Donald Trump is a bit of an anomaly.
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I promise this post isn’t about politics.
President Trump is an anomaly because he’s one of the few men to work in business before becoming president, joining Warren Harding (publishing), Herbert Hoover (mining), Harry Truman (investing), Jimmy Carter (farming), George H.W. Bush (oil), and George W. Bush (oil and baseball).
Although most of of our other presidents began their careers as lawyers or military men, many would have done just fine as small business owners. After all, the job of the president requires leadership, risk-taking, and grinding out the long hours.
Here are six powerful presidential quotes on a variety of topics that will inspire small business owners like you. Enjoy!
“99% of failures come from people who make excuses.” – George Washington (Tweet this)
Excuses? Ain’t nobody got time for that. From crossing the Delaware River to surviving the winter at Valley Forge, Washington himself certainly didn’t have time for excuses. No wonder the man led one of the greatest startups in history – the United States of America.
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S. Truman (Tweet this)
Presidents don’t do it alone. Neither do small business owners. Even if you don’t have employees, you have business partners, service providers, and loved ones. Give compliments, accept blame, and always use the word We when accepting credit for a big win.
“When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.” – Thomas Jefferson (Tweet this)
Now that’s spoken like a man who’s responded to his share of online reviews! Success in business requires strong communication skills and strong communication requires a clear head. So, yeah, take a few breaths before hitting that submit button.
4. Getting Shit Done
“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” – Abraham Lincoln (Tweet this)
Back before electricity, a late night in the office required a good oil lamp. Like small business owners, presidents are no strangers to getting shit done – whether it requires a wicked rise and grind sesh or burning the midnight oil or both.
5. Doing It Right the First Time
“It’s easier to do a job right, than to explain why you didn’t.” – Martin Van Buren (Tweet this)
One of the downsides of long hours is work errors. So, if you must stay up late to get things done, be sure to invest enough energy and attention to get things right the first time. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for another late night fixing your mistakes.
6. Believing in Yourself
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt (Tweet this)
Starting a small business requires a leap of faith. Long before you acquire your first customer, you begin accruing costs from purchasing supplies to legally forming your business.
So congratulate yourself. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably already halfway there. Use these presidential quotes as inspiration to become a better person, both professionally and personally.