Powerful Quotes And Why They Resonate With Me

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Starting and running any small business requires inspiration and constant dedication. But maintaining a high level of intensity can be extremely difficult at times especially when things don’t go as planned.

Whenever I’m down about my business, I always take a step back and look for outside sources of inspiration. Sometimes just talking to a friend can make me feel better. Sometimes I get fired up reading about someone else’s success story. In some cases, all it takes is a good ole collection of quotes to fire me back up.

It’s amazing what a few choice words can do to kick start your entrepreneurial spirit. Here are some of my favorite quotes and why they resonate with me. Thank you Trevor Crook for helping me find these.

“Success or failure is caused more by mental attitude than by mental capacity.”
– Sir Walter Scott

Sometimes I feel like I’m constantly fighting a losing battle when it comes to our small business. There are a ton of competitors out there and each and every one them have something unique that they bring to the table. The sheer number of competitors can be overwhelming and a lot of times, I feel like I just don’t have the energy or capacity to compete.

When this happens, I have to constantly remind myself that running a business is not rocket science. There isn’t anything inherently difficult to understand and not much that goes beyond common sense in a lot of cases. The key to running any business is persevering and constantly improving no matter what the pace.

“To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

On the flip side, sometimes I can get really cocky. There are times when I look at our business and think to myself, this is a damn good niche. The business is firing on all cylinders so how can things possibly improve?

What usually results is a swift kick in the ass. There have been times when I have slacked off and paid the price. It is important to realize that you can always improve and that there’s always something new to learn.

“Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

When my wife and I first started our business, we were completely clueless. There were so many decisions that needed to be made in the beginning that we stood there paralyzed for quite a long period of time in order consider all of the options.

Things didn’t start picking up until we said “screw it” and just started winging things. It’s very easy to get buried beneath too much information. Sometimes, you just have to make a choice and stop worrying about making mistakes.

“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

I can get pretty hard headed sometimes when it comes to exploring new ways of doing things. One of my biggest weaknesses is that when I find a certain way of doing something that works for me, I’m very reluctant to change my ways.

As a result, I often miss out on more efficient ways of doing things and am usually skeptical of adopting new technological advances that could potentially save me time.

For example, I didn’t start using a news feed reader until relatively recently. I was quite content to physically type in the URLs of sites that I wanted to read and didn’t really mind doing so.

So when my friend told me about using RSS and Google reader, I was extremely skeptical and reluctant to even try it out. When I finally gave in, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could read all of my usual blogs and websites in a just fraction of the time. Using RSS saved me close to 45 minutes every morning!

“Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use ordinary situations.” – Jean Paul Richter

Reading this quote always reminds me to take action and to stop futzing around. There is no such thing as the perfect opportunity and you can’t just sit around waiting for it. You have to make do with the current situation and adapt.

If my wife and I waited for the perfect time to start our business, we’d still be waiting on the sidelines. The reality is that it’s far too easy to procrastinate and put things off for another day. It is human nature to make excuses and then try to rationalize our actions.

“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” – Reggie (Reginald Joseph) Leach

Did you know that my wife and I used to play the lottery in hopes of getting rich quickly? This last quote reminds me that everything that I’ve accomplished has been the result of hard work. I’ve come to realize over the years that it is nearly impossible to be successful overnight. I am constantly reminded that achieving any goal must be done gradually over time.

I hope you enjoyed reading these quotes. If you have any more to add, please share them with me.

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11 thoughts on “Powerful Quotes And Why They Resonate With Me”

  1. Thanks for sharing :-) I go for “Success or failure is caused more by mental attitude than by mental capacity.” – Sir Walter Scott. Basically, you can do WHATEVER you want. IF you really want it.

    1. @Dragos
      Hehe. That is how I interpret that one too!

      @GoEverywhereTeam
      Thanks for reminding me of the Helen Keller quote. Actually, I had no idea that she was the one who said that.

      @Michele
      That one was my favorite as well:)

  2. Here are two of my favorites:

    “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller

    “Those who tried and failed are infinitely better than those who never bothered to try at all.” – Unknown

    Thanks for some inspiration!

  3. These are awesome quotes, Steve! I particularly love this one that you shared:

    “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” – Reggie (Reginald Joseph) Leach

    It’s sooooooooooo true!!! I feel like I’m on fire a lot of the time. LOL

    *smiles*
    Michele

  4. The quote by Sir Walter Scott really speaks to me! I go through cycles where I question myself as to WHY did I get into this. But quotes like this is a good reminder for me to keep doing what I’m doing and then some!

  5. James Kim says:

    “Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.”- Benjamin Disraeli

    inertia’s a very powerful force. i was unhappy with my first job, and it took getting laid off for me to move on. you had the jolt of your wife quiting her job. does it sometimes take an outside force to move you?

  6. For all those working for themselves: “Work smarter, not harder!”

  7. These are fantastic! I’d like to add one:

    “Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”

    -Sydney Smith

  8. thanks for the awesome quotes! it really helps when you’re stuck and you think you cant get out from it! works like a charm! keep it up!

  9. Thanks for sharing these quotes. They really got me pumped.

    One of my favorite is: Dare to be unrealistic. Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.” Will Smith

    1. Rodney Jones says:

      “Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away”

      ― Will Smith

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