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Kiersten Toye
October 02, 2017

10 Wise Words for First-time Startups

Getting the chance to launch the business of your dreams is a triumphant moment in an entrepreneur’s life. However, as with any business, the looming uncertainty of the startup’s future can cause stress and apprehension.

These feelings can worsen when unexpected obstacles come into the mix. To help your startup team stay strong in those trying moments, refer to these wise words from fellow entrepreneurs to motivate you toward a solution instead of a surrender.

Arianna-Huffington.jpgArianna Huffington, Co-founder of The Huffington Post

“We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions,
that we'll screw up royally sometimes - understanding that failure
is not the opposite of success, it's part of success."

Richard Branson.jpgRichard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re too small.”

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Indra Nooyi, CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo

“Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder.
But if you can 
get people to follow you to the ends
of the earth, you are a great leader.”

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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX 

“If you're trying to create a company, it's like baking a cake.
You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.”


Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon

“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person.
You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.”

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Oprah Winfrey, Founder of OWN TV channel and O, The Oprah Magazine

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again.
Do better the second time. 
The only people who never tumble are those
who never mount the high wire. 
This is your moment. Own it.” 

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Michael DellFounder of Dell Technologies

“You don't have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college
graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.”


Vera Wang, Entrepreneurial fashion designer

“Things that came before, people and things and experiences
- that does mean something to 
me. It doesn't mean I don't
embrace the new, but I don't forget the past, either.”

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Bill Gates, Co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation

“We all need people who will give us feedback.
That's how we improve.”


Sara Blakely, Founder of SPANX

“Don't be intimidated by what you don't know. 
That can be your greatest strength and ensure
that you do things differently from everyone else.”


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