Sometimes, the business world of innovation, analysis, and creativity can be draining. It’s easy to become lost in the numbers that we choose to define our successes and our failures. Are your sales not quite as plentiful as last month? Have your social media followers remained stagnant for a few days? Did a big lead fall through?
Relax. Take a breath. Keep going.
Owning a business is a journey that includes the nurture of inspiration. Thankfully, there are many individuals who have tried and failed, and then tried again and succeeded, who share their stories with the world. TED Talks are a great platform for planting the seed of motivation in the mind of any business owner. Check out these fantastic quotes from wise speakers at recent TED Talks.
1. How to build a business that lasts 100 years by Martin Reeves
"We need to think more modestly and subtly about when and how we can shape, rather than control, unpredictable and complex situations. It's a little like the difference between throwing a ball and releasing a bird. The ball would head in a straight line, probably towards the intended target, and the bird certainly would not."
2. 3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman by Leila Hoteit
“You can either decide to internalize these negative messages that are being thrown at you, to let them make you feel like a failure, like success is way too hard to ever achieve, or you can choose to see that others' negativity is their own issue, and instead transform it into your own personal fuel. I have learned to always go for option two, and I have found that it has taken me from strength to strength. And it's true what they say: success is the best revenge.”
3. Two reasons companies fail -- and how to avoid them by Knut Haanaes
“Small children, they explore all day. All day it's about exploration. As we grow older, we explore less because we have more knowledge to exploit on. The same goes for companies. Companies become, by nature, less innovative as they become more competent.”
4. The surprising habits of original thinkers by Adam Grant
“Originals feel fear, too. They're afraid of failing, but what sets them apart from the rest of us is that they're even more afraid of failing to try. They know you can fail by starting a business that goes bankrupt or by failing to start a business at all. They know that in the long run, our biggest regrets are not our actions but our inactions. The things we wish we could redo, if you look at the science, are the chances not taken.”
If you ever feel as if the business world is becoming stressful or difficult, always take the time to seek encouragement. Who knows? Maybe someday you’ll be the one delivering TED Talks and inspiring the world with your success.