Archive for April 2, 2010

Inspiration From Ecclesiastes For Bootstrappers

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Rules of Thumb, skmurphy

Three selections from the book of  Ecclesiastes using the  New Jerusalem Bible translation.

Chapter 3 from the Ecclesiastes–popularized in the Byrds version of  “Turn! Turn! Turn!“–begins with “There is a season for everything, and a time for every occupation under heaven:” but I think 3:3

A time for tears,
a time for laughter,
a time for mourning,
a time for dancing.

is a useful reminder that there is more to life than your startup.

Chapter four talks about the value of partnership. In 4:9-10

“Better two than one alone, since thus their work is really rewarding. If one should fall, the other helps him up; but what of he person with no one to help him when he falls?”

Chapter five has advice about love of money and luxury. In 5:9-10

No one who loves money ever has enough,
no one who loves luxury has any income;
this, too, is futile.

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