Successful Entrepreneurs & Their Advice For Success

by Drago on August 10, 2013

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Monday Morning Motivator

 

Quote Of The Week – Economic disaster begins with a philosophy of doing less and wanting more. (Jim Rohn)


Word Of The Week – Boffin
(bah-fin) : a scientific expert; especially : one involved in technological research

eg :The auto manufacturer’s boffins have become a driving force in reshaping the company’s product line.

Proverb Of The Week – Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues. (Proverbs 17 verse 28 The Bible)

 

Successful Entrepreneurs & Their Advice For Success

This week we share some great advice and quotes from some amazingly talented entrepreneurs. Success leaves clues and the commonality amongst these well-known figures is looking past your failures and being relentlessly  persistent in your pursuit of your goals.

Read on for some invaluable advice on how you can be successful in your business and in life.

Words of Wisdom

Sara Blakely – Founder Of Spanx

“When I was growing up, my dad would encourage my brother and I to fail. We would be sitting at the dinner table and he would ask, ‘So what did you guys fail at this week?’ If we didn’t have something to contribute, he would be disappointed. When I did fail at something, he’d high-five me. What I didn’t realize at the time was that he was completely reframing my definition of failure at a young age. To me, failure means not trying; failure isn’t the outcome. If I have to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘I didn’t try that because I was scared,’ that is failure.”

Jeff Weiner – CEO of LinkedIn

“As a child, I can’t recall a day that went by without my dad telling me I could do anything I set my mind to. He said it so often, I stopped hearing it. Along with lines like “eat your vegetables, I just assumed it was one of those bromides that parents repeated endlessly to their kids.
It wasn’t until decades later that I fully appreciated the importance of those words and the impact they had on me.”

Kevin Rose – Founder of Digg

“Go build it. If you really believe in something, you should just build it. If you love it, it won’t feel like work. It’s okay to drop out of college if you have an awesome idea.”

Caterina Fake – Founder of Flickr & Hunch

“Entrepreneurs need to start building today. The Internet has amazing powers of distribution. You can test your ideas. You can see if it works, if it doesn’t work, whether it’s fun, and whether you’re sufficiently motivated. People who go into entrepreneurship to get rich aren’t going to be happy. It’s the building of things that makes you happy. You have to enjoy the process whether you succeed or fail.”

Evan Williams – Founder of Blogger & Twitter

“Surround yourself with great people, try hard things, say no to distractions and remember to care for yourself. Failure of your company is not failure in life. Failure in your relationships is.”

Richard Branson – CEO of Virgin

“My mother always taught me never to look back in regret but to move on to the next thing. The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me. I have fun running ALL the Virgin businesses — so a setback is never a bad experience, just a learning curve.”

Eric Schmidt – Executive Chairman of Google

“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids.”

Elon Musk – Founder of PayPal & Tesla Motors

“I always knew that there was a chance of failure in all my endeavors. But I felt that they were important enough that I had to try, even if I thought the probability of success was less than 50%. Try to get together a group of people to do something useful. This may seem like an obvious thing, but often people will organize into a company that doesn’t produce anything useful.”

Guy Kawasaki – Venture Capitalist & Best Selling Author

“There is only hard work and luck,which are really two sides of the same coin. The search for a secret sauce is a futile waste of time. Create something, sell it, make it better, sell it some more and then create something that obsoletes what you used to make.”

Mark Cuban – Shark Tank Investor & Owner of the Dallas Mavericks

“One thing we can all control is effort.Put in the time to become an expert in whatever you’re doing. It will give you an advantage because most people don’t do this. The beauty of success, whether it’s finding the girl of your dreams, the right job or financial success, is that it doesn’t matter how many times you have failed, you only have to be right once.” And, “then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.”

Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook

“I don’t believe we have a professional self from Mondays through Fridays and a real self for the rest of the time. That kind of division probably never worked, but in today’s world … it makes even less sense. I’ve cried at work … I talk about my hopes and fears and ask people about theirs. I try to be myself–honest about my strengths and weaknesses.”

J.K. Rowling – Author of the Harry Potter Series

“So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

Arianna Huffington – Founder of The Huffington Post

 “My mother told me failure is not the opposite of success; it’s a stepping stone to success. You’re going to fail, probably many times. But that’s okay — in fact, it’s essential. Very often, the difference between success and failure is simply perseverance. If we become so dependent on things always being a success, then we’re in a very vulnerable position — because we’re not in control of how the world is going to receive something.”

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