Climbing up the winding ladder of success, especially as an entrepreneur, is often less about the applause but more about constant scrutiny and criticism. It is this constant focus and criticism that pushes entrepreneurs to strive relentlessly. It’s tough to stay positive all the time and not be plagued with self-doubt and fear. In such times, there is wisdom in the motivational quotes of those who have faced the struggle before you.
It is imperative to not back down, to not run away but to stand up to the challenges, critics, and most importantly, your own fears. It’s easier said than done, but the thing to remember is that you are not alone in this journey. There are many other leaders and changemakers who have stood their ground and pushed forward. Here are some motivational quotes that will help you take on challenges and never back down:
Never back down
Bid adieu to despair and look at situations like an optimist. Root for your ambitions and visualise your goals. Don’t back off, but push back. Be your own cheerleader when you overcome challenges and stand your ground. Never let anyone stop you from going forward.
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, former US President
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., Social Activist
“My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.” – Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group
“I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” – John D. Rockefeller, Business Magnate and Philanthropist
Success may just be around the corner
The climb to the top of the mountain may be strenuous and exhausting. Just because you cannot see the top of the mountain does not mean you stop your mission upwards. The summit might be just another bend away. Remember, the journey is all about getting there. Do not give up halfway through. You’ve already made it this far; why stop now?
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Alva Edison, inventor and businessman
“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.” – Arianna Huffington, Entrepreneur and Journalist
Be a champion
Have an unflinching attitude as your primary motive to push yourself to success. Do not lose your edge – wrap that tenacity and will power, keep it close to your heart, and shine brighter.
“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist
“Respect, recognition, and reward flow out of performance.” – N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys
“Your value will be not what you know; it will be what you share.” – Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO, IBM
Never let that determination and focus die down. Triumph ahead with a positive outlook, take up challenges on a steadfast front, and do not tempt yourself to give up, ever.