Running a successful online store is hard work and on some days, you may feel like you are losing sight of the goal. That's why we've put together 10 inspiring quotes that might help you through some grey days and difficult times.
We asked ourselves - what drives our merchants? In a small raffle, merchants from all over the world sent us their favorite quotes. Because we wanted to know what drives successful retailers, motivates them and reminds them every day never to give up and always look ahead.
We dedicate this contribution to all our merchants and would like to thank them once again! Here are the quotes, including the history behind them:
1. Paul Arden: „It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be.''
Our merchants Lisa Haas notes:
,,This quote actually describes my view on life perfectly in one sentence. Running my own business and my online store blitzdenker.com, this quote motivates me to keep on going and give everything. In my oppinion, success can only be achieved if you have a certain willpower, determination and passion for what you do and for what you want to achieve in life. So it is important to know your goals and to have them constantly in front of your eyes. That is exactly why this sentence of Paul Arden is my favorite quote.''
2. Salvador Dali: "Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings."
Sent in by Yuliya Yaroshenko:
,,I am currently in the process of founding my company. I already had so many ideas that seemed to me like little explosions in the universe. But I have only now dared to bring one of them to life. Now I feel like I'm breaking out of the cage. I feel free. I feel strong and brave. This quote suits me perfectly''
3. Swami Vivekanand: “Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached!”
Favourite quote of our merchant Hemant Govekar:
,,This quote from Swami Vivekanand has always been an inspiration during my career...
Due to the pandemic I had to commute very often between opening and closing my " Brick and Mortar" stockpile in the last 6 months, because "containment zones" were defined in my area of operation. No online presence, lack of resources, no formal knowledge of online operations, lack of money etc. were the hurdles that stopped me from starting an online store.
It was like starting from scratch, but the words of Swami were ringing in my ears like bells from heaven. Thanks to my daughter's intensive research in setting up the online store, my wife's moral support and our own efforts, we were able to establish an online presence within a few days. It was certainly a herculean task, but the goal was achieved with the timely help of the employees of "branchbob". In India we have the expression "Vasundhara Kutumbakam", which means that the whole world is one family. This is very true in my case, because how else would "branchbob" have extended its support for my project all the way from Germany, just like a family member.''
4. Albert Einstein: "Find strength in “no”."
Submitted by Awanish Kumar:
,,I am grateful for all who have said NO to me. Because of them, I am doing it myself now.''
5. Unknown author: „Es gibt nix Bessers als was G’scheids!“
→(German for ,,There is nothing better than something good!'')
Comment of our merchant Marc Rieger:
,,My motto since I got a screwdriver as a present from the shooting gallery when I was 8 years old. Of course I proudly tried it out immediately, and what was it - it was garbage. Since then I only choose quality in every situation! My customers thank me for it.''
6. Franz Heuer: “Believe in yourself, then you can do anything you want.”
By Franz Heuer, the author of this quote:
,,The quote is from a relatively new, unreleased song of mine, which I wrote for my daughter for her seventh birthday. In one verse I included this quote..''
7. Unknown author: “Geht net, gibt’s net!”
→(German for ,,Nothing is impossible'')
Alexander Wach commented:
,,This quote was given to me by a regular guest during my training as a hotel specialist in 1989. We talked about success and consistency. It is the long version of: Stay with it. :-). Some successes in my life can be assigned to the quote.''
8. Lao Tzu (Laozi): ,,The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.''
Contributed by our merchant Martin Bruno:
,,It is difficult to describe why exactly this quote appeals to me. We all face many challenges in the course of our lives when we have to act and often we have to act fast. The goals seem to be too far away and not clear, the fear grows ... But if you take the first step, your spot will be illuminated, fears disappear, your second step is more courageous and in the end you will find out that your journey was fun and attractive... And it began with a single step...
That's all I can say :) ''
9. Aesop (Greek poet): “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Saoirse & Neassa McDermott:
,,We chose this quote because it constantly motivates us to do all the best in a world where so much goes wrong.
As a small company we have few resources, so we are not able to give much back to our community and the world, but we have big plans for the future, and this quote gives us hope and lets us go through hard times like right now.''
10. Unknown author: "If it is a problem, then there is a solution. If there is no solution to your problem, then the problem ceases to be a problem."
Our merchant Gary Lim added:
I am Gary, the owner of THATMMASHOP and i'm the winner of the raffle draw for Motivational Quote. I was invited by Robert & the branchbob Team to share my story on how i came about this quote. To be honest, i don't really remember where i came upon this quote or did i just came up with it myself.
However I would like to share a little story on how this quote is not just a motivational quote but proves to be true.
THATMMASHOP was started in 2010 and we had came a long way. Along the way i made some bad decisions and ended up in a very bad situation, I ended up in debts and have to stop running THATMMASHOP for a couple of years. I ended up working for one of my suppliers and am still currently working for him. Then COVID-19 hit us all and i wanted to restart THATMMASHOP and try to earn some extra money just for a rainy day cause we don't know how long this pandemic will last.
With the blessing of my boss, I started searching for a new home for THATMMASHOP, however my funds were limited and i didn't want to ask for a pay raise during this unfortunate period. Most of the eCommerce platforms out there charge quite a fair bit and i simply can't afford it in my current financial situation, every cent counts. This is the "PROBLEM".
I know there was a cheaper option out there and i started searching and i actually found one which offers me lifetime hosting, however the features are not suitable for what i have envisioned and that's when i found Branchbob offering free eCommerce hosting with most of the features that are suitable for what i have planned.
Initially i was very sceptical, how is it possible that they are offering eCommerce hosting for free? I spoke to the customer service executives and they assured me that it's totally free and i decided to take the plunge. That was the "SOLUTION".
This is why this quote proves to be true. For every problem, there is a solution out there. However if you are not willing to go for that solution to your problem, then your problem isn't a problem at all. In my scenario, if i went with the mentality of the later and decided that there is no solution for a free eCommerce host, then it's no longer a problem, i probably would have given up on relaunching THATMMASHOP and just stick to my current job.
The Dalai Lama once said, “If there is no solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it. If there is a solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it.” Often, as entrepreneurs, we face problems but that is part and parcel of entrepreneurship and life as a whole. When you say there is no solution to a problem, it’s probably not a problem to be solved, but a truth to be accepted, and the truth what it is, a fact, thus it ceases to be a problem anymore cos you can't change anything about the situation anymore.
I hope everyone is able to derive some form of inspiration or motivation from this quote whenever they face a problem, whether it in their professional career or personal lives. I would like to end this story by sharing another quote for all those who are affected by the current COVID-19 situation.
"Things will get better. The greyness of it all will lift. This is not permanent.""
This brings us to the end of our post about the favorite quotes of our merchants. It is really interesting to learn what drives each one of us. With so much concentrated motivation the day can only start well!
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