Quotes from the book: Soar! by: TD Jakes

  • It is the power of one transformative belief held firmly in place, that daring idea that says just because I haven’t seen it modeled in my past doesn’t mean I cannot create something that changes the trajectory of my future.
  • Your business plan-whether conceptual or concrete-will serve as your flight manual for getting your vision off the ground and sustaining a successful flight towards a divine destination beyond your imagination.
  • Attitude Affects Altitude. 
  • You must also have a passion for adventure, for discovery, for new people and places if you want your vision to keep a balanced perspective and to reach new heights.
  • Undeniably, many of us have created our own chaos. Some of us are so busy trying to survive that we don’t get a chance to rethink our goals and re-calibrate our practices so as to be more fruitful and effective.
  • Taking responsibility for your own success must be foundational if you are to succeed as an entrepreneur.
  • I want to challenge you to see tables in trees, boxes and bushes, and provision and problems!
  • In fact, success with that process will leave you on qualified to rain over what you’ve built. It is the process that build your stamina, your insight, and most importantly your relationships, which are the lifeblood of any business.
  • You see, many new businesses fail not because they weren’t well designed or didn’t have a good business plan but because their owners overlooked the external environment where their products and services would fly. Successful entrepreneurs check the economic, social, and cultural weather before they designed the business, let alone try to fly.
  • No matter how much passion, hard work, and dedication you pour into your venture, if it doesn’t solve an identifiable problem for customer is willing to pay for your solution, it will never get off the ground.
  • Start small in order to finish big.
  • You have to start where you are.
  • God basically told Moses to stop waiting and start walking! If you let it, your hesitation will only become a limitation.
  • Struggle is to be expected.
  • Success is a process that takes time.
  • Delayed doesn’t equate to denied!
  • Being an entrepreneur is a mindset, not a money set.
  • Faith doesn’t mean that you ignore facts and figures or discount common sense.
  • The word Inspiration itself comes from the Latin “inspirare”, meaning to blow or breathe life into something.
  • Many times we feel inspired by a situation or opportunity and attempt to pour our energy into it before we have created a structure to support it.
  • Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning. (Thomas Edison)
  • Stress is about lacking the structural support for the weight you’re carrying. 
  • The key is to listen but not necessarily to act.
  • Start ups seldom start perfectly and often resemble the beginning of the marriage-making adjustments and accommodations for the new dynamic being together as a couple.
  • Preparation facilitates liberation.
  • I consider e-commerce a crucial part of any new entrepreneurial business plan, one that must be addressed, assesses, and expressed!
  • There’s no such thing as failing. You’re learning by style and error!
  • Quality branding is about paying close attention to details of functionality as well as sensory engagement.
  • Remaining flexible and adaptable allows you to change in order to keep meeting customers positive expectations. You can’t assume that today’s means and methods will work tomorrow.
  • Generally in business it’s better if you separate your personal relationships from your professional ones, but I’m convinced it’s absolutely crucial for entrepreneurs.
  • The old “adage slow to hire and quick to fire” holds up in my experience.
  • You can’t do mighty deeds by yourself in isolation. Drawing on your existing network of relationships as well as cultivating the new existing relationships you need insurance you have a flight crew you need to soar.
  • If you try to do everything your business requires, then you’re guaranteed to crash and burn.
  • Your ground crew will include supporters, advisors, and mentors.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need in order to succeed! 
  • So put your ego aside if necessary and enjoy the opportunity to launch your business with others as invested in it success as you are.
  • Always have a contract, but when family or close friends invest in your business, it’s even more essential.
  • Everyone longs to be treated like a person of value and respected as a fellow human being.
  • If you can’t serve them with your business, then you can at least help them with your attitude and information.
  • In fact, beginning with the end in mind will make many of your daily decisions for you.
  • In many cases, anticipating what could go wrong before it happens allows you to prevent some of those conflicts from ever arising.
  • Learning while you lead determines the kind of leader you will become.
