It is not every day that I find myself inspired and motivated by the encouraging words of others.  But today was one of those great days.  I attended the WBDC/WBEC’s Executive Leadership Luncheon and had the opportunity to hear several truly inspirational business owners share some lessons learned on their paths to leadership.  In these challenging times, many people, and perhaps especially small business owners, could use a little encouragement.  Here are a few of the words that helped to brighten my day:

  • You will receive twelve no’s, before you hear a yes.  How many no’s have you heard recently?  Well, you are that much closer to your next yes!  Keep selling.  Keep planting those seeds.
  • There is no substitute for a strong work ethic.  The long hours will pay off.
  • Be passionate about yourself and your business.  It is infectious.
  • Listen.  To be interesting, you must first be interested.
  • Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Persevere and have patience.