Entrepreneurs in general are take-charge, independent people. I sure fit into this mold myself, but I also recognize the wisdom that can be gleaned from the words of business and thought leaders who have shaped the world to accommodate their vision and passion. I’ve assembled some of the choicest bits of wisdom on several business topics.
One of the traits I admire in many thought leaders is their inclination to simplify their approaches to business and to their lives in general.
1. “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”—E.F. Schumacher
2. "That's been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”—Steve Jobs
3. “If you see a snake, just kill it. Don’t appoint a committee on snakes.”—Henry Ross Perot
4. “Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing ... layout, processes, and procedures.”—Tom Peters
Entrepreneurs, contrary to common belief, aren’t superhuman. We make mistakes, and if we’re smart, we learn from those mistakes and make all new ones on the next venture. We shouldn’t strive to be perfect; we should strive to keep trying even in the face of difficulty.
5. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”—Colin Powell
6. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”—Dale Carnegie
7. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”—Steve Jobs
8. “Failure doesn't mean you are a failure. It just means you haven't succeeded yet.”—Robert H. Schuller
9. “Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.”—Thomas A. Edison