Whenever I need motivation, I look back at some historical quotes on the subject I’m interested in. Since history repeats itself in many ways, it’s often amazing how applicable these older quotes are to present situations.

Here’s an interesting quote from Confucious:

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC – 479 BC)

This reminds us that if we focus on success rather than what we are trying to succeed at, then we’ll be lost. There are thousands of business ideas that seem brilliant on paper, but they would never survive in the real world. Simply being an entrepreneur or a businessperson isn’t a license to print money. In order for people to give you money, you still need to provide something of value. Lose track of that value, and you might just lose your business.

Originally posted on May 10, 2006 @ 12:13 pm


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