In continuation of our series on entrepreneurship, we will be looking at what these ones have to say on work and passion. They are successful not only in terms of wealth, but also how they enrich the world through their businesses – contributing their fair share to the advancement of mankind.
Some you know, and some you will be meeting for the first time. Meet the 15.
1. STEVE JOBS, CO-FOUNDER OF APPLE
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t live 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.
2. SIR RICHARD BRANSON, FOUNDER OF THE VIRGIN GROUP
Entrepreneurship is about turning what excites you in life into capital, so that you can do more of it and move forward with it.
3. ASHLEY QUALLS, FOUNDER OF WhateverLife.com
Anything can be done, as long as you truly believe it.
4. DANIEL EK, FOUNDER OF SPOTIFY
We led with our conviction rather than rational, because rational said it was impossible.
5. JEFF BEZOS, FOUNDER OF AMAZON
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.
6. TIMOTHY FERRISS, AUTHOR OF “THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK”
One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion.
7. WALT DISNEY, CO-FOUNDER OF WALT DISNEY
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
8. MARK ZUCKERBERG, CO-FOUNDER/CEO OF FACEBOOK
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.
9. KEN FIELDS, REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER
You must fall in love with what you do, because being an entrepreneur is a lot of hard work, and overcoming a lot of adversity. From that love will come the dedication that will get you out of bed at 4 a.m. because of a great idea you just had and get you to work till 11 p.m. and not feel tired.
10. JASON GOLDBERG, FOUNDER OF FAB
Find your one thing and do that one thing better than anyone else.
11. MARY KAY ASH, FOUNDER OF MARY KAY COSMETICS, INC.
Mediocre idea that guarantees enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
12. RUSSELL SIMMONS, CO-FOUNDER OF DEF JAM & PHAT FARM
In my experience, there’s only one thing that will always steer you toward success: That’s to have a vision and to stick with it… Once I have a vision for a new venture, I’m going to ride that vision until the wheels come off. There are always going to bumps in the road, but I try not to let them faze me.
13. JAKE NICKELL, CO-FOUNDER/CEO OF THREADLESS
I try not to make any decisions that I’m not excited about.
14. MARK CUBAN, OWNER OF THE DALLAS MAVERICKS
Don’t get caught up in how many hours you work. Judge success based on having goals and measuring your results. Hard work, and lots of it, is certainly needed, but focus on what you get done….
15. HENRY FORD, FOUNDER OF THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
Because this is an abridged version of a longer list, if you would like to know about the 10 remaining ones not included here, please proceed to searchenginejournal.com