Theodore Roosevelt’s Quote for Entrepreneurs

Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. Theodore Roosevelt was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the Progressive Party insurgency of 1912. He is known for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his “cowboy” persona and robust masculinity.

Theodore Roosevelt was a prolific author, writing with passion on subjects ranging from foreign policy to the importance of the national park system. Theodore Roosevelt was also an avid reader of poetry. Poet Robert Frost said that Theodore Roosevelt “was our kind. He quoted poetry to me. He knew poetry.”

A Quote on Philanthropy from Bill Gates

Bill-Gates

“Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.” – Bill Gates

William Henry ‘Bill’ Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Bill Gates originally established his reputation as the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company. During his career at Microsoft, Bill Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, and was also the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He has also authored and co-authored several books.

A Quote on Entrepreneurship from William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

“There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose the ventures before us.”

– William Shakespeare, poet and playwright

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the ‘Bard of Avon’. His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

An Inspiring Quote on Failure from Joseph Sugarman

“Not many people are willing to give failure a second opportunity. They fail once and it is all over. The bitter pill of failure is often more than most people can handle. If you are willing to accept failure and learn from it, if you are willing to consider failure as a blessing in disguise and bounce back, you have got the essential of harnessing one of the most powerful success forces.” – Joseph Sugarman

Joe Sugarman, once called the “Mail Order Maverick” by The New York Times, is an expert marketeer. He used direct marketing to get the world’s first pocket calculator into as many hands as possible. Sugarman also introduced the cordless phone and the digital watch to the public with his marketing techniques.

Sugarman is also known for introducing the concept of using toll-free numbers to take credit card orders over the phone, which was unheard of at the time. After only one year of using toll-free numbers to process orders, thousands of other companies followed suit. This led to a revolution in the merchandising industry.

Switching gears from electronic products to  sunglasses may seem like suicide, but Sugarman was up to the challenge. His direct marketing skills led to the sale of twenty million pairs of BluBlockers.

The factors that motivate buying had long intrigued Sugarman. The scripted dialogue of old-fashioned telemarketing always seemed to leave an awkward feeling by going against the natural flow of conversation. These rigged question and answer sessions failed to motivate him, and Sugarman wanted to find a better method. From this desire, Sugarman discovered ‘triggers’. Triggers are a phenomenon that activate impulses deep in the brain and turn potential customers into actual ones. This is one of the main reasons he has been so successful with the BluBlocker brand. He has also done well on QVC, selling millions of dollars worth of his product in a single day.

Sugarman was named ‘Direct Marketing Man of the Year’ in 1979 and received the Maxwell Sackheim award in 1991. He’s had his failures, to be sure, but he knows that “the greatest success stories were created by people who recognised a problem and turned it into an opportunity.”

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