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To be successful as an entrepreneur, you’ve got to have a unique and different idea -- something that makes you stand out from the rest. Of course, discovering that one thing that makes you special is no easy task. That’s why you’ve got to be creative and think outside the box.
Every successful leader or entrepreneur has used creativity to help them get to where they are today. In fact, creativity is a core component to anyone’s success. Take a look at J.K. Rowling -- using creativity and imagination, she created a successful franchise full of witches and wizards. Or how about Steve Jobs? Without creatively thinking about the simplest, sleekest way to create products for consumers, Apple would have never been born.
From Jeff Bezos to Coco Chanel, check out these quotes on creativity from some of the most inspirational leaders today.
"Creating opportunities means looking where others are not." -- Mark Cuban
"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." -- Thomas Edison
"Use your imagination to fill in the blanks." -- Barbara Corcoran
"The most talented, thought-provoking, game-changing people are never normal." -- Richard Branson
"It's all about new techniques -- simplifying old techniques and consolidating steps. Making things go faster, but not worse." -- Martha Stewart
"Replace fear with curiosity." -- Steven Spielberg
"There's a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering." -- Elon Musk
"Ideas come from everything." -- Alfred Hitchcock
"If you're not doing some things that are crazy, then you're doing the wrong things." -- Larry Page
"Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are." -- J.K. Rowling
"Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks." -- Warren Buffett
"Creativity is an infinite resource. The more you spend, the more you have." -- Tim Ferriss
"Ignore all the hatred and criticism. Live for what you create and die protecting it." -- Lady Gaga
"It's your unlimited power to create and to love that can make the biggest difference in the quality of your life." -- Tony Robbins
"Expect the unexpected. And whenever possible, be the unexpected." -- Jack Dorsey
"All great ideas start as weird ideas. What now seems obvious, early on, is not obvious to anybody." -- Steve Case
"Big cities bring together all the different ways which we human beings have discovered to express the meaning of life, wherever we may be." -- Pope Francis
"Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity." -- Bill Gates
"When it comes to luck, you make your own." -- Bruce Springsteen
"You don't have to choose between doing good and doing well it's a false choice, today more than ever." -- Tim Cook
"If you can find a purpose that defines you and imbues you with meaning, then channeling that passion and energy toward your business or vocation can be a source of new invincibility." -- Daniel Lubetzky
"From technology to science to music to art, I'm inspired by those who've blurred the boundaries, who've looked at the possibilities and said, 'What if...?'" -- Paul Allen
"Your legacy is being written by yourself. Make the right decisions." -- Gary Vaynerchuk
"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it." -- Michael Jordan
"We're all different people and we're allowed to be different from one another. If someone ever says you're weird, say thank you." -- Ellen Degeneres
"Ideas are a commodity. Execution of them is not." -- Michael Dell
"A savvy entrepreneur will not always look for investment money first." -- Daymond John
"I start a lot more songs than I finish, because I realize when I get into them, they're no good. I don't throw them away, I just put them away, store them get them out of sight." -- Johnny Cash
"Seek a calling, even if you don't know what that means, seek it. If you're following your calling, the fatigue will will be easier to bear, the disappointments will be fuel, the highs will be like nothing you've ever felt." -- Phil Knight