The beginning of the year is usually a time when bad habits are kicked to the curb. It’s a time when goals are set (personally, and for our businesses) to make sure we do better at something than we did the previous year, and it’s also a time when company morale is high as everyone is working hard to start the New Year off right!
When goals are set pertaining to your business, it’s important to understand that every business, large and small… has to start somewhere. Sometimes we will achieve the goals we set and other times we won’t; but learning from others’ successes and failures in addition to learning from our own, can actually be very insightful when building and branding a business.
At AHMC we spend a fair amount of time reading through small business blogs as well as business journals, articles, and press releases to stay up to date with what’s going on in today’s economy. Forbes recently released an online article called, “57 Timeless Quotes for 2013” and I thought it would be fun to compile some of our favorite inspirational quotes from these amazing entrepreneurs, business owners, marketing associates, and other influential people in today’s business world to help keep our company, and hopefully yours, motivated as we push forward through the beginning of 2013.
Read, Consider, and Enjoy!
“The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job.” – Michael Gerber,Michael E. Gerber Companies
“If you want to be inventive – you have to be willing to fail.” – Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO of Amazon.com
“The challenge is not just to build a company that can endure; but to build one that is worthy of enduring.” – Jim Collins, Author & Coauthor of 6 Books (“Build to Last”, “Good to Great”, “How The Mighty Fall” … and more)
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates,Chairman of Microsoft
“Don’t treat your customers like a bunch of purses and wallets.” – Chris Brogan,CEO & President of Human Business Works
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker, Professor, Writer, & Management Consultant
“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney, American Film Producer
“If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.” Benjamin Franklin
“It’s not about how to get started; it’s about how to get noticed.” Steve Case,Co-founder & Former Chief Executive of America Online
“Mom-and-pop businesses have the same issues as the Fortune 500. The difference is that big companies spend millions on consultants to fix them.” – Christopher Myers, CEO of BodeTree
“If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward.” – Thomas Edison
“If the call to action is always ‘buy, buy, buy’ that sounds like a 5-year-old saying, ‘Mom, Mom, Mom’ all the time.” Michael Becher, Managing Director for Mobile Marketing Association
“Rule no. 1: Never lose money. Rule no. 2: Never forget rule No.1” – Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.” – Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple
“The secret to business is to know something that nobody else knows.” – Aristotle Onassis,Greek Shipping Magnate
“If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars.” – J. Paul Getty, Founder of Getty Oil Company
“Success is one thing – but impact is another.” – Ray Lewis, Professional Football Player for the Baltimore Ravens
“I own my business. My business doesn’t own me.” – Cherie Ve Ard
“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John C. Maxwell, Leadership Expert, Speaker, Coach, & Author
“If you don’t have a competitive advantage – don’t compete.” – Jack Welch, CEO of GE
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn,Business Philosopher
If you know of any other inspirational quotes that aren’t listed, feel free to comment below!