"The start of a real business is always a long and difficult path, so it’s better to learn to enjoy it right away.
In fact, you should be able to have a good time and make it a priority for yourself and your team. I realized that the most serious risk faced by businesspeople is the desire to give up when the game is not worth the candle.
Over time, things only get more complicated and take more time than it seemed at the very beginning. However, if you are willing to move forward for a long time, you will inevitably win. So think about how to make this journey exciting."
2️⃣Casey Gerald, the founder of MBAs Across America for helping entrepreneurs:
"The first Christian borrowed half of the book from Judaism. The founding Fathers stole ideas from the British, Romans and Enlightenment philosophers. Even The Beatles stole ideas! If it was natural for Jesus, George Washington and Paul McCartney, then why can’t you do the same?
When you're trying to squeeze something out of an idea or your team, don't waste time reinventing the wheel. Use time-proven mechanisms to come up with something brand-new."
3️⃣Justin Borgman, the CEO of Starbust and founder of Hadapt, a cloud-computing startup:
"As an aspiring entrepreneur, you will have to realize from the very beginning that there will never be answers to all questions. In fact, most often you will not even understand what questions you should ask.
But that's okay, because that's how you learn everything. If you approach the creation of a company from this perspective, you will always be able to admit mistakes and take them as valuable lessons, not losses. Believe me, there are hundreds more such lessons waiting for you on the way."
4️⃣Sander Daniels, a co-founder of Thumbtack, a startup for job-seekers:
"I never wanted to be an entrepreneur. But when my friends were setting a company they asked me to join. I almost missed this chance. At the last minute, I made a decision that opened up a whole world of professional self-realization to me, and I didn't even know about it.
I regret being so conservative at the beginning of my career. Otherwise, I would have taken advantage of these opportunities long ago. I was unaware of the secret benefits of risks. But it was a reckless decision that radically changed my whole life — both personally and professionally — for the better. Taking the chance and founding the company was the best choice in my life."
5️⃣Rand Fishkin, the CEO of SEOmoz and a leader in engine optimization tools:
"It's very simple: make a list of several people you want to meet, send them a sincere email asking for advice. Repeat this ad infinitum. Some people may ignore your letter, but you will be surprised how many celebrities will respond to it and be ready to give a hand.
Persistently send thanks to everyone, stay tuned and contact people at the right time. Be honest and offer help if possible. Some conversations may lead to nothing, but most will be fruitful. Others will not be helpful immediately, but after a few months or years they might bring some benefit."