Being Your Own Boss is Tough: Motivational Quotes to Get You Through the Day

May 6, 2016 Blog  RainFin , SME

Being your own boss is a life-long dream for many people: seeing your idea through from start to finish, answering only to yourself, dictating your own hours and doing things exactly how you like them can seem a fantasy career. Yet now your dream’s become a reality, you’ve realised that it’s not always easy – the onus is on you to succeed in business.

Some days, especially as the owner of an SME, the challenges can seem overwhelming. But we’re here to share the burden – whether that’s helping to facilitate loans or keeping you motivated to make your business a success. Check out our list of the best motivational quotes to help inspire you to seize the day ahead.

1. ‘The Sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.’
Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop

Never forget that no matter where you are in your business, if you’re passionate, dedicated and hard working, the best is always yet to come. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re working hard to grow your SME, there will always be new challenges to face but they will make you stronger. Mistakes give you invaluable experience – learn from them, and you’ll go from strength to strength.

2. ‘The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.’
Mark Twain, Author

This invaluable advice is particularly applicable when it comes to budget-planning and cash-flow management – essential skills to succeed in business. Their fundamental importance can make them seem overwhelming, but by breaking down your budget and tackling the task head on, you can steal the sting from its tail. Which brings us to…

3. ‘Done is better than perfect.’
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

Procrastination is the biggest drain of company time, and when it’s your own business that’s on the line, it might be frustrating when your perfect vision doesn’t quite match up with reality. But while it’s good to aim for quality, being too much of a perfectionist can stifle your progress and your employee’s morale. While some areas, such as finance and cash-flow, require meticulous attention to detail and planning, other operations can benefit from a more pragmatic approach. With that in mind, however…

4. ‘…[I]f you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.’
—Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald

If you feel like your energy is flagging or stress is starting to get to you, remember why you’re doing this in the first place. You wouldn’t have gotten to the position you’re in if you weren’t passionate – if that passion is starting to wane, it could be a reminder that you need a bit of a break. That might involve accepting a little bit of help, hiring another employee or purchasing a time-saving piece of equipment. You might even need to take a loan to help you get the the point where you can take time off – but it’s important.

When you’re your own boss, it can be tough to switch off and recharge – try leaving your laptop in the office every once in a while, or booking a short holiday. Having a written reminder of why you wanted to succeed in business on your desk can help too – make it as personal as you can, and look at it when times get tough to rekindle that original fire. And remember…
5. ‘The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.’
-Michelangelo, Artist

Be a reacher, not a settler. You’ve shown you’ve got the ability to make things happen by founding your own SME – don’t let your circumstances limit your vision. You don’t need to get deep into debt to achieve your dreams – RainFin is here to help you overcome cash-flow problems and take advantage of business opportunities. We facilitate loans for South African SMEs between R10,000 and R250,000 – helping to realize business aspirations. Find out more and apply online today.


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