Need Some Motivation? 30 Nuggets of Inspiration for Small Business Owners

We’ve all been there: Whether your business is running like a dream or experiencing a few hiccups, there are days when you’re just not feeling it. Need a motivational boost to get you through the week? Here, we’ve culled 30 of our favorite quotes, stories and creative exercises designed to get those juices flowing.

  • How many times have you woken up on Monday morning and wished desperately that you could rewind back to Saturday? Dan Zadra has a better idea. This author of motivational design books like “5: Where Will You Be Five Years From Today?” argues that it only takes a quick switch of thought patterns to transform Mondays from dreaded weekend ruiners to exciting opportunities. If we dedicated each Monday to an exciting pursuit, he says, we could all accomplish a world of amazing things. You have 260 Mondays over the next five years. What will you do with them?
  • “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh, artist
  • Huge things come from humble beginnings. When Sophia Amuroso launched Nasty Gal as an eBay store in 2006, she was a one-woman operation buying vintage merchandise, penning product descriptions and photographing items all by herself. Thanks to her unique vision and unwavering sense of what girls wanted to see and buy, the company now employs nearly 300 people and caters to more than 550,000 customers in 60 countries. Amoruso’s net worth is an estimated $250 million.
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