Like most entrepreneurs, my office is cluttered with motivational books, approaches and quotes. Some of these quotes are taped to my desk, while others are hanging on the wall to review every hour or so.
Not a day goes by that I don’t review the following quotes. It inspires me to focus on what’s most important to accomplish during that particular day, and to not get sidetracked by email, tasks or clutter that don’t grow the business.
Here are 20 of my favorite quotes. I hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me.
“Out there in some garage is an entrepreneur who’s forging a bullet
with your company’s name on it.”
Gary Hamel, Business Writer
“If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying.”
Coleman Hawkins, Jazz Musician
“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable
combination for success.”
Napoleon Hill, Author
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that
which should not be done at all.”
“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for
failure, which is: Try to please everybody.”
Herbert B. Swope, American Journalist
“If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.”
Charles Kettering, Engineer
“I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be
flexible at all times.”
“Without customers, you don’t have a business. You have a hobby.”
Don Peppers & Martha Rogers, Return on Customer
“Judge a man by his questions, not by his answers.”
“The minute you’re satisfied with where you are, you aren’t there anymore.”
Tony Gwynn, Hall of Fame Baseball player
“Speed is useful only if you are running in the right direction.”
Joel Barker, Future Edge
“They always say time changes things,
but you actually have to change them yourself.”
“An organization becomes bewildered rather than energized
when it’s asked to do too much at once.”
Michael Hammer & James Champy, Reengineering The Corporation
“If you try to do something and fail, you are vastly better off
than if you had tried nothing and succeeded.”
The Back of a Sugar Packet (Anonymous)
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Do you read motivational quotes as part of your work day? Do you have any particular sayings that have made a difference in your life?
Joe Pulizzi is founder of the Content Marketing Institute, which runs the industry’s largest content marketing event, Content Marketing World. He is also overly passionate about the color orange. His third book, Epic Content Marketing, is now available.
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