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Motivation for Netpreneurs

"My parents told me it was a stupid idea. My husband said I would fail at it. And I talked to people in business . . . and they said 'Debbie, it will never work. The people will never buy your cookies'."
- Debbie Fields, founder of Mrs Fields Cookies.

When you need an instant pick-me-up, just browse my favourite quotations. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


[Getting Started]   [Goal Setting]   [Talent]   [Persistence]   [Failures]

[Sacrifice]   [Happiness]   [Regret]   [Wisdom]

[Positive Thinking]   [Enthusiasm]   [Opportunities]   [Philosophy]


[Success]   [Taking Chances]   [Genius]   [Fools]

[Friendship]   [Criticism]   [Profits]   [Sin]   [Asking]

[Education]   [Money]   [Future]

Few men ever drop dead from overwork, but many quietly curl up and die because of under-satisfaction. - Sidney J. Harris.

Getting started:

The things that come to the man who waits are seldom the things he waited for.

A person is really alive only when he is moving forward to something more.

A task can never be completed until it is started.

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.

You will never know until you give it a try.

A tree as big around as you can reach starts with a small seed; a thousand-mile journey starts with one small step. - Lao-tse.

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.

Remember that everything starts out as an idea.

Dreams come true for those who work while they dream.

I have only one life, and it is short enough. Why waste it on things I don't want most?

You are successful the moment you start moving towards worth while goals.

If you keep waiting for the right time, you may never begin. Begin now! Begin where you are with what talents you have.

Go for it! Take a chance! There are times when you must trust that silent voice inside you. The experts do not always have the right answers.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can . . . begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. - Goethe.


Goal setting:

When you set goals for yourself, they work two ways - you work for them and they work for you.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

A man without a goal will go one mile down 100 paths. A man with a goal with go 100 miles down one road.

When a man does not know what harbour he is making for, no wind is the right wind. - Seneca.

If you don't decide what you want out of life, others will end up deciding for you, and their decision will probably be in their best interests.

The man who sets a high goal and strives for its attainment inspires everyone who knows him. He climbs steadily and others follow him.

Reach for the stars - you may not get them, but you won't end up with a handful of mud, either.

If you are headed in the right direction, each step, no matter how small, is getting you closer to your goal.

Do something every day to advance your major purpose.

A successful life is only a series of successful days.

Write down your goals.



Remember, we didn't have any say in the matter when the talent and skills were handed out, but from here on in we have total control as to what we do with the talent and skills we do have.


It is very difficult to get a start in anything - I had over 500 rejections when I first began writing! - Enid Blyton, whose books are still selling at the rate of 8 million a year.

Success is putting simple ideas into practice each and every day.

Persistence is a secret. Successful people know the secret - they realise that it is the main ingredient in winning at anything.

Failures tend to view persistence as some kind of optional extra. - Andrew Matthews.

Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration . . . I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident. They came by work. - Thomas Edison.

Successful people do what losers are too lazy to do.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are imnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. - Calvin Coolidge.



Beethoven's music teacher once said of him: "As a composer, he's hopeless."

When Thomas Edison was a boy, his teachers told him he was too stupid to learn anything.

Walt Disney was fireed by a nespaper editor because he had "no good ideas".

Caruso's music teacher told him: "You can't sing. You have no voice at all."

Winston Churchill failed sixth grade in school.

A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.

The only people who never fail are those who never try.



Wisdom begins with sacrifice of immediate pleasures for long-range purposes.

Change, even from worse to better, is not made without inconvenience.


The peculiar thing about happiness is that the more you share it the more of it you have.

To realise true happiness, erase the barriers between who you are and what you do. - Paul Keene.

Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavour of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks. - Robert Heinlein.

Life is either a great adventure or it is nothing at all. - Helen Keller.

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. - Confucius.

Act as if you were already happy and that will tend to make you happy. - Dale Carnegie.

Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn't know you had left open.

Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. Is is not fair that some men should be happier than others. - Oscar Wilde.



Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in.


It's amazing how much "mature wisdom" resembles being too tired.

Positive thinking:

Outer changes always begin with an inner change of attitude. - Albert Einstein.

You cannot always control what happens to you in your life, but what you do have total control over is how you choose to rect to what has just happened.

Whether you think you will succeed or not, you are right. - Henry Ford.

Things are often not what they are but how you see them.

To change everything, simply change your attitude.

A man's life is what his thoughts make of it. - Marcus Aurelius.

Man is what he thinks about all day long. - the Bible.

If you change your thinking, you will change your life.

If you want something, keep thinking of it.

Concentrate on what you want.



Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. - Francis Bacon.

The best way to get what you want in life is to give other people what they want. - Zig Ziglar.

The reason why a lot of people do not recognise an opportunity when they meet it is that it usually goes around in overalls looking like hard work.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.



What we get out of life is in direct proportion to what we put into it.

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.

We should correct our own faults by seeing how badly they appear in others.

Every professional salesman that I know lives by this creed: "It is morally wrong to enrich yourself, without, at the same time, enriching those with whom one is doing business." - Andre I. Davril.

When you gamble on yourself - make sure you use the right coins - they are self-confidence, desire, self-respect.

Be ashamed to die until you have reached a goal for yourself and you have helped others to reach their goal.

True maturity begins when you start giving life more than you take from it.

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. - Oscar Wilde.



Life is too short to do anything for oneself that one can pay others to do for one. - Somerset Maugham.


I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. - Bill Cosby.

Every person who has ever been successful has simply formed the habit of doing those things that unsuccessful people just will not do.

Taking chances:

Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is.



Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind. - F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together. - Georg Lichtenberg.

Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. - Abraham Lincoln.

Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do. - W.H. Auden.

No great genius has ever been without some madness. - Aristotle.

When a true genius appears on the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. - Jonathon Swift.



Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. - Mark Twain.


You could make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. - Dale Carnegie.

It's the friends you can call up at 4am that matter. - Marlene Dietrich.



If at the end of the day you feel dog-tired, maybe it's because you growled all day.

Criticism never built a house, wrote a play, composed a song, painted a picture or improved a marriage.


Business without profit is not business any more than a pickle is a candy. - Charles F. Abbott.


Sin lies only in hurting other people unneccessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense. (Hurting yourself is not sinful - just stupid.) - Robert Heinlein.



When all else has failed I never, never forget the most powerful question in the world: "Mr Buyer, what do I have to do to get your business?" - Phil Lawson.


If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. - Eric Bok.

The mind is like a tank with a slow leak. If we do not feed it fresh ideas, it will run dry. - Millard Bennett.

Books think for me. - Charles Lamb.

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. - Epictetus

I not only use all the brains I have, but all that I can borrow.



There is nothing so degrading as the constant anxiety about one's means of livelihood . . . money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make complete use of the other five. - Somerset Maugham.

Money is a powerful aphrodisiac. But flowers work almost as well. - Robert Heinlein.

The future:

This is my prediction for the future: whatever hasn't happened will happen and no one will be safe from it.

It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are. - Clive James.

If it works, it's out of date. - Stafford Beer.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke.

When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, President Rutherford Hayes tried it and said: "It's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use it?"

When TV was invented the New York Times said it would never replace radio because no one had the time to sit and watch it.

When the Internet was invented . . .

The best way to predict the future is to create it.


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