Entrepreneurs' quotes to stay focused

Gert Mellak
Focus quotes for smart business owners
Over the years, I've found one thing to be true for running and growing a business: Focus is key.
One thing I've found to help a lot to establish and then keep the necessary focus, is going through a series of quotes on a regular basis.
In the following I'm sharing quotes I really like, and which I think make sense to seriously think about - they're in no particular order ... sources are added where known.
What is not growing, is dying.
The normal trajectory of a healthy business is growth. This doesn't mean there can't be lower periods in revenue, but ultimately both revenue and profit should go in the right direction, so focus on how you can grow at all times.
You're going to die.
I heard this first from Gary Vaynerchuk, and I think it's the best quote to make sure you don't forget to re-assess if your focus on your business is taking away the life you want to live. Everybody's going to die, and we won't take the business with us.
Nothing is as important as in the moment you think about it.
I've heard this first by Robert Cialdini - if you think about a new car, it's the most important thing in your life. You might follow hashtags #mercedes on Instagram, subscribe to car blogs, or watch car reviews on youtube - you're thinking about it all the time, so it gets the highest priority. Consciously control what you think about to direct importance in your life!
How can I invest more to bring me to the next level?
James Schramko. It's not about doing it all yourself - bring in an expert, a new channel, a new tool, to make things happen.
Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right.
Henry Ford. What you believe will push you or hold you back. Change your programming, change your potential.
You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.
Steve Jobs. On your journey, you'll need to trust your gut, destiny, life, karma. Not everything makes sense right away. Looking back, however, it will.
Done is better than perfect.
Sheryl Sandberg. Focus on implementation, don't overthink or try to make it perfect right away. Get a minimum viable product out there to test, get feedback, and improve over time.
Wherever you are, make sure you are there.
Dan Sullivan. Be really present in the moment. Don't check social media when playing with your kids, don't watch netflix when working, don't ask a question and not listen to the answer.
Poor people spend time to save money. Rich people spend money to save time.
Dean Jackson. Rich people's mindset is vastly different. Time is their greatest asset, and they're looking to invest whatever they can to get more time.
Simple scales. Fancy fails.
Similar to KISS - keep it simple. stupid. Keeping things simple will almost always outperform complex alternatives.
You can't stear a parked car.
James Schramko. When things are in motion it's easier to tune and improve.
People will do anything for those who encourage their dreams, justify their failures, allay their fears, confirm their suspicions, and help them throw rocks at their enemies.
Blair Warren. Side with your audience, empathsize with them through your content, and they'll follow you forever.
Author: Gert Mellak
Gert Mellak is an entrepreneur, agency owner and investor.
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