While the worst of The Great Recession might be behind us, for a lot of Americans, trying to find employment has been a difficult task, which makes this an ideal time for entrepreneurs to get moving on their start-ups.
Kevin D. Johnson, founder and CEO of Johnson Media Inc. wrote “The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs” (Johnson Media Inc.) to offer young and veteran entrepreneur the knowledge to successfully go from check-to-check to acquiring the business savvy to have true wealth.
Johnson, who started his company in 2000, has been nominated for this year NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Instructional Literary Work. So in honor of his nomination, #TeamBeautiful picked the five best quotes that will help determine if you have it in you to be your own boss.
1. “To be an entrepreneur is to think differently.”
Johnson opens his book by defining what separates an entrepreneur from your average worker. While some want to find a secure job, an entrepreneur wants to create jobs. Some want security and entrepreneurs take risks. If these thoughts go through your mind regularly, then you’ve got what it takes!
2. “Work on your business, not in your business.”
If you’re an entrepreneur with no staff, you’re basically self-employed. Johnson warns that its important for entrepreneurs hire a staff that can carry out the important duties to make the business run, so the entrepreneur can focus on serving the client, or growing the business.
3. “Entrepreneurs know that start-ups rarely get anything done in a relaxed take-your-time environment.”
“Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin.” Victor Kiam, former owner of the New England Patriots.
4. “Ask for help.”
If you want to succeed, you have to lose your ego. There’s no two ways about it. Johnson began his media empire sophomore year while attending Morehouse College, ten years later as he sits at the top of his empire, Johnson still reaches out to his mentors for any guidance he may need.
5. “Business comes first, family second.”
If your business is doing well then you deserve and have the flexibility to take time off to spend with your family. If your business isn’t doing well, then you should be hard at work to afford those opportunities.
Want more? Pick up the book here.
Watch the 45th Annual NAACP Awards LIVE, exclusively on TV One, in a in a two hour special Saturday, February 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed). Before the main event, see the nominees and even more stars grace the red carpet in a one-hour pre-show at 8:00 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed).
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"