35 Inspiring quotes to get you through your day.

We all face challenges on a daily basis and it is easy to get discouraged. Here are some quotes to keep prepared to give you a lift in those tough moments.

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

-Carlos Castaneda

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

–Abraham Lincoln

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”

-Helen Keller

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.”

-Dr. Seuss

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

-Steve Jobs

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”

-Seth Godin

“The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”

-Lily Tomlin

“Actually, Im an overnight success. But it took twenty years.”

–Monty Hall

“A man should never neglect his family for business.”

-Walt Disney

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”

-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Someone once told me that ‘time’ is a predator that stalks us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment because it will never come again.”

-Jean-Luc Picard

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

-Charles Darwin

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

-Thomas Edison

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

-Wayne Gretzky

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

-Yoda

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

–Eleanor Roosevelt

“Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.”

-Chinese Proverb

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.”

-Napoleon Hill

“You are not your resume, you are your work.”

-Seth Godin

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

-Will Rogers

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”

-Babe Ruth

“If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.”

-Ray Kroc

Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts

–Winston Churchill

“When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.”

-Harley Davidson

“A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it.”

-Alistair Cook

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”

-Jim Rohn

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

-Thomas Jefferson

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

-Michael Jordan

“People inspire you or they drain you – pick them wisely.”

-Hans F. Hansen

“The Pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

-John Maxwell

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!”

-Henry Ford

“When you change your thoughts, you change your world.”

-Norman Vincent Peale

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”

-Denis Waitley

 

Business plans for beginners.

I recently started a discussion about business plans on linkedin (see it here). I got mixed results. Some people didn’t read the question, whereas others provided helpful advice. I was asking for recommendations on business plan templates. It can be very difficult if you haven’t set a plan out before to have some software lay it out or make sure you have included everything.

Every business needs a business plan. Creating a business plans take time, research and forces you to focus on your idea so that you can refine it into a plan which you can execute. It is so easy to bypass the business plan and go into action and there are many examples of people who have succeeded doing just that. Jumping straight in is not without risks and you will figure out how to make your business work as you go. It can be an expensive way to learn.

My business plans have always been relatively simple and are on one double sided sheet of paper. Why? because the business plan is for my personal use, so it has to be presented in a way which I can understand and easily refer to. The worst scenario is creating a business plan that you cannot work with on a daily and weekly basis. Some people create amazing business plans which get filed away never to be seen again.

Here are some of the things that may help you when considering  a business plan.

A business plan is there to help you.

With startups being all the rage the internet is flooded with business plans for those seeking investors for their app or new tech. When did physical businesses become so unpopular? If you are starting out your business plan is your roadmap telling you what to do, when to do it and how much to charge for it. When you get started, I have always found that opportunities come in waves, if your keen to earn money all and any customers or opportunities will seem appealing. Some of them will prove to be a distraction. Your business plan will help you cost up and confirm which customers to take on and which ones to say ‘thanks, but no thanks’.

A business plan should be realistic.

It’s essential you put together a basic financial plan showing the cost to operate your business, the amount of money you will charge and a reasonable estimate of how many customers you will need and the size of the market. If you have 1000 potential customers and you need 1,000 customers to break even your business will be difficult to make work. It is so easy to be optimistic with your numbers. As a rule you should always be conservative with your numbers, it sets your expectations and then you can exceed them if you do well.

Being too optimistic will make it much harder for you to operate the business, if the numbers don’t stack up, do more research, look at funding or alternative ways to make it work.

A business plan should be be concise.

A 100 page business plan may be great for an investor to see the level of detail, however, you can’t work with 100 pages on a daily basis. You need a clear action plan for your business to get you from starting up through to becoming financially stable. I’ll intentionally keep this point short to demonstrate the point.

A business plan should be flexible.

Things never go according to plan. With people involved things morph and change. It’s a normal process. Build flexibility into the plan. A business plan should have contingency. Your website takes longer to develop, you have to pay for some additional expenses, customers don’t pay as promptly as you expect. These are all contingencies which happen every day in existing businesses. You have to be able to adapt.

There are lots of tools online which can help you develop your business plan, but a word of warning, there is a massive difference between business plan templates and a template business plan. One will help you develop your plan and the other is copy a plan someone else has developed. Don’t fall into the temptation to cheat as it will cost you more in the long run.