6 Killer Quotes for Inspirational Leadership

An entrepreneur finds inspiration everywhere.

But where does this inspiration come from?

There are a ton of inspirational leadership quotes out there that can motivate you and remind you what your goals are. I have absolutely been inspired by right quotations from inspirational leaders, so today I want to share with you some of my favorites.

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Read on … This is part one of an ongoing series I’m calling “Killer Quotes for Inspirational Leadership”

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” —Vincent Van Gogh

Self-confidence drives the entrepreneur. Van Gogh reminds us that overcoming self-doubt, rolling up your sleeves, and getting to work is the single best way to prove the naysayers wrong. Especially when that naysaying voice is in your own head.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt was a model of self-confidence. The former president is a great inspiration and example in the power of believing in yourself. So take a word of encouragement from the guy who also advised we “speak softly and carry a big stick.”

“The person who never makes a mistake never tried anything new.” —Albert

I like this one because it reminds me that failure IS an option. In fact, it’s the best teacher there is. You won’t be measured by how many times you’ve failed (or by how horrible and huge those failures were).

You will be measured by how you respond to the failure, how you learn from it, and how you ensure that the same mistakes never happen again.

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

The author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” delivers this great reminder that what you decide about your situation will often be what determines your situation tomorrow. Are you going to be like a leaf floating this way and that in the wind? Or are you going to hoist your sails and harness that wind to take you to your destination?

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” —Albert Einstein

I’m quoting the famous scientist again here, because I love this quote. And telling my readers to not chase success is like telling a fat kid not to eat pie. But think about it. “Success” isn’t the goal, is it? The goal is whatever you’ve set as your mountaintop (professionally or personally), but the journey to get there has to be a selfless one that fills the needs of other people.

For me, this quote means that milestones are important, but personal value is even more important. If you think about it, the most successful business ventures succeed not because the founder wanted something. They succeed because they fill a need.

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” —Henry Ford

Being an innovative entrepreneur sometimes mean people think you are, well … Crazy. Henry Ford was a kook. An automobile for the masses? I mean, what an insane idea, right?

Ford didn’t listen to the critics. His Model T ended up selling millions when it was released. He accomplished this by finding solutions that required persistence and enthusiasm.

They also required positivity and confidence even when the harsh winds of criticism and cynics have the whole world laughing at you.

POSTED: 04.22.2015

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