7 Quotes That Will Help You to Survive the Dark Side of Entrepreneurship

Not all entrepreneurs are successful, but all of them are people, inspired by powerful ideas. Being driven by the ambition and the aim to change the world is one of the best feelings a person can experience. It is important that you feel and know that you are making a difference in the world, turning it into a better place by solving important problems and creating innovations that will make the lives of many people better.

This is the bright, fulfilling side of being an entrepreneur. But there is another side – the side that not too many people talk about – which is full of physical and mental exhaustion, stress, sacrifices, and in many cases even depression. Entrepreneurs rarely talk about this part of their path, because they often think the responses of the people will not be that understanding. Many would say: Well, if you are that exhausted and frustrated, just quit and get a regular job! As easy it may sound for some people, for entrepreneurs this is not a solution. It is probably the thing that can even make things worse.

There is no secret formula, which will help the entrepreneurs go through these periods easily, but there are things that can help them to understand better their feelings and change their attitude towards these situations. Here you can find seven quotes that will help you to overcome the times of uncertainty and emotional instability and will motivate you to re-think the way you feel about failure.

When you are frustrated with the lack of communication with others, ask yourself if you are listening to the people and trying to understand what they tell you. Or, are you just listening in order to prepare your response?

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand. Most people listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen Covey

When you are comparing yourself and your business with the rest without to take under consideration that you are not looking at the whole picture, everything may seem very stressful.

“The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” Steven Furtick

When you feel like giving up and quit, remember this:

“A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for.” William Shedd

When you take hit after hit after hit and start to lose balance, read this:

“I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. That is when I start counting, because then it really counts. That’s what makes you a champion.” Muhammad Ali

Remember that if you don’t do something new, you can’t achieve different results.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”  George Bernard Shaw

In the end, your dreams are more powerful than you think!

 “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau

Never underestimate the power of your imagination. Just because the others don’t see it, it doesn’t mean that it is impossible.

 “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein

─ November 26, 2015