You may be a seasoned entrepreneur fearful of the uncertainties that you’re facing. Whether you ran out of funding, lost your small business, or are just in the market to start a new business, do not let your fears get the best of you. Remember, some of the most successful people in business were college dropouts, so you are not the only one who has had to struggle. Here are ten quotes to provide you with some inspiration to face this time of your life with courage, confidence, and strength.
“I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.” – Robert Downey Jr.
You may currently be in the market for a new business simply because you have the desire to chase better opportunities and a larger income. That is a strength, not a weakness. Do not let your fears of uncertainty prevent you from moving forward with your plans. Be gracious to your colleagues for the skills they have helped you to develop, but do not feel indebted to them or your current company. You are doing what you feel is best for you and progressing forward in your entrepreneurial endeavors, whether those plans are for a computer troubleshooters business or a hair salon. Your desire to better yourself is a huge asset in any economy, make sure to use it.
“Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
If you were recently running a business in loss, you may be feeling quite despondent. Remember to view this time in your life as one of opportunity, not failure. As the above quotes says, it’s not that successful people don’t make mistakes or face obstacles, it is that they continue to move forward despite those things. You are currently in a place where you have the luxury of blazing a new trail in your life and business. The possibilities before you are endless, so focus on your strengths, core values, and the things that make you happy. You will find something new, something better, in no time. Successful people never stop moving forward and you won’t either!
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin
Maybe you had your own small business and things didn’t go as well as you had hoped. That is okay, as long as your learned something. The skills you have learned throughout the journey of opening your own business are valuable tools for the future. Adapt and move forward. Use these tools you have acquired and lessons you have learned to decide what the best step is for you to take next. You are in a position where you have endless opportunities at your feet, but you must be willing to see them. Adapt to the unforeseen circumstances that you have faced and continue forward. The key to success is not to not fail at all, the key to success is to fail, many times, and have the strength to get right back up and continue forward.
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” – J.P. Morgan
Who better to learn business growth lessons from J.P. Morgan, one of the most successful businessmen of our time? When a business idea is not taking off, you need to be able to recognize that. When a business venture is not doing well, you need to be able to identify when you need to cut your losses. The path to success will be paved with your past failures. Do not be afraid to leave them in the past. Realize when it is time to acknowledge defeat and move onto your next venture. Otherwise, moving on towards success is not possible.
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell
This is a good reminder that many entrepreneurs need to hear. Dwelling on the past does not do you any good. No matter whether it is a failed business venture you are mourning, or a missed promotion, you cannot wallow in your loss. This will not help you to improve your odds at success in the future. Instead, remember to look ahead and not back. Distract yourself from your feelings of loss by throwing all your energy and efforts into your next project or goal, like all those great home based business ideas you have. This will help you to learn from your mistakes and open yourself up for exciting new opportunities that may even wind up being better than the original.
Whether you lost a big contract, made a mistake with your online business models, closed your business’ doors, or planning to relaunch your business, remember that this is a time of opportunity. Keep these quotes in mind when you are feeling uncertain, anxious, or fearful. Print them out, post them in your office, on your bathroom mirror or in your bedroom. Just keep these in sight for when you need a little extra encouragement. This moment is only temporary, but your success that comes from pushing through will last much longer. Good luck!
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