Entrepreneurial Quotes

Browse a collection of my favorite quotes about leadership & business.

 

  • Difference makers would rather apologize for too much tenacity than regret having too much timidity. Pete Wilson

 

  • Experiment relentlessly: the #1 reason for failure; stop learning, stop growing, stop experimenting

 

  • Leave people guessing at whether you are working or playing, the rock stars in life are always doing both

 

  • Leader: someone who helps people succeed.

 

  • Perspective; look at everything as a test or experiment; creative lab

 

  • Create Value -> Reap Rewards... in that order

 

  • Work on your eulogy & epitaph more than your résumé; legacy stuff

 

  • Fire bullets to calibrate then fire calibrated cannonballs. Bullets; low risk, low cost, low distraction.

 

  • Bet small & gain empirical validation then make a big bet

 

  • Success leaves clues

 

  • Coachable, teachable, humble, grateful

 

  • Discipline = Doing what you have to do whether you 'feel' like it or not

 

  • Things don't just happen to change you. You write the program in your mind to enable it to happen.

 

  • A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. Warren Buffett

 

  • Table stakes: cost of just becoming a me too player

 

  • Treat mistakes & failures as expensive tuition

 

  • Dollars invested in self education have massive returns

 

  • Being busy is a form of laziness — lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. -Tim Ferriss

 

  • Enthusiasm is contagious. It’s difficult to remain neutral or indifferent in the presence of a positive thinker.

 

  • The human spirit thrives on challenge

 

  • It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting. -Millard Fuller

 

  • Surround yourself with incredible people and you’ll go from “How could I ever do that?” to “How could I not?”

 

  • Most people settle for very average goals because it's "reasonable." One problem: average has a lot of competition. Go big and succeed more.

 

  • The #1 productivity secret; wake up early

 

  • Become a self feeder: make sure you are continually learning, growing, developing both mentally, spiritually, physically.

 

  • Slight edge: habits & disciplines practiced daily = compound effect over time

 

  • Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character. Steven Covey

 

  • Character is simply the sum total of our beliefs as demonstrated through our actions. Perceptions shape the interpretation

 

  • I'm still tweaking the recipe for happiness, but here's the recipe for unhappiness: comparing yourself to others.

 

  • The people you surround yourself with are your greatest asset. Those who have walked through the fire can help you do the same.

 

  • Abundance mindset vs. scarcity mindset

 

  • “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

 

  • "A small team of A players can run circles around a giant team of B and C players." - Steve Jobs

 

  • The best way to find a current of good luck is to swim with great people. Jim Collins

 

  • Massive Action is the great differentiator. Ideas get copied every day. Few, however, are willing to match your effort!

 

  • What you believe matters. Belief = self-fulfilling prophecy. Bend reality. Make a positive dent in the universe. Steve Jobs

 

  • Be enthusiastic!, Smile, thank someone, praise/encourage someone, random act of kindness, learn from someone, coach & mentor, selflessness

 

  • Great things never came from comfort zones.

 

  • Audacious accountability; you consider your life from the point of view that how it goes and what happens is completely up to you--you are in the drivers seat of life.

 

  • The best sales people think of their jobs not so much as selling widgets but as selling insights about the widget business. Dan Pink

 

  • You will be the same in 5 years as you are today except for two things people you meet and the books you read

 

  • Feelings follow actions. Act as if. Act enthusiastic and you will become enthusiastic.

 

  • Actions x Time = Leverage. You do the math

 

  • Instead of complaining transfer to service: redirect

 

  • Self-discipline trumps IQ

 

  • Grit: hustle DNA

 

  • We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment. Jim Rohn

 

  • Fear focuses attention. All the fun, interesting things in life come with fears.

 

  • Where can the smallest change make the greatest difference? Hugh Macleod

 

  • We are all 5-10 habits away from doubling our income or doubling our success in any area of life

 

  • Life is easy if you live it the hard way and hard if you live it the easy way

 

  • Coming up with great ideas is easy. The field narrows quickly when it comes to executing on them!

 

  • A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

 

  • Strategy = resource allocation. Watch where your time, talent, energy and resources are spent--this is what shapes your life strategy

 

  • People will summarize your life in a sentence - pick it now.

 

  • Great leadership question: if you were me how would you do this differently?

 

  • Leaders, you gain influence (in part) by demonstrating you can 'Get Things Done!'. #leadership

 

  • Hire the right people and get out of their way

 

  • Be the type of person you'd always answer the phone for. Joe Polish

 

  • Your life is a choice. No matter the circumstances, you choose the kind of life you are going to live.

 

  • "The most dangerous place in your world - may be your comfort zone." John Ortberg

 

  • Whatever it is... do your BEST. This is the shortest route to fulfilling your Potential.

 

  • Habits are like financial capital: forming one today is an investment that will automatically give out returns for years to come.

 

  • "We manage to sameness - we lead to change." Andy Stanley

 

  • Enthusiasm makes difficult tasks easy

 

  • If an undertaking was easy, someone else already would have done it.

 

  • Authentic leaders know that one of their primary jobs is 'to replace themselves'. Mentor the next generation.

 

  • A great leader stands behind his team when they succeed and in front of them when they fail (take the bullets)

 

  • You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it. Matt Damon from We Bought A Zoo

 

  • "Inaction breeds doubt and fear...If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." - Dale Carnegie

 

  • If U desire to be a leader U must let go of a victim mentality, the more U see yourself as a victim the less effective your leadership.

