“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford
To be fair, a business that isn’t getting the necessary cash flow won’t stay in business for very long. However, you should remember the reasons you went into business in the first place. Maybe it was a need you noticed in your community that wasn’t being filled or a hobby you enjoy that you thought you could also monetize. The best businesses add value to their customers’ experience and they’ll definitely notice if you care about providing value for the money.
“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom
Most of us worry about the future at some point on our lives. However, you should learn not to hold yourself and your business back because of worries about the future. There are times when you’ll just have to let tomorrow take care of itself and face that one thing you’ve been afraid of doing even though it can help boost you to the next level of success.
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay
How many times have you seen a new technology that looks like something out of science fiction? Nine times out of ten, you’ll hear that the inventors were inspired by something in their favorite science fiction franchise and realized that it was possible to make it a reality. They were inventing the future and the lesson you can take away from this is that, if you can imagine the future, you can make it a reality if you’re wiling to reach out and take it.
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
You should avoid office politics whenever possible. Instead, you should be the one who brings a successfully completed project to your boss whenever possible. Eventually, he will notice that you’re bringing more real value to the game than the person who is strictly trying to mooch his way to success.
“If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln
Successfully nailing that project starts with good preparation, starting with making sure tools like Abraham Lincoln’s axe are ready for business. You should also make sure your skills are as sharp as that axe before you decide to tackle that project so you don’t find yourself in a situation where you have to tell your boss or a client that you just can’t do it.
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.” – Margaret Thatcher
How many times have you started a week thinking you just couldn’t get all that paperwork on your desk done and finished that same week with a clear desk? Besides making you look like an actual productive employee, you must feel a considerable amount of satisfaction from getting everything done.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
It’s not impossible. It’s just a very large, complicated project that needs to be tackled one step at a time. Don’t give up too soon if you don’t want the claims of “impossible” to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
You should never feel ashamed of being ambitious or geared up for success. Every person who has ever started with nothing and reached the top will tell you that it takes a lot of work and they didn’t expect anything to be just handed to them.