Quotes for Entrepreneurs – January 2010

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Quotes, skmurphy

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“Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”
G. K. Chesterton

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“No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future.”
Ian E. Wilson

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“Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean the market cares any longer.” Seth Godin “Learning from Groucho Marx

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“Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean the market cares any longer.  It’s extremely difficult to repair the market. Find a market that will respect and pay for the work you can do. Technology companies have been running this race for years. Now, all of us must.”

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“To sway an audience, you must watch them as you speak.”
C. Kent Wright

This is from the introduction to his book “Unaccustomed as I am…”  an anthology of quotes for “after dinner speakers.” He offers it as item 6 in a list of 7 “don’ts.”

6. Don’t in any circumstances read your speech, but speak from notes if you must. To sway an audience, you must watch them as you speak.”

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“How did you go bankrupt?” “Two ways, gradually and then suddenly.”
Ernest HemingwayThe Sun Also Rises

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“It is not written anywhere that raising money is the first step in starting a company. Or any step at all.” Venture Hacks

This was a tweet from their twitter feed that is not attributed and doesn’t appear on their site. I assume that it is original with Nivi or Naval.

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“I’m not happy. I’m cheerful. There’s a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them.” Beverly Sills

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“A million man years has been spent on Artificial Intelligence.”
Monica Anderson
in “Could AI Be Easy?

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“On average you have to earn 2.5X to be as happy working for someone else as working for yourself.”
Scott Andrew Shane in “The Illusion of Entrepreneurship: the Costly Myths that Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By

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“There’s another reason that people aren’t necessarily foolish when they start businesses, despite the poor financial performance of the average startup. Entrepreneurship provides a very important non-financial benefit: it makes people happier. […] In fact, studies show that to be as satisfied when he is working for others as he is when he is working for himself, the average person needs to earn two-and-a-half times as much money!”

What makes entrepreneurs more satisfied:

  • Flexibility to work and care for small children at the same time
  • Working in a small organization where they can interact directly with everyone in the company
  • the autonomy, flexibility, and greater control over their lives

By implication, if entrepreneurs can offer flexibility, interaction with everyone on the team, autonomy they can compete more effectively for employees.

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“We don’t encourage people to quit their jobs, gainful employment is a legitimate funding vehicle in this financial market.”
Adeo Ressi of the Founder Institute in “Silicon Valley’s New Sport: Extreme Bootstrapping

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“The universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter, and enlightened self-Interest.”
J. Michael Straczynski

It’s a line Straczynski added for G’Kar speaking to Garibaldi in Babylon 5: “Survivors”

“In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 people”
Momus (Nick Currie) in “Pop Stars Neine Danke

Referenced in “Sean Murphy — I don’t read read him regularly but hear that I should.”

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“I have been described as ‘impatient for action, but patient for results.'”
John Bogle in “On Leadership

There are a number of excellent speeches cataloged in the “Bogle Financial Markets Research Center

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