Lately I have been doing a lot of thinking around why it’s so difficult to get started on a new business. During the commercials of New Girl I decided to do some reading and look at some old bookmarked articles that I remembered inspired me in order to help me figure it out.  I pulled away 5 inspirational quotes that really drive home a key value of all successful people: Believe in yourself first, and the world will follow…

1. This is one of my many favorite quotes by Steve Jobs.  It hits on a very, very key point: We accept life the way it is and complain about the way it isn’t.  But success derives from people just like you that made the decision to do something about it.


“When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world.  Try not to bash into the walls too much.  Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life.  Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact:  Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you.  And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

Steve Jobs – Inspirational Life Speech 


2. This is a shorter quote, but packs a huge inspirational punch.  We’re all visionaries. Everyone of us.  It’s the ability to not only see change, but act upon it, and make it reality.

“The best way to predict the future, is to invent it.”

Alan Kay –

3. I love this quote because it touches on a point that I think is the reason why we fail to start.  We feel like we’re not good enough, or we’re not prepared.  I encourage you to read James Clear’s article below to see just how trivial being ready may be.  That paralysis by analysis can be death to success.  And jumping head first in to something you may be passionate about, but may not be prepared for, can still lead to success.


“You’re bound to feel uncertain, unprepared, and unqualified. But let me assure you of this: what you have right now is enough. You can plan, delay, and revise all you want, but trust me, what you have now is enough to start. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to start a business, lose weight, write a book, or achieve any number of goals… who you are, what you have, and what you know right now is good enough to get going.”

James Clear – Successful People Start Before They Feel Ready


4. We are scared to change the world because we think those tasks are for the select few.  The “chosen ones.”  But success seems to be driven by believing in yourself, not others believing in you.  If you believe in yourself long enough, others will start to as well.


“The people who end up looking like the “chosen ones” — the best-selling authors, the successful business owners, the elite athletes, the talented artists — are successful first and foremost because they chose themselves before they had any measure of success. And that’s the piece of success that isn’t as easy to accept because it often means betting on yourself when you feel like a failure.”

James Altucher – The Chosen Ones Choose Themselves


5. This speaks to a personal fear of mine. Starting doesn’t scare me the most. It’s not starting at all.  It’s the wonder of what could have been that keeps me up at night. Because I would rather try, fail and learn than never try at all.  When have you ever had a great story about not trying something?

I used to think ‘I can’t’ was the worst phrase for self-morale. I’ve only come to realize that ‘I can’t’ often amounts to something worse in the long run – ‘what if?’ “What if I had taken that chance?” is a valid question that has the ability to eat at you. If you know that silencing your desires to start your own business will undoubtedly result in ‘what if’ thoughts that will plague you through your adult years, then perhaps it is time to act on your instincts.

Gillian Small  – 5 Signs You’re Ready to Start Your Own Business


Dave Polykoff is a tech enthusiast and entrepreneur located in both Philadelphia and New York. Dave runs multiple tech start ups including,, and