Are you thinking of starting your own business? Are you currently a business owner who is looking for a little pick-me-up advice or motivation to keep going? Some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs were once self-starters, just like you. Their advice, in the form of the best entrepreneurship quotes, may give you the “kick” that you need to get started or to keep going:
“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” -Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Enterprises
British-born businessman Richard Branson launched his first business venture at the age of just 16. He later went on to start Virgin Enterprises. His first major business success under this new label was his chain of record stores, Virgin Records. Over the years, Branson successfully expanded his label to include a record label and an airline. Today Branson is worth approximately $4.2 million according to Forbes magazine.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” -Thomas Edison
Though Edison failed to achieve the kind of wealth that is often associated with today’s successful entrepreneurs, his accomplishments paved the way for many of today’s technologies. Edison, who is now believed to have suffered from a learning disability, had trouble in school because of an inability to focus and difficulties with language processing.
In spite of this, he was innately curious, a trait that served him well in adulthood. Edison went on to become one of history’s most prolific inventors. There are approximately 1,093 patents in his name, including the telegraph, the light bulb, the electric light, the telephone and hundreds of parts for his various inventions.
“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” -Henry Ford
In other words, Ford believed that attitude was at the core of success. Henry Ford’s name will be indelibly associated with the motorized vehicle, and his name still graces thousands of cars on the road today. His other major credit, the mass assembly line, is a model that is the staple of manufacturing all over the world today.
“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.” -Donald Trump
In essence, this Trump quote is simply another way of saying what Edison said about finding ways that don’t work. Trump, the son of New York real estate investors, grew up to carry out the legacy his parents had started, and more. Today “The Donald” is worth approximately $2.9 dollars as president of The Trump Organization and founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.
Trump has had no shortage of problems (particularly financial), but has always managed to find ways to bounce back. He, perhaps more than anyone else, is best qualified to comment on the setbacks in business, and how they don’t necessarily have to define the outcome.
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.“ -Bill Gates
This is Gates’ version of the “learn from your mistakes” idea that is echoed by so many other successful entrepreneurs like Edison and Trump. Bill Gates, who founded Microsoft Corporation, is worth a staggering $61 dollars. However, he humbly credits his success to his supportive family and investors who believed in him, and the many brilliant minds who work for Microsoft.
Gates would be the first to admit that the failures in business can overwhelm you if you let them. Instead, he looks at them as opportunities to learn what to do, and what not to do in the future.