In the American psyche, few beyond celebrities and sports professionals stand above the successful entrepreneur. A lot of the reason behind that respect for entrepreneurs stems from the American ideals of hard work and the pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps mentality that many Americans learn from an early age.
It’s also very comforting to know that Americans live in a country where if you’re the person with a great idea, you can make something happen with it. Americans embrace new technology and new ideas fairly rapidly, and they work hard to get what they want. So whether you create a new service, a new piece of technology, or a product that transforms life as we know it, America rewards and will most definitely admire you.
So if you’re looking for a little inspiration to think of your dream invention or product, or simply some inspiration to get through the day, think on some of the following quotes from America’s most famous entrepreneurs.
Walter Elias (Walt Disney) reminds us that “All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
The talented and respected Oprah Winfrey on moving up: “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.”
A very important lesson from Bill Gates: “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
Warren Buffet providing some wisdom for thinking through behavior: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon on finding versus choosing your passion: “One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.”
Hopefully these quotes get you going in the right direction. At the very least they are informative and useful to keep in mind throughout your day and throughout your professional career. Stay inspired and keep pushing yourself to do better!