Change / transformation | Leadership | Management / Strategy | Personal development

‘Running a business is incredibly fulfilling and totally terrifying’ … and more inspiration from Sage Summit

If you’ve ever spent any time on the conference circuit, you know that on a personal level, a massive, week-long event like the annual Sage Summit is often reduced to sound bites — little bits of inspiration that can drive you to enact real change in your organization … and your life.

These sound bites often don’t dive deep, but lord, they make you open your eyes and look a little farther toward the horizon than you might have yesterday.

Here are some of the most inspirational sound bites about running a business that surfaced during a truly inspirational 2016 Sage Summit in Chicago.

"Look for someone as good or better than yourself and let them run the company. Focus on the next adventure." — Richard Branson

"If every company could adopt just one problem, we could get on top of every problem in the world." — Richard Branson

"Good leaders must look for the best in people and lavish praise on them. They'll blossom if you do." — Richard Branson

"We need a lot more love in companies today." — Richard Branson

"Engaging the hearts, minds, and hands of your talent is the most sustainable source of competitive advantage." — Nathan Christensen

"Forget about 'giving back. It sounds forced. Just 'give.' " — Ed Kless

"Running a business is incredibly fulfilling and totally terrifying ... and awesome in every way." — Gwyneth Paltrow

"A key to success? Surrounding yourself with really talented people. You’re only as good as the people you work with." — Zooey Deschanel

"A good partnership is a safety net. It will protect you and push you to grow." — Gwyneth Paltrow

"Self-belief is everything. Where you look is where you'll go." — Gwyneth Paltrow

"Sometimes you have to change what you do to preserve who you are." — Tom Hood, channeling Jim Collins

"Want to drive change with your team? Use the four most important words in business: 'What do you think?' " — Tom Hood

"No one will solve your problems for you. Be responsible and accountable." — Daymond John

"We can't compete on a world-class scale by being merely OK. The world doesn't reward mediocrity." — Robert Herjavec

"Your skills come directly from your desire. If you want it badly enough, you'll learn the skills you need." — Robert Herjavec

"Lack of money is not the problem. The problem is lack of effort and creativity." — Robert Herjavec

"You can't control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it." — Robert Herjavec

"List the things you love and hate ... then outsource the stuff you hate." — Daymond John

"Be great. You have one life, one chance. Make the most of it." — Robert Herjavec

"Dreams and desire are cheap. Execution is hard. Do it." — Robert Herjavec

"Being willing to be mentored by anyone, of any age, is a tremendous vehicle to success." — Ashton Kutcher

"The most successful people are able to contain their emotions, are generous, and aren't afraid to ask for help." — Ashton Kutcher

"Really successful businesses challenge some intuition that we have. Kickstarter and AirBNB challenged intuition. They played in a gray space where there were no competitors." — Ashton Kutcher

"Kickstarter projects have created 300,000 jobs and $5.4 billion in economic benefit to their communities. Those numbers are due to the generosity of strangers." — Yancey Stickler

"The future is bright for 'artist entrepreneurs.' The role of artists and creative thinkers will grow." — Yancey Stickler.

"Keep building shit." — Ashton Kutcher


William D. Sheridan