With “Week 52,” we complete our first year of offering powerful, motivational quotes every week to empower your entrepreneurial spirit and inform your work.
Our weekly quote, from entrepreneurs and thinkers all over there world, has become a major draw on Canadian Entrepreneur, so the feature will continue to Week 100.
This week, an inspiring quotation from a creative and influential entrepreneur who died last month at age 64:
“If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.”
Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop
Like many people, British-born Anita Roddick was an accidental entrepreneur who started a business out of necessity (to support herself and two children while her husband was travelling). She turned it into a both a smashing success and a powerful crusade.
I heard her speak in Palm Springs a decade ago and she electrified a roomful of hard-to-impress, award-winning entrepreneurs with her passion and conviction. You couldn’t help but be moved and excited by her vision of business as not just an economic unit, but a positive social force.
More Anita Roddick quotes:
“Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that's exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking.”
“If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.”
“I believe in businesses where you engage in creative thinking, and where you form some of your deepest relationships. If it isn't about the production of the human spirit, we are in big trouble.”
“I believe the older you get, the more radical you become.”
Dame Anita Roddick died of a stroke on September 10, 2007. She left us too soon.
Read her short autobiography here.
More on Anita at Wikipedia.