I just flew into San Diego from Puerto Rico and I had a two hour layover in the JFK, New York airport. Since I had some time to kill, I grabbed a bite to eat and a couple of magazines. Entrepreneur Magazine caught my eye with their cover story, “Young Millionaires – Secrets from 25 of America’s Best and Brightest”, so I picked it up and was reading it while waiting for my flight.
Some guy walks by and says, “I’m in that magazine”. I didn’t even look up. What a tool.
Any how, back to “Secret’s from 25 of America’s Best and Brightest”. It was interesting to see who Entrepreneur picked, but they certainly were not the “Best and Brightest” entrepreneurs/millionaires that I’ve ever met. It’s funny to me how old school print media tends to overlook “internet millionaires”. I know quite a few and they are ten years younger and ten times richer then the “Young Millionaires” picked by Entrepreneur Magazine. And you would never know they were rich, let alone very rich. Anyhow, the article was a good read and here are some inspiring quotes from the millionaires picked by Entrepreneur Magazine:
“Do something creative, but still in line with your product philosophy, to distinguish yourself to buyers.” – Kelly Flatley and Brendan Synnott of Bear Naked
“Use your youth to your advantage by introducing something new to the market.” – Herman Flores, Myles Kovacs and Haythem Haddad of DUB Publishing
“Raise the standard and you’ll find that you’ll never go out of style.” – Jim Wetzel and Lance Lawson of Jake
“Give your customers a voice, and they just might use it to spread the word about your business.” – Jacob Dehart and Jake Nickell of Threadless.com
“Stay focused and don’t lose focus of why you’re in business.” – Tim Vanderhook, Chris Vanderhook and Russell Vanderhook of Specific Media
“Chat up your new business every chance you get, as you never know where leads will come from.” – Megan Duckett of Sew What? Inc.
“Knowledgeable team members can help you grow your business to new heights.” – Brad Sugars of Action Coach
“No matter how fast your company grows, stay focused on keeping your product quality standards high.” – John Vechey, Brian Fiete and Jason Kapalka of PopCap Games
“Don’t let a good thing pass you by. Seize the right opportunity, and you just might become the market leader.” – Nathan Jones of Xlear
“Just because you havn’t taken the cookie-cutter path to entrepreneurship doesn’t mean you can’t make your business a success.” – Devon Rifkin of The Great American Hanger Company
“Let your passion be the driving force in your business.” – Ryan Black, Ed Nichols and Jeremy Black of Sambazon
“When you fill a hole in the market with a quality product, customers will take notice.” – Amy Silovic of Tibi
“Surround yourself with entrepreneurial-minded employees and you’ll gain a creative, dedicated work force and a constant infusion of innovative ideas.” – Bob Shallenberger and John Cavanagh of Highland Homes
All good advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.
I found quite a few good articles in Entrepreneur Magazine and although I’m not looking for new business inspiration (since I love my job/business), it’s always good to keep your mind open to new things that could spark new ideas.