Fear. Frustration. Failure.

Many entrepreneurs know these feelings all too well. Some would have you believe that starting a business is easy and instant success is a given, however, this is rarely true.

With doubts clouding your head, having the strength of mind to make courageous decisions can make or break your business. With a bit of inspiration, and motivation from those who have carved out a successful path in business, you can get your sights back on your goal and rise above your obstacles.

Find inspiration in the quotes below from some of biggest success stories of the past and present.

“If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six hours sharpening my axe.” – Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America
 
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford Motor Company

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison, Inventor

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft
 
“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” – Jesse Owens, Olympian
 
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
 
“But you have to do what you dream of doing, even while you’re afraid.” – Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder of The Huffington Post

“Don’t worry about failure, you only have to be right once.” – Drew Houston, Dropbox founder and CEO

“Timing, perseverance and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter

“The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.” – Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce

A fundamental requirement to succeed in business is to work hard. You will stand a bigger chance of succeeding if you enjoy what you do and are passionate about your business.

A little inspiration during the down times will make achieving your goals all the more possible.

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