Small Business Milwaukee ThinkTank | October 25, 2021 Recap

Topic: Perspective Quotes

Continuing the popular Perspective Quotes discussion, tonight’s ThinkTankers shared more powerful and inspirational quotes that have helped them succeed as entrepreneurs.

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Valuable Quotes from Our Attendees

ThinkTankers responded to several quotes from influential business owners:

“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” –Elizabeth Holmes

“Business doesn’t spontaneously just “happen.” You have to put yourself to work to achieve success.” -Kim Knaak

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.” -Robin Sharma

“Inspiration is the biggest factor to me there. Being inspired AND inspiring others.” -Kim Knaak

“If you call yourself a leader but no one is following you are simply taking a walk.” Yamil Cruz

“There is a lot to be said about positive leadership. Positive leadership leads to positive workspace and positive outcomes with business. Negative leadership WILL provide you with quite the opposite. The work might get done, but will it be good work?” -Kim Knaak

“We’re taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they’re of equal value to happiness, excitement and inspiration.” -Alanis Morissette

“yes and no – it depends on situation” -Milena Dlugi

“In many ways we are taught to be ashamed and to hide all emotions; except happiness.” -Kim Knaak

“We’re taught wrong.” -Bill Sargent

“as kids , parents are always reprimanding kids for that” -Tracy Champagne

“All emotions are valid.” -Joanna Carlberg

“It’s okay to have our emotions. It is what we do with them that makes the difference.” -Caryn Willens

“Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.” -Andy Grove

“Ray Kroc Final interview addresses this. He said the reason Mcdonalds keeps on growing is because he remained Green and Always Learning.” -Yamil Cruz

“Ain’t nothin’ gonna to break my stride Nobody gonna slow me down, oh no I got to keep on movin’ Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride I’m running and I won’t touch ground Oh no, I got to keep on movin.” -Doug Williams

“In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.” -Harold S. Geneen

“By giving away 80 to 90% of your services you show that you know what you are doing. People will buy the remaining 10%” -Doug Williams

Today’s Attendees
As a thank you for attending, we want to give you a shout-out!
Bill Sargent, CPP

Greater Milwaukee Area’s best Headshots:
Certified Professional Photographer
President of the Wisconsin Professional
Photographers Association

Tracy Champagne, Small Business Milwaukee

Small Business Digital Marketing, Website Design. Small Business Networking Events.
See all of my links here:

Joanna Carlberg, Joanna’s Digital Images

I am a portrait and event photographer in SE Wisconsin.
I specialize in photographing families and special events,
I digitally restore old photographs, and I am happy to help you with real estate and product photography and images and video for your website.
You can contact me through my website:,
on LinkedIn:,
on Instagram: or on Facebook:
Here is a link to my digital business card:

Caryn Willens, Wellness Inspirations LLC 

Holistic Wellness helping people feel better in
MInd, Body, Family/Relationships, Finances & Contribution to Society.
Experience a better quality of life & age gracefully using non-invasive, non-drug solutions for wellness.

Yamil Cruz Navarro, Primerica  

Financial Services- Business Developer

Debbie Kuras,SASI, Inc.

Employee Benefits Plans

Anne Richie, Professional Home Staging and Organizing

Call me if your office is messy.

Cindy Van Vreede, Cindy V Video, LLC

I take your VHS tapes and camcorder tapes and put them onto a DVD or Flash Drive. I can also do this with your 8mm or Super 8 films. I do not send you films or tapes out of state. I work in the City of Milwaukee.

Doug Williams, One Click Inc.

IT Managed Services | VOIP Phone Systems | Website creation/hosting | SEO | Social Media Marketing


Retired but not tired!…Still kicking!! Offering Legal & IDT Restoration Plans as a employee benefit to groups from 1 – unlimited , Fam. legal and Identity Theft Restoration included Wills w/PoAs, Traffic Violations and so much more….Meet Sm. Bus daily needs with our Plans.

Written by Kim Knaak

Kim Knaak owns Opportunity’s Knaaking specializing is social media managment and digital consultations. You will also see Kim performing many duties around here as our Director of Membership Services with Small Business Milwaukee.

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