How to start a tutoring business: 6 quotes to boost your optimism

In the previous article, I talked about 7 things that can elevate your skills as a tutor. For this article, I will be sharing with you 6 motivational quotes that helped me out when times were bad.

So here we are, at the final post. If you’ve gotten this far, then it probably means that you want to embark on this journey of finding your true self via entrepreneurship. Now, this could possibly be the most difficult journey that you will go on. There will ups and downs, and sometimes, it will be so blurry that you won’t know if you are going up or down. But if you stick with it, stay positive, and learn and fix your mistakes, then you will be able to get out of the smoke and see clearly.

And to help you with that, here are 6 quotes that really helped me when I was discouraged and about to give up and quit (if you forgot or haven’t read about my experiences with entrepreneurship yet, you can read it here):

1) Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman

Sometimes life is hard. Things go wrong. In life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong.

And when things get tough, this is what you should do.

Make good art.

I'm serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually, time will take the sting away, but that doesn't matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art.

Make it on the good days too.

2) There Are No Limits by Bruce Lee

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.

3) Advice for Beginners by Ira Glass

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me.

All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years, you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.

And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have.

We all go through this.

And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met.

It’s gonna take a while.

It’s normal to take a while.

You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

4) Find A Job You Love by Confucious

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

5) What If Money Was No Object by Alan Watts

What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like?

Let’s suppose, I do this often in vocational guidance of students, they come to me and say, well, “we’re getting out of college and we have the faintest idea what we want to do.” So I always ask the question, “What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?”

Well, it’s so amazing as a result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers, but as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way. Or another person says well, I’d like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses. I said you want to teach in a riding school? Let’s go through with it. What do you want to do?

When we finally got down to something, which the individual says he really wants to do, I will say to him, you do that and forget the money, because, if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.

And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually turn it – you could eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much.

That’s everybody is – somebody is interested in everything, anything you can be interested in, you will find others will. But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like, in order to go on spending things you don’t like, doing things you don’t like and to teach our children to follow in the same track.

See what we are doing, is we’re bringing up children and educating to live the same sort of lives we are living. In order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing, so it’s all retch, and no vomit it never gets there.

And so, therefore, it’s so important to consider this question:

What do I desire?

6) Make Gifts for People by John Green

Don’t make stuff because you want to make money –it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous –because you will never feel famous enough.

Make gifts for people –and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts.

Maybe they will notice how hard you worked, and maybe they won’t –and if they don’t notice, I know it’s frustrating. But, ultimately, that doesn't change anything –because your responsibility is not to the people you’re making the gift for, but to the gift itself.

Hope these 6 quotes will give you some encouragement when you are down or feeling discouraged, and ready to give up. Also, which quote do you like the most? Share it below in the comments.

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