21 Quotes You Can Use To Inspire Yourself to Fire Your Boss and Build Wealth at Home

It has been said that it takes 21 days of consistent action to change a behavior or create a new habit. Often times we want something different but old tapes continue to play in our head that keep us from reaching our goals and dreams. This can range from trying to drop 10 lbs to gaining the courage to start your work at home business.

The truth is going from an employee to an entrepreneur can be a little scary. However one of the ways to reduce fear and increase success is to lean on the wisdom and experience of others who have been successful in life.

Some may be famous and others not. Nevertheless, the wisdom if you choose to listen can help you create a paradigm shift in thinking which the foundation to massive success. I have always loved to listen to the champions that have gone before.

Here are 21 quotes that I have thought about often and used to inspire me to down size my boss and it can do the same for you.

1. Once in a while it really hits people that they do not have to experience the world in the way they have been told to. — Alan Keightley

Were you told to go to school and get a good job? I was. While I know my mother meant well and thought she was preparing me tobe able to have access to the pearly gates of success she could not know how things would change.

However, I knew that I wanted more? How about you? Remember, you do not have to settle for 60 hour work weeks, 30 minute commutes, your kids in day care or relocating for the promise of career advancement. You do not have to be part of the grind … the rat race.

2. You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. — Mike Murdock

Are you afraid to get started? It may seem overwhelming but if you focus on simply daily actions the big goals take care of themselves.

3. No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals —. Brian Tracy

Get help right out the gate. Find a mentor, coach, mastermind or become a part a community that will help to support you in your success. You want to become a life long learner. Attend seminars and boot camps in your specialized area knowledge. When you learn from people who have been successful and you model their activities you will get their results.

4. By stretching yourself beyond your perceived level of confidence you accelerate your development of competence. — Michael J. Gelb

The only way to gain confidence in a certain area is to take action. It is in the action you will start to have small victories which will increase your level of success.

5. If you do not program yourself, life will program you! — Les Brown

Do not let other people make decision for your life. If you have no plan on you will create wealth during your working years your employer will. Have no retirement plan? You do not the government to be your strategy. Remember, it's your life and it's now or never.

6. There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. — Denis Waitley

No matter what your current conditions are you have the opportunity to change them. However, this only can happen if you take total responsible for the direction of your life. If you do not like where you are forgive yourself and focus on solutions. Do not focus on problems or why you think something can not happen. Start to ask powerful questions the answers will start to appear.

7. Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now, you are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else. Your completeness must be understood by you and experienced in your thoughts as your own personal reality. — Dr. Wayne Dyer

8. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Who are we NOT to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in us all. — Marianne Williamson

When I first heard this quote it brought tears to my eyes. What talent or gift do you have that you are allowing fear to rob you from achieving? Doing what you were called to do it is bigger than you. You are unique and sharing your gift with someone could make a difference in their life. Are you playing it too small? Are staying in a job that does not stretch you? What can you do to make a difference?

9. You'll see things "you never knew you never knew." — Disney's Pocahontas

The journey and pursuit of freedom allows you to see the world in a different way than others. As you grow you will naturally see opportunities that others can not see. Jason Oman author of Conversation with Millionaires calls it "Money Goggles." Even if you were in a pitch black room you will have infrared vision in the area of ​​creating opportunities to make money.

10. A different world can not be built by indifferent people. — Peter Marshall

You can not have what you want in life by being indifferent. Successful people are passionate and sometimes radical in pursuit of their dreams. Do not allow yourself to be in environments that discourage you.

11. What is it that you like doing? If you do not like it, get out of it, because you'll be lousy at it. You do not have to stay with a job for the rest of your life, because if you do not like it you'll never be successful in it. — Lee Iacocca

Why would you ever spend most of your waking hours doing something that you do not like? The key to success is finding something you love to and set the standard for excellence.

12. Simply making consistent investments in our self-education and knowledge banks pays major dividends throughout our lives. — Jim Rohn

The self-education I have pursued after college has been my greatest return on investment. There is something to be said when you develop skills that you know will support you in any economy. Specialized knowledge applied with all out massive results will yield hefty financial and emotional rewards.

