The leaders of business usually have a lot of things to say.
While getting bombarded with information from every quarter, it can be difficult for one to listen and understand what’s being said. The most important thing to remember is that every successful entrepreneur started somewhere. Their motivational quotes contain insights that are key to how they see business and their vision for the future. Let’s listen to how the leading innovators in the world today motivate themselves and others around them.
1) Elon Musk
Motivational Quote: “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”
Meaning: Originally said to CBS News in an interview, Musk’s vision of his private interplanetary program SpaceX raised a few eyebrows. What it should tell us is that one shouldn’t give up just because other people think what one is doing is insane.
2) Jeff Bezos
Motivational Quote: “What’s dangerous is not to evolve.”
Meaning: Bezos first used the quote in an interview, according to Entrepreneur. What it encourages is the will to embrace change and to do the ‘next big thing’ to stay ahead of the game.
3) Daniel Ek
Motivational Quote: “The value of a company is the sum of the problems you solve together.”
Meaning: The quote appeared on Forbes when they interviewed Ek about becoming a self-made millionaire. For others, this quote shows that one’s work should be valued by what it provides to people, not what it makes for its producers. It’s this selfless nature that makes Spotify such a popular piece of software.
4) Fred Smith
Motivational Quote: “Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.”
Meaning: In this quote, the founder of FedEx examines one of the biggest hurdles that anyone needs to jump over to accomplish anything – their own fear. For many people, the fear overcomes their desire to do better and to be better, and that drags them down over the long term.
5) George Lucas
Motivational Quote: “Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that’s one of the hardest things to do because you don’t always know exactly where you’re going, and you shouldn’t.”
Meaning: Goal setting can be challenging. No one is sure what they want to accomplish in life. But by making one’s goals short-term and attainable, one can keep focus. Lucas tries to remind us that achievable goals are crucial to maintaining our attention and our motivation to achieve big goals.
6) Howard Schultz
Motivational Quote: “To be an enduring, great company, you have to build a mechanism for preventing or solving problems that will long outlast any one individual leader.”
Meaning: Goodreads mentions that this quote comes from the book “Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time”. In it we notice Schultz’s guide for those who want what they create to outlive them. Schultz may no longer be at the helm of the company, but the systems he put in place ensures that the business will continue to thrive long after he’s faded into antiquity.
7) Jack Dorsey
Motivational Quote: “The greatest lesson that I learned in all of this is that you have to start. Start now, start here, and start small. Keep it Simple.”
Meaning: Dorsey outlines something that everyone can identify with – the fear of starting. Psychology Today calls this the fear of change and notes that most people have it because they can’t anticipate how something will turn out. Dorsey urges readers to begin small and keep things simple at the start. The beginning is usually the hardest part of anything.
8) Jack Ma
Motivational Quote: “When we have money, we start making mistakes.”
Meaning: It’s difficult to remind oneself that one isn’t infallible, but this gets inordinately harder, the more money one makes. As early as 1995, CNN Money mentioned that even smart people tend to make stupid mistakes where cash is concerned. From Ma’s quote, one should remember that one can still make mistakes even if one is making a lot of money.
9) Kevin Systrom
Motivational Quote: “Every startup should address a real and demonstrated need in the world. If you build a solution to a problem lots of people have, it’s so easy to sell your product to the world.”
Meaning: Small Biz Trends agrees with Systrom, but also adds the caveat that just because a product is easy to sell doesn’t mean it sells itself. Here, Systrom shows that finding a need and filling a need is one of the most fundamental ideas behind a successful business.
10) Mark Zuckerberg
Motivational Quote: “Done is better than perfect.”
Meaning: A lot of people are perfectionists, and while that does lead to a more detailed completed product or service, it usually means that the process takes twice as long. Zuckerberg reminds us that aiming for completing something should be our first goal, and polishing it should come after we have something to show for our labor.
Each individual here has demonstrated a skill or created a business that puts them head and shoulders above all the other people within their industry. They lead because they innovate, motivate, and inspire. They have the best talent money can buy working at their firms, but to keep those professionals satisfied, these leaders have to motivate their employees in the right way. Maybe we can learn something from them if we just pay attention.