Entrepreneurship can be a lonely road, especially for sole proprietors. Let these small business quotes from successful businesspeople motivate and uplift.
Motivation in business is a critical key to success. It is easy to lose focus and become overwhelmed with the demands of entrepreneurship. Operating a business often takes the owner away from family and creates financial stress or burden, especially during the start-up stages or in rough economic times.
This collection of small business quotes features pearls of wisdom and motivation from those who have gone before and were able to persevere through challenging times. Others in this collection are simply humorous and meant to lift an entrepreneur's spirits and provide the motivation to push through obstacles and build a better business.
Harvard Business School recognizes outstanding leaders in 20th century American business on their Leadership database. In addition to their contributions through their actions, these inspirational figures were able to impart important life and business lessons in quotes of just a few words or sentences each.
One such leader is Benjamin F. Fairless (1890-1962), former Chairman of the Board with United States Steel Corporation, the world's largest iron and steel producer. Said Fairless, "What is the recipe for successful achievement? Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team."
These quotes from American business leaders are direct and priceless:
Arguably the greatest success story of the past century, Sam Walton's retail giant Walmart began as a small variety store called Walton's 5 & 10 in Arkansas. Walton surprised himself with his own success, quipping, "There's a lot more business out there in small town America than I ever dreamed of." Once he discovered the potential, he became a visionary in American retail.
More from visionaries with the entrepreneurial motivation and drive to create an empire:
Do your finance homework and avoid becoming bogged down in the day-to-day operation and troubleshooting of small business ownership. Reading success stories and emulating those who have demonstrated motivation in business with the drive to achieve goals helps entrepreneurs see the bigger picture and gain the confidence to take calculated risks.
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