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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