Some days we just need some inspiration. We need that pep talk to keep putting one foot in front of the other. You have no doubt what you are doing each day is essential and can potentially change lives. Sometimes the “BLAHS” just arrive and try to ruin your day.
Because we know this well here at Reach Reporting, we scoured the internet and asked around and found some great quotes. Some speak directly to the financial/accounting industry, and others are broader, but either way, we think you will find them just the thing you need to get moving again.
Francis was born into wealth and luxury during the late 1100s. After a bloody war and spending time in prison, he abandoned his life of luxury and devoted his life to Christianity.
During his life, he preached many insightful and inspirational sermons. These words, by far, are my favorite of the quotes attributed to his ministry. It was good advice in the 11th and 12th centuries; it is excellent advice today in the 21st century.
Where to start can sometimes be the biggest hurdle. So start with what is necessary and see where it goes from there. Thanks, Francis of Assisi, for these long-standing words of inspiration.
If you haven’t heard of Elon Musk, you must be living off the grid under a rock. He’s the super-intelligent guy sending a rocket to Mars, invented self-driving cars that also happen to be electric, and is on the cutting edge of Artificial Intelligence.
He knows what he is talking about. So anytime I see a quote from him about business, I usually pay attention and bookmark it. If you want a great company, you are going to need a great product. Work hard, make mistakes and discover that product that sets you apart from your competition.
He was a Greek businessman who amasses a fortune in the shipping industry. His shrewd business sense helped earn massive profits in the highly competitive shipping market. He knew he had to do things differently than his competitors to be successful.
Some may not like his methods, but no one can say he wasn’t successful. At one point in his life, he was labeled one of the wealthiest and most influential people.
Many of us owe our lives or the lives of our parents or grandparents to Jonas Salk. When the world was plagued with Polio, he was working hard to create a vaccine. His vaccine saved millions of lives, and he was unselfish enough to never request a patent on it so as many people as possible could be vaccinated—what a guy and what an example to us all. If that isn’t inspiration, I am not sure what is!
To some in this world, the word WORK has become another four-letter word. Working is a privilege, and once we understand that concept, we find more joy and satisfaction in whatever work we do.
If you have never failed at something, raise your hand (crickets…). Failure is why there is a Plan B, and a Plan C, and so on. Take what you learned from the plan that didn’t quite work, make a new plan, and keep on working!
I am pretty sure no one failed as often as Thomas Edison. I am also sure none of us go a single day without being affected by something he invented. You just never know where your mistakes will lead.
Andrew McAfee is a scientist at MIT. In other words, he is wicked smart and knows what he is talking about. His work focuses on how digital technologies are changing the world, both positively and negatively.
I like this quote because it reminds us to look at a problem from a different perspective. Sometimes this is the exact formula to find the answer that has been alluding to you and your company.
Jeff has been inventing and entrepreneur-ing most of his life. He started companies that failed and started successful companies. He knows the ins-and-outs of building a business and has seen most situations. I mean, who hasn’t heard of Amazon, much less buys from them regularly.
If you want to invent something, be prepared for some failure along the way. No one gets it right the first time. Use both success and failure as inspiration.
His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In my opinion, it should be required reading for everyone. It is filled with insightful and valuable information useful in the business world and our day-to-day life.
Sometimes we get stuck focusing on the past, both good and bad. Learn from the past but keep your focus forward.
Hopefully, in at least one of these quotes, you found some inspiration.