You know you have those moments—you have a great idea, but for some reason, you don’t act. You don’t pick up the phone and call the editor, or send the email or buy the materials thinking, eh, what if it doesn’t work?
What did your mother always tell you? “You’ll never know until you try.” That advice was sage wisdom when you were trying to ride a bike, and it still holds true in business.
The internet is full of motivational quotes about leaving comfort zones and creating things even when no one is watching or if you have no idea how to begin. But if you still need some motivation to put your thing out there, these five quotes below from successful people across many industries will motivate you to take action:
“Comfort zones are where dreams go to die.”– Regina King, Oscar-winning actress
Boy does that make you want to try something new, like, right now.
“If I’m no longer growing, I”m not just stagnant, I’m dying. I don’t want fear of failure to ever stop me. ”– Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes.
Okay, another quote about death. But if death doesn’t motivate you to just send a damn e-mail, then what will?
“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success.” — J.K. Rowling, author of “Harry Potter”
Rowling was once on welfare benefits and contemplating suicide. Now she’s a billionaire thanks to her wildly popular “Harry Potter” franchise.
“It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience.” — Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar-winning actress
She’s played a space pirate, a superhero and a slave, for which she won an Oscar. She knows a little something about the human experience.
“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.” — Oprah Winfrey, Queen of all Media
If Oprah Winfrey tells you to get back on the high wire and dance, you dance.