Harry Styles rose to fame and fortune with the popular British boy band One Direction. The group has since disbanded but Harry has continued forward with his solo career. Throughout the years, he has become an icon and fans hang on his every word. Harry has offered a plethora of quotes that are inspirational for many areas of life. Here are the 20 best Harry Styles quotes that apply to business.
20. "Are you who you want to be?"
This quote has a lot of applications for business. Most of them deal with your happiness in the profession that you've chosen. It's good for people in business to spend some time reflecting on their wants and needs. Are you as dedicated to your work as you want to be? Are there areas where you need some training or skill-building? If you're not moving ahead like you want to, it might be worth a little introspection, then define who you want to be versus who you are.
19. "Not everyone cares. Not even the ones who are supposed to."
In business, it's common to see those in the workplace who really don't care about anything but the paycheck that they draw. It shows in their productivity and in the quality of their work. Not everyone cares, and sometimes key players on a team could care less about the work that they're doing and it's important for management to identify them and weed them out of important project work because their apathy could lead to project failure.
18. "Treat people with kindness."
This is particularly important for those who are in a leadership position. You can treat people with kindness without losing your position as an authority figure. When staff feel intimidated or undervalued, the quality of their work could suffer. Everyone has a need to feel valued and important and it never hurts to treat those around you with kindness. It helps to create trust and loyalty.
17. "The reason why I keep my feelings to myself is because I can't explain them."
Business is not the place to try to explain your deep emotional feelings, but it is a place to make your thoughts on important matters known. It's best to take a logical approach to problem-solving or planning. You don't need to make everyone understand how you feel, but you do need to communicate clearly.
16. "Your victory is right around the corner, never give up."
There are times when things get tough in the business world. We've seen this with the Coronavirus pandemic and many business owners have shut their doors for good. When things look bleak, it's important to analyze the problems and find paths around the obstacles in your way to success. The key to achieving success is to never give up because each new day can bring more opportunities if you're looking for them.
15. "A dream is only a dream until you decide to make it real."
If you're an entrepreneur and you have some great ideas for business, they will remain just ideas until you take the chance and do something about it. Dreams are nice but they don't pay the bills. Sometimes we need to take a chance and put our dreams into action. Start that business and see where it takes you. Some of the greatest and most successful businesses in the world have started out as little more than a dream.
14. “We have a choice...To Live or To Exist.”
There is a big difference between merely existing and truly experiencing the fullness of living. The same applies to business. You can continue on your path and keep production at the same level, doing okay, or you can dare to have a vision that will move your company forward to a larger and more successful reality. We have a choice to stick with the status quo or to make changes that will make our companies stand out against the competition. There are exciting possibilities out there but they're hard to see when you're stuck in a rut doing the same thing with the same expectations and the same goals.
13. “I won't give up till we surrender!”
This is Harry's way of saying he's not going to throw in the towel until he accomplishes his goal. This is the attitude that will take you a lot further in the business world than admitting defeat when the first obstacle blocks your way. You need to be persistent in achieving goals regardless of the inevitable problems that arise along with way.
12. “Simple, yet effective!”
In business, sometimes the simplest solutions are the most effective. We can get caught up in complicated strategies and overlook some of the most obvious solutions. Sometimes we make things harder than they need to be. It's good to look for simpler solutions before you wade into the more complex ones.
11. “Swallow your fears, wipe off your tears, let go of your darkest years. Chin up. Smile. Walk away”
Fear of failure is one of the most powerful emotional responses for humans. In business, it can hold you back and prevent you from reaching your full potential. If you're fearful, the best solution is to come up with a sound business plan, then push through those fears, don't look back at your failures unless it's to learn from them. Don't live in the past, walk away from it. Face the future with boldness, let go of the past, walk away from your fears, and smile as you face the future with confidence.
10. "I love anything that's a bit of a challenge."
