10 Quotes From Entrepreneurial Icons That Will Inspire You to Crush 2015

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With 2015 right around the corner, that means new goals, new challenges, new opportunities and new milestones await. Here are 10 great quotes from successful entrepreneurs to inspire you to come out swinging in 2015, whether that involves growing a current business or starting a new venture.

1. I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. — Donald Trump

No successful entrepreneur starts something with the goal of being mildly successful, especially not Donald Trump. If you truly believe that you have an amazing idea or think you can expand your business, then go for it. The “go big or go home” mentality has worked very well for many — will you be next?

2. Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough. — Mark Zukerberg

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Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Posts From Richard Branson in 2014

When it comes to launching a business, serial entrepreneur Richard Branson has “been there, done that” several times over. Starting with the student magazine he co-created at 16, Branson has founded many, many enterprises, most notably the Virgin Group. Luckily for the next generation of entrepreneurs, he’s eager to open up about the lessons he’s learned along the way.

From his top 10 tips to succeeding at business, to the importance of building a support system, to the necessity of finding your passion project, here are the most popular columns Branson shared with readers this past year.

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8 Steps to Reverse a Negative Culture

How can one new leader enter a losing culture and turn it around?

The question cuts to the heart of leadership itself, since it presumes one person can change or elevate the work ethics and personalities of countless incumbent employees–employees whose habits were likely formed amidst the acceptance of losing.

Though drawing parallels between change-management principles in the sports world and in conventional business cultures can be tricky (given all the differences in the settings), leaders can still glean valuable lessons by selectively dissecting what’s worked for coaches who’ve entered losing cultures–and emerged as decorated winners, only a few years later.

In recent football history, no leader has posted a better track record of changing a culture than Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells. His legacy includes two Super Bowl victories and one Super Bowl loss. Beyond that, he reversed a cycle of losing in five different organizations. In Parcells: A Football Life, the new authorized biography of Parcells written by former Sports Illustrated writer Nunyo Demasio, you’ll find some secrets to Parcells’ success–many of which are applicable to traditional businesses, too. Here are eight of them:

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10 Quotes From Entrepreneurial Icons That Will Inspire You to Crush 2015

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1. I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. — Donald Trump

No successful entrepreneur starts something with the goal of being mildly successful, especially not Donald Trump. If you truly believe that you have an amazing idea or think you can expand your business, then go for it. The “go big or go home” mentality has worked very well for many — will you be next?

2. Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough. — Mark Zukerberg

Sometimes, windows of opportunity don’t remain open for too long. If you have an idea or see an opportunity, strike and move fast. It is impossible to tiptoe along and avoid all mistakes or pitfalls. Those that wait, or move slow due to being over-cautious will sometimes miss out.

Facebook was struggling with monetization when the majority of its user base became mobile, but its team moved fast and now the company is beating Wall Street’s expectations.

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The Mentality of a Successful Career

Success is all in your head. If you want to control your ability to have a lucrative, fulfilling career, it’s imperative to control the way you think.

Those who can’t control their emotions and inner monologue never reach their full potential.

The long-term solution to sub-par success, lack, and limitation lies in our ability to turn our inner potential to reality. Among other things, this means not allowing outer circumstances to control our emotions. It means understanding that no amount of money or physical objects creates happiness or cultivates success.

Rather, our recruitment experts have seen that a better career begins with self-improvement; self-improvement starts with a healthy thought process that promotes creativity and spurs action.

Below, you’ll find three strategies to cultivate a mentality conducive to you achieving your goals, thus allowing you to cultivate a career based on leveraging the skills you possess and learning the ones you don’t.

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10 Books That Will Make You Smarter in 2015

 

Yes there’s a small company in “A Christmas Carol.” But you won’t learn much studying the business practices of Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley. With the holiday break stretching before you, pick up (or download) one of these excellent 2014 titles instead. Some will make you think. Some will make you feel. All will hold your attention, even after a few mugs of eggnog.

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

The Beijing correspondent for the New Yorker combines history with first-hand observations of the present to explore the contradictions that make China such a daunting destination for western companies. Rising individualism coexists with continued authoritarianism; people ravenously pursue material goods and wealth, yet also greater meaning. We’ve seen the demographics of this complex market. Here is the psychology behind them.

Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

The movie Frozen was released in November 2013. How many times have your kids made you watch it since then? And how do Pixar and–more recently–Walt Disney Animation Studios manage to produce hit after hit that is not only hugely commercial but also technologically innovative and emotionally true? Catmull, who is president of both studios, lifts the lid of the toy box to show how it’s done.

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The 3 Gifts Entrepreneurs Provide the World

What's Your Purpose? 5 Reasons You Need to Set One for Your Business.

Although the holidays are a time for giving, “taking” is what comes to mind for many people when they think of business. This image is especially unfortunate as it applies to entrepreneurs, who risk much and give more than most of us ever realize.

Here are three of their greatest gifts:

1. Ideas

We live in a society where it’s so easy to be a critic and point out what’s wrong in what others have done. Meanwhile, it’s much more challenging to create — to come up with a new approach that no one has ever thought of before, or to make an incremental improvement to an already good concept. Such new ideas are golden.

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