25 quotes that inspire action

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Quotes From Experts On The Art Of Business

Anyone can talk about being an entrepreneur or starting a business, but very few do. The difference is found in those that choose to take action.

Successful entrepreneurs and business owners know that success requires taking action. Don't talk about what needs to get done - get out there and start doing it.

Here are 25 quotes from famous "action-takers" and how their perspective applies to your business to get you started:

1 - "I am not afraid...I was born to do this." - Joan of Arc

If you don't feel like you are doing what you were born to do, it's time for a change. What better reason to venture out and try something new?

2 - "It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends." - J. K. Rowling

Your friends and family aren't always your greatest source of encouragement. It's not because they don't believe in you, they are protecting you and they love you too much to see you fail. Don't let them hold you back from taking action.

3 - "The secret of life...is to fall seven times and to get up eight times." - Paulo Coelho, from The Alchemist

The Alchemist is one of the greatest books about the entrepreneurial journey I have ever read. And how true, you are not a failure until you stop getting up again.

4 - "Far better to live your own path imperfectly than to live another's perfectly." -Bhagavad Gita

Perfection is the enemy of progress. It will never, ever be perfect and it's far better to move your venture along. You must remind yourself and your team of this daily and realize you have been taught perfection throughout your life. Entrepreneurship requires that you retrain your brain and take action.

5 - "Each moment of our life, we either invoke or destroy our dreams." -Stuart Wilde

Action is tied to belief. Do you encourage yourself and others towards the outcome you envision?


6 - "Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom." -Soren Kierkegaard

Feeling a little anxious about the action you are taking? Good, that means you are headed down the right path.

7- "It's not about breaking the rules. It is about abandoning the concept of rules altogether" - Paul Lemberg

Rules are what keep many from taking action. In order to really change the world, a few rules must be broken. Make sure you aren't creating rules that are getting in the way of breakout success.

8 -"Don't hire a dog, then bark yourself" -David Ogilvy

You must trust others to get you to your goal. The action you need to take may be getting out of the way and letting those you have hired do their job.

9 -"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads." - Erica Jong

It's scary to follow your dreams and passions where they lead you. This is often what gets in the way - the thought that "one day" you will pursue a passion, a vision or a dream.

10 - "What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

In other words, you have to walk the talk. Your actions will tell your team and the world your true intentions.

11 - "Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." - Eleanor Roosevelt

How often do you let another deflate your idea or your dream who never had the power (or the decency) to help you out in the first place? Don't let others get in the way of your vision.

12 - "Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking." - William B. Sprague

There is no time like the present to start building your company. You will never have more time than you do today. Stop saying "when the time is right".

13 - "If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today." - E. Joseph Cossman

The worry you have about your business today - the ones that keep you from taking action - will morph into different worries as time passes. Don't let worries become an excuse.

14 - "Many great ideas go unexecuted, and many great executioners are without ideas. One without the other is worthless." - Tim Blixseth

Your inability to take action may be because you need someone else to help you bring your idea to life. I have found in my years of talking with entrepreneurs that there are 3 types - Visionaries, Implementers and Operators. All three are necessary to make a company really hum. Not sure which one you are? Take the quizon my site to find out.

15. "Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly." - Stephen R. Covey

No one will ever love your business, or care about it, as much as you do. It is up to you to take the actions needed to get it started and keep it going. You can't rely on others to bring you to action.

16. "Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you." - Dr Phil

Are you waiting on someone else to give you the motivation, inspiration or advice to get started? The person you are waiting on may very well be you. Give yourself permission to take action.

17. "Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but don't quit." - Conrad Hilton

Are you mired so deeply in past mistakes that you can't seem to move forward? The decision to do nothing is a decision.

18. "There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it." - Mario Cuomo

Don't get mired down finding your "one true path". Realize that getting started may be the only way you will learn what you ultimately want to do.

19. "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden

The secret is that all entrepreneurs and small business owners are faking it. You will never understand every aspect of your business and you can't use that as an excuse to not get started.

20. "Doing nothing gets you nothing." - Sean Reichle

Need I say more? If you don't go to the gym, you will never lose the weight - same with your business.

21. "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." - Abraham Lincoln

Take advantage of being the first to solve a problem or create a new offer. If you enter an established industry or vertical, the irony is that you will have to work harder to gain a foothold than those before you.

22. "The future depends on what you do today." Mahatma Gandhi

Amazing progress is made by taking tiny steps everyday. Even if you aren't fully ready to commit to a new business idea, network, read, discuss and study to prepare yourself for the journey.

23. "The universe doesn't give you what you want in your mind; it gives you what you demand with your actions." - Steve Maraboli

Visualizing your business or idea's success is not enough, you must take action to bring that vision to life.

24. "You cannot score a goal when you are sitting on the bench. To do so, you have to dress up and enter the game." - Israelmore Ayivor

Don't let the excuse of time, money or experience get in the way of playing the game. You can only learn how to play by actively participating.

25 - "Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare." - Japanese Proverb

The most important aspect of action is making sure that it is in support of your vision. Don't just take action - make sure it's in line with your greater purpose.

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#2: "When you've got 10,000 people trying to do the same thing, why would you want to be number 10,001?"

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#3: "Because if you're prepared and you know what it takes, it's not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there."

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#4: "Go out there and get rich. Get so obnoxiously rich that when that tax bill comes, your first thought will be to choke on how big a check you have to write."

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#5: "​In the past, people used to tell me to shut up a bit. But what I believe is to put out your opinion and let everyone else react. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong."

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#6: "I've learned that it doesn't matter how many times you failed. You only have to be right once. I tried to sell powdered milk. I was an idiot lots of times, and I learned from them all."

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#7: "Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you."

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#8: "Forget about finding your passion. Instead, focus on finding big problems."

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#9: "It's not about money or connections -- it's the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business. And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time."

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#10: "What I've learned is that if you really want to be successful at something, you'll find that you put the time in. You won't just ask somebody if it's a good idea, you'll go figure out if it's a good idea."

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