Wise words to encourage you today
Embracing entrepreneurship requires hustle and thick skin. Years of dedication go into creating a business with potential, and additional years will be dedicated to get it off the ground, keep it running and help it grow. Entrepreneurship can sometimes feel pretty discouraging, and since it is still very much a “counter-culture” career path, it can also feel pretty lonely. The good news is that you’re not alone, and the power of positive thinking can help you climb out of just about any mental rut. Exploring quotes and affirmations from time to time can help you create perspective and give you that extra push to keep moving forward.
Here are a few quotes that inspire us at TheDropp, and we hope they will give you some inspiration as well:
Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.
Tony Hsieh, Founder/CEO of Zappos
When entrepreneurs focus too much on the money, they often find that they don’t make much money at all. That’s because they’re not focusing on what ultimately matters, namely a solid foundation and vision for their company. With a collective vision, one that each member understands and stands behind, you have a much better shot at success.
She knew the power of her mind and so she programmed it for success.
Carrie Green, Founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association; Editor of This Girl Means Business Magazine
The mind is a truly amazing thing. It processes so much information each and every day, and often runs unnoticed in the background noise of our busy lives. When an entrepreneur acknowledges the power of their mind and really understands what it is capable of, they understand their mind can be trained to think a certain way. Like any other type of muscle memory, contemplating success and believing in success can help the mind focus on those actionable steps that drive results.
If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it.
Erada Svetlana, Photographer and Founder of The Ones Group
Some people tend to shy away from things that frighten them, but doing so can also keep those same people from doing truly amazing things with their lives. Entrepreneurs often have to do things they may find a bit scary—or downright terrifying—but don’t take that as a signal to stop. The idea that grabs hold of your thoughts and won’t leave, and that excites and frightens you at the same time could just be the exact business idea worth pursuing.
The only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.
Mark Zuckerberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Facebook
Risks are required for entrepreneurs. Each person who starts their own business has done so at personal risk. Sometimes, they have done so at great personal risk. Whether they feel the need to hold back or they head into their business venture at full speed, taking risks must be a part of what they do. Otherwise, their unwillingness to take chances can mean that they miss out on many of the most important things that could have brought them success.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. if you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Albert Schweitzer, German theologian, organist, philosopher, physician and winner of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize
Entrepreneurs who do the best don’t start businesses they don’t already have an interest in. They pick something that fill them with purpose, and find a way to create a living from that purpose. As their joy over what they do continues to grow and is shared with the world, more people are drawn to the business. If you don’t believe what you’re doing most of the time, it’s very difficult to make it through the bad days.
The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.
Even in our fast-paced world, you can embrace life more like a marathon, than a sprint. The best entrepreneurs understand that perseverance is a fantastic ally, especially when you feel as though the needle hasn’t moved as much as you planned. But don’t be so quick to give up. Tomorrow could very well be the day you see light at the end of the tunnel.
Speak Your Truth: The Power of Affirmations
Affirmations are short, powerful statements that let you take conscious control of your thoughts. Some believe we manifest what we focus on; that means negative thinking begets more negative thoughts, and your internal negativity is sure to sabotage you. Affirmations can help you heal that pain and displace those negative thoughts with positive ones. Speak aloud what you want to be true, and in doing so, you have a much greater chance of it becoming reality.
You can incorporate affirmations into your life beginning today. Many people say them in the morning when they get up, so they can start the day by setting their intentions. Others say them before they go to bed at night, so they can be mindful as they sleep. However you choose to incorporate affirmations into your life, experts agree it’s most beneficial to speak the words out loud while looking at yourself in a mirror. The following affirmations are good to say in the morning, before you allow yourself to be absorbed by the world around you:
- Every day I feel and display more confidence in myself.
- I take the first steps towards my goal.
- I act with assurance, confidence and grace.
- I have the power to do the most incredible things.
- I am inspired and have the power to accomplish everything I need to do today.
- Never give up on your dreams.
These affirmations work well when planning for an event or when seeking the courage to take a risk or a chance:
- An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
- Greatness is living life outside of your comfort-zone.
- My dreams are much greater than my fears.
The following affirmations are meant to ease the mind and loosen the tension from a long day’s work:
- I know that I have the knowledge and resources to achieve my dreams.
- I am creating a life of passion and purpose.
- My work leaves me stronger and happier at the end of the day.
- I am one with the world, and the world is one with me.
So there you have it! We hope these tidbits of inspiration help you get your mind right for the next hurdle you’re presented with. If you’re interested in learning more about how to “stay sane” while living the entrepreneur lifestyle, check out the Zen Entrepreneur podcast.