Starting your business is like planting a fruit tree. First, you have to invest your time and money. Then, you must take care of it whilst expecting nothing in return (often for a lot longer than you think!). However, when your startup finally blossoms, it makes all the patience and hard work worthwhile.
The experience of a seasoned entrepreneur is priceless. Regardless of the number of theoretical models you study, nothing can prepare you for real life work better than reading about those who have succeeded before you. Whether that's from a business mentor or celebrity entrepreneur.
Here are ten pieces of startup advice from expert entrepreneurs. Invaluable experience packed in under 140 characters quotes and designed to help you propel your businesses in the right direction while staying motivated.
"Don’t let others convince you that the idea is good when your gut tells you it’s bad."
- Kevin Rose co-founded Digg.
"If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life."
- Brian Chesky, Co-founder of Airbnb.
"One of the greatest skills of leadership is being unflappable. Anytime you do anything in the world; there’s going to be criticism."
- Arianna Huffington, Co-found and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group.
"When you are building a startup, it’s difficult. You have to give 100%, and you have to be committed. Solving the problem has to be personal or else you’re going to disintegrate."
- Sean Rad, Co-founder of Tinder, Inc.
"Ignore the hype of the startups that you see in the press. Half of these startups will be dead in a year. Focus on building your business so you can be the one left standing."
- Jules Pieri, Co-founder and CEO of The Grommet.
"It’s necessary to find a mentor who can invest time to know your personal capabilities and business model."
- Nigel Davies, Founder of Claromentis.
"If you’re starting something on your own, you better have a passion for it, because this is hard work."
- Sallie Krawcheck, Co-founder of Ellevest.
"Passion, creativity, and resilience are the most crucial skills in business. If you’ve got those, you’re ready to embark on the journey."
- Jo Malone, Founder of Jo Malone.
"If something is important enough, or you believe something is important enough, even if you are scared, you will keep going."
- Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX.
"It’s very important for entrepreneurs to look for people in the company who are not afraid of failures"
- Chirag Kulkarni, Founder of Taco.
Sometimes, what you need to push through the hard times is a little bit of motivation and advice. Turn to the business mentors in your life, and get the skills you need to grow your business. An online business training course is perfect to get you started with your business journey and keep a few of these quotes on standby.
Having professional help or business training coach to support both yourself and your team to grow your business, is critical to your company’s growth. Here at Alchemy Academy our senior team spend time mentoring other business leaders just like you. If you feel you need support with your business growth - reach out to us. Online training for entrepreneurs is an ideal way to get yourself educated in bite-sized chunks, ready for your journey and ready to overcome most obstacles.
Onwards and upwards!