13. Finding your purpose may be a lifelong pursuit or you may have discovered it when you were 5 years old. There's no absolute timeline for anyone. That's a good reason never to give up, to keep on discovering things every day. — Donald Trump

If you have not discovered your life's purpose do not be hard on yourself. Start to ask yourself questions and enter into a discovery process. Allow yourself to dream without concerns of how you will get it done. Every time you think you have found the answer did a little deeper with more questions. Rarely are your true goals, purpose and desires on the surface of your soul. Often times they have been put away for safe keeping to protect yourself from disappointment. Keep discovering new things until your purpose is crystal clear.

14. What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people's lives. — Oprah Winfrey

When you get the money out of the way your world expands even greater. Oprah exemplifies this principle. She now looks for ways to help others in everything she does. Whether it is giving more support to your family or contributing to a worthy cause, having freedom as a work from home entrepreneur will allow you make your mark in the world.

15. The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what the man or woman is able to do. — Booker T. Washington

So what can you create and add value to the world? I love this quote because it demonstrates very clearly that what matters are results at the end of the day. Do not get caught up in theories. Make sure you are constantly taking action that moves you towards a specific goal.

16. There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction. — John F. Kennedy

Are you so afraid to fail that you just can not get out of the box? Do not be. Many people have "failed" their way to million dollar empires. It is better to do something and be wrong then to do nothing at all. When you choose to do nothing someone else usually makes a decision that impacts you and you ending up doing something you do not want to do.

17. I do not believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for circumstances they want. –George Bernard Shaw

There is no such thing as luck. You create the luck by working and preparing for the opportunity. When you start to put yourself out there the universe gives back. Make sure you are clear of your intentions and then go and make it happen.

19. It's not the hours you put in your work that counts, it's the work you put in your hours. — Sam Ewing

You have the same 24 hours in the day as Bills Gate and Oprah. Do not sabotage yourself by saying, "Well they can do it because their rich." Unless you inherit wealth there is a price that everyone has to pay. You do not have to work all day at your work from empire. However, you must consistently put time in if you want success.

20. You must do the thing you think you can not do. — Eleanor

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is to do something you think you can not do. It does not have to be something huge. A simple action of courage goes a long in adding to your confidence in every area of ​​your life.

21. You will never leave where you are, until you decide where you'd rather be. — Dexter Yager

Until you know your purpose you will be at risk for staying in a job that slowly eats away at you. Post why? You simply do not have a strong enough goal to leave your current job. When the goal is strong enough you will search to find the answers.

5 Things to Sort Out Before Thinking About Raising Funding for Your Business

During my time as an early-stage investor, I would get super-frustrated every time a team of enthusiastic and energy-ridden entrepreneurs would come through the doors of our offices ill-prepared for our meeting. The idea they have may be great, the team may rock but it was a blow to the stomach to hear their lacklustre and uncertain responses to a basic stream of questions that they really should have anticipated and prepared for in advance of the meeting.

Putting in so much effort on the product or service, the team-build and the networking all gets compromised when poor planning is evident at a fundraising meeting. As such, I have outlined what I believe as being the 5 key areas entrepreneurs need to have a key grasp of before setting up meetings with investors.

1. Explain your team

One of the most important things any type of investor will be interested in will be knowing more about the team of guys that they are backing to deliver a return on their investment. It really is about the team more than your business idea or the fancy suit you wear to the meeting (!) That will help you clinch the funding you want. Ideally an investor needs to understand why the team is made up with who is in it and what contribution to the growth of the business each individual will have. Individually, all of you should be able to demonstrate why you want to be part of the journey of a start-up or small business and explain any relevant experience you have of the role you are being asked to carry out in the team, and / or previous experiences of working in start-ups and with investors.

