If you’re looking for amazing entrepreneur quotes to fire you up and get inspired this week, you’ve arrived at the right place.
Our entrepreneur quotes heroes are of course Shark Tank, and its cousin The Profit. We’ve also added a bunch of other goodies to do a quick entrepreneur quotes round up.
But first, let’s keep it real. Shall we?
Amanda and I cringed about the fact that people are still sharing the quote about preferring to work 80 hours a week as an entrepreneur versus 40 as an employee.
What? Are you nuts?
We applaud anyone for hard work and entrepreneurship but at some point the math stops adding up. What about the time with your family that is forever lost? Or the fact that you stopped having time to cook or go to the gym? Or even worse, you stopped having the time to just do something besides working? If entrepreneurship was supposed to be your out-of-jail card, of sorts, why should it feel like a brand new red carpet into a different self-prison?
We were right there with you, so we know what we’re talking about. And, trust us, the grass is a lot greener on this side.
What ? Are you nuts? was actually one of Kevin O’Leary’s infamous Shark Tank’s quotes, and we swear by it. When we are thinking of changing all of our brand colors, or finding a new calligraphy font for our signatures, or reformatting a digital product just because…we always ask ourselves, What are you nuts? Is that change going to make a difference? Is that change and massive amount of time going to deposit additional $50,000 in our bank account? In most cases, sadly, the answer is no. But we are glad we ask the questions, so we can just move on, and focus our energies and time into something that will matter, which will deposit the additional $50,000 in our bank account at some point.What are you nuts? Is that change going to make a difference? Is that change and massive amount of time going to deposit additional $50,000 in our bank account?Click To Tweet
So, in that same spirit of “un-nut” ourselves and keep with our mantra of lazy=smart, here are a few of our OTHER top favorite entrepreneur quotes…with a little bit of added commentary!
Assholes get rich because they’re not afraid to ask for what they want
As said by Kevin O’Leary on Shark Tank
Amanda and I didn’t make any money until we stopped dead in our tracks and decided to write down exactly what we wanted.
If you know what you want, you can have a plan, and if you have a plan, you’re most likely going to start working on it, and if you do work on it, well, you will be unstoppable. But you do need to know what you want first! So go ahead, write it down.
What do you have to lose? (For extra help, go ahead and check out Guide 1 at our shop.)Assholes get rich because they’re not afraid to ask for what they wantClick To Tweet
It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed, you only have to be right once.
As said by Mark Cuban on Shark Tank
This is such an important, and often underestimated idea. You only need to be right once! The same way you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince, every single failure (or frog) that comes before your success is just a step in the right direction. Isn’t it so relieving to think that the odds are in your favor? That you have the validation to at least try?It doesn't matter how many times you have failed, you only have to be right once. Mark Cuban Click To Tweet
Businesses are based on relationships and relationships are based on people.
As said by Marcus Lemonis on The Profit.
Amanda and I always have this one front and center. Though we are mostly an online, virtual digital business, we always remind ourselves that there’s ultimately a REAL person at the end of the other screen. And that, everything that we do, everything that we want to sell, has to appeal to building a RELATIONSHIP with people…one single person at a time. We grew to be too comfortable quoting numbers in the thousands and hundreds of thousands for email lists, million reached on Twitter and tenths of million views on YouTube…yet the guy with the credit card about to check out on your shopping cart app is just ONE.
The lesson? You win, ultimately, one person at a time.
Don’t compromise who you are.
As said by Marcus Lemonis on The Profit.
We talked extensively on our social media guides on how to build YOUR brand (Guide 1 and Guide 3 are available now at the shop, by the way).
We spent quite some time talking about the importance of authenticity, and being who you are, versus trying to be someone else. Or even worse, compromising on your non-negotiables.
Why? It’s a lot of work, for starters.
If you have to second guess what you think is right, copy somebody else’s writing, or lift an entire Instagram strategy…well, that will leave you exhausted…and empty inside. What if you see everyone with gold foil letters? But you like rose gold… go for the rose gold (hey, we did!) Or what if you see everyone selling Instagram classes hard but you never got it and you hang out in Twitter 24/7? Freeze your Instagram account. Like immediately.
Do what’s right for you – it always pays off.
Don’t wait for the ‘perfect time’, you will wait forever. Always take advantage of the time that you’re given.
I waited forever to start running because I didn’t want to feel bad about myself…because I knew I was going to run three minutes on my first time out and then give up.
I had a training schedule at hand, a friend to cheer me on, and all the time in the world. However, at 23, I was already feeling defeated. In my head, I was already too old to “learn how to” run, which is funny because at 16 I was too busy, at 17 I didn’t want to people to see me sweaty from working out, at 18 I didn’t have the right shoes, at 19 it was too cold (yup, the full year was really too cold), at 20 I was looking for a job, and the list continues.
It was never the right time.
The truth is that I was just scared of being the one that couldn’t run, even though every single day on my way from work, I saw hundreds or maybe thousands of runners of all ages and sizes running in Central Park. The same is true for your small business, or blog.
We know that getting started is hard. That being scared of failing at it is hard. That being on your own, by yourself, is hard. And that it never seems to be the right time. But, there’s no point in waiting for the perfect time. Right now is always the perfect time, because right now it will always be better than a month from now, or even a year from now. The sooner you get on the road, the sooner you’ll get where you want to go!
…that I was being nuts just to try it.
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