german flag indexI love quotes and have been sharing some of my favorites.   Since I am in 3 cities in Germany this week, I thought I’d look up some favorites from German Authors.

1.  Aller Anfang ist schwer    “All beginnings are hard.”

So true!   Anything that you start is always hard!     Transformations are particularly difficult but the outcomes are sweet!  As an entrepreneur, starting that business is hard, and keeping persistent harder.  But you have to begin to finish!

2.   Aus Schaden wird man klug.   Translated it means  “Failure makes smart.”

You learn so much from experimenting and failing and taking those insights back into the business.   This experimentation is now part of our learning skills!

3. Erst denken, dann handeln.    “First think, then act.”

Sometimes we are all impulsive.    But thinking, and finding that time to study, is always crucial to your success.  In today’s world that doesn’t mean planning for months, but it does mean pausing to think it through.

4.   He who begins many things finishes but fewGerman Proverb

Stay focused on the right things.    I see lots of entrepreneurs trying to do too much (yep, sometimes that me too!) but staying honed in on the right items really makes a difference.

5.  Übung macht den Meister 

Practice makes a master
I love this concept.    I created one that says ” Homework is not a MooC point”.   The thought is that you have to work at what you want to accomplish!   I love learning from serial entrepreneurs as they have learned some things of value!