If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past 19 years since starting my first company, it’s that entrepreneurship and small business ownership is not for the faint-hearted. Why? Because it is almost never an overnight whirlwind of success — it’s a marathon that requires continuous concentration and energy, fueled by a fierce and unwavering passion.
But what motivates entrepreneurs to break from the status quo, open their own businesses and challenge the landscape? Everyone has their own secret ingredient — for me, it is creativity. …
Just because someone has accumulated a bank account that rivals that of Bill Gates doesn’t mean they spend like there is no tomorrow. Research and anecdote teaches that wealthy people, including the very wealthiest, are surprisingly frugal.
That’s not saying they’re cheap. After all, there is a difference between being cheap and frugal. Frugal means being smarter and wiser at prioritizing your funds, finding the best value and making solid investments, traits that have fattened the bank accounts of the richest people in the world. They have so much wealth because they realize the real value of money.
Whether you need motivation to transform that idea of yours into a functioning business or just need a little boost when you’re down in the dumps, it’s never a bad idea to seek wisdom from bright and successful minds who’ve experienced it all before. Fortunately, from Steve Jobs to Thomas Edison to Richard Branson, there’s no shortage of sources to turn to when you need it most.
So if you’re looking for serious inspiration to combat the daily struggles of startup life, here are 25 uplifting quotes to get you through.
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