  • I went on to explain how mature leadership is not really about hitting a particular chronological age as much as it is about taking responsibility for your life, your business, and going on the hunt for yourself. When you stop relying on others or blaming others or waiting on others to go kill something and bring it back for you to eat, you right you realize you have to go hunt and kill for yourself. You don’t complain about what you lack or let setbacks get in the way of finding a way to make your dreams happen. You just go do it.
  • Perseverance refined our character and makes us stronger and wiser leaders.
  • Success requires talent and time and tenacity.
  • Experienced pilots know they must adjust course all the time. Just because they change course doesn’t mean they lose sight of their destination.
  • Entrepreneurial leadership is ultimately measured in your ability to influence those around you and constructive, consistent, and coherent ways.
  • You don’t get to control what you confront, but you do control your response to it.
  • It’s amazing how easily some problems can be avoided if some simple precautionary measures have been taken.
  • Improvisation requires preparation, engagement, resourcefulness, and creativity to come up with solutions when your new business faces potential disaster.
  • Problem-solving is essential to being an entrepreneur.
  • I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the nonsuccessful one is pure perseverance. (Steve Jobs)
  • A blessing too fast is no blessing at all. You have to know your capacity.
  • Don’t be distracted by what your business is not; be fully engaged with exactly all that you intend your business to be.
  • Our blindspot is to think that our effort replaces the efficiency of contemporary technology!
  • Social media or forward you the luxury of identifying your constituents, connecting with their interest, and building long-term relationships that can be used to sustain your business and expand your vision.
  • You need to fail boldly if you want to succeed extravagantly!
  • If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone. (John Maxwell)
  • My purpose refused to be incarcerated by others perceptions.
  • Uniqueness is seldom understood in real time.
  • Purpose, power, and profit each play a role in accomplishing what I like to call impact.
  • How much is 24 hours of your life worth at this point? In business just as in life, time is our most precious commodity-irreplaceable and irretrievable.
  • Impact looks at the results of the energy, emotions, and effort expended to accomplish the work.
  • Most people are happy to live their lives based on the superficial glimpses and cosmetic glances of success.
  • Impact determine success.
  • Without accountability, there is no path forward growth and profitability.
  • We must understand our success isn’t a measurement to be compared to the success of others.
  • God expects us to be faithful with what he’s given us.
  • The parable of the talents remind us that risk is necessary for growth to occur.
  • Whether you have to move away from where you are physically or move away from where you are mentally, it will be an exercise in faith as you go after the dreams and desires that God has placed inside of you.
  • Doing something new and different means that you will have to step out of that box; you’ll have to move away from how you define yourself, but especially away from how others have to find you.
  • The key is never allow the crowd to define you or confine you.
  • Shifting into a higher altitude often requires creating consistent operating systems for optimum functional growth.
  • So much growth comes back to simple, obvious practices like sticking to your budget and investing some of your profits back into your business.
  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. (Maya Angelou)
  • Marketing makes the magic that can transform your airplane into a rocketship!
  • Learning to market effectively is an ongoing educational process and requires keen attention to cultural trends, exact timing, and customer relations.
  • In reference to when Jesus fed the 5000, his impact was in the miracle and that became his message.
  • Your brand image should reflect your company’s message.
  • Remember: you’re messaging begins with the name of your business. You’re not just naming a business; you’re establishing your brand.
  • Your company’s name and logo should be a central part of everything you do-from your business card, your storefront design, your interior Decour, your website, and social media, to your advertising and promotional materials.
  • Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell. (Seth Godin)
  • Purpose driven marketing is critical, particularly for nonprofit organizations. People like to get behind a worthy cause and back it as ambassadors spreading a message of awareness and support.
  • Connectors love networking, making introductions, and providing relational blue among the many people they know and encounter.
  • Mavens differ from connectors, in that they provide information about various products, services, and businesses.
  • It’s time to excuse your excuses and make some decisions that can change the rest of your life-and change the impact your business could have on your family for generations to come.
  • Building your legacy as an entrepreneur requires faith, and faith requires active participation.
  • Teach, reach, and glean. 

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