 

  • You can choose comfort or courage but you can't choose both. Dan Sullivan

 

  • Leadership isn't a part-time job. Leaders, you're being watch 24/7. Act accordingly

 

  • The opposite of happiness is boredom. Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness and it is precisely what we should strive to chase. Tim Ferriss

 

  • Strive daily to become the best version of you; continuous learning, improvement, experiments

 

  • It is the lack of self discipline that is the #1 delineating factor between the rich, poor and middle class. Robert Kiyosaki

 

  • Act as if...self-fulfilling prophecy

 

  • Hire a doer. Rent a thinker. Andy Stanley

 

  • Your success rate as a manager is 90% the result of how good you are at hiring the people around you.

 

  • Gratitude: the ultimate wonder drug for life.

 

  • Research shows people are happiest when they express gratitude publicly.

 

  • What gets measured gets managed

 

  • The things that get rewarded get done

 

  • Performance oriented people like to win. So clarify the win! Give your team a reason to high-five! @AndyStanley

 

  • Our goal is to have more at bats per unit of time & money than anyone else. Eric Schmidt Google CEO

 

  • Make a lot of small bets--experiment relentlessly.

 

  • When I am happy, I am more generous, kind, loving. Make happiness a priority.

 

  • Learn from those you aspire to be like and ignore everyone else

 

  • Excellence is born of preparation, dedication, focus, and tenacity; compromise on any of these and you become average.

 

  • Secret to success: daily habits/disciplines

 

  • Embrace risk as the theme of your life

 

  • There's nothing more appealing than someone who wants to try to grow their own idea.

 

  • "If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”—Seth Godin

 

  • Which 20% of sources are driving 80% of my desired outcomes and happiness?

 

  • Leave people guessing at whether you are working or playing, the rock stars in life are always doing both

 

  • Key to having enough time: eliminate TV and meetings

 

  • Productivity = wisdom + action

 

  • The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you might have made a hiring mistake.

 

  • Whatever you track/measure will improve; spending, weight, fitness, reading, eating

 

  • Quantified self movement: tracking creates awareness, creates change

 

  • "The craftsman mindset focuses on what you can offer the world. The passion mindset focuses on what the world can offer you." – Cal Newport

 

  • We make our habits and then our habits make us.

 

  • Wisdom is making decisions today in light of where you want to be tomorrow @AndyStanley

 

  • I want those who KNOW ME BEST to RESPECT ME MOST. that's the true measure of SUCCESS.

 

  • Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch

 

  • The power of daily actions compounded over time

 

  • Action expresses priorities. Gandhi

 

  • "Make a difference. Don't be satisfied with making a point." - Andy Stanley

 

  • "Whatever you are, be a good one.”

  • ― Abraham Lincoln

 

  • Don't just go with the flow, create the flow!

 

  • Every so often, life presents a great moment of decision, an intersection at which a man must decide to stop or go; a person lives with these decisions forever.

 

  • If you empty your wallet into your mind your mind will fill up your wallet

 

  • The fastest way to become the person you want to be is to hang out with people who are already that way.

 

  • What does your daily regimen look like?

 

  • Your life doesn't get better by chance, it gets better by change: intentionality.

 

  • Expert status: top 5% knowledge in your narrow niche; read 10 books on your niche

 

  • Intelligence: the ability to make finer distinctions on a given subject matter

 

  • If you were me how would you do it differently? Great leadership question.

 

  • Learn to value "courage"as a much more important virtue than "success"

 

  • Regret minimization framework: when I am 80 yrs old will I regret doing ____ or regret not doing ___? Most people late in life have more regrets about things they didn't try. Jeff Bezos

 

  • The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

  • George Bernard Shaw

 

  • Change is the universal constant that allows you to get the most out of living and learning.

 

  • If you fail at least you failed while daring greatly...man in the arena. Teddy Roosevelt

 

  • Be willing to risk failure, risk being wrong. Life is about grand experiments...having the guts

 

  • Lifehacker; 20/80 focused, minimum effective dose, lifestyle designer, bucket list fanatic

 

  • I am a learning addict

 

  • The kind of food our minds devour will determine the kind of person we become. John Stott

 

  • #1 reason for failure; stop learning, stop growing, stop experimenting

 

  • Experiment relentlessly

 

  • Take massive action!

 

  • Belief = self-fulfilling prophecy

 

  • Expectations govern results

 

  • Leadership = influence

 

  • Who are the key influencers?

 

  • Lead with questions rather than statements

 

  • When you get inspired, leverage it to the hilt

 

  • Sales vs Finance: it's a lot harder to make it than it is to count it.

 

  • Become the best version of you; transform, grow, stretch, learn, experiment, test, track

 

  • Propose solutions instead of asking for them. I propose we try ___

 

  • Your net worth to the world can usually be determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good habits. Ben Franklin

 

  • Be bold; make things happen!

 

  • It is easiest to live with a decision if it is based on an earnest sense of right and wrong

 

  • Courage is what takes over when confidence runs out.

 

  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more then you are a leader

 

  • There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter Drucker

 

  • Habits are what our lives, careers and bodies are made of

 

  • Obliterate complacency!

 

  • Grow a pair!

 

  • Be obsessed with being a lifelong learner in your craft

 

  • Get the right people on the bus, then decide where to go.

 

  • Anyone or anything that does not bring you alive is too small for you.

 

  • What was it about your leadership that produced these results? If you are the leader...own it!

 

  • I own the problem, I own the solution

 

  • Be an owner, not a victim

 

  • Busy is a victim word

 

2010 - present

2010 - present