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What's the one motivational or inspiring quote that you live by as an entrepreneur or business owner?

When you've taken the leap to start a business, when you're down, when you're busy, and when you're stressed. What was the one quote that helped you become a better entrepreneur?

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9 Answers

Maini Homer

Maini Homer , Owner at Infinity NLP Coaching

There Is No Such Thing As Failure... There Is Only Feedback. Take It and Run With It!

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Leisa Goddard

Leisa Goddard , Managing Director at Adoni Media

As a woman, I love the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt which says “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water”.
 
Both as a TV journalist or now as a business woman I’ve had to find that inner strength many times and that quote reminds me that resilience and determination wins out.
Interestingly, my other favourite quote comes from Eleanor Roosevelt’s husband, US President Theodore Roosevelt.
 
He talks about criticism in his famous daring greatly speech and says “the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena”.
 
Once you’re in the arena you’re opening yourself up to comment and criticism by those who aren’t brave enough to step in and what I’ve realised is that they aren’t the people you need to waste time worrying about.

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Bridget Puszka

Bridget Puszka , Architect and Energy Reports at BP Architects

Keep Life Simple.

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Kathie Thomas

The day I stop learning is the day I do.

My grandmother told me this when I was 14 years old.

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Jill Brennan

Jill Brennan , Founder at Harbren Marketing

Your customer is your compass.

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Jef Lippiatt

Jef Lippiatt , Owner at Startup Chucktown

"You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."
Said in the movie: Inception
Said by character: Eames

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Daniel Spark

Daniel Spark , Director at D&M Spark Enterprises PTY LTD

For me, this is more a way of thinking than a quote: 

"Focus on the things you can change."

You cannot do much about the rest :)

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Yee Trinh

Yee Trinh , Cofounder at SavvySME

My favourite quote of all time, as a human being not simply as an entrepreneur. Also, my favourite musical! (although this quote is from the book) Anyone know which it is? ;) 

"Daring is the price of progress. All splendid conquests are the prize of boldness, more or less. For the Revolution to happen it was not enough that Montesquieu predicted it, that Diderot preached it, that Beaumarchais announced it, that Condorcet planned it, that Arouet paved the way for it, that Rousseau dreamed of it - it needed Danton to dare it.

The cry, 'Boldness!', is a Fiat Lux. If mankind is to advance there must be installed permanently at the head of its columns proud instances of courage. Acts of daring light the pages of history and the soul of man. The sunrise is an act of daring. To venture, to defy, to persevere, to be true to one's self, to grapple with destiny, to dismay calamity by not being afraid of it, to challenge now unrighteous powers and now victory run wild, to stand fast and hold firm - these are the examples that the peoples need, the spark that electrifies them. The same formidable lightnings issue from the torch of Prometheus and the raucous bellow of Cambronne."

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Phil Khor

Phil Khor , Founder at SavvySME

It always seems impossible until it is done.

I think it was by Nelson Mandela.

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