Running a small business is far from easy. There will always be times when the going is tough and your energy levels are lower than a snake’s belly. Are you in one of those troughs right now? Looking for encouragement and inspiration? Read on!
The internet is full of lists of great thoughts and sayings but they rarely apply to the small business owner. We’ve searched far and wide and come up with 25 quotes from (mostly) well-known business gurus that will kickstart your day and give you the strength to keep striving towards your goals.
Many of these people, admittedly, now run big businesses. All of them started small though, the majority started from scratch, and they understand the struggles that all businesses must go through to succeed. And what they teach us, more than anything, is that there is nothing wrong with trying hard and dreaming big.
25 Inspirational Quotes and Tips for Small Businesses
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying.”
– Michael Jordan, businessman and basketball star.
“My best advice to entrepreneurs is this; forget about making mistakes, just do it.”
– Ajaero Tony Martins, entrepreneur and investor.
“The greatest failure is not to try. Had I listened to all the people during the course of my life who said, ‘you can’t. You’ll fail. It won’t work. You don’t have…, ’ I wouldn’t be here today.”
– Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs Fields Bakeries.
“Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.”
– Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotels chain.
“Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you are generally better off sticking with what you know and the third is that sometimes, your best investments are the ones you don’t make.”
– Donald Trump, entrepreneur.
“Failure is just a resting place. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
– Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company.
“Above all, you want to create something you are proud of. That’s always been my philosophy of business. I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive, then I believe you are better off doing nothing.”
– Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group.
“Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
– J.K. Rowling, author.
“Patience, this is the greatest business asset. Wait for the right time to make your moves.”