One thing any entrepreneur knows is that stepping out on your own in the business world isn’t for the faint of heart. If you have plans of starting your own anything - blog, small business, Fortune 500 company - you have to go in like Chumba Wumba, expecting to be knocked down but fully intending to get up again.
You’re going to have banner days and bedpan days. That’s just the way it goes for the man in the arena. To help you get out of the occasional entrepreneurial slump, here are a few of Insurance Soup’s go-to inspirational quotes for those of us struggling with the go-getter lives we’re creating for ourselves:
1. "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus."
- Bruce Lee
We all know Bruce Lee to be one of the most influential and badass martial artists of all time. Lee was a man of action, many believe his success can be partly attributed to the ancient philosophies he lived by, but the idea above is universal. It doesn’t matter who you are. As long as you stay focused on your goal you will succeed.
2."The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same."
- Colin R. Davis
Most success stories aren’t without their hiccups. Sir Colin Davis is a 20th century British composer and orchestral conductor with practically unmatched success. His illustrious career and enormous contributions to the musical world came with expected struggle at times. In this quote he tells us to remember that success is a journey with ups and down, the difference is how you choose to proceed.
3. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."
- John D. Rockefeller
By now we all know that the name Rockefeller is synonymous with success. John D. Rockefeller was one of the richest men of all time, possibly richer than some of today’s richest people combined. His unprecedented career as an oil tycoon came after more humble beginnings. Starting out as bookkeeper, Rockefeller knew he was meant for more. We learn from him to never back down from our big dreams because of comfort.
4. "In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can."
- Niko Kazantzakis
Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature nine times. NINE TIMES. His novels Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ, among many other works, are considered masterpieces. In order to attain that level of success, there is more than skill and ambition at play. Mindset is a powerful propellant to action and managing yours can be the difference between failure and success.
5. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
- Albert Einstein
When we think of Albert Einstein, we think about science, math and crazy hair. The German-born physicist is considered the most to be the influential scientists of the 20th century. He wrote that he was intrigued at age 5 by a toy compass, wondering what unseen forces were about to make it move. His other love came at age 12 in the form of a geometry book. We can’t think of a better marriage between logic and imagination.
We hope these quotes and some background into the people who said them serve to give you a little nudge on days of doubt and exhaustion. Knowing that many of the wildest success stories who went before you struggled in the same way at different times should make you feel like the member of an elite class of individuals who strive for more.