Entrepreneurs are a special breed of individuals. They are driven by an unending passion to succeed and to improve upon their previous successes. This drive is what fuels their creativity and allows them to continue putting in the long hours required to make their business successful. However, motivation is not an unlimited resource. Even the most passionate entrepreneur will eventually find themselves running out of steam if they do not take the time to refuel their enthusiasm and business acumen regularly.
One of the best ways to do this is to set aside time each day to reflect on why you are doing what you are doing. What are your goals? What are your plans for the future? What makes you excited about your work? Reminding yourself of your answers to these questions on a regular basis can help you to keep your motivation high and maintain your focus on your ultimate goals.
However, there are often times when you simply lack the passion you initially had when you started the business. One of the rules of being a high-achieving entrepreneur is to be able to absorb advice from others who have more experience and knowledge. In this article, we have curated 4 inspirational quotes from successful CEOs to keep you pumped up for business growth and motivation.
“No man can be successful, unless he first loves his work.” – David Sarnoff, CEO of RCA (Radio Corporation of America)
As many successful people, David Sarnoff had humble beginnings before making his way to remain in history. An immigrant from Russia, he started off as a messenger boy for a telegraph company in New York City to support his family. He is now acknowledged as the pioneer of radio and television broadcasting.
Nowadays, the phrase “thank God it’s Friday” is a very telling sign of our society’s general attitude towards work. For many people, work is a chore that they have to force themselves to get through each day. This is not surprising, given that so many people are in jobs that they don’t really care about. They’re just doing it for the money or because they feel like they have to. As a result, they’re not really motivated to do their best work.
However, if you own a business, loss of motivation is one of the worst things that can happen. If you don’t love what you do, you then can’t really convince your team and your clients that your company is worth it.
“Any time is a good time to start a company.” – Ron Conway, Founder of Angel Investors
The angel investor and philanthropist Ron Conway has had a wealth of experience investing in business ventures of different sizes. So, he would know what startup looks like success and is worth an investment.
Any time is a good time to launch a business because there really is no perfect time to do it. Excessive planning and waiting on everything to line up may eventually kill your motivation and lead to a waste of resources in the long run.
A lot of people have their doubts about starting a company during and post-pandemic. As a matter of fact, crisis may be the best time to launch as this is when you need multiple streams of income. Also, your business can really make a difference if its concept is fueled with inspiration and purposefulness.
“In business, what’s dangerous is not to evolve.” – Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
Although Jeff Bezos is known as the CEO of Amazon, last year he left the position and remained in the company as an Executive Chair. The reason behind his decision was precisely that he felt that Amazon has reached its peak and is not evolving to achieve more. The value of Amazon has been steadily increasing for the past few years. However, according to Bezos, success is not only about profit but also about other aspects of the company that have been neglected, like employee satisfaction.
Change is often viewed as a risk in business. Many individuals try to avoid it because they are concerned about what might happen. They may not know what the outcome of the transformation will be, and they are unwilling to take the chance.
The business world is in a constant state of flux, and those who fail to keep up get left behind. Technology is one area where this is particularly apparent – advancements are made every day that can streamline processes and make businesses more efficient. However, it’s not just about using the latest trends for the sake of it – businesses need to be strategic about how they adopt new tools, and ensure that they’re using them in a way that will benefit their operations and improve their bottom line.
“When you innovate, you must prepare yourself for everybody to tell you that you’re nuts.” – Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle
Larry Ellison is currently the 8th richest person in the world, and his worth keeps growing every year. However, he didn’t start off life in a wealthy family. Born by an unwed Jewish single mom and adopted by his aunt and uncle at just 9 months of age, he had to arm himself with stamina and resilience.
When you start your own business, go freelance or even decide to change careers, there will be a lot of people telling you you are crazy and will fail. However, this should be your motivation to keep pushing yourself. To be honest, neither craziness nor failure are that dangerous in business. For one, you need to be able to take risks, learn from your mistakes, be original and experiment to stand out from the competition.
These CEO quotes are both inspiring and motivating. They emphasize the importance of loving what you do, taking risks, and being open to change. If you’re looking for more inspiration, or simply want to connect with other business leaders, be sure to check out CEO Hangout. Our online community is a great place to learn from others, share your experiences, and find support when times get tough.