We’re back again reviewing some more wonderful small business advice from some of the most successful people in the business world.
These are not my thoughts (although I wish I had the keen insight that these business savvy people express.)
No, most of these quotes are not specific to Internet solo business. Some were made way before the Internet was born.
But don’t discount their appropriateness just because some were spoken in times long ago.
These business thoughts can help you to understand some of the timeless wisdom that other entrepreneurs have shared to help you in this day and age.
Every solo business owner knows (or should know) the needs of his business better than any other individual.
The key, then, to being a smart business owner is to be able to analyze what is going on in your business and correct any deficiencies quickly.
If there was ever a more appropriate quote for a business owner than “the buck stops here” I don’t know what it would be.
As a solo business owner, you have the ultimate, final, and only say regarding what happens in your business.
For the next few posts, I am going to share some very appropriate business quotations with you that I think will be meaningful and directly related to your business.
You can do with these what you like … ignore them, gloss over them, or take them to heart and add dollars to your business bottom line!
You would do well to ponder each thought and spend some time thinking about how you might apply the principle involved to your own current business situation.
Here we go:
1. “The most important attribute of successful people is not that they always succeed, but that they respond to failure by coming back and redoubling their efforts.” Mary Farrell, managing director of Paine Webber, 1997.
2. “The secret of the truly successful … is that they learned early in life how not to be busy.” Barbara Ehrenreich in The Cult of Busyness. 1991
3. “The real measure of success is the number of experiments that can be crowded into 24 hours.” Thomas Edison quoted in the Harvard Business Review, 2000.
4. “No other area offers richer opportunities for successful innovation than the unexpected success.” Peter F. Drucker in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 1993.
5. “The secret of success is constancy to purpose.” Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister, 1870.
6. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Woody Allen, actor, quoted in In Search of Excellence. 1982
7. “The more volatile the market, the quicker an organization’s success formula becomes obsolete.” Daryl R. Conner in Leading at the Edge of Chaos, 1998.
8. “The test of a first-rate work, and a test of your sincerity in calling it a first-rate work, is that you finish it.” Arnold Bennett in Things That Have Interested Me, 1921-25.
9. “A man may be concerned in the management of more than one business enterprise, but they should all be of the one kind, which he understands. The great successes of life are made by concentration.” Andrew Carnegie, industrialist quoted in The Pittsburgh Bulletin, 1903.
10. “It takes years to make an overnight success.” Eddie Cantor, entertainer quoted in Treasury of Investment Wisdom, 1999.
11. “If you want to succeed, double your failure rate.” Samuel Butler quoted in Men – Minutes – Money, 1934.
12. “A team is like a baby tiger given to you at Christmas. It does a wonderful job of keeping the mice away for about 12 months, and then it starts to eat your kids.” Anonymous, quoted in Fortune, 1995.
13. “If the automobile had followed the same development as the computer, a Rolls Royce would cost $100, get a million miles per gallon. and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.” Robert X. Cringley, author quoted in Infoworld, 1989.
14. “For many businesses, the Internet is still a technology in search of a strategy.” Mary J. Cronin, author (attrib.)
15. “Thanks to lateral technology, a one-person global business is both technically feasible and a practical reality.” W. W. Rostow quoted in Megatrends, 1982.
16. “We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on one million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.” Robert Wilensky, quoted in Mail on Sunday, 1997.
17. “It’s not the hours you put in your work that count, it’s the work you put in the hours.” Sam Ewing, author quoted in Reader’s Digest, 2000.
18. “We are spending up our lives and working harder in the futile attempt to buy the time to slow down and enjoy it.” Paul Hawken, entrepreneur quoted in The Ecology of Commerce, 1993.
19. “Do not wait; the time will never be just right.” Napoleon Hill, in Think and Grow Rich, 1937.
20. “I used to always say, ‘I never went to business school and I never read a business book.’ But now I think maybe I should have read a few.” Oprah Winfrey, business executive quoted in Oprah Winfrey Speaks, 1998.
Stand by for more great small business advice …
To your online business success,