Do you need an extra dose of motivation to make progress in your business? Here are top quotes from business experts that will motivate you to get work done and move closer to success today.
1. “Surviving a failure gives you more self–confidence. Failures are great learning tools… but they must be kept to a minimum.” – Jeffrey Immelt
Every failure is a learning experience. When you make a mistake, it is best to look at it as a new opportunity to do something different, and better, the next time around. However, you should not take that to mean more failures are better. Try not to fail. If you do, not all is lost. But multiple, similar kinds of failures is a sign you aren’t learning from the mistakes you are making.
2. “You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.” – Jim Rohn
In order to succeed in business, you either need to be really good at what you do or you need to change your goals. You can never go wrong in learning a new skill. You can do things like taking online courses at your own convenience to advance your skills and build a more successful business. However, if it is becoming clear that you are not capable of achieving what you hoped to, that may be a sign you just need to lower your ambitions a little, or change them to fit your current capabilities.
3. “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” – Warren Buffett
While mistakes are technically a way of learning, you can prevent many of them by learning the best way to do things before you go out and do them. You don’t always have to be right; you don’t always have to be the best at everything. But making many mistakes does not make you look like a smart or strategic business owner.
4. “The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do.” – Roy L. Smith
Know your business. Know what your business can do well and what it cannot succeed at doing – yet. Only then can you and your team come up with the solutions that will keep you on top. Competition is about figuring things out before others do. Fix any problems your business has before your competitors even have the chance to notice they’re there.
5. “You are not your resume, you are your work.” – Seth Godin
You may know someone who looks great on paper but cannot always translate those skills and accomplishments either in conversation or in the real world. Your resume does not define you: only what you do with those skills and that experience can do that. Learn to highlight your accomplishments in the real world by utilizing your skills instead of just listing them out on paper. Show, don’t tell, what you are great at, and it will pay off, literally and figuratively, in the future.
6. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.” – Steve Jobs
When you make a mistake in the business world, the first thing you should always do, no matter what, is admit that you have made a mistake. Don’t try to cover it up. Don’t try to blame someone or something else for your wrongdoing. Own up to it; take responsibility for it. And don’t wait. In the long run, you will earn much more respect for being open and honest about ways you have failed than if you tried to pretend as though mistakes were never made at all.
7. “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson
If one thing does not work out, that does not mean all is lost. Business opportunities come and go all the time. What you don’t want to do is grab every single opportunity that comes your way without considering whether or not it’s the right decision for your business. If you have to say no, another opportunity will arise in time.
8. “Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day.” – Gary Vaynerchuck
Every little thing you do contributes to a much bigger part of your story. How you impact the world depends on how you live your life and the ways you run your career and business. Set both short and long-term goals to make sure you are working toward your greatest ambitions every single day of your life.
9. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
Don’t slow down just because you know you are doing the right thing. Just because you’re heading down the right road does not mean you should stop and enjoy the scenery. Keep moving forward. If you already know you’re doing a good thing, continue doing what you have been doing in order to stay ahead of the pack. Don’t let other people and their businesses pass you by simply because you decided to ease off the gas pedal one second too long.
10. “I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” – Oprah Winfrey
In the generic sense of the word, there is no such thing as luck. In reality, there is only how you prepare for success and how your preparation suits you when opportunity comes knocking. Know what you are getting into before you jump in. Be ready for anything that might come along, so that you can confidently and strategically take hold of the opportunities that are going to bring you the greatest success.
The experts know what it means to succeed in business. Follow their advice. Don’t let things like mistakes, problems or a lack of preparedness stand in your way of reaching your personal and professional goals. If you can operate with skill, strategy and responsibility, you will go far – and so will your business.