7 Business-Savvy Irish Sayings

St. Patrick’s Day. What’s not to love about shamrocks, leprechauns, and having a justifiable reason to add a pinch of Jameson’s and a dollop of whipped cream Cloveratop your coffee?

And then there’s that rainbow to lead you straight to a pot of gold.

Sigh. If only it would be that easy.

If you’re in business for yourself, you know it demands a good bit more than the luck of the Irish to stay in business.

According to the Small Business Administration, approximately half of all new businesses survive five years or more—and some other sources report that as many as 80 percent of all new businesses fail.

The key point to home in on is survival as a small business eludes many. Those that don’t continue past their five-year anniversary don’t close their doors because they made SO much money they could take an early retirement to live a life of luxury. It’s because starting and sustaining a business is hard. Really hard. Not everyone can make a living at it.

It takes continual energy, learning, and listening (and heeding) wise advice along the way.

Sometimes the best wisdom comes in a simple phrase. So, because it’s St. Patty’s Day, I thought it appropriate to share some Irish sayings solopreneurs and small business owners might find insight and inspiration from.

Irish Words Of Wisdom To Remember

  1. It takes time to build castles.
  2. If you come up in this world be sure not to go down in the next.
  3. A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.
  4. May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up.
  5. Better be sparing at first than at last.
  6. You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
  7. If you do not sow in the spring, you will not reap in the autumn.

So simple. So sensible. Keep these in mind today and throughout your small business journey; you just might find yourself closer to that pot of gold.

By Dawn Mentzer


Top 50 Irish Sayings & Proverbs, AskMen.com

Irish Proverbs With English Translations, IslandIreland.com

Fortune Cookie Friday: “Your principles mean more to you than any money or success.”

Friday at last! And time for another Fortune Cookie Friday interpretation of a folded confection’s inner wisdom.Fortune Cookie wisdom


“Your principles mean more to you than any money or success.”

By definition, according to Merriam Webster, a principle is “a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption.”

We all have principles, but I doubt that most of us give them the attention of our conscious thought. In fact, I don’t recall ever really sitting down to take inventory of the “comprehensive and fundamental laws, doctrines, and assumptions” that guide me in my personal and professional life. What about you?

Principles run in the background for the most part. They subconsciously keep us on track ethically and they drive our motivation. As solopreneurs and small business owners, most of us strive for some level of money and success. But obtaining either of those is far greater if you’ve got principles like these guiding your efforts:

  • Work hard to achieve.
  • Welcome new ideas and approaches.
  • Treat others with respect.
  • Accept responsibility for your mistakes.
  • Aim to deliver excellence in all you do.
  • Always look for ways to improve and grow.
  • Be involved to make a difference in your community.

Your underlying principles might be similar; they might be different. Either way, you’ve got some whether you’ve pointedly thought about them or not. Why not take a few minutes to reflect on them and how they’re driving your efforts at work and at home?

I’d love to hear from you! Comment here to share your guiding principles. Do we have any in common?

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And the weekly tradition continues…What incredibly useful business insight and advice for solopreneurs and small business owners might I glean from the fortune cookie that accompanied my moo shoo chicken today?

This week’s featured fortune:

“A part of us remains wherever we have been.”

Uh, Mr. Delivery Guy, can you come back to my house with a different cookie? Please.

Not many of you know this, but just yesterday, my family lost a pet who was with us for the past 7 years. Although this particular fortune could quickly take us in an irrelevant direction, I’ve been able to look beyond my initial interpretation and find a meaning that relates to life as a solo-professional.

“A part of us remains wherever we have been.”

I think we sometimes forget that no matter where we go, we make an impression on others. We exude energy. It can be positive or negative – and we almost always have control over which one we leave behind when we exit the room.

As a solopreneur, your ability (and willingness) to project positivity can make the difference between a thriving business and one that either remains in limbo or withers away. A part of you – a perception of who you and your business are and the value you bring – stays with each and every client and prospect that you meet.

Create an experience that makes people feel good about being around you and doing business with you. As solopreneurs, we need to be conscious of how much that matters every single day.

Can you be 100% positive 100% of the time? Of course not. But when you’re lacking that sense of harmony to the point where it will project on others, take five, regroup, and readjust until you’re sure you’ll be able to put your best foot forward as you walk out the door to your next appointment.

I’m open to interpreting your fortune cookie finds, too. Feel free to share your next slip of confectionary-bound wisdom here or email it to me at dawnmentz@gmail.com and I’ll try to use it in my next Fortune Cookie Friday post!

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