It’s hard to come up with just one favorite quote, because for me quotes are inspirational when there’s a reference or context to them.
I’m going to share with you my 6 favorite quotes and put some context around them.
“Two things that you have control over every single day: attitude and effort.” -Andrew McCutchen
This is something that I heard him say in an interview once. Smart man and absolutely right.
It’s important to remember that you can only control yourself, what you do and how you act. There’s no point in trying to control someone else, a particular situation, etc. It can’t be done.
Show up, give it your all, and do your absolute best each and every day.
“Never underestimate your opponent, never take what your enemy gives you.” - Sean Connery
This is from one of my favorite movies of all time. Rising Sun with Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes.
In this movie, Sean Connery plays the role of a mentor to an upstart police officer, Wesley Snipes. If you haven’t seen it, definitely queue it up in Netflix. It’s a great flick.
I’m a pretty competitive person and when I heard this quote for the first time, it hit a home run with me.
Being competitive you can become cocky or arrogant and that tends to become a pitfall. Whether you are in business, sports, gaming, even board games, you should never underestimate your opponent because on any given day you can be off and they can win.
However, in the same light, don’t assume that what your opponent is saying, doing, or offering you is necessarily to your benefit. Take it as information, but don’t dive too deep into it. Make sure that you stick to what you are setting out to do.
"Charge what you're worth and don't apologize!" - Chris Ducker
“Business does not just come sit in your lap….you have to go out and get it or else you’ll fail.” -Gordon Ramsey
These are amazing quotes from two amazing Brits.
Bottom line is to know your value, don’t waiver on it and go seek out those that can see the value that you bring to their business.
Don’t wait for the business to find you. However you are comfortable in seeking out work, do it and then do it some more.
Favorite Sales Quotes
"If it takes a hard sell, let them go.” - Brian Clark
"The lower the price, the higher the expectations; the less appreciation of the value.” - Pippin Williamson
These 2 quotes are something that freelancers should write down and tack on the wall in front of them.
In episode 151 where I talk about cold outreach strategy, Brian Clark shares a similar sentiment here in that you aren’t going to convince anyone to buy from you if they don’t see that value.
Pippin’s wise words here should resonate with you if you’ve lowered your price or been haggled with at some point in time. No doubt that person micro-managed you throughout the project and quite honestly, a pain in the ass.
There you have my favorite quotes and some context around why I love them.
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