Do you daydream about starting your own business? Perhaps you have dozens of cool ideas for a startup bouncing around in your head.
If so, that’s great! But it’ll take more than just wishful thinking to turn those dreams into reality. As Marc Andreessen puts it, “The difference between a vision and a hallucination is that other people can see the vision.”
To find success in today’s competitive business world, you’ll need to learn from those who have successfully transformed their ideas into thriving companies.
The following is a collection of encouraging words and sound business advice from 21 successful entrepreneurs, old and new.
1. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” — Walt Disney, cofounder of Disney
2. “If you aren’t getting rejected on a daily basis, your goals aren’t ambitious enough.” — Chris Dixon, cofounder of Hunch
3. “Timing, perseverance, and 10 years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” — Biz Stone, cofounder of Twitter
4. “Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.” — Mark Cuban, cofounder of HDNET
5. “Stay self-funded as long as possible.” — Garrett Camp, cofounder of StumbleUpon
6. “When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.” — Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy
7. “Don’t make decisions based on fear.” — Jake Nickell, cofounder of Threadless
8. “If you believe in something, work nights and weekends. It won’t feel like work.” — Kevin Rose, founder of Digg
9. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” — Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple
10. “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist
11. “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it’s more important to heed the lessons of failure.” — Bill Gates, cofounder of Microsoft
12. “I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘How far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours?’” — Leah Busque, founder and CEO of TaskRabbit
13. “As a leader, it’s a major responsibility on your shoulders to practice the behavior you want others to follow.” — Himanshu Bhatia, founder and CEO of Rose International Inc.
14. “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” — Nolan Bushnell, founding father of the video game industry
15. “It’s almost always harder to raise capital than you thought it would be, and it always takes longer, so plan for that.” — Richard Harroch, venture capitalist and author
16. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” — Drew Houston, cofounder and CEO of Dropbox
17. “User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s undervalued and underinvested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board.” — Evan Williams, cofounder of Twittter
18. “Make your team feel respected, empowered, and genuinely excited about the company’s mission.” — Tim Westergen, founder of Pandora
19. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” — Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook
20. “Openly share and talk to people about your idea. Use their lack of interest or doubt to fuel your motivation to make it happen.” — Todd Garland, founder of BuySellAds
21. “Best way to sell something: don’t sell anything. Earn the awareness, respect, and trust of those who might buy.” — Rand Fishkin, founder and CEO of Moz
Ready to get serious about starting your own business?
If you’re anxious to quit daydreaming and get moving on your new business idea, you have many options available to you. For one, you may choose to strike out on your own. If you’re determined and put in the appropriate effort, who knows? You may very well achieve your goals.
However, going at it alone without a strong knowledge of business fundamentals may limit your potential success. To help minimize the risk of failure, consider earning a college degree in business.
CollegeAmerica’s School of Business offers a wide variety of business degree options that could help you learn the essential skills you need to successfully launch your startup, skills such as management, accounting, finance, ecommerce, marketing, and leadership, among others.
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