Are you in the midst of starting a business?  If so, be aware that you are not alone.  Many successful entrepreneurs were right where you are now at some point in time, and would have not accomplished their goals without taking the advice that they are giving to you.   Starting a business is not as easy as people think.  One way to set yourself up for success is to be sure that you are knowledgeable and passionate about the industry you are pursuing, as well as your target market.  Start where you are, work with what you have, set measurable goals, be curious and persistent, and be prepared for the roller coaster ride.  Don’t be afraid to fail.  You will fail, and as long as you don’t give up and learn from your failures, these lessons would be your biggest achievement contributing to your success.  Your business should be your passion.  Pursue it unapologetically, and take a look at some words of wisdom from successful CEO’s that were once in your shoes.

John Stonecipher – President and CEO of Guidance Aviation Inc

Surround yourself around the best people.  You can give them an opportunity to do what they love to do best.

Tory Burch –  CEO and Designer of ToryBurch.com

If it doesn’t scare you, you’re probably not dreaming big enough.

Mark Zuckerburg – CEO Facebook

Just have faith in yourself and trust yourself.  Don’t discount yourself no matter what you’re doing because everyone has a unique perspective that they can bring to the world.

Chris Runyan – President of Game Xchange

Make as many mistakes as you can as fast as you can get them out of the way.  No one hits home run right away.

Anne Sweeney – Fomerly Co-Chair of Disney Media

The Smartest thing you can ever do is consistently ask questions.

Robert Reid – CEO at Intacct

Hold People accountable for their objectives because the fabric of the company is woven through the results of it all.

John C. Maxwell – CEO of The Maxwell Company

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.

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Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Barbara Cochran – Real Estate Mogul, Business Expert, Shark Tank Investor

Play up to what you’ve got and forget what you don’t have.

Jim Rohn – America’s Foremost Business Philosopher, Motivational Speaker

If you really wanted to do something you’ll find a way, if you don’t you’ll find an excuse.

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Lashonda Solomon – Atlanta Event

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