As a business, you must constantly tweak your focus and motivation to be prosperous throughout the year. The fresh determination and drive that we awake with on New Year’s Day can disappear as we trudge along during the year weathering losses and feeling drained by our busy schedules.
At AHMC, we hope that by propping each other up and reminding ourselves about the purpose behind our work, we can sustain the focus that originally excited us in January. While counting our accomplishments is important, not reviewing our mistakes means we lose the opportunity to learn and grow. In order to better our business, we pull from inspirational business leaders, entrepreneurs and marketers that are breaking ground and sharing honest lessons they’ve learned through their own triumphs and trials.
Hubspot, one of the leading Inbound Marketing Companies out there today, recently published a blog chronicling inspirational quotes from marketing and business experts in anticipation of their annual INBOUND conference. After reading these quotes, we’re definitely feeling rejuvenated about chasing success. Hopefully they can invigorate your creativity and influence your motivation as well!
“Make the most of the opportunities you have today, because there will be a time when you have no more of it.”
― Jason Nazar, Co-founder & CEO of DocStoc
“The three psychic horsemen of creation are: uncertainty, risk, and exposure to criticism.”
― Jonathan Fields, Founder of Good Life Project
“Great companies start because the founders want to change the world ... not make a fast buck.”
― Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist, Canva
“It’s not going to happen if you wait for the boss to tell you to make it happen.”
― Mitch Joel, President of Twist Image
“Success is making those who believed in you look brilliant.”
― Dharmesh Shah, CTO & Co-Founder, HubSpot
“Work hard, learn all you can, and never miss the chance to connect with someone new.”
— Amber Naslund, Social Collaboration Consulting at Sidera Works
"As with any relationship, the market favors those who give more value than they ask for."
― Leslie Bradshaw, Former COO, President and Co-Founder of JESS3
“Who we are is really defined by the work we put out.”
― David Berkowitz, CMO at MRY
“What do successful people do on Monday mornings? They take extra steps to compensate for this busy time of the week, and apply their best management skills to ensure that the day unfolds as smoothly as possible.”
― Lynn Taylor, National Workplace Expert and Author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job."
“A highly successful person is very focused on what they want to be doing. The weekend and the week look very similar: They are focused on creating the life they want.”
― Penelope Trunk, a Career Coach and Author of, “Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success”
“Reach. Get out on the edge of your ability. Get into your discomfort zone and reach past that.”
― Daniel Coyle, Author of “The Talent Code”
“If you lose the fire in the gut then you lose the values that define you.”
― Jeff Boss, former Navy SEAL and CrossLead Team Member at the McChrystal Group
“You can't be everywhere for everyone, every time. But if there's one thing I work tirelessly to do, it's being present when I am there.”
― Randy Garutti, CEO of Shake Shack
"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."
― Samuel Johnson 1709-84
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
― Teddy Roosevelt, “The Man in the Arena”
"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."
– General George S. Patton, 1885-1945
“The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.”
—Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA founder
“Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.”
—Anthony Volodkin, Hype Machine founder
“…as you’ve noticed, people don’t want to be sold. What people do want is news and information about the things they care about.”
― Larry Weber, Author of “Marketing to the Social Web”
“Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with your marketing.”
― Mike Volpe, CMO of Hubspot
As you perused this list, did you experience the thrill first felt when you decide to tackle a project or change direction for your business? Seeing the work that influential people put into ensuring their business and work ethic never fail can have that effect. Modeling your own branding and business plans after this advice can lead you down the path to success despite the initial risk you may fear.
What motivates you to keep working hard? Is it a saying or mantra from a professional you admire? Share it with us below!