Here are some additional small business quotes that you can enjoy.
These are not my thoughts (although I wish I had the keen insight that these business savvy people express) but rather the ideas of others that are targeted to helping you in your online business.
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.
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. “Nothing that costs only a dollar is worth having.” Elizabeth Arden, cosmetics entrepreneur quoted in In Cosmetics the Ole Mystique is No Longer Enough, 1973.
2. “The value of a thing is the amount of laboring or work that its possession will save the possessor.” Henry George, economist in The Science of Political Economy, 1897.
3. “Stop competing on price; compete on value. Deliver total consumer solutions, rather than just your piece of the solution.” Faith Popcorn founder of BrainReserve, 1999.
4. “By this time two years I can so arrange all my business as to secure at least 50,000 per annum. Beyond this never earn – make no effort to increase fortune, but spend the surplus each year for benevolent purposes.” Andrew Carnegie, industrialist (in a memo to himself), 1868.
5. “I bet you’re all wondering what it’s like to be a billionaire? It’s disappointing really.” David Andrews, Irish politician, 1997.
6. “The only way to create tremendous wealth is in the midst of an industrial revolution. It is then that you have the opportunity to do old things in new ways…never before conceived.” Lester Thurow, economist, Building Wealth in a Knowledge-based Society, 2000.
7. “The more good I do, the more money has come in. You have to learn to give. You’re not born to give. You’re born selfish.” Ted Turner, founder of TBS, 1997.
8. “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” Muhammad Ali, boxer in The Greatest, 1975.
9. “A business’ flexibility in adapting to change and market dynamics will mark the winners and losers in this fast-changing Internet Age. Flexibility is a tight pairing of speed and agility. Linking businesses together using information is at the center of value creation in the Internet Age.” Michael Dell, chairman of Dell Computer Corp., 2000.
10. “The key to success for Sony and to everything in business is never to follow the others.” Masaru Ibuka, cofounder of Sony Corporation, in Fortune, 1992.
11. “Winners are people who have fun – and produce results as a result of their zest.” Tom Peters in A Passion for Excellence, 1985.
12. “The winner is simply someone who gets up one more time than they fall over.” Robin Sieger, British executive in Natural Born Winners, 1999.
13. “Control your destiny or die.” Jack Welch, chairman of General Electric, 1981.
14. “Every man’s occupation should be beneficial to his fellow-man as well as profitable to himself. All else is vanity and folly.” P T Barnum, circus entrepreneur, in The Humbugs of the World, 1866.
15. “Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind.” Thomas Carlyle, essayist, 1866.
16. “The best kept secret in America today is that people would rather work hard for something they believe in than enjoy a pampered idleness.” John W. Gardner, social activist, in Woodbury Reports Archives, 1994.
17. “I believe in hard work. It keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.” Helena Rubinstein, cosmetics entrepreneur in My Life for Beauty, 1965.
18. “Everyone confesses in the abstract that exertion … is the best thing for us all, but practically most people do all they can to rid of it.” Harriet Beecher Stowe, writer in Atlantic Monthly, 1864.
19. “If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.” Edward O. Wilson, biologist in Autobiography, 1967.
20. “At a certain speed, the speed of light, you lose even your shadow. At a certain speed, the speed of information, things lose their sense.” Jean Baudrillard, French philosopher in The Gulf War Did Not Take Place, 1995.
Stand by for more great small business advice …
To your online business success,