Posted on Oct 20, 2014
October Members’ Perspective: Favorite Quotes

It’s no secret that being in a family business, or any business, comes with its fair share of hard times and struggles. Our members selected some of their favorite inspirational quotes and business quotes to share with you when you’re looking for some light at the end of the tunnel.

Shea Roche / Carbit Paint

“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

Deanna Salo / Cray Kaiser Ltd.

“Be brilliant, be brief, and be gone.”

Guy Ockerlund / OX BOX

“You don’t make money accounting it.”

Jim Buik / Roscoe Company

“Your brand involves every facet of your organization…from how you can answer your phone to the service you provide to the logo on your building.”

Janet Nitti / Isola Imports

“Trust your employees, but always confirm.”

Keith Carman / StandFast Packaging

“Seek to understand before being understood.”

Kerra O'Donnell / Progressive Industries

“Your time is limited, don’t waste some else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of the other opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

Art Lukowski / Oil Express

On Indifference: “Science may have found a cure for the most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.” – Helen Keller

Jackie Bone / Bone Roofing Supply

“The rule is this: a business run by a team of family members is more resilient and more likely to succeed than any other kind of company. Not as likely, more likely. For despite the sometimes emotionally taxing challenges of family-based management – and no one is saying it’s easy – there are things about family businesses, about the ways they function internally and are perceived externally, that other businesses simply can’t replicate. The result is that family businesses enter the commercial fray with a head start smart managers can exploit to keep them ahead. By their very makeup, family businesses have an unparalleled competitive advantage.” – Leslie Brokaw

Darrin Shallcross / Shallcross Financial Planning

“Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

Nirel Inman / Chicago Glue & Machine Company

“Fail forward faster.”

Joe Krusinski / Krusinski Construction Company

“Work is more fun than fun!”

Tom Novak / Martin Implement Sales

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Carl Buechner

Mike Weiler / Rydin Decal

“All acts of communication are an act of translation.”

Susan Jania / Diamond Envelope

“Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.”

Don Wallin / Joule Technologies

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…then to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows no victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Brian McIlwee / McIlwee Millwork

“Never chew your food twice.”

Mike Moran / American Chartered Bank

“Leave margin for error…”

Alan Jania / Diamond Envelope

“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

Marcus Newman / GCG Financial

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

1 Comment

  1. Neil Houtsma
    October 23, 2014

    “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, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; 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 fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
    Theodore Roosevelt

    Despite the sexist tone, plug any entrepreneur into the person in the arena, and it fits. My favorite quote.


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