Quotes For Entrepreneurs–August 2010

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Quotes, skmurphy

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“I don’t watch metrics on a daily basis because I don’t make metrics-based decisions on a daily basis”
Patrick Mckenzie

From “Back Office Exposed: Bingo Card Creator” an interview with Patrick Mckenzie

Q: Can you share the key metrics you watch on a daily basis? Why are they important to you?

A: I have published a variety of stats but I don’t watch metrics on a daily basis because I don’t make metrics-based decisions on a daily basis, and absent making decisions watching metrics is only as productive as playing WoW.

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“I used to think I had ambition…but now I’m not so sure. It may have been only discontent. They’re easily confused.”
Rachel Field

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“Late to bed, and late to rise, makes a man sick, poor, and stupid.”
Goodman Ace

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“No man is rich whose expenditure exceeds his means; and no one is poor whose income exceeds his outgoings.”
Thomas Chandler Haliburton

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“The point of forecasting is not to attempt illusory certainty, but to identify the full range of possible outcomes.”
Paul Saffo

From his blog entry for July 26, 2008:  “Strong Opinions, Weakly Held” I offered additional commentary in “Paul Saffo: Forecasting is Strong Opinions, Weakly Held” I am a big fan of Paul Saffo and have blogged about him in these posts:

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“The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.”
Paul Valery

I used this quote in a postscript to “Paul Saffo: Forecasting is Strong Opinions, Weakly Held” I thought that it neatly summarized the

“entrepreneur’s perpetual challenge: we have to let go of our nostalgia for our imagined (or anticipated) future and deal with the real options that we have created or are otherwise available to us.”

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“The only real training for leadership is leadership.”
Anthony Jay

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“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

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“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
Ursula K. LeGuin

I checked to see if I had used this quote already and found I had already used it three times, in March 2013, February 2012, and August 2010. I really like it.

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“I heartily accept the motto, ‘That government is best which governs least’; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.”
Henry David Thoreau “On Civil Disobedience

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