Quotes for Entrepreneurs – November 2009

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Quotes, skmurphy

Baked fresh on @skmurphy these quotes for entrepreneurs and collected into a blog 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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“Hawkins Law: Progress does not involve replacing one theory that is wrong with one that is right, rather it involves replacing one theory that is wrong with one that is more subtly wrong.”
David W. Hawkins

Hat Tip to Nick Gall and his “Hawkins Law” post.

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“In an always on world presence is meaningless. Of course you are on-line, who and what are you available for is the issue.”
Yori Nelken
, Founder and CEO Timebridge

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“The future is an abstraction, all change is happening now.”
Marcelo Rinesi

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“Everything can look like a failure in the middle.”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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“Financial news is valuable to smaller audiences: paywalls work for niche financial sites (WSJ, FT, Economist)”
Clay Shirky in “Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom to Replace Newspapers; Don’t Put a Paywall Around a Public Good.”

This is a summary of

“…because financial news is not valuable the larger the audience is. It’s, in fact, valuable the smaller the audience is. I don’t want my mom reading what I know about IBM until I get my trades in. And so, a paywall is — a paywall damages general news and benefits financial news. And it is no accident that the three great models of pay walls — The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and The Economist. Because although they have general interest sections, they are all, at base, niche publications for traders and business people.”

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“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.”
Steve Wright

Quoted earlier in “Quotes on Operational Excellence

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“He had a unique levitas, an anti-gravity field that surrounded him and lifted the spirits of everyone he met.”
Said of Robert L. Forward by Mark Zimmermann in “Faster Forward

In “Welcome to 2009” I mentioned that I read Zimmerman’s zhurnal: “I recommend it wholeheartedly for entrepreneurs even though it’s written by a physicist with a Zen frame of mind who has taken up marathon running in his 50’s. He is thoroughly committed to mindfulness and self-improvement, two goals any entrepreneur should strive for.”

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“A new broom sweeps clean, but an old one knows the corners.” Irish Proverb

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“Useful advice is rarely relaxing.”
Merlin Mann from twitter

Merlin Mann changed direction in September of 2008 with a blog post entitled “Better” where he re-committed to excellence. I wonder if the name “Merlin” imposes a geas on a child to be relentlessly creative or otherwise wizardly his entire life.

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“Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.”
Shakespeare (Othello Act 1 Scene 3)

More context:

Iago: Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners: so that if we will plant nettles, or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs, or distract it with many, either to have it sterile with idleness, or manured with industry–why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills.

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“Illness isn’t the only thing that’s contagious – wellness is too.”
Jen McCabe

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