I feel like New Year’s is a bit of a double-edged sword. Sure, it represents renewal and new beginnings, but the need to “start fresh” can be daunting and put undue pressure on weary business owners. I’m not going to yak your ear off about crazy new business models or opportunities to get rich quick. I don’t believe in those schemes. What I do believe in is hard work. I believe in slow and steady wins the race. And more than anything else, I believe opportunity is what you make, not what you’re given.
With that in mind, I’ve put together six quotes that I thought could act as a bit of inspiration for the start of the new year. These quotes might inspire you to act or to pause and think about your business approach. Regardless, they pertain to WordPress either directly or indirectly and can offer some food for thought as we dive headfirst into 2020.
The Quote: “Technology is best when it brings people together.” – Matt Mullenweg
The Inspiration: Instead of focusing on what your online business efforts can get you in the short-term, it’s a much better idea to think about what you can give to the community at large. Yes, you can and should make a profit. But if your sole focus is on getting the bucks, you’ll lose sight on your objective. I mean, isn’t it a better idea to think about how your product or service can help people’s lives? Isn’t it better to emphasize how technology can be used to foster communities?
The Quote: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that’s won’t work.” — Thomas Edison
The Inspiration: I’ll keep this one short and sweet: if you fail, it means you’re trying. And you’ll get a hell of a lot farther by trying and failing than not trying at all.
The Quote: “The themes in WordPress drive a lot of design trends. It democratizes design… You make a theme, and suddenly it’s on hundreds and thousands of sites.” — Matt Mullenweg
The Inspiration: This is precisely why I love the WordPress theme (and plugin) market. Anyone, anywhere, can build a professional website using a theme. It might not have all the bells and whistles, but it levels the entry point and the price tag for creating a site and getting your business on the map. Basically, you have one less excuse for getting your company off the ground. So get to it!
The Quote: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle
The Inspiration: Sitting around and waiting for your big break doesn’t work. Period. Sometimes opportunities will fall in your lap but more often than not, they won’t. And than means you have to go out into this big scary world and find opportunities–or better yet–create them for yourself.
The Quote: “If you want to be good at something, you really have to work at it every single day. You have to work hard at the things that are hard. Otherwise you are just treading water.” — Matt Mullenweg
The Inspiration: Most overnight successes have years and years of hard work behind them before they launched into the stratosphere and became publicly noteworthy. If you want to get anywhere with your business, you have to put in some old-fashioned elbow grease now. If you want to see payouts tomorrow, you have to put in the hard work today.
The Quote: “Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.” — Seth Godin
The Inspiration: You could tweak every little aspect of your website before it launches. Shift everything pixel by pixel. Swap out images and edit your copy over and over again. But you’ll never get it perfect. Do your best to create the best site you can for now, launch it, and worry about tweaking every little thing later when you establish A/B testing. A perfect site on your local server will do nothing for you while a decent published site at least has a chance at getting you visitors and leads.