Whenever I think about entrepreneurship or business, an old Japanese proverb comes to my mind: “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” Well, this proverb is apt for every phase of our life, but I think it is particularly worded for a businessman.
There are no secrets to have a successful business. It is just learning from mistakes and failures. After learning from coach (not everyone can afford), reading and studying the lives of leaders and entrepreneurs is the best way one can trigger his success rate.
Obviously, reading books are not only enough to own a healthy business. But the notable point is, the more you read the less you fear while taking the risk. Moreover, knowledge is your powerful asset. Knowledge ignites creativity and creativity is one among the magnificent source of money.
I recall the words of Alvin Toffler that is just an apt saying to develop an entrepreneur:
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Below I’ve listed some of the sayings from great leaders that can encourage you to build your own empire. Read it and then apply it in your own business. Prepare yourself to do mistakes, unlearn and then relearn, because this is what most guys do.
- “Great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of one person.” – Steve Jobs
- “Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” – Tony Hsieh
- “Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.” – Don Marquis
- “Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. it is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” – Grenville Kleiser
- “Work slowly. Take your time. But make sure you are going to show Masterpiece before the world.” – Unknown
- “It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.” – Elon Musk
- “Don’t run behind everyone to accept you. Either they will ignore you or envy you.
- “You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is enough.” – Joseph E. Levine
- “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. – Herman Melville
- “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it is not at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” – Thomas J. Watson
- “The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” – John D. Rockfeller Jr.
- “If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.” – Zig Ziglar
- The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers. – John Egan
- “A satisfied customer is the best business strategy ar all.” – Michael LeBoeuf
- Management is nothing more than motivating other people. – Le Iacocca
- “Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.” – Ryan Freitas
- “Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.” – Jefferey Zeldman[irp]
- “The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.” – John Hancock
- “My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day.” – Johnny Carson
- “In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” – Warren Buffett
- “When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.” – Elon Musk
- “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” – Thomas Edison
- “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky
- “Get five or six of your smartest friends in a room and ask them to rate your ideas.” – Mark Pincus
- “Nothing works better than just improving your product.” – Joel Spolsky
- “It’s not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas.” – Edwin Land
- “Don’t try to be original. Just try to be good.” – Paul Rand
- “If you’re interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them.” – Ryan Freitas[irp]
- “Hell, there are no rules here, we’re trying to accomplish something.” – Thomas Edison
- “We are currently not planning on conquering the world.” – Sergey Brin
- “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
- “The cynic says: One man can do anything. I say: Only one man can do anything.” – John W. Gardner
- To win without risk is to triumph without glory. – Pierre Corneille
- Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes. – Bill Gates
- Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools… but they must be kept to minimum. – Jeffrey Immelt
- In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. – Harold Geneen
- Yesterday’s home runs do not win today’s games. – Babe Ruth
What is your favourite quote? Do you’ve secrets to owe a successful business? You can share in the comments below.