It's been a long one, my friends and it's a dog eat dog world out there for the modern businessman.
A lot has changed in just one year.
Donald Trump is running for POTUS and Mark Zuckerberg's donating 99 percent of his Facebook shares.
We all have things that keep us putting one foot in front of the other. Here are 12 quotes that gave us the push to be our best in 2015.
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"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill
History proves that even the greatest thinkers of our time survived hundreds of failures before each success. Perseverance is what separates the average from the truly great. If you have learned from your mistake, your time and effort has not been wasted.
"If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." - Jim Rohn
Take risks. Playing it safe will not land you your dream job or that raise you've been working towards. You'll almost never regret pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, but you will regret not speaking up and squandering your chance to be extraordinary.
"Surround yourself with people who are going to take you higher."- Oprah Winfrey
Who you choose to surround yourself with says a lot about your character. Your friends, your business network, your employees. Put yourself in a place of prosperity by maintaining only relationships which make you a better person. Make these relationships mutually beneficial by helping others with your own success.
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle
If you're not willing to work hard for your career, you don't deserve the rewards that come with it. Rarely is anyone handed a promotion, given an award, or written about in the newspapers "just because." Success comes to those who are out there working for it. If you can't compete for what you want, eventually you'll be left behind.
"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."- Henry Ford
Sure, we all can talk about our plans. We can even make plans for our plans. But can we follow through? Our accomplishments are a lot of what defines us in our careers, they build us as professionals and are the stepping stones to greater things. You can't climb to the top without a ladder.
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."- Maya Angelou
When faced with an obstacle, make an effort to work around it. If you can't work around it, then you have to change your mindset as an alternative form of coping. Problem solving skills are key, especially when starting a business.
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."- Jim Ryun
Find your motivation in life and focus on it. It will fuel your journey towards your goals. It will only be easier if you make it a habit to strive for those goals. Business owners should always be looking to improve their operation, whether it be big changes or small adjustments.
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"The grass is greener where you water it." - Neil Barringham
Goals cannot be met without consistency. You have to be organized, exercise time management, and most importantly, have a passion for what you are setting out to accomplish. You get out of life exactly what you put into it.
"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." - John D. Rockefeller
There will be a time where you are forced to make an important career decision. Either stay comfortable where you are, or take a leap of faith and make a change for something bigger and better. You can guess as to which choice will more likely end in prosperity.
"What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise."- Oscar Wilde
It's hard to find your inner peace when things seem to be crumbling around you, but we often gain strength and character from our experiences. They mold us into smarter, more rational beings, and that is the real silver lining.
"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not making decisions."- Catherine Cook
People are afraid to make the wrong decision. But more often, people are too afraid to even make that decision to see the outcome. Decision-making skills are hard to come by. However, they are extremely important. Being able to make decisions more easily will save time, stress, and anxiety. Some good decisions come along with a few bad ones, but that is how we learn.
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"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls." - Joseph Campbell
Most importantly, do everything in life with a passion. If you are doing what you truly love to do, you will not only find happiness in your personal success, but your career will reap the benefits as well.