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Arguably, more artists have the business acumen Andy Warhol displayed than we tend to give them credit for. For some reason, the money- and success-oriented people of today tend to scoff at painters, writers, composers and their ilk as “bohemians.” What we really mean by that is “bums,” and we point at the relativity of their value to society, as proof.

If, when you hear the word “artist,” your mind flashes to Van Gogh, to squalor and a tentative livelihood, this post might change your mind. Because history shows us differently and, by listening in to some of the genius creators recorded in its annals, you’ll agree we could all learn a thing of two about pushing through until the goal is achieved. Be it a tableau, a novel or a business venture – in some ways, these items of longing dovetail, just as the psychological makeups of their initiators do.

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. ― Leonardo da Vinci


It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. — Henry David Thoreau


Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop. — Usman B. Asif


To see far is one thing, going there is another. — Constantin Brancusi


Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. — Salvador Dali


If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. —Michelangelo


Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish. — Michelangelo


It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. ― P.G. Wodehouse


Do not fear mistakes – there are none. ― Miles David


The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Success, after all, loves a witness, but failure can’t exist without one. ― Junot Díaz

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Ever since Facebook bought a foothold into VR technology with the takeover of Oculus Rift last week, rivers of ink have run on the subject across the media landscape. Apparently, virtual reality is the hottest commodity nowadays, as the people in the know are looking to it as the next big thing. With an ever-tightening time frame till it becomes as much a part of our daily lives as social media, VR is making the news these days without breaking a sweat – here’s, for instance, an interview on CNNMoney with the “father” of VR, Jaron Lanier. Take note, he’s not talking about the tech, rather about the net-scape in general:

Jaron Lanier is nowhere near a buzzword like VR is, but he was in fact the computer programmer who first tinkered with this tech, as founder of VPL Research, Inc., the first company to sell the then futuristic equipment. A writer and classical composer to boot, the man who put the term “virtual reality,” in its current meaning, on the map points at quite a few problems of our current society. Most of all, he comes up with a pretty interesting, and quotable, call to action:


[Granted, talking to a Renaissance-man might’ve tripped up the people at CNN. Looking at the clip, it’s hard to put a finger on what exactly they were trying to convey about him – was it that he’s a composer/hippie or, alternatively, a bona fide researcher with a lot to say about today’s state of affairs? Mixed together so blatantly, the in-your-face-ness of his artistic persona might come off a bit to strong for his words to carry the weight they deserve.]

We’ve all felt at one time or another that the odds were stacked against us, but there’s a case to be made for using that hopelessness to fuel your next move. Some of the best thinkers and doers who’ve ever walked the earth have succeeded in their endeavors through sheer willpower, safe in the knowledge that laying down in the face of adversity is not an option. Here are a few bits of wisdom from those we look up to for their history-making perseverance:

In a recent episode of Trophy Wife, one of the newer comedies on TV, the Sad Steve character delivered a line that inspired this post: “Word of mouth is our bread and butter” he said, trying to come up with a workable, believable slogan for an imaginary bagel business. This put us in mind of all the other instances TV scriptwriters have shared some insights from the dog-eat-dog world of American businesses. Couched in wordplay, these sound bites of wisdom go down like honey from killer bees:

“I just taught you the most important thing I know. You never ever trust anyone. Until you know their angle. And now you know.” (Marty Kaan, House of Lies)


“The deterrent aspect of mutually assured destruction is predicated on the assumption that both parties are rational. You, while not being a good person, are at least a rational individual. I, on the other hand. I’m a god damn terrorist. And I will crash my 767 right into your prodigious f*cking forehead.” (Marty Kaan, House of Lies)


“When your back is against the wall, knock it down.” (Harvey Specter, Suits)


“Deciding to be late to get your shit together is not getting your shit together.” (Harvey Specter, Suits)


Saved the best for last:

“Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after 10 years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries.” (Francis Underwood, House of Cards)


“Power is a lot like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location. The closer you are to the source the higher your property value.” (Francis Underwood, House of Cards)


And, finally, a word, or three, from our comedians:

“Whenever I’m about to do something, I think, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ And if they would, I do not do that thing.” (Dwight Schrute, The Office)


“Give a kid a bird and he becomes one of those weird dudes who walks around with a bird on his shoulder, but give him a pair of wings he can fly, unless he has absolutely no hand-eye coordination.” (Phil Dunphy, Modern Family)


“This is the USA. “Characters welcome” is our country’s motto.” (Adam, Workaholics)

If you need some words of wisdom or thoughts to inspire you, here’s our pick for 2014! It’s the beginning of a new exciting adventure and our monthly motivational quotes will set your mind for success! Click on the gallery below for more:

Only 4 days left of 2013 and a lot of resolutions to make for the next year, right? Instead of thinking about what 2013 brought, good or bad, let’s focus on the future and think about what we can do better in 2014. The end is always a new beginning, if you switch perspectives! So, keep that in mind when you read the lines below.