It's good to stretch your wings and tackle new tasks that are challenging. It''s how we learn, grow, and sharpen our business skills. Challenges help us to stretch out and take more chances. Even if they're not all successful endeavors there is always something that we learn in the process. This is the attitude that will help you to go far in business. Look forward to challenges instead of shrinking away from things that are difficult. You may be surprised at how much you really do know, and you can learn what you don't along the way.
9. "Work hard, play hard, be kind."
This statement represents a healthy philosophy for anyone who is actively engaged in business. Work hard to achieve your business goals and objectives, but then take the time to play hard and do the things you enjoy. It's how to achieve a healthy balance between work and your personal life. While you're at it, be kind to others. It makes you feel better about yourself and it only takes a smile or one nice word to make someone's day better.
8. "I’ll keep my eyes wide open. I’ll keep my arms wide open."
When you're in business it's vital to be aware of your surroundings and your circumstances. Keep your eyes wide open so you can see any great opportunities that may present themselves. When Harry says I'll keep my arms wide open" it means that he is remaining open to new and wonderful things. This is a great attitude to have in business because it means that you're on the lookout for opportunity and you're open to considering new things.
7. "Age is just a number, maturity is a choice."
Age discrimination in the workplace is illegal, but it's something that still happens regularly. Both young and older workers have been on the receiving end of age discrimination. Not only does it deprive the worker of the opportunity to make contributions and shine in an organization, but it also robs the company of some potentially great ideas. Harry is right when he says that age is just a number. Maturity is a choice that people of all ages embrace and evidence in their knowledge, skills, and professionalism.
6. "Just because you are in a band with someone doesn’t mean you have to be best friends."
This statement is so true for business. You don't have to be friends with the people that you work with or for, to do a great job together. You can accomplish great things with people that you don't hang out with after work. Some of the most effective teams on projects are people that come from different backgrounds and have nothing in common with one another. They do share a common passion for the work that they do and they embrace the same goals at work. Just because you work with someone doesn't mean that you have to be best friends or even friends at all.
5. "I think you should not be scared of embarrassing yourself, I think it builds character."
We all make mistakes and yes, sometimes the errors that we make are embarrassing. This is especially true in the work environment. Instead of trying to hide a mistake so we'll avoid embarrassment and perhaps look better in the eyes of others, it's best to own up to our mistakes and to admit them. A little embarrassment keeps us humble and lets us know we're only human, and there is room for growth. It's a chance to learn something new and improve, and it is also the ultimate challenge of our degree of honesty. It's better to endure the embarrassment to show that we have good integrity and our words can be trusted.
4. "I've learned not to take everything too seriously."
While it's important to take our jobs and our responsibilities seriously, there is a line that we shouldn't cross. When you're too serious all the time, it's not good for your cognitive health. It's good to let down every once in a while and lighten up. It will not only make you feel less tense and happier, but it will also have a more positive impact on those around you.
3. "Don't listen to the haters!"
There is always going to be a naysayer who has a negative attitude, regardless of how good your ideas are or how well you perform in your job. Negativity is something we all have to learn to deal with in the workplace. There are people who are not going to like you for their own reasons that have nothing to do you with. You can't let them slow you down or interfere with your self-image. They exist in business and in our personal lives and sometimes you just have to take their words with a grain of salt and continue moving forward with your original plans.
2. “Any time that you can make someone who potentially might not feel as great about themselves as they should, feel better about themselves, I think that’s always a positive thing.”
These are well-spoken words. They are true in our everyday lives, but they also strongly apply to business. You have no way of knowing what someone you work with or perhaps even a customer is going through on any given day. Harry is right when he says it's always a positive thing to make people feel better about themselves and it doesn't take a lot to do so. A word of encouragement or praise for a job well done are great places to start.
1. "The difference between doing something and not doing something is doing something."
This is a simple statement that applies to anyone in a professional setting who is doing nothing. This statement makes the most sense to the productive people who are busting their butts to make sure the job gets done while they watch co-workers fritter away their time unproductive. It's frustrating to watch others choose not to pull their weight. It's as simple as this. You choose to get up and get to work. If someone isn't willing to do this it's likely time for them to move on.
Written by Dana Hanson
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