As a solopreneur who is also a writer, a lot of people envision that my days are spent relentlessly tapping away at my keyboard, letting my words flow from my mind to my fingertips with amazing vigor before ultimately winding up a full-length manuscript that is proudly displayed on my once stark-white computer screen.
While that’s a nice thought, there have been far more times than I can count where I’ve done nothing more than sit, staring blankly at my off-white office wall, waiting for some type of inspiration to jump out and shout, “Here I am!” Inspiration to either expand my business in a different area or go in a new direction. Maybe even inspiration to come up with content that is so brilliant and amazing that it shoots to the top of the bestseller lists.
Instead, I often find that my search for inspiration is much like going to the refrigerator four times within five minutes and, each time, opening the door to see if something new appears. Yet, there remains the same lettuce, pickles, eggs, and bread that were there the three times before.
If you’re a solopreneur as well and find yourself doing the same, it may be time to fill your wall with something that actually inspires your next new idea or plan and one option is to cover it in quotes that touch you deep in your soul. What types of quotes have this capability?
Here are a few to consider that, surprisingly, hardly ever make it into other success quote articles, as well as a word or two about how I interpret them in a way that inspires me.
“You have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.” ~ Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon
Sometimes the best ideas are the ones that, when you share them with those around you, they just kind of shake their head like they think you’re crazy. That’s when you know you’re on to something good.
“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” ~ Thomas Edison, businessman and inventor
I’ve often found that the most enjoyable (and most life changing) roads in life are those I either didn’t know existed or didn’t plan to take. Besides, just because you’re taking a detour doesn’t mean that you’re on the wrong path. It simply means that you’re meant to take a different way there.
“If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.” ~ Robert H. Schuller, pastor, motivational speaker, and author
Fear has a way of stopping us from becoming the person we want most to be. Find a way to overcome this fear and you can show the rest of the world just how wonderful you are. You might even show yourself this too.
“Let people advise you and lead you down paths to make smart business decisions; but trust your instinct and trust that overwhelming drive that made you put all your dreams and everything on the line.” ~ Luke Bryan, country singer and songwriter
While it’s great to learn from others and consider their thoughts and ideas, in the end, you have to be true to yourself. When all is said and done, it is your “why” that will keep you going. Keep that front and center and do what’s right for your heart. The rest will fall into place.
“The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.” ~ Henry Ford, automobile manufacturer who developed the concept of mass production
Many people go into business for themselves because of all the benefits self-employment offers. However, it isn’t until you start to focus on providing benefit to others that you’ll realize all of business ownership’s true advantages.
“Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman, not the attitude of the prospect.” ~ W. Clement Stone, businessman and philanthropist
If you’re not selling your product or service as successfully as you’d like, take a good look at your attitude. Are you excited about what you have to offer? Do you smile every time you talk about it? A small adjustment may be all you need to turn your results around.
“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” ~ Napoleon Hill, bestselling American self-help author
Though it may be tempting to give up on owning your own business, when you continue to move forward instead of quitting, that is when your true potential can be reached. Not a second before.
“It is the artist’s business to create sunshine when the sun fails.” ~ Romain Rolland, French dramatist and Nobel Prize winner
Life (and business success) is all about perspective. Find ways to turn rain into rainbows and that is when you’ll find true happiness and contentment.
“In life…and business…you have two options: make excuses or make changes. Which one is going to get you closer to where you want to go?” ~ Christina M. DeBusk
Yes, this last one is mine and it’s one I strive to live by every single day. I can blame my shortcomings on others and never move forward or I can find ways to overcome them and eventually get where it is I want to go. Though the first option is easier, the second will actually transform my life, so I’ll go with that one every time.