by Emilie DeCoursey
One of the most admirable and successful figures in history is celebrating his 205th birthday this month. So, to honor former President Lincoln, we wanted to share some of his inspirational quotes and apply them to building a business today.
“Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then… find the way.” ― Abraham Lincoln
Hear hear Mr. Presdient! When it comes to starting and growing a business there are sure to be many roadblocks that stand in the way of success and stability. Particularly in the early stages when there is so much to be done, it can be hard to know where to start. But anyone who has made the effort to grow a business of their own knows that no one else is going to jump in there and do it for you or bend over backwards to show you the way. You must find the way yourself with determination and gumption!
“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” ― Abraham Lincoln
It can be defeating to feel like you’ve experienced a “Eureka!” moment in determining an awesome business idea, only to find out it’s already being done. The world is a big place and there are lots of other people to compete with, many of whom are likely to be smarter or richer than you are. It’s important to realize that you’re not the only one with a good idea, because it can light a fire under you to get started right away before someone beats you to it. Or, if they’ve already begun, it will push you forward to make your business even better that the competition!
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” ― Abraham Lincoln
Perhaps you’re one of those people mentioned above who has been blessed with the funds and the smarts to prosper in new business endeavors, but maybe you’re lacking in resolve. Growing a business or brand comes first from a place of determination to see it through.
“Every man’s happiness is his own responsibility.” ― Abraham Lincoln
Maybe you fail at first or permanently, maybe your business takes off like a rocket the first year, but no matter the outcome of your business, your happiness is up to you. Likewise, if you feel that making your entrepreneurial dreams come true will make you really happy, it’s up to you alone to make it happen!
“The best way to predict your future is to create it” ― Abraham Lincoln
Many are the people who like to sit around sharing “what ifs”, “if onlys” and “one days”. But those who are serious take action now and have a clear vision of what’s down the road, because they’re paving that road one stone at a time.
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” ― Abraham Lincoln
Building a business takes a lot of work. As with any other challenges, giving it your all one day and then letting it slide for three doesn’t help. If you want to achieve your business dreams, make today count and kick procrastination out the door!
So there you have it, you can do this; this is your year! Thank you President Lincoln for the needed boost to make our dreams a reality!