Whether it be entering the world of entrepreneurship, vying for a new position at a company or planning the next chapter in life, taking leaps is never easy. And it takes courage, perseverance and often, risk. However, it all starts with spotting the right opportunity and getting started.
While that can be easier said than done, every successful leader has experienced this moment at some point in his or her life. And the most important thing anyone can do is be prepared for new opportunities — or make opportunities work for them. You never know when a new one will present itself, so you’ve got to be willing and able to act in the moment and get started.
No matter where you are in life, check out these 13 quotes on opportunity and getting started.
“You hav to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around.” — Sheryl Sandberg
“It is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition.” — Larry Page
“Building a mission and building a business go hand-in-hand.” — Mark Zuckerberg
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas Edison
“The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.” — Elon Musk
“Once you realize that you have identified a passion, invest in yourself. Figure out what you need to know, what kind of experience and expertise you need to develop to do the things that you feel in your heart you will enjoy and that will sustain you both mentally and economically…” — Martha Stewart
“Dress like you are going to meet your worst enemy today.” — Coco Chanel
“You have to trust in something; your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road, will give you the confidence to follow your heart.” — Steve Jobs
“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” — Richard Branson
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then, you have to play it better than anyone else.” — Albert Einstein
“In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.” — Jeff Bezos
“Watch, listen and learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.” — Donald Trump
“Finding an opportunity is a matter of believing it’s there.” — Barbara Corcoran