Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy. Doing business isn’t easy. It can lead to having to sacrifice many things – friends, family, and more – although there should be a balance between work and life. At the end, regardless of the balance you’ve succeeded in achieving in your work/life schedule doesn’t make being an entrepreneur any easier. Like many have said before, if it was easy more would do it.
Without further ado, here are some of the most chilling and authentic movie and television lines for entrepreneurs. Listen to young Leo.
There is no doubt that all of us have excuses for not achieving something particular. Some of those excuses are acceptable (probably the small minority of them), while the large majority of the excuses we make are lies to make ourselves feel better. For instance, hitting sales targets. Many would say, “it’s a down season”, or “the leads are not very good” and even though both may be true, the uber-successful find ways to minimize the effect of both of those excuses.
Get it through your head. First impressions last. You start behind the eight ball, you’ll never get in front. – Harvey Specter
Something we are taught from a young age, but if you still don’t get it, then we will simplify it for you: there is only one chance to make a first impression, and its effect usually impacts decisions one way or the other.
That’s the difference between you and me, you wanna lose small,I wanna win big. – Harvey Specter
This is a manner of risk. No sane person lays 100% of everything on the line so as they could be left with nothing. However, with that in mind, when running a business, especially a startup, playing small-ball generally won’t get you anywhere – especially in the long run. Playing to “lose small” is not what got Fortune 500 companies to where they are today.
You want to make something of yourself? Sitting in a massage chair won’t help. This is not meant to be a motivational quote – it does a good job at that – rather a basic law of business and physics: what is in motion will stay in motion (and what waits will wait forever).
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Do, or do not. There is no try. – Yoda
This might be a bit harsh, and definitely a bit cliche but we want you to know the truth – to say you “tried” is another excuse. You do, and then there are two options: fail or succeed, and even failing is not the end of the world (just another lesson). In today’s age you can hire freelancers from any country in the world (almost), have your videos or podcasts streamed anywhere and learn to code for free, so trying is pretty lame. Start saying, “I’m doing”.
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Any Given Sunday
“Life’s this game of inches. So is football. Because in either game, life or football, the margin for error is so small — I mean one-half a step too late, or too early, and you don’t quite make it. One-half second too slow, too fast, you don’t quite catch it.” – Tony D’Amato
The Pursuit Of Happyness
Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.” – Chris Gardner
Unlike many of the quotes in this article, this one, or some variety of it, was used in real life as it comes from the movie that depicts the true story of Chris Gardner. The bottom line is this: you want something? Go get it, just like we told someone on Reddit a few days ago.
Dead Poets Society
Going back to the previous quote from Chris Gardner, this is on the same line: nothing comes to those that just wait. You have got to go and get what you want, because last we checked we did not see any angel investors handing out thousands of dollars on street corners. If anything, we are seeing the opposite. See this horror story.
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. – John Keating
Last we checked AirBnB and Uber were not creating something so extraordinary. You don’t need to rewrite the universe to create value. Creating value can be done anywhere.
Two for the Money
There’s no such thing as too far. You understand? You push everything as far as you can. You push and you push and you push until it starts pushing back. And then you push some goddamn more. – Walter Abrams
That’s pure business ladies and gentlemen.
Get busy living, or get busy dying. – Andy Dufresne
Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today. – Phil Conners
This is one of those quotes that just needs to sit in the back of your mind or the front. It’s a cliche motivational quote (wasn’t meant like that in the film) that is true for every aspect of life as an entrepreneur. So, do yourself a favor and just think – there is no tomorrow (P.S. don’t go crazy on us).
You’ve got a vision? Give it a shot. You owe it to yourself.
Saving Private Ryan
I’m a captain. There’s a chain of command. Gripes go up, not down. Always up. You gripe to me, I gripe to my superior officer, so on, so on, and so on. I don’t gripe to you. I don’t gripe in front of you. You should know that as a Ranger. – Captain Miller
That is a leader – not a manager. Know which one you need leading your teams and company.
You know, if you did more riding and less talking you might start winning some races. – George Woolf
Cause if you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something…and you’re told no, even after you paid your dues? Who’s got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody! It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!
For the emotion behind it this inspirational quote (that should be posted in your office):
Bet on me, dude. Bet on me like I bet on you.- Rod Tidwell
Business relationships are a two way road, and that includes those that are with team members and those that are with clients/users and any other stock holder you do business with. You have got to have faith in the other pieces of the puzzle if you want that puzzle to become one. Why? Because you are no superman. You can’t do everything alone. Know when to trust and when to push.
The problem we’re trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there’s fifty feet of crap, and then there’s us. It’s an unfair game. And now we’ve been gutted. We’re like organ donors for the rich. Boston’s taken our kidneys, Yankees have taken our heart. And you guys just sit around talking the same old “good body” nonsense like we’re selling jeans. Like we’re looking for Fabio. We’ve got to think differently. We are the last dog at the bowl. You see what happens to the runt of the litter? He dies. – Billy Beane
Steve Prefontaine: Without Limits
I don’t want to win unless I know I’ve done my best, and the only way I know how to do that is to run out front, flat out until I have nothing left. Winning any other way is chicken-shit. – Prefontaine
The Wolf of Wall Street
The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. – Jordan Belfort
Good Will Hunting
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Up in the Air
The Cinderella Man
City of Ember
House of Cards
I can never forget, but no matter how much it hurts, how dark it gets or no matter how far you fall, you are never out of the fight. – Marcus Luttrel
What’s going to be your next move? We’ll be watching!