Quotes for Entrepreneurs – October 2009

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Quotes, skmurphy

Added as I find them on http://www.twitter.com/skmurphy and then collected into a post at the end of the month. Enter your E-mail if you would like Feedburner to deliver new blog posts to your inbox.

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“Some mornings in the shower I remind myself ‘This is the life that I have chosen’ because it’s never easy and it’s never dull.”
Sean Murphy

This was inspired by

“Entrepreneurs start businesses because..they have no choice. Passion and energy drive them on good days and sustain them on bad days.”
Barry Moltz in “You Need to Be a Little Crazy

Full Quote:

“I even remind myself of this from time to time. Some mornings when I am in the shower and contemplating the day ahead, I will remind myself that “This is the life that I have chosen” because it’s never easy and it’s never dull.”
Sean Murphy

Mentioned in two blog posts:

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“The recognition and understanding of the need was the primary condition of the creative act.”
Charles Eames

More context:

“The recognition and understanding of the need was the primary condition of the creative act. When people feel they had to express themselves for originality for its own sake, that tends not to be creativity. Only when you get into the problem and the problem becomes clear, can creativity take over.”
Charles Eames

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“One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”
Milton Friedman

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“A ‘window dressing’ advisory board is often as phony as an undersized glass eye that spins randomly with every blink.”
George Grellas in Hacker News reposted with permission in “George Grellas on ‘Insightful’ vs. ‘Window Dressing’ Advisory Boards

More context:

The “window dressing” variety of advisory board is often as phony as an undersized glass eye that spins randomly with every blink. This often involves the so-called industry luminaries used to make the startup look much more impressive than it really is. In essence, such advisors hire out their names…

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“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except for what you’re going to do right now and do it.”
William Durant

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“Capital is not wealth pure and simple, but wealth considered from the point of view of future as opposed to present use.”
Sir Alfred Zimmern

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“Use your intuition to ask questions, not to answer them.”
John Ousterhout in “Favorite Sayings

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“It’s not even a jobless recovery; it’s a recovery with more job losses.”
Lee Ohanian

Context:

“It’s not even a jobless recovery; it’s a recovery with more job losses,” said UCLA economist Lee Ohanian. “The idea of having essentially no net job creation after a remarkably severe recession is a real pathology for the U.S. economy.” in “Experts See Rebounding Economy Shedding Jobs

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“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.”
Soren Kierkegaard

Originally quoted in “Kierkegaard on the Art of Helping Others to Understand

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“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”
Norwegian Proverb

And perhaps there is no such thing as a bad economy, only entrepreneurs who are unprepared to look hard for emerging opportunities. At least that’s what I tell myself, that I need to look for where the opportunities are not where they used to be.

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