Striking out successfully, sustaining it, and scaling it, doesn’t just happen on its own. Whether you are a solo entrepreneur, small business owner, high earning professional, full time investor, or Inc. 500 CEO, the altitude, velocity, and sustainability of your success requires maintaining the right mindset. Keep these quotes close by, and read them regularly to keep you on track…
Whether it is career goals, launching a new business, or taking an existing business to the next level, nothing is going to change until you get started. Whatever you want, it all starts with action. Start big or small, just get started.
If you want big change you have to think big. Think about your biggest and longest term goals. You don’t want to outlive your goals. You don’t want to shoot small and realize it wasn’t enough. You aren’t going to be a leader in anything unless you think really big. Size potential is even bigger today than it was a few years ago, and it is going to get far, far bigger in the next few years too. Think about how big Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, Amazon, and Alibaba are compared to anything before them. Consider that visionaries like Elon Musk are already thinking about real estate on Mars. Think as big and as broad as you can, and then 10x that.
One of the biggest traps we can fall into today is settling for ‘good’. Maybe you don’t have any bills and a mediocre freelance job is giving you an easy life, for now. Maybe you are a high earning doctor or attorney, or tech CEO, and the pay is good. Be wary of being caught in comfortability. Things change. Your future needs and goals may be even bigger than they are now. Don’t settle for okay. What is your maximum potential? Why not push to live that?
It’s hard to be a success in anything if you hate what you are doing, and dread getting up in the morning. If you love what you are doing, it’s hard not to be a success. Your love of life, passion, and energy will propel your success. If there are tasks in your business that drain your energy, then delegate and outsource them.
Ideas are plentiful. What makes the difference between the book smart and thinkers, versus those we read about in the history books is they put in the work. They kept trying.
This Walt Disney quote may sound fluffy, but you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish then you put it into play.
If kids don’t ask, how do their parents know to give it? If staff don’t ask, how can bosses know what they are thinking? All of life and the business world is like that too. It’s not about taking, taking, taking, but if you don’t ask, how can you expect it to be given?
The vast majority of ‘overnight successes’ are years in the making. Big results are really the culmination of small consistent steps and good daily habits.
Don’t be held back by fear that you aren’t an expert, or that there are more visible authorities in your industry. Everyone had to start as a beginner at some point. You’ll never be an expert in anything, unless you get started.
If we’re going to put our time and effort into something, why not put it into something we care, about, love, and want to do. It’s not easy working in the rat race. It’s not easy running a bad business. So, why not invest all that time and resources in something which you are passionate about, and which can deliver what you want?
You never really fail unless you quit. Keep going.
Building a great business can take time. Things will get better I you keep pushing forward.
Appreciate and celebrate every small win. Every time you clear your to-do list, sign a deal, close a deal, and breakthrough a milestone is worth celebrating. It is this that makes it worthwhile, and what will keep you driving towards bigger things.
Tomorrow isn’t promised. The sooner you take that next step, the sooner you will hit those goals.
Thinking and planning has its place. Yet, at some point you have to jump to taking action.
Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone. Get there by practicing to breakthrough your fears every day.
This quote from Bruce Lee reminds us that the successful aren’t born magical super heroes. You can win in business and lead, if you get really focused on what is important.
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