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Remember these 20 quotes before you start your start-up

What do Amazon, Apple, Disney, Google and Harley Davidson have in common (besides being multi-billion dollar companies)?

They all started in garages. Yes, these gigantic business started from nothing.

We are entering a new era where more people are turning to starting their own businesses or entrepreneurships instead of going for that normal 8 to 5 job.

To cater to these startups, more and more incubation hubs and co-working spaces are opening up in Malaysia.

One reserved desk can start from RM920 a month in Kuala Lumpur while the price in Kuching can range from RM150 to RM399.

While these places look good on Instagram to promote your businesses, truthfully not everyone can afford it.

Even if incubation hubs had existed in the 90s, Amazon, Apple and the rest would still to choose to start from a garage.

This is because the un-glamourous side of any start-ups is that they are always scrimping and saved for money.

Meanwhile, the media is always highlighting success stories of start-ups and honestly nobody wants to hear how a start-up failed.

Nobody wants to talk about unpaid bills or canceled insurance coverage or life without savings or basically about how difficult it is to start your own company.

So before you head over to SSM (Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia) to kickstart your start-up dream, we at KajoMag want you to remember these 20 quotes:

“Running a start-up is like chewing glass and staring into the abyss. After awhile, you stop staring, but the glass chewing never ends.”

– Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX.

“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.”

Guy Kawasaki, Alltop Co-Founder.

“The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.”


“Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. The great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers. They all say: “I didn’t quit.”

Ben Horowitz, Loudcloud Founder.

“Life of an Entrepreneur: I wake up excited and terrified every day.”

Sarah Lacy, Founder of Pando.

“Projections are just bullshit. They’re just guesses.”

Jason Fried, Founder of 37Signals.

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

Jim Rohn.

“If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.”

Ray Kroc, McDonald’s Founder.

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.”

Michael Dell, Founder of Dell Technologies.
Essentially, what makes any start-up successful is not giving up. Before you start your journey, always remember not to give up when things get hard.
Starting a start-up is not just about having a great idea. Credits: Pexels.

“Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statue.”

Scott Adams.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”

Mary Anne Radmacher.

“You gotta run more than your mouth to escape the treadmill of mediocrity. A true hustler jogs during the day and sleepwalks at night.” –

Jarod Kintz.

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”

John Wooden.

“You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.”

Stephen C. Hogan.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.”

Calvin Coolidge

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” –

Steve Jobs

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and failing over.”

Richard Branson.

“Starting your own business is like riding a roller coaster. There are highs and lows and every turn you take is another twist. The lows are really low, but the highs can be really high. You have to be strong, keep your stomach tight, and ride along with the roller coaster that you started.”

Lindsay Manseau.

“Bad shit is coming. It is always is in a start-up. The odds of getting from launch to liquidity without some kind of disaster happening are one in a thousand. So don’t get demoralised.”

Paul Graham.

“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.”

Mario Andretti.
When things get difficult especially financially, always remember to persevere.
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Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at or Twitter at @patriciahului.

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