That’s What I Said!

Five Great Quotes to Feed the Soul of the Business Owner

Photo courtesy of Robbie Veldvijk (CC)

Photo courtesy of Robbie Veldvijk (CC)


Amid the intensity of building your small business, it’s comforting to be reassured from time to time. Of course you are amazing. You started your own small business for goodness sake! Take a moment to breathe, or to celebrate, or both.  Then get back to the grindstone!

When you’re drowning in tasks, remember that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”   (Adapted from medieval French proverb). Business owners move at the speed of light. We build on the fly. We are often reactive. Decide your direction, take measured steps purposefully, and build your city one day at a time.


One of my faves because it’s my Achilles Heel is “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” (Voltaire) I love to spend a bunch of hours perfecting one sentence forgetting that readers skim over that perfect word order.

I had to learn the ego-bursting way that extra effort does not always result in additional pay offs. Additional satisfaction, maybe. More revenue, often not. Understand what you are doing, have consistently high quality, and balance effort with rewards.

Photo courtesy of Jared Tarbell (CC)

Photo courtesy of Jared Tarbell (CC)

And in complete opposition to my previous statements but apt in the right context “Details make perfection and perfection is not a detail.” (Leonardo da Vinci) Is it perhaps the author that makes this authentic?

It’s been argued that Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most diversely talented people ever to have lived. He is credited with being infinitely logical with a massive appetite for details. There are times in every business when we have to get every detail right. Know the difference and follow the appropriate path.

The next is longer, but worth it! “The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him… The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself… All progress depends on the unreasonable man.” (George Bernard Shaw)

This reminds me of my Dad. A completely unreasonable man who made those around him question the status quo. For that reason not everyone liked him. I adored him. Small businesses have to be progressive by nature to survive and to thrive. Go ahead and be unreasonable!

Photo courtesy of eren {sea+prairie} (CC)

Photo courtesy of eren {sea+prairie} (CC)

Last but far from least “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” (Napoleon Hill)  Each time I come across this one I think of the small business owner who does “small” things in a great way day in day out. Focus on the cumulative effect of each action and your reputation will precede you.

Now back to work!

Please share below the words that inspire you – they may be just what a fellow business owner needs to hear today!

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