Some Words to Inspire the Aspiring Entrepreneur

So, you’ve done it. You’ve mulled it over in your head for months, or even years. You’ve done your research, and no matter how daunting it seems, you’re gonna shake it off and follow your dreams.

You’re going to start your own business.

Okay, good! But, wait… you don’t have any money… What? The bank won’t lend you a cent? You’ve got such a great idea, but you don’t have any of the resources to get started?

I’ve got just the remedy.

Take a peek below. I bet you’ll recognize some of these names. And, do you wanna know how they became recognizable? Because they pursued their dreams no matter what.

Take, for instance, Steve Jobs. He started up a little computer company called Apple in his parents’ garage! There, he laid the groundwork for what we now consider the standard for how we communicate, entertain and live.    

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

— Steve Jobs

Richard Branson, when told not to startup Virgin Records as it was ill-advised to enter an already crowded industry, simply said, “Oh, screw it. Let’s do it.” — his trademark slogan which he would forever live by. Branson, utilizing his gift for “knowing the customer”, would go on to not only thrive in the music industry; but create the Virgin Group, and establish footholds in the airline and mobile industries.  

"Most 'necessary evils' are far more evil than necessary."

— Richard Branson  

One success story you may not be so familiar with is the tale of Mel and Patricia Ziegler. One a writer and the other an artist, the two met within the offices of the San Francisco Chronicle, and decided they wanted to see the world. Without money, and armed with not but their passion for art and creativity, they discovered a way to pay for the trip — remarketing military surplus clothing. Banana Republic was born out of this innate creativity. They had no business training, or any relative skills to speak of, but they followed their heart.

"The only asset we had was our own oblivion. That would keep us blissfully ignorant of the bewildering and arbitrary impediments that would entangle us until we became so embroiled that quitting was no longer a possibility." -- Mel Ziegler   



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