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Three Best Ads Ever for Entrepreneurs

Three Best Ads Ever for Entrepreneurs

I take inspiration wherever found, and sometimes great advertisements win hearts, minds and can push company founders forward.

The three best print ads of all time for entrepreneurial action:

1) Schwinn: “We fell. We got up. End of Apology.” This ad for Schwinn bicycles features a banged up rider in the upper right – check out that blood – and it sums up great, unreasonable, unrelenting, unstoppable entrepreneurs everywhere.

2) Cessna: “Some words of encouragement for the last people who really need them.” This ad from Cessna has as much attitude as one could stand in the middle of a vicious recession, but you can feel yourself perking up just reading it: “…Call them contrarian. Label them renegades…If you are one of them, you are already on your mission. While others flail dull weapons, you hone yours…and emerge stronger than before. RISE.”

3) Minolta: “Are you waiting…” This ad from Minolta is alpha to omega for everyone who needs just a little boost to get in gear. Here’s the full text:

Are you waiting
for someone to lead and inspire you
for the boss to recognize you
for clients to thank you
for coworkers to help you
for the world to hail you
well here’s a news flash
they are all just sitting there too
waiting for you

Minolta got it right. We’re all just waiting for you.

**Robert Jordan is a contributor. View the original posting of this article on

About Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan has been launching and growing companies and helping other entrepreneurs do the same for the past 20 years. He has authored book and audio series including How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America (RedFlash Press), featuring 45 leading company founders who've created $63 billion in value from scratch, and How They Did It Nightingale-Conant audio program . His startup, Online Access, the first Internet-coverage magazine, landed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies. His newest endeavors are RedFlash, a strategy execution team, and The Association of Interim Executives, which champions interim management as its own global specialty. You can also find Robert on Google+ and Twitter. View all posts by Robert Jordan

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