We humans like to live by example and we tend to gravitate towards people who have set an example. This happens in almost any situations in life. Whether you are trying to emulate that straight A student or that amazing marathon athlete or even just someone already making it in their home businesses.
Sometimes we need a bit of guidance to steer us towards the right direction. Unfortunately, when we are born there are no sign posts that tell us what to do. So we tend to learn through our experience and mistakes. Today I like to talk about a few quotes and how we can learn from them for our business.
1. “What the mind can conceive, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich
We’ve heard a lot about Napoleon, the author of a few best selling self help motivational books. This is one of his most famous quotes that we’ve all heard before.
Let’s take an example of a blogging business. There are many hurdles and obstacles to overcome and I won’t even begin to start mentioning all of it because it has already been mentioned far too often that it’s becoming stale. If you have an idea and are able to turn that idea into something of worth and of use, you will achieve results.
But on the flipside of things, if you have doubts and are sceptical, this will be reflected in your actions.
Seneca The Younger says this: “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”
Let’s have a look at another one quote…
2. “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland
This is what happens if you don’t have a plan. Let’s say you already have a strong will to succeed in your business but you don’t have a plan, then you won’t achieve anything. It does sound pretty straightforward in theory but in practice this is what happens most of the time with online businesses. An action plan has to be drawn out for your businesses. Set your targets and work towards it.
In case you’re wondering, Bill is an Australian cricket umpire.
3. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” -Milton Berle
This quote is pretty self explanatory. If you think no one is interested in your business, then find clients, seek people who are interested. Visit community forums, social groups, blogs that are specific to what you do. Nowadays, no one will actually lend you a helping hand unless you are one heck of a famous dude but if that is the case people would be building a door to you instead.
Another quite similar quote to this is:
“When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails.” -H. Jackson Brown
4. “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – Life’s Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr
This is the perfect quote for those who are saying “I DON’T HAVE TIME!”. If all the Nobel Prize Winners, A-list bloggers and great leaders of the world have 24 hours in a day then what’s your excuse on having no time?
However, under no circumstances should you think that you should multitask and do everything. You should realize that there are certain priorities that should be met and focused. Productivity is a highly sought after component of any business that you do. Leslie posted an excellent guest post on Yaro Starak’s blog on narrowing your focus, specifically on “3 High-Valued Tasks”.
Go ahead and read it and find out which tasks you should outsource and which should you focus.
5. “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi
There’s something about online businesses that isn’t discussed very much among people and they are cynical remarks about starting one. They could be anyone; your friends, families, partners and even yourself. That is why it can be a lonely world in the real world. You might think that a lot of people are visiting and commenting on your blog but not many actually listen or care about what you do about your online business in the real world. This is also another reason why people quit.
My favourite part of this quote is the last sentence.
What about you? Do you have someone in real life who is encouraging you in your business?
Before I finish, another quote as food for thought especially when you’re thinking about being unique.
”To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.”
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