While it might seem strange that one of the most often cited “Top Entrepreneur” quotes comes from an anonymous student, the truth of the sentiment can’t be denied:
The road to success is often long and challenging (and sometimes cartoonishly littered by thumbtacks and banana peels). Remember to make pit stops for inspiration every now and then, to keep you chugging along.
LIVE AND LEARN
Lessons hard-won are best when won by someone else, then distilled for our edification.
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” -Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway
“One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.” –Jeff Bezos, Amazon
“I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have.” –Russell Simmons, Def Jam
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates, Microsoft
“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” –Drew Houston, Dropbox
“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” –Reid Hoffman, Linked In
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford
These innovators are notorious for the serious love/hate vibes they elicit from the masses. But whether or not you dig their personalities, business models, or choice of hairpieces, their success is undeniable.
Steve Jobs on Momentum:
“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”
Donald Trump on Vision:
“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.”
Oprah Winfrey on Intent:
“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”
Steve Jobs on Product Development:
“If you keep your eye on the profit, you’re going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow.”
Donald Trump on Passion:
“Without passion you don’t have energy, without energy you have nothing.”
Oprah Winfrey on Failure:
“There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”
One common thread among many entrepreneurs is their passion for philanthropy. Giving makes room for receiving, and makes the world a better place—right now. That’s the best part; there isn’t an arbitrary level of success, education, or renown we need to achieve in order to practice altruism.
“I’ve always respected those who tried to change the world for the better, rather than just complain about it.” –Michael Bloomberg
“Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance.” –Richard Branson
“Wealth is not to feed our egos but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.” –Andrew Carnegie
“With a generation of younger folks who have thrived on the success of their companies, there is a big opportunity for many of us to give back earlier in our lifetime and see the impact of our philanthropic efforts.” –Mark Zuckerberg
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