21 Powerful Quotes From Entrepreneurs

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.

Call 1-800-622-2894 or visit www.collegeamerica.edu today to learn more.

Build Your Future with Graphic Design

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So you want a career that inspires creativity and also pays well. Consider graphic design and you will not be disappointed.

We have all seen great design pieces in magazines, on the Internet, and even on flyers in the mailbox. These are all examples of materials you could be using your talent to create.

CollegeAmerica Spring Into College Open House

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CollegeAmerica is hosting a fun and free event for the whole family. At the CollegeAmerica Spring into College open house, you can see the campus, enjoy free food, and participate in fun and educational activities. You can also get to know some of our students, alumni, staff members, and instructors.

At CollegeAmerica, you could start college this season, no having to wait until fall to enroll! Come learn more about our degree programs, so you can start growing your career in healthcare, business, accounting, information technology, or graphic design.

Cheyenne Campus:

Monday, May 4: Open house from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm.

Wednesday, May 6: Career fair from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, May 8: Community workshops

Colorado Springs Campus:

Wednesday, May 6: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

  • Car show
  • Craft fair
  • Community garage sale
  • Campus tours

Denver Campus:

Monday, May 4: ”May the Fourth Be With You” BBQ

Tuesday, May 5: Teacher Appreciation Tuesday. We want to thank allteachers everywhere! If you teach at any school, on any level, email mary.gordy@collegeamerica.edu to be entered for a spa day raffle!

Wednesday, May 6: Hump Day block party in the courtyard.

Flagstaff Campus:

Tuesday, May 5:

  • iPad raffle
  • CPR course
  • Blood pressure checkups
  • Classic car club exhibit

 

Each IT Pro is a Different Superhero. Which One Will You Be?

IT professionals get a nerdy rep, but we’re more than just big brains. Underneath our black t-shirts are vibrant uniforms that show off our true powers. To become part of the team, you need to be able to wrap your head around superhuman problems and solve them with ease. Sound intimidating? It should. But College America is your training ground to propel your career to galactic heights.

In the infographic below, learn which Computer Science degree best fits your skills and goals; then contact our Admissions team to get started on your training. CS Avengers, Assemble!*

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Whichever Avenger you choose to be, remember that you also have your own superpowers to use for the good of mankind. Whether you’re a great manager or you have an aptitude for design, you have a lot to offer the world of IT. After getting a great education, you’ll finally be ready to get a better job, revealing your inner hero!

And if you’re a real life superhero as a member or veteran of our Armed Forces, we want to show our respect and dedication to your bravery through our Military and Spouse Education Programs. Show off your true colors with CollegeAmerica.

*Avengers’ Characters are Trademarked property of Marvel Comics.