Building your own business is hard….really hard. There’s going to come a time, regardless of where you are in your journey, where you’ll want to quit. (yep, I said it..) The ups and downs of this small business journey can challenge your motivation and desire to succeed.
That’s where discipline comes in….
When you do find yourself challenged with finding your inner dragon slayer, it can help to have a few motivational quotes or words of encouragement to lift you up.
“Allowing only ordinary ability and opportunity, we may explain success mainly by one word and that word is WORK! WORK! WORK!! WORK!!! WORK!!! Not transient and fitful effort, but patient, enduring, honest, unremitting and indefatigable work, into which the whole heart is put…There is no royal road to perfection.” – Frederick Douglass
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, Jedi Master
“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”– Henry Ford
“If you want your prayers answered, get off your knees and hustle.” – Master Blacksmith Philip Simmons (previously mentioned in this blog post)
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey
“There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” –Aristotle
“The extra mile is never crowded.”– Yours truly 🙂
“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” – Madame C.J. Walker
“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.” – Charlie Parker
“Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it.” – Neil Gaiman
“From maggots to men, the world is a corner bully. Better you knuckle up and go for yours than have to bow your head and tuck your chain.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates
“If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it.” – Gordon MacKenzie
“You can overcome anything if you don’t bellyache.” – Bernard Baruch
“When you look ahead and darkness is all you see, faith and determination will pull you through.” – Drake
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” – Randy Pausch
I believe in the power of self-talk. You have to arm yourself as much possible with positivity before you can go out into the world and slay the dragons. Among this list I hope you find something that ignites the fire in your belly. Tape it to your mirror, refrigerator, or a wall in your office. Then go be great!