As a team, you all should be able to explain how you work as a team and what team strengths are. A toolkit of complimentary and balanced skills is what an investor is keen to see rather than Lone Rangers who have yes-men around them to boost their ego! As a team you should be able to explain what you are looking to achieve through the business and what your personal aims are. Hint: do not say you want to be retired in two years and on the beach sipping Mai Tai's if the rest of your team is focused on the long-term. In fact, do not say you want to be sipping Mai Tai's any time soon, period. Saying you want to be gazillionaires is fine as long as that's not your only aim and motivation for being at the meeting. Show ambition. Show confidence. Show assurity that you have confidence in the product or service you are building and in its near-term market potential.

2. Know your service (or product)

Not knowing your service or product is a carnal sin as far as talking to anyone about your business is concerned. If you can not explain your business to your 4 year old niece or nephew and combat the barrage of "why's" that you get back after each response, you can safely assume that you need to think more about what you are doing and why. Remember, investors see ten or more businesses like yours every week, operating in the same sub-sector and trying to solve similar problems. Hence, they have already done their homework and have probably taken their thinking down avenues you have not even considered yet. It will be impossible to cover all eventualities of course, but you should have considered a lot of the basics such as what problem your company will solve, what the key differentiator about your business is that makes it special, why no-one else can replicate your model, how you will price and why people will be willing to pay, and the steps your foresee as being those that will help to take your business to the next level and deliver value to all. We discuss some of these themes now.

3. Know the market you operate in

Having an understanding of the market you operate in is essential to demonstrate your credibility to any investor about your understanding of the space you operate in. This not only shows preparedness, but also highlights your seriousness and passion for what you are building. Being aloof to any new regulations does not look well. Also, being unfamiliar with any key competitors in your market will not go down well with an investor either. Remember, they may well have spoken to many other teams who are building something similar to you or have built it and so will know those businesses very well and the challenges they have faced. Research them. Talk to people in the sector. Understand who is up to what. Rumour is important. Demonstrate to the investor that you know your competitor better than anyone else.

You need to have done at least some high-level calculations to size the market opportunity you are addressing. What is the $ £ or spend in your sub-sector? Is it a growing or a shrinking market? Is it a big enough market for you to continue growing your market-share of? Important questions that you should have naturally addressed earlier through your natural curiosity and interest when sizing up your business idea.

4. Know your key financials

Investors are money people and love to understand the numbers. That is the one tangible thing they can use to argue for or against at their investment committee (the group of guys in their company who will decide whether or not you get funding). Like it or not, you will have to prepare yourselves for presenting your story with numbers as well as words. If you do not have a penchant for the numbers amongst you then fear not. I believe in keeping things simple. In a later post we will talk about exactly the things you need to have pinned down and clear in your own heads. At a high-level the investor will be trying to gauge how much thought you have put into the commercials of building your business. It will help them size up whether or not the $ 1 billion valuation you have on your company at the end of Year 2 in the plan is plausible through the assumptions you are making now!

Largely at early-stage discussions many of the financials discussions focus on forward projections unless you have been fortunate enough to have had significant trading to date. Assuming you do not have much current trading, having projections that are built bottom-up and are based on sensible assumptions for sales growth and profit margins are a good start for you to have a sensible discussion with any investor. Be conservative. Do not be brash. Do not worry if you do not end up with Year 3 sales of $ 50m, but equally, if after 5 years you are still struggling to project sales of £ 100k then clearly there is something wrong with you business model.

5. Explain your strategy

A clear, simple strategy needs to be outlined during discussions to give comfort to the investor that you, at the very least, have an idea of ​​which way you are going. This strategy may well change as time goes by as things change but having an initial plan of how you want to progress things is no bad thing. This would typically include who the first group of customers you will approach are and why? Who you will approach next? What will be your pricing strategy? Geographical presence? Product development road map? Funding profile? Team development? Be sensible. Investors are not looking for a team who are looking to take over the world. They are looking for a genuine team that demonstrate inch-by-inch that the odds are the investor will make money by backing them and not lose money!

Having these areas prepared and discussed, as a team will advance you ahead of the queue as far as standing you out from the crowd is concerned. In an environment where supply of entrepreneurs seeking investment outstrips demand, being prepared in this way is essential for you to get it right.