As in the lines below, you can find timeless words of wisdom from successful entrepreneurs, business gurus and plain billionaires to inspire and guide you in 2014. Read ahead, plan your success and start acting it!

Have you ever thought about the similarities between an artist and an entrepreneur? They both strive to make the world a better place, they are both creative, inspirational and motivated, and, last but not least, they have the power to change. If you want to join the club, then click and see what they have to say in 15 motivational quotes below:

Nelson Mandela was not just the President of South Africa and a Nobel Prize for Peace winner. Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest men of our modernity and a truthful and inspiring person for us all. And he still is an icon for democracy, human rights and humanity all in all.

There is much to learn from him and his life, so we give you some of the most powerful words of wisdom he left us and the video above. Nelson Mandela fought for his country, fought for his beliefs and for a better life for his people. What better words than his own to present his powerful legacy:

You want to be an entrepreneur? You know something about the lean methodology? Then you probably heard about one of the masters, Steve Blank!

Steve Blank knows his lean startup methodology. After more than 20 years in the tech business and a lot of successful startups, Blank is the guy to learn from. Considered one of the most influential people on the planet by Forbes, he founded E.piphany, Zilog and many others. So, let’s see some tips from him in the collection below. Click and note!

hollywood hills

Creativity has become a sought asset nowadays, even more than before. Whether pragmatic, fun or absurd, creativity has its own world. But rest assured, you can access it! And what better inspiration than the best of Hollywood to help you?

Hollywood has a long line of successful and creative people to get your mood from. Film directors, producers, screenwriters or actors, your pick! So check out these 30 creativity quotes from those amazing people to get you going!

buddhist-temple-words of wisdom

Sometimes you just need that exact quote or saying to get you out of bed, right? When you feel down or you lack energy, when there’s a block or a crossroads ahead, these can make a difference. So how about a collection of motivational words of wisdom to give you confidence? No matter where you are or what you want to do, here are some of the best daily doses of inspiration. For sure you will recognize yourself in some of them…maybe in all of them!

Without much ado, pick one for every day of the week and put a smile on your face!

japanese quotes

When it comes to innovation, leadership and quality practices, the Japanese take the lead, from KAIZEN methodologies to creating new, futuristic technologies which people consume on a daily basis. With great experience and knowledge come great advice and words to remember, in concise Japanese philosophy quotes. Keep them in mind.

From proverbs to practical thoughts by amazing business leaders at Sony, Honda and other major Japanese corporations to motivational bits by activists, Zen monks and various artists, let’s see what they have in store for us!



1 “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra



2 “Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” - Will Smith 


1 Success, to me, is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you’re capable. – John Wooden

2 Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours. – Les Brown

3 The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world. – Orison Swett Marden

4 The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the staircase. One step at a time. – Unknown

5 There are no shortcuts to any place worth going – Helen Keller


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So you want to be wealthy? Live large? Be happy and content with the quality of your life? You need to study these quotes from 20 of the most influential businessmen of all time. Don’t be surprised to see Jesus Christ on the list also. He was a business and marketing genius. Don’t be fooled. From Rockefeller to King Tut and Imhotep, these were all entrepreneurs.

The world’s wisdom is easily condensed within these quotes. You need only apply them.

Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes

Let’s do an exercise which implies your imagination and empathy. Let’s say you were born in the beginning stages of the 20th century, in a strict Roman Catholic Austrian Nazy family. Not only that, but your nazy father, who favored your brother because he thought you weren’t his biological child, thought it would be funny to name you Arnold Alois. With no knowledge of the English language, with a nazy father and a name too hard to spell for even the brightest grammar teacher, you would think growing up to be a:


When all the diplomatic cards have been played, all the threats have been made and all the sanctions enforced - maybe, at the end...