Starting a business is no meat feat and is arguably one of the hardest things you’ll do in your life if you choose to go down that route.
With the rise of the internet and easy access to any service or product at the touch of a button, making yourself stand out as a viable business when every market is so intensely saturated is not easy.
On top of fierce competition, there will be financial pressure. Kickstarting a business is expensive, and for many people, their entire livelihoods depend on it being a success because their home equity and savings are ploughed into funding it. This means if it fails, you could stand to lose everything – including your home.
This inevitably can cause relationship issues. Coupled with the set-backs that will naturally come your way and the competition/finance pressure, it might seem easier to throw in the towel and return to a 9-5 life.
If you’re currently feeling this way, don’t give in. Every business person has felt this way. It’s easy to think the world is against you, but it’s not so easy to reflect on how far you’ve come, give yourself the praise you deserve or pick yourself up and continue on your path to success.
Sometimes, a few words of encouragement from those who have been in your position can help give you a fresh outlook and convince you to keep going, so here are 25 quotes from some of the biggest business people in the world who faced their own struggles and pushed through them.
#1. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” – Drew Houston, Dropbox
#2. “Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” – Paul Rand, Graphic Designer
#3. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone, Twitter
#4. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”- Richard Branson, Virgin
#5. “Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.” – Oprah Winfrey
#6. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently…- Henry Ford, Ford Motor Co
#7. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs, Apple
#8. “You cannot be “everything to everyone” so stick to your beliefs and try to become the best.” – Rob Tateossian, Tateossian
#9. “ What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.” – Dave Thomas, Wendy’s
#10. “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” – Steve Case, AOL
#11. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash, Mary Kay Cosmetics
#12. “Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller, Author
#13. “Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.” – Sara Blakely, SPANX
#14. “There is something artificial when everyone is agreeing with each other. It’s useful to indulge people who don’t agree, and see their viewpoint or force yourself to explain things better.” – David Sack, Yammer
#15. “One of the greatest skills of leadership is being unflappable. Anytime you do anything in the world; there’s going to be criticism.” – Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post